Friday, October 31, 2008

2006 Cameron Hughes Lot 61 McLaren Vale Canernet Sauvignon

Another good Cameron Hughes bottling. In sharp contrast to the 2000 Coufran, this was dense, rich and decidedly new world. Really good actually. Great steak wine. A bit I the alcoholic side--15%alcohol, but tasty. Blackberries, chocolate, oak and coffee all around. A tad alcoholic. B

2000 Chateau Coufran Cru Bourgeois

Had the 2003 of this a few months ago. This one is better. Much
better. Currants, leather, maybe some earth. A good, rich, mature
Bordeaux. Really hit the spot. B

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Marcel Martin Louise d' Estree Brut

Lots of candied citrus. A little spicy--maybe some ginger. Not a
contemplative wine, but for 7$ it's a great value. B-

Saturday, October 25, 2008

2006 Viridian Pinot Noir

Oregon Pinot from the Olsen family...my moms maiden name is Olson (with an o, not an e), so I figured I might like this wine. The Pinot Gris that I had from them was good--in fact, much better than this wine. Although good, it's a little on the boring side. Black cherries and earth, and balanced. Funky nose. Better than any California Pinot at this price point...(16$) B-

Friday, October 17, 2008

2001 Soligamar Reserva Rioja

18$ at Costco. Great value. Scents of plums, pepper, leather and
cloves. Well balanced with nice fruit. B+

Monday, October 13, 2008

2005 Rocca di Montegrossi Chianti Classico

.Black cherries, leather, floral notes, and spices. In a more modern, fruit driven style than many old school Chianti Classico's. Still balanced. Not as complex as some of the other wines I've had recently, but the modern fruit-driven style is still good when kept in check...went awesome with a roasted heirloom chicken . Another K&L wine club wine. Trying to clear out space for the large amount of Garagiste wines that will be coming shortly...B+

Sunday, October 12, 2008

2005 Joel Taluau St. Nicolas de Bourgogne Vieilles Villages

This wine is one step up from the L'expression that I had a couple of months ago. Apparently from a single plot of vines planted in the 1930's. This wine needed a couple of hours to really show itself. At first the wine was closed and exhibited green aromas and lots of earth. As it opened up, lots of blackberries, violets, earth on the nose. Lots of pure fruit in the mouth, with a finish that is quite earthy and almost leafy. A fair amount of tannin also shows itself--I'm sure this could age for a lot longer. This wine has a lot going on--it definitely isn't a quaffer. Why don't more people drink cab franc? A-

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Cameron Hughes 2005 "Lot 35" Yountville Cabernet Sauvignon

Initially this was tight with curranty, raspberry, herby flavors. After a couple of hours, this wine turned into a fruit bomb. Blackberry, sage, more currants, a sexy earthiness, minerals and maybe a little vanilla. Cameron Hughes is awesome. There are a lot of California wines that are a lot more expensive that aren't as good. A Stags Leap Petite Sirah I had recently that was 30$ comes to mind....can't remember how much this was (bought it over a year ago), but it wasn't more than 15$. A

2006 Tenimenti Conti Neri Valpolicella "Ripasso"

This wine was only 4$ at TJs, but it's surprisingly good. Seriously.
Nice cherry flavors with earthy elements. Kind of like a poor mans
Amarone. A tad on the rustic side, but at 4$ this will become one of
my stock "house" wines. I have had many 10-20$ California wines that weren't even half as good as this wine. B

Sunday, October 5, 2008

2006 Lava Fiano di Avelino

Liked this wine a lot. Had it with pan-seared halibut topped with a sage, pancetta, white wine, butter sauce. Not the healthiest, but I did go for a 25 mile bike ride today. Spices and hazelnuts come across on the nose, with citrusy/melony flavors that lead into a mouth- watering, stony finish. This wine was rich but balanced. Another K&L wine club wine. A

Friday, October 3, 2008

2003 Chateau Caronne Ste-Gemme Haut-Medoc

I had the 2005 about 6 months ago, which was still tight and
undrinkable. It will be good once the tannins are tamed. This vintage
is classic Bordeaux, with bright, sweet black fruit of currants and
blackberries, a touch of raspberry, and lots of herby notes.
Definitely old world, old school. Sure it's a Cru Bourgouis and not
Latour or something, but it was also 20$ instead of several hundred. B+

Peique Vinedos Viejos 2004 Bierzo

Deep purple. Aromas of blackberries earth, and spices. Earthy, fruity
and smooth with a dash of minerals. Maybe slightly less angular and
defined than something that really makes me go "wow," but very tasty. B