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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Friday, June 16, 2017

Groth Napa Valley 2016 Sauvignon Blanc





Groth Napa Valley 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, $18.69-$21.99, 92 points, poured a light brass color trailing almost clear toward the glass wall.
Smells of lemongrass, a hint of vanilla, and honeydew melon were fresh.
Light, crisp, refreshing, a perennial favorite, Groth manages to produce a Sauvignon Blanc that excels in varietal specific character; I found a bounty of flavor notes, from tangerine, lemon, grapefruit, grassiness, and white pepper to watermelon rind.
Finished long on ginger, citrus, and a well-balanced 13.9% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with my deep fried sea scallops and Maryland crab-cakes.
Last week we had a 2013 vintage, and to my surprise it tasted as good as this 2016.

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Alvear 2011 Pedro Ximenez de Anada Montilla-Moriles (Andalusia, Spain)





Alvear 2011 Pedro Ximenez de Anada Montilla-Moriles (Andalusia, Spain), $9.79-$154.00*, 95 points, was the color of Dark amber Maple syrup.
Powerful aromas of raisin, caramel, and bourbon quickened on the palate with fig and coffee flavors.
More than full-bodied with fair acidity and a round mellow underlayment of tannin took the palate into a long finish of a 17% alcohol inspirited sweet bourbon burn.
Paired okay with our dark chocolate cherry frosted cake, but I really enjoyed this wine all by itself.
*Believe it or not; google it!

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Achaval Ferrer Mendoza 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon (Argentina)






Achaval Ferrer Mendoza 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon (Argentina), $16.14-$22.99, 90 points, poured a deep ruby trending burgundy purple/red with a broad clear wine ring and quite the leggy glass bowl.
Aromatic black currant, sandalwood, bright mint, and cedar were excellent.
Medium-bodied with mouthwatering acidity and lean comfortable tannins carried one of the best expression of blueberry flavor I've tasted, but other flavors associated with the aromas were very good.
Finished long on tangy pomegranate, that amazing mint, oak, easy warm spices, and a well-balanced 14.5% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with my hot and spicy beef chili.
Very high quality, price, ratio red wine (QPR), and though it is drinking just fine now, I'm guessing that in a few years it will be much better.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Gruet NV Brut Sparkling Rosé






Gruet NV Brut Sparkling Rosé, $16.99-$18.99, 88 points, poured a rich pomegranate color.
Smells of strawberry, watermelon, and leather crisply carried onto the palate.
Light-plus body with a full head of foam and continuous small bubbles managed a quite dry refreshing Rosé.
Finished fine on the trailing palate and a 12% alcohol.
Paired fine with our Mexican cuisine.

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Rosé Wines, The Big Domestic Push



Rosé Wines,
 the big domestic push that's satisfying America's love of good for you spicy food.
 



In the small State of New Hampshire the Rosé wines most often seen are usually French with a few from Italy, Spain, Argentina, even Austria and Portugal, a trickle from California, and few from the Finger Lakes, but this year the explosion of Rosé wines is coming from the West Coast Wineries, and though I've only opened, midway through the year, four domestic Rosé wines, this sample has impressed me.
Many imbibers haven't appreciated the niche that Rosé fills, but it's a wine hard-to-beat for that summertime heat tipple; Rosé is refreshing and with light strawberry, cherry, and nuanced floral flavors, lower alcohol, as well as spicy food pair-ability (my personal favorite), and comes bubbly spritzed as well; the choice of Rosé should be on your menu.
See i-winereview.com for Rosé's compatibility with almost everything.
Prices are usually very reasonable, even from great wineries ($5-$30), and it's not unusual to find a Rosé that competes favorably quality-wise with very expensive red wines (less intensive vinification).
I wished that I had explored Rosé sooner.

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Brick And Mortar Cougar Rock Vineyard Napa Valley 2014 Chardonnay








Brick And Mortar Cougar Rock Vineyard Napa Valley 2014 Chardonnay, $36.54-$42.99, 93 points, was a light brass color.
Smells of lemon, honey, and a whisper of vanilla were excellent.
Medium-bodied with good acidity and a wonderfully balanced blend of neutral Chardonnay typical fruit, lemon, honey, vanilla, caramel, and light lingering lime flavors made for a lasting impression.
Finished long on the trailing palate, noteworthy ginger, and an exceptionally restrained 13% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with our steamed Maritime lobsters and New Jersey asparagus.

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Patrick McNeil 'Grape Tamer' Paso Robles 2013 Red Wine







Patrick McNeil 'Grape Tamer' Paso Robles 2013 Red Wine, $11.89-$34.99, 90 points, poured broadly black with a ruby transition before the thin transparent wine ring and very leggy glass bowl.
Aromatic leather, ripe black raspberry, cedar, and a restrained rose were unusual and pleasant.
Full-bodied with good acidity and an underlayment of round soft tannins lent themselves toward a tracking translation of the aromas.
Finished long on the trailing palate, licorice, plum, black pepper, and a well-balanced 14.5% alcohol.
Varietals are 52% Grenache, 32% Petite Sirah, 12% Zinfandel, and mysterious dollop(s).
Paired perfectly with our spiced-rubbed rare Angus rib eye steak.
This close-out sale at the NHLSO was remarkable; a worthy wine at the full price.

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Smoking Loon El Carancho 2013 Malbec (Chile)







Smoking Loon El Carancho 2013 Malbec (Chile), $6.99-$12.99, 86 points, poured an opaque purple/red with a nice clear wine ring and considerable draping.
Smells of mulberry, black pepper, and a hint of gardenia were only okay for me.
Medium-bodied with fair-plus acidity and a more pronounced tannic impression than recently tasted Malbecs managed a red table wine rendition of the varietal; flavors of licorice, black fruit, and a hint of tobacco were okay.
Finished fair on an easy 13.5% alcohol and spice.
Paired fine with my pulled-pork, diced tomatoes, and melted Monterey Jack wraps.

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Friday, June 9, 2017

Graffigna Centenario Reserve 2011 Malbec (San Juan, Argentina)







Graffigna Centenario Reserve 2011 Malbec (San Juan, Argentina), $15.99-$19.99, 87.5 points, wasn't nearly so dark as the recently reviewed Malbecs; appeared deep ruby red with a clear wine ring and thick legs.
Smells of coffee, earth, and a hint of plum were good.
Near full-bodied with bright acidity and a firm underlayment of tannin managed aroma-mirrored flavors, but nuanced dark chocolate and other oak notes percolated in that underlayment.
Finished fine on the trailing palate, easy spices, and a noticeable 14.2% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with our saucy baby-back ribs.

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Doña Paula Los Cardos Mendoza 2012 Malbec (Argentina)






Doña Paula Los Cardos Mendoza 2012 Malbec (Argentina), $11.99-$14.99, 86 points, was an opaque purple/red grading lighter toward the clear wine ring and lightly tearing glass bowl.
Medium-bodied with fair to good acidity and an easy underlayment of tannin managed not quite ripe mulberry, blueberry, and tobacco flavors.
Finished fair on the trailing palate, a bit plumy, a touch of warm spice, and an appropriate 14.1% alcohol.

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Achaval Ferrer Mendoza 2014 Malbec (Argentina)








Achaval Ferrer Mendoza 2014 Malbec, $16.14-$22.99, 90 points, poured core black shading a deep purple/red at the clear wine ring and glass wall of moderate legs.
Aromatic earth, a hint of brine, cedar, and sandalwood were excellent.
More than medium-bodied, fair-plus acidity, and round supportive tannin carried a balanced flavor profile marked by mulberry, oak, coffee, and a hint of plum.
Finished long on an accelerating white pepper, trailing palate, and an appropriate 14% alcohol.
I liked this wine better after breathing for a couple of hours.
Paired fine with our pepperoni pizza.


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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Ricardo Santos 2008 Mendoza 2008 Malbec







Ricardo Santos 2008 Mendoza 2008 Malbec, $14.99-$18.99, 88 points, poured an opaque purple/red which intruded the thin clear wine ring; the glass bowl was covered with thick legs.
Loamy smells were accented with peat and coffee notes.
Full-bodied with fair-plus acidity and soft round tannins managed well the flavors reflective of the aromas.
Finished long on the trailing palate, a hint of prune, perpetual pepper notes, and an appropriate 13.9% alcohol.
Paired fine with our pepperoni pizza.




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Monday, June 5, 2017

Marchesi di Barolo 2014 Gavi (DOCG)




Marchesi di Barolo 2014 Gavi (DOCG), $12.74-$18.99, 85 points, poured a light brass color grading clear toward the glass shallows.
Almost nothing on the nose except a hint of honeydew melon.
Light-bodied, crisp, appropriately acidic, and a refreshingly fruity though a rather nondescript white wine (just a hint of ginger, a floral note, and melon rind).
Finished okay on the trailing near-non palate and an accommodating 12% alcohol.
Paired okay with my Ipswich fried clams.

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Renato Ratti 'Ochetti' Langhe 2014 Nebbiolo







Renato Ratti 'Ochetti' Langhe 2014 Nebbiolo, $19.54-$27.99, 89 points, poured with a broad transparent wine ring and was a shade more orange than a typical ruby red.
Aromatic whispers of black cherry, sage, and roses were excellent.
Barely medium-bodied with good acidity and fine grain tannin carried a well-integrated flavor profile, a blend of cherry and dried herbs, that will perfectly accommodate many table settings (as it was with our saucy beef stew).
Finished long on black tea, warm spices, a bit of oak, and an appropriate 13.5% alcohol.

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Saturday, June 3, 2017

Sella And Mosca La Cala 2015 Vermintino Di Sardegna, Sardinia, Italy





Sella And Mosca La Cala 2015 Vermintino Di Sardegna, Sardinia, $9.99-$11.99, 88 points, poured a crystal clear gold color with a light green cast.
Crisp pear aroma was accented by a hint of fennel.
A well balanced white wine I'd describe as light-bodied, juicy, clean, and robust with good acidity and flavors reflective of the aromas.
Finished well on green melon rind, loads of ginger, and a big 14% alcohol.
Paired fine with stir-fried vegetables and deep fried butterfly shrimp.




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Friday, June 2, 2017

Wenikellerei Römerhof Mosel (Trittenheim) 2015 kabinett Riesling








Wenikellerei Römerhof Mosel (Trittenheim) 2015 kabinett Riesling, $12.59-$13.99, 87 points, poured a light gold color fading clear at the glass shallows. 
Aromas were rather shy apple with a hint (good) of petrol.
Light, crisp for a sweet Riesling, good acidity, and though the flavors were just a tad too sweet for me, the tropical and pome fruits were very tasty.
Finished fair on pineapple, tangy citrus, and a low 8% alcohol.
Paired fine with our Asian cuisine.
I bought this German Riesling at the Whole Foods of Bedford.

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Dark Horse Limited Release 2015 Rosé







Dark Horse Limited Release 2015 Rosé, $8.99-$11.99, 88 points, poured a middling Salmon pink color.
Aromas were soft red fruit with a floral vibe.
Light-plus body with good acidity carried big bold flavors of strawberry and rhubarb, but finished fair with herbal notes and an easy 13% alcohol.
Varietals were 40% Grenache, 20% Barbera, 20% Pinot Gris, and 20% Tempranillo.
Paired fine with my Buffalo wings.

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