Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Chateau Barbebelle Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence Cuvee Madeleine 2016 Rosé





Chateau Barbebelle Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence Cuvee Madeleine 2016 Rosé, $10.99-$15.99, 90 points, poured a medium Salmon pink color. .
Big strawberry aroma was accented with bits of white toast and watermelon.
Light and appropriately acidic with delicious flavors reflective of the aromas plus a touch of Necco Wafers.
Finished long on the trailing palate, dry yet fruity, and nuanced with the well-balanced 13.5% alcohol.
Paired perfectly as my favorite Mexican cuisine's complementary wine companion.

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Monday, January 22, 2018

Monrosso Toscana IGT 2015 Red Wine




Monrosso Toscana IGT 2015 Red Wine, $11.89-$16.99, 90 points, appeared bright ruby red with a broad clear wine ring and light draping on the glass wall.
Smells of cherry fruit, black tea, and a hint of citrus were good.
Medium-bodied, crisp, dry, nicely acidic, and firmly tannic describes this excellent red table wine.
Cherry, tobacco, tea, white pepper, and hints of rose flavors were complex, and carried deep into the long finish with a respectable 13.5% alcohol.
The QPR is outstanding, and paired perfectly with my spaghetti in a beefy tomato sauce.

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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Merriam Vineyards 'Lower Pond' Alexander Valley 2014 Malbec






Merriam Vineyards 'Lower Pond' Alexander Valley 2014 Malbec, $33.99-$39.99, 91 points, poured with deep purples and reds, hanging red tears, and a moderately broad transparent rim.
Profusely aromatic with lovely robust black fruit, toast, spice, and flowers.
Full-bodied with fair acidity and a sufficient underlayment of tannin managed an abundance of powerful and nuanced flavors reflective of the aromas.
Finished long with hints of mulberry, peat, red pepper, and a restrained 13.8% alcohol.
This big red begs for beef, shows domestic Malbec producers how to vinify the varietal, and, I have no doubt, impress Argentina Malbec lovers as well.

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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Wine Week 2018 (New Hampshire) What's All The Hoopla?


Wine Week 2018, What's All The Hoopla?





  Wine Week (2018) in New Hampshire is beginning again, and the exciting cycle of the oxymoronic frozen frenzy of fiendishly fitting and figuring of how to make too often pedestrian wines pair with patrons, proceeds.
  This bloated buffoonery gets to the heart of my unsolicited and unrequested advice for the 2018 Wine Week: Meet people, have fun, and select important wines to taste; by important, I mean wines that have the potential to impress or wines that you may want to buy in bulk and still impress; clearly, the wines that would interest moi would be one-time wines of an unusual character, whether rare varietals, rare quality, or just scarce wines; For me, it’s the ‘adventure’ of the wine.
   Secondly, if I’m buying for a restaurant or a private boutique I’m clearly not wanting to buy just one bottle of a given wine, but buying wines that will thrill the palates of my restaurant’s clientele, easy enough with a Sauvignon Blanc (did I really say that?), but not so easy with a Cabernet Sauvignon. Of course there’s the standard supermarket wines (not always uninspiring) that the irremediable hoi-polios asks for, usually by brand name, Robert Mondavi anyone?
 
Well, Here’s to Wine Week 2018: cheers, salute, down–the-Hatch, or bottoms-up should suffice to encourage this year’s Hubbub.




New Hampshire Wine Week (the link)

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Dunn Vineyards Howell Mountain 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon


 
Dunn Vineyards Howell Mountain 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, $110.99-$129.99, 94 points, poured broadly black grading ruby red at the clear wine ring.
The aromatically shy cedar potpourri was pleasant, although it took a few hours for it to emerge.
Full-bodied with bright acidity and firm very fine tannins managed a complex flavor profile showing graphite, dried sweet cooking herbs, black fruit, and mint.
Finished quite long on the finessed trailing palate, anise, easy pepper spices, and a more Bordeaux-styled 13.9% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with my rare spice-rubbed Angus rib eye steak.

 
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Friday, January 19, 2018

Undaunted Columbia Valley 2015 Malbec (USA)







Undaunted Columbia Valley 2015 Malbec (USA), $11.25-$12.50, 87 points, poured mostly black with flashes of deep purple/red, a clear wine ring, and a moderately draped glass wall.
Smells of blueberries, rich blackberries, and a hint of cedar were good.
Full-bodied with fair-plus acidity and mellow sufficiently supportive tannins carried dense flavors reflective of the aromas nuanced by plum and mulberry notes.
Finished spicy with a bit of black licorice, fig paste, coffee/tobacco notes, and a well-balanced 13.9% alcohol.
Paired fine with my Loukaniko (Greek sausage) and Boston baked beans.
I bought this domestic Malbec at the Whole Foods of Bedford.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Michel Rolland and Javier Galarreta (R&G) 2011 Rioja Red Wine





Michel Rolland and Javier Galarreta (R and G) 2011 Rioja Red Wine, $5.94-$14.99, 90 points, poured deep ruby red with a clear wine ring and a moderately leggy glass bowl.
Of the last four red wines, the Rioja's bouquet was superior and rich with aromas of flowers, coffee, ripe red raspberry, blackberry, and a hint of brine.
Surpassing medium-bodied with a good balance of acidity, tannin, texture, and bouquet mirrored flavors made for a surprisingly high valued (QPR) red wine.
Finished long, spicy, showing trifling plum notes, citrus, and a significant 14% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with our spicy burgers and cheese nachos.

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