CALAVERAS WINE REVIEWS

July 14, 2021

Twisted Oak

2016 River of Skulls (Mourvedre)

This wine had some great characteristics of a “Spanish” Mourvèdre with dark coloring, strong tannins, smokiness, black pepper yet more than sufficient fruit on the nose and palate of blackberries and blueberries. On the finish a gravel / rocky intertwined with the fruit provide a long and enjoyable finish...

Michael Kelly

California Wines & Wineries

May 1, 2021

Aloria

2019 Rozzé Sparkling

The brilliant coral color and engaging fruity aromas of this light-bodied sparkler lead to a rich, rather soft palate of cherry and strawberry flavors soothed by an off-dry, frothy mouthfeel. It's simply delicious.

Jim Gordon

Wine Enthusiast

November 18, 2020

Gossamer Cellars

2018 Tannat

Gary’s Tannat has the notable features of very dark red and maroon coloring with a medium viscosity in the glass. On the nose, you are met with a rustic sense of the wine that includes dust, plum and black cherry. Not a very aromatic wine, but this is just the beginning. Once in the palate, you are greeted with the black cherry...

Michael Kelly

California Wines & Wineries

October 7, 2020

Jazz Cellars

2012 Rhapsody

Last night a 2012 Jazz Cellars Rhapsody from a Saralee’s Vineyard in the Russian River, this wine is an equal blend of two mouthwatering grapes- Marsanne and Roussanne. On the eye, the wine is a medium-heavy viscosity and golden straw in color. The wine exudes flora and honeysuckle notes on the nose...

Michael Kelly

California Wines & Wineries

June 25, 2020

Hovey

2017 Tempranillo

The Rolleri Vineyard is located on the Murphys Grade Road, just outside Angels Camp on the way to Murphys. Having had some wine which Rolleri personally made (that was top notch), I was anticipating some unique and flavorful wines. The vineyard is on a south facing hillside and the grapes picked up some of the earthiness...

Michael Kelly

California Wines & Wineries

June 11, 2020

Frog's Tooth

2017 Alicante Bouschet

A mix up with a vineyard proved to a great thing for Frog’s Tooth Winery located in Murphys, California in the Sierra Foothills. They were expected to get close to two tons of fruit from a small vineyard in Healdsburg, California (Sonoma Valley). Instead they received less than a half of ton of grapes...

Michael Kelly

California Wines & Wineries

March 1, 2020

Bodega del Sur

2015 Tempranillo

Tempranillo means “little early one” a name that the Spanish wine growers observed since it ripened earlier than their Garnacha in the vineyards. Tempranillo claims a heritage based on DNA with Rioja and Navarra grapes in Spain. Tempranillo is a thick skinned red grape that makes for intense dark colored wines...

Michael Kelly

California Wines & Wineries

December 2, 2019

Stevenot

2016 Barbera, Gran Reserva

Barbera, the red-headed step child of Italian descent! Yes that is how many people view Barbera wine. Yet the pedigree goes back to the 7th century as compared to the relatively “new comer” Cabernet Sauvignon which dates only to the 17th century. The production of Barbera is primarily in Italy boasting about 83% of worldwide vines...

Michael Kelly

California Wines & Wineries

September 23, 2019

Allegorie

2014 Tempranillo

Allégorie Wines is a sister winery to Val du Vino in Murphys, California. Here winemaker Jonathon Phillips crafts some small batches of wine with “creative genius”. One of my personal favorites is the Spanish varietal Tempranillo. The name comes from the Spanish word temprano...

Michael Kelly

California Wines & Wineries

September 16, 2019

Jazz Cellars

2012 Pinot Noir

Pulled this from the cellar last night, a Jazz Cellars (located in Murphys, Calaveras County) and they source their grapes from around the state from 6-7 AVA’s. This Pinot Noir came from the Lone Oak Vineyard in Santa Lucia Highlands on the California Central Coast. For those not familiar with the Central Coast...

Michael Kelly

California Wines & Wineries

May 1, 2021

Aloria

2017 Shirazzy

This is a deep-red sparkling wine that backs rich but dry black-fruit flavors with a fine bead of bubbles and good acidity for a bracing effect on the palate. It makes a fun escape from the ordinary.

Jim Gordon

Wine Enthusiast

April 9, 2021

Mineral Wines

2017 Cabernet Franc

At the National Cabernet Franc Wine Competition held December 2nd, 2020, Mineral Wines earned a Silver Medal Award by both the Professional and the People’s Choice Judges for their 2017 Cabernet Franc. This was Mineral Wines first year entering the wine competition and this is considered a solid showing....

Michael Kelly

California Wines & Wineries

October 25, 2020

Gossamer Cellars

2018 Mariposa Roja

Two of the wine varietals which thrive in the Sierra Foothills are Tempranillo and Grenache. Gossamer Cellars through the creative genius of Gary Grant, combined these two grapes to form their 2018 Mariposa Roja. The growing climate (diurnal temperature swings) are more akin in Calaveras County to Spain, Portugal...

Michael Kelly

California Wines & Wineries

July 31, 2020

Gossamer Cellars

2017 Pinotage

Gary Grant continues his quest to produce every varietal on the De Long’s Wine Grape Varietal Chart. Gossamer Cellars is located in Murphys in a small wine tasting room. His goal is to go wide and not deep in producing varietals to challenge everyday consumption of red and white wine presuppositions..

Michael Kelly

California Wines & Wineries

June 25, 2020

Hovey

2018 C2 White Blend

The 2018 Hovey C2 is their white blend which changes year to year. This year they used 50% Albarino, 40% Viognier and 10% Chardonnay. This is one refreshing dry patio wine on a warm summer afternoon or evening. The C2 is their acknowledgement of Albert Michelson, the 1907 Nobel award winning physicist...

Michael Kelly

California Wines & Wineries

April 23, 2020

Prospect 772

2017 Syrah

2017 Instigator a 100% Syrah from Shake Ridge Vineyard, Amador County is the real thing! Prospect 772 is located between Angels Camp and Copperopolis just off Highway 4. They received 94 points from Wine Enthusiast. On the eyes such a dark deep purple and heavy viscosity. On the nose blackberries, perfume...

Michael Kelly

California Wines & Wineries

February 9, 2020

Gossamer Cellars

2018 Treixadura

Treixadura (Trajadura) is dominant grape varietial found in Portugal’s Northwest region. Treixadura often a blending wine, it adds body and alcohol, as well as crisp, citrus (lemon) characteristics with some stonefruit, peach and apple traits. Gary Grant, winemaker at Gossamer cellars, decided to make a this a stand alone wine...

Michael Kelly

California Wines & Wineries

November 12, 2019

Black Sheep

2014 Cinsaut

Sometimes you grab a bottle that is due up in the cellar with little expectation. Tonight this 2014 Black Sheep Cinsaut from Calaveras County blew our socks off! On the eyes a bright crimson hue and medium viscosity. On the nose blackberries and plum dominant. On the palate, raspberries, cranberries...

Michael Kelly

California Wines & Wineries

September 19, 2019

Gossamer Cellars

2014 Negroamaro

This wine on the eyes was not as dark as some of the Italian Negroamaro’s but don’t let it fool you. It possessed a purple and crimson hue and was medium to medium heavy viscosity. Aromas of plum, dark cherry were prevalent. In the mouth, besides dark fruits, licorice and tobacco, a tinge of green pepper...

Michael Kelly

California Wines & Wineries