Saturday, August 23, 2014

Waterstone Napa Valley 2012 Sauvignon Blanc






 
Waterstone Napa Valley 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, $8.98-$20.99 (NHLS gift card applied), 92 points, poured a lovely polished light gold color.
Grapefruit, cantaloupe, and honeysuckle aromas were pleasant.
The very smooth near medium body carried good acidity adding sparks to this otherwise elegant, but properly domesticated Sauvignon Blanc.
Flavors mirrored the aromas with tangerine notes in the background.
Finished long with green melon, a hint of ginger, and its 13.5% alcohol.
Varietals were 82% Sauvignon Blanc and 18% Semillon sourced from the Chiles Valley region of Napa Valley, where my 'wine-buds' have always have been pleased.
I've only been buying the 2013 Sauvignon Blancs, but when I saw the Waterstone offered, though a 2012, I jumped on it, and I'm very glad I did.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Raiza Rioja 2007 Tempranillo Reserva



Raiza Rioja 2007 Tempranillo Reserva, $13.50-$18.00, 90+ points, displayed colors of pomegranate and bright ruby with a transparent rim at the leggy glass wall. Blackberry, clove, sea air, and leather were pleasant on the nose. Medium bodied with mouth-watering acidity and accelerating tannin that enhance the subtle black cherry and plum flavors. Finished long on cola, hints of eucalyptus, alcohol (14%), and spice notes.
I bought this exceptional red wine at the Londonderry Hannaford's Super Market. 





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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Merriam Vineyards Windacre Russian River Valley 2010 Merlot







Merriam Vineyards Windacre Russian River Valley 2010 Merlot, $18.69-$27.99 (NHLS gift card applied), 91+ points, poured core black and trended a rich Bordeaux purple/red toward the clear rim at the leggy glass wall.
Notes of smoky cedar, earth, and black currant on the nose were pleasant.
The rather smooth medium-plus body carried good acidity and layered mild-plus tannin.
Coffee, licorice, blackberry, Boysenberry, and plum were juicy and well balanced.
Finished well with spice, black cherry cordial, and some warmth from the 14.2% alcohol.
Those that know me, know I'm not a Merlot kind of guy, but when Jim from the NHLS gave me his opinion that this was the best Merlot he had ever had, and after I just had the 'best' 2013 vintage SB wine, which too was a Merriam Vineyards wine, I didn't hesitate to grab this one; I'm glad I did!  If you have a propensity to drink Merlot red wine, and don't mind spending a few extra green-backs, then this just might be the best Merlot you've ever had.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Bommarito Napa Valley (Whitehall Lane) 2013 Sauvignon Blanc



Bommarito Napa Valley (Whitehall Lane) 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, $9.09-$18.99 (NHLS gift-card applied), 88 points, poured a light brass color and trended water clear toward the glass rim.
The aromas of lemon-grass and honeysuckle were faint, but were lovely.
A light bodied white wine with good acidity, and tenuous flavors of grapefruit, lemon-grass, ripe honeydew melon, a floral component, tangerine, and an unusually prominent alcohol (13.2%) which carried deep into the fair flash/finish of ginger notes.
Texturally, white wines tend to transition from crisp-cold to a more creamy-warm, and this was especially true of the Bommarito Napa Valley SB (see Sur lie aging).
Paired well with my Maine Lobster roll.



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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Ilauri Bajo D.O.C. 2012 Montepulciano D'Abruzzo



Ilauri Bajo D.O.C. 2012 Montepulciano D'Abruzzo, $8.49-$9.99, 89 points, appeared core opaque trending ruby toward the transparent wine halo.
A lovely toasty blackberry aroma was garnished with hints of chocolate.
Black fruit, red raspberry, chocolate with cola notes were rich, fruity, and carried on a medium-plus body of fair-plus acidity and mild tannin.
Flavors mirrored the aroma, and migrated well into the finish with hints of the 13% alcohol and spice notes.







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Monday, August 18, 2014

Montupoli 2012 Monteplciano d' Abruzzo





Montupoli 2012 Monteplciano d' Abruzzo, $9.99, 89 points, poured opaque at the core and trended a crushed blackberry purple/red toward the clear rim at the glass wall.
Profuse fruit on the nose was fair.
The smooth fruity medium body carried fair acidity and mellow tannin with flavors of blueberry, blackberry, red raspberry, and loads of chocolate notes.
Finished very long on the trailing palate, a touch of spice, and a hint of warmth from the 13% alcohol, but the chocolate notes almost never ended.
I bought this wine at the Main Street Liquor Mart in Medford, Ma., and enjoyed this wine with pizza, buffalo chicken, and by itself.

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Montepulciano D'Abruzzo Red Wine




Montepulciano D'Abruzzo Red Wine (D.O.C.) is made from the Montepulciano varietal (at least 85%).
INTOWINE Explains Montepulciano d’Abruzzo in detail.
Since I haven't had the opportunity to taste many of these inexpensive and quality red wines from Italy, my list of reviewed wines will be short, but I'll do my best to offer my readers the best advice I can.

Cantina Zaccagnini 2007 Monteplciano d' Abruzzo, $16.14-$18.99 (I've seen it on-line for $11.99), 90 points

Ilauri Bajo D.O.C. 2012 Montepulciano D'Abruzzo, $8.49-$9.99, 89 points

Montupoli 2012 Monteplciano d' Abruzzo, $9.99, 89 points




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