Thursday, August 29, 2013

Rainy Nights and Burgundy at Home

A couple of rainy evenings led to all indoor cooking and some opened bottles of Burgundy. Neither of these bottles come from "outstanding" vintages so I was interested to see how each would taste.

2011 Seguinot-Bordet Chablis Premier Cru Vaillons
100% Chardonnay wine, approximately $33 at Spec's.

Pronounced honeysuckle floral aromas with lemon and a hint of fresh asparagus with similar flavors. Dry, medium+ body and acidity with a long mineral-laced citrus finish. I really enjoyed it; it made me think about chalky minerality, electric acidity and everything that you hope your Chablis will be. I served it with jumbo lump crab cakes.




2007 Daniel Bocquenet Vosne-Romanee Villages
100% Pinot Noir wine, approximately $63 at Spec's.

My first thought on sniffing this glass was "fully developed". Aromas of leather, earth and patchouli. Dried apricot fruit flavor with a lightly spiced finish. Dry, medium+ body, tannins, acidity and length. I found this to be an interesting bottle and we enjoyed it but I'm glad that I opened it now and that I didn't hold it any longer. I served this with braised short ribs, sautéed mushrooms and mashed potatoes with chives.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Summer Whites from Italy


 
Life has not been lived entirely through Rosé colored wine glasses this summer. I have also been pouring a variety of reasonably priced lighter Italian white wines as well. In addition to being fairly wallet sensitive and easy to find, they are refreshing and food friendly, making each of these perfect for summer sipping.


2011 Bolla Soave Classico 883 Selection
I received this as a media sample but I would purchase it again. It is easy to find, it is affordable at under $10 and it is a versatile wine to keep on hand. Floral aromas of honeysuckle with lemongrass and a fresh citrus flavor. Dry, light to medium body, medium+ acidity and a mineral laced finish. I served this as a poolside aperitif before a casual early weekend supper with my brother's family where it was well received.


 2009 Tommasi il grigio Ramato Pinot Grigio 
This wine was purchased for approximately $15 at Spec's. While this wine is made from the familiar Pinot Grigio grape, in this particular wine, the juice was left in contact with the skins, as in red wine production, for 36 hours resulting in a coppery-orange colored different style of Pinot Grigio more similar to a rosé wine. Pronounced aromas and flavors of citrus, apples and berries. Dry, medium body, medium acidity with a smooth fruity finish.  I served this with an easy dinner of take-out rotisserie chicken, tossed salad and rosemary bread. 



2011 Fontana Candida Frascati Superiore Secco
This wine comes from the Frascati DOC near Rome. I think I purchased this for approximately $10 at Whole Foods. Aromas and flavors of lemon and almond with a light citrus blossom floral note. Dry, light body, medium+ acidity with a slightly nutty finish. I served this wine with grilled shrimp and rice pilaf. An easy wine with an easy meal, very nice.






2012 Banfi Centine Toscana IGT  
I received this as a media sample but it is also easy to find at approximately $12. This wine is sourced from southern Tuscany and is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio. It had aromas and flavors of grapefruit and pear with a light herbal note. Dry, medium body and acidity with a soft fruity finish. I served this with grilled chicken breasts and vegetables.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Summer Rosé Continued

My summer of Rosé continued after my deadline for my Galveston Monthly feature on Rosé wine had passed. I wanted to recommend a few more refreshing Rosés for you to try as our hot summer wears on.

2012 Tavel "Les Eglantiers" - Tavel is an appellation in France's Southern Rhone Valley that produces Rosé exclusively. This is a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault. It has pronounced aromas of red cherry and citrus blossom with a tart berry and bit of peach flavor. Dry, medium+ body, medium acidity with a plush feel and a long mineral laced finish. An elegant Rosé at approximately $15 at Spec's.

2011 and 2012 La Vieille Ferme from the Ventoux appellation in France's Rhone Valley is a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault. I always try to buy the freshest vintage available but I couldn't resist opening these up together to see how they compared. Very similar across the board with the 2012 seemingly "brighter" over all. Floral aromas, fresh cherry flavor. Dry, medium+ body and acidity with a medium length fruity finish. Simple, food friendly and affordable. Approximately $7-8 at Spec's and Whole Foods.

2012 J.L. Quinson Cotes de Provence Light aromas and flavors of red cherry and orange zest. Dry, medium body and acidity with a medium length fruity finish. Also, simple, food friendly and affordable. I can't find a receipt on this one but I think that it was from Trader Joe's and it was under $8.
 

2012 Bieler Pere et Fils Coteaux d' Aix en Provence is a blend of Syrah, Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon. Aromas and flavors of fresh ripe raspberry and melon. Dry, medium+ body, crisp medium+ acidity with a long fruity finish.  $12.99 at Whole Foods  

2012 Chateau Du Donjon from the Minervois appellation in Southern France's Languedoc region is a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault. Pronounced aromas and flavors of sweet ripe cherry and lime. Dry, medium body, mouthwatering medium+ acidity, long juicy finish. Approximately $14 at Spec's