Friday, May 31, 2013

Clayhouse Red Cedar Vineyard Old Vines Paso Robles 2009 Petite Sirah




Clayhouse Red Cedar Vineyard Paso Robles 2009 Petite Sirah, $18.74-$24.99, 92 points, with a nose of sweet spice, earth, and cedar, I'm already reminded of how much I love their wines.
Flavors are mirrors of the aroma, carried on a near full body of strong acidity and intense, but drinkable tannin (Drink now and just maybe for years to come). In addition, loads of smoky black fruit and licorice complement this red wine of intensity, followed by a long persistent finish of spice (VERY DRY RED WINE).
Pair this wine with a whole host of American and Mexican cuisine; I had this with a black-peppercorn buttered mashed potato with pork gravy on prosciutto, but tostadas, grilled steak, or nearly any spicy foods will go well with this versatile red wine; don't forget simple things like hamburgers or Saturday's hotdogs and beans.



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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Borgo Scopeto 2009 Chianti Classico


Borgo Scopeto 2009 Chianti Classico, $9.99-$18.99, 86 points, appears a light, cranberry red with a very broad watery rim.
A dense perfume aroma fills the glass with thick smells of earth, flowers, and cherry.
Just as a side note, as so often is the case with European red wines, this is the second one consecutively with a mere 13% alcohol, which is not typically the case with North American red wines.
The medium-plus body of good acidity and moderate tannin begins fairly smooth with a bit of plum and red cherry, but gathers a scratchy edge of spice with a sour note, that carries into the finish.
I see this wine as more a red-table-wine than a drink-alone sipper.





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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Château Léoville Barton St.-Julien 2009 Bordeaux

 
 Someone who should know, said about this Bordeaux: "Drink now or you'll have a twenty year wait." Well, I don't think I have twenty years left in me, and if I do, I'd probably forget that I had this wine. So. . . 





Château Léoville Barton Saint-Julien 2009 Bordeaux, $110.49-$164.99, 96 points, appears more a Shiraz purple/red with a clear rim than a Bordeaux black currant red.
The aroma sleeps at this point, but a subtle toasty red cherry and vanilla are yet making themselves known.
A remarkably silky texture and clarity of flavor drive this medium bodied wine of pronounced acidity and mild-plus tannin with 13% alcohol as if it were a cascading spring mountain stream (unusually refreshing for a big red wine).
Focused red and black cherry with damson plum, coffee notes and bay leaf lead to a very long escalating finish of delightful spice and a hint of mint.
Varietals were 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22.5% Merlot and a dollop of Cabernet Fran.
This wine is way too easy to drink, yet lends itself toward being contemplative. Quite obviously it's doing justice to the number six spot on Wine Spectator's Top 100 of 2012 wines. 
I'm contemplating this wine with the BEETHOVEN-SYMPHONY PASTORAL,  thanks to FM 99.50 Boston!

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Limerick Lane Estate Grown Russian River 2009 Syrah





 Limerick Lane Estate Grown Russian River 2009 Syrah,  $16,99-$33.99, 89 points, is a dense ruby, trending purple in color with a broad clear rim.
A restrained floral aroma with hints of black fruit, red cherry, earth, and sweet cooking spice is grand.
Full bodied with striking acidity and mild tannin carry rich plum flavors, licorice, coffee notes along with a more parochial black fruit accompaniment.
Finishing with a note of sour plum, black currant and a hint of spice is fair, but anti-climatic.

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Monday, May 27, 2013

Best wines of 2013 just before summer begins.



New Hampshire's best wines of 2013 just before summer begins, represents what I consider to be the very best value in red and white wines tasted in the first five months of 2013; so much so is the case, that these are wines I've bought (In New Hampshire), tasted, and have or would buy again without a second thought; in fact I have eagerly done so. They take into account as primacy, flavor and then cost (Low price listed in the review), but I present them as "links" in no particular order (I'll leave that up to your wallet and will), except Red Wines are listed separate from White Wines.
 
Red Wines
Blau cellars can blau D.O. Montsant-Spain 2011 Red Wine, $12.00, 90 points
Groth Oakville-Napa Valley 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, $76,49-$89.99, 96 points
Waterstone Napa Valley 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, $16.99-$22.99, 92 points
Seghesio Sonoma County 2011 Zinfandel, $22.99-$25.99, 93 points
Poggio Antico 2009 Rosso Di Montalcino, $28.30-$36.99, 93 points
Château Le Prieuré Grand Cru Classé de Saint-Emilion 2009 Bordeaux, $52.69-$61.99, 95+ points

Caparzo 2008 Brunello DI Montalcino, $29.06-$37.99, 93 points
IL Poggione 2007 Brunello Di Montalcino, $67.99-$79.99, 95 points
J Vineyards Russian River 2008 Pinot Noir, $16.99-$34.99, 92 points
 
White Wines
Naveran Cava, $12.74-$16.99, 92 points
Tommasi Viticoltori Tenuta Filodora DOC Prosecco, $14.53-$18.99, 92 points

Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr 2010 Riesling Spätlese, $36,54-$42.99, 94 points
Banfi Castello San Angelo 2011 Pinot Grigio, $12.32-$17.99, 93 points
Acrobat Oregon 2011 Pinot Gris, $11.99-$13.99, 91 points


Food and wine? These are wines you will easily enjoy without food, but most of us are thinking barbecues and pick nicks!  Need some help pairing? Check-out What wine goes with what food? (WineIntro) 

Cheers from The New Hampshire Wineman, be good and drink responsibly!


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Château Magrez Fombrauge Saint-Émilion Grand Cru 2009 Bordeaux


Château Magrez Fombrauge Saint-Émilion Grand Cru 2009 Bordeaux, $156.39-$183.99, 94 points, appeared elegant, tasted luscious, and expired on a floral plain with spice and menthol.
Poured core black trending opaque toward a "leggy" glass wall and the transparent wine ring.
Fragrant aromatic medley of toasted coffee, roses, cedar, sweet cooking spice, and dried herbs were opulent.
Approachably firm layered tannin with good acidity facilitated a comfortable structure for this full bodied Merlot with a dollop of Cabernet Franc, and building upon its bounty of flowers, licorice, boysenberry, blackberry, gathering hints of descending plum and black cherry, with some heat (15% alcohol), added not only to the finish but the foundation overall.
My opinion? Quality, Price, Ratio (QPR) was not there for me with this wine. Other Bordeaux red wines, like the Château La Dominique Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé 2009 Bordeaux, at one third the cost, I not being a speculator, was a better value. I would not buy this Château Magrez Fombrauge Saint-Émilion Grand Cru 2009 Bordeaux again, unless I  inherited a large sum of money.

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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Firestone Santa Ynez Valley 2010 Sauvignon Blanc



Firestone Santa Ynez Valley 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, $7.99-$15.99, 90 points, begins in the glass as a very light golden color in a matrix of a viscous light-plus body with good acidity.
Smells of lemon, hay, and mint are pleasant.
Flavors of lemon and grapefruit dominate, but subtle floral and melon flavors with a long ginger-like finish add good tasteful nuances and complexity.
Paired well with a gently sautéed King crab.





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Saturday, May 25, 2013

Sauvignon Blanc (USA)


Sauvignon Blanc White Wines make-up a user friendly list of NHWM reviewed Sauvignon Blanc White Wines  (a work in progress) that links these wines with reviews, but attempts to report the cost, rating, and to a lesser extent, the availability of these wines to New Hampshire wine shoppers, and making this information more accessible, especially to those using smart phones.


 

242 San Bernabe 2013 Sauvignon Blanc (Noble Vines), $9.89-$13.99, 87 points
Angeline Russian River 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, $11.99-$14.99, 88 points
AVA Grace Vineyards 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, $6.79-$10.99, 86 points
Benziger North Coast 2013 Sauvginon Blanc, $7.64-$11.99, 87 points
Beringer Founders' Estate 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, $7.99-$10.99, 88 points
Black Stallion Estate Winery Napa Valley 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, $14.99-$18.99, 91 points
Bommarito Napa Valley (Whitehall Lane) 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, $9.09-$18.99 (NHLS gift-card applied), 88 points
Bonterra Mendocino County And Lake County 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, $10.19-$14.99, 89 points
CK Mondavi "Willow Springs" 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, $7.19-$7.99, 86 points
Cade Napa Valley 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, $30, 91 points
Cade Napa Valley 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, $28.04-$32.99, 92 points
Cade Napa Valley 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, $28.04-$32.99, 94 points
Cakebread Cellars Napa Valley 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, $20.39-$23.99, 89 points
Cakebread Cellars Napa Valley 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, $21.24-$24.99, 91 points
Cannonball Sonoma County 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, $10.39-$16.99, 87+ points
Cartlidge And Browne Dancing Crow 2009 Sauvignon Blanc, $9.00-$15.00, 88 points
Charles Krug Peter Mondavi Family Saint Helena-Napa Valley 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, $16.19-$17.99, 91 points
Charles Krug Peter Mondavi Family Saint Helena-Napa Valley 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, $14.44-$19.99, 88 points
Chateau Ste Michelle Columbia Valley 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, $7.64-$10.99, 86+ points
Chateau Ste Michelle Columbia Valley 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, $10.64, 88 points
CK Mondavi "Willow Springs" 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, $7.19-$7.99, 86 points
Clayhouse Paso Robles 2009 Sauvignon Blanc, $13.99-$17.99, 88 points
Clos du Bois North Coast 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, $8.50-$12.99, 88 points
Clos Lachance Central Coast 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, $13.00, 86 points
Columbia Crest Horse Heaven Hills 2013 Sauvignon Blanc $11.99-$14.99, 88 points
Concannon 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, $9.99, 84 points
Covey Run Columbia Valley 2007 (Fume Blanc), $3.99, 87 points
Dancing Bull 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, $9.44-$10.49, 86 points
Davis Bynum Virginia's Block~Jane's Vineyard Russian River Valley 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, $20.69-$22.99, 90 points
Delish Cali 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, $15.00, 84 points
Diogenes 2009 Sauvignon Blanc, $11.70-$16.25, 87 points
Dry Creek 2010 Fumé Blanc Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc, $11.99-$13.99, 88 points
Dry Creek 2013 Sonoma Fumé Blanc, $10.99-$13.99, 88 points
Dry Creek Taylor's Vineyard 2013 Sauvignon Blanc Musqué Clone, $25.00, 93+ points
Dry Creek Valley 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, $18.00, 89+ points
Duckhorn Napa Valley 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, $26.99-$29.99, 92 points
Duckhorn Napa Valley 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, $22.94-$31.99, 92+ points
Duckhorn Napa Valley 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, $28.99-$31.99, 92 points
Duckhorn Napa Valley 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, $25.60-$28.99, 92+ points
Duckhorn Napa Valley 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, $22.94-$29.99, 90 points
Edna Valley Vineyard Central Coast 2013 Sauvgnon Blanc, $12.75-$14.99, 86 points
Emmolo Napa Valley 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, $19.99-$21.99, 91 points
Ferrari Carano 2010 Flume Blanc, $13.99-$16.99, 88 points
Ferrari Carano 2013 Flume Blanc, $9.98-$18.99, 89 points
Firestone Santa Ynez Valley 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, $7.99-$15.99, 90 points
First Press Napa Valley 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, $15.00, 88 points
Fitvine 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, $16.19-$17.99, 86 points
Franciscan Estate Napa Valley 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, $15.99-$17.99, 89 points
Frei Brothers Russian River Sonoma County 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, $12.74-$16.99, 87 points
Frog's Leap Napa Valley 2009 Sauvignon Blanc, $18.99-$21.99, 90 points
Frog's Leap Napa Valley 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, $17.84-$22.99, 92 points
Frog's Leap Napa Valley 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, $19.79-$23.99, 90 points
Frog's Leap Napa Valley 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, $22.09-$25.99, 90 points
Frog's Leap Napa Valley 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, $18.69-$25.99, 92 points
Geyser Peak Block Collection Russian River Valley, River Ranches 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, $14.99-$19.99, 87 points
Geyser Peak 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, $8.49-$12.99, 87 points
Girard Napa Valley 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, $12.75-$19.99, 89 points
Grgich Hills Estate Grown Napa Valley 2012 Fumé Blanc, $23.99-$29.99, 91 points
Grgich Hills Estate Grown Napa Valley 2014 Fumé Blanc, $25.49-$29.99, 90 points
Groth Napa Valley 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, $16.82-$24.99, 90 points
Groth Napa Valley 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, $17.99-$24.99, 92 points
Groth Napa Valley 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, $9.00 (NHLS-promotional gift-card applied)-$24.99, 91 points
Groth Napa Valley 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, $17.95-$24.99, 92 points
Groth Napa Valley 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, $16.95-$21.99, 94 points
Groth Napa Valley 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, $18.69-$21.99, 92 points
Hagafen Napa Valley 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, $14.40-$20.00, 86 points
Hall Napa Valley 2008, $13.59, 89 points
Hall Napa valley 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, $17.99-$22.99, 91 points
Hall Napa Valley 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, $13.76-$22.99, 90 points
Hall Napa Valley 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, $20.99-$24.99, 90 points
Hall Napa Valley 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, $21.99-$24.99, 91 points
Haraszthy Family Cellas "Beartage" Lodi 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, $14.39-$15.99, 88 points
Heritance Napa Valley 2013 Sauvgnon Blanc, $8.99-$17.99, 91 points
High Valley Lake County California 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, $13.99-$29.99, 90 points
Honig Napa Valley 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, $9.83-$16.99, 91 points
Honig Napa Valley 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, $14.99-$16.99, 92 points
Honig Napa Valley 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, $11.89-$16.99, 90 points
Honig Napa Valley 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, $12.74-$17.99, 91 points
Honig Rutherford Vineyard 2009, $16.00, 88 points
Honig Napa Valley Rutherford 2013 Sauvignon Blanc Reserve, $18.99-$22.99, 91+ points
Hourglass Estate Napa Valley 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, $32.29-$37.99, 93 points
J. Lohr 'Flume Crossing' Monterey 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, $11.99-$13.99, 89 points
Joel Gott 2013 Sauvignon Blanc,, $9.34-$12.99, 89 points
Justin Central Coast 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, $6.79-$14.99, 89 points
Justin Central Coast 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, $14.99, 89 points
Justin Central Coast 2016 Sauvignon Blanc $12.74-$16.99, 91 points
Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, $13.99, 88 points
Kenwood Sonoma Valley 2009 Sauv-Blanc (Disappointing, workmen-like, uninspired), $11.99-$13.99, 86 points
Kenwood Sonoma County 2013 Sauvgnon Blanc, $10.99-$13.99, 85 points
Kunde Magnolia Lane Sonoma Valley 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, $12.74-$17.99, 90 points
Kunde Magnolia Lane Sonoma Valley 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, $11.06-$,14.99, 88 points
Line 39 California 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, $8.99-$10.99, 89 points
Matanzas Creek Winery Sonoma County 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, $13.00-$19.99, 91 points
Matanzas Creek Winery Sonoma County 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, $14.39-$19.99, 90 points
Merriam Vineyards Russian River Danielle's Estate 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, $14.99, 93 points
Merriam Vineyards Russian River Danielle's Estate 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, $11.59-$17.99, 89 points
Merry Edwards 2009 Sauvignon Blanc $36.99-$39.99, 92 points (not reviewed)
Merry Edwards Russian River Valley 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, $31.56-$42.99, 93 points
Merry Edwards Russian River Valley 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, $33.29-$39.99, 92 points
Michael David Winery 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, $17.06-$18.95, 87+ points
Morgan Monterey 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, $11.47-$16.99, 89 points
MSH Cellars Yountville-Napa Valley 2013 Sauvignon, $11.99-$20.99, 90 points
Murphy-Goode 2010 The Fumé Blanc, $10.99-$13.99, 89 points
NAPA Cellars 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, $13.99-$17.99, 91 points
Neal Napa Valley 2009 Sauvignon Blanc, $17.99-$19.99, 90 points
Neal Napa Valley 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, $16.14-$19.99, 91 points
Neal Napa Valley 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, $14.39-$19.99, 89+ points
Novelty Hill 'Stillwater Creek Vineyard' Columbia Valley 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, $19.99-$23.99, 88 points
Onehope California 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, $8.79-$10.99, 87 points
Patianna Mendocino 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, $7.64-$19.99, 86 points
Quivira Vineyards 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, $16.19-$17.99, 91 points
Rancho Zabaco Russian River 2008 Sauvignon Blanc Reserve, $7.80-$29.00, 89 points
Rex-Goliath New Release Sauvignon Blanc, $5.99-$7.99, 87 points
Robert Mondavi Napa Valley 2007 (Fume Blanc), $14.00, 88, points
Robert Mondavi Napa Valley 2013 (Fume Blanc), $16.99-$20.99, 91 points
*CK Mondavi "Willow Springs" 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, $7.19-$7.99, 86 points
Rochioli 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, $33.14-$38.99, 90 points
Rodney Strong Charlotte's Home Northern Sonoma 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, $11.04-$14.99, 90 points
Rodney Strong Charlotte's Home Northern Sonoma 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, $11.99-$19.99, 88 points
Rodney Strong Charlotte's Home Northern Sonoma 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, $11.04-$16.99, 91 points
Roth Alexander Valley 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, $16.20-$23.00, 91 points
Roth Alexander Valley 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, $7.99-$14.99, 91 points
Round Pond Rutherford~Napa Valley 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, $19.79-$21.99, 93 points
Round Pond Rutherford~Napa Valley 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, $20.99-$24.99, 93 points
Save Me San Francisco Wine Co. 'Bulletproof Picasso' 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, $8.99, 85 points
Schug Sonoma Coast 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, $11.47-$14.99, 88 points
Sean Minor 4B California 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, $13.99, 89 points
Silverado Miller Ranch Napa Valley 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, $13.00-$19.99, 92 points
Silverado Miller Ranch Napa Valley 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, $14.39-$19.99, 91+ points
Silverado Miller Ranch Napa Valley 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, $14.44-$19.99, 91+ points
SIMI Sonoma County 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, $12.74-$17.99, 86 points
Smoking Loon 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, $8.99-$12.99, 86+ points
Souverain North Coast 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, $9.99-$15.99, 91 points
Souverain North Coast 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, $8.99-$11.99, 87 points
Spottswoode 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, $33.29-$36.99, 92 points
St. Clement Vineyards Napa Valley 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, $10.19-$21.99, 88 points
St. Supery 2008 Sauvignon Blanc, $15.99-$19.99, 90 points
St. Supery Napa Valley 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, $17.99-$21.99, 93 points
St. Supery Napa Valley 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, $18.99-$21.99, 90 points
Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Napa Valley 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, $24.99-$26.99, 90 points
Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Napa Valley AVETA 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, $21.24-$26.99, 88 points
Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Napa Valley AVETA 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, $20.39-$26.99, 90 points
Sterling Vineyards Napa County 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, $12.99-$14.99, 90 points
the girls in the vineyard Lake County, California, 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, $15.29-$18.99, 86+ points
Tom Gore 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, $10.99-$14.99, 85 points
Truchard Vineyard's The Sheperd Napa Valley Carneros 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, $11.99-$15.99, 90 points
Twenty Rows Napa Valley 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, $14.99-$19.99, 91 points
Twomey Napa Valley 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, $20.39-$23.99, 90 points
Twomey Napa Valley 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, $22.94-$26.99, 93 points
Waterstone Napa Valley 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, $8.98-$20.99 (NHLS gift card applied), 92 points
Wente Vineyards Livermore Valley 2013 Louis Mel Sauvignon Blanc, $11.69-$15.99, 90+ points
White Hall Lane Napa Valley 2009 Sauvignon Blanc, $16.99-$18.99, 92 points
White Hall Lane Napa Valley 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, $16.14-$20.99, 91 points
William Hill Estate Winery North Coast 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, $16.99-$18.99, 90 points






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Friday, May 24, 2013

Murphy-Goode Alexander Valley 2010 Claret


Murphy-Goode Alexander Valley 2010 Claret, $13.50-$22.50, 85 points, begins in the glass as a dense purple/red with the emphasis on the red, and bordering the glass rim clear.
The aroma is not altogether bad, but there are petrol notes and a rare almost beetle-bug note as well; okay, I know, what the H*ll is a "beetle-bug note"? Well, as a kid I use to collect bugs, and if my memory serves me well, I get a hint of it here; for what it's worth. Yeah, there is some cedar and blackberry too.
The "All-In Claret" has a medium-plus body with good acidity and mild tannin (Very dry wine).
Flavors of black fruit are dominant, but there are hints of violets, licorice, and glycerol which carry onto the finish with a bit of heat (14.5% alcohol).



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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Tenute Folonari Cabreo Il Borgo 2009 Toscana IGT (Red Wine)


Tenute Folonari Cabreo Il Borgo 2009 Toscana IGT (Red Wine), $34.42-$44.99, 92 points, is an unfiltered red wine of 70% Sangiovese and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and appears as an opaque Bordeaux black currant and a transparent rim.
Black currant is prominent in an otherwise subtle aroma that includes hints of clove and cedar, earth and licorice with a touch of alcohol (15,5% alcohol). The palate is aroma faithful with hints of blackberry and coffee,
This IGT finishes warm and spicy.
Paired perfectly with lasagna and garlic bread.





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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Cigliuti 2007 Serraboella Barbaresco





 
Cigliuti 2007 Serraboella Barbaresco, $61.19-$79.99, 94 points, appears in the glass as a sunburst orange/red with a clear rim.
Leather, earth, cedar, a touch of toasty vanilla, and flowers make for a lovely bouquet.
The first taste impressed upon me not the delicious flavor or the bright acidity, but the remarkable texture of silk; another aspect of this wine I noticed was just how well it balanced a medium-plus body with all that and carrying the aroma onto the palate too.
I'm not a lover of abundant floral flavors, but this is one of those wines that successfully bridges the flowers with the black fruit, red cherry, and dried green herbs. Late palate spice accelerating into the finish with some heat (14.5% alcohol) and layered and approachable tannin, make this a red wine to remember, food friendly or drink alone.
I'm guessing this wine can be cellared for sometime, but I think it's drinking fine right now!
 
 
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Monday, May 20, 2013

Scagliola Terri 2011 Monferrato Bianco





Scagliola Terri 2011 Monferrato Bianco (94%  Cortese, 6% Chardonnay), Calosso, Piedmont, Italy, $8,41-$12.99, 89 points.
From the hills of Calosso, Italy to the Granite hills of New Hampshire, the Scagliola brothers have exported their second year production of this looked-forward to "Sunshine in a Bottle."
Colors of slivery copper to Chardonnay gold highlight this all but Gavi white wine.
Bright fragrance of pine, citrus, pear, and green melon are aromatic.
With a light-plus body and a rich texture, Terri retains much of the nose, but adds a bit of creamy honey, violets, and finishes with a hint of ginger and menthol. Not as dry as I'd expected, and just a bit sweeter with less acidity.
 
 




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Sunday, May 19, 2013

IL Poggione 2006 Brunello Di Montalcino Riserva Vigna Paganelli,


IL Poggione 2006 Brunello Di Montalcino Riserva Vigna Paganelli, $67.99-$79.99, 94 points, bam if you follow Emeril Lagasse, or bam-bam if you are a Flintstone fan, but that's what pours out of the bottle. The aroma almost causes you to pull-back from the intensity; there is soft roses and violets, fresh turned earth and leather, red and black cherry, red licorice and dried herbs with hints of cigar; Magnifico!
The pomegranate color approaches a dense ruby hue with a transparent rim.
Acidic and tannic, this wine is wild right now, but texturally this medium-plus Sangiovese begins silky-smooth then explodes with its own brand of edginess.
Flavors follow faithfully the aroma, and the close of this wine is a very long finish of spearmint, heat (14.5% alcohol), and spice.

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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Banfi Castello San Angelo 2011 Pinot Grigio




Banfi Castello San Angelo 2011 Pinot Grigio, $12.32-$17.99, 93 points, appears in the glass as a viscous golden color.
Aromatic wonder of honeyed melon with the nectar of lilies and orange blossoms.
Nearly medium bodied, this Pinot Grigio carries good acidity and a bounty of pleasant flavors, with a hint of Sambuca, citrus, and green melon leading the way.
Finishes smooth and silky for such a refreshing white wine.
Paired perfectly with my white peppered sautéed scallops.
It has been more than two years since I've tasted this wine (I have the 2009 and the 2010 in the cellar), but just have overlooked this wine until today.
Bella!


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Pinot Grigio (Italy)


Pinot Grigio: a brief over-view by Cal-Italia.com





Angelini Veneto 2015 Pinot Grigio (IGT), $8.49-$12,99, 87 points
Banfi Castello San Angelo 2009 Pinot Grigio, $12.74-$17.99, 93 points
Banfi Castello San Angelo 2011 Pinot Grigio, $12.32-$17.99, 93 points
Banfi Castello San Angelo 2013 Pinot Grigio, $13.59-$18.99, 92 points
Banfi Castello San Angelo 2014 Pinot Grigio, $14.99-$18.99. 91 points
Banfi Castello San Angelo 2015 Pinot Grigio, $13.59-$18.99. 92 points
Barone Fini Valdadige 2011 Pinot Grigio, $9.90-$13.75, 90 points
Barone Fini Valdadige DOC 2015 Pinot Grigio, $9.34-$13.99, 89 points
Benvolio Friuli Grave 2014 Pinot Grigio, $5.79-$12.99, 84 points
Bolla 2012 Pinot Grigio Delle Venezie IGT, $6.99-$7.99, 88 points
Bollini Trentino 2009 Pinot Grigio, $11.99-$13.99, 86 points
Ca' Montini Terre di Valfredda Trentino 2010 Pinot Grigio, $11.04-$15.99, 89+ points
Cantina Zaccagnini 2015 Pinot Grigio (Colline Pescaresi IGT Abruzzo, Italy), $12.74-$18.99, 89 points
Cesari Fiorile Delle Venezie IGT 2012 Pinot Grigio, $6.79-$15.99, 86+ points
Cupcake D.O.C. Trentino 2011 Pinot Grigio, $8.00-$10.99, 86 points
Due Torri Delle Venezie 2010 Pinot Grigio, $6.79-$10.99, 87 points
Jermann Friuli Venezia Giulia 2014 Pinot Grigio IGT, $22.94-$26.99, 92 points
Kris Dellle Venezie 2010 Pinot Grigio, $10.19-$14.99, 86 points
Lagaria delle Venezie IGT 2014 Pinot Grigio, $11,99-$13.99, 88 points
Maso Canali Trentino D.O.C. 2011 Pinot Grigio, $13.76-$23.99, 89 points
Maso Canali Trentino D.O.C. 2012 Pinot Grigio, $17.99-$23.99, 91+ points
Masquerade 2012 Pinot Grigio, $5.99-$9.99, 83 points
Santa Margherita 2009 Pinot Grigio, $19.99-$23.99, 92 points
Santa Margherita 2015 Pinot Grigio (DOC), $17.94-$22.99, 92 points
Sartori Villa Mura I.G.T. 2012 Pinot Grigio, $6.54-$13.99, 85 points
Tiefenbrunner 2015 Pinot Grigio (Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy), $11.04-$15.99, 89 points
Tommasi Vigneto Le Rosse 2011 Pinot Grigio, $11.47-$16.99, 91 points
Tommasi Vigneto Le Rosse 2013 Pinot Grigio, $14.99-$16.99, 90 points


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Friday, May 17, 2013

Poggio alle Sughere 2008 Morellino di Scansano






Poggio alle Sughere 2008 Morellino di Scansano, $14.44-$18.99, 91 points appeared in the glass as burgundy red to ruby in color with a broad clear wine ring at the glass.
Bright and profuse aromas of red cherry, cedar, coffee, floral notes, earth, and anise blossomed and wafted from the glass.
This near full bodied Sangiovese wine (90% with 10% Cabernet Sauvignon) exceled in the acid category with smooth to silky tannin.
Floral flavors dominated, but the palate followed the nose faithfully.
Finishes long on menthol and spice.






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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Rio Madre Rioja 2011 Graciano


Rio Madre Rioja 2011 Graciano, $8.99-$11.99, 87 points, appears nearly Shiraz purple-red with a clear rim.
A complex aroma of alcohol (14.5%), petrol, coffee and tobacco complement red cherry and blackberry fruit, all of which faithfully carry into palate flavors carried along on a near full bodied red wine with good acidity and mild tannin.
This juicy Graciano red wine (another varietal from Rioja) finishes fair with floral and spice notes.
This is an excellent value as are so many Spanish wines, and makes for a good choice as a red-table wine.





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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Tommasi Viticoltori Tenuta Filodora DOC Prosecco




Tommasi Viticoltori Tenuta Filodora DOC Prosecco, $14.53-$18.99, 92 points, begins in the glass gray with copper tones.
Aromatic to the extreme with fizzy almond, toasty malt and sea breezes.
The light-plus body drinks almost like a light ale (foamiest and smooth), but retains all the freshness of a typically crisp Prosecco. Flavors mirror the aroma.
Finishes long with a hint of ginger.
With a Maine lobster busting acidity, this is a wine that should be sold at the fish-market.





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