Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Mohua Central Otago 2012 Pinot Noir




Mohua Central Otago 2012 Pinot Noir, $14.39-$17.99, 86 points, poured a bright pomegranate/cranberry red with an obligatory clear rim.
The nose opened a bit vegetative, but hints of clove and red cherry were okay.
The body on this Pinot was barely medium, and carried good acidity with mild tannin.
Cola flavor with a slightly sweet red cherry and a hint of marzipan were good.
Finished fair on the trailing palate, gentle spice notes, and a well integrated 13% alcohol.
This post is almost as much about the "Simply Delish" pumpkin bread as it is about the wine; I've tasted this with a couple of Pinot Noir red wines and have been blown over by how well they paired with it and some spread butter. I bought mine at Hannaford's Super Market in Bedford.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Morgan Santa Lucia Highlands Twelve Clones 2007 Pinot Noir






Morgan Santa Lucia Highlands Twelve Clones 2007 Pinot Noir, $21.99-$31.99, 92 points appeared pomegranate toward copper red with a clear rim and considerably more leggy than the 2012.
Still a beautiful bouquet of leather, black cherry, cedar, cinnamon, and clove impressed.
The medium-plus body carried good acidity, layered mild tannin, and an abundance of nuanced flavors within its luscious texture. Flavors of blackberry cordial (14.2%alcohol), hints of mint, cardamom, bourbon and white pepper were outstanding.
Finished long on the trailing palate, lingering mineral notes, black pepper, and eucalyptus.
Well, what can I say, but Cali Pinot Noir can age well; is it the rule for Cali PN? Probably not.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Morgan Twelve Clones Santa Lucia Highlands 2012 Pinot Noir





Morgan Twelve Clones Santa Lucia Highlands 2012 Pinot Noir, $22.99-$28.99, 92 points, appeared a rainbow of reds, with deep ruby, flashes of maroon, and pomegranate red bounded by a broad transparent rim.
Black olive, earth, black cherry and coffee notes made for a lovely bouquet.
The medium-plus body carried good acidity with moderate tannin.
Flavors that mirrored the bouquet were amplified by the luscious texture, and finished long on an accelerating spiciness, black tea, and hints of the 14.3% alcohol.
Paired with traditional Thanksgiving cuisine and a remarkably wonderful dark pumpkin bread made in Manchester, New Hampshire, which I hope to reveal in a forthcoming post.

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Paraiso Vineyards Santa Lucia Highlands "Faite" 2012 Pinot Noir






Paraiso Vineyards Santa Lucia Highlands "Faite" 2012 Pinot Noir, $19.99-$64.99, 91 points, poured pomegranate red trending ruby with a broad clear rim at the leggy glass wall.
Grape smells (yes, grape) with cherries, a touch of clove, cedar, and a gentle floral component were quite good.
The medium body gave a sense of being more full and definitely richer than one might expect; having fair acidity and mild tannin facilitated a rather sleek and luscious texture.
Flavors were bright cola, coffee, cherries, red licorice, and pomegranate.
Finished well with the trailing palate, a bit of black cherry cordial (14.3% alcohol), damson plum, and long, but gentle spice notes.
As the first of my Thanksgiving Pinot Noirs, I'm off to a great start, This wine was a power-buy at the NHLS, and if I had bought it this week instead of two weeks ago the price would have been about $15.

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Pinot Noir Means Autumn In New Hampshire






  I love and hate Autumn! I love that it's time for me to taste Pinot Noir wines for Thanksgiving, the colors, smells, and the festive ambience, but I hate its foreboding of winter's trials and distresses, with snow storms threatening to strand me on the roads to work, back aches or worse clearing away the mounds of the white stuff, the cost of heating oil, and Jack-Frost nipping at my nose.
  With that said, my aim here is to let NHWM viewers know that the search for great Pinot Noir for Thanksgiving dinner in NH is on again, though later than last year (don't forget all the great Zinfandels Red Wines recently reviewed, which also are great choices for that Thanksgiving dinner as well).
  So, keep an eye out for the next several reviews of Pinot Noir red wines found and bought right here in New Hampshire USA, keeping in mind that Pinot Noir is probably the overall best pairing red wine for Traditional Thanksgiving cuisine.

 
 
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Friday, October 17, 2014

Sainte Anne 2009 Bordeaux Red Wine






Sainte Anne 2009 Bordeaux Red Wine, $10.00-$16.98, 88 points, poured near black at the core transitioning to an inky Burgundy purple/red and a clear rim.
The aroma was near "dumb" with barely a hint of plum and cedar.
Medium-bodied with good acidity and grainy firm tannin which without would have given this red wine of little blackberry, black currant, and plum flavors a failing grade.
Finished fairly long on an accelerating spiciness, savory, mint, and a well integrated 13.5% alcohol.
Varietals were 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 10% Petite Verdot.
I think a few words of commentary are in order: This being a $10 Red Bordeaux with such a good score speaks volumes as to its relative value; as a common-man's Red Table Wine, few Red Bordeaux Wines will match the 2009 Sainte Anne's QPR.
I bought this wine at the Derry Hannaford's Super Market on close-out, and intend to pickup more if there are any left!


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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Bonny Doon Vineyard Central Coast 2011 Albariño


Bonny Doon Vineyard Central Coast 2011 Albariño, $10.99-$18.99, 90 points, appeared a light straw yellow trending near water clear at the shallow of the glass.
Lovely floral notes dominated the nose, but gentle melon, amber fruits, and the slightest petrol notes were excellent.
Light-plus-bodied with good acidity carried flavors that mirrored the nose, and finished with lemon zest, watermelon rind, ginger, and a well integrated 13.2 alcohol.
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