I stopped by Friday afternoon and enjoyed a really nice tasting. The wines were very good. The Cooper & Thief Cellarmasters Bourbon Barrel Aged Red was fantastic. I’ll have more comments on the others in a bit. But every now and then something happens at a tasting that has nothing to do with wine or cheese, you meet someone who provides interesting conversation or opens your eyes to something you either don’t want to think about or have put off.
I met a gentleman from Cashers, North Carolina, who has found a way, or at least an attempt, to deal with the grief of his wife’s passing. His name is Buddy Mix. His wife, Ha (“River of Stars”) Nguyen Mix, died unexpectedly of a brain aneurysm. She had checked on her driver’s license that she wanted to be an organ donor. He was not prepared for what that checkmark meant. He has produced a book entitled Organ Donor Handbook to help educate others and to help cope with the very recent death… she died July 31, 2016.
He had stopped by with his sister Rose Marie Marshall and one of her friends. He asked if I would like to review one of his books, which he had just received that day. It’s a quick read, about 70 pages with the acknowledgments and foreword. It is already in its second edition. I predict this will be updated many times as Buddy deals with something that happened so recent. He presents questions that don’t have answers…yet.
I have more to say so stay tuned. But wanted to get this portion up at least. To obtain a copy visit his website at http://www.organdonorhandbook.net.
More on the wines. Roger featured wines that made 90 points or better from the various tasting guides. The average price on these wines was $30.16 THE $15 tasting fee was worth it.
Where: Vineyard Wine Market (map), 4414 Evans to Lock Road, Evans, GA. (706) 922-9463
When: Friday, January 20, 2017, 5-7PM. Saturday, January 21, 2017, 5 to 7 pm.
Here are the wines presented (click to see more):
- Avancia Cuvee de O Godello 2013
- Others 2014
- Casas del Bosque Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
- Venge Scout’s Honor Red 2014
- Venge Vineyards ‘Silencieux’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
- Cooper & Thief Cellarmasters Bourbon Barrel Aged Red Blend 2014
Here are the detailed wine notes:
Avancia Cuvee de O Godello 2013 | Valdeorras, Spain
91 Points Steven Tanzer! The grapes are hand harvested from vineyards planted in 1975, put into small baskets to prevent bruising. 40% of the grapes are fermented in large format neutral French Oak casks, no malo-lactic fermentation, aged for six months on the lees. “Pale gold. Lively, sharply focused citrus and orchard fruit aromas are complemented by anise, succulent herbs and honeysuckle. Dry, minerally and concentrated on the palate, offering intense, refreshingly bitter-edged flavors of Meyer lemon and pear. Cost: $18.99
Others 2014 | France
92 Points Wine Advocate . Grenache, Carignan, Syrah and Mourvedre. Produced by Dave Phinney of Orin Swift Fame. The wine has a profound cardinal hue with powerful aromas of rhubarb compote, savory roasted plum, star anise and leather. Opening with potent flavors of cola, dark fruits, raspberry jam and baking chocolate, it transitions to offer beguiling flavors of forest floor, fennel, and earthy Asian spices. Cost: $29.99
Casas del Bosque Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 |
94 Points by James Suckling. Dense ruby red in color, on the nose this wine exhibits lifted notes of rum and raisin and dark chocolate with just a touch of spearmint. In the mouth fresh acidity gives way to opulent notes of blackcurrant, espresso bean and cedar. A well integrated oak backbone combines with svelte, elegant tannins to give a long, textured finish. Website. Cost: $18.99
Venge Scout’s Honor Red 2014 | Napa Valley, California
94 Points Wine Advocate! “A flawlessly composed blend of 71% Zinfandel, 15% Petite Sirah, 10% Charbono and 4% Syrah from one of Napa Valley’s most respected wine families… Named after the family’s faithful, yellow Labrador retriever, Scout’s Honor. Robert M. Parker, Jr., in reference to a long line of superb offerings, said, “A wine that I love, and a super bargain, is their Scout’s Honor… this is one heck of a seductive wine”. Website. Cost: $36.99
Venge Vineyards ‘Silencieux’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 | Napa Valley, California
94 Points Wine Advocate.The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Silencieux is a cross-AVA blend from mountain benchland and valley floor vineyards. Beautiful, supple, velvety tannins caress the palate from this full-bodied, beautifully fruited wine with notes of blueberry, blackcurrant and spring flowers. The oak is pushed way to the background in this full-bodied, rather classic and quintessential 2014. It is charming and irresistible, but full and impressive. This should drink beautifully for another 15 or more years. Website. Cost: $45.99
Cooper & Thief Cellarmasters Bourbon Barrel Aged Red Blend 2014 |
93 Points Wine Enthusiast! Cooper & Thief is a dark & jammy red blend loaded with bourbon-inspired flavors and aromas. Aging for three months in ex-bourbon barrels gives way to soft velvety tannins with a subtle heat. The combined result is a rich flavors with a long, lingering finish. 38% Merlot, 37% Syrah, 11% Zinfandel, 7% Petite Sirah, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon,3% Other Red Blenders. ALC: 17%. Cost: $29.99