Sunday, July 24, 2016

CK Mondavi "Willow Springs" 2015 Sauvignon Blanc




CK Mondavi "Willow Springs" 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, $7.19-$7.99, 86 points, was a hardware brass color.
Aroma of wheat grass rather than lemon or fresh-cut grass was accented by a lovely light floral note.
Light-plus body managed fair acidity with okay flavors of melon rind, a hint of kiwi, and a Necco Wafer vibe.
Finish a bit short on a blow-kiss of citrus, mild ginger notes, and an innocuous 12.6% alcohol.
It's been almost a year since I've had a Mondavi wine, even if it's under Marc Mondavi's control (complicated family and convoluted business), but since it's Robert Mondavi Winery's 50th anniversary, I thought I'd ambiguously end that fast.
Paired okay with my steamed Maine lobster in melted butter.





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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Honig Napa Valley 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon




Honig Napa Valley 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, $27.19-$35.99, 92 points, poured a deep purple/red trending bright red toward the still broadly clear wine ring at the glass edge and leggy bowl.
Aromatic cedar and black fruit were excellent.
Full-bodied with good acidity and a mellow underlayment of tannin manage a well balanced flavor profile of black fruits, violets, cedar, anise, truffle, clove, and cinnamon.
Finished long on the trailing palate, warm spices, and a sweet-spot 14.5% alcohol.
I paired and enjoyed this Cab with my smorgasbord of Mexican dishes.


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Friday, July 22, 2016

Tenute Silvio Nardi Vigneto Manachiara 2010 Brunello di Montalcino




Tenute Silvio Nardi Vigneto Manachiara 2010 Brunello Di Montalcino, $75.59-$83.99, 94 points (as of now), poured a sunburst orange/red with a broad clear wine ring at the leggy glass wall.
Aromatic presentation as the wine opened-up with sea-breezes, sandalwood, subtle floral notes, and red cherry.
Medium-plus body carried typically good acidity, but even more intense tannins than I'm accustomed to in a Brunello, and those tannins intensified throughout the finish; so, I'm thinking that this wine might be better tasted ten years from now.
The fact of the matter: the bottle was opened, poured, and we were drinking this knock you-over "drink alone" red wine, or pair with any food you might need help to digest, typical Italian cuisine (thank you), but bring out the steaks please.

Flavors began with black cherry and roses, but transitioned toward bourbon, black pepper, and dried herbs like cardamom.
Finished exceptionally long on those striking tannins, typical Brunello oak, warm spices with a borderline hot 14.5% alcohol. 
I bought this Brunello at the Whole foods of Bedford.



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Thursday, July 21, 2016

L'Ecole Columbia Valley No. 41 Old Vines 2014 Chenin Blanc






L'Ecole Columbia Valley No. 41 Old Vines 2014 Chenin Blanc, $16.99-$18.99, 90+ points, poured a bright brass color and clear at the glass shallows.
Early aromatic tangerine, lemon, and a hint of circus peanut candy were very good, but dissipated as the wine warmed.
Light, crisp, and stony with flavors that mirrored the early aromas, and adding a delightful apricot were clean and delicious.
Finished fine on the trailing palate, ginger notes, and a well integrated 13.5% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with my Mandarin chicken and brown rice with peas.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Lindeman's Gentleman's N0 1 Collection Cabernet Sauvignon





Lindeman's Gentleman's N0 1 Collection Cabernet Sauvignon, $13.59-$18.99, 84 points, poured opaque trending maroon toward the clear wine ring at the leggy glass bowl.
Aromas of blueberry, coffee, and hints of sandalwood were okay.
Full-bodied with fair acidity and mildly soft tannin managed a somewhat syrupy red and black cherry flavor profile accented by blueberry, clove, and black licorice.
Finished on the trailing palate, an intensifying tannin, and a restrained 13,9% alcohol.
Paired okay with my pepperoni pizza.








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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Haraszthy Family Cellas "Beartage" Lodi 2015 Sauvignon Blanc




Haraszthy Family Cellas "Beartage" Lodi 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, $14.39-$15.99, 88 points, poured a lovely glossy gold color.
Aromatic fresh-cut hay, mint, honeysuckle, and citrus notes were outstanding.
Slightly heavier bodied than most Cali Sauvignon Blanc wines I've tasted, but still crisp, appropriately acidic with aromas well translated onto the palate, flavors which were very good, and except for a slightly thin mid-palate, was a welcoming partner with my fried chicken, onion rings, and cucumber salad.
Finished well on the trailing palate with hints of black pepper and an expected higher alcohol (13.8%).
I bought this SB at the Hannaford's Super Market in Bedford.




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Monday, July 18, 2016

Baron Herzog Clarksburg 2015 Kosher Chenin Blanc






Baron Herzog Clarksburg 2015 Kosher Chenin Blanc, $9.99-$11.99, 87 points, was a light  brass color trending water clear toward the glass wall.
Shy apple/lemon smells were okay and transitioned onto the palate.
Light-plus and rather round body carried only fair acidity; I found this Chenin Blanc to be a tad sweet, but the flavors of apple/lemon, kiwi, and pear were delicious.
Finished unremarkable on the trailing palate, a hint of white pepper, and a soft 11.5% alcohol.
Paired fine with my sautéed Sea scallops.




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