by Sandra Crittenden

by Sandra Crittenden

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!