Quick Sips

A quick summary of my daily sips which are noteworthy but may not warrant a formal review. WARNING: This is where my "Palate" nickname takes over; quirky and abstract descriptions ahead:

Tin Barn Vineyards, 2009 Zinfandel, Russian River Valley: The perfect half bottle sure to suit any evening of the week, just be sure to leave room for dessert. Full of luscious raspberries, blackberries and dark plum. Sturdy tannins lead to a baking spice finish making me want a berry cobbler for dessert. Full bottle MSRP between $20 - $25.

Humanitas 2007 Cabernet Franc, Dry Creek Valley: From the line of charity wines from Michel - Schlumberger in Sonoma. This rich magenta coloured wine exudes clove, pine trees and forest canopy unlike a damn forest floor, its a fresher, crisper sensation. Lots of blueberry and blackberries. Very smooth on the palate, hardly a kiss of tannins with a finish which lasts longer than one of those kid wizard movies. MSRP: $40. Highly recommended, especially if you get a chance to drink it at the winery under the enormous oak tree.

Sete Cepas, 2010 Albarino, Rias Baixas: Slightly effervescent, lacking the minerality that I love in an Albarino but still full of citrus fruit and very crisp. A great first date but nothing more. MSRP: $13

Bodgea Belgrano 2010 Malbec: Ahh, Malbec, you never fail me. Spice and everything nice, like a warm hug at any time of year however, especially welcoming during the cooler months. Easy drinking and medium body for an Argentine Malbec. MSRP: No idea, was an excellent Birthday present and indeed a "Headsnapper" ;)