Thursday, June 22, 2017

Mahu Maule Valley 2016 Sauvignon Blanc (Chile)







Mahu Maule Valley 2016 Sauvignon Blanc (Chile), $11.69-$12.99, 87 points, poured a light gold color grading clear toward the glass shallows.
Soft aromas of pomelo and hay were delightful.
MAHU SB was very light and very acidic with a grapefruit flavor profile, and subtle lemon and grass accents added a satisfying complexity.
Finished okay on the lemon, hints of ginger, and an innocuous 12.5% alcohol.
Paired fine with our broiled Icelandic Cod loins.
I bought this SB at the Whole Foods of Bedford.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Clos Pegase Napa Valley Estate Bottled 2016 Rosé








Clos Pegase Napa Valley Estate Bottled 2016 Rosé, $16.14-$20.99, 88 points, poured a deep cranberry red with pink highlights.
Profuse strawberry and watermelon on the nose was richer than almost any other Rosé I've smelled, as was the overall wine; it was seemingly more of a hybrid Red/Rosé wine; the light-plus body, an undercurrent of tannin, and a heavier flavor profile, mostly strawberry/rhubarb, but earthy cherry flavors along with good acidity made for a complex and conflicted Rosé (JMO).
Finished on the trailing palate, a touch of white pepper, and a potent 13.7% alcohol.
Paired fine with our Buffalo-wings and nachos.
Varietals were 55% Zinfandel, 19% Malbec, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot, 5% Pinot Noir, 2% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petite Sirah.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Tenute Silvio Nardi 2014 Rosso Di Montalcino





Tenute Silvio Nardi 2014 Rosso Di Montalcino, $18.69-$21.99, 92 points, poured an unusual orange/red color with a broad clear wine ring and a moderately leggy glass wall.
Aromatic flowers, evergreen, black olives, and citrus were remarkable.
Barely medium-bodied adorned with bright acidity and supported by fine grainy tannins carried an earthy flavor profile.
Finished dry and quite long on spearmint, plum, lingonberry, black tea, white pepper, and an appropriate 13.5% alcohol.
A bit oaky, tight, lovely, and complex expression of the Sangiovese grape.
Paired perfectly with my spaghetti and meatballs in a marinara sauce.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Poggio Antico Altero 2011 Brunello Di Montalcino,







Poggio Antico Altero 2011 Brunello Di Montalcino, $63.74-$79.99, 94 points, poured a lovely archetypical red-wine color with a transparent wine ring and a heavily draped glass bowl.
Aromatic roses, tar, black cherry, truffle, and sea breezes were excellent.
This near full-bodied Brunello was supple, dense, and rich.
With good acidity and fine grainy tannins functioning as a master's paint brush plying the trade of flavor magic, Poggio Antico Altero climaxed in an extended burst of hot spices, plum, coffee, and truffle notes.
Alcohol was a spot on 14%.
Paired perfectly with my mushroom ravioli in an artichoke marinara sauce.

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

St. Supéry Estates Vineyards Napa Valley 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon





St. Supéry Estates Vineyards Napa Valley 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, $27.19-$38.99, 90 points, emerged opaque grading deep purple/red culminating in a broad clear wine ring and glass bowl of moderate sheeting.
The aromatic cedar/violets potpourri accented with black currant and blueberry was pleasant.
Medium-plus body with good acidity and firm comfortable tannins handled well the flavors of mild oak, black fruit, dried cooking herbs, and licorice.
Finished fair on the trailing palate, a hint of tart pomegranate, plum, white pepper, and a potent 14.5% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with our burgers and chips.
Best St. Supery cab I've tasted.

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Russians love (used to) The New Hampshire Wine Blog!

 
 
Куда пропали все русские винные любители? *

Russians love (used to) The New Hampshire Wine Blog! 

Just a few weeks ago I was commenting that for nearly seven (7) years the NHWM blog was receiving thousands of page views from our wine-loving friends in Russia; three weeks ago and all of a sudden, and for the first time in all this time, not a single page view from Russia!
Anyone want to speculate?
In fact, I posted a thank you post to my Russian friends back in 2013:

Русские любители вина

Приветствую моих русских друзей!
Надеюсь, солнце не опустится на твои визиты!





Ура!

*Where have all the Russian wine lovers gone?

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Dylan's Ghost 'Hell Hollow' 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon






Dylan's Ghost 'Hell Hollow' 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, $42.49-$49.99, 93 points, was core black grading purple/red toward the clear wine ring and glass bowl with modest tears.
Aromatic black currant, coffee, and floral notes were outstanding.
Full-bodied with good acidity, gripping tannin, and complex flavors including tobacco, plum, mint, mushroom/loam, and black currant were surprisingly good.
Finished long on the trailing palate, warm spices, and a well-balanced 14.2% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with my spaghetti and meatballs in a rich tomato sauce.

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