Sunday, February 25, 2018

Bodegas Naia Rueda 2016 Verdejo (Castilla y Leon, Spain)






Bodegas Naia Rueda 2016 Verdejo (Castilla y Leon, Spain), $13.49-$14.99, 90 points, poured a glossy gold color clearing at the glass edge.
Beautiful honeydew melon aroma and redolent apple pie vanilla à la Mode smell were outstanding.
Medium-plus body with bright acidity carried the flavors reflective of the nose throughout the palate and deep into the long finish marked by nice ginger notes and a round embracing 13.5% alcohol.
Paired fine with my St. A's haddock specialty.

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Saturday, February 24, 2018

Cantine Fratelli Bellini Rufina 2003 Chianti Riserva (DOCG)






Cantine Fratelli Bellini Rufina 2003 Chianti Riserva (DOCG) $14.99-$17.99, 87 points, poured as an unfiltered ruby red grading more orange/red at the bleeding clear rim and moderately leggy glass bowl.
This Chianti needed a little breathing to settle down the powerful and offsetting violet aroma, and eliciting black olives, licorice, and brine.
Near full-bodied (dry) with good acidity and mostly resolved tannin managed to deliver surprising rich black cherry and the aroma-translated flavors.
Finished long on the trailing palate with a hint of fig, intensely spicy, and a restrained 12.5% alcohol.
Paired fine with my spaghetti in a beefy Marinara sauce.


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Tenuta di Arceno 2013 Chianti Classico (DOCG)




Tenuta di Arceno 2013 Chianti Classico (DOCG), $15.29-$21.99, 89 points, poured an opaque ruby grading brilliant ruby at the clear wine ring and lightly draped bowl.
Aromatic toasty cherry fruit, roses, and a hint of cocoa were excellent.
Medium-bodied with food friendly acidity and a firm grainy underlayment of tannin supported a good Sangiovese flavor-genre wine marked by black tea, cherry fruit, and nuanced cooking spices.
Finished long on the trailing palate, spearmint, truffle, and a 14% alcohol inspirited white pepper.
Paired fine with our Texas burgers.



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Friday, February 23, 2018

Senhora Do Convento Douro 2014 Proprietor's Red Blend Portugal





Senhora Do Convento Douro 2014 Proprietor's Red Blend (Portugal), $15.29-$35.99, 87 points, appeared opaque purple/red with a broad clear rim and thick sticky legs.
Aromas of chocolate, black fruit, and a hint of brine were good.
Fair-plus acidity and soft tannins gave an impression short of the full body-feel.
Flavors of licorice, plum, black olives, and bland black jam were tasty enough, fruity, rich enough, and quite pair-able, just a bit short of character.
Finished well on easy spice notes and a balanced 13.5% alcohol.
Excellent red table wine intended as an inconspicuous adjunct to the meal (JMO).

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Château Faugères, Saint-Émilion, Grand Cru Classé 2014 Bordeaux Red Wine





Château Faugères, Saint-Émilion, Grand Cru Classé 2014 Bordeaux Red Wine, $33.14-$38.99, 92 points, poured broadly black with flashes of ruby, sizeable bleeding clear rim, and a lightly sheeted bowl.
Aromas of black fruit, hint of cedar, earth, chocolate, and a floral vibe were good.
Full-bodied with appropriate acidity and a comfortable spread of tannin managed to unfurl the flavors reflective of the aromas onto the palate with a blanket of plum.
Finished long on the trailing palate, warm spices, well-balanced 14% alcohol nuanced with hints of pomegranate, iron, and citrus.
Paired perfectly with my Peruvian asparagus covered with Portabella mushrooms in a savory beef sauce.

Bordeaux Red Wine vintage 2014
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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Terlato Vineyards Friuli 2016 Pinot Grigio (DOC)



 

Terlato Vineyards Friuli 2016 Pinot Grigio (DOC), $17.99-$22.99, 90 points, was a medium brass color with copper highlights.
Aromas of sweet Mackintosh apple, pome blossoms, and honeysuckle were fresh and pleasant.
The medium (fruity) body with good acidity carried a typical nondescript palate of Pinot Grigio grape and the translated subtle hints of the aromas.
Finished on the trailing nondescript palate, a hint of mint, a touch of black pepper, and a well-balanced 13% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with my North Atlantic Sea scallops.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Castello Di Bossi Berardo 2012 Chianti Classico Riserva





Castello Di Bossi Berardo 2012 Chianti Classico Riserva, $25.99-$29.99, 92 points, poured a bright ruby red with a broad clear wine ring and moderate sheeting on the glass bowl.
Aromatic floral black tea, loam, and whiffs of red raspberry were excellent.
Medium-bodied with Italian cuisine-crunching acidity and gripping grainy tannins rightly supported red fruit flavors and spiced black tea with a hint of bay leaf.
Finished long on a floral infused minerality accented with white pepper and a dry 14.5% alcohol.
This is a sophisticated Sangiovese approaching Brunello quality, and has considerable staying power.
Salute!

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