Monthly Archives: December 2009

Domaine Hauvette Blanc de Blancs 2006

Domaine Hauvette, Vin de Pays des Alpilles, Blanc de Blancs 2006 The nose features sweet floral notes with peaches, nectarines and a bit of poire eau-de-vie. In the mouth it is soft, lowish in acidity and very lush with a … Continue reading

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The Wines of Charles Krug

This summer we had the opportunity to meet with winemaker Dave Galzignato. Our visit took us from Krug’s historical position in the Napa Valley to its modern incarnation, using a new sorting table to isolate the best of the best … Continue reading

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Georges Duboeuf Fleurie 2008

Georges Duboeuf, Fleurie 2008 There’s a lively sense of black fruit in the nose with a bit of earthy complexity that works to enhance the wine. In the mouth the thread of fresh fruit continues, the acidity is engaging and … Continue reading

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Sant’Antonio Soave Fontana 2008

Tenuta Sant’Antonio, Soave DOC, Fontana 2008 Minerality and lemon mark the nose.  In the mouth you’ll find plenty of fresh lemon flavor, like biting into one freshly picked from the tree. You also get that zip of acidity that lingers … Continue reading

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Shoofly Chardonnay 2008

Shoofly, Adelaide Hills, Chook Raffle, Chardonnay 2008 Give this wine a bit of air to blow off the initial matchstick character. Then you’ll find a medley of green apples, peaches and minerality. In the mouth it is crisp and driven … Continue reading

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Josh Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Josh Cellars, Lake County, Red Hills District, Amber Knolls Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 This is an ebulliently fruity Cabernet, featuring blueberries, blackberries and Cassis in the nose. In the mouth it is light-bodied and quite soft, very accessible right now, … Continue reading

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hazard hill Semillon Sauvignon 2008

hazard hill, Western Australia, semillon sauvignon Blanc 2008 Breezy and fresh, this wine shows grass and citrus in the nose. In the mouth it is crisp and clean, with concentrated flavors of lime and lime zest and a little petilance … Continue reading

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Frescobaldi Toscana Remole 2008

Frescobaldi, Toscana IGT, Remole 2008 This wine is fresh and fruit forward, ready to drink, a light-bodied quaffer which demonstrates that clean and juicy wine is not the exclusive realm of New World producers. Behind the bright cherry fruit is … Continue reading

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Frescobaldi Nipozzano Riserva 2006

Marchesi de Frescobaldi, Chianti Rufina DOCG, Nipozzano, Riserva 2006 Unfortunately the first bottle was corked and will make a good example for my seminar on wine faults. The second bottle shows the huge difference a cork can make. In bottle … Continue reading

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La Roque Rose 2007

Chateau La Roque, Coteaux du Languedoc, Pic Saint Loup, Rose 2007 The nose is frankly rather stinky with notes of cheese and garlic. In the mouth it is lowish in acid and the fruit is evolving, while the alcohol is … Continue reading

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