Sunday, March 22, 2020

Château Monbousquet 2009 Saint Emilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Wine


Château Monbousquet 2009 Saint Emilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Wine, (A blast From The Past)  $50.99-$64.99, 95 points, poured to a blood-red core with a garnet red penumbra, a thin clear meniscus, and moderate stained glass sheeting.
Aromatic with clinging black fruit, more a perfume than floral, mulling spice, and whispers of oak.
Full-bodied red wine with good acidity, enduring fine-grain tannin, and generous flavors of plum, tart black cherry, anise, and dried cooking herbs showed lovely and still powerful while edging with subtlety.
Finished with a plethora of subtle tertiary flavors, e.g., vanilla and tobacco, warm pepper spices, and a spot-on 14% alcohol.
Varietals were 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Paired perfectly with my spice-rubbed filet mignon.

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Saturday, February 29, 2020

Château Moncontour Sec, Loire, France, 2018 Vouvray





Château Moncontour Sec, Loire, France, 2018 Vouvray, $14.44-$18.99, 89 points, was a light brass color clearing midway to the rim.
The nose was almost 'dumb' with only hints of pome blossoms and citrus.
More than a light-bodied white wine with fair to good acidity delivered tasty flavors of pear, peach, and melon rind.
Finished long on the fading palate, a hint of guava, and a spot-on 12.5%  alcohol.
Paired well with our baked salmon.

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Thursday, February 27, 2020

Neal Rutherford Dust Vineyards Napa Valley 2010 Zinfandel Revisited




Neal Rutherford Dust Vineyards Napa Valley 2010 Zinfandel Revisited, $20.39-$25.99, 89 points, poured a mottled black and garnet red with a bleeding meniscus and copious fat stained legs.
Smells of sweet tobacco, a hint of the barnyard, iodine, shoe polish, and muted black currants were interesting if not endearing.
Full-bodied red wine with fair acidity and a supportive underlayment of mostly resolved tannin carried a tangy flavor of black licorice nuanced with plum tobacco, and subtle black cherry.
Finished very long on the fading palate, easy pepper spices, and a well-balanced 14.7% alcohol.
Paired okay with peperoni pizza.



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J.J. Vinent Grand Vin Bourgogne 'Marie Antoinette' 2017 Pouilly Fuissé




J.J. Vinent Grand Vin Bourgogne 'Marie Antoinette' 2017 Pouilly-Fuissé, $21.24-$27.99, 92 points, was a medium gold color and clear at the rim.
Aromatic apple flesh and blossoms nuanced with citrus were excellent.
Medium-bodied white wine with fair to good acidity showed freshness of flavors reflective of the aromas and minerals was tasty and generous.
Finished long on the trailing palate, tart citrus, soft ginger notes, a hint of kiwi, and a well-balanced 13% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with my salt/vinegar fried chicken wings.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Bonfils L'Esparrou Mas Grand Côtes du Roussillon 2015 Red Wine






Bonfils L'Esparrou Mas Grand Côtes du Roussillon 2015 Red Wine, $17.84-$22.99, 90 points, poured a semi-unfiltered ruby red with a purple sheen, a bleeding meniscus, and thin stained legs.
Aromatic herbs with cinnamon, earth, and floral undertones were quite lovely.
Full (satiny) bodied red wine with fair to good acidity and soft sufficiently supportive tannins translated flavors of the nose with anise.
Finished long on the fading palate, licorice, easy spices, a whisper of plum, and an appropriate 14.5% alcohol.
Paired well with my Spanish cuisine.

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Monday, February 24, 2020

Villa Maria Marlborough Cellar Sellection 2018 Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand)





Villa Maria Marlborough Cellar Sellection 2018 Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand), $8.09-$8.99, 90 points, was a light brass color with green highlights and clear at the rim.
The bouquet of passion fruit, grapefruit, lemon zest, and sweet hay were typical, but intense and lovely.
Light-bodied white wine with good acidity and flavors reflective of the aromas.
Finished long on the fading palate, escalating ginger/white pepper, and a spot-on 13% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with my seafood platter.

2018 NZ SB
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Friday, February 21, 2020

L'Oliveto Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, 2017 Pinot Noir





L'Oliveto Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, 2017 Pinot Noir, $14.39-$20.99, 90 points, poured a lustrous ruby red with a broad clear wine ring and thin glass sheeting.
Smells of Pinot Noir grape specific nuanced with loam, mulberry, and coffee bean were lovely.
Near full-bodied red wine with fair acidity and mellow tannins delivered robust flavors of black cherry cordial, licorice, and spiced candy-fireball.
Finished long on the trailing palate and a well-balanced 13.8% alcohol.
Paired fine with my baked ham steak.


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