Thursday, January 18, 2018

Michel Rolland and Javier Galarreta (R&G) 2011 Rioja Red Wine





Michel Rolland and Javier Galarreta (R and G) 2011 Rioja Red Wine, $5.94-$14.99, 90 points, poured deep ruby red with a clear wine ring and a moderately leggy glass bowl.
Of the last four red wines, the Rioja's bouquet was superior and rich with aromas of flowers, coffee, ripe red raspberry, blackberry, and a hint of brine.
Surpassing medium-bodied with a good balance of acidity, tannin, texture, and bouquet mirrored flavors made for a surprisingly high valued (QPR) red wine.
Finished long, spicy, showing trifling plum notes, citrus, and a significant 14% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with our spicy burgers and cheese nachos.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Júlio Bastos Dona Maria Vinho Regional (Alentejano) 2014 Red Wine





Júlio Bastos Dona Maria Vinho Regional (Alentejano) 2014 Red Wine, $8.29-$14.99, 87 points, was the number 1 red wine color with a broad wine ring and light glass draping.
Aromas of mulberry, sweet tobacco, and dusty blackberry liqueur were okay.
The near full body, texturally a bit hard, with good acidity and a firm underlayment of tannin carried flavors of tobacco, mulberry, and plum.
Finished long, a tad green and metallic with a lovely enduring spiciness, chalky red licorice, and the potent 14% alcohol.
Varietals were 50% Aragonez, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Alicante Bouschet, and 15% Syrah.
Made for a good red table wine, and paired fine with my buffalo-wings.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Fattoria Del Cerro 2012 Vino Nobile di Montepulcian




Fattoria Del Cerro 2012 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, $13.49-$19.99, 89 points, poured a shade darker ruby red than the Domaine Saint Honorat 2014 Côtes du Rhône, but the clear wine ring was thinner, yet the viscosity was identical (moderately leggy).
Sea-breezes, roses, truffle notes, and cherry fruit on the nose were good.
The medium body bore bright acidity and worked well with the grainy fine tannins in supporting the nuanced flavors of tobacco, black tea, and citrus notes which complemented those of the aromas.
Finished quite long on the fading palate, warm spices, red licorice, and a well-balanced 13.5% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with my cheese tortellini in a beefy marinara sauce.


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Monday, January 15, 2018

Domaine Saint Honorat 2014 Côtes du Rhône



Domaine Saint Honorat 2014 Côtes du Rhône, $8.49-$21.99, 88 points, poured with a dark core of ruby red grading brighter toward the broad clear wine ring and light to moderate glass tears.
Aromas of earth, red currant jam, and soft violets were okay if a bit herbal.
The body was medium, texture a bit edgy, acidity good, tannins were quietly supportive, though not silent, and flavors were reflective of the aromas.
Finished fair on the trailing palate, dry, spicy, and showing its 14% alcohol. 
Varietals were 60% Syrah and 40% Grenache.
Paired fine with my varied Mexican cuisine.
Good value red table wine, but might be a tad tight for soft Merlot lovers.

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4 Degrees Cold Could Use Red Wine




Four degrees!!!!
Ouch!

It’s very iffy that New Hampshire’s temperature will rise above freezing this week, so I’m planning my after-work suppertime RED (warm) wines for pairing; I like to challenge myself to scheme an interesting array of wines that will have some relationship one to another; for this exercise I‘ve chosen one red wine from France, one from Italy, one from Portugal, and one from Spain, kind of a European sampler with predominately black and white labels.
I hope this will be as interesting and fun for my followers as it will be for me, though I doubt it.




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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Morécello Blackberry Cello






NHWM Reviews:

Morécello Blackberry Cello After Dinner Liqueur (digestive) is one of those 'rare' Dessert, Late Harvest, And Ice Wines which aren’t my usual tipple, but when one of these rightly avails themselves, especially a local-yokel producer, how can I resist?
At 25% alcohol, this is not a gulper wine, but almost a medicine for your alimentary system; do you remember
Diana Barry inadvertently drinking Marilla Cuthbert’s raspberry cordial?
To the review: Morécello Blackberry Cello Liqueur, $17.99-$19.99, 90 points, presented itself as a leaker, a sticky one at that, mostly black in color with flashes of opaque sienna purple/red, quite viscous, a broad clear rim, and the expected heavy glass sheeting.
The aromas were dusty, earthy, and black fruity.
Hyper-dense body, light on the acids and tannins, but the dense structure of this liqueur precludes the necessity of those, for the potent alcohol and delicious blackberry flavor is remarkably substantial and enduring.
NHWM gives this one two thumbs up!
No pairing required.

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