A wonderful time was had by all at the party. Indeed, our entire visit at Michel-Schlumberger was an experience to be remembered for a long, long time.
…2011, Paso Robles. 13% alc. 1,475 cases. 27% viognier, 25% grenache blanc, 25% marsanne, 22% roussanne. Pale straw-gold color; graham crackers and camellias, subtly earthy and perfumed; spare and elegant; hints of roasted lemons and pears, bare touch of spiced peach; very dry but juicy and flavorful, with scintillating acidity and chalky limestone elements; beautiful balance, tone and presence. Excellent. About $ 27.
…7% Grenache Noir, 6% Cinsaut and 2% Viognier, exhibits a superbly ripe, luscious, and silky smooth profile with well-integrated barrel character made complete by a solid acid backbone. The 2009 Glenelly "Lady May" ( SRP $ 49.99), a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petit Verdot is a polished wine that flirts with elegance and finesse showing a dark fruit core with moderate complexity, a juicy mid-palate, and a lengthy finish.
For the sweet ending, …
…apricot, peach, and tartness. Warren's father enjoyed the 2011 Viognier with its floral notes, creamy mouth feel, and toasted nut finish. While we had our favorite whites, these would all make wonderful summer sippers.
We moved on to the reds and again we were split but this time Warren and I selected the same favorite red. We both enjoyed the 2009 Petit Verdot. We noted blackberry, cherry, firm acids, and solid tannic finish. Warren's father enjoyed the 2011 Barrel Select Norton…
…, 5% and 1% Viognier. Cream and cherry aromas with, yes, a deep chocolate character. Deep yet smooth and very drinkable.
2009 Glenelly Lady May , , $ 50: This venerable wine is made of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% in a traditional style. Lots of bell pepper and black cherry with underlying notes of coffee and leather. Medium tannins indicate that this one could age for another few years. Highly …
Regular Retail Price: $ 25.00
Volume: 750 ml
Alcohol %: 14.2
…20 percent picpoul blanc, 12 percent marsanne and 9 percent viognier. The grapes ferment and the wine ages four months in neutral French oak barrels, that is, barrels that have been used to age wine several times so their influence will be minimal. The wine did not go through malolactic fermentation. The result is a white wine that displays a beautiful medium gold color and an appealing bouquet of jasmine and honeysuckle, almonds, roasted lemons and lemon drops, with a touch of lime peel …
Winery Exchange is adding two new brands to its recently formed National Brands Division with the acquisition of Our Daily Red and Orleans Hill. Our Daily Red is a red blend of syrah, cabernet sauvignon and carignan. The Orleans Hill line includes a zinfandel, syrah, merlot cabernet sauvignon, viognier and Cote Zera, a blend of grenache, syrah and viognier. Winery Exchange will take over the marketing and management of the two brands, which are already in national distribution. The deal also included "several" private brands.