Very light and see through, just as I would expect from Burgundian Pinot Noir. The nose shows off bright renditions of strawberry and rhubarb compote. The palate is somewhat different, cherry being the dominant player with backing from strawberry and ginger snap. Crisp acidity forms a defined backbone and the wine has ever so slight tannins.The finish offers more rhubarb with a tangy sourness that I am enjoying. This wine strikes me as young, needing some time to develop tertiary, earthy flavors that I love in aged Burgundy. Thankfully it only sports 13% alcohol. For now it gets 90 points from me. Serving it with grilled chicken, blue cheese laced salad and sautéed onions. $35 and 4 stars. Salut….
Very opaque purple. Nose of blackberry, oak and plum purée. The palate is nothing what I was expecting. Lush, but lithe with dark blackberry pie notes, loads of acidity with some very fine grained tannins. The mid palate exudes smoothness with more dark fruit compote, a small dose of wood and very drinkable tannins/acidity. The finish is rather dry with some plums appearing amongst the dark berries. I also come away with mocha, tobacco and a touch of jam. 90 points and 5 stars for this $11 wine. Salut….
Quite dark and very opaque. The nose is lush, with plums, sweet oak and vanilla bean. Makes sense, seeing as the label says Bourbon Barrel aged. On the palate it is slightly sweet- more dark blue fruits, a molasses component and plums galore. The mid palate shows off some very integrated tannins as well as some blueberry pie and a nutty component. The wine builds nicely into a long finish that has a certain dryness from the tannins that mingle with more plum, some cherry and coconut notes. The mouthfeel of this wine is amazing, not overly dry, not too acidic. The finish is really smooth and as mentioned, quite lengthy. This is a sipping wine but I would also pair it with chorizo and sautéed kale. 90 points from me for this $16 effort. 4 stars. Salut….
A non-vintage wine as far as I can see that I purchased for $9. The name and label sold me. It is see-through as expected from a Pinot Noir. The nose drums up strawberry, cinnamon and a baked pastry note that I find really interesting. The palate is very warm, with flavors of red berries, strawberry and cherry extract. The wine has a juicy acidity to it and the tannins are ever so faint. The mid palate shows off a touch of heat, even though this wine only clocks 12.5%. The medium length finish rounds out with red currants and a chalky component. More cherry hits right at the end. I have to state that it’s a delicious wine that gets 90 points from me and for the price- it deserves 5 stars. An exceptional bargain in the world of Pinot Noir. Well done! Buy it by the bucketful. Salut…
PS. Turns out there is a French wine of the same exact name and label. The Chilean one is what I tasted.
Continuing on with the Birthday weekend celebration Moxie took us out for the most enjoyable dinner at my favorite restaurant. L’Auberge Chez Francoise has been a local fixture for over 40 years and is consistently the best dining I have ever had. Their wine list is extensive and meets all needs, but I really wanted to take two bottles from my cellar for the momentous occasion. We started out with the 2008 Brainaire-Ducru, which runs about $65 currently. I did not write notes on the wines, only a memory of the experience.
I was a little dismayed at the thinness of this wine. It should have been at peak but instead I found it lacking much fruit, secondary flavors or even much tannic structure. I enjoyed it for what it was and would give it 90 points and 3 stars. We drank it with Braised Wagyu Beef Cheeks, then the salad course. Salut….
In the glass this Merlot shows a slightly paler purple than I was expecting. The nose, after I performed the ‘Shake‘ exhibits gorgeous black berry and cinnamon notes. On the palate I am greeted with a really smooth dose of Ribena, some meaty notes, and a fresh ensemble of tannins that are ever present but not cloying. The wine is full flavored, make no mistake- but it does so with a very gentle build-up. Extraction is at its fullest and with that comes a well hidden 14.5% alcohol. The mid palate is somewhat muted after the initial uptake, the finish is where it’s at. More dark berries emerge as well as a blueberry pie component. I hate to say it, but this wine needs a touch more oak. Yup, I said it. Not lashings, but a tiny more vanilla, perhaps a little more tannic bite. At one point I’m sure the wine had plenty of it, perhaps just fading at this point. The structure is good though and the wine is balanced. I would drink up as the wine is at peak and there is not much in the way of tertiary flavors. It is relatively easy-going and will do well with a variety of dishes. I am going with 90 points and 4 stars for this $28 effort. Salut….
I bought Moxie a few bottles of Pinot Gris at Christmas, she was making white Sangria. As usual, I overbought. This one broke the bank at $13. It has a peachy yellow color to it and a nose of lemon peel, pineapple and ginger. On the palate it is very approachable. Refreshing citrus, not overly acidic with hints of beeswax and more of that ginger, but like ginger-ale, not the sliced and raw version. The wine slides nicely without being tart or bitter. It offers a nice mid palate waxiness and the finish is medium in length and packed with pineapple curd. I am really enjoying this wine after being in the car all day. Serving it up with some fish filets, smoky bacon Quinoa and buttered Brussel Sprouts. It firing on all cylinders. 90 points and 5 stars, buy it by the dozen for the summer. Drink now till 2020. Salut….
I opened this bottle up last week but kept forgetting to make notes (I was really tired). I nearly finished the dregs before realizing my faux pas, so pardon the brief outline- it was a good drop of Port that I bought for the initial Port taste test.
Rich, tannic, dry. Nose of dry oak, blueberry syrup and red raspberry reduction. The palate is very thick- blueberry, cedar slate, a long, dry finish. This wine is attractive, if young. It begs for a cheese tray. 90 points for this $15 bottle. I yet again disagree with the big boys…. oh well. 5 stars, you can’t beat the quality to price here folks, go get some if you like Port wine. Salut….
Wow, this is one bright purple wine, it almost looks like Ribena. The nose offers up gorgeous aromas of black cherry, blackberry, a hint of oak and some figs. On the palate it is very smooth with blackberry notes, a sour cherry kicker, some tobacco and smoke. The wine reminds me of Lapsang Souchong tea- smoky and earthy yet somehow mild and alluring. An acquired taste for sure. The wine have very integrated tannins and relatively low acidity. I would drink now till 2020 and pair with lighter fare. It begs for Moussaka, roast chicken or even a thick Reuben sandwich. 90 points and 4 stars for this $22 effort. Salut….
I am a fan of this winery. They produce good quality wine that is fairly priced. Always a go to in a pinch. I just ordered a bunch for my folks in Florida, they loved the variety that I sent.
This Chardonnay is from Washington state. It exhibits a bright yellow color and offers a nose of apples, pear, a hint of almond. On the palate I get a really creamy mouthfeel with green apple, Bartlett pears and more nuttiness. The flavor profile continues throughout the mid palate and ends up on the finish with some very faint acidity. A very generous and inviting wine, it is really easy to drink and fits the bill when you don’t want something too steely, loaded with minerality or overly tart with acidity. This wine will drink well with Lobster! I think it also could pair nicely with white pizza, fettuccine Alfredo and stuffed Portabello. Drink now as it doesn’t have the stuffing to go for cellaring. 90 points from me and for $12 this is a super amazing 5 star wine. Buy it by the case. Salut….