Friday, September 23, 2011


That's enough of that. This is an ex-blog.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Duchi Neri 2010 Friuli Grave Pinot Grigio

Pale golden straw color.

Apple smell, citrus, cherry, mineral.

Apple and cherry flavors, long lemony finish.

Very good medium-bodied bottle, $16.99.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Bridao 2007 Ribatejo Vinho Tinto Classico

"Century" candidates note: Castello, Trincadeira, and Tinta Roriz.

Near-opaque ruby color.

Cherry, plum, blackberry smells, some leather at the end.

Dark stone fruits, blackest of blackberries, long acid finish.

Very good medium-to-full-bodied bottle, $14.99.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Bump 2009 Sonoma Coast Sauvignon Blanc Adobe Vineyard

Yellowish straw color, the slightest bit cloudy.

Smell of pear and grapefruit, hints of peach, later in the bottle there's a hint of cat pee.

Dry taste of pear, peach, grapefruit, a big bowl of fruit.

Very good medium-to-full-bodied bottle. $18.99.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Deux Montille 2008 Saint-Aubin 1er Cru, Sur Gamay

Pale straw color, greenish tint.

Smoky oak smell, ripe pear, river-wetted stones.

Barely ripe pear flavor, crisp red apple, minerals, very mild oak. Some petillance on the tongue.

Excellent full-bodied bottle. I don't think I've ever before had a Chardonnay with such weight, and food friendly acid, too. Hats off! $39.91

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Rene Leguin-Colin 2008 Bourgogne

Dark ruby red, slightly cloudy when I shine a flashlight through it.

Ripe blackberry smell and leather, hints of oak.

Almost-ripe blackberry flavor, leather and oak, long tart finish that cries for something fat to cut through.

Very good medium-bodied bottle, $21.99. I bought a case abd will be consuming it over the next year or so.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Rimauresq 2009 Cotes de Provence cru classe

Salmon pink orange slightly petillant on the glass.

Smell of home-made cranberry sauce and chalk.

Dry flavor of peach, green apple, cranberries and minerals.

Very good medium-bodied bottle. $25.99

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Domaine de La Citadelle 2010 Luberon le Chataigner

30% Grenache, 30% Mouvèdre, 20% Syrah, 15% Cinsault and 5% Bourboulenc

Pale salmon color, some petillance is visible on the glass.

Apple smell, cranberry, wildflowers.

Fruity dry flavor, tart apple, cranberry, petillance is noticeable on the tongue.

Excellent medium-bodied bottle, $18.99.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Jean-Marc Burgaud 2010 Regnie Vallieres

Medium-dark cherry red, no petillance visible.

Cherry and blackberry smells.

Bright cherry and blackberry flavors, a whole range of Prunus flavors.

Excellent full-bodied bottle, $20.00. The new style of Beaujolais that doesn't label itself Beaujolais. I hope they come back to full disclosure but not to the time when the whole appelation used only two or three different clones of Gamay and of yeast.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Guado al Melo 2007 Bacco in Toscana Bom Ba Ba Ba

I reported on the 2006 bottling here.

Almost-opaque purple-red color.

Smell of black cherry and plum, leather and oak.

Tart dark stone fruit flavors, lingering acid finish that begs for a tomato-sauce accompaniment.

Very good bottle for $19.99, same price as last year, a quality of which I approve heartily.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Tir na N'Og 2006 McLaren Vale Old Vines Gremache

Rather cloudy dark cherry red.

Complex smells, leather and meat and ripe plums, oak.

Rich dry plum flavor, meaty, a big wine.

Excellent full-bodied bottle. $29.99. Again, a big wine.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Confraria 2010 Moscatel Vinho Regional Lisboa

Very pale straw, extremely pitillant on the glass.

Sweet smell of honey, candied preserves,

Off-dry flavor of honey, candied peach and apricot. extremely pitillant on the tongue.

Very good light-bodied bottle, 10% ABV, $12.99

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Lagone 2008 Aia Vecchia IGT Toscana

A blend of Cab Sauv, Cab Franc, and Merlot.

Deep dark cherry red appearance.

Cassis smell, plum, new oak.

Dry fruity plum and black cherry flavors, oak, long acid finish.

Very good full-bodied bottle, $16.99.

A note from my friend, Marjorie Partch:

We have been reluctant to intrude with this tragic story, but also hoping that this community would rally around one of its longtime members in her time of dire need. Mrs. Dorothy Partch taught English at Brien McMahon High School for 20 years, retiring in 1994. In 2003, she suffered a mild stroke, and her daughter Marjorie (Class of 1975) moved back home to take care of her. Last year, Mrs. Partch had a more severe stroke, and Marjorie, her POA, Health Care Representative, etc. etc., brought her to a nursing home for rehab. She was due to come home last Summer. But when the nursing home learned that the house was still in Mrs. Partch's name, they decided instead to bypass her daughter's legal authority and keep Mrs. Partch against their wishes. They had a real estate attorney appointed as Mrs. Partch's Conservator (guardian), seized all their joint accounts, and are trying to take all their belongings and property to keep Mrs. Partch isolated, neglected and abused (according to the Dept. of Public Health), rather than letting her come home, where she would be treated by her own neurologist, therapists and her loving daughter.

To learn more, and to help, click here.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Melville 2009 Santa Barbera County Viognier Estate - Verna's

Greenish-yellow color. Petillance is quite evident on the glass.

White pepper smell, river rocks, just past-ripe pears, a bit of wildflower bouquet at the end.

Off-dry apple, pear, orange, honeysuckle flavors, bits of warmth and bitterness at the end.

Excellent medium-to-full-bodied bottle. $24.99

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Santa Rita 2007 Colchagua Valley Carmenere Single Estate

Extremely dark near-opaque purplish red.

Blackberry and oak smells.

Blackberry flavor, blueberry, oak and tannins at the end.

Very good medium-to-full bodied bottle. $19.99

Monday, August 8, 2011

Carpene Malvolti nv Sparkling Kerner Brut

Very pale yellow, many streams of small bubbles.

Smell of honeysuckle and of ripe peaches.

Off-dry to slightly sweet flavor of ripe apples, ripe peaches. Occasionally it seems thin and tastes of nothing so much as club soda.

Good-to-very good light-bodied bottle of fizz. My first experience with Kerner. $23.36.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Sigalas 2008 Santorini "Barrel"

As Krakatoa was to the late 19th Century AD/CE, so Santorini was to the 17th century BC.

Rich golden straw color.

Smell of peaches, oak, lemon pledge(!), alcohol.

Dry flavors of apple, butter, oak, minerals.

Excellent medium-bodied bottle, $26.50. Word has it that this greatly rewards aging, but I can't testify to that.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

A.Diehl 2009 Pfalz Dornfelder

Medium-dark cherry red, a bit petillant.

Smell of sweet blackberry soda.

Taste of strawberry, red cherry, not a smitch of oak. Slightly petillant on the tongue, but only slightly.

Good light-weight bottle, I think it'd work well with the Indian food (Example: Potato Samosas. Yum. Saag Paneer. Bet that'd work just fine too.) that I've found to be a good match with unoaked cru Beaujolais. $14.50 / 1 liter

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Carpene Malvolti nv Viognier

Pale straw color long-lasting streams of medium-sized bubbles.

Smell of peach and pear,

Off-dry to dry apple flavor, peach, toast, long-lasting crisp tart finish. Yummy peach jam.

Very good light-bodied bottle, $19.47.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Porzia 2009 Gavi

Pale straw color, very slightly petillant.

Mild peach smell, fruity.

Off-dry apple / peach taste, floral flavors, minerals, slight petillance, pleasant tart acid finish.

Very good light-bodied bottle, $18.99.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Colleluce 2005 Vernaccia di Serrapetrona dolce

Cherry red wine, vigorous bubbles raise a short=lived purple head.

Prune smell, more distinct red-wine smell than any other sparkling red I've tasted.

Sweet plum and prune taste, oak, bitter tannic end.

Interesting and unusual medium-to-full-bodied bottle, $19.47.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Terre de Trinci 2003 Montefalco Sagrantino

Deeply colored opaque wine, red at the rim.

Leather and prune smell, woodland leaf litter at the end.

Plum/prune flavor, deep fruit over leather/organic stuff flavors.

Excellent full-bodied bottle, $26.50.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Carpene Malvolti nv Rose Carpene Cuvee Brut

Deep orange pink. Long-lasting streams of small bubbles.

Strawberry smell.

Off-dry berry flavor, lingering dry finish.

Very good light-to-medium-bodied bottle. Good to bring to a party: simple fun!. $19.47.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Michel Guignier 2007 Morgon vieilles vignes

Medium-dark ruby color.

Blackberry smell, strawberry, some alcohol warmth.

Blackberry and cherry and strawberry flavors, hints of oak in the finish.

Very good medium-bodied bottle, $17.00. A nice modern interpretation of Beaujolais.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Szigeti nv Gruner Veltliner Brut

Pale straw color, many vigorous long-lasting streams of tiny bubbles.

Yeasty bread-dough smell, green apple, citrus.

Off-dry to dry green apple flavor, lemon, white pepper.

Very good, if simple, light-bodied bottle. $17.52.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

M. Cosentino 2007 Lodi Tannat

The darkest, most completely opaque wine I remember seeing.

Raspberry smell, new oak.

Raspberry flavor, black cherry, a bit of a sting from tannin.

Excellent full-bodied bottle, long ending, $22.99.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Liefman's nv Fruitesse Fruit Beer

"contains Acesulfame K"

Medium cherry-red color, medium-to-large bubbles, long-lasting chalk-pink head that leaves a rim of lace after each sip.

Cherry soda smell, a bit of band-aid.

Cheap artificial-flavored cherry/berry candy flavor, soda sweet, thin tart finish.

During the first glass, I thought "drinkable", by the end of the second I thought not. Dumped. $10/750 ml. I won't buy again.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Fattoria Colsanto 2002 Sagrantino di Montefalco

Quite thoroughly opaque, cherry red at the rim.

Smell of cherry, raisins, leather.

Flavor of black cherry, black plum, tannic finish.

Very good medium-to-full-bodied bottle, big flavor, $34.99.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Bourillon-Dorleans 2009 Vouvray sec La Coulee d'Argent

Straw color.

Fruity peach smell, mineral, doesn't really very much resemble the scratch-and-sniff label. (I'm guessing that the same label-scent is available to any Vouvray producer who wants to pay for it.)

Off-dry-to-dry fruity taste, peach, lime, pear, long honeyed finish.

Excellent medium-bodied bottle. $28. Oh, just what I needed, a bottle I feel the need for more of!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Chartogne-Taillet 2002 Champagne redux

A year ago I enjoyed a bottle of this wine and put the rest of the case away. Today, I opened a bottle.

Pale straw color, many streams of vigorous pin-point bubbles. I could (and did) copy & paste this from last year.

Smell of bread dough rising, pear.

Flavors of pear, peach into apricot, toast, with lemon at the end.

This remains an excellent medium-to-full-bodied bottle. I'm reminded why vintage Champagne is more highly prized than is NV Brut.

I'll open another bottle in a year.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Teruzzi & Puthod 2008 Toscana Bianca Terre di Tufi

Winemaker says this is a blend of 80% Vernaccia, 7% Chardonnay, 7% Malvasia, and 6% Vermentino.

Deep straw color, gold glints in the deepest parts of the glass. Pinpoint bubbles of petillance form on its surface.

Peach and pear smells under plenty of oak.

Flavors of pineapple, peach, pear, lime.

Excellent medium-to-full-bodied bottle. $22.99. I generally don't favor big oaky whites, but this is well-considered, with a good blend of fruit balancing the wood.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Chionetti 2006 San Luigi Dolcetto di Dogliani

Opaque appearance, purple at the edges.

Prune smell, a bit of leather.

Dry black plum flavor, black cherry, lively acid finish cuts through higher-fat food.

Very good full-bodied bottle, $23.99

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Gurrutxaga 2009 Bizkaiko Txakolina Txakoli Izaskun

Pale straw color, frizzante.

Floral smell, citrus, windy sunny day at high tide.

Taste of lemon, grapefruit, acid is boosted by dissolved CO2.

Very good high-acid light-bodied bottle, $15.00. Works well with the same (sea)food as Muscadet Sevre et Maine.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Eraldo Viberti 1999 Barbera d'Alba Vigna Clara

Opaque, reddish-purple at the edges.

Smell of prunes, cherry, leather.

Fruit dominates the flavor, black plum, black cherry, mild oak, long food-friendly finish that so characterizes Barbera.

Excellent medium-to-full-bodied bottle, $24.99. Impressive fruit for a wine with this much age on it.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Schramsberg 2007 Blanc de Blancs

Deep straw color, many long-lasting streams of pin-point bubbles.

Citrus smell, pineapple, freshly-risen bread dough, hint of cloves.

Flavor of tart apple turnover with cinnamon, chewy pastry.

Very good medium-bodied New World sparkler, a bit sweeter than the advertised Brut, $22.91

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Cape Mentelle 2010 Margaret River Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

54% Sauvignon Blanc / 46% Semillon.

Very pale straw color, perhaps a tint of green.

Yep, that's mostly Sauvignon Blanc: smells of grapefruit, just-mowed lawn, and traces of cat pee and pineapple. You could tell it in the dark.

Dry fruity flavor, grapefruit, pineapple, hint of ripe peach, while there's a bit of petillance on the tongue, none is visible.

Excellent medium-bodied bottle, $19.99

Monday, June 6, 2011

A. Diehl 2009 Pfalz Spatburgunder rotwein trocken

Spatburgunder is German for Pinot Noir.

Very dark garnet color.

Black cherry and strawberry smells, hints of leather.

Mild berry/cherry flavor, leather/organic something, nice acid ending, makes a good match for a light ham or, I imagine, chicken.

Very good light-to-medium-bodied bottle, $13.99. A QbA Pinot Noir at 14% ABV, this is clearly chaptalized.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Claire de Montesquiou Esperance 2008 Vin de Pays des Landes Colombard Vin de Soleil et Colombard

Extremely pale color, petillance visible.

Citrus and lawn, bit of cat pee.

Tastes like it smells, very petillant.

Not horribly flawed but I find this unpleasant. I remember when it was common knowledge that Gascon wine was not for drinking but for distilling Armangnac. Still true, even if forgotten. $10.

Tell the truth: I bought it for a grape that I wasn't certain I'd tried before, so I got just what I paid for.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Robert Sinskey Vineyards 2010 Los Carneros Vin Gris of Pinot Noir

Pale orange sunrise pink with a bit of petillance.

Ripe watermelon smell, strawberries, cherries, bit of citrus.

Strawberry flavor with watermelon, lemon and lime, petillance noticeable at the end.

Excellent light-bodied bottle, $29.99. Perfect as the humidity starts to climb.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Alejandro Fernandez 2004 Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y Leon Dehesa La Granja

Aerated after opening.

Opaque appearance, purple at the edges.

I find it difficult to smell more than new oak, but there's black cherry and prune hiding in there.

Black cherry flavor, plum, prune, long tart finish.

Very good medium-to-full-bodied, $19.99.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Skouras 2009 Peloponnese White

60% Roditis / 40% Moscofilero.

Pale straw color.

Melon/apple smell, flowers,

Dry apple flavor, lemon, fruity but dry.

Very good light-bodied bottle, $12. Defines "food-friendly".

Friday, May 20, 2011

Chateau des Reyssiers 2009 Regnie

Served slightly chilled.

Dark purple color. Pretty violet edges.

Smell of strawberry, blackberry, oak in the background.

Strawberry and cherry flavors, oak hiding behind the fruit.

Excellent elegant light-to-medium-bodied bargain. $14.99.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Skouras 2008 St. George Nemea Aghiorghitiko

Nemea was home to the Nemean Lion, the slaying of which was the first Labor of Hercules (aka Heracles, Herakles) assigned after he killed his wife and children while drive by Hera.

Dark ruby color.

Smell of plums, prunes, leather, and oak.

Dry taste of black cherry, black plum, and oak. After a week of not-noticeably-oaked wines, my first glass of this seemed all out-of-balance, but subsequent glasses seemed more pleasant. Admittedly, the 13.5% ABV may have contributed.

After consideration, very good fill-bodied bottle. $18.99. My introduction to this grape.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Chateau Ksara 2009 Bekaa Valley (Lebanon) Sunset

60% Cabernet Franc, 40% Syrah

Orange color, tinted pink. Very pretty.

Smell of strawberry, red cherry, hint of spearmint.

Dry strawberry, cherry, rose-hip flavors. Bracing acidity.

Very good light-to-medium-bodied bottle. Makes a nice early Spring aperitif. $13.99.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

WillaKenzie 2009 Willlamette Valley Pinot Gris Estate Grown Certified Sustainable Certified Salmon Safe

Pale straw color.

Apple smell, grapefruit, orange.

Ripe melon flavor, fig, lime, barely off-dry, dries during the long ending.

Very good medium-to-full-bodied bottle, $21.99.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Pelissero 2007 Barbaresco Nubiola

Dark ruby red.

Plum and prune smells, leather.

Dark plum, prune flavors, cinnamon.

Very good full-bodied bottle, $39.99. I believe another 5 or 10 years in the bottle will work wonders on this.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Skouras 2009 Pelopennese Moscofilero

Extremely pale color. Distinctly petillant.

Smell of wildflowers and ripe peaches and plums.

Barely off-dry flavor of peaches, lemon, tangerine, petillant on the tongue. Perhaps a better match with spicy Asian-inspired chicken than Gewurztraminer ever was.

Excellent medium-bodied bottle, $18.99.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Pierre Sparr 2009 Alsace Gewurztraminer

Straw color, greenish tint.

Room-filling perfume, smell of roses and gardenias, lychee.

Off-dry flavors of ripe apple, canned peach, floral notes.

Very good medium-bodied bottle, $17.88. I seek, though, a regular supply of a drier Gewurztraminer even knowing that it may end a bit bitter.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Zull 2009 Niederoserreich Blauer Portugieser Lust & Laune

Served chilled.

Medium-dark purple color.

Strawberry, cherry, concord grape smells, some oak.

Berry/cherry flavors, light tannins, smooth and refreshing. Worked well to accompany roast turkey (with some of the trimmings) leftovers.

Very good light-to-medium-bodied wine, $16.98 / bottle.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Quattro Mani / Movia 2009 Goriska Brda Tocai (Exto) Gredic Vineyard (Slovenia)

Movia is the winery. Goriska Brda is the place the grapes were grown. Slovenia was once part of Yugoslavia. Quattro Mani (Four Hands) is the Italian Negociant. Tocai is the familiar grape of what was once labelled Tocai Friulano but now the European Union forbids labeling Italian Tocai "Tocai". The EU, though, does permit Slovenian Tocai to be Tocai. While Aleš Kristancic, the winemaker, does so label this wine, he also uses "Exto," (presumably Ex-Tokai) creating branding useful in the inevitable event of EU mind-changing in case Slovenian wine becomes more fashionable.

Pale straw color, greenish tint.

Smell of ripe melon, spearmint.

Dry melon flavor, fresh lime, green apple.

Long tart (very tart, in fact) finish. Very good full-bodied white, unusual, $12/bottle.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Johanneshof Reinisch 2007 Rotgipfler Tradition

There are only about 300 acres of Rotgipfler in Austria's Thermenregion and, as far as I know, nearly none elsewhere. Will this be the next Viognier?

Pale yellow/straw color, petillance both visible and audible.

Peach smell, black pepper, wet clean stones.

Peach and apricot flavor, petillant on the tongue, apple sauce, long tart finish.

Excellent medium-to-full-bodied, $17.99/bottle.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Casa das Mouras 2004 Douro Reserva

Opaque dark red.

Dark stone-fruit smells, tobacco, oak.

Fruity flavor, prunes, black plums, black cherries, oak.

Excellent full-bodied wine. $22.99 / bottle.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Romano Clelia 2009 Fiano di Avellino Colli di Lapio

A little over two years ago I first tasted Fiano, in the 2006 vintage of this wine. I've been conducting a little aging project and now a new vintage.

Extremely pale straw color.

Generous fruity peach and pear smell.

Fruity ripe peach flavor, I can hear the yellow jackets buzzing around the windfalls.

Excellent full-bodied white, $20.93/bottle.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Aragone 2006 Tuscany IGT La Mozza Maremma Toscana

40% Sangiovese, 25% Alicante, 25% Syrah, 10% Carignan.

Opaque ruby color.

Smell of plum, prune, oak.

Taste of ripe black cherry.

Excellent red, ready to drink, not an awesome super-Tuscan blend but a damn fine one! 36.99 / bottle and a reasonable bargain even at that. I question its ability to further improve with age, but that's not an area in which I claim great expertise.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Valserrano 2008 Rioja Blanco Fermentado en Barrica

Pale straw color.

Smell of oak, splintery, sawdusty, entmoot in green glass.

Oaky flavor, tart acid, oak and acid in an odd balance.

Good wine if fairly simple, medium-bodied, $19.99/bottle.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Alois Lageder 2009 Alto Adige IGT Pinot Bianco 'Dolomiti'

Bright straw color.

Full rich smell, melon and apple and pear.

Fruity fresh ripe apple and pear flavor, peach, some pettilance on the tongue.

Very good medium-bodied wine, $16.99/bottle. Simple fun. Very good bargain.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Viticcio 2007 Chianti Classico Riserva

Very dark ruby red.

Cherry and plum smells, new oak vanilla.

Intense black cherry flavor, plum, mild oak in the long finish.

Very good full-bodied wine for $27.99/bottle. Rewards some airing.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Yalumba nv Museum Reserve Antique Tawny Dessert Wine

Orange/brown color.

Fresh made tea, walnut, and new oak smell.

Taste of sweet walnut pastry (not quite pecan pie), sugared ice-tea, surprisingly well-balanced with acid by the end.

Very good full-bodied sticky at $18.49/375ml.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Cascina Chicco 2007 Barbera d'Alba Granera Alta

Opaque, ruby red at the edge.

Smell of blackberry, cherry, a walk in the woods after a rainy autumn day.

Taste of fruity cherry and blackberry at the beginning, tart acid dominates finish.

Very good full-bodied wine, $22.99 / bottle.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Mollydooker 2010 McLaren Vale Verdelho "The Violinist"

Pale golden color.

Fresh clean smell, white peach, honeysuckle blossoms.

Fruity, dry, pineapple and citrus, food-friendly acid from the start, alcohol warmth in the long finish.

Excellent full-bodied white (the first dry white I've tasted for which there was no question that only "full-bodied" was appropriate) wine. $25.30 bottle.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Romano Clelia 2006 Fiano di Avellino Colli di Lapio redux

Two years ago I enjoyed a bottle and put a few away. Last year I opened one. Now, it's time to do so again.

Pale straw color, bubbles of petillance form on the glass.

Smell has developed with time! Peach and apricot, pear.

Dry fruit flavor, ripe pear, peach, petillant tingle in the mouth.

At purchase, this cost $19.99 / bottle, and I said I was a bit disappointed. Disappointed no more, this has benefited greatly from a bit of age.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Ca' del Monte 2005 Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso

Deep ruby color.

Black cherry / plum smell.

Dark plum flavor, dark chocolate-covered cherries, fruity sweetness from start to finish.

Very good, full-bodied, $18.99/bottle.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Herm. Donnhoff 1989er Oberhauser Brucke Riesling Spatlese Nahe redux

Not quite a year since I last enjoyed this.

Orange color, tending brown.

Peach, orange smell, some diesel bus exhaust.

Tart tangerine flavor, plenty of fruit remaining, quite food-friendly fresh with acid. Coconut taste at end.

Past prime,I think, but still quite respectable, I still trust it for a few years.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Chateau des Jacques 2006 Moulin-a-Vent Clos de Rochegres

Dark indigo color.

Cherry blackberry smell, with quite a bit of oak.

Tart black cherry/berry flavor, oak far in the background.

Excellent full-bodied cru beaujolais, $35.64/bottle. Balanced. Fruit-forward, ebullient.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Dr. Konstantin Frank 2007 Finger Lakes Gewurztraminer

Pale golden color.

Sweet baked apple smell. Gardenias.

Off-dry apple flavor, acid builds to the end.

Very good medium-bodied wine, if a little sweeter than I like in a Gewurztraminer. $19.47/bottle.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Chateau des Jacques 2006 Moulin-a-Vent Champ de Cour

Quite dark, nearly opaque, purple/red.

Cherry, blackberry smells. Oak hidden in the background.

Dry fruity cherry/blackberry flavor, mild oak in the finish.

Restrained medium-to-full-bodied wine, $35.64/bottle. Elegant.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Guado al Tasso 2008 Bolgheri Vermentino

A brief white-wine break from Moulin-a-Vent.

Light golden color.

Sweet honey smell, ripe apple, grapefruit.

Dry apple and citrus flavor, rich, clean and food-friendly by the end.

Very good medium-bodied bottle for $19.99.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Chateau des Jacques 2006 Moulin-a-Vent Clos du Grand Carquelin

I begin an exploration of a trio of Louis Jadot / Chateau des Jacques single-vineyard cru Moulin-a-Vents, with a bit of age on them!

Deep garnet color.

Cherry / berry smells, with a bit of vanilla oak,

Warm cherry/blackberry/strawberry/blueberry fruit flavors, restrained oak.

Fairly complex, full-bodied Beaujolais, $28.23 / bottle. As serious a Beaujolais as I've ever had. I don't think I've before had a Beaujolais that could stand up to a dose of new oak, but it's not out of place here.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Chateau Moulin-Favre 2009 Chiroubles Vieilles Vignes

Deep near-opaque garnet color.

Mild strawberry and blackberry smells, alcohol smell develops.

Berry / cherry flavor, warm finish.

Good light-to-medium-weight $17.99 bottle. Fairly high-alcohol Cru Beaujolais without special merit. Once a common style, I take it.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Robert Sinskey Vineyards 2009 Los Carneros Abraxas "Vin de Terroir" Scintilla Sonoma Vineyard

47% Pinot Gris, 23% Riesling, 17% Gewurztraminer, 13% Pinot Blanc.

Pale color of mass-market American lager, petillance forms many bubbles on the glass.

Sweet smell of baked apple, with cinnamon, bunches of showy flowers, a whole rack of jars from Spice Islands (tm), fresh sun-dried laundry.

Dry fruity flavor, ripe apples and pears, acid at the end is emphasized by considerable petillance on the tongue.

Excellent medium-to-dull-bodied sipping white for $39.99/bottle, quite a reward for the nose and the palate.

Update: A subsequent bottle proved a nice accompaniment for a supermarket-prepared hot lunch of a "General's Chicken" that was spicy-hot and near-Polynesian sweet.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Conti Sertoli Salis 2004 Terrazze Retiche de Sondrio IGT Il Saloncello

Dark purple maroon color.

Cherry, cassis, and raspberry smells, some new oak.

Soft cherry/berry flavor at the beginining, acid builds to the end. Oh! Isn't food-friendly just what wine ought to be?

Excellent medium-to-full-bodied bottle for $24.99. If you'd asked for my favorite red six months ago I might have named Barbera. Now, though, Nebbiolo is coming up fast.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Chateau des Jacques 2009 Moulin-a-Vent

Very dark garnet color.

Full blackberry smell with a hint of wood.

Very fruity blackberry, strawberry flavors, good intensity through the long end.

Excellent medium-bodied wine at $18.99 / bottle.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Chateau de Bonhoste 2009 Bordeaux Blanc

Very pale color, slightly petillant.

Smells of pear, citrus, lawn, and cat box.

Dry flavors of pear, lime, an unidentifiable organic.

Good medium-bodied bottle for $15.99. Like the Domaine Saint Roch 2009 Touraine Sauvignon I recent;y enjoyed, this is nice, but a step less so.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Domaine Saint Roch 2009 Touraine Sauvignon

Very pale straw color. One review I read said goldenrod: I don't agree.

Smell of ginger ale, pear, hints of freshly mowed grass and cat-pee.

Dry pear flavor, lime, mineral.

Very good medium bodied wine for $16.99. Historically, I'm repelled by the mouthfeel of Sauvignon Blanc. Wonder where I learned that, this is quite nice.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Cesarini Sforza 2002 Trento "Tridentum"

Restrained long-lasting streams of tiny-to-small bubbles.

Apple smell, toast.

Dry apple and pear flavors, touch of cherry by the end.

Good fruit-forward medium-bodied Champenoise 80% Chardonnay / 20% Pinot Noir Italian fizz @ $24.99 / bottle. (It's not your father's Spumante!)

Monday, January 31, 2011

Monsanto 2006 Chianti Classico Riserva

I gave this a vigorous aeration.

Deep ruby color.

Plum and prune smells, tar, vanilla oak in the background.

Tar taste at first, later dry plum and cherry fruit, oaky vanilla, tannins soften, acid becomes more apparent.

Very good medium-to-full bodied bottle for $19.99.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Morgadio 2009 Rias Baixas Albarino

Yellow straw color.

Mild smell of lime, clean laundry, river stones.

Tart taste of lime, Granny Smith apple, long acid finish.

Excellent medium-to-full-bodied bottle for $16.99.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Chateau Moulin-Favre 2009 Beaujolais-Villages Vieilles Vignes

Dark purple color.

Warm strawberry smell.

Intense fruity strawberry / cherry / banana flavors, some petillance on the tongue.

Very good $14.99 medium-bodied bottle, good acid finish.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Attems 2009 IGT Pinot Grigio 'Venezia Giulia'

Pale straw color, tending towards pink.

Mild ripe apple smell.

Soft, fruity, slightly off-dry apple flavor.

Good mild-to-medium-bodied bottle for $17.99. Fruit well-balanced with bright acid in the finish.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Villa Medoro 2006 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo

Very dark cherry red color, some petillance.

Cherry preserves and pesto smells.

Robust fruits and herbs flavor, big flavor, food-friendly acid at the end, excellent pizza wine. At $35.99, an overpriced bottle. I ordered (and I think paid for) Villa Medoro's Rosso del Duca, but received their Montepulciano d'Abruzzo. Ah well, tastes good!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Chateau Moulin-Favre 2009 Morgon Vielles Vignes

Dark purple-red color.

Warm fruity banana/strawberry smell.

Fruity strawberry flavor, long finish with outstanding acid.

Better-than-average bottle of medium-bodied cru Beaujolais for $17.99. Good fun without an emphasis on the cerebral.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Pra 2009 Soave Classico

Pale straw color, petillance appears and quickly subsides when the wine is poured.

Smells of apples and walnuts.

Taste is of a big juicy apple. Long finish with good acid, still juicy.

Very good medium-bodied bottle for $17.99. Have European whites improved greatly in the last decade or two, or have my preferences changed during that time?

Friday, January 7, 2011

Azienda Agricola Barberani 2009 Polago IGT Umbria

Dark cherry color.

Ripe blackberry smell, strawberry.

Fruity cherry/blackberry flavor. Black tea at the end.

Very good medium-bodied bottle for $16.99. Excellent pizza wine!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Felsner 2006 Rohrendorfer Leithen Gruner Veltliner Alte Reben

Rich medium straw color.

Mango and melon smell, grapefruit, white pepper.

Dry apple and citrus, mango/peach. Good acid, long finish.

Very good medium-bodied bottle for $32.99.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Rolet non-vintage Cremant du Jura Brut Coeur de Chardonnay

Extremely pale straw color, many vigorous long-lasting streams of pinpoint bubbles.

Fresh apple smell, wild-flowers.

Off-dry apple flavor, some bitterness in the long finish, particularly as the wine warms in the glass.

Adequate medium-bodied bottle for $33.33: cold, wet, and fizzy. The bubbles were the best part. Meh. I won't buy this again.