So, yesterday, my wife and i found ourselves with about 30 minutes to kill before meeting up with friends for the Cleveland Indians game (great game). We stopped at Heinen’s which is a local chain that has a store in an historic bank building in downtown Cleveland. The wine department is nice and they also have those pressurized tasting machines where you can buy a 1,3 or 5 ounce pour. The bottle prices on the 20 or so wines ranged from $12 to $450. I decided to try some higher end wines that a) I probably would not buy and b) even if I did, they would be way too young to drink now. I thought considering the location, the prices were fair. I took a new glass for each taste. It ended up being a lot of fun and informative.
2012 Vérité Le Désir - USA, California, Sonoma County
Purple/ruby. Nose is big. Cassis, lumber, vanilla and mocha. Firm tannins. Lots of casssis and sone black raspberries. Not reaalt dark fruits but powerful. Incredible length. Hold for ten years min. $19.50/ one ounce taste. (95 pts.)
2012 Hourglass Cabernet Sauvignon Blueline - USA, California, Napa Valley
Purple, slight ruby. Huge wine but not overbearing. Nose of blueberries,coffee, cassis, and lumber. Very tannic. Cassis and bleberries on palate. Powerful with a lot going on. Nees five to ten years. Long finish. $7/one ounce pour. (96 pts.)
2012 Continuum Proprietary Red - USA, California, Napa Valley
Ruby purple in color. The nose is tight/light. Slight red berry note. On the palate this is fullbody but not huge. More flavors than the nose. Coffee and cassis. Nice conplexity. I would think an hour decant has this is a nice place. $11.50/one ounce taste. (94 pts.)
I am curious how often they change the bottles and/or the selection. There were other wines I wouldn’t mind trying, but this was a great way to do pre-game.
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