Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Justin Central Coast 2016 Sauvignon Blanc





Justin Central Coast 2016 Sauvignon Blanc,
$12.74-$16.99, 91 points, poured the lightest brass colors.
Aromatic pome fruit and grass with a whisper of grapefruit were generous.
Light, crisp, refreshing, and appropriately acidic with complex evolving flavors of melon, tropical fruit, black pepper, and yes a hint of grass.
Finished on the trailing palate and a typically Justin-big 14.5% alcohol.
By far the best Justin Sauvignon Blanc I've tasted, and at less than $15, a great value.
Paired perfectly with my Canadian Halibut.




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Monday, June 26, 2017

Charles Smith 'Casasmith' Northridge Vineyard, Wahluke Slope 2015 Barbera






Charles Smith 'Casasmith' Northridge Vineyard, Wahluke Slope 2015 Barbera,
$19.99-$48.99, 88 points, was a purple/red color with a moderately broad clear wine ring and rather large tears.
Profuse aromas dominated by blueberry, and trimmed with red fruit, a floral note, and a hint of toast were okay.
Medium-bodied with good acidity, round supportive tannins, and a cornucopia of fruit flavors accented with red licorice, fennel, and sweet tobacco were satisfyingly interesting.
Finished long on oak notes, sweet tobacco, an easy spiciness, and a big 14.5% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with my Carrabba's lasagna.

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Charles Heidsieck Champagne Rosé Réserve (The Crowd Pleaser)



Charles Heidsieck Champagne Rosé Réserve,
$65.44-$79.99, 94 points, was more an apricot color than pink or rose colored; sufficient rather large bubbles camouflaged the dynamism residing in this bottle.
A soft floral strawberry aroma was delicate and lovely.
Light invigorating body of mouthwatering acids delivered a most amazing gestalt of inextricably pleasing floral-berry flavors.
Finished dry and very long on a hint of stem, a whisper of yeast, red cherry, and a well-integrated 12% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with my grilled asparagus and honey roasted chicken wings.
Varietals were 33% Pinot Noir, 33% Pinot Meunier, and 34% Chardonnay.



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Sparkling Rosé Wines


Sparkling Rosé Wines Reviewed
 




Charles Heidsieck Champagne Rosé Réserve, $65.44-$79.99, 94 points
Emeri De Bortoli Australian Sparkling Pink Moscato, $9.99, 89 points
Gruet Brut Bubbly Rosé, $12.23-$18.99, 89 points
Gruet NV Brut Sparkling Rosé, $16.99-$18.99, 88 points
Jacob's Creek Sparkling Moscato Rosé, $11.99-$14.99, 88 points
Llopart Reserva Brut 2011 Rose Cava, Spain, $22.99-$24.99, 92 points
Meinklang Frizzante 2014 Pinot Noir Rosé $17.96-$19.95, 86 points (Austria)
MUMM Napa Valley Brut Rosé, $16.99-$19.99, 92 points
Sensi 18K NV Moscato (Sparkling Sweet Rosé Wine), $19.99-$22.99, 91 points
Terlato 'Fizz 56' Piemonte DOC Brachetto NV Sprakling (frizzante) Red Wine, $3.99-$12.99 (375ML), 86 points


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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Gruet "Savage" Blanc De Blancs NV Sparkling Wine







Gruet "Savage" Blanc De Blancs NV Sparkling Wine, $17.99-$19.99, 90 points, poured a deep glossy gold color with big a head of foam and a continuous eruption of medium-sized bubbles.
Smells of caramelized apples, toast, and yeast trailed nicely onto the juicy palate; mouthwatering acidity and a dry medium body carried flavors rightly reflective of the aromas.
Finished well on the balanced 12.5% alcohol and a hint of ginger and pear.
Paired perfectly with my chicken enchiladas.

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Bersano 'Nirvasco' 2011 Barolo (DOCG)







Bersano 'Nirvasco' 2011 Barolo (DOCG), $21.24-$49.99, 91 points, poured a bright orange/red color with a moderately broad wine ring and light draping.
Smells of oak and caramel were strong, drowning out more subtle rose and fresh linen.
Medium-bodied with mouthwatering acidity and grainy gripping tannins managed a rather straight forward spiced and alcohol (14%) inspirited black cherry trailing deep into the long finish accented with oak and plum.
Paired perfectly with our pepperoni pizza.

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Mahu Maule Valley 2016 Sauvignon Blanc (Chile)







Mahu Maule Valley 2016 Sauvignon Blanc (Chile), $11.69-$12.99, 87 points, poured a light gold color grading clear toward the glass shallows.
Soft aromas of pomelo and hay were delightful.
MAHU SB was very light and very acidic with a grapefruit flavor profile, and subtle lemon and grass accents added a satisfying complexity.
Finished okay on the lemon, hints of ginger, and an innocuous 12.5% alcohol.
Paired fine with our broiled Icelandic Cod loins.
I bought this SB at the Whole Foods of Bedford.

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