Wine Tasting 12/13/14
Rizzardi Soave (Veneto)
Soave is one of the most famous and appreciated white wines, in Italy and the entire world. It wins everybody's taste with its "light gold" color: it is a fairly good one, it is harmonic and noble, it is Soave. The vineyards are positioned in one of the best areas of the Classico zone, characterized by great exposure, in front of the historical Castle of Soave.
This wine has a complex nose, with notes of apple, white peach, and almond. This Soave is dry, crisp, and clean on the palate and has good acidity. The grape varieties are Garganega and Trebbiano di Soave grown on hilly volcanic soil with classic southern exposure.
Simply delicious with herb risotto, terrines of white meat, or vegetable pates. This wine can also be served with oysters, grilled or baked seafood, white meats and is excellent with Asian fare such as sushi or mildly spiced Thai dishes.
Hamelin Chablis (Bourgogone)
Located on steep south-facing slopes, opposite the Lac de Beines. The average annual production is 210 hl. The vines are managed under the strict conditions of the Chablis tradition. They extend from the bottom of the valley to the top of the slopes. The Kimmeridgien subsoil gives it the intensity and typicity of a fine Chablis premier cru. The varietal composition is 100% Chardonnay. This wine is aged for 12-18 months in stainless steel vats before bottling.
Color: vivid yellow with a hint of green. Nose: expressive, white flowers, acacia. Palate: round, expressive, unctuous with a fine mineral return. Powerful and rich.
*90 pts Wine Spectator
Small production Oregon producer: Only 300 cases made.
Aromas of Anjou pear, gingerbread, and marine-sediment mineral are complimented by flavors of confit lemon and green apple. Judicious use of lees stirring during elevage helped to develop the mid-palate, while contributing weight and complexity to the texture. A lush, medium, mouth-feel is followed by a crisp, lingering finish. Post harvest and sorting, the Chardonnay was whole cluster pressed and fermented entirely in French oak, of which one third was new. Weekly batonnage was carried out during fermentation, and the wines were racked to tank after approximately 10 months in barrel. The wine completed malolactic fermentation, and was bottled the first week of September.
Grati toscano rosso (Tuscany)
100% Sangiovese. This is an incredible bargain from the most respected Chianti producers in Tuscany. An honest red wine, with a bouquet that smells of ripe black cherries and plums. The palate is uncomplicated, pleasant, and soothing. In the final, discloses the Sangiovese freshness which gives the wine typical Tuscan elegance.
Chateau Franc Laporte 2010 (Saint-Emilion)
This family-owned estate is located on the clay and limestone plateau of Saint Emilion, known for creating wines with smooth, round tannins, red fruit flavors, and spicy notes. Manual harvest with sorting in vines and cellar. Traditional vinification in stainless steel vats with controlled temperature. Ageing in vats and French oak barrels (70%). This wine has a deep purple color with red berries. Full bodied with ripe, rich fruit aromas and a silky structure. A very pleasant wine for the Christmas roast that will make your mouth water.
Marc Kreydenwiess Les Grimaudes 2012
55% Grenache, 35% Carignan, and 10% Cinsault (France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Costières-de-Nîmes)
The Les Grimaudes is a rich, mouth-filling red that delivers lavender, roasted meats, leather, and violets—supported by a solid core of black cherry and darker styled fruits. Medium bodied, richly textured, and overall supple and polished on the palate, with good acidity and plenty of length. This delicious, easy drinking wine should drink nicely on release and 5-8+ years thereafter.
*The 2011 received 92 pts from Wine Advocate
Ligiere Vacqueyras (Rhone)
Review: Deep ruby. Sexy, high-pitched aromas of red berry preserves, potpourri, and Asian spices, plus a bright mineral overtone. Sappy and seamless on the palate, offering intense raspberry and cherry flavors and a suave floral pastille nuance. Finishes spicy and impressively long, with harmonious tannins adding shape. Drinking very well right now but should age nicely on its balance.
*Steve Tanzer 91 points
Ch les Haut du Tetre 2004 (Margaux)
This is a great find in older Bordeaux that was aged at the winery for us.
Chateau du Tetre is an ancient property whose vineyard stretches over 52 hectares and remains unchanged since 1855. In the nineteenth century the wines experienced world class recognition thanks to the ranking of 1855, making it a Grand cru Medoc. 5th Growth.
This is the 2nd wine from Ch Tetre and a bargain in Growth Bordeaux.
Brio de chateau Cantenac-Brown 2009 (Margaux)
50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc
We deeply enjoy every step of the 2009 vintage, from the choice of which parcel to harvest to every other decision for the plots vinification. The creation of the ideal blend of Château Cantenac Brown and Brio, our second label, is a real pleasure. All the difficulty will have been to create ”Bordeaux". Indeed degrees are high but fortunately this vintage has also lots of freshness. Tannins are intense and the lots will create round and fine wines, very balanced. Mother Nature gave us everything : 2009 vintage is definitely exceptional.