November 30, 2009

Two Wines I'm Thankful For: 1999 Arcadian Pinot Jill's Cuvee, 2001 Edmunds St John Los Robles

Haven't posted in a week or so. Was busy last week with Thanksgiving festivities. I chose not to take lots of pics of all the cooking I did, I was concentrating on relaxing and hanging out with the family. I did have a couple of really nice wines during the weekend for which I am most thankful!

I think I have run out of superlatives for Arcadian. Remember my testaments to the brilliance that Joe Davis' pinots achieve with age.

1999 Arcadian Pinot Noir Jill's Cuvée - USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Maria Valley (11/26/2009) What a terrific wine. Stunning nose of smoke, black cherry, meat. Palate is coated by tart cherry and raspberry, along with herbal notes and an earthy essence. Long, puckering finish that shows long notes of cherry and spice. Just great with the turkey day food stuff. Another home run from Joe D.

As for Edmunds St. John, another brilliant winemaker, Steve Edmunds, has been cranking out age worthy rhone-styled wines for nearly 20 years. Brilliant wines that often take 10 years to strut their stuff and are pretty widely available in the under $30 zone.
 2001 Edmunds St. John Los Robles Viejos Rozet Vineyard - USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles (11/25/2009) Deep and dark. Notes of garrigue, pepper, dark fruit. Nice touch of acid runs across the back end. Drinking perfectly now. Yeah. Just a joy to drink. Held up nicely over two hours. Hello. It's a $20 wine. How does Steve do it? Genius.


  1. tasty looking lineup. Do you buy that stuff at local retail spots, or order most of it?

  2. Joe,
    I get most direct from winery. Some auctions, too. Thanks for the visit!

  3. of course. sorry I don't comment more! for some reason, when you post, it doesn't update in my blogroll, so it keeps you at the bottom the whole time. I probably miss more posts than I should because it appears as not updating. I don't know why it's doing that (RSS feed must not be jiving with my site, but they're both Blogger...dunno). I'm gonna try to get it fixed.

  4. Here is another great tart cherry drink. But this is an adult drink :-)

    5 oz of white wine
    1 tsp of cherry juice concentrate


    1 1/2 oz. Vodka
    1/2 oz. cointreau
    1 splash lime juice
    1 splash cherry juice

    shake with chipped ice, strain into chilled glass. Yummy stuff. I drink this with the Fruit Advantage tart cherry juice concentrate.