Sunday, May 19, 2019

La Mozza I Perazzi Maremma Toscana 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon DOC (Italy)






La Mozza I Perazzi Maremma Toscana 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon DOC (Italy), $14.44-$16.99, 90 points, poured a deep ruby grading cranberry red with a broad meniscus and dense stained legs.
Aromas were rather 'dumb', but a light floral red raspberry was nice (I know some of you don't like that descriptor).
An unusually light (medium-bodied) Cabernet Sauvignon with good acidity and a mellow supportive underlayment of tannin was the conduit for a totally unusual wine: flavors of a rich red fruit medley nuanced with sweet tobacco.
Finished long on the trailing palate, licorice, and a perfect 13.5% alcohol.
I loved this wine! It was delicious, unobtrusive, and a perfect pairing with my spaghetti and meatballs.

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Saturday, May 18, 2019

Pendulum Columbia Valley 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon




Pendulum Columbia Valley 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, $15.99-$19.99, 90 points, poured core black grading ruby red with a bright broad clear meniscus and dense copious stained tears.
Aromas of cedar, earth, and black currants with a hint of shoe polish were excellent.
Full-bodied red wine (gentle on the palate) with good acidity and softly supportive tannins carried rich flavors of blackberry, black currant, cocoa, and plum.
Finished well on the fading palate, a touch of tart pomegranate, easy pepper spices, and a spot-on 14.3% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with Ollie's sirloin tips.

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Friday, May 17, 2019

Joel Gott 2017 Sauvignon Blanc





Joel Gott 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, $8.75-$12.99,  86 points, poured a very light yellow/gold color and water clear at the rim.
Aromatic sweet hay nuanced with a hint of honeysuckle and passion fruit were excellent.
Light, appropriately acidic, and showing flavors of slightly sour lemon-grass, lime, and watermelon rind.
Finished on the trailing palate, white pepper, and a well-balanced 13.9% alcohol.
Paired okay with my turkey club with veggies in a cheddar cheese sauce.

Sauvignon Blanc 2017 (Cali) 

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Conti Zecca Salento 2014 Negroamaro Red Wine (IGT)



Conti Zecca Salento 2014 Negroamaro Red Wine (IGT), $8.92-$17.99, 90 points, was a dark ruby red with an orange/red penumbra and clear wine ring.
Smells were peppery, flowery, and fruity with nuanced cocoa and cedar (outstanding).
Full-bodied red wine, creamy smooth, and with a firm supportive underlayment of tannin which managed unusual flavors of mango, Damson plum, and licorice.
Finished long on the fading palate, cherry cola, pepper spices, and a well-integrated 14% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with my meat-lovers pizza.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Zocker Paragon Vineyard Etna Valley 2015 Grüner Veltliner





Zocker Paragon Vineyard Etna Valley 2015 Grüner Veltliner, $10.99-$19.99, 86 points, was a straw yellow color clearing at the glass shallows.
Aromas of sweet hay, apple, and a floral vibe were pleasant.
A shade more than light-bodied, good acidity, and reasonably tasty on sour hay notes, a hint of yeast, and grapefruit rind.
Finished long and tart on the trailing palate and a well-balanced 13.5% alcohol.
Paired fine with our spicy chili.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Château La Grange Clinet Grande Reserve 2015 Bordeaux Red Wine





Château La Grange Clinet Grande Reserve 2015 Bordeaux Red Wine, $11.69-$12.99, 90 points, poured a dark garnet red with a broad clear meniscus and moderately dense stained draping.
Aromatic bouquet of flowers, red raspberry, cedar, and loam were quite good.
Medium-plus body, good acidity, and grainy firm tannins supported a savory flavor profile with good red and black fruit, herbs, and boysenberry jam.
Finished earthy, jammy, a touch of white pepper, and a well-balanced 14% alcohol.
Varietals were 65% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Wasn't particularly satisfied with this wine paired with burgers or pizza, but I think lamb with a touch of mint just might have worked.

Bordeaux Red Wine Vintage 2015

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Monday, May 13, 2019

Gateway 2016 Vinho Verde






Gateway 2016 Vinho Verde, $2.96-$10.99, 87 points, was the lightest of yellow-gold colors with a light green sheen, and there was no apparent fizz.
Faint lemon aroma was all this 'dumb' white wine would show.
Light, brightly acidic, still no apparent effervescence, lively flavors of lime with a lemon/lime finish (9.5% ABV).
A rather nondescript Vinho Verde, but rather tasty and worth more than $2.96.
Paired perfectly with my rotisserie chicken and mashed potatoes.

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