Monday, October 26, 2020

Ruffino Modus Toscana I.G.T. 2017 Red Wine

 


Ruffino Modus Toscana I.G.T. 2017 Red Wine, $19.54-$25.99, 93 points, poured a deep rosewood red trending ruby with heavy stained legs and a broad clear meniscus.

Aromatic cedar, underbrush, and wild red raspberry were outstanding.

Near full-bodied red wine with good acidity, a firm supportive underlayment of tannin, round mouth-feel, and complex evolving flavors marked by Damson plum, tangy citrus, white pepper spice, and coffee notes were also outstanding.

Finished long on the fading palate, balanced, a quite warm alcohol (14.5%), and spicy oak.

I've always loved this wine, but this is the best vintage I've had, and better on day two.

Paired great with Hawaiian pizza.

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Thursday, October 22, 2020

Argiano NC Non Confunditur 2017 Toscana (IGT)

 


Argiano NC Non Confunditur 2017 Toscana (IGT), $16.99-$22.99, 87 points, poured an opaque garnet red with modest stained legs and a typical clear meniscus.

Smells of plum, red raspberry, coffee, and cocoa were pleasant.

Medium-plus body supported by fair acids and tannins provided a well-rounded red table wine which paired fine with our pizza, cheeseburgers, and milk chocolate dessert.

Flavors mimicked the nose with a layer of mulberry and red pepper which carried on into the thinning finish along with the warm 14% alcohol.  

Varietals were Syrah, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Monday, October 19, 2020

Hugel Les Amours Alsace 2018 Pinot Blanc

 



Hugel Les Amours Alsace 2018 Pinot Blanc,

$10.19-$14.99, 88 points, was a very light yellow gold color and fading midway toward the the glass rim.

Aromas were pleasantly dominated by Granny smith apple, but nuanced with crème brulee, lime, and lemon.

Light-bodied white wine with bright acidity, a bit tart, quite dry, and showing a good bit of ginger and green melon rind flavors.

Finished on a well-balanced 13% alcohol, and though a bit sour/tart, surprisingly satisfactory as a food-friendly white wine cutting through our heavily fried and sauced Chinese cuisine.

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Friday, October 16, 2020

Castellare 2018 Chianti Classico (DOCG)

 

Castellare 2018 Chianti Classico (DOCG),

$18.69-$24.99, 87+ points, poured a lovely sunburst cranberry red trending to garnet red, a neckless of stained legs, and a very broad clear wine ring.

Aromas of unripe mulberry with blueberry, black tea, and oregano were just okay for me.

Medium-bodied red wine with bright acidity and fine-grainy tannins managed to translate the aromas onto the palate intensely.

Finished long and tart on the trailing palate, a light touch of lamb, red pepper, and a typically balanced 13.5% alcohol.

Pairing this wine with a parmesan/meatball sub made the wine better, which is only half of what I expect in a good Chianti.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Matanzas Creek Winery Sonoma County 2018 Chardonnay

 


Matanzas Creek Winery Sonoma County 2018 Chardonnay, $16.99-$24.99, 90 points, was a medium yellow gold color clearing towards the rim.

Smells of Mandarin zest, green melon rind, Lemon meringue pie, and a hint of white pepper were excellent.

Medium-plus body managed soft acidity, and good flavors of cantaloupe and apples, with a touch of vanilla and ginger.

Finished well on a balanced 14.1% alcohol (I thought it might be a tad higher), a whisper of oak, and the fading palate.

Paired perfectly with my salt and vinegar fried chicken wings.

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Sunday, October 11, 2020

Honig Napa Valley 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon

 


Honig Napa Valley 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, $32.29-$39.99, 93 points, poured deep purple/reds with a cranberry penumbra followed by a broad clear wine ring and raining stained legs.

Full-bodied red wine with profuse aromas of cinnamon, clove, black current, anise, and a touch of sour black cherry, were buoyed on the palate by good acidity, firm comfortable tannins, and flavors reflective of the aromas with a good dollop of black pepper.

Finished very long of the fading palate nuanced with mint and a well balanced 14% alcohol.

Paired well with our steak and cheese subs.

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Friday, October 9, 2020

Volver La Mancha 2017 Tempranillo (Spain)

 


Volver La Mancha 2017 Tempranillo (Spain), $12.74-$16.99, 90 points, poured an opaque ruby red with a broad clear meniscus and hanging stained legs.

Aromatic reduced red raspberry, black grape, an odd floral note, sage, and savory were intriguing.

Full-bodied red wine with good acidity, firm tannins, bone-dry, and complex flavors of a panoply of fruits, especially plum and red raspberry, sweet tobacco, and spearmint.

Finished long on the trailing palate, dried cooking herbs, and a big 15% alcohol.

Paired fine with my Chicago-styled pepperoni pizza.

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