Thursday, April 17, 2014

Campo Viejo Rioja Reserva 2006 Red Wine



Campo Viejo Rioja Reserva 2006 Red Wine, $9.99-$13.99, 89 points, poured a deep pomegranate red with an infringing orange hue up to the clear rim.
Strong fragrance of chocolate, toast, and sweet red cherry on the nose dominated and paralleled the flavor profile.
A near smooth full body of good acidity and moderate tannin with other flavors of licorice and strawberry carried deep into a good finish with coffee notes, spice, and a well integrated 13.5% alcohol.
Varietals are 85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano, and 5% Mazuelo.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Tommasi Vigneto Le Rosse 2011 Pinot Grigio





Tommasi Vigneto Le Rosse 2011 Pinot Grigio, $11.47-$16.99, 91 points, appeared a bright brass color trending slightly gray.
The delicate aroma of subtle flowers, honeydew melon, and citrus made for a lovely bouquet.
Subtle flavors gently followed suit with almost indistinguishable characteristics, but the taste was lovely, though nearly neutral (which is very typical for this varietal), very pair-able, and the texture was crisp, yet slightly creamy on a light body with good acidity.
Finished with hints of citrus, a touch of the 12% alcohol, and just the slightest ginger note.
With this vintage, the Tommasi Vineyards celebrated their 110th year of making great wines, and I can't say that I ever had a wine from them that I didn't like! Salute!

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April Snow!

 
 Déjà vu




   Three days ago I was overly optimistic; I was thinking of barbecues and Zinfandel wine! Now the tulips I photographed with this Cline Zin now look like what's below!




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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Bodegas Alejandro Fernández Ribera del Duero Tinto Pesquera 2005 Red Wine



Bodegas Alejandro Fernández Ribera del Duero Tinto Pesquera 2005 Tempranillo Red Wine, $25.49-$29.99, 91+ points, was somewhere between Tannat black and Bordeaux purple/red with a broad clear rim.
Plum, cedar, and tobacco smells dominated the nose.
A lush full body carried excellent acidity, persistent and pleasant tannin, complex flavors of roses, tobacco, plum, blackberries, and red cherry liqueur, all of which trailed into a long finish of spice, well integrated alcohol (14%), and eucalyptus.






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Monday, April 14, 2014

Nebel Rheinhessen 2012 Riesling






Nebel Rheinhessen 2012 Riesling, $15.99, 88 points,
pours near water-clear with hints of lemon/lime hues.
Stone, lime, and grapefruit on the nose were pleasant.
The light crisp body carried the aroma onto the palate richly with good acidity and balance while following through into a finish of semi-tart citrus and just a hint of the 10.5% alcohol.
Paired nicely with North Atlantic cod sautéed in olive oil, and a garden salad.
I bought this wine (I'd buy it again :-) at the Harvest Market in Bedford New Hampshire.

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Cline Contra Costa County 2011 Big Break Zinfandel






Cline Contra Costa County 2011 Big Break Zinfandel, $15.99-$29.99, 90 points, poured a deep rich purple with considerable draping into the transparent rim-ring.
Had a lovely toasty blackberry/cherry aroma.
The near full body had good acidity and moderate tannin which carried more than a Big Break, but Big Bold flavors of Red and Black cherry, blackberries, loads of alcohol (16%), licorice, charcoal, and blackberry cordial.
Finished long on spice, heat, and a touch of eucalyptus.
I don't usually like big alcohol wines, but this Zinfandel works, and will blow minds at the barbecue!

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Château d'Arche La Perle D'Arche 2005 Sauternes



Château d'Arche La Perle D'Arche 2005 Sauternes, $22.99-$25.99 (375ml), 90 points, appeared a deep polished gold color.
The aroma was predominately honey and hazels nuts, both of which translated onto the palate with apricot notes on a full body, round and rich, with good acidity.
Finished very long on the trailing palate with ginger notes and some warmth from the 13.5% alcohol.
I paired this Sauternes satisfactorily as a dessert wine with Pecan pie, but excellent as an aperitif.





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