Sunday, May 28, 2017

Poggio Amorelli 2014 Chianti Classico (DOCG)









Poggio Amorelli 2014 Chianti Classico (DOCG), $17.99-$19.99, 90 points, was a familiar red wine color with a clear wine ring and moderate legs.
Aromatic loam notes were complemented with cherry, cocoa, and a bit of toast.
Medium-plus body, good acidity, and firm supportive tannins carried an excellent rendition of the aromas onto the palate.
Finished fine with cayenne pepper, hint of plum, a bit chalky, and the trailing palate.
The 13% alcohol was unobtrusive.
Paired perfectly with our Texas burgers.   
I bought this wine on the advice of Philip D. of the Bedford Whole Foods.

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Castello di Querceto 'Cignale' Colli della 2010 Toscana Centrale (IGT)







Castello di Querceto 'Cignale' Colli della 2010 Toscana Centrale (IGT), $56.09-$65.99, 92 points, poured a clear burgundy color with a broad transparent wine ring and thick legs.
Smells of ripe blackberries, earth, black olives, sandalwood, and a hint of cedar were good.
Near full-bodied, quite silky, good acidity, and round supportive tannins culminated in a tasty red wine (flavors mirrored the aromas with iron and plum notes) which managed an elegant expression of the varietals.
The finish stretched very long on warm spice, a restrained 13.5% alcohol, and the trailing palate, especially iron.
Varietals were 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot.
Paired perfectly with my saucy baby-back pork ribs.

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Friday, May 26, 2017

La Magia 2011 Brunello di Montalcino




La Magia 2011 Brunello di Montalcino $31.44-$59.99, 93 points, poured a lovely wine red color with a broadly wide clear wine ring and a heavily draped glass bowl.
Aromatic fresh laundered linen, cedar, and black tea were excellent.
This near full-bodied red wine was acidic with grainy firm tannins; a bold powerful wine accented with bourbon, cherry, tar, and tea flavors.
Finished long on intense spices, a bit oaky, hot (14.5% alcohol), bitter dark chocolate, and eucalyptus.
Paired perfectly with our meatballs and spaghetti.
If Brunello is your style, this is a great wine with a tremendous GPR.




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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Bodegas Alvarez de Toledo 2014 Godello (Bierizo, Spain)




Bodegas Alvarez de Toledo 2014 Godello (Bierizo, Spain), $7.99-$10.99, 86 points, poured a straw yellow color.
Aromas were near 'dumb', but a hint of juniper and sweet creosol were okay.
Light-plus body with fair acidity was accented with a rather smooth mouth-feel and subtle flavors of tangerine and melon rind.
Finished quietly on the fading palate and an innocuous 12.5% alcohol.
Paired fine with my fresh sautéed Icelandic cod loin.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Heitz Wine Cellars Napa Valley 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon





Heitz Wine Cellars Napa Valley 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, $49.29-$62.99, 93 points, showed moderate sheeting with a moderately broad wine ring; colors were purple/red but more red.
Aromatic crème de cassis, cocoa, and black cherry were excellent!
The silky near full body carried good acidity and a supportive underlayment of tannin.
Flavors of cocoa, menthol, black fruit, and sweet cooking herbs were nuanced and complex, more like a left-bank Bordeaux than a Cali-typical Cabernet (my style of Cab).
Finished long on licorice, blackberry liqueur, warm spices, and a well-balanced 14.5% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with our saucy baby-back ribs.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

L'Ecole No. 41 Columbia Valley "Frenchtown" 2013 Red Wine





L'Ecole No 41 Columbia Valley "Frenchtown" 2013 Red Wine, $10.99-$22.99, 90 points, poured a deep purple/red with a broad clear wine ring.
Rich aromas of black fruit with a hint of cedar and violets were good.
This big red blend of a wine was so much about texture, and though a bit nondescript, the acidity was fine and the tannins were fine; It was tasty and downright quaffable, soft, round, and an ever so easy drinking red wine with black currants, blackberries, and floral flavors.
Finished long on the trailing palate, a hint of plum, and a nicely integrated 14.5% alcohol.
Varietals were 45% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Syrah, 7% Grenache, 6% Malbec, 6%Cabernet Franc and 3% Mourvèdre.
Paired perfectly with our Philly steak subs.
I bought this wine on clearance; one of the best values in a red wine I've seen in a long time: QPR was very high.

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Oyster Bay Marlborough 2016 Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand)






Oyster Bay Marlborough 2016 Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand), $11.99-$14.99, 89 points, was a light brass color with green highlights.
Light, crisp, acidic with grapefruit, gooseberry, and grassy flavors which carried deep into the long finish accented with a hint of ginger and a modest 12.5% alcohol.
The real story of this wine was how for breakfast I made an American-cheesy scrabbled eggs over a bed of salted and peppered chopped tomatoes and green peppers; paired perfectly! Even I couldn't believe it!

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