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Wine Spectator & James Suckling Scores

Wine Spectator – July 31, 2017

The Calling 2015 Dutton Ranch Chardonnay  – 91 POINTS (web only)
Ultrarich and extracted, offering a firm core of pear, apple, melon and spice flavors. A truly impressive effort, with depth and dimension. Drink now through 2022. –JL

The Calling 2014 Sullivan Vineyard Chardonnay – 90 POINTS
Exhibits a rich mix of spicy oak, butterscotch, fig, honeydew and pear notes, ending with a long, deep finish that echoes the core flavors. Drink now through 2020. –JL

Girard 2015 Chardonnay – 88 POINTS
Offers a distinctive mix of peach, grapefruit, citrus and melon flavors that are lively and persistent, if a touch raw and edgy on the aftertaste. Drink now through 2020. –JL
Joseph Carr 2015 Chardonnay – 87 POINTS
Sleek and refined, yet trim and nearly tinny. A tight expression of drink-me-now Chardonnay that ends with citrus blossom and tart tropical fruit notes. Drink now. –JL

Kunde Family Winery 2015 Reserve Chardonnay (Sonoma Valley) – 87 POINTS (web only)
Light cedary oak underscores a crisp, juicy mix of citrus-laced green apple notes. Drink now through 2020.–JL

Kunde Family Winery 2015 Chardonnay (Sonoma Valley) – 87 POINTS
Rich, with rustic fig, apricot and honeydew flavors, laced with anise and licorice subtleties. Drink now through 2020.–JL

James Suckling – June 2017

Girard 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon – 92 POINTS
Attractive Napa cabernet with all the opulent fruit and subtle chocolate character you can appreciate in a wine from here, yet it shows freshness and polished tannins to boot. Delicious now but better in 2019.

Girard 2014 Artistry  – 90 POINTS
Blackcurrant and blueberry aromas follow through to a medium to full body, juicy fruit, soft tannins and a fruity finish. Bordeaux blend with a good dose of Malbec. Drink now.

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Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast Scores

Wine Spectator – June 30, 2017

Peter Lehmann 2012 Stonewell Shiraz – 93 POINTS
Elegant, this offers a refined blend of sandalwood, cocoa and crushed pine needle notes, featuring polished cherry and raspberry details at the core. Plush and generous on the long, lingering finish. Drink now through 2030. 800 cases made. –MW

Girard 2014 Old Vine Zinfandel – 90 POINTS
Plump and briary, with appealing black cherry and spice aromas and ripe, supple raspberry and licorice flavors. Drink now through 2024. 2,500 cases made. –TF 

Wine Enthusiast – July 1, 2017

The Calling 2014 Sunny View Vineyard Pinot Noir – 94 POINTS
Cherry pie and nuanced spice flavors buoy this delicately layered, medium-bodied vineyard designate that’s built of robust fruit and supported quietly by oak. A thread of white pepper persists throughout, making it especially irresistible. – VB

The Calling 2014 Sullivan Vineyard Chardonnay – 93 POINTS
Light gold in color, this wine is focused and bright. A jasmine aroma and succulent green-apple flavor pairs with steely minerality, offering power and grace in one satisfying package. – VB

The Calling 2014 Patriarch Pinot Noir – 91 POINTS
Raspberry coulis flavors are supported by robust oak and tannin in this densely built wine. Dried herb, tart pomegranate and tea notes provide a sultry edge and proof of coastal influence, marrying well with the richness. – VB

Kunde Family Winery 2014 Reserve Century Vines Zinfanel – 88 POINTS
From head-trained vines interspersed with Alicante Bouschet and Petite Sirah, this is a bright, likable wine, teased in bacon, cola and brown sugar that finds a fresh streak of red currant and juicy strawberry as it opens, the acidity in full view. A bite of chocolate dots the finish. – VB

Josh Cellars Reserve 2014 North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon – 88 POINTS
Easy to enjoy for its straightforward flavors and balance, this medium-bodied wine smells like black cherries and strawberries, tastes fruity and moderately rich and is also shaded by vanilla and maple, adding complexity and a touch of sweetness. – JG

Kunde Family Winery 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon – 87 POINTS
Tobacco leaf and dried herb dot the landscape of this velvety wine, made from the producer’s estate-grown grapes. Blackberry and dusty mocha are girded by bittersweet tannin and toasted oak. -VB

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Wine Advocate Scores – The Calling

The Calling 2014 Jewell Vineyard Chardonnay – 94+ POINTS

The 2014 Chardonnay Jewell Vineyard gives notes of white grapefruit, lemon zest and yuzu with touches of chalk dust, white pepper and lightly browned toast. Medium to full-bodied, it has a wonderful intensity of citrus flavors in the mouth with great tension and persistent mineral and toast notes on the finish. – LPB

The Calling 2014 Sullivan Chardonnay – 94+ POINTS

The 2014 Chardonnay Sullivan Vineyard is scented of spicy oak, baked peaches and dried pineapple with wafts of ginger, croissant and honeycomb. Medium to full bodied with a seductively oily texture, it fills the mouth with generous honeyed-peach, tropical fruit and toasty oak flavor, finishing long and spicy. It is delicious now for those that love a little oak expression, otherwise that oak should marry in a year or so, revealing more of an opulent fruit expression. – LPB

The Calling 2014 Sunny View Pinot Noir – 90+ POINTS

Medium ruby-purple colored, the 2014 Pinot Noir Sunny View is scented of black raspberries, mulberries and red plums with hints of spice box, licorice and dusty earth. Medium-bodied, it delivers a great concentration of berry preserves flavors with chewy tannins and refreshing acidity to support, finishing long and spicy. – LPB

The Calling 2014 Patriarch Pinot Noir – 90 POINTS

Pale to medium ruby-purple, the 2014 Pinot Noir Patriarch has pretty potpourri, underbrush and dried Provence herb scents with a good core of red currant jelly and raspberry tart. Medium to full-bodied, it delivers plenty of chewy tannins and red berry preserves flavors with just enough freshness and a spicy finish. – LPB

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The Calling Takes On Cleveland

Jim Nantz and Peter Deutsch bring The Calling to Cleveland for the Tour de Bruell.

Read more on Cheftovers about the event featuring  Zack Bruell, Jim Nantz and Peter Deutsch.

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Happy National Wine Day!

As we approach Memorial Day, we’re thinking about wines for summer. White wine sales rise in the summer. Tom Steffanci discussed some great wine options for the warmer months.

Barone Fini Bottle

Barone Fini Pinot Grigio ($12)

Barone Fini Pinot Grigio is a sipping wine that goes with all kinds of food and it’s a crowd pleaser – perfect for entertaining.

 

Summer is also an opportunity to be a little braver with your wine picks – if you’re typically into Chardonnay, try new aromatic white varietals that are hot like New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.

Light, high acid, lower alcohol wines are great in warmer weather.

 

The Crossing Sauvignon Blanc

The Crossings Sauvignon Blanc ($15)

Eppa SupraFruta Red and White Sangria Production Quality (TIF) Presentation Quality (PNG)

Eppa Organic Sangria ($12)

Eppa retail locator

The sangria category is on fire and nothing says summer like sangria

Eppa premium organic sangria is made with Superfruit juices like acai, blood orange and blueberry. Ready to drink, just pour over ice so it’s a great choice for a barbecue.

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