Monday, August 21, 2017

Reversanti 2011 Barbaresco (DOCG)





Reversanti 2011 Barbaresco (DOCG), $16.99-$28.99, 89 points, poured a candy-apple red with a broad clear wine ring and glass bowl of considerable 'tears'.
Aromatic earthy red cherry, a hint of perfumed roses and sea breezes were excellent.
Medium-bodied with high acidity and astringent grainy tannins somewhat mismanaged flavors of cherry fruit, black tea, and mint by drowning them in the wine's structure and an unbalanced 14% alcohol.
Finished intensely on hot spices and the trailing palate.
Paired okay with our deep-dish pizza.
Comments: If intense acidity and tannin with a noticeable alcohol is a style of wine that pleases you, or you have maybe ten years to wait for this wine to be tamed (no guaranty), then this will please, especially the price.

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Ravines Finger Lakes 2014 Dry Riesling





Ravines Finger Lakes 2014 Dry Riesling, $15.29-$17.99, 91 points, appeared a light gold color grading clear at the glass edge.
Smells of apple, honeysuckle, and a hint of (dare I say: passion fruit) were excellent.
Light-bodied with mouthwatering acidity carried satisfying flavors of pome fruit, a hint of the tropical, and the slightest sense of petrol.
Finished long on an interesting sour grapefruit, ginger, and a potent 12.5% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with our fried bean curd with minced shrimp.

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Riesling (Finger Lakes, New York)


NHWM's reviews of Finger Lakes Rieslings




Boundary Breaks Vineyard Single Clone No. 110--Semi-Dry Finger Lakes 2012 Riesling , $16.19-$17.99, 87 points
Boundary Breaks Finger Lakes 'Half-Dry' OLN Single Vineyard 2014 Riesling, $14.99-$16.99, 88 points
Charles Fournier Gold Seal Vineyards Finger Lakes 2012 Riesling, $12.74-$14.99, 87 points
Dr. Konstantin Frank Finger Lakes 2011 Riesling, $14.99-$16.99, 90 points
Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard 2013 Dry Riesling, $17.99-$19.99, 87 points
Ravines Finger Lakes 2010 Dry Riesling, $17.99-$19.99, 90 points
Ravines Finger Lakes 2014 Dry Riesling, $15.29-$17.99, 91 points
Red Newt Cellars Finger Lakes 2014 Riesling, $11.89-$14.99, 89 points
SALMoN RUN Finger Lakes 2011 Riesling, $10.99-$13.99, 90 points


Riesling (Australia)

Riesling (Germany)

Riesling (USA)

Finger Lakes Wine Country Web Page

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Marqués de Cáceres Reserva 2010 Rioja






Marqués de Cáceres Reserva 2010 Rioja, $16.99-$19.99, 91 points, poured core black grading purple/red toward the moderately broad transparent wine ring and sticky glass draping.
Aromas of black cherry, coffee, tobacco, and a whisper of cedar were strong and pleasant.
The 2010 was more full-bodied than I remembered the 2008 vintage of this wine, still wooly tannic, but the acidity was good.
Flavors were earthy and rich, followed the aromas well, but were more clearly delineated in the long finish of mocha and mint with warm spices, plum, and a more robust 14% alcohol than the 2008.
Paired well with our loaded pizza.

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Petroni (Sonoma Valley, California) Poggio Alla Pietra Estate Grown 2011 Sangiovese





Petroni (Sonoma Valley, California) Poggio Alla Pietra Estate Grown 2011 Sangiovese, $28.04-$74.99, 90 points, was a 'silk' wine red with sweeping glass sheeting and a broadly clearing wine ring emerging from its penumbra.
Showed a profuse cedar potpourri aroma with fragrant red cherry and mocha.
Full-bodied with good acidity and grainy supportive tannin which carried luscious coffee, plum, truffle, and cherry flavors.
Finished well on red fruit, warm spices, and a potent 15% alcohol.
900 cases produced.
Paired perfectly with burgers and chips.
Some have ridiculed the Italian name, but 'in vino veritas'; not your typical varietal-specific Chianti, but a delicious red wine nevertheless; would make an interesting choice at a "what-wine-is-this" (blind wine) party.
 

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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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