Thursday, August 17, 2017

Clos DU Bois North Coast 2011 Unoaked Chardonnay






Clos DU Bois North Coast 2011 Unoaked   Chardonnay, $6.49-$12.99, 86 points, poured a medium brass color, almost straw yellow.
Smells of Cantaloupe, honeysuckle, and honeydew melon were soft and pleasant.
Medium-bodied with good acidity managed flavors reflective of the aromas with hints of sweet apple and pineapple.
Finished a bit tart with a dash of white pepper and an accommodating 13.5% alcohol.
Paired nicely with my Asian cuisine.
Quite a good wine, better than I expected, but considering that it's six years old, I'm sure looking for a more recent vintage.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Red Newt Cellars Finger Lakes 2014 Riesling




Red Newt Cellars Finger Lakes 2014 Riesling, $11.89-$14.99, 89 points, poured the lightest brass colors clearing toward the glass shallows.
Soft pome flowers and mild apple aromas were whimsical will-o-the-wisp.
Light-bodied with mouthwatering acidity and a tad sweet with the flavor of pomelo.
Finished nicely complex, long, and slightly tart on citrus notes, the faintest hint of cantaloupe, a whisper of ginger, and an easy 10.1% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with my Maritime lobster in drawn butter and Crab Rangoon.




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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Campo Viejo NV Brut Cava Rosé








Campo Viejo NV Brut Cava Rosé, $9.99-$12.99, 87 points, poured with a light head of foam diminishing quickly, and showing a bright cranberry juice red.
Shy aromas typical of non-Rosé Cava were okay, but a hint of juniper was quite nice.
Light and crisp with good acidity, having flavors of red raspberry and watermelon were pleasant.
Finished quite dry and a bit thin with a melon rind flavor and an appropriate 12% alcohol.
Paired okay with my Mexican cuisine.


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Monday, August 14, 2017

The Seeker Marlborough 2013 Sauvignon Blanc








The Seeker Marlborough 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, $8.99-$18.99, 86 points, poured a glossy gold color with green highlights.
Aromatic gooseberry, lemongrass, and a bit of pine pitch reminded me that this was a New Zealand SB.
This light, crisp, and acidic Sauvignon Blanc with grapefruit throughout the palate and those flavors that mirrored the aromas seems to have lost a little touch of its freshness, but still paired well with my Maritime Halibut and chips; note to self: I need to pick up the 2016 vintage to compare.
Finished fair on the trailing palate, a hint of ginger, and a well-balanced 13% alcohol.

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Bliss Family Vineyards Mendocino County 2016 Rosé






Bliss Family Vineyards Mendocino County 2016 Rosé, $11.89-$13.99, 88 points, was shades of silky salmon pink.
Aromatic floral strawberry and raspberry Kool-Aid were good.
Light-plus body with enough acidity carried an abundance of bubble gum flavors with intense strawberry notes trailing like a caboose deep into the finish of hibiscus, easy spice, and a potent 13.5% alcohol.
Varietals were 35% Zinfandel, 27% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Dolcetto and 7% Mixed Reds.
Paired fine with our Mexican cuisine.




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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Passion fruit in Wine



Passion fruit in wine
is its own passion,
but it has lead me to another great culinary adventure!



  I found Passion fruit to be more like a sweet/tart lemongrass accented with a bit of nutty lime, however Emmy (see link below) describes it quite differently. No matter how it's experienced, the flavor is wonderful and highly prized.
  All opinions concerning Passion fruit are welcome.

Emmy describes Passion fruit.


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Warre's 1992 Quinta Da Cavainha Vintage Porto






Warre's 1992 Quinta Da Cavainha Vintage Porto, $24.99-$49.99, 96 points, poured a copper/red color with a very broad clear wine ring, heavy draping, and thick debris requiring filtering
Aromatic raisins, plum, fig, fresh laundered linen, and bright red fruit were wonderful.
Full-bodied with mouthwatering acidity and still firm grainy tannins carried rich flavors of caramel, raisins, and slightly sweet fig. 
Finished long on the hot 20% alcohol inspirited spice, spearmint, and oak notes.
Lovely Port by its lonesome or as it paired perfectly with our chocolate/hazelnut cheesecake.



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Friday, August 11, 2017

Bonpas Réserve de Bonpas 2010 Châteauneuf-du-Pape








Bonpas Réserve de Bonpas 2010 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, $18.69-$45.99, 92 points, poured a medium purple/red color with a broad clear wine ring and heavily legged glass bowl.
Aromatic black fruit, cedar, and violets were outstanding.
This beautiful satiny medium-plus bodied red wine with moderate acidity and cola flavors complementing flavors of the aromas was simply delicious.
Finished long on hints of cherry, plum, and a bit of chocolate pudding with the trailing palate, easy spices, and a potent 14.5% alcohol.
Varietals were a blend of Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvèdre.
Paired perfectly with our meat-lovers pizza.
At this price most anyone can afford to impress their dinner guests; serve with stews, BBQs, Italian cuisine, and steaks.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Virginia Marie Lambrix 'V~M~L" Russian River Valley 2013 Chardonnay






Virginia Marie Lambrix 'V~M~L" Russian River Valley 2013 Chardonnay, $11.04-$27.99, 87 points, appeared a medium straw yellow color.
The typical Cali oaked Chardonnay aromas were pleasant enough.
Medium-plus body managed good acidity and adequately restrained vanilla, caramel, and melon flavors.
Finished nicely on a 14.6% inspirited alcohol, rich floral vibes, flan, and easy spice notes.
Paired perfectly with my Sriracha rotisserie chicken.





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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Yalumba Barossa Patchwork 2014 Shiraz






Yalumba Barossa Patchwork 2014 Shiraz,
 $11.49-$17.99, 85 points, poured an opaque purple/red with a clear wine ring and a moderately leggy glass wall.
Floral aromas were disappointingly accented with stemmy ones.
Full-bodied with good acidity and a supportive underlayment of tannin carried unbalanced flavors of plum, vanilla, licorice, and blackberries.
Saving the wine was a long pleasing finish of spice, mint, eucalyptus, plum, blackberry, and a modest 13.5% alcohol.
Paired fine with our burgers.




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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Argiano 2011 Brunello Montalcino





Argiano 2011 Brunello Montalcino, $50.99-$59.99, 93 points, poured an opaque ruby red with a broad clear wine ring and glass bowl of light draping.
Aromas of roses, cherries, cedar, and truffles were excellent.
Medium-bodied with mouthwatering acidity and firm grainy tannins carried intense flavors reflective of the nose in addition to plum notes.
Finished long on hot spices, oak, spearmint, a hint of iron, and a typical 14.5% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with my spaghetti and meatballs.

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Game of Thrones Central Coast 2016 Chardonnay







Game of Thrones Central Coast 2016 Chardonnay, $16.99-$19.99, 88 points, poured a medium brass color.
Aromatic pome fruit, flowers, and hints of caramel, cantaloupe, and vanilla were quite good.
Medium-bodied with good acidity and flavors reflective of the aromas carried deep into the fair finish with a bit of ginger and a spot-on 13.5% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with the summer salad and fried chicken, but the hint of vanilla was not the best pairing with our baked fig dessert, better with our pistachio/cranberry biscotti.
Vinted and bottled by Seven Kingdoms Wines, Hopland, Ca.
Okay, I bought this Chardonnay because I'm a fan of Game of Thrones, but now I'm a fan of this balanced Chardonnay.

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Domaine Séguinot-Bordet, Fourchaume 2015 Chablis Premier Cru






Domaine Séguinot-Bordet, Fourchaume 2015 Chablis Premier Cru, $31.99-$34.99, 93 points, poured a light glossy gold color.
Aromatic tangerine, perfumed white blossoms, and hints of pome fruit were excellent.
More a lighter-bodied Chardonnay with bright acidity that carried clean stony flavors with those mirroring the bouquet.
Finished long on the trailing palate, dominant ginger and white pepper, a hint of Marshmallow Peanut Candy, a touch of neutral Beachwood, and a spot-on 13% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with my New England fried clams.
A beautiful Chardonnay alternative to the ubiquitous over-oaked, and the less common bland unoaked California Chardonnays.

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Montes' ~Classic Series~ Colchagua Valley 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (Chile)





Montes' ~Classic Series~ Colchagua Valley 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (Chile), $11.89-$13.99, 86 points, poured core black grading purple/red toward the clear wine ring and glass bowl of light draping.
Aromas of black fruit, cedar, and nuanced with hints of coffee and tobacco were okay.
Full-bodied with good acidity and firm escalating tannins managed plum, pomegranate, blackberry, and tobacco flavors.
Finished on the trailing palate. plummy, spicy and with a modest 13.5% alcohol.
Paired unsuccessfully with our pepperoni pizza.

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Marcarini, Brunate, Italy 2011 Barolo (DOCG)







Marcarini, Brunate, Italy 2011 Barolo (DOCG), $50.99-$59.99, 92 points, wafted an aromatic soft dusty red cherry perfume.
Medium-bodied with bright acidity and fine grainy tannins (quite a dry red wine) supported a floral flavor profile nicely accented with cherry, black tea, and marzipan.
Finished with hints of spearmint, spice, oak, and a well-functioning 14% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with my spinach parmesan ravioli in a beefy tomato sauce.

Color was a complex purple red.
 
 

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Cupcake Vineyards (California) 2016 Rosé







Cupcake Vineyards (California) 2016 Rosé, $7.99-$12.99, 86 points, poured a Peach Rosé color.
The shy floral strawberry aroma was okay.
Light-plus body with good acidity carried flavors of strawberry and watermelon rind deep into the fair finish accented with spicy white pepper, a hint of cotton candy, and a potent 13.5% alcohol.
Paired fine with my cheese enchiladas.
Cupcake Vineyards continues to produce adequate wines with a reasonable Quality/Price/Ratio (QPR) which fit broadly into the Super Market niche.





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Cupcake Wines! Why!





Cupcake Wines! Why!
 
As I posted early in June (Rosé Wines, The Big Domestic Push), Cupcake Vineyards is no different!
Well, that got me thinking: I've had quite a few Cupcake wines, and not often with good comments from wine lovers, but since I'm doing domestic Rosé, and since I've always found Cupcake wines adequate, especially at their price-points, I needed to give Cupcake Rosé a try, and to provide a comprehensive list of the NHWM's Cupcake wine reviews!
And if you think this is too 'Much Ado About Nothing', keep in mind that Cupcake sells more wine in America than any other Vineyard! 
 
 
 
 
NHWM's Cupcake reviews:
 
 
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Cupcake Central Coast 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon






Cupcake Central Coast 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, $7.99-$12.99, 85 points, was a deep shinny sienna color with a clear wine ring and moderately leggy glass bowl.
Shy aromas of red raspberry, red cherry, and cedar were just okay.
Medium-bodied with fair acidity and a soft underlayment of tannin managed a dominant syrupy cherry flavor with hints of black currant, licorice, and plum.
Finished okay on the trailing palate, warm white pepper, an iron note, and an innocuous 13.5% alcohol.
Paired fine with our pepperoni pizza.
Make no mistake, this "Industrial" Cabernet works well enough for those that abhor spending anything over $10 for a bottle of wine, but I'd like to challenge those shoppers to consider spending one to eight dollars more and treat themselves to a far superior Cabernet; here's a link to my recommendations: California Cabernet Sauvignon, The Growing Divide!

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Napa Cellars Napa Valley 2014 Chardonnay







Napa Cellars Napa Valley 2014 Chardonnay, $14.44-$$19.99, 87 points, poured a dark straw yellow color.
Aromatic lemon/lime, pome blossoms, and a hint of honeydew melon were quite good.
Full-bodied with fair acidity presented a complex oak flavor profile with notes of vanilla, white pepper, over-ripe pear, and apple.
Finished long on ginger, pear, and a modest 13.9% alcohol.
Paired fine with my baked cowboy-cut pork chop.

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Head Honcho Barrel 27 Santa Barbara County 2012 Syrah






Head Honcho Barrel 27 Santa Barbara County 2012 Syrah, $12.74-$34.99, 92 points, was black almost to the clear wine ring and leggy glass bowl where a deep Shiraz purple/red made its brief appearance.
Aromatic potpourri of black fruit and flowers with barely a hint of bell pepper were quite good.
Full-bodied with good acidity and firm round tannins effectively supported flavors that reflected the aromas plus black pepper, licorice, and plum.
Finished long on a big 15.2% alcohol inspirited spiciness, a coffee note, and blackberry liqueur.
Paired perfectly with our Greek-styled meat-lovers pizza.

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Cade Napa Valley 2016 Sauvignon Blanc

 
When a white wine
 receives a score of ninety four points,
 it deserves a good explanation!
Don't you think!




Cade Napa Valley 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, $28.04-$32.99, 94 points, poured a very light brass color grading clear toward the glass shallows.
Aromas of grapefruit peel, lemongrass, and just a hint of saffron and vanilla were pleasant whispers.
The light body was both texturally silky and acid-crisp (oxymoron anyone) carrying balanced gossamer flavors of mint, lemongrass, vanilla, and black pepper.
Finished long on the trailing palate and a hint of lime, but the welcoming bright gingery wash was a deep well, and enlivened by an inspirited 14.1% alcohol sealed the wine's brilliance.
Varietals were 95% Sauvignon Blanc,
2% Sauvignon Musqué, 2% Sémillon, and 1% Viognier.
This was a lovely wine that only got better as it warmed a bit, and well worth the $28.
Paired perfectly with my Yellow-fin tuna salad.


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Sunday, July 30, 2017