Very golden in the glass, beautiful and rich. On the nose I get peach stone, yellow apple, melon. On the palate it’s quite different- I still get peach stone, but the focus is more pineapple, honeydew, lanolin. The mouthfeel is quite full, a nice level of acidity and some glycerin. The mid palate shows off stone fruit and a touch of sour apple. The finish is medium length and continues the theme nicely. This is a good blend of Roussane, Viognier and Marsanne that I would serve with caeser salad, smoked salmon or grilled chicken. 89 points, $14 and 4 stars. Salut….
Very pale yellow in the glass, I was expecting a more honeyed glint. On the nose it’s very refreshing with a peach hint, some beeswax and papaya. I’m excited! On the palate it is super delicious- crisp, clean with just a hint of acidity let the flavors of peach stone, nectarine and pink grapefruit really shine. The mid palate allows the gentle acidity some room to refresh the palate. The finish is medium in length with a great mouthfeel that balances freshness with a touch of flab that just tastes and feels right. This is a rather nice bottle- Virginia really does great Viognier and Barboursville perfects it. 91 points and 5 stars for this $22 charmer. Drink till 2027 with grilled fish, chicken kebabs or raw clams. Salut….
Somewhat opaque but dark purple. The nose gives up candies, plum, oak, cherry pie, vanilla bean. The palate is super spicy, loaded with fruit and very smooth. Plum ganache, mocha, cafe au lait and blackberry preserve round out the initial palate. The transition to mid palate shows off some very integrated tannins, a red berry note and some cedar plank. The finish is mid length and coats the mouth in plum sauce, coffee and chocolate dust. 92 points from me for this $32 effort, which contradicts the pro’s 89, oh well. I liked it and will buy again for a juicy Sunday roast companion. 5 stars for this Shiraz/Grenache/Viognier blend. 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 don’t exactly recall buying this wine, but I think it was a last minute grab at the wine store. It looked interesting with its blend of 49% Viognier, 26% Sauvignon Blanc, 19% Grenache Blanc and 6% Princess (Never heard of her).
A golden yellow color in the glass. The nose is what I was expecting, very similar to Conundrum White, another blend of similar grapes. Melon, grapefruit, and a touch of lemon are the key components. On the palate I am tasting raw almond, citrus and kiwi fruit. The acidity is very mild and the wine has a nice mouthfeel. There is a certain butteriness that hits on the mid palate. The finish is rather short, but leaves a trail of acidity that carries on for a while. I am really enjoying this wine, it was made for sipping, summer and cold cuts with an olive tray. I will go 88 points on this $15 wine which makes it a 3 star wine in my books. Drink now till 2019. Salut….
This is an interesting wine, made by Adler Fels winery and sold with a cause in mind. Some of the proceeds go to the National Park Foundation. It is a blend of Viognier, Moscato, Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc. Very rustic in the glass, it is a very dark gold in color. An interesting nose of green guava, melon and pear. On the palate, grapefruit, melon and more pear. This wine is not overly acidic and the mouthfeel is quite warm, medium bodied. It drinks nicely and will go well with the pan roasted Cod I am preparing. It runs $13 and gets 87 points from me making it a 3 star wine. Salut….
I got an email recently advertising this wine at a crazy good price, under $10 for a 90+point wine. I was intrigued and bought a few bottles.
A nice purple that did not quite show over the top extraction that presented a nose of baked plums, blackcurrants and vanilla. The initial taste is somewhat expected with respect to my comment about extraction. This wine is far more subtle and refined compared to some of the more bombastic Aussie Shiraz’s I have tasted. It does come with a price though, 14.5% alcohol that just slips by unnoticed. The flavors are delicious, with blue fruits, a hint of pepper and violets. Tannins still lurk in the background and give the wine a nice crunch. The acidity is ever so slight and does not overpower. The mid palate is where this wine shines, the fruit is very much alive and the mouthfeel hits its pinnacle. The finish is decent in length and gives a nice tannic coating that does not overpower. Overall a delicious wine that I am having with homemade pizza baked in the Big Green Egg. 89 points and 4 stars based on it’s normal retail of $16. Drink now- 2020. Salut….
One of my mates brought this little Eden Valley charmer to the party. I found it online for about $20. My first impression was the color- nearly black in the glass, beautiful. Plums and cherries on the nose were an interesting combination for me as I was expecting some black currants. On the first sip I only got blue fruits and some oak with bracing acidity but felt the wine was a little thin. Slight tannins and mid palate pluminess gave me the impression that the wine is slightly unbalanced. A noticeable oak touch came through on the back end with a clove hint. 88 points is a fair number for this wine although it got 90 from WS. I am giving it 3 stars and would drink it after some cellaring with a pasta dish, perhaps some bruschetta. Salut….
I was preparing our dinner last night when it dawned on me that I needed to pair sweet potato and Thai eggplant Penang curry, Chicken Satay and Thai Beef salad. A myriad of spiced dishes, not spicy as such, just highly flavored. Red was out of the question, as was Chardonnay. What I needed was something aromatic and slightly sweet. Riesling would have been perfect, but I was up for a challenge, not the easy road. I thought about a Gewurtztraminer, but settled for a Viognier. The Louis Latour brand covers many regions and every price point. I went with the $12 offering from the Ardeche region which is located in the southern Rhone.
This wine is decent, showing off it’s pale yellow straw color and offering up some aromatics of green apple and petrol with some lemon zest. On the palate, a cutting acidity is immediately noticeable as is some back end bite. The fruity composure is pale green apple and lemon with some quince in the mix. I was hoping for more aromatic flavors of rose petals and pineapple, but alas that is not typical of this hot region. The wine lacked the sweetness I seeked but made up for it with the acidity. Whilst I enjoyed the wine and thought the pairing was great I had some reservations about the back end bite. 87 points and 3 stars for this one. Enjoy it with spicy dishes or on the patio in the mid-summer heat. Salut….
An interesting blend of white wines from California, from the same clan that make Caymus and Belle Glos. Obviously a thoroughbred wine, this bottle is delicious. The label does not name varietals, but I am guessing a healthy dose of Viognier, a good proportion of Sauvignon Blanc, some Chardonnay and what else?
The Viognier is forefront, giving it that rose and floral scent that I love. Some apricots are also indicative of the semillon, let’s add that to the fray. I sense some cat pee and grass, telltale signs of Sauvignon Blanc and the balancer is the chardonnay. Acidity is decent, albeit not as sharp as I like in a white. Elegant and smooth on the palate, it has a long finish.
This wine is intriguing. It offers pre-dinner pleasure and paired well for my midweek fish and chips with the kids meal. In fact, Moxie even had a glass, which says something. It is not in everyone’s taste, yet I think it scores well technically and I really enjoyed it for the price. As an aside, I served Moxie hers in a Riedel Vinum Sauvignon Blanc glass while mine was poured into the Chardonnay version. Whilst you may be laughing at the sublety, there is a difference. Hers tasted more cat-peeish and had stronger green grass notes, while mine was more aromatic and fuller in the mouth. I had to really work hard at differentiating, but the proof is in the glass. Make sure you use the right one, and always go for a quality brand, versus some fancy crystal one with useless carvings and engravings. You can read about my unofficial taste test here. Meantime, 4 stars and 88 points. Great for a summer’s eve.