Thursday, September 21, 2017

Paydirt Paso Robles 2013 Zinfandel




Paydirt Paso Robles 2013 Zinfandel, $11.89-$25.99, 90 points, poured a purple/red color with a clear wine ring and nearly without a 'holiday' tear painted glass bowl.
Aromatic cloves, cinnamon, cedar, wild blackberry, loam, and violets were outstanding.
Medium-plus body with good acidity and discreet tannins behaved themselves.
Ripe blackberry with plum, red cherry, cloves, and cinnamon flavors were powerfully expressed.
Finished long on the trailing palate, cola notes, juniper berry, and a 15.2% inspirited red pepper.
Paired perfectly with my spicy Sloppy Joes.
This closeout Zinfandel was a steal, and would be a good QPR red wine at the full price; just my two cents.



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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Chardonnay (Northwest USA)

Adelsheim Willamette Valley 2014 Chardonnay







Adelsheim Willamette Valley 2014 Chardonnay,
$19.54-$24.99, 90 points, poured a light gold color.
Apple pie, honeysuckle, and honeydew melon on the nose were shy, but pleasant.
Medium-bodied with good acidity managed a fruity flavor profile accentuated by bright apple with hints of lemon/lime.
Finished well on lemon zest, a hint of ginger, a spot on 13.5% alcohol, and bit of wet stoniness.
Paired fine with our MOJO Cuban rotisserie chicken dinner, but excelled with our baked apple crisp dessert.





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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Cupcake Vineyards Marlborough 2016 Sauvignon Blanc






Cupcake Vineyards Marlborough 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, $7.99-$12.99, 87 points, poured a light brass color.
Aromatically grassy.
Light, acidic, and marked by flavors of lemon/grapefruit grapefruit/lemon that dominated the nuanced lime and gooseberry flavors.
Finished cumquat tart with the palate following aft, a residual grassy flavor, and a well-balanced 13% alcohol.

Quintessentially a New Zealand SB!
Paired fine with my sautéed North Atlantic cod loin.
I bought this SB at the Market Basket of Londonderry, and no wonder, at this price and quality, there was a 'mountain' display of 
Cupcake wines.


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Monday, September 18, 2017

Fritz Estate Dry Creek Valley 2015 LATE HARVEST Zinfandel




Fritz Estate Dry Creek Valley 2015 LATE HARVEST Zinfandel, $29.00 (birthday gift), 89 points, was a bright clear burgundy purple/red with a clear wine ring and fairly fat legs.
Aromatic cedar, wafting cherry, and a toasty black fruit medley were excellent.
Full-bodied, moderately sweet, supported with a soft underlayment of lush tannins, and medium acidity carried interesting flavors of blackberry liqueur and tart pomegranate.
Finished long on a 16.4% alcohol inspirited red pepper black cherry syrup.
Paired okay with my pecan pie, but an excellent digestif as well.


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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Château Lafite Monteil 2011 Grand Vin De Bordeaux Supérieur Red Bordeaux Wine





Château Lafite Monteil 2011 Grand Vin De Bordeaux Supérieur Red Bordeaux Wine,  $9.99-$19.99, 87 points, appeared a high clarity sienna color with a clear wine ring and heavy draping.
Aromatic cedar potpourri with dried flowers, coffee, and black fruit notes was a bit shy, but lovely. 
Medium-bodied with good acidity and a firm underlayment of tannin carried flavors of less than fruity black fruit notes nuanced with tobacco, coffee, and black licorice.
Finished fair on the trailing palate, a bit astringent, and an innocent 13% alcohol.
Varietals were 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Paired fine with my spanakopita and Kalamata olives.

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Glendi 2017 is upon us, but what about the wines?



Above Photograph provided by Ethan Tsiorbas


Glendi 2017 at St. George Cathedral in Manchester arrived yesterday; for me, it's a chance to pick up Greek cuisine, and bump into some old friends and family, but always on my mind is the wine pairing.
Greek wines of course! Well, not so fast, there just isn't that many to choose from; here's my few Greek wines I've reviewed: Greek Wines.

For lamb, I like Shiraz (Australia).

For baked chicken and rice pilaf, my choices are (white) California Chardonnay found everywhere, and a good (red) Northwest Pinot Noir.

Finally, pair spanakopita with a good Bordeaux red wine. Just some suggestions and JMO!


My complete list: 
Bordeaux Red Wines
Chardonnay (USA)
Pinot Noir (USA)

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