Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Red Newt Cellars Finger Lakes 2014 Riesling




Red Newt Cellars Finger Lakes 2014 Riesling, $11.89-$14.99, 89 points, poured the lightest brass colors clearing toward the glass shallows.
Soft pome flowers and mild apple aromas were whimsical will-o-the-wisp.
Light-bodied with mouthwatering acidity and a tad sweet with the flavor of pomelo.
Finished nicely complex, long, and slightly tart on citrus notes, the faintest hint of cantaloupe, a whisper of ginger, and an easy 10.1% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with my Maritime lobster in drawn butter and crab rangoon.




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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Campo Viejo NV Brut Cava Rosé








Campo Viejo NV Brut Cava Rosé, $9.99-$12.99, 87 points, poured with a light head of foam diminishing quickly, and showing a bright cranberry juice red.
Shy aromas typical of non-Rosé Cava were okay, but a hint of juniper was quite nice.
Light and crisp with good acidity, having flavors of red raspberry and watermelon were pleasant.
Finished quite dry and a bit thin with a melon rind flavor and an appropriate 12% alcohol.
Paired okay with my Mexican cuisine.


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Monday, August 14, 2017

The Seeker Marlborough 2013 Sauvignon Blanc








The Seeker Marlborough 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, $8.99-$18.99, 86 points, poured a glossy gold color with green highlights.
Aromatic gooseberry, lemongrass, and a bit of pine pitch reminded me that this was a New Zealand SB.
This light, crisp, and acidic Sauvignon Blanc with grapefruit throughout the palate and those flavors that mirrored the aromas seems to have lost a little touch of its freshness, but still paired well with my Maritime Halibut and chips; note to self: I need to pick up the 2016 vintage to compare.
Finished fair on the trailing palate, a hint of ginger, and a well-balanced 13% alcohol.

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Bliss Family Vineyards Mendocino County 2016 Rosé






Bliss Family Vineyards Mendocino County 2016 Rosé, $11.89-$13.99, 88 points, was shades of silky salmon pink.
Aromatic floral strawberry and raspberry Kool-Aid were good.
Light-plus body with enough acidity carried an abundance of bubble gum flavors with intense strawberry notes trailing like a caboose deep into the finish of hibiscus, easy spice, and a potent 13.5% alcohol.
Varietals were 35% Zinfandel, 27% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Dolcetto and 7% Mixed Reds.
Paired fine with our Mexican cuisine.




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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Passion fruit in Wine



Passion fruit in wine
is its own passion,
but it has lead me to another great culinary adventure!



  I found Passion fruit to be more like a sweet/tart lemongrass accented with a bit of nutty lime, however Emmy (see link below) describes it quite differently. No matter how it's experienced, the flavor is wonderful and highly prized.
  All opinions concerning Passion fruit are welcome.

Emmy describes Passion fruit.


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Warre's 1992 Quinta Da Cavainha Vintage Porto






Warre's 1992 Quinta Da Cavainha Vintage Porto, $24.99-$49.99, 96 points, poured a copper/red color with a very broad clear wine ring, heavy draping, and thick debris requiring filtering
Aromatic raisins, plum, fig, fresh laundered linen, and bright red fruit were wonderful.
Full-bodied with mouthwatering acidity and still firm grainy tannins carried rich flavors of caramel, raisins, and slightly sweet fig. 
Finished long on the hot 20% alcohol inspirited spice, spearmint, and oak notes.
Lovely Port by its lonesome or as it paired perfectly with our chocolate/hazelnut cheesecake.



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Friday, August 11, 2017

Bonpas Réserve de Bonpas 2010 Châteauneuf-du-Pape








Bonpas Réserve de Bonpas 2010 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, $18.69-$45.99, 92 points, poured a medium purple/red color with a broad clear wine ring and heavily legged glass bowl.
Aromatic black fruit, cedar, and violets were outstanding.
This beautiful satiny medium-plus bodied red wine with moderate acidity and cola flavors complementing flavors of the aromas was simply delicious.
Finished long on hints of cherry, plum, and a bit of chocolate pudding with the trailing palate, easy spices, and a potent 14.5% alcohol.
Varietals were a blend of Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvèdre.
Paired perfectly with our meat-lovers pizza.
At this price most anyone can afford to impress their dinner guests; serve with stews, BBQs, Italian cuisine, and steaks.

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