Monday, August 24, 2009

Grey Wolf Cellars 2006 Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon

I am a Wolf Pack member of Grey Wolf Cellars, a small family run and owned winery in Paso Robles, California. I stumbled upon this winery years ago and loved the ambience, smallness and the fact that they love animals! There is nothing better than getting wine in the mail! And I have loved every bottle I've received and have opened! I have some still stashed!

I opened their 2006 Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon recently and was very pleasantly surprised! I've truly been in a Pinot Noir mode lately and it's been a long time since I've had a Cab-but I really enjoyed this one! It was super easy to drink-not super heavy, at least for me. Here is the description of the wine from Grey Wolf:

Our Wines - Tasting Notes

2006 Cabernet Sauvignon - "Alpha"

In the wolf family, the dominant male and female wield the prestige of “Alpha”. This superior distinction was given to our Cabernet Sauvignon by Grey Wolf’s only two winemakers, our “Alphas.” The 2006 Alpha Cab is most definitely the leader of the pack. Aged over 28 months in barrel, this wine explodes out of the gate with the essence of mint and eucalyptus followed by a cherry filled mouth. Deep cocoa and vanillin mid palate extend through to a firm tannin finish. Great aging wine, but watch out, this dog may bite.

Technical Notes

Harvest Date: October 15th through Nov. 15th
Brix: 24-25.7
Ph: 3.7
Varietal: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon 5% Petite Verdot 5% Merlot 5% Malbec

Barrel Program: French, Hungarian And American
70% New 30% Neutral
28 Months
Bottling Date:
Alcohol: 14.5%

I don't profess to be the perfect judge of wine but I do enjoy a nice glass and I know what I like and what I don't like.I enjoyed this bottle! I wish I had another one! Might have to order one!If youa re interested in joining their wine club here is the link you need: Wolf Pack Wine Club

Monday, June 8, 2009

Off the Vine for a Wine Tasting

Yes I've still been drinking wine-I've just been a slacker with my blog!! So here goes! Since I've been on a mini vacation from my TV show, GLEE, I was able to actual go wine tasting!!! How exciting! I decided to stay local since I was running in a 5K the next morning. So I went to Off the Vine in San Pedro for their Chilean and Argentinian wines. I paid my $12, got my glass and we started with the whites. Now, I don't really like white wine at all. But I'll stomach a taste of it. I just wanted to get to the reds! I tasted about 8 different wines, my favorite being the 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2005 Malbec from a winery called Barricas in Argentina. I ended up buying a bottle of each! And they were very reasonably priced for being in a "wine store". I've been drinking the Malbec-I find Malbecs very easy to drink and a good everyday wine! This one is no exception, and at roughly $8 a bottle-not to shabby a price! I really enjoy wine tasting. There are SO many places to go wine tasting all over the country. If you haven't checked out this website, Local Wine Events, look at it and sign up for their weekly newsletter-you'll find wine tastings wherever you live.