Saturday, December 3, 2016

Cade Napa Valley 2015 Sauvignon Blanc





Cade Napa Valley 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, $28.04-$32.99, 92 points, poured a light brass color trailing clear toward the glass edge.
Aromatic tropical, stone, and citrus fruits were a bit toasty, but harmonious.
Light, crisp, appropriately acidic with a cornucopia of flavors reflective of the aromas which worked its palate magic, both as a stand alone libation and as a companion to my bounty from the sea (Maine lobster and clams).
Finished long and stony with tangerine, ginger, and a potent 14.2% alcohol.
Varietals were 92% Sauvignon Blanc, 3% 
Sémillon, 2.5% Sauvignon Musque, and 2.5% Viognier.

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Geyser Peak 2012 Zinfandel







Geyser Peak 2012 Zinfandel, $6.79-$16.99, 86 points, appeared as a deep and crystalline ruby color with a broad transparent wine ring.
Aromas of red cherry and blueberry were okay.
Medium body marked by honed tannins and good acidity were a bit puckering.
Flavors were reflective of the aromas with a slightly syrupy red raspberry, but were a bit woody.
Finished okay on the trailing palate with a touch of mulling spice and a well-blended 13.5% alcohol.
Paired fine with our loaded pizza.


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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Zeitgeist Napa Valley 2011 Cabernat Sauvignon





Zeitgeist Napa Valley 2011 Cabernat Sauvignon, $29.49-$57.99, 92 points, was a true wine-red on the red color chart, and terminated with a very broad clear wine ring and glass wall of some sheeting.
Aromatic zephyrs of earth, cedar, hints of vanilla, and a whiff of violets were quite good.
Near full-bodied with a zing of acidity and appropriately supportive tannins managed a complex array of fruit flavors, cola notes, and black tea.
Zooming to the finish of warm spices, a tart pomegranate flavor, and a reasonable 14.2% alcohol was a delight.
Paired great with our New York sirloin.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Hawk Crest Red Hills Lake County 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon






Hawk Crest Red Hills Lake County 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, $11,04-$15.99, 88 points, poured a dense black currant color grading more red toward the clear wine ring and the leggy glass bowl.
Shy aromas of soft violets and black currants were okay.
Medium-plus body with good acidity and firm drying tannins managed to give enough life to a rather straight-forward black fruit profile, dusty earthiness, and a welcome finish of explosive spice, plum flavor, and a comfortable 13.5% alcohol to make this a very good red table wine; you'll have real table-setting gravitas when you serve this lovely bottle of red wine to your ornithological friends!
Paired well with my spicy red pepper, beans, and beef chili.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Forefront (Pine Ridge) 2012 Zinfandel





Forefront (Pine Ridge) 2012 Zinfandel, $10.19-$24.99, 88 points, poured a bright lovely ruby grading purple/red with a broad clear wine ring at the glass wall of some sheeting.
Shy aromas of mulberry, blackberry, and a hint of sour grapes were good.
Medium-bodied with good acidity and a balanced comfortable underlayment of tannin carried good flavors of black fruit, Orange pekoe tea, and cola notes.
Finish long on plum notes, easy warm spices, a tad green, and a restrained 14.8% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with my loaded thin-crust pizza.
This is a high QPR (value) red wine!



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Monday, November 28, 2016

Beaujolais Nouveau NHWM, why the narrow focus?


 Beaujolais Nouveau
NHWM, why the narrow focus?
New Hampshire 'only'?
Really?
 

 
  Louis Jadot Chateau des Jacques Moulin-a-Vent is a French Beaujolais red wine with an average price-tag of $21, and from all reports is excellent. Yeah, so what?
  I've been tweaked again, as I am every year when Beaujolais Nouveau arrives at the Markets, and concerning Beaujolais wines in general.

  So, how do I get from a "narrow focus" to Beaujolais and it's wildling preemie sibling?
  I was reading one of the more respectable wine writer's (Sandra Crittenden) column on the subject of
Beaujolais.

Wine Thoughts goes into depth over several Beaujolais wines with a Master Sommelier, and as is too typical of wines discussed broadly: they are not to be found, or easily found in the tiny State of NH; I figured that since Louis Jadot is broadly distributed I'd find this one, but nope!
  This is but one example of the frustration a wine lover might endure if she/he purchases wines locally; almost six years ago, I discovered that being preoccupied with Zinfandel red wines was a kind of Dead End, and I wrote about it here: Eureka! Reasons for not drinking Zinfandel.
  Yeah, the focus at the NHWM Blog are wines found in New Hampshire, and I think, with good reason.
  Now to Beaujolais Nouveau: if you are making memories and part of the paraphernalia of those memories is Beaujolais Nouveau, then the happy carefree, raw, and youthful wine expression is great; this is the best way to have wine: wine as experienced with friends, family, and places.
If, on the other hand, you are looking for a great pairing with food as your goal, then you might think Beaujolais without the Nouveau, Burgundy (per se), Rhone, or Bordeaux, provided French wines are your aim.
Cheers!



Beaujolais The Gamay Grape
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Lamole De Lamole (Vigneto DI Campolungo) 2011 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione






Lamole De Lamole (Vigneto DI Campolungo) 2011 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione, $36.99-$39.99, 92 points, poured a pomegranate red with a broad clear wine ring.
Aromatic black cherry, roses, and a cedar-based potpourri were excellent.
Medium-plus body with firm grainy tannins and mouthwatering acidity managed black cherry, sweet tobacco, and black tea flavors well.
Finished fair on the trailing palate, easy warm spices, slightly astringent tannin, and a gentle 13.5% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with my matriciani in a artichoke marinara sauce, and a side of warm toasted garlic bread.

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