Second up in our epic wines last night was the Comtesse. Unfortunately this bottle was sitting in my wine chiller and was slightly cold when first opened. The wine lacked a tail end kick, no tannins or bite…. I waited for it to warm up to room temperature and bam! There they were, tannins, acidity, a nice finish, all I could ask for. The wine was super smooth, nuances of tobacco, cassis, leather, all the secondary notes that get me excited about aged Bordeaux. The wine was sublime. It hit every note, showed it’s power, but also its grace. This is a seductive wine with very soft edges, yet it holds an immense amount of complexity and evolution. I wrote about this wine three years ago, the 2001 Comtesse got 92 points from me back then and I promised to drink one every 6 months. I got sidetracked, sorry it took so long to drink another- I won’t make the same mistake again! This wine has gone up to 93 points in my opinion and is nearing its peak. On sale for $125 it is not cheap, but it gets 5 stars from me for the sheer enjoyment it provides. Salut….
Last night I had an old College friend over for dinner. We ate Brisket, as can be seen in my previous post. While it was still cooking we have heavy hors d’ouerves and I opened up a stunning set of wines. The 2001 vintage from Bordeaux has been quietly sitting in my cellar and I really should get to drinking them, time flies and most wines fade. So, we started out with the amazing 2001 Chateau Cantermerle, which has been drinking well for a decade now. The first tasting note I wrote was in 2011, the wine has only gotten better and more defined. The secondary flavors are in place, the fruit is still present and the tannins are fully melded. A great 91 point wine that I really enjoyed. I purposely did not write notes, I just wanted to enjoy the moment and relish the wines. A quick check online shows this one available for $55, making it a 5 star effort even at 16 years of age! Well done. Salut….
I am a big fan of this wine, it’s cheap, tasty and fills in for many different occasions. I reviewed the 2011 Kung Fu Girl and gave it 89 points. This version is better!
Pale yellow in the glass. Lemon zest, pineapple peel and some green apple come to mind. On the palate, much fuller weight than I was expecting, almost waxy. Lemon curd, sweet pink grapefruit and bee pollen (yes, bee pollen, I eat it every day and this wine has a corresponding note). The mouthfeel is delightful, albeit not what I was looking for to quench my thirsty on this 92 degree day. I like it though, a lot. The mid palate is very smooth with more of the same theme while the finish exhibits some lemon spritz, interesting. 90 points from me and for 9 bucks this is a must have 5 star wine for every fridge, buy it by the case. Salut….
This wine is 15 years old, yet it pours like an infant- dark purple, no bricking and clear, if not see-through. The nose is gorgeous, fruity yet nuanced with secondary flavors belying maturity. Plums, coffee, tobacco and leather come to mind. On the palate, rich plums, cassis and a touch of eucalyptus. This wine is not even close to maturity. Tannins are on pointe and there is a juiciness to the mid palate that I am enjoying thoroughly. The finish leaves you with a clear dose of acidity, the tannins drying up at this stage. There is still tons of primal fruit here and the wine already demonstrated its ability to pick up those long sought after nuances of aged Cabernet. This is a top wine in my opinion, worthy of 92 points even at this stage of its development, which is funny considering it only got 83 points from WE back in 2006. Drink now till 2021 at the least. Pair with any beef dish, charcuterie or just by itself. I found it online for $28. 5 Stars. Salut….
Very pale yellow, almost surreal. On the nose a really fresh expression of lemon, grapefruit, lanolin. On the palate- very fresh with a tartness of lemons, zesty acidity and a certain minerality I am quite enjoying. On the mid palate I get some more grapefruit, more like pomelo. The finish is very tart, which keeps this wine interesting, on a fine edge. It would pair really well with some spicy dishes methinks. The acidity would cut right through Thai beef salad. Oysters Rockefeller come to mind as does Moules with a heavy cream broth. My mouth is watering. 90 points. It is a steal at $12 which make it a 5 star effort. Salut….
I love this wine, so every time I see a bottle, it’s in the bag. This latest vintage is no exception. I forgot to take a picture so have had to use a stock photo.
Dark purple, nearly see-through. Nose is gorgeous, a mix of strawberry, cherry and the key component….vanilla cherry cola. The palate is amazing- black cherries, strawberry pie and super smooth acidity. There are just a hint of tannins, perfect for a Pinot Noir. This wine is 100% New World, totally awesome and necessary for any cellar. This is a spectacular wine that gets 93 points from me and 5 stars. If you can find it, buy it. My sources are coming up at $25. Drink this wine all by itself to truly appreciate its nuances, or if you must pair it- Lamb chops, Venison, Steak au Poivre. Salut….
See-through purple. Nose of sweet strawberries and spring flowers, very intriguing. On the palate I get more strawberries and nutmeg. The wine is juicy but not biting with acidity. I am enjoying the mouthfeel, it is very subtle yet supple. The tannins are so carefully hidden that I barely perceive them. The mid palate exhibits some more spices and the core fruit. The finish is short in length but pleasant enough. This wine is a nice, easy to drink wine that has an interesting nose. I think it gets 89 points and can be found for $10. This is a good deal, 5 stars from me. Pasta, pizza or a rack of ribs come to mind. Salut….
Dark purple in the glass. A nose of black cherry, black currants and plum. A spice is there too, but I can’t pinpoint it. On the palate, very juicy with plum jam, blackberry tort and cassis. This is a very smooth wine that shows great fruit expression, silky tannins and a mild dose of acidity. The mid palate has dark plums and the tannins start to dry the gums. On the finish, another dose of plum and the final lashing of tannins with a taste of oak. 91 points is what I came up with but others only went 88. For $13, you cannot go wrong with this 5 star wine. Salut….
Dark purple, but not as ‘heavy’ as I was expecting. A nose of black currant and blackberry with hints of vanilla. On the palate- really soft and supple profile that offers up delicious black fruit sorbet, juicy acidity and very fine grained tannins. This wine makes my mouth water, it’s bizarre. I am really enjoying it! The mid palate is more down to earth with plain Jane blackberry and some oak. The finish gets ramped up with the tannins that linger for a long time while more dark fruits emerge. This is a tasty little number that begs for Osso Bucco, eggplant parm or even a hearty stew. 91 points from me and drink till 2022. All yours for $12 which makes this a 5 star wine. Salut….