Thursday, April 19, 2018

Quinta do Noval Black Port



Quinta do Noval Black Port, $16.14-$20.99, 90 points, poured broadly black grading to a redder than purple penumbra with the bowl showing fat legs.
Aromatic dusty bourbon, blackberry liqueur, raisin, plum, and black licorice were good.
Full-bodied with fair acidity and soft tannins translated the aromas with tang throughout the palate and deep into a never-ending finish nuanced with a warm spiced inspirited 19.5% alcohol.
Paired fine with our 70% dark chocolate.

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Pratsch Niederösterreich 2016 Rosé (Austria)






Pratsch Niederösterreich 2016 Rosé (Austria), $12.99-$14.99, 86 points, poured the darkest Salmon pink color.
The aroma of watermelon dominated, but soft red raspberry, strawberry, and a floral vibe were okay.
Light-bodied with fair-plus acidity delivered juicy flavors reflective of the aromas.
Finished okay, but a bit thin, on the trailing palate and an innocuous 12% (off-dry) alcohol.
Paired fine with our spicy Mexican cuisine.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Two Hands Angel's Share 2016 Shiraz





Two Hands Angel's Share 2016 Shiraz, $31.99-$36.99, 91 points, poured core black grading a deep purple/red toward the broad clear wine ring and leggy glass bowl.
Sultry smells of toasty blackberry and coffee liqueur were seductive.
Full-bodied with good acidity and a smooth supportive underlayment of tannin showed a delicious fruity/herbal flavor profile with a hint of cedar.
Finished long on the trailing palate, especially that coffee liqueur, easy spice notes, licorice, and a spot-on 14.1% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with our Australian grass-fed burgers.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Shafer Napa Valley Carneros Red Shoulder Ranch 2014 Chardonnay





Shafer Napa Valley Carneros Red Shoulder Ranch 2014 Chardonnay, $38.24-$51.99, 89 points, was the first disappointing (relatively speaking) Shafer wine I've had, and like unto the Nickle And Nickle Far Niente Napa Valley 2014 Chardonnay, a far cry from the three vintages I've had in past years.
It was okay but too oaky for my taste, a bit flat early palate, and overpriced for an average Cali-typical Chardonnay.
Caveat: Many of the big wine reviewers LOVED this vintage Shafer, but I can only report on what I've tasted.
Color: Straw yellow.
Aroma: Apple notes with oak inspired caramel and vanilla.
Near full-bodied with good acidity and a fair finish nuanced with ginger and cantaloupe which managed to save this Chardonnay.
Paired fine with my broiled Canadian Maritime Halibut.
ABV: 14.9%

Shafer, why it's a "go to" winery.
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Monday, April 16, 2018

Marchesi de Frescobaldi 'Pater' Toscana 2015 Sangiovese (IGT)




Marchesi de Frescobaldi 'Pater-Paterna' Toscana 2015 Sangiovese (IGT), $9.99-$20.99, 85 points, poured an opaque ruby red with a clear rim and light draping.
The Severn screw-cap did not preclude a bit of funk on the nose, but fortunately it dissipated after several hours being replaced with soft notes of red raspberry, brine, and cherry fruit.
Medium-bodied with good acidity and mellow tannins carried a weak rendition of the nose with an ascending spicy finish.
The 12.5% alcohol was unobtrusive, and this wine paired fine with my beef stew.

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Whitehaven Marlborough 2017 Sauvignon Blanc




Whitehaven Marlborough 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, $13.59-$15.99, 90 points, was a light pale gold color grading a clear grey color at the glass shallows.
Aromas of grapefruit and gooseberries were dominant, but more subtle grass and tangerine notes were lovely.
Light, acidic, and dramatically New Zealand with a fine rendering of the aromas onto the palate.
Finished well and with a surprisingly nuanced flavor of Lychee.
The 13% alcohol was well-balanced, and this SB paired fine with our sautéed sea scallops and buttered asparagus.

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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Château Pontet Canet Grand Cru Classé En 1855 Pauillac 2011 Bordeaux Red Wine




Château Pontet Canet Grand Cru Classé En 1855 Pauillac 2011 Bordeaux Red Wine,
$118.99-$152.99, 95 points, poured core black grading a deep red garnet with a broad clearing rim and substantial legs.
Early aromas of black currant were rich, ripe, dominant, and fragrant, but emerging cedar, sandalwood, and anise were excellent as the wine breathed and evolved.
Full-bodied with good acidity and supportive unobtrusive tannins delivered a panoply of black and red fruit with enlivened flavors evoked from the bouquet.
Finished on an accelerating warm pepper spiciness, hints of plum, fig, pomegranate, and iron.
The 13.5% alcohol was totally appropriate to both the early silky palate and the more edgy spicy finish.
Varietals were 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot.
Paired perfectly with my spiced-rubbed rare Angus rib eye steak.

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