Monday, December 18, 2017

MollyDooker McLaren Vale, Australia (The Violinist) 2016 Verdelho





MollyDooker McLaren Vale (The Violinist) 2016 Verdelho, $18.69-$21.99, 90 points, poured a deep glossy gold color.
Beautifully perfumed white blossoms and stark alcohol wedded in a tumult of feminine/masculine lover's quarrel, but subtle hints of tropical fruit gave reprieve.
Near full-bodied with fair-plus acidity managed to make meaningful the conflicted aromas translated onto the palate marked by mango and dried guava flavors.
Finished long and spicy with a hot 15.5% alcohol and a kiss of dragon fruit.
Paired well with my sautéed Maritime Halibut.

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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Penfolds South Australia "Max's" 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon





Penfolds South Australia "Max's" 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, $16.99-$23.99, 90 points, poured basically black bearing dense glass drapes and a broad clear wine ring.
Aromatic blackberry liqueur with a hint of juniper and a soft floral vibe were good.
Full-bodied with bright acidity and firm, fine, and favorable tannins supported a delicious package of aroma mirrored flavors nuanced with coffee, tobacco, and plum notes.
Finished long on easy warm spice, a hint of pomegranate, and a potent 14.5% alcohol.
Like the MAX'S Shiraz/Cabernet, the bottle is sheathed in this red-skin of a marketing package, but the wine inside here is considerably better (JMO).


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Wines From Down Under aka Terra Australis Incognita



Wines from 'Down Under', aka Terra Australis Incognita or just plain Australia have been staple wines since the genesis of my wine adventures.
 
 
 
So why have I only tasted five Australian wines all year? Maybe it's because there are so many wines and so little time; maybe because almost half of the Australian wines I tasted this year were less than satisfactory, but that can't tarnish "the blood (that) is worth bottling" outrageously great wines from Australia which were formative and keeps me coming back.
For whatever reason, I'm seeking out a few boomerang Aussie wines to refresh my love of what they do as well any other country: turn grapes into wine, and when I'm done, "she'll be apples."
 
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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Pauillac, Grand Cru Classé 2014 Bordeaux Red Wine





Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Pauillac, Grand Cru Classé 2014 Bordeaux Red Wine, $59.49-$69.99, 95 points, poured core black grading purple/red toward the transparent wine ring and light sheeting on the glass bowl.
Earthy black fruit, red currants, and hints of coffee liqueur were good.
Full-bodied with bright acidity and gripping fine tannins carried succulent nuanced flavors of anise, plums, figs, and coffee with more pronounced truffle, pomegranate, and black currant.
Finished long on escalating drying tannins, the trailing palate, violets, white pepper notes, and a spot-on 13.5% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with our saucy Italian cuisine.
Just a scoring note: two other visiting wine tasters scored this Bordeaux 93 and 94 points.




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Friday, December 15, 2017

Notable 2016 Chardonnay (South Eastern Australia)






Notable 2016 Chardonnay (South Eastern Australia), $11.89-$16.99, 89 points, was a solid brass color.
Aromatic apple, honeysuckle, and mint, were nuanced with a hint of vanilla.
Medium to medium-plus bodied with fair acidity seemed to carry more oak than the label scale would indicate, but that aside, this Notable 2016 Chardonnay was well-tuned with an ensemble of oak, fruit, and flowers on the palate gestalt.
Finished long with unusual flavors of coffee, fig, and a spirited 13.5% alcohol inspired ginger.
Harmonized perfectly with my roast chicken and green vegetable chorus.

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Pighin Terre Di Risano, Grave de Friuli, Italy 2016 Sauvignon Blanc (D.O.C.)

 
 

Pighin Terre Di Risano Grave de Friuli, Italy 2016 Sauvignon Blanc (D.O.C.), $10.19-$22.99, 89 points, was a medium glossy gold color.
Aromas were a subtle array of lemongrass, pear, and stone fruit which adeptly translated onto the palate packaged in a light-plus body reminiscent of Sancerre opposed to Cali or New Zealand styled Sauvignon Blanc; not showing blaring acidity or booming citrus, but delicious nuanced fruit and minerality.
Finished well on a light 13% alcohol garnished with lively ginger.
Paired perfectly with my New England clam chowder.


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Sauvignon Blanc, my simple reason why it's a winter wine!



Sauvignon Blanc, my simple reason why it's a winter wine!
 
 
Okay, I get it, Albarino, Arneis, Torrontés, Xarel-Lo, and/or Burgundy white wines are all great with seafood, but when I'm thinking seafood and pairing versatility I'm looking for a Sauvignon Blanc, a white wine that shines brightly in many styles, is consistently good to great, and can be bought for few euros.
You still serve seafood in the winter, don't you? I do! So, why don't we drink white wines in the winter? Well, no one seems to talk about them? All I hear is "big, big red, heat for the cold, warm for the fireplace; "Malbec with your North Atlantic cod?" Okay, drink what you like, but for me . . .

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