Monday, December 5, 2022

Mastroberardino 2019 Fiano di Avellino (DOCG)

 





Mastroberardino 2019 Fiano di Avellino (DOCG), $14.44-$16.99, 88 points, was a dull medium yellow gold color and graying toward the rim.
Aromas of subtle lime juice, dusty stone fruit, and mango-tinged white chocolate were very interesting and pleasant.
This Fiano was dry and slightly more than light-bodied with good acidity and tart flavors of citrus, toasted lemon zest, and a spiced gelatin which were somewhat complex and tasty.
Finished anticlimactic but long on the fading palate and a soft 12.5% alcohol.
Paired well with my Maine lobster pie.


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Seaside Cellars 2019 Pinot Noir (New Zealand)

 


Seaside Cellars 2019 Pinot Noir (New Zealand), $11.89-$15.99, 88 points, poured a transparent orange/red with copious light legs and a broad clear meniscus.
Aromas began a bit funky showing hints of rubber transitioning to an earthy cherry fruit and a hint of citrus.
This Seaside Cellars Pinot Noir was barely medium-bodied, not quite a dry red wine, showed easy tannins, good acidity, and a rather tasty straight forward cherry fruit and black tea flavor profile.
Finished a bit tart, a slightly more pronounced tannic presence, subtle eucalyptus, and a tidy 13.5% alcohol.
Paired surprisingly well with my soft tacos.
Commentary: a tasty high QPR PN.

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Friday, December 2, 2022

Château Faugères, Saint-Émilion, Grand Cru Classé 2018 Bordeaux Red Wine

 


Château Faugères, Saint-Émilion, Grand Cru Classé 2018 Bordeaux Red Wine, $46.32-$54.49, 93 points, poured core black grading to a deep pomegranate red with heavy stained legs and a moderately broad clear wine ring.
Aromas of cinnamon, ripe black raspberries, cedar box, and Arabica toffee were excellent.
The 2018 Château Faugères was a dry full-bodied red wine with good acidity, firm grainy tannins, and rich fruity flavors with mint, red pepper, a bit of wood, herbal, and showing hints of tarragon and fennel.
Finished quite long on its spiciness, tartness, and a big but balanced 14.5% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with my prosaic cheeseburger with blue cheese tomatoes and kalmata olives. 

Bordeaux Red Wine Vintage 2018

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Thursday, December 1, 2022

Marqués de Griñón, Rueda, 2021 Verdejo

 


Marqués de Griñón, Rueda, 2021 Verdejo, $11.69-$12.99, 88 points, was a light-yellow gold color with a broad gray penumbra.
Aromas of dusty mandarin peel, white chocolate, and a floral pear were lovely.
This Verdejo was a bit viscus, thus medium-bodied, with fair acidity, showed robust stone fruit flavors and hints of those reflective of the aromas.
Finished tart, showed subtle flavors of lime juice and ginger, and was complemented by a well-balanced 12.5% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with our Asian cuisine.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Cambria Katherine's Vineyard 2020 Chardonnay

 


Cambria Katherine's Vineyard 2020 Chardonnay, $15.29-$21.99, 86 points, was a pale straw yellow color and graying midway towards the rim.
Aromas of apple cider, oak, white chocolate, and Chardonnay specific grape were just okay for me (too much oak).
More than a medium-bodied dry white wine with fair acidity but overwhelming oak flavors, a bit of Crème Brûlée, and a pleasing crisping ginger.
Finished a tad sour and with a rather dominating 14.1% alcohol.
Paired unsatisfactorily with my turkey club and chips.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Ridge Geyserville 2019 Red Wine

 






Ridge Geyserville 2019 Red Wine, $41.64-$48.99, 92 points, poured core black grading to a purple red with dense stained fat-legs and a broad clear meniscus.
Aromas of briar fruit nuanced with hints of mint, mulberry, and underbrush were good.
This Geyserville was full-bodied, dry, robust, and showed fair acidity, a firm underlayment of tannin, and with flavors reflective of the aromas demonstrated its pedigree.
Finished long on the trailing palate, red pepper, and a bit unbalanced 14.5% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with mu Tuscan pizza.

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Saturday, November 26, 2022

Ruffino Riserva Ducale Oro 2016 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione (DOCG)

 




Ruffino Riserva Ducale Oro 2016 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione (DOCG), $34.99-$39.99, 92 points, poured a medium cranberry red color with a penumbra tinged with orange, a broad clear meniscus, and copious stained legs.
Aromas of rose pedal, black tea, and a hint of shoe polish were interesting.
This Gran Selezione (select) Sangiovese red wine was medium-bodied, bone dry with good acidity, and showed masked red fruit flavors nuanced with tea, mint, and red pepper.
Finished long on the fading palate, a bit tart, an unfolding hint of iron, and a rather intense 14.5% alcohol.
Paired fine with our pepperoni pizza.

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