Sunday, August 21, 2011

"Clos du Chene Vert" Chinon Charles Joguet 2005

I would be remiss to not mention this wine. Interestingly, this wine is divergent from what I expect a Chinon to be--it is much more concentrated and bold than I expected--and yet at the same time, it's an archetypal example. Much more concentrated than the Cuvee Terroir (which is a blend of different vineyards), but still distinctively Chinon. If you hadn't figured it out yet, this is a single vineyard--Le Clos du Chene Vert. $30, and imported by Kermit Lynch (which really means that there was very little chance I wouldn't be into this wine). Initially, fairly funky, with tight, grippy tannins. After a couple of hours, this was all about tart pomegranate, mint, an epic finish tinged with stone and green pepper, and funk of a changing personality (think James Brown to Parliament to the Chili Peppers and then back again--quite the journey). Impeccable balance.Truly a magnificent wine. This is why I drink wine. It's been far too long since I had a bottle like this. I wish I had a couple more bottles. FWIW, The Cabfrancophile really liked this wine too, and found it similarly epic. One last thought: this is the Chinon that I would open for someone that says that they don't like Chinon because it's definitely way bigger than most Chinon. It reminded a lot of some of the Cab Francs that I've had from Washington. Regardless, I don't think you can understand Chinon as an appellation without trying this wine. If you can track this down on a wine list or in a store, it's well worth purchasing. 

Friday, August 19, 2011

Chateau de Montfort Demi-Sec Vouvray 2009

Apples and cheese (Or maybe that should be wax or something...whatever, it's attractive. Sarah wasn't really a fan...), $14, young, but delicious and poised. Enough acidity to mostly overcome the relatively sweet nature of this wine.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Vintage Cellars

This is a sponsored post from Vintage Cellars. As everyone knows, a good cellar is a good thing to have. 

If you own a luxury car, like a Jaguar or Porsche, chances are you keep it locked and protected when not in use.  Most often, especially if you live in a place where the elements can wreak havoc on your vehicles, you keep your precious ride safe and secure inside a sturdy garage.  Not only does a garage offer shelter from storms, hail, and bird droppings, it also protects your car from the occasional ding caused by careless drivers using your driveway as a turnaround spot.

Just like your luxury vehicle, your wine collection needs protection, too!  Bottles stacked helter-skelter upon bottles throughout an unorganized, less-than-adequate storage basement--lacking proper wine storage racks--is an invitation to disaster. (When glass meets glass, it easily breaks!) What is more, a cellar that is not properly climate-controlled is similar to leaving your car outside in adverse conditions; if your cellar air is too dry, corks will crack, and there go your expensive investments!  If a cellar fluctuates between hot and cold erratically, this, too, can damage a wine’s cork, leading to ruined wine.

Thankfully, for collectors as serious about the preservation of their wine as luxury car drivers are about their rides, Vintage Cellars offers custom wine cellar design.  Even if you think your basement has a less-than-ideal shape, the craftsmen at Vintage Cellars are adept at making effective cellars in spaces of any shape and size.  They’ve even built a custom wine cellar on a yacht!  During the course of approximately two months, Vintage Cellars work with you to design a cellar that fits your specifications, and will even suggest appropriate temperature control devices and cooling units, such as Breezaire split systems, Wine Guardian ducted cooling systems, etc.  When the plans are finished, a professional contractor will install the racks, and ensure everything is up to code and ready to handle the volume and needs of your personal wine collection.

Vintage Cellars
904 Rancheros Dr. Suite G.
San Marcos, CA 92069

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Doon Buggy Napa Valley Red Blend 2009

My friend suggested that I try this wine from Fresh and Easy. $8 with a screw cap. It's called a red blend, but it's really 92% Syrah and 8% Petit Verdot. Apparently, he can't "sell a Syrah to save [his] life." I was pleasantly surprised with this wine; it's got tons of poise and is delicious in that fruit-forward California way. That probably has a lot to do with his palate. Spices and juicy black fruits along with an almost gamy, bacony note at the end. Good tannic structure and nice balance. I would open this a few minutes before drinking to allow it to open up a bit. Definitely a great deal in an $8 wine--I think this puts a lot of Trader Joe's offerings in the same price point to shame. Although I would note that they blatantly mis-spelled doon. Shouldn't it be dune? Maybe it's a British thing...

Also had this Riesling for $6. Not bad, but by the same token not interesting either. Just kind of meh. Not really enough acidity. 

Lastly, we had this Premier Cru Blanc de Blancs from Andre Jacquart. $25 at Costco. Very bready, I guess a touch too sweet for my liking, although still pretty good. I would probably pick something else if I had the choice, although this is well made.