Saturday, June 23, 2018

Blue Nun 'Winemaker's' Passion' Rheinhessen 2016 Riesling (Germany)





Blue Nun 'Winemaker's' Passion' Rheinhessen 2016 Riesling (Germany), $9.99, 87 points, poured a light brass color with a green cast.
The nose was soft apple with hints of petrol and cilantro.
The light-plus body presented an off-dry appropriately acidic Riesling with furtive yet fair flavors of guava and tangerine.
Finished rather uneventful with a grapefruit note and an innocuous 10.5% alcohol.
Paired fine with my fresh sautéed Canadian Maritime Halibut.
An iconic white wine which I haven't tasted since the early 1970s (maybe one of three wines I disappointedly tasted in my twenties), and which I now enjoyed in my late sixties.


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Friday, June 22, 2018

Cantina Terre del 2008 Barolo Riserva (DOCG)




Cantina Terre del 2008 Barolo Riserva (DOCG), $27.19-$33.99, 89 points, poured to a bright ruby red core quickly grading orange/red to copper/red at the bleeding clear wine ring and glass bowl of light legs.
Smells of leather. black tea, and red cherry were just okay for me.
Medium-bodied with good acidity and still firm fine-grained tannins supported red cherry, pomegranate, leather, and Black tea flavors nuanced with citrus and marjoram.
Finished long on the trailing palate, quite dry, and a warm 14% alcohol.
Paired fine with our meat lovers Greek-styled pizza.

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Kim Crawford Marlborough Pinot Gris (New Zealand)






Kim Crawford Marlborough Pinot Gris (New Zealand), $11.89-$17.99, 90 points, poured a medium gold color clearing midway to the glass edge.
The exceptional nose was pineapple, cantaloupe and Necco wafer.
Earthy reflections of the nose with a touch of citrus were tasty and complemented the light-plus body of good acidity.
Finished long on a stony minerality, a whisper of ginger, and a lively 13.5% alcohol.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Caparzo 2012 Brunello DI Montalcino (DOCG)





Caparzo 2012 Brunello DI Montalcino (DOCG), $32.29-$37.99, 92+ points, poured to a core of crystalline ruby red grading garnet red at the merging clear meniscus (thx, VG) and moderately draped bowl.
The pleasant floral aromas surrendered to lively cherry fruit and black tea which were very nice, and I don't care if some people hate the word nice; yup, I was chastised for using the word 'nice'; don't people have anything better to do?
Medium-bodied with bright acidity and fine grainy tannins supported a clean Sangiovese nuanced with iron, cherry fruit, black tea, oak, and a lovely mint note, all of which carried deep into the long finish marked by easy pepper spices, truffle notes, and a spot-on 14% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with my stuffed potato skins.


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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

CMS Washington State 2016 Sauvignon Blanc




CMS Washington State 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, $10.19-$11.99, 87 points, poured a medium gold color with green reflections.
Light-bodied with good acidity delivered a gingery palate with lemongrass and kiwi flavors.
Finished well on the trailing palate, watermelon rind, and a spot-on 13.5% alcohol.
Paired fine with my Asian cuisine.

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Dierberg Vineyard Santa Maria Valley 2013 Pinot Noir






Dierberg Vineyard Santa Maria Valley 2013 Pinot Noir, $19.54-$44.99, 88 points, was a light purple/red with a clear wine ring and barely visible legs.
The nose was a dominant cherry pie.
Medium-bodied with good acidity and mellow sufficient tannins delivered typical Point Noir cherry flavors with Kadota fig and cola notes.
Finished well on the trailing palate, a dash of white pepper, and a balanced 14.8% alcohol.

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Rocca delle Macie 2013 Chianti Classico Riserva (DOCG)





Rocca delle Macie 2013 Chianti Classico Riserva (DOCG), $16.14-$21.99, 90 points, poured a deep purple/red grading garnet red toward the clear wine ring and heavily draped glass bowl.
Aromas of rich cherry fruit, dried Lamiaceae herbs (think oregano) a whisper of strawberry, and roses were excellent.
Medium-plus body with good acidity and a more than adequate underlayment of tannin carried a complex array of black tea, leather, cherry fruit, and pomegranate flavors with nuanced herbs.
Finished fine on the trailing palate, easy pepper spice, and a spot-on 13.5% alcohol.
Paired only okay with our barbecued lamb.

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