In the last few weeks we have had the privilege of getting in touch with Eve Bushman, a famed wine reviewer in the world of online blogging as well as columnist for The SCV Beacon (see link for our article). She has been blessing the wine world with graceful education for those asking questions about wine for the first time (see EveWine101). We’ve all been there and I hope the next generation finds Eve to help them through. This week she sampled 3 of our new Releases and made her tasting notes available to us to view. I have to agree with her that our wine quality is up there and the flavors and aromas she picked out in the wines were fun to hunt for. And so, here are her notes on the 2012 Pinot Noir, 2010 Lodestone, and 2010 Fireside Claret.
2012 Pinot Noir
90 Eve pts.
Aroma – Crushed strawberries, red cherry, something floral, whiffs of vanilla and coconut extract, a tickle of white pepper and a hint of cloves.
Flavor – Juicy red fruit, some of that white pepper carried through to the palate, tart cherries, lingering dry finish.
2010 Fireside Claret
50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Cabernet Franc and 5% Merlot
89 Eve pts.
Aroma – Dark dried cherries, pomegranate, sliced mushrooms, clove, rich soft suede, vanilla bean, light toasted oak and a muddy garden path. All very pleasant and worth a revisit with each sip.
Flavor – A little tight upon first taste, maybe decant first or swirl a bit as I did. Then you can get flavors of plum, black cherry, blackberry, tobacco leaves and a nice not-too-dry dust on the finish.
52% Syrah, 43% Grenache, and 5% Mourvedre
90 Eve pts.
Aroma – Blackberry jam, dried black currants, burst of plums, a bit of cigar, oak, black olive, leather, black pepper, toast…all encircled by the memory of silky rose petals.
Flavor – Black fruit jam on toast, very dark chocolate, chewy, figs, walnut and a slight burn on the finish that I found wholly gratifying.