Friday, September 30, 2016

Gabbiano 2011 Chianti Classico Riserva (DOCG)





Gabbiano 2011 Chianti Classico Riserva (DOCG), $9.99-$$21.99, 88 points, poured a core deep ruby grading pomegranate red with a thin range of orange at the broad clear wine ring and glass bowl of considerable sheeting.
The aromas were not so typical black licorice, marjoram, tarragon, and plum, but a bit of developing red cherry returned the wine to normality.
Near full-bodied, rather smooth textured early palate for a Sangiovese, appropriately acidic and tannic with an undifferentiated blend of black fruit, red cherry, and plum flavors that were okay and more than acceptable for a $10 bottle of Riserva.
Finished fair with mint, oak, just a tad spicy, and a reserved 13.5% alcohol.
Paired well with our Italian-styled pepperoni pizza and salad.
Just a quick note as to prices: many of these very good and inexpensive Italian wines are now competing with what I've always considered the best value wines in the world: Spanish wines..

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Tenuta Sassoregale DOC 2013 Sangiovese Maremma Toscana

Tenuta Sassoregale DOC 2013 Sangiovese Maremma Toscana, $13.99-$16.99, 87 points, poured a deep maroon trending a dark pomegranate red toward the transparent wine ring at the glass edge.
Aromas were black currant, earthy, and herbal.
Medium-plus body carried good acidity, a supportive underlayment of tannin, and a fair balance of flavors reflective of the aromas with a bit of blackberry and coffee to boot.
Finished long, but a bit astringent, on licorice, mint, pepper, leather, and a well integrated 13.5% alcohol.
Great table wine for $14.

Paired perfectly with Debbie's meatloaf.





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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Incredibrew's NV Cranberry Pinot Grigio


Thank you Jen and Julie
Animal Rescue League of Bedford New Hampshire




Incredibrew's NV Cranberry Pinot Grigio, $12.99, 86 points, poured a medium gold color.
Aromatic pome blossoms, a hint of pineapple, and sweet apple notes were excellent.
Medium-bodied with fair acidity and moderately sweet flavors reflective of the aromas were tasty.
Finished fair on the trailing palate and a nearly unnoticeable 7% alcohol.
Incredibrew's NV Cranberry Pinot Grigio served well as an aperitif and paired great with my fried chicken fingers dipped in a sweet and sour sauce.
When purchasing these wines, some of the profits goes to the Animal Rescue League of NH.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Col d'Orcia 2013 Rosso di Montalcino (DOC)






Col d'Orcia 2013 Rosso di Montalcino (DOC), $13.59-$15.99, 89 points, poured a core maroon transitioning to a bright cranberry red at the very broad clear wine ring and glass edge.
Aromas of red raspberry and lavender were a bit shy, but pleasing.
Medium-bodied with typically good acidity and rather scratchy tannins supported flavors reflective of the aromas with cola and fennel notes.
Finished long on a hint of bourbon, warm spices, and the apropos 14% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with my spiced rack of lamb.
This Rosso makes an excellent table wine at an excellent price (hard to beat the QPR).

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Santa Margherita 2015 Pinot Grigio (DOC)


Santa Margherita 2015 Pinot Grigio (DOC), $17.94-$22.99 ($2 less than 5 yrs. ago), 92 points, was a light brass color, and just short of the glass edge turned water clear.
Interesting aromas of lemon grass, lime, and fresh-cut hay were delightful.
Light, crisp, and mouth-watering acidity with flavors reflective of the aromas were excellent.
Finished lemony with energetic ginger and a well-integrated 12.5% alcohol.
I don't remember ever having a Pinot Grigio that so much reminded me of a great Sauvignon Blanc.
Paired perfectly with a Pu-pu platter.

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Leo Hillinge Eveline 2014 Pinot Noir (Austria)





Leo Hillinge Eveline 2014 Pinot Noir (Austria), $15.72-$19.99, 89 points, poured a bright crystalline ruby with an exceptionally broad clear wine ring.
Aromatic cherry, wood, dry cooking herbs, a hint of blueberry, and pond-like smells were excellent.
Medium-bodied with good acidity, a mild underlayment of tannin, and fruity flavors of cherries, plums, cola, a hint of blueberry, and red licorice were quite tasty.
Finished long on the trailing palate, strawberry, warm spices, and a restrained 13% alcohol.
As the holiday season creeps irrevocably close, it is my favorite time of the year to drink Pinot Noir, and the Leo Hillinge Eveline 2014 Pinot Noir did not let me down ($15.72 equals high QPR); it paired delightfully with my roasted chicken, butternut squash, and red-skin mashed potatoes with gravy.

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Austrian Wines


  Austrian Wines are a bit hard to find in New Hampshire, but every once in a while one will pop-up and I'll grab it off the shelf. Though my list is small, I welcome comments, especially those comments adding to Austrian wines found in NH.
  Typically I offer a link introducing a country's wines, but in this case I didn't think what I could find apropos to my purposes; I don't pretend to be an expert on Austria or its wines.
  As is my style, I buy wine in NH to be relevant and specific here (NHWM), if a wine is bought at the NHLS-Outlets it's assumed without stating; most of my wines are bought at one of their more than fifty stores, and if wines are bought at another venue, I mention that.

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Höpler 2013 Grüner Veltliner, (100% Grüner Veltliner), $11.99-$14.99, 90 points
Landhaus Mayer 2014 Grüner Veltliner (Austria), $11.99-$13.99, 87 points
Leo Hillinge Eveline 2014 Pinot Noir (Austria), $15.72-$19.99, 89 points
Meinklang Frizzante 2014 Pinot Noir Rosé $17.96-$19.95, 86 points
Steininger Young 2011 White Wine from Austria, $15.39-$16.99, 87 points




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