Monday, August 29, 2016

Argiolas Costamoloni D.O.C. Vermentino di Sardegna 2015






Argiolas Costamoloni D.O.C. Vermentino di Sardegna 2015, $12.99-$16.99, 92 points*,  poured a rich gold color with a green cast.
Smells of apple and pome fruit with a fresh-cut hay aroma were excellent.
Light-bodied with good acidity harbored elusive flavors which were reflective of the aromas accented by granite infused lime notes.
Finished fantastic on lively ginger, melon rind, and a potent 14% alcohol.
A rather complex white wine comparable with a good Sauvignon Blanc.
Paired perfectly with my steamed Maine lobster and melted butter.
*In vino veritas: Cellar Tracker was not as impressed with this wine, but after spending several hours with this one, I'll stick with my high praise.

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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Caparzo 2011 Brunello DI Montalcino





Caparzo 2011 Brunello DI Montalcino, $32.29-$37.99, 92+ points, poured a deep ruby with flashes of maroon toward the broad clear wine ring and a slightly leggy glass bowl.
Aromatic cherries, flowers, and cinnamon were excellent.
Medium-plus body, typically food-friendly acidic Sangiovese, and comfortably firm tannins coalesced in managing great flavors of cherries, savory, truffles, and black tea.
Finished long on the black tea, cayenne, and white pepper with a warm 14% alcohol.
Perfect with my spaghetti and meatballs.

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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Palagetto 2014 Vernaccia Di San Gimignano (Italy)






Palagetto 2014 Vernaccia Di San Gimignano (Italy), $14.99-$17.99, 88 points, poured a light polished gold color.
Shy aromas hinted at pleasant juniper, apple, and white grape.
Light, crisp, appropriately acidic, and with excellent tart citrus flavors accented by a light nuttiness was a perfect pairing with my fried North Atlantic haddock.
Finished long on steely notes, cumquat, and a sweet-spot 12.5% alcohol.

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona 2013 Rosso di Montalcino


Va bene, sto pregando per il popolo del centro Italia,
  ma ho voluto mostrare il sostegno in un altro modo,
  ecco il mio acquisto di olive, olio d'oliva e il vino
(Un grande vino a quello).
  Dio sia con la buona gente di Italia.
 



Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona 2013 Rosso di Montalcino, $20.69-$22.99, 91 points, poured a bright red from stem to the broad clear wine ring.
Aromatic roses, cinnamon spiced red cherry, ripe red raspberry, and a hint of sandalwood were excellent.
Medium-bodied (bone-dry) with mouthwatering acidity, tense tannin, and flavors that reflected the nose were outstanding.
Finished long and strong on the trailing palate and a warm 14.5% alcohol inspirited spiciness.
This Rosso di Montalcino is the perfect red table wine, and paired gracefully with my green salad of Bella Di Cerignola olives and feta cheese, but do pair this red wine with traditional Italian cuisine.
Saluti!

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Michael David Earthquake/Lodi 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon


Earthquake it is!
With a rocking 15% alcohol,
a full body,
and rolling flavors like black currant, serious blueberries,
 to hot spices that just might crack you-up thinking you've just experienced an earthquake in your mouth!





Michael David Earthquake/Lodi 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, $19.54-$28.99, 88 points, poured core black with bright reds showing toward the broad clear wine ring.
Smells of cedar, black fruit and blueberry were quite good.
Adding to the introductory flavors of the preface were strong flavors of plum, chocolate, and licorice feeding into the fair hot finish.
Paired perfectly with our Italian-styled peperoni pizza.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Domaine de la Petite Mairie Bourgueil Loire Rosé of Cabernet Franc (France)





 
Domaine de la Petite Mairie Bourgueil Loire Rosé of Cabernet Franc (France), $20.69-$22.99, 87 points, poured the color of Pink-Salmon Caviar.
Aromas were a bit different for Rosé, with Marshmallow Peanut Candy, kiwi, strawberry, a hint of celery-salt, and a floral note which made for a rather complex bouquet.
A somewhat thin representation of the aromas translated onto the palate with good, but not quite the acidity I have come to expect from French Rosé wines, and not as dry either.
Alcohol was an inconspicuous 12.5%, and lead the way to a less than memorable finish.
Paired fine with my beef and cheese burritos.
I bought this Rosé at The Whole Foods of Bedford.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Vinum Cellars White Elephant 2014 White Wine


When one takes their first whiff of a wine and says: "Nice!" You know it's propitious.





Vinum Cellars White Elephant 2014 White Wine, $17.99-$19.99, 90 points, poured a pale brass color with a slight green tint.
Smells of pome blossoms, apple, honeysuckle, soft vanilla, and faint caramel notes were enticing.
Ironically, with no inclusion of Chardonnay, it was very much reminiscent of one, but considerably lighter with more acidity, and the influence of French oak fermentation clinched the comparison.
Flavors mirrored the aromas, but nothing over-the-top.
Finished long and powerful on white pepper, ginger, the trailing palate, and a warming 13.9% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with my marinated broiled Mako shark steak.
Varietals were 58% Chenin Blanc, 32% Viognier, and 10% Roussanne.
I bought this white wine at The Whole Foods of Bedford.

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