Review – Red Wine: 2010 Five Rivers Pinot Noir, California USA

The right side of the wine label in this photo shows a beautiful plum-purple stain line caused by a drip of wine that ran down the bottle.  Interestingly, this very magenta-colored wine turns this darker plum-purple shade when dry, just as dried magenta hibiscus flowers do, after being steeped in hot water and staining a…

Review – Red Wine: 2011 Coppola Rosso & Bianco Rosso, California USA

A slightly stinky aroma, like heavily laden bacteria-infested grapes (that is, like natto, or gooey fermented soybeans), seems peculiar to some Italian regions.  Old wool carpet and patina-weathered Italian oversized armchairs in a large airy rustic cottage, and soil-smothered water-drenched decaying wood stumps in a boggy forest, also come to mind.  Not bad at all,…

Review – Red Wine: 2010 Joel Gott 815 Cabernet Sauvignon, California

This was okay.  The aroma was very unusual, perhaps more metallic or minerally (such as well water or spring water minerals) as opposed to the typical grapeyness of Cabs.  Sharp but bright, reminiscent of a very sunny early summer afternoon on the back porch during a cookout with a glass of icy lemonade in hand…