Armeno Wine Tasting|
September 27th, 2014
Chateau haut Pasquet Blanc
60% Sauvignon blanc – 20% Semillion – 20% Muscadelle
Overlooking the valley of Chateau la Benauge with southwest facing slopes at an altitude of 100 meters. With an average age of 20 year old vines, this wine shows fresh bright citrus and white grapefruit flavors. It is an excellent accompaniment to any white fish or shellfish and an ideal match with oysters.
Domaine Andre Kientzler Sylvaner sec
This domaine is a small family run estate consisting of just 12 hectares of vines. Average age of the vines is 35 years. Yields limited by severe thinning and sorting of grapes produce wines that are nervous and pure, with absolute balance. Sandstone and limestone soils show lots of citrus and bright, crisp fruits. Clean, cool and mineral...tight and delicious.
Domaine du Cagueloup VDP du Mont Caume rose
The great thing about the end of Rose season is that we can get some great Provence rose at an incredible price!
Granache, Syrah and Mouvedre...Classic in style from one of the top producers of rose in Bandol. Delicious fresh strawberry and red cherries dominate the palate with that unmistakable dry finish that has made Provence rose some of the best rose in the world.
Jeanne Gaillard vin de pays Syrah – Northern Rhone
100% Syrah from the Collines Rhodaniennes in the northern Rhone valley.. (South of Cote Rotie and north of Chateauneuf du pape).
Strawberry, raspberry, black currant, and red currant aromas come to the fore. I get a touch of white pepper on the finish that makes this wine. It is an excellent accompaniment to roasted meats or anything grilled, and it stays gentle enough to go with a variety of foods.
Chateau Haut Gastineau 2010– Bordeaux
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with a touch of Cabernet Franc. I think this wine is a show stopper for the money...
A great introduction to Bordeaux as it has classic dry texture but also an inviting black fruit generosity. The palate displays a supple opening then the evolution is smooth and voluminous. The finish is marked by the tannins which are subtle but powerful. It is an ideal accompaniment with game mushrooms and cheese. This wine must be opened and left to breathe to enjoy its optimal performance.
Chateau Haut Nivelle Bordeaux superieur Cuvee Prestige 2010
These Vineyards are located on the hillsides slightly east of the Gironde river in an area close to Saint Emillion. A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc aged in French oak barrels for one year. Dark in color, almost black, with a nose of rich fruit and good tannic structure balanced in the mouth. Although this wine could age it will be hard to keep from opening too soon...A real gem for Bordeaux lovers.
Yon Saint Martin from Chateau Yon-Figeac 2012 – Saint Emillion
Merlot and Cabernet Franc. This vineyard was established in the 19th century with an average age of the vines at 35 years. Hand harvested and 14 months in 35% new French oak. Deep ruby in color, the nose is complex black fruits of cherry and blackberry mixed with refined toast and toffee. Full bodied with a good balance between fruit and spice.
Diego Conterno Barbera d’Alba “Farrione” 2011 – Italy
100% Barbera from Monforte d’Alba with south western exposure. Typically Barbera from Alba has more depth and “guts” than its counterpart from Asti. This wine is from one of the top Barolo producers and is the bargain in the lineup. With all the French wine were doing we thought something different to change things up would be appropriate. Of course this is incredible with red sauces: pasta, pizza, etc.