Friday, February 6, 2009

Wine Country Tour Today

February 1, 2009 by morewines

I will be visitng the Livermore Valley Wine Country today.

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The first stop was Pagemill Winery.They moved to the Livermore Valley from Palo Alto in 2004. First wine tasted was the 2007 Sauvignon Blanc, Livermore Valley. Very fruity. Alcohol level is 14.4. Nice wine. The 2007 Chardonnay, California is a nice Chardonnay. My opinion of Chardonnay is there is just too much of it in the world. Next wine is the 2005 Syrah Sleepy Holler Vineyard, Pope Valley. Nice Syrah well balanced. I took home three bottles of Sauvignon Blanc and one bottle of the Syrah.

Next stop was Steven Kent Winery. Collector Club Wine Pickup. 2006 Barbera. Normally Barbera is a very heavy and usually a high acid wine. Yet this current release is a fruity wine, drinkable now and has a presence of grape tannins that would allow this wine to be put away for a few years. Two bottles into the collection.

Longevity Winery is the next stop. One of the newest

wineries in the Livermore Valley. They started as a wine club. After years as home winemakers they started their own label and opened up a tasting room in an unusual location. It's a block away from the Livermore Airport and water reclamation plant. However they have some very nice wines. Tasted their 2007 Viognier and took home a few bottles for the collection. Excellent Viognier. I describe it as flowery.

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