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Wine Blog: Changes and Upgrades

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted my thoughts on wine and that’s been due sadly to drinking what I hoped were great buys but turned out to be less than mediocre. Many of the wines we’ve picked up have been deals at those prices but lacked flavor and that “thing” wines have that separate great wines from the rest. It’s not been for lack of trying.

I’d say we probably went through four or five cases of various wines purchased mostly from Grocery Outlet and they were good. But nothing had that “pop” that makes me want to include them for Pure Indulgence. Even the more current wines were less than stellar.

The challenge here is going to be finding those spectacular gems in a lot full of coal. It’s doable but it takes time. In the meantime, we’re going to feature more producers.

I’d LIKE to get an interview with Craig of Cornerstone Cellars out of Napa as we have reviewed his wines and even the lower end wines such as Stepping Stone line are examples of wines that have been crafted with care. The higher wines from this producer are good examples of why Napa Valley is a front runner in wine making and why Napa is on the map.

I’m aiming to bring more wine reviews to the site, along with podcasts for Pure Indulgence where we spend time sampling, talking about the wine making process and educating you, the reader/listener on the joys of the Pure Indulgence lifestyle.

News to many of you, I’ve decided to make Pure Indulgence a part of my career in hopes that the Lifestyle will become just that.

Until next time,

Cheers!

Wine Review: Saddler’s Peak 2007 Napa Valley Red Wine

This wine was a delightful mouthful of red tannin and fruit with plenty of structure, a nice balance and fruit that’s not overly aggressive like many California varietals tend to be. Paired well with pepper steak, this wine drinks with a medium body and a long finish.

We’ve been drinking on the cheap lately due to funds but this wine retailed for close to $20 and was picked up at Grocery Outlet in Oakland for no more than $5.99 a bottle. It’s a real steal considering that it’s still good and going strong. It probably will hold up for another two to three years if aged right and mellow a tad. As to the blend I’m not sure but I’d gather there was Merlot and cab sauvignon in the blend at least. Firm tannins always say Merlot to me ūüôā

Wine Review: Cornerstone Cellars Red Hills Lake County 2009 Rose

I have to be honest, I’m NOT a big fan of rose so I’ll have to evaluate this wine based on what I know and enjoy. We’ll start with the pinkish red tint of color and the apparent blueberry fruit on the nose. A sip confirms blueberry and a hint of pepper on the back of the palate from the Syrah/Grenache blend.

As I mentioned in my previous review of Stepping Stone, these wines are drinkable now but could improve with some age. The Rose is a wine that is meant for summer sipping by itself or with light seafood, perhaps ceviche.

Link to Cornerstone Cellars

Wine Review: Charles Creek Vineyards Miradero 2004 Cab Sauv/Merlot blend

We picked up this lively wine from Grocery Outlet and swirled and smelled, and swirled and smelled! Ripe fruit hits the nose followed by spice that lingers on the palate from the initial sip. Deep red color, this wine shows plenty of structure from the 2004 vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon but is softened by the merlot blend. It’s a 67/33 Cab/Merlot blend from this producer that carries a light-medium mouthfeel and plenty of fruit and apparent spice.

A nice wine for enjoyment at $32 per bottle, even better at $4.99 from Grocery Outlet. This wine is showing potential to lay down for another year or two, and I’m guessing it’d soften up nicely.

Charles Creek Vineyards

Wine Review: Cornerstone Cellars 2009 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc

This is a pale colored wine with vibrant grapefruit flavors and a rich mouthfeel. Lasting, acidity finish complements the lush flavors that arise from swirling it in the glass. Long legs for appearance and a lush mouthfeel help add to an experience that will leave wine drinkers pleased and craving for more. This easy to drink sauvignon blanc from Napa valley is easily enjoyable with a light bodied cigar, roasted duck legs and duck flavored rice with ginger sauce.

Cornerstone Cellars Website