Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Cristom Eola-Amity Hills Willamette Valley 2014 Pinot Gris






Cristom Eola-Amity Hills Willamette Valley 2014 Pinot Gris, $16.14-$18.99, 87 points, was a bright brass color with a light lime-green tint.
Aromas of lemon zest. and honeysuckle were good.
Light-plus body carried fair acidity with rather neutral flavors of lemon and kiwi which trailed into the fair finish of white pepper notes and a noticeable 14% alcohol.
Paired fine with my Maine lobster roll.


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Monday, June 27, 2016

Orin Swift "Mannequin" California 2013 Chardonnay





Orin Swift "Mannequin" California 2013 Chardonnay, $24.64-$28.99, 93 points, was a deep burnish brass color.
Aromatic honeysuckle, kiwi, hints of orange peel, black pepper, and pome blossoms were excellent.
Full-bodied, viscous, and smooth as velvet.
Good acidity activated flavors reflective of the aromas, and considering that textually it was like drinking a delicious olive-oil, that acidity was an absolute necessity.
Finished long on hints of apricot, tropical fruit, and ginger, with an amazingly integrated 15.5% alcohol.
After breathing for some time the wine transitioned from fruity to a more oaky noticeably Chardonnay varietal.
Considering these varietals: 76% Chardonnay, 8% Viognier, 6% Marsanne, 5% Grenache Blanc, 3% Muscat and 2% Roussanne, it's not surprising that the Orin Swift "Mannequin" isn't like any other Chardonnay I've tasted, and the label isn't like any other as well.
Paired perfectly with my smoked pork goulash, but would pair well with lobster, shrimp, crab, and most rich seafood.

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Hoopes Napa Valley (Oakville) 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon








Hoopes Napa Valley (Oakville) 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon was a birthday gift, but the average price for this wine was $72.00.
I scored the Hoopes Cab. 93 points.
It poured an opaque ruby trending bright red toward the clear wine ring.
Aromas of rich black currant, sandalwood, and cedar were excellent.
Medium to medium-plus body embracing a moderately smooth texture with good acidity and sweet fine-grain tannin managed a developing complexity of violets, black fruit, and dried herb flavors.
Finished long on white pepper, cardamom, a hint of mint, and an interesting 14.75% alcohol.
The gifting was an interesting affair, as I had recently noticed on-line that a local wine store had this wine on-hand, and having traveled there only to discover and be disappointed that the wine was already sold; subsequently the next day a relative called and asked me what wine I would like for my birthday: "If you see Hoopes 2012 Cabernet. . ." Gifter: "It's staring me in the face right now" (sounds of amazement on both sides of the phone). Don't you just love serendipity?

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Benvolio Friuli Grave 2014 Pinot Grigio







Benvolio Friuli Grave 2014 Pinot Grigio, $5.79-$12.99, 84 points, poured a light brass color.
Aromatic citrus with hints of pome fruit were just okay.
Light-bodied with fair to good acidity carried unremarkable citrus and apple flavors.
Finished consistently as it began: a rather neutral quaffer with an innocuous 12% alcohol.
The sad aspect of drinking this Pinot Grigio is its contrast with yesterday's remarkably excellent fare (Jermann Friuli Venezia Giulia 2014 Pinot Grigio IGT), but one often gets what one pays for.

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Friday, June 24, 2016

Jermann Friuli Venezia Giulia 2014 Pinot Grigio IGT






Jermann Friuli Venezia Giulia 2014 Pinot Grigio IGT, $22.94-$26.99, 92 points, poured a light golden color.
Subtle stone fruit aroma accentuated hints of pome blossoms.
Almost medium-bodied with good acidity and flavors of lemon/lime, steely minerality, and hints of kiwi were excellent.
Texturally silky, and finished long on the trailing palate, pear, just a hint of ginger, and a well-integrated 12.5% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with my steamed Maine lobsters in melted butter and spiced organic baby cucumbers.

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Cristom Eola-Amity Hills Willamette Valley 2014 Viognier






Cristom Eola-Amity Hills Willamette Valley 2014 Viognier, $23.79-$27.99, 91 points, was a light glossy gold color.
Smells of orange peel and pome blossoms were very good.
Light, crisp, smoothly acidic, and delicious with flavors of Lychee, tangerine, pome fruit, and melon rind.
Finished strong on white pepper/ginger notes, tart citrus, and a potent 14% alcohol.
Paired great with my Tongol tuna on wheat with celery, lettuce, and spices.
The glass closure was beautiful and elegant if a bit tough to open.





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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Folie à Deux Alexander Valley 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon



Folie à Deux Alexander Valley 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, $14.44-$19.99, 90 points, poured core black trending maroon with a broad clear wine ring of some considerable bleeding, and quite a leggy glass bowl.
Aromatic mulling spices, black fruit, and licorice were outstanding.
The moderately smooth medium-plus body with fair acidity and sweet layered and mostly resolved tannin carried good flavors reflective of the aromas.
Finished well on cedar notes with blackberry, warm spices, and a sweet-spot 14.3% alcohol.
Though Folie à Deux in this case might be named Une passion partagée par un, never-no-mind, it's a great Cabernet all by myself!
Paired great with my New Zealand rib lamb chops.

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