Wine speed dating at the USWBC

Live wineblogging at the US Winebloggers Conference – more like wineries trying to speed date me. 14 wines, 14 producers, 5 mintues each, all trying to get me to love their wine. Or at least take them out on a date. Was I able to make a sound judgement of the wines? Only as much as you can expect in 5 minutes.  Did I want any of them to contact me later? Well, one or two might be worth a second look. Here are my impressions: Small Vines Pinot Noir – light, med bodied, smoky, cherry, soft, silky, bright acidity. Didn’t have a lot of time to try this one as I was late setting up. Cupcake Vineyards Chardonnay– what the winemaker said – wines reminiscent of cupcakes like when you were a kid, like gourmet cupcakes bit more complex, want to accentuate the fruit, cool fermentation then malolactic fermentation, 100% american oak, 6 to 8 months. What I thought: creamy nose, some tropical fruit, palate of tropical fruit slight bit of apple, some oak, creamy, buttery finish, typical california. Maybe a bit too rich for me. I might have outgrown this type of cupcake. Kanzler vineyards Pinot noir – barrel sample wine, winery based in Sebastopol, cool climate, foggy nites, cool morning, sunny afternoon, fruit hangs along time, til halloween. Candy apple nose, med bodied, very spicy, strawberry jam, bit smoky, lots of cinammon Sean Minor – 4 Bears winery 06 Cab, all wines retail below 20 bucks, 65% sourced from a select group of vineyards, the rest sourced by Sean from various vineyards. A blend of 85% cabernet sauvignon with the rest a blend of petit verdot and merlot. Matured in 50% french/50% american oak, retail $17. Nose- cassis, raspberries, subtle fruit nose, palate – cassis, cooked red fruit, raspberry, bit of cigar but still very fruity Lionheart wine ’07 Roussane– the winemakers said that they were looking to make a balanced wine, higher in acidity then most, 100 percent roussane from Santa Barbera County, nose of orange blossom, tropical fruits, on...

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