Easter wine recommendations from WineGuyMike™


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Light Body wines:

Wine By Joe 2008 Pinot Noir

This wine slips into your mouth with gorgeous rich blackberry aromas with a touch of leather, too.  The flavors mirror the aromas with a soft and velvety mouthfeel which wraps around your tongue delivering the impression of sweetness from the soft ripe tannins. I know what you are thinking… How can Joe deliver such a good Oregon Pinot Noir for the money you are asking!!?? Yes, you will want to drink more

Styring Vineyards Riesling

Simple, yet elegant, with crisp apple notes and a clean, finish – our Riesling offers a true balance of fruit and acidity.  The Riesling is bottled in a slope shouldered bottle as a companion to our Pinot Noir

4Bears Carneros Pinot Noir from Sean Minor

Our Carneros Pinot Noir is medium-bodied with cherry, strawberry and plum; surrounded by light toast flavors. On entry, the wine displays blue fruit characters that are balanced with spicy and earthy notes that frame the mid-palate. The vanilla and toast integrates well with the silky round tannins on the lengthy finish

Adelsheim 2008 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

“With its broad array of origins and clones, this wine displays both red and black fruitaromas (cherries and raspberries), on the nose and the palate. In addition, one finds a light touch of brown spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice)

Styring Vineyards Pinot Noir

Ribbon Ridge AVA is uniquely suited to grow some of the finest Pinot Noir in the world.  We then carefully crop the fruit, a time-honored tradition, to yield Pinot Noir of exceptional quality.  After careful fermentation, gentle handling, and up to two years in French Oak barrels, this wine is a rich with characteristic structure – blackberry and black cherry fruit up front and soft, full tannins on the finish.  The Pinot is offered in both Reserve and Barrel Select varieties

Domaine De Pouy

The wine has a penetrating floral green apple fragrance, and is loaded with refreshingly crisp and flavorful fruit.  Yves Grassa’s 2008 Domaine de Pouy – a blend of Ugni Blanc and Colombard – smells typically of clover, herbs, and grasses, lime, and pineapple. A delicacy; an efficacy of ripe acidity; and an invigorating intimation of peach fuzz and salt in the finish, all make this year’s cuvee especially appealing

Adelsheim Elizabeth’s Reserve Pinot Noir 2008

“This complex and intriguing wine offers layered aromas of red and black raspberries, fresh Oregon strawberries, brown spice and cedar. Its aromas are reflected on a palate that speaks of purity and elegance, and is exceptionally balanced with firm tannins and a persistent finish

Wine By Joe 2009 Pinot Gris

You will experience sweet aromas of fresh cut pears, green apples and hints of vanilla and cream, this Pinot Gris will not disappoint you.  The light clean flavors in the mouth encompass citrus and green apple well-balanced by refreshing and flinty acidity for a perfect and lively finish with lingering hints of citrus rind.  You will be delighted with this classic Oregon Pinot Gris

Tariquet 2009 Chenin Blanc Chardonnay Blend – This wine marries the finesse of Chenin Blanc (75%) with the elegance and structure of Chardonnay (25%). This complex wine displays delicious floral notes, as well as exotic fruit and vanilla

Steele Pinot Blanc

tropical fruit aromas and flavors, as well as peach and melon characteristics and we also find the hallmark green apple character common in Pinot Blanc. The nose is aromatic with a soft and creamy mid-palate.  They ferment this Pinot Blanc in neutral oak barrels, so there is great weight and mouthfeel but the wine is not over oaked

Georges duBoeuf Beaujolais 

Villages – This Beaujolais-Villages displays a deep, luminous cherry color, red with bluish tints.  The bouquet offers ripe red fruit character, suggesting strawberry and black currant, with a touch of cinnamon.  Velvet-like in the mouth, with soft tannins, it is well-balanced and complete.  A wine which lends itself to all occasions, from the apéritif to the cheese board

Vipra Bianca 2009

On the nose, this dry white wine expresses hints of fresh almonds, acacia, and citrus. It is rich, yet fresh with a savory, elegant flavor

Heron Pinot Noir

This handcrafted Pinot Noir is an elegant composition of sustainably farmed grapes from several of California’s cool, marine influenced micro-climates. Ripe red berry and black cherry fruit balance its delicate spiciness.  The wine is generous on the palate with nice forward fruit and well-balanced oak — in a word, elegant

Adelsheim 2009 Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley

“Crisp, bright flavors have always been the hallmark of Adelsheim Pinot gris. In this 2009, you’ll find hints of papaya, apples and pears.  It pulls off the difficult feat of providing a gentle creaminess that lends a rich, mouthfilling texture and long finish, yet still impressing as a wine that’s crisp and clean

Bethel Heights 2009 Pinot Blanc Estate

Aromas of honeysuckle, asian pear, cut grass, and orange blossom. The palate is broad and lush, reflecting the ripeness of the vintage, with flavors of honey and lemon zest over a balancing core of acidity

Pennywise Pinot Noir

Pennywise Pinot Noir blend is ruby colored with aromas of fresh cherries with a hint of Monterey terrior and caramelized oak. The mouth of this wine explodes with cherry fruit, nuances of chocolate truffles with hints of lavender, summer sweet plums and wild strawberry. This wine finishes with a note of espresso, subtle Spanish bay leaf, and crushed blueberries wrapped around integrated French oak

Medium body wines:

Le Clos

This wine displays an attractive raspberry red color with hints of garnet.  Its nose is lively and complex, with notes of red and black fruits. Refined oak fragrance with hints of incense, spices (nutmeg, clove, ginger), anise, autumn woods and tobacco. It is very soft on the palate, with a fresh, tangy acidity.  Le Clos shows a wonderful balance. It is well-structured yet elegant, with fine tannins

Castello di Fonterutoli 2006

This Chianti Classico has a deep and impenetrable ruby red appearance in the glass.   Incredibly layered, it opens up with subtle hints of fresh spices (black pepper) that develop into perfumes of fresh red fruits (red currant), followed by more intense dark ripe fruits (plum).  The symphony of flavors is concluded by notes of forest undergrowth and an earthy, musky finale

14 Hands Merlot

“14 Hands Merlot offers classic Washington aromas of blackberries and black cherries.

Expressive flavors of dark stone fruits are joined by subtle notes of cocoa and toast. While soft and approachable, this wine maintains a sturdy frame of tannins.” A classic Washington State Merlot dominated by notes of blackberries with nuanced hints of cherries and spices to add complexity and depth.  Luscious and velvety on the tongue, a very sensual wine

Domaine de Fondreche 2005 Nadal

The 2005 was a great vintage from the Rhone and is among the best I have ever tasted from the cool-climate, high-elevation vineyard of Domaine De Fondreche.  The 2005 Nadal is comprised of 50% Grenache, 40% Syrah, and 10% Mourvedre, all from vines that are over 70 years old.  Deep ruby/purple, with The Nadel exhibits nuances of kirsch, licorice, and black raspberries, and subtly displays an aroma of early spring floral notes.   The wine is purple in color and appears very dense to the eye.  This wine has been aged in small oak barrels but typical of well made French wine does not taste nor have aromas from the wood, it is its own juice crafted by the amazing Sebastien Vincenti.  This wine has a great balance of fruit and acid and will drink well for the next 5 years

Domaine de Fondreche 2007 Persia

Persia is a wine made from 30-40 year-old Syrah vines with a splash of Mourvèdre.  The wine is aged completely in barrels, varying from 300 liters to 228 liters.  Persia requires 2-3 years aging from its release and can be kept for more than a decade.  The wine is inky and displays brawny black fruit and earth with tremendous depth, complexity and length.  Only about 800 cases are ever made.  This wine is a blend of 90% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre, this is an absolutely stunning wine.  The palate is beautifully defined with silky smooth tannins, touches of raspberry, liquorices, blackberry and minerals; the finish is delightful, elegant, and long.  This wine fills the mouth like no other; it will absolutely rock your world

Full body wines:

4Bears Cabernet from Sean Minor

Our Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is ruby in color and displays aromas of raspberry, cassis and cigar box. Once in your mouth, the wine’s silky raspberry fruit flavors and the combination of oak and tannin nuances create a well balanced, rich and full bodied wine that draws you in for more

Adelsheim Caitlin’s Reserve Chardonnay 2008

“This bottling shows artful layers of figs, Asian pears, apricots, apples, nutmeats andminerals.  Beautifully balanced by the acidity found in our Northern wine region, it featuresa long, polished finish. 

4Bears Central Coast Chardonnay from Sean Minor

Our Central Coast Chardonnay displays aromas of peach, green apples and tropical nuances. On the entry, the wine is soft with green apple, white peach and pineapple notes. The mid-palate displays subtle oak nuances which evolve into a hint of minerality and continue into a lingering clean finish

7 Deadly Zins

Notes of sweet plums and pepper dominate the nose, while flavors of blueberry, raspberry, cinnamon, and black pepper pack the palate from start to finish. The silky-smooth tannins hold the wine together and deliver a soft, fruit driven experience

14 Hands Hot to Trot Red Blend

Generous aromas of ripe berries and dark stone fruits open this ruby-hued wine. Fleshy flavors of cherries and plum are met with soft and velvety tannins, finishing with a hint of mocha.  Thiswine is an easy-drinking blend of Syrah, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Mourvedre and Viognier

Subplot No 23

An amazing value this Washington red from the Columbia Valley is a blend of 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 14% Syrah, 13% Malbec, 9% Petite Verdot, 4% Barbera and 3% Cabernet Franc. Intense aromas of choke cherries, red and black currants mixed with a bit of cola and sweet spices. The wine enters the palate sweet, has a medium to broad fruity mid-palate and coats the mouth with flavors of plums, maraschino cherries, baker’s chocolate, all spice and nutmeg. The finish is long and elevated by the bright acidity and with time will age beautifully given the concentration and power of the fruit coupled with the natural acidity and tannins in the wine

Axis Cabernet

Crafted principally from prized Napa Valley fruit, Axis Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley includes an array of popular, food-friendly characteristics that please even the most discriminating palate.  The epitome of what a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon should be. Richly complex with black fruit and hints of spicy oak, cedar and mint, this wine delivers a balanced intensity and complexity to the palate.  A drinking pleasure today, it will also be pure delight in years to come

Plungerhead “Lodi” Zinfandel

Dark purple in color, the Lodi Zinfandel blend boasts brambly aromas of dried blueberry, black currants and molasses with hints of cardamom and nutmeg spice.  This Zinfandel blend then erupts in your mouth with raspberry liquor, Dutch cocoa powder, blackberry cobbler, cinnamon, and cedar with hints of rosemary and roasted Poblano chilies.  The wine lingers on your palate with the combination of fruit, spice, and oak adding to its full bodied nature and mouth filling tannins.  On the finish, flavors develop into mocha latte, toasted marshmallow, sweetened cranberry, white pepper, and roasted French oak

2008 “Naked” Chardonnay

Step away from the barrel!  This Chardonnay was fermented in 100% stainless steel and has not seen any oak, nor does it want to.  This is crisp, concentrated Chardonnay with all its natural acid.  Naked exhibits apple, white peach, and pear, finishing long with hints of citrus and mineral.

Dessert or Aperitif Wine, a good start or finish to you Easter Dinner

Saracco Moscato d’Asti 2008 D.O.C.G.

Perfume of fresh peach, pear and aromatic white flowers. A gentle sparkle brightens the fruit and a tingle of sweetness hints of candied fruits.  This wine is perfect as refreshing aperitif or a light finish to a meal.  Moscato d’ Asti is highly aromatic with notes of fruit and white flowers, Paolo Saracco keeps tight control of the harvest to ensure a perfect acid balance to the natural sweetness of this grape.   A slight sparkle is traditional for Moscato d’Asti, it lifts the fruit and guarantees a wine that is light and refreshing

“From my table to yours”, have a Happy Easter

WineGuyMike

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