Monthly Archives: October 2007

Wisconsin Delight

Wollersheim Winery American Seyval Semi-Dry Prairie Fume 2006 This smells of citrus, in particular lime with a candied element.  It’s very clean and bottled under Stelvin so no risk of cork taint. In the mouth is a lovely sweet-tart character … Continue reading

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New World Rhone

Pirramimma McLaren Vale Old Bush Vine Grenache 2003 The last two tastings of this wine earlier in 2007 showed the fruit of Grenache with ever-integrating oak. Again tonight it is supple and the raisiny fruit is surounded by acidity and … Continue reading

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Califorinia Stars

J. Wilkes Santa Barbara County Bien Nacido Vyds Pinot Blanc 2005 Clean, lime and candy like a Riesling, quite dry with perhaps a bit of warmth which disappearred with chilling, long flavor of lime Bot. in Sant Maria 14.1% $20 … Continue reading

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A Classic Muscat From Down Under

Chambers Rosewood Vineyards Rutherglen Muscat nv This wine is concentrated and thick displaying its fruit with great complexity. The raisined grapes come from old vines, some from beginning of 1900s. P&B in Rutherglen Lot#6338 for the first sample and Lot#06039 … Continue reading

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New World White Flight

This flight features 2 grapes, 3 wines and 3 countries. Oyster Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2007 This is in-your-face Sauvignon with bell pepper and lots of acid. All stainless with some lees contact. 13% $9.49 at Bottle Barn Oyster Bay … Continue reading

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Muscat Love

Mas Amiel Muscat de Rivesaltes 2005 A vin doux naturel from the esteemed producer in Maury. My notes from early 2007 state: stunning – a fresh and light-bodied dessert wine that brims with Muscat fruit; the alcohol adds body but … Continue reading

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Rhone Richaud

Domaine Richaud Cairanne Cotes du Rhone Villages 2005 When I visited with Marcel Richaud a few years ago, his red wines were concentrated and demonstrated the value in this appellation. Bottles tasted here at home from the 2003 vintage were … Continue reading

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Welcome to France

This flight features 3 whites and offers an opportunity to contrast acid levels, weight and residual sugar. Chateau Sainte-Marie Entre-Deux-Mers Vielles Vignes 2005 Of the 2004 I noted a perfect balance of the grapes used and a great value. This … Continue reading

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Riesling vs. Sauternes

Chateau Suduiraut Sauternes 1er Cru 2003 The wine makes me crave a lemon tart as you taste a reflection of the butter in the crust in the viscosity and butter/caramel tones in the wine and a reflection of the zippy … Continue reading

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Bordeaux and Napa

Chateau Nenin Pomerol 2003 My earlier notes this year show a supple wine filled through with blue fruit. Tonight the wine is very polished, soft in profile with oak as an integrated nuance. From the Delon family, Jean-Hubert and Michel, … Continue reading

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