A lighter shade of yellow in the glass with pretty hefty legs belying the 14.2% alcohol. The nose has creamy citrus, like a mousse, plus a hint of butter and coconut. The palate is very rounded with lush flavors of nectarines, clementines, lemon zest and peach. It’s like a tropical fruit salad with buttery popcorn as a side. I taste layers with this wine, which shows some nice complexity. The acidity is relatively mild giving a full mouthfeel. The finish is mid length and adds some papaya to the mix. Delicious stuff, really. 92 points worth. Seriously, and at $21- it’s a steal. This one will be featured in another blog post early next year, and if I could give it 6 stars I would. Drink till 2025. I am pairing it with Shrimp Scampi and salad. Salut….
This Pinot is a dark shade of purple and is quite a bit more opaque than expected. The nose gives me dark cherries, boysenberry, clove and cola. Very intricate. The palate is quite unique- cherry cola meets rhubarb and cranberry. I sense a cascade of acidity as my mouth starts to water but there’s a modicum of dryness from lithe tannins that hit towards the mid palate. The dark red fruit theme continues and I get a nice finish with some extras- Rooibos tea, spices and more of that cherry cola thing. It is a really tasty wine that has been extracted very well, not overdone with nice oak integration. The length of the finish is really great and the tannins stick with me for quite a while. Light-to-medium bodied, it has a nice mouthfeel. Drink this 91 point wine till 2027. I am preparing Sous Vide chicken and Swiss chard to pair. For $19 it’s an awesome deal that gets 5 stars from me. Salut….
Pale gold in the glass this Sonoma County Chardonnay gives me lemon and pineapple on the nose. The palate is quite crisp and tart with more yellow citrus flavors, some lanolin and green apples. On the mid palate it is very refreshing with some zippy acidity. The finish is decent in length and shows off green and yellow apples with citrus giving it back end juiciness. Yummy and relatively light bodied for me, it will pair great with my Chicken Pie. Other matches could be grilled Salmon or Parmesan dishes. For me it’s an 88 point wine that gets 4 stars for its $18 price tag. Drink till 2022. Salut….
Pairing spicy food with wine is pretty simple really, stay away from all reds. Riesling is the go-to normally, but I have played around with Sauvignon Blanc with great success and tonight will be trying out a Gewürztraminer with Thai red curry Chicken. The wine has a nice medium tone of yellow and the legs are very sheet like in the glass. On the nose it has that telltale floral note with melons, peaches and rosewater. The palate is very delicious with honey, peaches, tangerine and some tartness. The mid palate is more citrus driven with pomelo and tangerines alongside a hint of raw almond. The finish is long with the floral notes returning. The acidity as a whole is quite lithe with this wine which is typical of the varietal so the mouthfeel is a quite full. I am enjoying it pre-dinner and wonder if the lack of much bite will hinder the performance against the rich, spicy curry.
It was a winner! The curry was not overly hot, but very flavorful. The fruitiness and floral components of the wine were a great match. I added a heaping dollop of red chillies to test the match, it worked out great. This wine is delicious and will drink well till 2025, pair it with something fresh, something spicy, seafood, chicken or just pop it with some charcuterie. 89 points and for $19 it gets 3 stars. Salut….
Medium opacity with a lighter shade of purple. On the nose I get some baking spices right off the bat with cherry and orange rind. The initial palate is very seductive with soft cherry notes, vibrant acidity and some secondary flavors of cinnamon and clove. The mid palate continues the red theme with the addition of cranberry and cedar shake. The finish shows off some decent acidity to go along with the fruit flavors but I don’t get much in the way of tannin. This is a tasty wine that is fairly basic in composition and offers near term enjoyment. 88 points from me with a drink till 2022 window. For $16 it garners 3 stars from me. I’m grilling Lamb sausages and whipping up some Quinoa for the pairing. Salut….
Reddish purple and semi opaque in the glass. The nose gives me pomegranate, strawberry, black pepper and rich cherry extract. On the palate it is silky smooth with a very gentle intro to the fruit- it’s more a melange of ripe red fruits that are melded together. Bright acidity and a touch of tannin all make this a pretty full bodied wine. The mid palate has a purple streak, like damson plum jam. There’s a nutmeg spice note as well. The finish is quite dry and still loaded with those purple fruit notes. It’s an interesting take on New World Pinot that I am enjoying. If you like them full-throttle, this one is up your alley. 91 points from me and 5 stars for this $38 gem. Drink till 2026. Salut….
This wine was part of the #9 Virtual Wine tasting. I made some notes from others at the event.
It is very extruded and rich looking in the glass- a dark shade or red/purple and nearly opaque. On the nose I sense a sweet cherry pie note with a touch of Vanilla, black licorice and coffee. It’s very interesting, that’s for sure. On the palate I first get black cherry concentrate, chocolate and dare I say- overripe Reb berries? The mid palate continues the theme with more dark chocolate, Dr. Pepper, licorice. There is a modicum of tannins and a nice dose of acidity. The finish is dark and dry. The wine seems to be a touch sweet and getting more so as it airs out. It’s not my favorite style of Pinot but it did well at the tasting and for me it’s a 91 point wine. The complexity and depth are worthy of high marks. At $40+ it’s a pass for me, but others who enjoy the new world boldness will dig this wine. It got higher marks from the pros BTW. 3 stars in my book. Drink till 2029. Salut….
This Russian River Valley Chard has a beautiful gold sheen to it. The nose is floral and full of citrus. Lemons, lime and vanilla bean all hit me. On the palate it is very rich and warm. The citrus theme continues but I note popcorn and honeysuckle join the fray. The mid palate is full bodied with a nice mouthfeel. I am enjoying the citrus without too much acidic cut. I was looking forward to a somewhat fuller wine and this one hits all the notes. The finish is crisp and clean with a core of marzipan to go alongside the refreshing fruit flavors of lemon, lime and green apple. Judicious oak use is noted and appreciated. I am pan searing some King Salmon to go with Battata Harra, a spicy Middle Eastern potato dish- I think the weight of this Chardy will go well with the fish and stand up to the fiery spices of the side dish. 91 points from me and 5 stars for this $16 wine. Drink till 2028. Salut….
Typical for the varietal, it shows a semi opaque light purple color in the glass. The nose is stunning- cherries, cinnamon, blackberry. On the palate this wine is fruity, New World in style but somewhat restrained. Red fruit galore, some pepper and a hint of upfront acidity. The midpalate gives me cherry jam, some cedar and an intro to the very lithe tannins. This is some lip smacking juice people, absolutely delicious with a very nice mouthfeel and great balance. The finish is medium in length, juicy with some sour cherry and mid length. For $30 this is a great Pinot from one of my favorite wine making regions, the Russian River Valley. 92 points from me and 5 stars, buy it by the case. Drink till 2030. Salut….
I was looking for a spicy wine for tonights dinner- Chicken and Rice, Middle Eastern style. This Zin was up next on the tasting rack. In the glass it is a semi opaque purple with globby legs. The nose presents rich purple fruit. Plums, licorice, black cherry and a noticeable dose of sassafras. The palate is what I had hoped for. Luscious ripe fruit- blackberries, plums, that sassafras note and some nice, charred oak. The wine has a nice acidity, not piercing but just enough to liven things up. Tannins become evident on the back end and the wine finishes with a nice dry note, akin to leather. Blackcurrant jam and spice box round out the finish that lasts a good 30 seconds. Tasty wine with some cellaring potential. Drink till 2027. 90 points and 5 stars for this $17 effort. Salut….