Sunday, September 22, 2019

Schmitt Söhne Auslese Sweet and Luscious 2015 Riesling






Schmitt Söhne Auslese Sweet and Luscious 2015 Riesling, $11.89-$15.99, 87 points, was a light brass color greying toward the glass rim.
Light aromas of petrol, apricot, and date were pleasant enough.
Medium-bodied (a bit sweet) white wine with fair acidity and a blend of tropical, citrus, and pome fruit actually worked well with my melted cheddar/broccoli and brine-fried chicken.
Finished unremarkably with a hint of not quite ripe guava and a sweet 8% alcohol.


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Saturday, September 21, 2019

Sokol Blosser Dundee Hills Estate 2017 Chardonnay (Oregon)




Sokol Blosser Dundee Hills Estate 2017 Chardonnay (Oregon), $23.79-$27.99, 91 points, was a medium gold color.
Lovely peach aroma dominated the fist pour, and was supplanted by subtle melon, citrus, and oak.
The slightly more than medium-bodied white wine managed well its acidity and flavors reflective of the aromas.
Finished long on traces of apple, lemon, and a more pronounced ginger. Alcohol was a balanced 12.5%.
I paired this with a chicken salad which brought-out the oak notes that otherwise were less noticeable.


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Friday, September 20, 2019

Paxis Vinho Regional 2013 Red Table Wine (Portugal)





Paxis Vinho Regional 2013 Red Table Wine (Portugal), $11.69-$12.99, 87 points, poured a deep orange/red with a lavender sheen, a clear wine ring, and copious hanging legs.
Smells were an unusual blend of plums, blackberries, juniper, and a soft rose-like floral vibe.
Medium-bodied red wine with good acidity, a supportive plank of tannins, and red fruit typical of red raspberry and strawberry dominated the flavor profile, but nuanced jasmine and anise shown more brightly on the fair finish marked by a bit of chalkiness and a balanced 12.5% alcohol.
Paired fine with our beans and beef chili.

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Château Bel Air Gloria, Haut-Medoc 2014 Bordeaux Red Wine




Château Bel Air Gloria, Haut-Medoc 2014 Bordeaux Red Wine, $21.24-$24.99, 88 points, poured an opaque and cloudy purple/red with a bleeding wine ring and heavy stained legs.
Aromas were earthy, woody, black fruity, and a bit herbal.
Near full-bodied red wine with good acidity and firm, but friendly tannins.
Flavors reflected the aromas with a touch of spearmint.
Though the finish was trending thin and the tannins a bit drying, the trailing palate with hints of cocoa, easy pepper spices, and a balanced 13% alcohol succeeded in delivering an overall good red table wine.

Bordeaux Red Wine vintage 2014
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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Domaine Séguinot-Bordet 2018 Chablis




Domaine Séguinot-Bordet 2018 Chablis, $21.24-$26.99, 91 points, was a light yellow-gold color clear long before the glass rim.
Subtle aromas of honeysuckle, apple, and green melon were quite pleasant.
Light-bodied white wine showed crispness, fruity flavors, clean, and minerality.
Finished with finesse, having good ginger energy and a complementing 12.5% alcohol.
Paired well with a variety of buffet foods.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Ridge Lytton Springs 2015 Red Wine (revisited)






Ridge Lytton Springs 2015 Red Wine (revisited),  $35.69-$41.99, 92 points, poured a mottled black/ruby red with a thin clear wine ring and copious stained fat legs.
Smells of red raspberry, dried cooking herbs, and black cherry pie were excellent.
Near full-bodied red wine with bright acidity and a supportive underlayment of tannin sport flavors reflective of the aromas.
Finished long on the trailing palate, cherry cola, warm pepper spices, licorice, and a spot-on 14.5% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with our Nadeau's steak and cheese subs.


Ridge, why it's a "go to" winery.

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Monday, September 16, 2019

Antinori 'Bramito Della Sala' Umbria 2018 Chardonnay





Antinori 'Bramito Della Sala' Umbria 2018 Chardonnay, $13.49-$14.99, 89 points, was a pale gold color and almost clear at the rim.
Aromas were bright clean apple, a whisper of orange peel, and pome blossoms.
Medium-bodied white wine with good acidity and a fair rendition of the aromas translated to the palate and which carried into a somewhat weak finish marked by a hint of black pepper, kiwi, and a rather weak 12% alcohol.
Paired fine with my brine and vinegar marinated fried chicken wings, as well as with a baklava dessert.

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