Saturday, November 18, 2017

Covey Run Columbia Valley 2014 Riesling







Covey Run Columbia Valley 2014 Riesling,
$5.99-$7.99, 89 points, was a yellow gold color.
Shy aromas of sweet pear and tangerine were vaguely influenced by a stealth petrol note.
Almost medium-bodied with good acidity and flavors that rightly mirrored the aromas.
Finished long on a ginger-ale note, star fruit, flint, and a bit sweeter (off-dry) than the 12.7% alcohol would indicate.
Paired perfectly with my spanakopita.




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Willm 2012 Alsace Riesling Réserve, $12.99-$14.99, 90 points, was a light brass color.
Smells of pear with a floral vibe were good.
Light-bodied with good acidity carried straight-forward flavors of Granny Smith apple, pear, and lime flavors.
Finished stony with a touch of tangerine and spearmint.
This dry Riesling showed a well-balanced 12% alcohol, and paired perfectly with our Chinese cuisine.

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Rocky Gully Frankland River 2014 Riesling (Western Australia)








Rocky Gully Frankland River 2014 Riesling (Western Australia),  $10.15-$24.99, 84 points, was a dark brass color.
Smells of petrol smothered all others.
Light-plus body with fair acidity translated the petrol aroma onto and throughout the palate, although hints of kiwi and melon rind seemed to round-off the rough edges.
Finished uneventfully and with a dry 11.5% alcohol.
Paired okay with our pupu platter.

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Robert Mondavi Private Selection 2015 California 2015 Riesling



Robert Mondavi Private Selection 2015 California 2015 Riesling, $7.64-$10.99, 84 points, was a light brass color with green highlights.
Light pome aromas were just okay.
The light body was lacking the expected bright acidity.
Dry white wine with nondescript pome-fruit flavors were unremarkable if innocuous.
Finished thin, dry, and with a well-balanced 12.5% alcohol.
Paired okay with our Asian cuisine.

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Vinum Cellars Monterey 2014 Pinot Noir






Vinum Cellars Monterey 2014 Pinot Noir, $13.59-$16.99, 89 points, poured a light candy-apple red with a clear wine ring and glass bowl of light draping.
Smells of toasty cherry fruit and a whisper of blueberry were familiar.
Medium-plus body displayed good acidity, was more tannic than I would have expected from a Cali Pinot Noir, supportive, but not rough.
Black cherry flavor profile was garnished with coffee, licorice, and plum notes.
Finished fair of the fading palate, dates, bitter dark chocolate, warm spices, and suitable 13.5% alcohol.
Paired well with my roasted turkey and sweet potato stuffing.
I bought this PN at the Whole Foods of Bedford.

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Acacia California 2015 Pinot Noir,




Acacia California 2015 Pinot Noir, $9.99-$14.99*, 90 points, poured cranberry red with a broad transparent and bleeding wine ring at the moderately draped glass bowl.
Aromatically a tad 'dumb', but traces of dusty black cherry and a floral vibe were okay.
Medium-bodied with good acidity and Beaujolais-like mild tannin carried a flavor profile more similar to the French Gamay grape than a typical Cali Pinot Noir, and therein I found a certain magic; the red fruit medley with nuanced tobacco and red licorice notes were delicious.
Finished nicely on the trailing thinning palate, an easy spiciness, and due its quaffable quality, a potent 13.5% alcohol.
Paired wonderfully with my barbecued baby-back ribs, mac and cheese, crisp salted string beans with a warm olive oil drizzle; I don't usually like chocolate desserts with PN, but a dark chocolate/hazelnut truffle was excellent.
*$9.99 was a Bedford Market Basket closeout.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Hoopes Hoopla, Yountville, Napa Valley 2014 Chardonnay






Hoopes Hoopla, Yountville, Napa Valley 2014 Chardonnay, $13.59-$18.99, 91 points, poured a deep brass color.
Aromatic apple, honeysuckle, and green melon impressed.
The medium-body with bright acidity showed fruity, finessed faint flashes of oak , and finished long on a very acceptable vanilla, intense ginger notes, lemony citrus, and a spot-on 13.7% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with my pre-Thanksgiving ham, butternut squash, and gravy mash potatoes dinner.

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