Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Szigeti NV Grüner Veltliner Brut Methode Traditionnelle (Austria)



Szigeti NV Grüner Veltliner Brut Methode Traditionnelle (Austria), $13.99-$17.99, 88 points, was a dark gold color with a deep head of foam formed by medium sized bubbles.
Aromas of hazel nuts, pome blossoms, and white bread were very light, but pleasant.
Light-bodied with good acidity and subtle flavors reflective of the aromas were satisfying.
Finished fair with hints of apple and ginger with a well-balanced 12.5% alcohol.
Paired fine with my Japanese cuisine.

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Monday, September 17, 2018

Mount Veeder Winery Napa Valley 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon





Mount Veeder Winery Napa Valley 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, $28.04-$32.99, 91 points, poured broadly with black and deep purple/red patches, a clear meniscus, and thick stained sheeting, and tearing precipitation.
Strong aromas of crème de cassis and sandalwood were pleasant.
Full-bodied with good acidity and developing firm drying tannins unfolded the aromas onto the palate with plum and cherry fruit.
Finished long on energizing pepper spices, lingering red fruit, and a congruous 14.5% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with Glendi's barbeque lamb.
Ben, thank you for the wine.


2013 California Cabernet Sauvignon wines tasted

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Fantini Farnese 2016 Montepulciano D'Abruzzo Red Wine (D.O.C.)





Fantini Farnese 2016 Montepulciano D'Abruzzo Red Wine (D.O.C.), $8.49-$11.99, 88 points, poured an impregnable ruby red with a clear wine ring and light clinging drapes.
Aromas of black licorice, dusty plum, and a furtive floral note were soft, but quite good.
Medium-bodied with good acidity and a mild plank of tannins carried a red fruit profile with nuanced truffle and eucalyptus.
Finished well on the trailing palate, easy spice notes, mulberry, milk chocolate, and a balanced 13% alcohol.

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Saturday, September 15, 2018

De Chanceny 'Brut Excellence' 2013 Vouvray (Chenin Blanc) France





De Chanceny 'Brut Excellence' 2013 Vouvray (Chenin Blanc) France, $11.69-12.99, 86 points, poured a moderately dark brass color with a yellow sheen, and a fair amount of small bubbles which swelled larger as they ascended.
Smells of yeast, lemon, and white chocolate were just okay for me.
The light-plus body was indeed brut-dry, showed good acidity and failing flavors of yeast, caramel, and flat kiwi.
Finished okay on the trailing palate and a 12.5% alcohol.
Paired satisfactorily with my tuna salad.

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Domaine Petroni Corse Rouge 2015 Red Wine (Corsica, France)





Domaine Petroni Corse Rouge 2015 Red Wine (Corsica, France), $15.29-$16.99. 87 points, poured core black radiating rosewood red toward the clear wine ring and moderately draped glass bowl.
A bouquet of roses, oak, boysenberry jam, dusty hay, and a hint of milk chocolate were just a tease from its deep well.
Medium-plus body with good acidity and a supportive underlayment of tannin managed to eke-out enough flavors reflective of the bouquet (mostly boysenberry) to complement the veggie burgers we had for lunch.
The finish was fair, but really anticlimactic on the trailing palate, subtle spice notes, and a balanced 13% alcohol. 
Varietals were  50% Niellucciu, 35% Syrah, and 15% Grenache.

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Michele Chiarlo Le Orme 2014 Barbera D'Asti (DOCG)





Michele Chiarlo Le Orme 2014 Barbera D'Asti (DOCG), $8.49-$17.99, 87 points, poured a deep sienna color with a clear wine ring and light glass draping.
Aromas of dusty red fruit, mulberry, toast, and a hint of juniper were pleasant.
Medium-bodied, off-dry, with good acidity and a thin plank of tannins translated the aromas onto the palate.
Finished fair on easy pepper spices, red raspberry, truffle, and an innocuous 13.5% alcohol.
Paired fine with our spaghetti in a marinara sauce.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Cantine Catena Campania IGT 2014 Aglianico (Italy's braille label)




Cantine Catena Campania IGT 2014 Aglianico (Italy's braille label), $14.02-$16.49, 90 points, poured broadly black with brightening garnet reds, a broad clear wine ring spotted with debris, and heavy clinging tears.
The unusual aromas of iodine, lingonberry jam, and white chocolate were amazing.
Near full-bodied with bright acidity showed delicious flavors of cherry cola, strawberry, citrus, and black tea, if only one patiently peered through the thicket of wooly tannins.
Finished bone-dry and forever on the trailing palate, a tad herbal, and a spot-on 13.5% alcohol.
Aglianico is not a common varietal found in New Hampshire, USA, but I loved this wine, and if the finish had carried through with the intensity of this wine, I think it would have scored remarkably high; already a great QPR wine with me, though I can see that many will be displeased with the intense tannins.

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