Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Hey Anything Wine Blog fans...sorry there has been a slight delay in the posts. I have been out of town for work lately and have fallen behind a bit.

Coming soon:

  • several wine reviews
  • Woodland Vineyard Harvest Notes
  • Harvest News from around the US
Thanks for your support.


Thursday, October 12, 2006

Linden Vineyards 2001 Glen Manor Red

Decanted for 30 minutes - served ~ 62 degrees

Nose: Blueberry, Slight Anise, Raspberry and Cedar

Taste: Blackberry, Chocolate, Cinnamon

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with an intial smoothness that gives way to a great tannins all the way to the finish

Finish: Long and slightly spicy.

This wine was fantastic....what a great Virginia Red. We picked this wine up in the beginning of spring after tasting it in the Cellar Tasting at Linden, in addition to a Cab Franc and thier Avenius Sauv. Blanc. The wine is very balanced as all of Jim Law's (owner/winemaker) wines are with lots of fruit layering from start to finish with the added complexity of cedar, chocolate and cinnamon with a delightfully long finish. I apologize that I don't have the blend posted but I believe it was Cab Sauv, Cab Franc and Petit Verdot. I know they are probably sold out of this by now but if you get a chance to buy it, please do. Also, as many of the VA wine bloggers have mentioned it is a great place to visit with an attentive/knowledgable staff, great wines and great views.

Swirl, Sniff, Sip

Saturday, October 07, 2006

2001 Arbios Cabernet Sauvignon

Origin: Alexander Valley

We decanted the wine for about 30 minutes and served at around 62 degrees.

Nose: Black Cherry, Green Olive and Coffee

Taste: Raspberry, Strawberry

Mouthfeel: medium to full body with just the right amount of tannins providing a pleasent velvetiness on the tounge

Finish: Long and lucious

This wine was one we tasted at a benefit wine reception and just absolutely loved, so the next week we picked it up at our wine shop. At $35 it isn't an every day drinker (at least not for me) but it is worth every penny. As I mentioned above we did decant it for about 30 minutes, not that we had to but that is what the tasting notes are based on. A very fruity Cab with lots of complexity, that I feel is very approachable and doesn't need to be paired with food, although it did compliment our pasta that evening very nicely.