Some flash or "Deal-A-Day" sites are specifically dedicated to wine, while others have branched out to an occasional wine sale, still concentrating primarily on clothing, jewelry and goods for the home. There is no question that these sites provide a great benefit to the consumer but do they provide benefits and challenges to the winery as well?
Inky dark and almost impenetrable. A nose of tart raspberry, black cherry, plum, and blackberry jam with notes of black pepper, and hints of sensual smokiness. Ripe jammy raspberry, blackberry, currant, and cola balanced with notes of cedar, anise, black pepper, and cocoa on the palate. A full-bodied mouthfeel and big bold tannins with a long mocha and spice finish. This is a big, big wine and at least an hour decanting is recommended. Pair with a juicy porterhouse steak. With only 225 cases made, this would be an awesome gift for someone or a treat for yourself!
When you first pull the cork out of the 2005 SOMA from Marita’s Vineyard, the aroma of blackberry preserves fills the room. Dark garnet-colored wine in the glass with a nose of big dark fruit. Very jammy on the palate, with balanced tannins and flavors of chocolate, leather and cedar. Not a touch of green pepper flavors to be found. Once it opens up, you’ll notice more cedar and spice. This one is delicate enough to drink alone (even at ABV of 14%), but pairs well with beef tenderloin or filet mignon.
The first white wine from Cornerstone Cellars, this single vineyard Sauvignon Blanc is the color of pale straw or the delicate liquid of honeysuckle sparkling in the first morning light. Bright and citrusy on the nose, with aromatics of pear, tropical fruits and gooseberry; it’s more Loire Valley Old World than New World pipi du chat. It opens up to a warm pleasant nuttiness. Once in the mouth, there is a luscious creaminess I don't usually associate with Sauvignon Blanc; smooth on the tongue and seductive on the palate, without sacrificing bright citrus, red grapefruit and a zesty acidity. Balanced and sophisticated, the lingering finish offers firm minerality. Read more on Another Wine Blog.
he most open and evolved of Twomey's 2008 Pinot Noirs, this Russian River Valley ruby red beauty surprises with sunny orange peel on the nose opening up to ripe cherries. Soft with a zing on the front of the palate, opening up to berries and balanced acidity. Finish with a soft yet zingy finish. A perfect balance of yin and yang. Sister winery of Napa Valley's Silver Oak, Twomey Cellars is located in Calistoga. Read more at Another Wine Blog.
The L'Ecole No. 41 2008 Estate Luminesce is from Seven Hills Vineyard in Walla Walla Valley. Pale straw in color, this blend of 70% Sémillon and 30% Sauvignon Blanc offers a nose of grapefruit and lychee with a touch of honeysuckle and slate. Bright minerality on the palate, with more grapefruit and citrus, the Luminesce finishes with a little touch of lemon zest. Perfectly balanced. A great pairing for seafood. Released in September 2009, Luminesce is 14.2% alcohol by volume. The fruit is sourced from sustainable-farmed vineyards, and the wines are certified Salmon Safe. Read more on Another Wine Blog.
Elegant and sophisticated, this wine takes a bit of coaxing to open up. Patience rewards with a nose of luscious ripe plums and dark berries with a sassafras twist. The color is a vivid shade of red. Supple on the palate, warm musk complements the deep fruit, with a tingle of cola on the end. Hints of rose petals taper to a lingering finish. A more detailed review about this wine and the winery is available here on Another Wine Blog.
Bright garnet in color, the nose reminds us of freshly fallen autumn leaves, dark cherry and a hint of cola. On the palate, we tasted more cherry, red raspberry and earthy mushroom with toasty oak. Pleasant minerality with a medium finish, this is a very nice young wine that possesses plenty of structure for aging. A more detailed review about this wine and the winery is available here on Another Wine Blog.