Now that the warmer weather is upon us, it’s rosé time. I like a glass of rosé on a warm day. To me they are the casual wear of the wine world, nothing serious to make a fuss about and as long as it’s not sweet, I’ll drink it.
Josh Cellars was founded in 2007 by Joseph Carr and named as a tribute to his Dad, Josh. They produce wines sourced from across the California winegrowing regions.
2018 Josh Cellars Rosé California:Clear copper in color, nose of watermelon and sweet strawberry, dry with light cherry notes and some earthiness on the finish, easy drinking.
Markham Vineyards is one of the oldest wineries in Napa Valley, founded in 1874 by French immigrant, Jean Laurent.
The 2015 vintage in Napa was another drought year in wine country that produced a small crop but good quality wines.
2015 Markham Vineyards Merlot Napa Valley:Clear medium red with a purple rim, nice perfume of earthy raspberries and violets. dusty, chewy, crushed black fruit ending with moderate tannins and acids, nice balance.
This wine is from Washington State and is a Rhone blend of 52% Syrah, 26% Mourvedre and 22% Grenache.
Washington State is the second largest producer of premium wines in the United State with over 1,000 wineries with most in the Eastern part of the State. This is the first time I’ve drank something from this producer.
2015 Andrew Rich Glacial GSM: Opaque dark red with a purple rim, crushed stone, cigar smoke and ripe raspberry on the nose, dense black fruit with crushed blueberry and toast notes on the finish with moderate tannins and mouth watering acids. After the bottle has been opened overnight, I got roast meat notes on the nose.
Beringer is an historic vineyard that has been producing wines in Napa Valley since 1869 and maintains a large portfolio of wines. This is a single vineyard Chardonnay from their “Distinction Series” of wines.
2016 Chardonnay “Luminus” Oak Knoll District: Dark gold in color, ripe melon and pineapple on the nose, not as juicy as it looks, tight lemon/lime notes on the fruit with coconut and glycerin on the finish .
Juggernaut Wine Company is a division of Bogle Vineyards which is a family owned and operated winery that produces drinkable budget friendly wines. Their Juggernaut brand focuses on small production wines.
I’ve never had a wine from this brand before and even before tasting the wine I was impressed by the cool label and hefty bottle.
2016 Juggernaut Pinot Noir Russian River Valley: Clear, medium to light red in color, cola, cinnamon, red licorice and some earth notes on the nose, juicy red fruit with moderate to low tannins. Easy drinking. Going back to the bottle the next day I was getting pencil shavings on the nose.
Buehler Vineyards is a 4th generation run vineyard perched on a mountain East of Saint Helena in Napa Valley.
This is their entry level Cabernet Sauvignon and is 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot.
2016 Buehler Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon: Opaque dark red, red leather, red licorice and roast meat on the nose, silky dark red fruit of crushed rocks with crunchy tannins and green herb notes on the moderate to long finish.