Many times, people ask me, “What wines are you purchasing these days?” or, “What wines am I storing in the cellar?” A long time ago, I used to provide weekly or monthly updates. However, as life became more and more hectic, those updates stopped and were merely provided on the Stems and Legs wine cellar list.
Today, I have decide to resume the practice of providing more detailed updates on my wine purchases. While I won’t always be able to provide you my personal tasting notes on the wines I acquire, I will try to provide you with the tasting notes from the winery, connect you with their website and social media accounts, and a link to purchase it directly from the winery.
Ultimately, my goal is to give you new ideas on wines to pick up and enjoy with family and friends or store away in your private collections for special occasion or that juicy dry aged steak you’re waiting to have at dinner. So let’s not waste any more time and get started!
January tends to be a very slow month for wine purchases for many reasons. You got all the holidays in the previous months, you’re trying to catch up on bills, tax season, etc. Luckily for me, I picked up a few of these wines while I could because they ended up being sold out! Here is what I picked up:
Alexandria Nicole Cellars 2013 Shepherds Mark (Horse Heaven Hills), $24, White Rhone Blend
“This unique and flavorful white wine boasts floral notes of lavender, layered with Anjou pear, lemon lime, and honeycrisp apple, all leading into a delicious mix of citrus and white peach. Beautifully balanced with a viscous yet crisp mouth-feel that lingers on the pallet and leads to a refreshing finish.”
DeLille Cellars 2013 Chaleur Estate Blanc (Columbia Valley), $37, Semillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
““This vintage showcases an expressive bouquet of smoky herbs, grasses, elegant white flowers and honey butter, citrus oil with nuances of creamy vanilla brioche, golden apples and toast. In the mouth there are generous proportions of star fruit, guava, meyer lemon, apples, lime leaves and cream. Reinforcing the trademark of Chaleur Estate Blanc, the wine has mouthwatering acidity, beautiful structure and balance carrying through to a lengthy finish.”
Long Shadows Wineries 2012 Sequel Syrah (Columbia Valley), $55, Syrah
“The 2012 vintage produced beautiful wines with excellent color and bright, rich flavors. Early spring days were warm; April conditions were near perfect, then temperatures cooled considerably in May and June before warming for the summer and remaining remarkably consistent throughout harvest. Small berries loaded with intense flavor matured beautifully, showing rich flavors and ripe, balanced tannins in the finished wine”
Gorman Winery 2011 “The Pixie” Syrah (Red Mountain), $45, Syrah
“It seamlessly fuses flavors of fruit, barrel (35% new) and the minerality of the terroir, with a generous midpalate of blackberry and black cherry, soaked in liquorous oak.”
That wraps up January’s wine grabs. Coming soon, a look at what I picked up in the short month of February.