Sunday, December 18, 2011

Churrascos at Lake Pointe

As a long time fan of the Cordua restaurants, I was pleased when I learned that they were opening a Churrascos near my home. I was fortunate to be able to attend the mock service prior to opening; I had the Churrasco steak dinner that night and it was excellent as expected. We went  again for dinner shortly after that and had another positive experience (our only issue was one wine by the glass offering of decidedly corked wine which was immediately replaced). I had the seafood soup and tenderloin salad that evening and I would recommend both.
This morning, we went to try the new Sunday Brunch and we were just blown away. This is by far the best brunch in the Sugar Land area; it is priced at $27 per person and I added the $10 bottomless mimosa option as well. Diverse options range from four different green salads, ceviche, soup, plantain crusted fried shrimp and calamari, an array of grilled veggies, an omelet bar, a crepe bar, a carving station with beef tenderloin and a whole suckling pig, empanadas, fresh fruit and a dessert assortment (I had the flan) plus numerous other items that I did not get a chance to try. Raul, the manager, stopped by the table to introduce himself and let us know that the buffet would continue evolving, although I am not sure that it could get much better.
The restaurant decor is interesting and unique with a long wall of windows looking out on the patio next to the lake. Good food, an interesting wine list, great service with a nice view.
Highly recommended!

prior related posts:
Dinner at Artista
Catena Wine Dinner at Americas

Sunday, December 11, 2011

2010 Duchman Vermentino

In the midst of taking a short break from the study of French wines, I decided to "go local" tonight for dinner with some gulf coast shrimp and Texas wine. The 2010 Duchman Vermentino inspired me to make broiled peppered shrimp with penne pasta in a Romano cream sauce with fresh basil (sadly, the last of the fresh basil grown outdoors until Spring). 
Vermentino is a white grape primarily grown in Italy; it is also known as Pigato and Favorito. My expectation for a wine produced from this grape was a crisp, acidic, dry white wine with citrus and an herbal (primarily basil) note.                                  
The 2010 Duchman Vermentino is made exclusively from Texas grapes at the Duchman Family Winery in Driftwood, Texas. They provide a tasting note on the back label which I resisted looking at until after I wrote my own. Interestingly, I wrote a very similar note. I give them Kudos for their truth in labeling.
Appearance: Clear, pale straw color with a watery rim.
Nose: Clean, Medium+ intense aromas of lime blossoms and lime zest with a hint of jasmine.
Palate: Dry, medium body/alcohol, high acid with flavors of lime and pear.
Quality: Good+ Drink now, not intended for aging.
Price: approximately $14
This wine is a great alternate option for the Pinot Grigio drinker. Pair it with seafood and pasta in cream sauce. Recommended.           

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Henry Fessy Beaujolais

From the Macconais, heading south into Beaujolais where the Gamay grape rules. The typical wine style is simple, fruity and meant to be consumed young, very few will develop interesting characteristics with bottle age.
The inexpensive Beaujolais Nouveau with its confected red fruit flavors is always released on the third Thursday in November and is out now in time for your holiday meal.
Beaujolais Villages is the next step up in quality and is usually mid-priced. Grapes can be sourced from thirty-nine villages along a series of granitic/schist hills in the north and west of the region. The wine is usually a blend from several villages but can be from one named village.

2009 Henry Fessy Beaujolais Villages
Appearance: Clear, pale purple
Nose: Clean, medium(+) youthful aromas of fresh & candied strawberries and raspberries
Palate: Dry, Medium(-) body, medium tannins, medium(+) acidity with red fruit (mainly raspberry) flavor, medium length.
Quality: Good; Drink now, not intended for aging.

The 10 Beaujolais Crus produce the highest quality wines of the region priced mid to high. They are located in the north within the rolling granitic hills. Brouilly is the largest and most available.

2009 Brouilly  Henry Fessy Crus du Beaujolais   
Appearance: Clear, deep purple
Nose: Clean, medium youthful aromas of jammy & candied strawberries and raspberries
Palate: Dry, Medium(-) body, medium tannins, medium(+) acidity with red fruit (mainly raspberry) flavor, medium length.
Quality: Very good; Drink now, may be at its most charming. 

Related post:
Beaujolais Tasting

Monday, November 21, 2011

The Maconnais

Moving south from the Cote Chalonnaise into Burgundy's largest vineyard area, the Maconnais, the climate changes with the Mediterranean influence. This can create riper grapes resulting in fruitier flavors and aromas. About 80% of the region's production is regional level Macon AOC wine with most of the white being labeled Macon-Villages.

2006 Macon Villages
Appearance: Clear, pale lemon color with a watery rim.
Nose: heavy oxidized aromas
Quality: Poor, out of condition






Pouilly Fuisse is the principal commune of the Maconnais. The vineyard locations on the bowl shaped slopes maximize sun exposure, this, combined with the limestone based soils produce a style of Chardonnay that should typically be fuller bodied with good fruit and minerality.

2009 Pouilly Fuisse Louis Jadot    
Appearance: Clear, pale lemon color with a watery rim.
Nose: Clean, medium intense youthful aromas of lemon and peach with some butter.
Palate: Medium body and acidity with lower intensity flavors mirroring the nose. Medium- finish.
Quality: Acceptable       

related posts:
Notes from a Burgundy Wine Tasting             

Friday, November 18, 2011

A Taste of Givry - Cote Chalonnaise

Continuing south into Burgundy's Saone-et-Loire region is the Cote Chalonnaise often said to be Burgundy's best place to find value for your money. As I begin thinking about this, I am immediately sorry that I did not get a Bouzeron Aligote to try because I don't think I have ever tasted one and that would have been fun. It has been added to the list and I will come back to it.
Over 60% of the region's production is red wine typically produced in a fuller-bodied, firm style. Givry, one of the principal communes, is home to 26 Premier Cru vineyards. The red wines of this particular area are known for their intense fruit and smooth tannins but are sometimes questioned as to the length of their age ability.

2005 Givry- Les Bois Chevaux Premier Cru Domaine Thenard   $30
Appearance: Clear, pale garnet with a brickish rim.
Nose: Clean, medium intensity developing aromas of leather, sage and earth over red fruit.
Palate: Dry, medium body/alcohol and medium+ tannins, acidity and length. Cherry/berry and black tea flavors.
Quality: Good+ 
Drink now, serve with mushroom risotto.

related post:
Domaine-Faiveley Mercurey 2007

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Tasting the Cote de Beaune

Continuing down through Burgundy's Cote d'Or into the southern portion, the Cote de Beaune. This area shares many similarities with its northern neighbor as far as climate, altitude and aspect but it has more soil variation promoting the production of red (57%) and more white (43%) wines. The red wines tend to be lighter than those produced in the Cote De Nuits while the white wines deliver concentrated flavor and are considered to be among the best in the world. There are 7 Grand Cru vineyards in the Cote de Beaune and only one produces Grand Cru red but there are numerous Premier Cru vineyards producing both. Although there are 17 principal communes in the Cote de Beaune, I am only focusing on 3 in this posting.

The commune of Volnay is home to 30 Premier Crus producing only red wines. Volnay reds are typically soft and aromatic.

2007 Volnay Vielles Vignes - Nicolas Potel   $45
Appearance: Clear, pale garnet with a brickish rim.
Nose: Clean, medium intense developed aromas of leather, violets and smokey meat.
Palate: Dry, firmly structured with medium body/alcohol and medium+ acidity and tannins with a medium+ length finish.
Quality: Good+ Serve with roasted duck or goose.
Drink now with some aging potential.    

2008 Volnay Premier Cru - Le Ronceret - Henri de Villamont     $65
Appearance: Clear, pale garnet with a watery rim.
Nose: Clean, medium intense developed aromas of leather, red fruit and earth.
Palate: Dry, medium body, alcohol and tannins with medium+ acidity and a medium+ length finish.
Quality: Very good. Serve with bacon-wrapped filet.
Drink now, has some aging potential.    
 

The commune of Meursault is considered to produce some of Burgundy's best white wines. It is home to 18 Premier Crus. 90% of its production is of white wine typically produced in a rich, creamy style.

2004 Meursault  Charmes Premier Cru - Guy Bocard
Appearance: Clear, medium gold.
Nose: Clean, medium- intense aromas of oak with a hint of lemon.
Palate: Dry, medium body, alcohol and acidity with muted flavors of lemon butter and almond with a short finish.
Quality: Past its prime. Not recommended.


Continuing on down to Chassagne-Montrachet, home to 4 Grand Crus and 17 Premier Cru vineyards. The white wines of Chassagne are also considered to be among Burgundy's best.

2009 Chassagne-Montrachet Louis Latour
Appearance: Clear, pale lemon with a watery rim.
Nose: Clean, medium intense youthful aromas of lemons and lilacs.
Palate: Dry, medium body, alcohol and acidity with flavors of apple and citrus. Medium length.
Quality: Good+
                                                                                             

2007 Chassagne-Montrachet Vide Bourse Premier Cru - Thomas Morey
Appearance: Clear, medium lemon with a watery rim.
Nose: Clean, medium intense youthful aromas of lemon, apple and butter.
Palate: Dry, medium+ body, alcohol, acidity and length with flavors of lemon butter and a slight nuttiness.
Quality: Very good
Both of these can be enjoyed now but may also have some aging potential.

related post:
Grand Cru Wines from the Cote de Nuits

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Grand Cru from the Cote De Nuits

After a hectic weekend at Reliant Center judging wines for the HLS&R wine competition, taking a little time to relax and think about the Grand Cru wines of Burgundy seemed like a must for today.
The northern part of the famous Cote d'Or is the Cote de Nuits which is home to all but one of Burgundy's red wine Grand Crus. The continental climate, the limestone rich clay soil, the average altitude of 1000 feet and the sun exposure of the east facing vineyards all come together to help create Burgundy's most long-lived red wines.

Starting in the north, the commune of Gevrey-Chambertin is home to 9 Grand Cru vineyards and 26 Premier Cru vineyards which produce cellar-worthy wines known for their structure and balance.

2006 Gevrey-Chambertin Grand Cru  Charmes-Chambertin Louis Jadot     $100
Appearance: Clear, pale ruby.
Nose: Clean, medium intensity, developing aromas of fresh strawberries and cherries, tobacco and a bit of a violet floral note.
Palate: Dry, medium body, alcohol and acidity with medium+ tannins and fruit flavors mirroring the nose with the addition of a slight savoriness. Medium+ length finish.
Quality: Very good+  
Drink now or has continued aging potential.

Continuing south (skipping some other important communes) to Vosne-Romanee, home to 8 Grand Cru and 14 Premier Cru vineyards. The wines from this area are known for their velvety texture and complex aromatics and flavors.

2007 Echezeaux Grand Cru (Mongeard-Mugneret)    $115   
Appearance: Clear, pale garnet with a brickish rim.
Nose: Clean, medium+ intensity, developed aromas of leather, meat and earth.
Palate: Dry, medium body, alcohol and tannins with medium+ acidity and flavors of red cherry and black tea.
Quality: Very good
Drink now or has some continued aging potential.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Bourgogne Regional Wines

The wines at the bottom of the AOC hierarchy of Burgundy (with just a few exceptions) have the word Bourgogne in their name. There are 25 of these AOCs and they represent over 50% of Burgundy's production. Grapes may be sourced from anywhere within the region or may be labeled with a specific region that the grapes are sourced from (ex. Macon-one of the few name exceptions). Most of these wines can be produced anywhere within the Burgundy region.
Tasting Notes:

2008 Simon Bize & Fils Bourgogne Chardonnay $20
I tasted this wine twice within a relatively short time period so I am posting both notes because I thought it was interesting to see what was the same and what had changed. The bottles were purchased from different stores.

09/17/11
Appearance: Clear, medium lemon color w/ a watery rim.
Nose: Clean, medium+ intensity developed aromas of green apple, asparagus and canned mushrooms.
Palate: Dry, Medium+ body and acidity (MLF), medium alcohol with flavors of green apple, lemon and canned mushroom. Interesting.
Finish: Medium+ length
Quality: Very good. Drink now, meant to be consumed young.

11/07/11
Appearance: Clear, pale lemon color w/ a watery rim.
Nose: Clean, medium intensity aromas of GREEN/vegetal-brussel sprouts, asparagus, bell pepper mixed with a very small bit of lemon.
Palate: Dry, Medium- body, acidity and alcohol with light vegetal and lemon flavors.                                                                                       
Finish: Short
Quality: Poor, too old.

2009 Louis Jadot Bourgogne Pinot Noir $16         
This labeling indicates a minimum of 85% Pinot Noir and no more than 15% Gamay by law (while Bougogne Rouge would indicate up to 30% Gamay in the blend).

Appearance: Clear, pale ruby color.
Nose: Clean, medium intensity aromas of fresh red fruit-strawberries and cherries.
Palate: Dry, Medium- body, medium tannins, medium acidity and alcohol with a diluted cherry flavor.
Finish: medium length and somewhat astringent
Quality: acceptable to good

Related Prior Posts: Notes from a Burgundy Wine Tasting
Francois Labet Cremant de Bourgogne

Friday, November 11, 2011

2009 Saint-Bris Sauvignon Jean Marc Brocard-Domaine Sainte Claire

Saint-Bris is a lesser known communal AOC in the Grand Auxerrois region of Burgundy located southwest from Chablis. What makes it of particular interest is that it makes its white wines from Sauvignon Blanc rather than from the Chardonnay grape for which Burgundy is famous.

2009 Saint-Bris Sauvignon- Domaine Sainte Claire 
Jean Marc Brocard    $18
Appearance: Clear, pale straw color with a watery rim.
Nose: Clean, medium- intensity level of youthful aromas of primarily grapefruit with a bit of grass.
Palate: Dry, medium body/alcohol and medium+ acidity with tart grapefruit flavors.
Finish: Medium- length
Quality: Acceptable

I was expecting a more aromatic wine with more herbaceousness based on what I have read about this region's typicity. Further research may be in order.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Thinking about Chablis

The advent of Fall has sent me back into my wine studies and what better place to begin than Burgundy, or more specifically, Chablis, Burgundy's most northerly region. The name Chablis has been widely abused and many do not seem to know that it is a quality Chardonnay wine from a premier French wine region. I recently sat down at the bar of a high-end seafood restaurant in town and when the bartender asked for my order, I asked him if he had any Chablis. His response was to lean in and whisper to me that I must mean Chardonnay as Chablis was cheap California white wine that they did not serve. I could tell that he was actually embarrassed for me and my faux pas. (Deep sigh.)
Chablis has a cool continental climate with Atlantic maritime influences which bring a cloud cover that lowers temperatures and slows the ripening process. This is one of the factors that leads to the high acidity for which the wines of Chablis are known. Another important factor is the soil.
The Chablis AOC vineyards are located on Portlandian chalk, a sedimentary soil that formed approximately 150 million years ago. This is considered the lesser soil in Chablis. It creates more austere, high acid white wines with a green fruit flavor profile and maybe a hint of minerality. The Grand Cru and Premier Cru vineyards are planted on the sunnier slopes on Kimmeridgian marl over limestone which also imparts high acidity but with ripe citrus fruit flavors and a stony or flinty minerality. The wines of Chablis are typically fermented in stainless steel with some oak used at the Premier and Grand Cru levels but not to the point that the oak becomes a major aroma/flavor influence.

Tasting Notes:

2009 Chablis Millesime Simonnet-Febvre $20
Appearance: Clear, pale lemon with a watery rim
Nose: Clean, medium intense youthful aromas of fresh lemon
Palate: Dry, Light body, medium- alcohol, medium+ acidity with flavors of lemon and green apple
Length: medium
Quality: Good; Drink now, meant to be enjoyed young (2-3 years old).
Serve with oysters on the half shell or with tart dishes prepared with mustard or white wine.


2010 Chablis Premier Cru Montmains  $16                
Appearance: Clear, pale lemon with a watery rim
Nose: Medium-intense youthful aromas of lemon, saline and noticeable sulfur
Palate: Dry, medium- body, acidity and alcohol with a light lemon flavor.
Length: short
Quality: Poor (Bargain price=Bargain flavor in this particular instance.)







2009 Chablis Premier Cru Montmains- Domaine Vocoret & Fils $35
Appearance: Clear, pale lemon with a watery rim
Nose: Clean, medium intense youthful aromas of citrus fruit, green apple and a stony minerality.
Palate: Dry, high acid, medium body and alcohol with flavors of fresh lemon, lemon pith, green apple and a chalky minerality.
Length: Medium+
Quality: Very good; Drink now but has some aging potential.
Serve with oysters on the half shell, escargots or cooked oysters or fish with a white cream sauce.


Related prior posts:
Tasting Chablis
Notes from a Burgundy Wine Tasting

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

2008 Lapostolle Clos Apalta

My husband and I shared this bottle of 2008 Lapostolle Clos Apalta at home the other evening over a grilled steak dinner; if this bottle is indicative of the typical quality, it is easy to see why it is consistently so highly rated.
In the glass, the wine was a deep, almost black, ruby color with fresh aromas and flavors of ripe mixed red and black fruit with sage-herbal undertones and spicy notes. Perfectly balanced, well-structured with a silky mouthfeel and long finish, an exceptional wine. Highly recommended! We purchased a few bottles of this and I am looking forward to seeing how it evolves. The blend for this bottling is 73% Carmenere, 17% Cab Sauv and 10% Merlot. 
It was purchased at The Tasting Room-Uptown for approximately $100.
Related post: 2008 Lapostolle Cabernet

Rodney Strong Chalk Hill Chardonnay 2009

I opened this bottle of Rodney Strong Chalk Hill Chardonnay 2009 to serve with the grilled shrimp and creamy pasta that we were having for dinner. 

In the glass, it was a medium lemon yellow color with aromas of grapefruit, under ripe pineapple and light oak. Nicely balanced with medium to medium+ body, acidity, alcohol and flavor intensity. Flavors mirrored the aromas in the medium length finish.

Recommended, another nice wine at a nice price!
Purchased at HEB for about $12.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

2005 Peju Cabernet Sauvignon

     I was not very familiar with Peju Province Winery until the Taste Napa Valley Wine Tasting last year where I had the opportunity to talk with owner, Herta Behensky Peju. In between tasting her five fantastic offerings, we talked about family, gardening, organics and going green-all of which is an important part of how this winery is run.

     Since the majority of their wines are sold directly through their Rutherford tasting room, I was surprised to find the 2005 Peju Cabernet Sauvignon at my local HEB grocery store which I purchased for about $45. It was a deep garnet color in the glass with pronounced aromas of dark berries, cocoa powder and a touch of cigar. Rich flavors of mixed ripe berries, chocolate and baking spices were balanced by soft ripe tannins, medium+ acidity and a comfortable 14.1% abv. The finish was deliciously long. Highly recommended!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

2008 Franciscan Estate Sauvignon Blanc

The 2008 Franciscan Estate Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley was purchased at my local HEB grocery store for about $14 to serve with my also HEB purchased tortilla crusted tilapia that I was pan sauteing and topping with a mango salsa.
In the glass, the wine was a very pale straw color with -medium intense aromas of lime, grapefruit and hay. On the palate, dry, medium body, medium to medium+ acidity with crisp, mainly lime/mixed citrus flavors with a bit of minerality and a medium length finish.
A good wine at a good price.

2004 Rutherford Hill Reserve Merlot

More Mer-love! This time for the 2004 Rutherford Hill Reserve Merlot from Napa Valley. My husband and I shared this bottle after dinner the other evening while catching up on some TV shows on the DVR.
Appearance: Clear, deep ruby color.
Nose: Fresh red fruit aromas-plums and berries with just a hint of vanilla and cedar.
Palate: Dry; balanced, medium+ body, acidity and smooth tannins with rich flavors of mixed red & black berries and milk chocolate.
Finish: Long & juicy.
*This bottle was purchased by my husband at The Tasting Room-Uptown Houston. He does not remember the price.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

2009 Martin Ray Chardonnay

     I purchased the 2009 Martin Ray Chardonnay Russian River Valley at my local HEB grocery store for about $12. I have served it a few times this summer with grilled and pan-sauteed seafood with and without cream sauce and have found it to be another nice wine at a nice price.
Appearance: Clear, pale lemon color.
Nose: Lemon-butter, baked pear, bit of vanilla
Palate: Dry, medium body, medium acidity with lemon, peach and a bit of pineapple.
Length: medium

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut NV

     The Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut NV was part of an impromptu sushi night with some friends during my husband's week long birthday celebration. 
     In the glass, this Champagne was a pale gold with a steady stream of pinpoint bubbles. Floral aromas of jasmine and lime blossom were dominant with fresh-baked pastry and citrus notes. On the palate, it was dry with racy acidity balancing the mixed citrus flavors and long toasty finish. 
     Elegantly luscious at $45 a bottle. 
    

2007 Domaine Faiveley Mercurey

     I was grilling sockeye salmon on a cedar plank for dinner so I decided to open the 2007 Domaine Faiveley Mercurey to serve with it. This red wine is a Pinot Noir from the Mercurey commune in the Cote Chalonnaise subregion of Burgundy, France.
     In the glass, it was a sheer garnet color with medium intense fruity aromas of red cherry, strawberry and raspberry with just a hint of an earthy underbrush. It had a medium body with medium smooth tannins and medium+ acidity balancing the primarily juicy red cherry/berry flavors and just a bit of an undefined herbal note ending with a medium+ length finish.
     Quite delicious alone and with the salmon. A very nice wine for approximately $30 at Whole Foods.

Francois Labet Cremant de Bourgogne Brut NV

     I purchased the Francois Labet Cremant de Bourgogne Brut NV at Spec's for about $15. I served this as an aperitif recently. Though not particularly complex, I was impressed with the quality for the price.
     In the glass, it was a pale lemon yellow with abundant bubbles. It had light aromas of fresh apple and a bit of toast. It was dry and crisply acidic. Perfect for a before dinner drink or to use in sparkling cocktails. We did not finish it that night. I closed it and put it in the fridge before dinner. Two evenings later, I was reading out by the pool and decided to pour myself a glass (okay, two glasses) and it was just as fresh and fizzy as the first night.
A good sparkling wine at a good price!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

1998 Gaja Barbaresco

     While I generally think of Nebbiolo wines as something to drink in the winter, I decided to break my "rule" the other night and opened a bottle of 1998 Gaja Barbaresco on a hot, Houston summer evening. My husband's birthday is at the end of the month and we tend to celebrate for a good portion of July. He wanted a dry-aged rib-eye steak that we had seen at Whole Foods for dinner. This is why I try to keep him out of the grocery store, as this is not what I would typically pick on a hot Thursday night, but it is not my month we are celebrating.
     The label looked a little aged and the cork broke in half when I was opening it, I was hoping that I had not held this one too long. I decided to decant it although that proved unnecessary as most of the sediment was all stuck to the side of the bottle that it had laid on.
     In the glass, it was an opaque brick red with an orange rim. It had a medium+ intense bouquet of violets, leather, ripe red cherries and fennel. It was well-structured with a full body, high acidity, a comfortable 14% abv and thoroughly integrated smooth tannins. Complex flavors evolved through dinner- cherry and raspberry, smoke, tar, earthy truffles and a long, lightly spicy licorice finish.
     Absolutely fantastic- an outstanding, perfectly aged wine!
     The rib-eyes were just rubbed in butter and sprinkled with coarse-ground salt and pepper and were served with grilled vegetables marinated in EVOO infused with fresh rosemary and scalloped potatoes with Fontina and Parmesan cheese with white truffle oil. A ridiculous amount of beef but we somehow managed to finish them :)

    

Monday, July 18, 2011

2006 Nozzole Chianti Classico Riserva

     I almost didn't bother to write this one up.  I opened the 2006 Nozzole Chianti Classico Riserva to have on Friday evening. I had three hungry teenagers at the table for dinner that night so I made a fried cheese and zucchini appetizer and sandwiches from Wednesday's leftover meatballs. 
     The wine was very closed- Low aromatics combined with less than expected acidity and a light, indiscernible red fruit flavor. My husband and I each had less than one glass. I re-corked it and left it on the kitchen counter.
     While preparing dinner the following night, I poured myself a glass. It was more aromatic and had a stronger cherry/berry flavor but it was still not very interesting. Overall, calling it acceptable is about as excited as I can get. Approximately $22 at Spec's.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Rocca delle Macie Chianti Classico Riserva 2006

Simple family dinner at home on Wednesday night- spaghetti with meatballs, salad and bread. My dad brought a bottle of Rocca delle Macie Chianti Classico Riserva 2006 to have with it.

In the glass, the wine was a medium ruby with a garnet rim. Medium intensity aromas of ripe black cherry with cedar and a bit of tobacco. Medium body, medium+ acidity and tannin balancing concentrated cherry/berry and licorice flavors. Smooth medium length finish.

Very easy-drinking and enjoyable for about $20, recommended! 
    

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

2010 CUMA Malbec

     I made veggie tacos with black beans, grilled onions, bell peppers and squash with guacamole and pico de gallo on corn tortillas. I decided to open a bottle of 2010 CUMA Malbec by Michel Torino. This wine is made from organic grapes sourced from the Cafayate Valley in Argentina. An organic wine with my vegetarian meal seemed appropriate. I had purchased this bottle at my HEB grocery store for approximately $12.

     In the glass, the wine was a deep purple with a ruby rim. Jammy aromas of black and blueberries prevailed with an herbal note of tarragon. It was medium everything-body, acidity, alcohol and tannins (which were very smooth and sweet). The flavors mirrored the aromas with the addition of chocolate-covered cherry in the medium+ length finish. It was a very fresh (lighter than I expected) Malbec which is perfect for the hot summer and light grilled meals. A very good wine at a very nice price. 

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

2008 Bonterra Merlot

     Grilled hamburgers topped with blue cheese on the dinner menu at home the other evening seemed the perfect match for one of my HEB grocery store wine buys. I opened the 2008 Bonterra Merlot from Mendocino County. This Merlot-based wine which has some Syrah, Zinfandel and Carignane in the blend is made from organic grapes and was purchased for $11.75.

     It was a dark ruby in the glass with medium intense aromas of mixed ripe black fruit with light oak. It was well-balanced with medium acidity, alcohol and tannins with flavors of plum, cranberry and a bit of vanilla. It had a smooth, medium length finish.

     We really enjoyed it- the best value priced Merlot that I have had in awhile!   

Friday, July 8, 2011

Domaine Carneros Pinot Noir at Guido's in Galveston


     We were in Galveston over the Fourth of July weekend. On Saturday night, we went to Guido's for dinner. The best pairing of the evening was the Watkin's Bisque with the 2007 Domaine Carneros Pinot Noir. I did not take tasting notes. The bottle was $55 in the restaurant but only about $22 retail. It is one I plan to keep at my home. I think it will be fantastic with grilled sockeye salmon this summer.

* I did end up purchasing this to serve with grilled sockeye salmon. The price was $30 locally at Spec's instead of the $22 (which makes me feel better about the price at Guido's). Only the 2008 was available. 
In the glass, it was a pale ruby with aromas of fresh red berries and cherries and floral notes of violet. The medium acidity, smooth tannins and 14.2% abv balanced out the flavors of raspberry, red cherry and a nice dose of black tea. A very good young, fresh and fruity Pinot Noir.
* 2nd note added on 07/13/11

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Tasting Chablis

     Yesterday, I attended a Chablis Training Seminar and Tasting held for wine trade professionals and media. James King, of The Texas Wine School, ran the training sessions for the Burgundy Wine Board in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Houston.

2009 Petit Chablis, La Chablisienne (approximately $15)
Almost clear, watery color. Light body. Crisp acidity. Apple, lemon, bit of salty minerality in finish. Excellent with any savory puff pastries, light seafood or alone, as an aperitif.

2009 Chablis, Domaine Daniel DAMPT et Fils (approximately $18)
Almost clear, watery color. Somewhat closed, less aromatic. Light body. Crisp acidity. Grapefruit.

2009 Chablis Premier Cru-Montmains, Domaine VOCORET et Fils (approximately $22)
Light lemon color with green glints. Ripe pear and buttery aromas and flavors with floral notes and a bit of peach. Medium body. Crisp, yet with a softer mouthfeel. Medium+ length finish. Good with any seafood particularly with a buttery sauce.

2009 Chablis Premier Cru-Mont de Milieu, Domaine SIMMONET-FEBVRE (approximately $20)
Pale straw color. Peach and honey for both aromas and flavors. More aroma/less flavor. Light body. Bit of heat in the finish.

2008 Chablis Grand Cru-Bougros, William Fevre (approximately $80)
Pale gold color with green glints. Low intensity aromas of peach, lime blossom and oak. Full body. Medium acidity. Strong minerality with ripe pear and a bit of vanilla. Long finish. Very promising, needs more age. Good with lobster or shrimp dishes with heavy cream sauce.

2005 Chablis Grand Cru-Grenouilles, La Chablisienne (approximately $90)
Lemon color with pale gold glints. Medium intensity aromas of mushroom, honey and a bit of lightly bruised apple. Full body. Medium acidity. Interesting, needs more age. May be the perfect complement for foie gras or poultry in a creamy mushroom sauce.

To learn more about Chablis wines www.Chablis.Fr 

2008 Two Hands "Bella's Garden" Shiraz

     My husband cooked ribs for dinner on Sunday evening so I opened a bottle of 2008 Two Hands "Bella's Garden" Barossa Valley Shiraz.  
     In the glass, the wine was an opaque purple color with pronounced aromas of ripe black fruit dominating with some oak and chocolate. In the mouth, the wine was full-bodied with medium acidity. It had concentrated mixed fruit flavors of dark berries and plums with vanilla and some smokey notes balancing the high alcohol and tannin. It had a slightly spicy, long length finish. Absolutely fantastic with the ribs.
     The "Bella's Garden" was an excellent example of the typically high alcohol, inky mouthfeel, boldly fruity Shiraz that can come from the Barossa Valley. Priced at approximately $60.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

2008 Taz Pinot Gris

     Last night, we went to Corelli's, an Italian restaurant near our home for dinner for the 2 eat for $19.99 Tuesday special. During the summer, they don't charge a corkage fee, so in keeping with our cost conscious theme, we also brought along one of my inexpensive grocery store purchased white wines, the 2008 Taz Pinot Gris from Santa Barbara priced at approximately $14.
     In the glass, the wine was a pale lemon color with medium intense aromas of ripe peach, honeysuckle and a bit of pineapple. It was medium body with medium+ acidity and had light fruit flavors of lime and pear. The wine was more in the style of an Alsatian Pinot Gris than an Italian Pinot Grigio.
     The dinner special consists of one split appetizer (we chose the shrimp scampi), 2 salads (my husband had the house while I chose the Caesar) and 2 entrees from a set list (He had the Chicken Parmesan and I had the Cheese Ravioli in cream sauce with pesto and caramelized mushrooms and onions). The wine was food friendly and complemented both our meals.
     A good wine at a good price!

Friday, June 17, 2011

1999 Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino Riserva

      After a couple of days of drinking whites, I decided to serve a bottle of 1999 Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino Riserva that we have been holding. I had made Rolled Stuffed Eggplant for dinner and wanted some good Italian red wine to go with it. 
     In the glass, the wine was a brownish red color with medium intense aromas of dark cherries and berries, cocoa and floral notes. It had a medium+ body, high acidity and very smooth medium+ tannins with flavors of the ripe dark cherries and berries, black tea, vanilla and a bit of spiciness in the long finish. Absolutely delicious!
      I am not sure what this cost as I bought it under special circumstances a few years ago. It is an outstanding example of  Brunello di Montalcino if you can still find it.
You may want to decant first, it was throwing sediment.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Nicolas Feuillatte Brut NV Champagne

     The Nicolas Feuillatte Brut NV Champagne was part of my 10% off any six wines purchased at my local grocery store which means I got this bottle for about $25 (the most expensive of my affordable whites to try for summer sipping). I bought this to be paired with my National Lobster Day dinner that I cooked last night.

     In the glass, the wine was a pale gold with small fizzy bubbles. The aromas were fairly light in intensity but were mostly of indiscernable red fruit, pumpernickel bread and honey. On the palate, a medium body with crisp acidity but a bit more sweetness in the finish than I was expecting. The bubbles were not quite as long-lasting as I would hope. Overall, however, I would say that it was a good bottle and reasonably priced for a Wednesday night Champagne/lobster dinner at home. 

     I served it with broiled lobster tails with lemon butter, roasted zucchini, bell peppers and fingerling potatoes with fresh rosemary and mixed berries for dessert. I felt that it paired quite nicely.   

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

2009 Mossback Chardonnay

     It isn't even officially summer yet but it is already hot in Houston. This makes it a good time to try some affordable easy to find white wines to sip on the patio while waiting for the seafood to come off the grill. I made a quick trip to my local HEB where I purchased 6 assorted bottles with a 10% off discount. The first from my line-up was the 2009 Mossback Russian River Valley Chardonnay priced at approximately $17.
     In the glass, the wine was a bright lemon yellow with medium intense aromas of pear, citrus and a hint of jasmine. On the palate, it had a full body with fruit flavors that mirrored the aromas and balanced the high acidity. It had a medium length, lemon butter finish. A classic Chardonnay in the French Chablis style.
     I served it with grilled salmon on pesto pasta with diced heirloom tomatoes and Caesar salad and it worked quite well. I think it would also be good with any lemon-butter seafood or chicken dish. 
     A good value for a very good wine!  

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Brasserie 19

      For my birthday, my husband and I went with some friends to Brasserie 19, a relatively new restaurant on West Gray in River Oaks. From the moment that we stepped out of the car at the valet stand, we received fantastic service, starting with enthusiastic greetings from the staff working the patio to the instantaneous seating at our reserved time and continued care at the table throughout dinner. The entire restaurant remained full during our time there.
     Having eaten many times at the Tony Mandola restaurant that was at this location prior to this restaurant opening, I was pleased to see a new brightness in the decor. A glass window looked into the room where the cold seafood platters were prepared and it all looked delicious. There had been a chef change since we had made our reservation. Chef Michael Gaspard, who we love from the Pappas Wine Dinners had designed the menu but Chef Antoine Ware, formerly of Catalan, was now running the kitchen. The wine list arrived in the form of an iPad; there was much to choose from and information on all the offerings. We started with Champagne.
      We ordered the chilled platter of seafood to begin our meal; it came with a mix of oysters, clams, shrimp, lobster, tuna tar tare and snapper ceviche. It all tasted very fresh. Everyone at the table followed that with soup. I had the lobster bisque which was a creamy white style and I also had a taste of the Texas Sweet Onion soup. I would probably pick the onion soup next time, although both were good.
      We switched to red wine next, a bottle of 2007 Oakville Nickel & Nickel, to go with our filet mignon. Both were fantastic. We tend to keep our selections simple when trying a new restaurant, once satisfied with that we get more creative on future outings. I am looking forward to trying the Gulf Coast Bouillabaise, the Ricotta Crepes and the Pan Roasted Duck.
      We were having dessert/after dinner drinks at our friends' home so when we declined dessert at the restaurant, I was treated to a martini glass filled with fresh cotton candy for my birthday. It was a festive bit of sweetness to end our meal.
      Brasserie 19-Highly recommended for diversity and quality of both the wine list and menu and for exceptional service, as well.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Napa Angel and Star Angel by Montes

      TGIC Importers hosted a tasting of some of their best wines at The Tasting Room-Uptown on Wednesday evening. On hand were some of the winemakers and winery representatives to answer questions about the various selections. With a line up of over twenty wines, the stand outs for me were the offerings from Montes USA. Winemaker Jorge Gutierrez was pouring tastes of four new wines being produced in Napa Valley and Paso Robles. Originally from Chile, Jorge is now enjoying living in California and was quite passionate about Montes' new wines. 
     The 2006 Napa Angel Reserve is primarily Cabernet Sauvignon with some Syrah. The grapes were sourced from various vineyards in Yountville, Coombsville and Oak Knoll. The higher end, Napa Angel "Aurelio's Selection" is 100% Cabernet sourced from premium vineyards in Oak Knoll and Yountville.
     The two wines from Paso Robles were the 2007 Star Angel which is 100% Syrah and the higher end 2007 Star Angel "Aurelio's Selection" Red Wine (my favorite of the evening) which is 94% Syrah with 4% Grenache and 2% Mourvedre. 
     Due to the number of wines being tasted and the amount of time allotted, I did not make complete tasting notes. The common factors that these four wines shared were that they were each well-balanced with rich fruit flavors, soft tannins and long finishes.
     Welcome to America, Montes, I am delighted to have you here!

Related posting:
2006 Purple Angel Carmenere
2008 Montes Cabernet/Carmenere Limited Selection

Monday, May 23, 2011

2007 Opus One

     Another fantastic wine from our dinner party line-up! The 2007 Opus One Napa Valley Red Wine is a blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec.
     In the glass, the wine was a deep, dark ruby. It had pronounced aromas of mixed blackberries and raspberries, earthy forest floor and a bit of smokiness. It was well-structured with a full body, high acidity and sweet, ripe tannins with flavors of the same mixed berries, licorice and espresso in the long finish. 
     Another wine that is not on my everyday drinking list at approximately $180 a bottle. However, when you are looking to splurge on a complex drinker, it is an absolutely outstanding wine!

2007 Joseph Phelps Insignia

     Over the weekend, I was fortunate enough to enjoy some special Napa Valley wines. I will be posting my tasting notes for each one separately. My absolute favorite was the 2007 Joseph Phelps Insignia Napa Valley Estate Grown Red Wine. This was brought by one of our guests for a dinner party my husband and I hosted. This wine is a blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot.
     It was a deep purple in the glass and it had pronounced black fruit aromas with violet floral notes and a slight bit of dried herbs. Smooth was my first thought upon tasting it. It was full bodied with high acidity and silky tannins which were  perfectly balanced by the rich flavors of blackberry, creme de cassis and dark chocolate. It had a long, dark fruit finish.
     Absolutely outstanding++! At approximately $180 a bottle, it is not your everyday drinker but it is definitely a truly fantastic wine.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

2007 Nickel & Nickel Harris Vineyard Merlot

     This 2007 Nickel & Nickel 100% Merlot is sourced from the Harris Vineyard which is located in the western Oakville area of Napa Valley.
Appearance: Clear, deep, dark ruby
Nose: Pronounced aromas of red fruit-raspberries, strawberries and cherries with smokey cedar.
Palate: Full body, medium acidity and medium+ sweet, ripe tannins. Concentrated dark berry flavor with vanilla and a bit of nutmeg.
Finish: Long
Quality: Very Good+
Price: $45

related post:
2006 Nickel & Nickel Kelham Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Monday, May 9, 2011

2002 Dom Perignon Champagne

My husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary this weekend with a bottle of 2002 Moet & Chandon "Dom Perignon" Champagne. It was spectacular as expected.
Appearance: Clear, pale gold with long-lasting pin-point bubbles.
Nose: Pronounced floral aromas of jasmine with juicy nectarine and pineapple with a bit of flint.
Palate: Dry, full-bodied, crisp acidity with flavors of brioche, peach and honey.
Length: Long
Quality: Outstanding            Price: $135

Friday, April 29, 2011

2007 Luna Howell Mountain Merlot

     More Mer-love! The 2007 Luna Vineyards Howell Mountain Napa Valley Merlot is an outstanding example of just how good Merlot can be.
     In the glass, the wine is a clear, dark ruby color with medium-intense aromas of ripe dark fruit, both blackberries and black plums, with vanilla and baking spices. On the palate, it is perfectly balanced with a medium+ body, medium+ smooth, ripe tannins and medium acidity with 14.7% abv. The flavor mostly mirrors the aromas but with a more concentrated blackberry note and a bit of chocolate in the long finish.
     Truly fantastic!


Related postings:
2007 Luna Sangiovese Reserve
2007 Luna Vineyards Napa Valley Red Wine
2005 & 2006 Luna Cabernet Reserve

Sunday, April 10, 2011

2nd Annual Ruinart Champagne Challenge - Houston


     I applied to participate in the 2nd annual Ruinart Champagne Challenge. The Guild of Sommeliers and Ruinart Champagne were hosting the event in five US cities. They were choosing 100 wine professionals nationwide with 20 contestants at each competition. The locations were in New York, Las Vegas, Chicago, San Francisco, and Houston. Each city's winner would win a trip to Champagne, France and a $1000 scholarship with the Guild of Sommeliers and the runners-up would each receive a magnum of Ruinart Blancs de Blancs.
     My application was accepted and I was invited to compete in the Houston challenge held at Brennan's-Houston restaurant. Participants arrived at 11:00 AM to compete in a blind tasting of sparkling wines. After 40 minutes, contestants turned in their tasting notes and were engaged in a short lecture from Frederic Panaiotis, Ruinart Cellars' Master, on the "Physics behind the Fizz" with a question and answer period. We then adjourned to another room where we were treated to Ruinart's new aroma kit featuring some of the main aromas found in Champagne. A buffet lunch followed.
     The competitors had various backgrounds in the wine industry- restaurant sommeliers, wine educators, winery employees, distributor and wine shop sales people. The competion was intense and the winners were standouts. 

HOUSTON
Winner - Eric Hastings, Eddie V's Prime Seafood

Runner-up 1 - Bill Elsey, Duchman Family Winery
Runner-up 2 - Benjamin Roberts, Masraffs Restaurant

Notes from a "Wines of Southern France" Tasting

2009 Pere Anselme Cotes de Provence
Appearance: Clear, pale pink
Nose: Medium intense aromas of red berries, rosewater, apple 
Palate: Dry, medium body and acidity, light tannins; Tart strawberry, saline minerality
Finish: short
Quality:  good-very good       Price: $10

2009 Domaine du Paternal "Couronne de Charlemagne" Cassis Blanc
Appearance: Clear, pale lemon
Nose: Light intensity aromas of dried herbs, white flowers and kerosene
Palate: Dry, medium body, medium+ acidity; citrus & dried hebs, slight saline minerality
Finish: short
Quality:  acceptable-good        Price: $18

2008 Vordy-Mayrannes "Old Carignan" Rouge
Appearance: Clear, medium ruby
Nose: Medium intense aromas of black cherries & red berries, forest floor, smoke
Palate: Dry, medium body, medium+ tannins and acidity; Dark berries, dried herbs and black tea
Finish: medium
Quality: good-very good         Price: $15

2009 Maison L'Aiglon Grand Reserve Saint Chinian
Appearance: Clear, medium ruby
Nose: Medium intense aromas of red berry candy, yeast and sour cream
Palate: Dry, medium body and acidity, medium+ tannins; strawberry with a slight savoriness
Finish: medium
Quality: good         Price: $14

2004 Domaine Maubernard Bandol
Appearance: Clear, medium ruby
Nose: Medium intense aromas of violets, dark fruit, smoke, pine
Palate: Dry, medium body, medium+ tannins and acidity, Plums, blackberry, dried leaves
Finish: -medium
Quality: good-very good         Price: $25

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Dinner at Truluck's

     Last night, we went to Truluck's on Westheimer for dinner and we had a great experience. We had a reservation and we were seated immediately at that time upon our arrival. They have over one hundred wine options by the taste, glass or bottle with a good price range. We decided to start with the Roederer Estate Brut. 
     It is Florida Stone Crab season so we added more of that to the cold seafood tower to begin our meal. The tower consists of Connecticut Blue Point oysters, jumbo boiled shrimp, the stone crab claws and Alaskan King crab cocktail. Everything was very fresh tasting and so good with the sparkling wine that we ended up adding a shrimp cocktail to get more of the jumbo shrimp. Next, we each ordered the Crab & Corn Chowder which was definitely the best that I have ever had. We followed that with steamed Alaskan King Crab legs with drawn butter. We had planned on adding the blue crab mac & cheese but decided that we were just getting too full at that point. Raul Rodriguez was our server and he provided us with excellent service throughout our evening.
     There was live music in the bar that could be enjoyed throughout the restaurant without it being overpowering for table conversation so we finished our evening with a final glass of Mumms Sparkling Rose at the table while we plotted how we would go about our next meal there. I hope to see the mac, some grilled fish and one of their fantastic looking desserts is in our near future!
Highly recommended for the quality of food, drink menu variety, ambiance and exceptional service!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Notes from a Rhone Valley Wine Tasting

2008 Domaine Mucyn Crozes Hermitage Blanc (100% Marsanne)
Appearance: Clear, light gold
Nose: Pronounced aromas of ripe honeydew melon, floral-lavender, herbal-garrigue
Palate: Dry, medium body, -medium acidity; Melon flavor with minerality
Length: medium
Quality: Very Good    Price: $17

2007 Domaine Rabasse Charavin Cote du Rhone Blanc "Laure"
(Grenache blanc / Bourboulenc)
Appearance: Clear, medium lemon
Nose: Light floral aromas with pear
Palate: Dry, medium body, medium acidity; Tart citrus and green apple
Length: short
Quality: Good+    Price: $11

2007 Domaine de Font Sane Gigondas "Tradition"
Appearance: Clear, medium ruby
Nose: Medium intense aromas of raspberry, blackberry, black tea, dried leaves
Palate: Dry, medium body, tannins and acidity; Sage, raspberry with a hint of tar
Length: Medium+
Quality: Very good    Price: $24

2006 Rabasse Charavin Cotes du Rhone Villages "Les Cailloux"
Appearance: Clear, medium ruby
Nose: Medium intense aromas of menthol, violets, cedar, cherry
Palate: Dry, medium body, tannins and acidity; spiced cherry, vanilla
Length: medium
Quality: Good+  Price: $15

2002 Delas St Joseph "Tournon"
Appearance: Clear, medium ruby with a garnet rim
Nose: Pronounced aromas of leather, smoke, red fruit, bit of earthiness
Palate: Dry, medium body, tannins and acidity; Raspberry, cherry, pepper, bit of savoriness
Length: Short+
Quality: Good+   Price: $20

2000 Delas Hermitage "Marquis de la Tourette"
Appearance: Clear, medium ruby with a garnet rim
Nose: Medium intense aromas of dry hay, damp earth and cocoa
Palate: Dry, medium body, tannins and acidity;
Length: short
Quality: -good    Price: $70

Monday, March 28, 2011

2006 Purple Angel Carmenere

2006 Purple Angel Carmenere by Montes (with 8% Petit Verdot)
Appearance: Opaque, inky purple
Nose: Deep aromas of dark fruits, mixed plums and berries, with smoky cedar.
Palate: Dry, full body, medium tannins and acidity, 14.5% abv; Rich dark fruit flavors mirror the aromas with vanilla and a fresh crushed peppercorn spiciness.
Finish: Long
Quality: Outstanding    Price: $65

2009 Montgras Reserva Carmenere

2009 MontGras Reserva Carmenere
Appearance: Opaque purple
Nose: Medium+ intense aromas of dark berries with herbal notes.
Palate: Dry, full body, medium tannins and acidity, 14.5% abv; Concentrated blackberry flavors with hints of chocolate and mint.
Finish: Long
Quality: Very Good+    Price: $10

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Tasting Notes on some Loire Valley Wines

2007 Chateau de l'Aiguillette "Vielles Vignes" Blanc (Muscadet)
Appearance: Clear, pale straw color
Nose: Clean, medium aromas of peach, orange blossoms, white flowers
Palate: Dry, medium body, light acidity (slightly flabby mouthfeel); Pink grapefruit & less than ripe canteloupe
Finish: Short
Quality: Acceptable+  Price: $12

2009 Domaine Franck Millet Sancerre (Sauvignon Blanc)
Appearance: Clear, pale straw color
Nose: Clean, medium aromas of gooseberry, bell pepper, lemongrass & citrus
Palate: Dry, Light body, medium+ acidity; Grapefruit, minerality, touch of dill
Finish: Long
Quality: Very Good  Price: $21

2005 Domaine Baumard Savennieres (Chenin Blanc)
Appearance: Clear, pale straw color
Nose: Clean, medium aromas of apricot, pear and toasted hazelnuts
Palate: Dry, Medium body, medium+ acidity, round mouthfeel; Pear, minerality, bit of lemondrop candy
Finish: Medium+
Quality: Very Good  Price: $22

2008 Domaine Montfort Demi-Sec Vouvray (Chenin Blanc)
Appearance: Clear, pale lemon color
Nose: Clean, medium aromas of composting grass, peach/apricot, bit of canned tuna
Palate: Off-Dry, Medium body, high acidity; Baked pears, lemon, minerality
Finish: Medium
Quality: Good  Price: $16

2006 Le Prieure' Menetou-Salon "Cuvee des Benedictins" (Pinot Noir)
Appearance: Clear, pale ruby color
Nose: Clean, medium aromas of cherries and herbal undergrowth
Palate: Dry, Light body, medium acidity and tannins; Dried cherries with a chalky minerality
Finish: Medium
Quality: Good  Price: $20

Domaine Chanteleuserie Bourgeuil (Cabernet Franc)
Appearance: Clear, medium purple color
Nose: Clean, medium aromas of Mint and strawberry
Palate: Dry, Medium- body, medium acidity and tannins; Mint, unripe red fruit, some medicinal cherry flavor
Finish: Medium
Quality: Good  Price: $20