Sunday, July 22, 2018

Greg Norman Estates Eden Valley Australia 2016 Chardonnay






Greg Norman Estates Eden Valley Australia 2016 Chardonnay, $10.19-$14.99, 84 points, poured a deep straw yellow color.
Strong smells of caramel and Chardonnay-specific grape were almost pungent and unpleasant for me.
Though the early medium-plus body showed creamy with good acidity, the texture morphed hard along with austere flavors of cantaloupe, caramel, and wood.
Finished long on the fading palate with an awkward 14% alcohol and a redeeming hint of lime.
I didn't care for the pairing of Ollie's bake-stuffed Butterfly shrimp.
Having had previous Greg Norman Chardonnays, I was disappointed.

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Saturday, July 21, 2018

Penfold's South Australia BIN 389 2015 Shiraz/Cabernet Red Wine




Penfold's South Australia BIN 389 2015 Shiraz/Cabernet Red Wine, $29.69-$69.99, 93 points, poured core black with purple/reds lapping the glass wall of dripping tinted heavy tears.
Aromatic cedar, black currants and lush ripe blackberries were excellent.
Full-bodied with bright acidity and early strident tannins might strike some as a bit too tight, but the flavors reflective of the aromas with citrus and pomegranate were deliciously enlivened.
Finished long and dry on the trailing palate, accelerating pepper spices, mulberry, sweet tobacco, and an appropriate 14.5% alcohol.
Varietals were 53% Cabernet Sauvignon and 47% Shiraz.

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Friday, July 20, 2018

Bordeaux Red Wine Vintage 2008


Bordeaux Red Wine Vintage 2008
My few tasted

Being a member of the American hoi polios and a teetotaller until 2009, as well as being maze-phobic (Unnecessary Fear And Loathing Of French Wine Labels; Well, Maybe Not Unnecessary!) had me typically buying wines in the grocery stores, and not many Bordeaux wines at that.
Well, now that's out of the way, I overcame my phobia and began sticking my big toe in the wild wine waters of France when in 2012 the New Hampshire liquor commission wisely brought into the State the 2009 vintage Bordeaux wines; I dived in!
That's my 'Newbie' story (again), and reasons for not drinking 'old' and older Bordeaux wines.
Vis et apprend!





Château Bonnet 2008 Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon, $13.99-$15.99, 91+ points

Château Brane-Cantenac Margaux Grand Cru Classé 2008 Bordeaux, $49.29-$57.99, 91-plus points

Château Cantemerle, Grand Cru Classé en 1855, Haut-Médoc 2008 Bordeaux Red Wine, $32.29-$37.99, 92 points

Château Croix Mouton Jean-Philippe Janoueix 2008 Bordeaux Superieur, $14.44-$17.99, 89 points

Château D'Aiguilhe 2008 Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux, $26.34-$30.99, 89 points

Chateau d'Arcins Haut-Medoc 2008 Bordeaux Red Wine, $16.79-$22.99, 86+ points

Château De La Dauphine Fronsac Grand Vin 2008 Bordeaux Red Wine, $20.39-$23.99, 89+ points

Château Grand-Pontet St. Émilion Grand Cru Classé 2008 Bordeaux Red Wine, $35.69-$41.99, 92 points

Château La Croix De Beaucaillou Saint-Julien 2008 Bordeaux Red Wine, $46.99-$64.99, 91 points

Château Malescot-St.-Exupéry Margaux 2008 Bordeaux, $48.02-$56.49, 92 points

Château Nicot 2008 Red Bordeaux, $10.00-$14.00, 88 points

Château Rouget Grand Vin Pomerol 2008 Bordeaux Red Wine, $42.49-$49.99, 89 pointsChâteau Saint-Sulpice 2010 Bordeaux, $9.99-$11.99, 86, points


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Château Croix Mouton Jean-Philippe Janoueix 2008 Bordeaux Superieur




Château Croix Mouton Jean-Philippe Janoueix 2008 Bordeaux Superieur, $14.44-$17.99, 89 points, poured an impenetrable garnet red color, a bleeding broad wine ring, and fat hanging legs. 
Aromatic toasty black fruit, cedar, cocoa, and a perfumed floral vibe were excellent.
Medium-plus body with good acidity and still slightly astringent tannin carried flavors reflective of the aromas onto the early palate weakening mid-way and intensifying in the moderately long finish garnished with easy pepper spices, plum, mint, and an appropriate 13.5% alcohol.
Paired fine with our meatball subs.

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Sauvignon Blanc 2017 (Cali)


Sauvignon Blanc 2017 (Cali)



 
Sauvignon Blanc white wines vintage 2017 (Cali) are slowly arriving in New Hampshire, and as they do I will once again try and pick them up for my inevitable enjoyment (one of my favorite white wines) and JMO reviews.
Just because SB is a common/hackneyed varietal doesn't mean they can't be outstandingly great wines, versatile, delicious, and mostly reasonably priced.
SB is a go-to white wine for me and many others; pair with fruit, fruity desserts, nuts, fish (I prefer white fish), oysters, lobsters, light poultry, and where Pinot Gris (Grigio) shines, so can Sauvignon Blanc; and why do I say such a thing, because as you discover SB from New Zealand, France, California (the subject of this post), the Northwest, South Africa, Italy, Chile, and even Spain all show SB in different ways: the mother of Cabernet Sauvignon travels well and adapts well.


Decoy Sonoma County 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, $14.95-$19.99, 88 points

Dry Creek Valley 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, $7.64-$14.99, 92 points

Duckhorn Napa Valley 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, $22.94-$29.99, 92 points

Groth Napa Valley 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, $20.39-$26.99, 90 points

St. Supery Napa Valley 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, $15.29-$21.99, 91 points

Trentadue 'OPR' 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, $10.19-$15.99, 89 points


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Decoy Sonoma County 2017 Sauvignon Blanc





Decoy Sonoma County 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, $14.95-$19.99, 88 points, was a light brass color clearing at the glass shallows.
Aromas of grapefruit, lemon/lime, grass, and hints of vanilla and a floral vibe were delightful.
Light-bodied with bright acidity delivered good flavors of pomelo, flowers, grass, and lemon zest.
Finished fair on citrus, ginger, a whisper of vanilla, and a well-balanced 13.5% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with my Canadian Maritime halibut.

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Dow's Late Bottled Vintage 2008 Port




Dow's Late Bottled Vintage 2008 Port, $17.59-$24.99, 91 points, appeared broadly black to impenetrable purple/reds which at the penumbra completed the color transition with the clear wine ring and a very dense layering of legs.
Aromas were steeped in a peat-like blackberry liqueur with an undercurrent of floral notes.
Full-bodied (round rich texture) with good acidity and appropriate tannins delivered the aromas onto the palate with mint and licorice.
Finished forever on a building 19.5% alcohol inspirited spiciness and wood notes.
Paired perfectly with our blueberries in dark chocolate.

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