Monday, December 10, 2018

Château Cantemerle, Grand Cru Classé en 1855, Haut-Médoc 2012 red Bordeaux




Château Cantemerle, Grand Cru Classé en 1855, Haut-Médoc 2012 red Bordeaux, $34.84-$40.99, 89 points, poured an opaque ruby transitioning to a purple/red penumbra, clear meniscus, and moderately dense stained legs.
Aromas of black currants, cedar, blackberry syrup, and soft dried flower notes were excellent.
The near full body with good acidity and a firm plank of tannins sported black currant, plum, and mulling spice flavors.
Finished a bit thin, but pepper spices and pomegranate accented by a spot-on 13% alcohol were okay.
Paired fine with my spiced-rubbed Angus rib eye.

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Sunday, December 9, 2018

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Shafer Hillside Select Stags Leap District, Napa Valley 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon




Shafer Hillside Select Stags Leap District, Napa Valley 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon,
$176.79-$220.99, 93 points, poured broadly inky black with a blood-red penumbra, clear meniscus, and massive stained glass sheeting.
The nose was lovely lavender, black currants, and savory.
Full-bodied with good acidity and fine grainy tannins delivered flavors reflective of the nose with pomegranate and truffles.
Finished long on a massive alcohol attack (15.5%) of inspirited pepper spices, blackberry liqueur, and licorice.
Having this wine stored in my Euro-cave for the last six years at 55 degrees, I believe, could not overcome the out-of-balance alcohol (JMO), and probably would have been better if had a few years earlier.
This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon just may have been the biggest disappointment in a wine I've ever bought.

2010 California Cabernet Sauvignon wines tasted

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Chalk Hill Estate Bottled Chalk Hill Appellation 2015 Chardonnay






Chalk Hill Estate Bottled Chalk Hill Appellation 2015 Chardonnay, $35.69-$44.99, 89 points, poured a straw yellow color clearing at the glass rim.
Crème brûlée, caramel, and Chardonnay grape-specific flavors dominated the near full-bodied white wine until the long finish nuanced with a 14.9% infused ginger and a slightly sour note relieved the intensity of the oak's influence.
Aromas were rather soft toast with a floral vibe.
I will give this wine no quarter for it being unabashedly too oaky for my acquired Chablis bias, and even pairing this Chardonnay with a spiced rotisserie chicken with all the Thanksgiving fixins couldn't tone-down the oak for me, but a bit better with barbecue spiced/smoked pulled-pork. 

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Château Michel De Vert Grand Vin De Bordeaux Lussac Saint-Émilion 2014 Bordeaux Red Wine






Château Michel De Vert Grand Vin De Bordeaux Lussac Saint-Émilion 2014 Bordeaux Red Wine, $14.99-$17.99, 87 points, poured a bright rainbow of garnet red with a clear meniscus and light glass draping.
Aromatic sea breezes, toast, cedar, plum, and a floral vibe were quite good.
Medium-bodied with good acidity and manageable wooly tannins delivered black tea and plum flavors.
Finished dry on warm pepper spices, subtle red fruit, a hint of mint, and a slightly pronounced 13% alcohol.

Bordeaux Red Wine vintage 2014

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Chateau Hyot 2014 Casteillon Cotes de Bordeaux Red Wine





Chateau Hyot 2014 Casteillon Cotes de Bordeaux Red Wine, $15.99-$19.99, 89 points, poured an impregnable ruby red with shimmering black patches, garnet red penumbra, broad clear wine ring, and moderately heavy legs.
Aromatic bunch of flowers with roses and Lily of the valley accented by black cherry, recessive black fruits, and subtle cedar were excellent.
Near full-bodied with good acidity and firm enough fine grainy tannins failed to deliver much of the floral flavors, but plum, black currants, and black licorice were substantial.
Finished well on the trailing palate, mild pepper spices, furtive dried cardamom, and a spot-on 13% alcohol.
Varietals were 60% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Paired fine with my prosaic Australian grass-fed burgers on brioche buns.

Bordeaux Red Wine vintage 2014

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