Friday, April 29, 2016

Jolie-Pitt & Perrin Miraval Rosé 2014 Côtes de Provence 2015 Rosé






Jolie-Pitt And Perrin Miraval Rosé 2014 Côtes de Provence 2015 Rosé, $16.99-$27.99, 92 points, poured a beautifully delicate Peach Rosé.
Aromatic strawberry, watermelon, and wet stone were excellent.
Light, crisp, mouth-watering acidity, and flavors marked by hints, hints of guava, strawberry, lime, and watermelon rind were also excellent.
Finished long on the trailing palate, quite dry, an accommodating 13% alcohol, and a hint of white pepper.

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Chateau Beauchene 2012 Chateauneuf-du-Pape




Chateau Beauchene 2012 Chateauneuf-du-Pape, $28.04-$35.99, 91 points, poured a confounding oxblood-red with a broad transparent wine ring.
Lovely strawberry aroma was accented by those of roses, herbaceous notes, and black cherry (excellent).
Medium-bodied with mouth-watering acidity, fine, grainy, and supportive tannin which managed flavors that were a delicate reflection of the aromas.
Finished intense and long with a flavor remarkably similar to Hot Tamales candy, accelerating tannin (dry red wine), the trailing palate, and a balance 14% alcohol.
Varietals were 80% Grenache, 15% Syrah, and 5% Mourvèdre.

 




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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Michel Lynch Graves Reserve 2014 Bordeaux White Wine





Michel Lynch Graves Reserve 2014 Bordeaux White Wine, $12.74-$16.99, 90 points, poured a bright golden color.
Aromas were good, but shy apricot, coconut, and hazel nut.
Medium-bodied, good acidity, smooth/sleek texture, and dynamic flavors of tropical fruit, primarily pineapple with stone fruit were boldly intriguing; a bit unusual was the Necco Wafer vibe going on here (see: The Fun of Smelling).
Finished long on wet stone notes and hints of cumquat, ginger, and coconut with a well integrated 12.5% alcohol.
Though luscious, this wine was deceptively dry, and paired perfectly with my Yellow-fin tuna salad.
Varietals were 50% Sauvignon Blanc and 50% Sémillon.

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Bordeaux White Wines




  Bordeaux white wines takes us on a magical ride of sensuality, especially sweet botrytis enhanced Sémillon, but usually when I think of White Bordeaux Wines I think of Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon, and less often Muscadelle wines in a white blend heavy-weighted with Sauvignon Blanc.
  I also think of wines that are clean, stony, and crisp, but sometimes they are almost oily and flowery.

Château de Castelneau 2010 White Bordeaux, $11.99-$14.99, 88 points (40% Sauvignon Blanc, 40% Semillon, and 20% Muscadelle)

Château La Grande Metairie Entre-Deux-Mers 2014 Bordeaux White Wine, $10.19-$11.99, 90 points

Château Lamothe De Haux Grand Vin 2012 Bordeaux White Wine, $13.99-$14.99, 84 points

Michel Lynch Graves Reserve 2014 Bordeaux White Wine, $12.74-$16.99, 90 points

Salmon And Trout 2011 Bordeaux White Wine (80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Sémillon), $7.99, 84 points

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Jean-Marie Arnoux Vacqueyras (Rhône) 2012 Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre



Jean-Marie Arnoux Vacqueyras (Rhône) 2012 Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, $19.54, $22.99, 90 points, poured a deep cranberry red grading bright red at the clear wine ring.
Herbaceous aroma was complemented with red raspberry and lavender.
Medium-plus body, fair acidity, and firm 'sweet' tannins (dry red wine) managed a delicious representation of the aromas plus oak and floral flavors which were dominant.
Finished fine on warm spices and the 14% alcohol with hints of sweet bourbon and the trailing palate.

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Monday, April 25, 2016

L'Argentier Elisabeth & François Jourdan 2015 Vieilles Vignes (Old Vines) Rose d' Aramon (Languedoc, France)




L'Argentier Elisabeth And François Jourdan 2015 Vieilles Vignes (Old Vines) Rose d' Aramon (Languedoc, France), $11.89-$13.99, 88 points, poured a pure peach color.
This 100% Aramon wine used to be the most grown grape in France.
Aromas of watermelon and strawberry were good.
Light, crisp, appropriately acidic, and with straight-forward flavors reflecting the aromas managed a yeoman's service in perfectly pairing with my chili with habaneros.
Finished on a touch of hibiscus and black pepper with a righteous 12.5% alcohol.




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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Château Boston Margaux 2010 Bordeaux Red Wine






Château Boston Margaux 2010 Bordeaux Red Wine, $24.64-$31.99, 88 points, poured a rich purple/red typical of crushed blackberries; the wine ring was clear and moderately broad.
Aromatically shy with only hints of plum, loam, sandalwood, and cedar.
Medium-plus and texturally rather smooth body with good acidity and firm layered tannins carried straight-forward flavors of the aromas with dominant violets, a hint of mint, and marjoram. Finished on a mysterious 11%-14% alcohol (think 13.5%) and soft easy spices.
Paired fine with my pasta and marinara with bacon.

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