Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Maso Canali Trentino D.O.C. 2012 Pinot Grigio


Maso Canali Trentino D.O.C. 2012 Pinot Grigio, $17.99-$23.99, 91+ points, appeared a bright brass color trending slightly gray toward the glass wall.
A noticeable pome with hints of honey, tangerine, and flowers on the nose were lovely.
More heavily bodied than most other Italian Pinot Grigio wines I've tasted, almost chewy, very creamy, and smooth (this was not the crisp white wine I had expected), with good acidity.
Early palate ginger was a bit unusual as well, but very nice; other flavors were tangerine, pear, sesame seed, and apple-butter.
Finished strong on a trailing palate with an escalating ginger and 12.5% alcohol.
This wine was sourced from a 500 year old estate, was considerably more expensive than recently tasted Pinot Grigio wines from Italy, and was worth the extra expense.



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Monday, April 21, 2014

Sartori Villa Mura I.G.T. 2012 Pinot Grigio





Sartori Villa Mura I.G.T. 2012 Pinot Grigio, $6.54-$13.99, 85 points, appeared a light brass/copper color trending gray at the glass wall.
Pomelo, vanilla, and pome notes on the nose were subtle and pleasant.
With its light body and fair-plus acidity, the flavors mirrored the aroma, but were a bit thin and spilled into the finish without much fanfare, and just a hint of the 12% alcohol.
Paired okay with a green salad and fried haddock.

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Italy! Salute!


Italy: Approx. 2X the population of CA. with 47,349 miles less landmass and one million Wineries!
With so many friends from Italy visiting, I thought a little "LOVE" expressed in this older post might be appropriate. I'm not sure how well Goggle Translate will serve our languages, but the intent is: Salute!
Casanova di Neri 2007 Brunello Di Montalcino, $40.99-$48.99, 94 punti, davvero un Bejeweled rubino di un vino, con un luccichio di ambra verso l'orlo ampio trasparente.
Aromatico, con profumato rosso ciliegia piccante e cedro, con note di catrame di pino e lilla. E 'stato più di quattro mesi da quando ho sperimentato un Brunello, ma profumato che bouquet mi ha ricordato quanto sia univoco meraviglioso Brunello inizia nel bicchiere.
-Medium più corpo, buona acidità, moderata e tannino persistente, con una sensazione in bocca succoso e rotondo, ha una qualità quasi fondere-in-vostro-bocca (lo so, liquido non scioglie-ma!).
Aromi floreali sono dominanti, con note di catrame, erbe e speziato rosso ciliegia.
Finitura eccezionalmente lungo con spezie bocca formicolio ed eucalipti, questo vino mi ricorda il Mate 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, e sarà altrettanto memorabile.


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Sunday, April 20, 2014

WARRE"S Otima 10 year old 2004 Tawny Port




WARRE"S Otima 10 year old 2004 Tawny Port, $19.99-$25.9991 points, began a deep amber color, with a bright rich aroma of caramel and bourbon. Full-bodied compared with unfortified wines, but as I'm new to Port, I'm told this is a lighter port.
Flavors of raisins, apricots, and caramel were pleasing, and carried long into the finish with some spice, wood, and a typical 20% alcohol.
Paired well with my favorite pie (pecan).
This is my first Port, but hopefully I'll get a chance to taste many more. 




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Port-The Fortified Wine





 
 
 
Keep in mind that Port-styled wine (Portugal) are made elsewhere, such as California and Australia, but the heart of Port will always be Portugal!
 
My short list begins with:
 
 
 
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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Mollydooker Velvet Glove 2009 McLaren Vale Shiraz




Mollydooker Velvet Glove 2009 McLaren Vale Shiraz, $109.34-$169.99, 95 points, poured an inky black with just a hint of Shiraz purple toward the edge of the leggy glass wall and its sliver of a transparent rim.
Smells of dried green herbs, lilacs, celery-salt, black cherry, thick rich notes of blackberry and boysenberry with chocolate and coffee notes were profusely pleasant.
The color and the aroma were indicative of a massive full-bodied red wine, and to tell the truth, I don't think I've ever had a "Bigger" red wine, excepting the totally out of balance M.D. Lust Zinfandel which I didn't like; this wine is different: it has good acidity, supplely layered and silky tannin, with a balanced flavor profile consisting of its mirrored aroma, a totally integrated 15.5% alcohol, and finished remarkably long on a trailing palate with adequate cayenne pepper and other spices.
I paired this with a big bone-in rib-eyed steak, butternut squash and French fries (provincial, I know).

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Masquerade 2012 Pinot Grigio


Masquerade 2012 Pinot Grigio, $5.99-$9.99, 83 points, poured a light lemon/lime color, but trended gray toward the rim.
The nose was seriously quiet, and that nondescript character carried over onto the palate.
A light body displayed mild acidity with little intensity, but a hint of limestone minerality was not enough to carry the day; however, as a quaffing white wine, Masquerade 2012 Pinot Grigio was okay, and paired satisfactorily with fried haddock.
Finished fair with light spice notes, easy 12% alcohol, and hints of citrus. There was nothing offensive about this wine, but not much more than spiked mineral-water.



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