This wine kicked off our 4th Virtual Wine Tasting. As in the past, I had all the attendees reserve half the bottle at room temperature and the other half chilled. My brief notes include a very nice shade of light gold in the glass. The nose was very floral and included grapefruit, citrus, green apple and pear. The palate was very much in line with the nose and had a modicum of tangy acidity, citrus and floral notes with a decent length finish. The room temperature version offered a much fuller nose, more emphasis on the flowers while the chilled version focused on the citrus and acidic components. Both were delicious but I preferred the cold version whilst scoring the room temp slightly higher using my own 20 point scale. Interestingly, the nose of this wine did not exhibit the telltale cat pee aromas that I usually note in Kiwi Sav-Blancs. I don’t necessarily miss it, but I was hoping to showcase it as a prominent feature of the varietal from this region. The wine did display some nice minerality that is reminiscent of a French Sancerre. I am going with 90 points and 5 stars for this $14 deal. Try and stock up for the hot summer and pair it with steamed shrimp, grilled fish or chicken breast and salad. Drink till 2024. Salut….
Quite dark but lacking much opacity in the glass. On the nose it reeks of New World Pinot goodness. Cherry cobbler, vanilla and strawberry coulis all hit me on the nose. The palate has a gorgeous initial streak of bing cherry, blueberry (yup), cedar and spice box. There is a fruitcake note on the midpalate that tempers some acidity. The wine finishes with a slightly green note- capsicum comes to mind, but it’s quite nice. The vegetal twist alongside the red fruit works well here. There is an underlying astringency from the very feint tannins. This is a delicious wine for immediate consumption or a few years in the cellar. 90 points and 5 stars for this $19 effort. Pair with roast chicken, grilled salmon or Veal chops. You can read my previous reviews of the Saint Clair lineup to see I am a huge fan, for good reason. Salut….
A couple of us met up and had a tasting of several nice wines. We started with this Pinot Noir, building our way up to the Bordeaux by way of some Portuguese, South African and Spanish bottles. Read on for the highlights!
Gorgeous purple- see through but clear. The nose is heavy on the strawberry. Nutmeg is present, spice box and vanilla bean round it out. On the palate it is lush, light and layered. Strawberry coulis mixed with cedar plank and cherry abound. The mid palate exhibits a darker fruit component and more spices that I found on the nose. The wine has a very nice acidity and the very lithe tannins only show up at the finale. An excellent bottle that drinks beautifully now and will go on for another 5/7 years. 91 points for this Pinot and 5 stars. It is a perennial favorite of mine and is consistent, year in and year out. $20. Salut….
Very pale greenish yellow in the glass. The nose is delicious- passion fruit and mango. The initial palate reveals a cleat slate on which I get citrus, mainly grapefruit, with some pear. The passion fruit comes around again on the mid palate which is absolutely intriguing me. It brings along some nice acidity and freshness. The tartness begins halfway through and builds into the finish, where it leaves me with a nice fresh mouthfeel and some lingering tartness on the gums. This wine is really interesting, from a flavor profile to the way it morphs on the palate. I pulled it from the fridge as Moxie is making Stir Fried Shrimp and something else, I figured a Sauvignon Blanc would pair well. I was right. This wine gets 90 points from me and for the $13 I paid, a sure thing 5 star effort. Drink now and for the next two years. Salut….
Somewhat darker and denser for a Pinot. The nose is all about the New World- strawberry, cranberry and rhubharb dominate. On the palate I am getting spice, strawberry coulis and pomegranate. The mid palate shows off some cherry notes as well. The acidity of this wine is on pointe, just enough to let you know it is there and all the while balancing out the ever so slight tannins that are lurking. The finish is nice, refreshing and laced with more strawberry notes. This is a good wine. I am thinking 92 points at the least. It retails for $40, but I got it on sale for $22 making it a superb deal. 5 stars from me and hoping to find more! Salut….
Lovely nose of strawberry, some green pepper and iodine. On the palate- sour cherry, vanilla cake and red twizzler. The mid palate piles on some strawberry and more creamy vanilla. The finish is a touch acidic, fresh and of decent length. I like this New Zealand wine and think it is worthy of 88 points. For $13, it’s a pretty good deal and gets 3 stars from me. Salut….
My friend ‘The Beav’ brought this out of his locker for our tasting. I remember him buying it in December for about $15. It was delicious and started with a strong nose of sour cherries. The profile continued on the palate with the addition of some herbs and capsicum. The wine had an intriguing tartness that I really enjoyed and finished with some woody tannins. The bottle came in at 13.5% alcohol, which is just about right and was very balanced. I would reckon it is worthy of 89 points and for the price- 4 stars. I shall be on the lookout for this Marlborough gem again. I would pair it with pizza for sure and perhaps herbed roast chicken. Salut….
A cross between Old World elegance and New World charm for this delicious Pinot Noir. I have had some really good wine from the Marlborough region of New Zealand lately and this is no exception. Pale in color as a Pinot should be, the nose was very bright with cherry and strawberry notes. Old world funk on the palate with bright fruit made for an interesting taste profile. Cherry spritz comes to mind with some green peppers mingling about. Hints of strawberry daiquiri and some cedar came through on the back end and the acidity was great. This was a very interesting wine and we thoroughly enjoyed it with some Pate and cheeses. I would also pair it with Turkey and cranberry sauce. $20 and 90 points make this an outstanding 5 star wine for me. Ps. I love the label, very classy. Salut….
We opened this wine for the Turkey dinner and it was a hit. I always enjoy Marlborough Sav Blancs. The telltale gooseberry, lime and cut grass components all melded with the crisp acidity. Not overly cutting, the balance is nice with this wine and I really enjoyed it with the bird. It was on sale for $13 and will fit into many pairings or it can be drunk on a warm day, well chilled with some smokehouse almonds. Bang for the buck, this varietal always delivers for me. 4 stars and 88 points. Salut….
This weekend finds us at the beach. The Outer Banks of North Carolina is where we are staying in an ocean front palace with three other families (the prize from a raffle back in April). It’s a bit chilly outside, but inside there’s food and wine, games and football and everyone is just chilling. The beauty of the gathering is that we all brought some really nice wines and get to share them together. This particular wine was opened as an aperitif.
Straw colored in the glass, it had a distinct Kiwi nose of Sauvignon Blanc. On the initial attack it was somewhat sweet for the varietal, which made Moxie love it right off the bat. She is easily pleased by whites that have residual sugar. The textbook cat’s pee was missing but grapefruit was in full force as was the grass component. I only had a few sips of her glass so I am not going to pass too much judgement except to say that it was easy to drink but lacked a certain acidity that I need for this type of wine. 88 points and for $17 I would say it’s a 3 star wine for me for this Kiwi wine from the South Island region of Marlborough. Salut….