Friday, April 28, 2017

Elvio Cogno "Ravera" 2011 Barolo (DOCG)






Elvio Cogno "Ravera" 2011 Barolo (DOCG), $59.49-$69.99, 94 points, poured a rainbow of sun-red colors with a broad clear wine ring and a leggy glass bowl.
Aromatic bold oak, subtle rose perfume, and cherries were excellent.
Near full-bodied with bright acidity, grainy woody tannins, and refined flavors of red cherry, black tea, tar, and truffle beguiled and lingered.
Finished very long on plum and a warm spice inspirited 14.5% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with my parmesan gnocchi in a rich beef marinara sauce, and was superior with milk chocolate hazel nuts.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Honig Napa Valley 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon






Honig Napa Valley 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, $31.44-$39.99, 92 points, poured opaque trending purple/red toward the clear wine ring and moderately leggy glass bowl.
Aromatic cedar, sandalwood, blackberry, anise, and herbal notes were excellent.
Full-bodied, round, lush, dense with good acidity, layered supportive tannins, and flavors reflective of the aromas plus a hint of tobacco carried deep into the long finish accented with savory, chocolate, and a 14.8% alcohol inspirited spiciness.
Varietals were 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% Merlot.
Paired perfectly with my seared, spiced, and rare Angus rib eye.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Chateau Montelena Napa Valley 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon





Chateau Montelena Napa Valley 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, $42.49-$47.99, 92 points, poured a deep purple/red trending ruby and trailing-off at the clear wine ring.
Aromas of toast, cedar, black currant, plum, coffee, and a floral vibe were classic.
Near full body of finesse, good acidity, and layered soft tannins carried a superlative balance of subtle characteristic flavors birthed in the aromas.
Finished long on the trailing palate, soft spice notes, a hint of pomegranate, and a rather restrained 14.1% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with our Nacho Grande, and better with dark chocolate macadamia than with milk chocolate hazel nuts.



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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Bodegas Abanico "Hazaña Viñas Viejas" 2014 Rioja Red Wine







Bodegas Abanico "Hazaña Viñas Viejas" 2014 Rioja Red Wine, $9.99-$15.99, 87+ points, poured mostly red, tinted with purple, a bit of orange at the clear wine ring, and a tad unfiltered appearance with heavy draping on the glass bowl.
The nose was an interesting medley of red and black fruit with a floral vibe.
Medium-bodied with good acidity, unobtrusive tannins, and friendly flavors reflective of the aromas furnished a red-table wine with manners.
Finished well on red fruit notes, a smidgeon of white pepper, tobacco, and a European sense of alcohol (13%) proportionality.
Varietals were 85% Tempranillo and 15% Graciano.
Paired fine with 'meat-lovers' pizza.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Castello Banfi 2013 Chianti Classico Riserva






Castello Banfi 2013 Chianti Classico Riserva, $14.99-$18.99, 88 points, was tasted with a revisit of the 2007 vintage tasted six years ago for comparison, and what I found was how remarkably alike they were; the 2013 was a much brighter similar red with both having a broad clear wine ring and moderately draped glass bowl; the 2013 was aromatically fresher and a bit more vibrant (more a red cherry) while the 2007 was more a black cherry, but both were rather one dimensional.
Barely medium-bodied with good acidity, drying tannins (even the 2007), and easy oaky red fruit trailing into a fair finish accented with soft floral, black tea, and spice notes with a European common-sense 13% alcohol.
One major difference was the appearance and size of the corks:
Both the '07 and 2013 paired fine with our pepperoni pizza.
After watching this promotional on FB provided by Tuscan Vines I couldn't resist finding a new vintage of one of Banfi's signature wines
Banfi Estates.



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Chianti Classico Riserva, Sangiovese With Class






Chianti Classico Riserva, Sangiovese With Class!

The Rules (complex overall, but the thin of it): Varietals can be no less than 80% Sangiovese with up to 20% Canaiolo, Colorino, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Two years in oak, three months in the bottle, and at least 12.5% alcohol.

Carpineto 2006 Chianti Classico Riserva $18.69-$23.99, 90 points

Carpineto 2008 Chianti Classico Riserva, $14.44-$23.99, 89 points

Carpineto 2009 Chianti Classico Riserva, $16.14-$23.99, 89+ points

Castellare Il Poggiale 2009 Chianti Classico Riserva, $28.04-$32.99, 91 points

Castello Banfi 2007 Chianti Classico Reserva, $12.74-$18.99, 88 points

Castello Banfi 2013 Chianti Classico Riserva, $14.99-$18.99, 88 points

Castello di Gabbiano 2006 Chianti Classico Riserva, $11.99-$19.99, 90 points

Fattoria Monsanto Fabrizio Bianchi 2007 Chianti Classico Riserva, $15.29-$19.99, 91 points

Fattoria Monsanto Fabrizio Bianchi 2010 Chianti Classico Riserva, $15.29-$19.99, 91 points


Fattoria Monsanto Fabrizio Bianchi 2012 Chianti Classico Riserva, $15.29-$19.99, 90 points


Felsina Rancia 2007 Chianti Classico Riserva, $36.69-$39.99, 94+ points

Gabbiano 2011 Chianti Classico Riserva (DOCG), $9.99-$$21.99, 88 points
 

Querceto 2004 Chianti Classico Reserva, $11.99-$24.99, 88 points

Rocca delle Macie 2007 Chianti Classico Riserva, $16.14-$24.99, 89 points

Rocca delle Macie 2011 Chianti Classico Riserva, $19.99-$21.99, 91 points


Rocca delle Macie Single Vineyard (Fizzano) 2010 Chianti Classico Riserva, $17.99-$29.99, 91 points


Santa Margherita D.O.C.G. 2008 Chianti Classico Riserva, $19.49-$26.99, 88 points

Spalletti D.O.C.G. 2010 Chianti Classico Riserva, $12.74-$26.99, 89 points


Tenuta di Nozzole 2008 Chianti Classico Riserva, $13.59-$24.99, 92 points


Tenuta di Nozzole D.O.C.G. 2010 Chianti Classico Riserva, $13.59-$18.99, 91+ points


Tenuta Marchese 2005 Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva, $16.19-$32.99, 91 points


Tenuta Tignanello Marchese 2010 Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva, $27.99-$32.99, 91 points

Tomaiolo 2009 Chianti Classico Riserva, $7.99-$14.99, 88+ points


Villa Cerna 2008 Chianti Classico Riserva, is approximately $20.00, 87 points

Chianti Classico's Black Rooster (You've always wanted to know!)

Chianti Classico (Italy's Flagship Red Wine)           
Chianti Classico Gran Selezione
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Sunday, April 23, 2017

De Gregorio Rahana 2014 Sicilia Chardonnay (DOC)






De Gregorio Rahana 2014 Sicilia Chardonnay (DOC), $7.29-$11.99, 85 points, poured straw yellow and clearing at the glass edge.
The grapey rather neutral aromas were unremarkable.
Barely medium-bodied with fair acidity extended the trend begun olfactory onto the palate and into a rather bland finish.
The restrained 13% alcohol couldn't kick-in much to speak of either, but at least it wasn't out of balance.
Paired okay with my clam chowder.

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