Wednesday, March 30, 2022
Musso Bricco Rio Sordo Barbaresco, 1996
Tuesday, March 29, 2022
Seghesio Family Vineyards Sonoma County Zinfandel, 2006
Medium crimson. Lots of crusted sediment on one side of the bottle. Lifted scents of red raspberries and boysenberries. Flavors are fruity and intense with considerable power (15.4% alcohol) but only moderate heat. Matches perfectly with well brined porchetta.
Friday, March 25, 2022
Cuvee 3 Messes Basses Ventoux, 2018
Wednesday, March 23, 2022
Phelps Creek Columbia Gorge Chardonnay, 2017
Tuesday, March 22, 2022
D'Arenberg The Hermit Crab McLaren Vale Viognier Marsanne, 2018
Bright gold. Has the Viognier fragrance--fresh flowers and ripe apricots. Beautiful. The Marsanne provides a rich, full bodied texture and joins with the Viognier to add depth of flavor--ripe pears and spicy skin tannins. What I like most about this wine, thoiugh, is its crisp acidity, a quality often missing in Australian whites. Beautiful on its own but it also matches well with both fish (tilapia) and pork.
At $15, this is a good wine to have in your cellar when you want something other than Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc.
Saturday, March 19, 2022
Paul Jaboulet Aine Crozes-Hermitage, 1978
Friday, March 18, 2022
E. Guigal Cote-Rotie Brune et Blonde, 1990 (375 ml)
Garnet color, relatively dark for a wine of its age. Bouquet of red raspberries, cherries, lavender and Provencal herbs. Deep, concentrated fruit plus tertiary notes of leather and black olives. Just keeps getting better; I should have pulled the cork an hour ago. Glorious finish. Even from a 375 ml bottle, this wine has aged beautifully.
Thursday, March 17, 2022
Royal Oporto 10-year-old Tawny Port, NV
Good dark color. Fresh, medium sweet fruit with layers and layers of complexity from barrel aging. Dates, walnut, caramel. What a great way to finish a good meal. Elysium in Kalamazoo offers this as a wine by the glass for $8, and I got more than my money's worth of enjoyment.
Cloudline Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, 2019
Bright garnet, somewhat dark for a Pinot but there is no mistaking the Willamette Valley Pinot Noir smells and flavors. Cherry, cranberry, pomegranate with peppery spice and a hint of orange zest. Bright fruit with soft tannins and acidity that brings you back for sip after sip. Layers of complexity on the long finish. I want more of this wine.
I usually drink Pinot with salmon or lighter meat dishes, We had hanger steak and braised lamb, and the wine stood its ground.
Tuesday, March 15, 2022
Wind Gap Woodruff Vineyard (Santa Cruz Mountains) Chardonnay, 2012
Deep gold. You might worry about this wine being overly mature...until you smell and taste it. Ripe pineapple, pears, lime and a bit of honey. Ripe fruit on entry, then full and rich on the mid-palate. The oak spice is subtle. Rich enough to please a New World wine lover but with the acid and personality of a fine white Burgundy. Long finish. Special wine.
Sunday, March 13, 2022
Chateau Fourcas Hosten Listrac-Medoc, 1982
There is a definite brickish tone to the color, but it is still bright. The advanced age is showing mostly in the muted and somewhat uninteresting bouquet. Prunes, dried fruit and tobacco. Particularly after 45 minutes aeration, some pleasant cherry toned fruit flavors emerge and the finish is medium long. A decade ago, this lesser known wine competed very well against more expensive and more highly-touted 1982s, with Cabernet-dominant smells and flavors. It has always been a good wine to buy in top vintages.
Friday, March 11, 2022
Famille Perrin Ventoux, 2019
Thursday, March 10, 2022
Fossil Point Edna Valley Pinot Noir, 2018
Tuesday, March 8, 2022
Bucklin Old Hill Ranch Sonoma Valley Zinfandel, 2006
Deep ruby/garnet, crusty sediment on one side of the bottle. Enticing scents of dark cherries, wild strawberries and brown spices. Same with the flavors; old vine qualities with incredible intensity and complexity. Not at all like a Califorfnia Zin; reminds me of a very good, mature Chateauneuf du Pape.
I have had several of these 2006s over the past decade, and this is clearly the best. Unfortunately, also the last.
Sunday, March 6, 2022
Domaine du Grand Montmirail Les Deux Juliette Selection des Vieilles Vignes Gigondas, 2012
The Grenache (60 to 75%) for this Gigondas comes from vines planted in the 1960s; the Syrah (25 to 30%) and the Mourvedre (0 to 10%) from vines planted in the 1980s.on red clay alluvial soils at the foot of the Dentelles de Montmirail. It is made by Yves and Denis Cheron in a clearly traditional style.
Deep, dark crimson. Initially, I get red berry scents and flavors; later, they merge with darker tones of blackberries and currants, presumably from the Syrah and Mourvedre. Ripe fruit flavors; delightful. Plump body with legs that cling to the side of the glass (14.5% alcohol). Tannins show up on the finish. I think I will wait a year or two for the next bottle or else give the wine plenty of aeration. There is a lot to like here.