Tasting Notes for New Wines by the Glass

2012 Nigl Gruner Veltliner Kremser Freiheit Kremstal, Austria “Nigl Kremser Freiheit is named for the village of Krems, on the banks of the Danube river, and the German word for Freedom – ‘Freiheit’ . This wine was sourced from 3 vineyards in Krems and is picked earlier than the  grapes in Senftenberg, where Martin Nigl’s other vineyards and winery are located. Raised in stainless steel and  bottled at night when the wine is cold,  to preserve freshness, Freiheit shows pear and lime peel notes as well as  floral and grassy components, with a clean mineral finish.”

NV De Conciliis Selim Spumante Brut, Campania “Crafted from Fiano Aglianico and Barbera , two grapes indigenous to Campania, this tank method Spumante has a refreshing nose of tropical and citrus fruits, peach and apple. Intense, unusual and beautifully balanced, Selim is a fitting tribute to its namesake, Miles Davis.”

2012 Archery Summit, Vireton, Willamette Valley, Oregon “On the nose are evocative aromas of citrusy lemon verbena, lime zest, apple blossom and rosemary. The palate shows notes of fresh pineapple, white peach, ambrosia apples and a confectionary spice reminiscent of white gumdrops. The palate is succulent and bright with a lively acidity and a mouthwatering quality that carries through to the finish which is long and clean and punctuated by a distinctive flinty minerality.”

2011 J.J. Christoffel, Ürziger Würzgarten, Kabinett Feinherb, Mosel “Vineyard on red slate named after a herb garden. Quite tropical fruit in character, with pineapple. Rich and intense on palate with balancing acidity. Mineral as well. Hardly notice the sugar.”

2009 Kilikanoon Shiraz Killermans Run South Australia “Old Mr Killerman was a hermit who lived alone in the wild bushland behind Kilikanoon’s cellar door. Trapping rabbits, growing fruits and vegetables, and as legend has it, making his own plonk in a galvanised iron leanto. He was known to winemaker Kevin Mitchell’s father and planted some of the finest vineyards. Killerman’s Run is built for earlier drinking and provides an entry point to the Kilikanoon range. Rich and powerful fruit with a persistence of palate weight, Killerman’s Run offers outstanding value to those seeking a solid Aussie Shiraz.

Originally formulated for the American market by one of South Australia’s premier wineries, Killerman’s Run has come to represent peerless value. Fruit is sourced from good vineyards in the Clare and Barossa Valleys, McLaren Vale, and exciting new winegrowing districts like Baroota on the Spencer Gulf. Exclusive access to over a thousand acres of superior, group owned sites ensures quality. Small batches are collated from a range of estate and independent vineyards, then vinified to traditional winemaking methods, followed by up to two years maturation in a selection of small French and American oak casks, before assembing and bottling without any filtration to retain integrity.

Deep brick red colour with youthful crimson hues. Intensely lifted aromas of ripe plum, dark cherries and sublimely focused French oak spice permeate the nose. Textural and persistent, a beautifully crafted palate, carrying over the ripe plum and dark cherry fruits from the nose, elegantly integrating the fine French oak char, balanced natural tannins and acidity resolve on the persistent finish.”

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A Do-It-Yourself Cheese Tour of the North Bay

Explore the Sonoma and Marin Cheese Trail

While you can use this handy map as a guide to Sonoma and Marin cheesemakers, a discussion on Chowhound marks the best producers to visit on a DIY tour. ‘Hounds praise the Matos Cheese Factory, and the Bohemian Creamery cheese you can taste at Sonoma Wine Shop.

Image from Bohemian Creamery

Cheesemakers of Marin and Sonoma County.pdf