Artisan Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

What do you do when the weather turns fierce, and you’re stuck indoors for two-and-a-half days?

A couple of weeks ago, my area was blessed with 30 inches of snow.  Not an event that occurs frequently in my town, it brought things to a screeching halt.  Everything, I mean everything shut down.  I’ll give the meteorologists their kudos, we were forewarned.  So I put together a plan to wile away the hours by watching movies on my bucket list and enjoying some wine along with them.  I’m happy to say that is precisely what I did!  I ended up watching 5 movies and binge-watching a couple of TV shows to boot.  As for the wines, I started with a California Cabernet from Artisan Winery on the evening the storm arrived.

Winemaker:  Artisan
Wine:  Vintner’s Guild Cabernet Sauvignon
Varietal:  Cabernet Sauvignon
Vintage:  2012
Appellation:  California
Price:  $12.99

Notes:  This was a dark Cab with scents of earth, pepper, currant and cedar.  It was medium-bodied with good acidity and fairly light tannins for the varietal.  Alcohol was at 13.9%.  It was a very flavorful wine.  I’d call it “fruit forward” with flavors of dark berries along with notes of cedar, pepper, tobacco, and a hint of dry herbs.  It also came across a little sweeter than it’s 13.9% alcohol would suggest.  The finish was nice and long for a wine in this price range.  I liked it.  Made a nice wine to enjoy on it’s own, but I’m sure it will pair nicely with a variety of dishes.

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Artisan Pinot Grigio 2012

I have to be honest: when I first started drinking wine, I didn’t particularly care for Pinot Grigio.  I think that may well have been because – as my wine-tasting palate was unaccustomed to finding the flavors in a wine – it was easier to detect the bigger, bolder, badder flavors in a Chardonnay, for example.  Now that I’ve had some years of sipping experience and exploration, I find myself enjoying many different varieties and styles of wine for what they bring to the table – whether a big mouthful of craziness or a more restrained expression of flavor.  Thus, I’ve made my peace with Pinot Grigio and the lighter whites.  In fact, I think I drink more PG than Chardonnay these days!

Oenophilogical_ArtisanPinotGrigio2012Winemaker:  Artisan
Varietal:  Pinot Grigio
Vintage: 2012
Appellation: California
Price: $ 12.99

Notes:  At 13.9% alcohol, this Artisan PG can truly be considered dry.  It was characteristically light-bodied with nice bright acidity and a lovely lemon yellow in the glass.  Flavors I detected were tart citrus, toasty oak and some hints of spice.  It was a simple wine but enjoyable.  I can imagine it would make a nice choice to accompany a light meal  – an entree salad?