Weekly Wine Wednesdays (7/26/17)
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Every Wednesday, I roundup quick reviews of all the wines I had the previous seven days. Over the past week, I had quite the lineup of wines! I was lucky enough to have a four day weekend due to some time off from work, my boyfriend and I celebrated our five year anniversary, and my yoga studio hosted a surprise party for the owner after being in business for decade. It was certainly a big week. So let’s get to reviewing!
Ceretto Arneis Langhe Blangé 2015
A delicious start to my four day weekend! This is so clean and crisp. Wonderful melon aromas accented with salinity. On the palate, an attack of minerals is followed up with clean citrus and stone fruits. A great Northern Italian vino here. Perfectly refreshing for a hot summer’s day.
Kistler Vineyards Les Noisetiers Chardonnay 2015
Sonoma Coast, California
This is an intriguing Chardonnay, with an absolutely intoxicating nose of honey, spice, tropical fruits, oak, and the banana bread I baked earlier in the week. The flavors are just as interesting, with poached pear, pineapple upside down cake, and a nice dash of acidity on the finish. No wonder Kistler gets rave reviews! I could smell and drink this all day.
Champalou Vouvray 2015
This Vouvray is on the drier side, but still expresses a gentle nose of honey and quince. The flavors shoe acetone and a diluted fruit cocktail note, along with pear and other white flesh fruit. The finish has a mouth coating feel, that is cloying but without being sweet. I find it a little odd, and had higher expectations for this.
Marchesi Antinori Tignanello 2014
This Super Tuscan is exactly what you would expect out of a big Italian wine. Although young, it is still a heavyweight with the fruit taking a backseat to all these big, bold aromas and flavors. The nose presents leather, cinnamon, clove and berries; the flavors show new leather, oak and sweet whiskey. Tannins are chewy and firm; the finish lasts forever. I would love to see what this has in store years down the line.
Kuleto Estate India Ink Red 2014
Napa Valley, California
A nice, smooth, deep red blend that couldn’t be more aptly named. Made with Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Aged 17 months in oak. The barrels were not particularly evident to me, as the fruit was the star of the show. Inky nose, with tons of wild blueberry and cherry on the palate. Reminiscent of a jam glaze, without all the sweetness.
Michael David Earthquake Zinfandel 2014
Big and bold fruit, without the in-your-face jamminess many Zins are guilty of possessing. Licorice, anise, raisins, prunes, vanilla, spice and smoke are all present here. A simple yet tasty wine, and if you like Michael David, this will be right up your alley.
Conundrum Red Blend 2014
Napa Valley, California
I previously tried the 2013, and was not impressed. This may have been due to the fact the bottle was old and flat-tasting. I found it very boring. The 2014 vintage, on the other hand, was freshly opened and made a better impression. The aromas and flavors show sweet tobacco, dirt and earth, spices, vanilla and berry cobbler. A definite crowd pleaser. (Note: image from cellartracker.com)
Dr. Loosen Riesling 2015
I love a good Mosel Riesling, and this is alright for an entry level offering. However, I am not an entry level drinker anymore! I paired this with a Butcher’s Plate of ham 3 ways, and some of the most succulent oysters I have ever tasted, from Rhode Island. Tropical aromas complimented a predominantly green apple nose, and the flavors were delicate with honey and melons. Uncomplicated, which made it work alright with the food; but also not entirely exciting, either. (Note: image from pjwine.com)
Liberated Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Central Coast, California
I had a unique food pairing with this – mostly because no white wines by the glass stood out to me from the menu. A charred squid and octopus salad with arugula, watermelon and bacon! Believe it or not, it wasn’t all that bad. This Cab is smooth and simple, but also a bit oaky. The nose is full of berries and oak. while the flavors show dark fruits, vanilla and wood. Sometimes its fun to mix and match your pairings – that bacon really helped bring the salad and wine together! You can buy this online now on Amazon.com for $20 and not even leave your couch!
Brancott Estate Flight Song Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Marlborough, New Zealand
I love a good New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, but this is not my cup of tea! The grapes are harvested earlier in the year to make a wine that has less sugar and calories, but in my opinion it also has less taste and lower quality. The aromas are pleasant with pink grapefruit, lychee and gooseberry; but the flavors of lemon peel and yellow grapefruit lack crispness and that delicious zest. The mouthfeel on the finish is also a weird sugar substitute taste.