Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Château Bellevue St. Émilion Grand Cru Classé 2010 Bordeaux Revisited





Château Bellevue St. Émilion Grand Cru Classé 2010 Bordeaux Revisited, , $27.89-$97.99, 96 points, poured an opaque ruby red with shimmering black patches grading to a penumbra of garnet red at the clear wine ring and stained glass sheeting.
The soft cedar/mulling spice potpourri nuanced with floral vibes was outstanding.
Full-bodied with good acidity and fine grainy tannins throughout sported a panoply of red raspberry, cherry cola, mint, spices, lavender, and truffles.
Finished forever on the trailing palate, a hint of blackberry liqueur, white pepper, and a well-balanced 15% alcohol.
This wine has remarkably improved over the more than five years in my Euro-cave.

Bordeaux Red Wine vintage 2010

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Cade Napa Valley 2017 Sauvignon Blanc





Cade Napa Valley 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, $29.74-$34.99, 92+ points, poured a very light gold color grading clear way before the glass edge.
Superior aromas of tropical fruit with citrus and pome blossoms were lovely.
The light, but substantial body with good acidity showed balanced flavors of sweet hay, pear, peach, and ginger.
Finished on an intensifying ginger, Yellow dragon fruit, a hint of Necco wafer, and a spot-on 14% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with my Yellow snapper.
Vinification of these varietals: 94% Sauvignon, 3% Sauvignon Musqué, 2% Sémillon, and 1% Viognier, was a rather complex affair using grapes from five properties in similar proportions, and fermented in French oak, stainless steel, and cement.

Sauvignon Blanc 2017 (Cali)

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Viberti Giovannni Langhe 2013 Nebbiolo (DOC)




Viberti Giovannni Langhe 2013 Nebbiolo (DOC), $18.69-$21.99, 90 points, poured a deep ruby red with an orange/red penumbra, broad clear wine ring, and light draping.
Aromas of soft perfume and ripe red raspberry were excellent.
More than a medium body showed mouthwatering acidity and drying pervasive tannin which managed to deliver earthy herbal flavors nuanced with black tea, citrus, and red fruit.
Finished long on an intensifying wooliness, the trailing palate, and a 14% alcohol inspirited spiciness.

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Saturday, November 10, 2018

Planeta 2017 Chardonnay (Sicilia, Italy)





Planeta 2017 Chardonnay (Sicilia, Italy), $28.04-$34.99, 91 points, was a medium gold color clearing at the very edge of the glass.
Oak aromas accented with pome blossoms and lemon, nuanced with hints of peach were outstanding.
Flavors followed the aromas with peaks of lemon zest and caramel.
The body displayed a well balanced acidity with an angular, but clean texture making for a crisp yet generous mouth-feel.
Finished long on the intensifying palate energized by a robust 14% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with my chicken salad.

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Friday, November 9, 2018

Austin Hope Paso Robles 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon





Austin Hope Paso Robles 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, $41.30-$50.99, 91 points, welled-up black with patches of impregnable purple/reds, a broad clear wine ring, and thick sticky tears.
Smells of earthy cedar, black currants, and milk chocolate were agreeable.
Full-bodied with good acidity and a comfortable grainy bed of tannin managed to righteously reflect the aromas onto he palate with intensifying flavors of cedar and chocolate.
Finished long on blueberry, licorice, easy pepper spices, and a sneaky 15% alcohol.

 2015 California Cabernet Sauvignon wines tasted

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Chateau Montelena Napa Valley 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon






Chateau Montelena Napa Valley 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, $47.59-$55.99, 89 points, poured a dark ruby grading purple/red toward the broadly transparent wine ring and moderately draped bowl.
Aromatic cedar, black currants, smoky mulberry, and a floral perfume were lovely.
Full-bodied with good acidity and a drink-now layer of tannin translated the aromas onto the palate.
Finished long on white pepper, blueberry, a hint of Rosemary, and a balanced 14.2% alcohol.


2015 California Cabernet Sauvignon wines tasted

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Gary Farrell 'Russian River Sellection' Russian River Valley Sonoma County 2015 Chardonnay





Gary Farrell 'Russian River Selection' Russian River Valley Sonoma County 2015 Chardonnay, $29.74-$39.99, 93 points, poured a deep glossy gold color clearing to a blue/grey penumbra.
Lovely aromas of dusty tangerine peel, lemon, pome blossoms, and soft oak notes were outstanding.
Medium-plus body, perfectly textured by a soft crispness, with mouthwatering acidity carried not only flavors reflective of the aromas and an excellent wet stoniness, but carried the Cali Chardonnay day.
Finished long and slightly tropical, slightly tart, and refreshingly lemon/lime with faint oak notes and a well-balanced 13.8% alcohol.
Paired fine with my spinach pie.

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