Friday, March 24, 2017

Provenance Vineyards Napa Valley 2012 Merlot





Provenance Vineyards Napa Valley 2012 Merlot, $17.99-$34.99, 90 points, was a purple/red color with a clear wine ring and moderate legs.
Earthy smells accented with cinnamon, cedar, and a less sustained blackberry aroma were good.
Full-bodied with moderate acidity and firm grainy tannins managed to deliver early palate tangy black cherry, evolving blackberry, plum, and chocolate flavors.
Finished long on intense warm spices, truffle, pomegranate, tobacco, the residual palate, and a potent 14.9% alcohol.
Paired fine with my spiced-rubbed rare Angus rib-eye.
I preferred the early pour over the let-stand and breathe pour.



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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Januik Champoux Vineyard 2014 Muscat Canelli






Januik Champoux Vineyard 2014 Muscat Canelli, $6.79-$19.99, 87 points, poured a light glossy gold color.
Aromatic orange peel, wet cement, whimsical honeysuckle, and stone fruits were lovely, but translated weakly onto the palate with a hint of caramel.
This light-bodied wine with fair acidity walked a thin line between sweet and dry (off dry).
Finished okay on apricot, Kahlúa, caramel, and a comfortable 11.5% alcohol.
Paired fine with my blackberry crumpets and maple syrup.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Ménage à Trois 2015 Rosé





Ménage à Trois 2015 Rosé, $8.88-$12.99, 87 points, was an orange/rose color with a violet tint.
Smells of strawberries and peppermint candy-cane were a tad different.
Also a tad different for a Rosé was the flavor of blueberries, but traditional strawberry and floral notes were good.
Light-bodied with fair-plus acidity carried these flavors deep into the long finish marked by ginger notes and a well-balanced 13.5% alcohol.
Varietals were Merlot, Syrah, and an unusual Gewürztraminer.
Paired fine with my chili-mac.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Castell Franken (Trocken) 2015 Silvaner White Wine





Castell Franken (Trocken) 2015 Silvaner White Wine, $19.79-$21.99, 91 points, poured a light glossy gold color clearing at the glass shallows.
Aromatic pome fruit, soft floral notes, and hints of citrus and bacon were superior.
The almost medium-body was dense with flavors of stone fruits and brine; acidity was fair or medium.
Finished long on persistent ginger and the dry 13% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with a Alsatian bacon and onion tarte flambée.
I bought this wine at the Whole Foods of Bedford.
This was the first Silvaner (Sylvaner) white wine I've had the pleasure of tasting, and I was impressed.


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Monday, March 20, 2017

Groth Oakville-Napa Valley 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve





Groth Oakville-Napa Valley 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, $97.74-$114.99, 96+ points, poured the same color, but darker than this purple/red young Cabernet, and with thick slow tearing into the clear wine ring.
The bouquet was outstanding potpourris focused upon flowers, black fruits, cedar, and herbs; to break down this wine's aroma gestalt would just be superfluous.
Full-bodied with mouthwatering acidity and layered fine supportive tannins carried a balanced flavor profile excelling with blackberry liqueur, black currants, cedar, dates, plums, French café, earth notes, and sandalwood.
Finished elegantly on the waning palate, supple subtleties, and a well-integrated 14.9% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with my rare spice-rubbed Angus rib-eye.
One of the best Cabernet Sauvignon wines in my short list of Cabs.

Groth Vineyards, why it's a "go to" winery.
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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Castello Del Poggio Delle Venezie NV Moscato (IGT)






Castello Del Poggio Delle Venezie NV Moscato (IGT), $9.99-$11.99, 89 points, opened with a puff of 'smoke' and displayed less effervescence than a frizzante wine, and with as light a brass color 'imaginable' without being water clear.
The aromas of cream soda and orange were excellent.
Light-plus body was sleek and soft exhibiting medium acidity and an expected reigned-in sweetness.
Flavors neatly reflected the aromas with a touch of rock-candy.
Finished long on the trailing palate, hints of citrus, and a nearly unnoticeable 7% alcohol.
A fine aperitif, but paired well with my warm pecan pie, maple-spice cake, and okay with baked fig squares.

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Trivento Mendoza 2015 Malbec Reserve (Argentina)







Trivento Mendoza 2015 Malbec Reserve (Argentina), $8.49-$11.99, 87 points, poured a deep purple/red color with a broad clear wine ring.
Aromas of blueberry and mulberry were only okay for me.
Medium-bodied with good acidity and round easy tannins carried excellent flavors which mirrored the aromas plus orange pekoe tea.
Finished long on the trailing palate, a tad green, intense warm spices, oak, a seemingly higher than the printed 13.5% alcohol, and persistent tobacco notes.
My take-away on this wine is totally different than the back label.
Paired fine with our Pepper burgers.




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