Happy 4th of July!
Babich Headwaters Organic Sauvignon Blanc 2013 – 18.57 – Marlborough, New Zealand – This is a rich, intensely flavored Sauvignon Blanc that proves a versatile partner for many dishes. Delicate floral notes intermingle with ripe melon and apple on the nose. The palate is focused, though soft and generous, showing good concentration of tropical fruits and granny smith apples. Well balanced acidity leaves a crisp and refreshing finish. Brand new for the tasting.
Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo A.O.C. – Cantina Colle Moro Montepulciano Rosé 2012 – 10.57 – Dry, cherry fruit, pretty… Lots of fruit and juicy acidity. Refreshing. Bright strawberry fruit and clean spice. A style of wine that we love, from the hills of Guastameroli di Frisa, founded in 1961. Great clean fruit, dusty & light tannins/ tangy, pie cherry, red fruited, minerality coming through. A fruity rosé that’s unoaked to emphasize the fresh, red, berried aromas. Dry and fresh and a great wine to pair with hors d’oeuvres–especially fish-based starters. Currently at spot #7 in the East End Wines Top 200.
SmashBerry Red 2012 – Central Coast – 11.57 – This easy drinking California red table wine is mostly Merlot with some Cabernet and Petite Sirah. It has aromas of red cherries, red berries and coffee that fill the nose. On the palate, it is fruit forward with lots of Bing cherry, blackberry, and blueberry jam flavors with hints of sarsaparilla and coffee with very soft tannins and a nice finish. Merlot (40), Cabernet Sauvignon (30), Petite Sirah (30) East End Wines Top 200, #192.
Ballard Lane Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 – 12.57 – This wine has cassis, black cherry, chocolate, and smoky oak aromas, good structure, firm tannins, and a lingering finish. The grapes were night harvested and cold soaked for several days to enhance color extraction, then fermented for 7 days. The wine was then aged on French and American Oak for 9 months. East End Wines, Top 200, #178. Ripe and round from warm Paso Robles, but made in a dialed-back manner.
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Domaine du Petit Coteau Vouvray Brut NV – 22.57 – Dry in style, freshly crisp with apple skin and lemon flavors. The wine has a touch of almonds to balance the intense fruity acidity. A bright apéritif wine. – Roger Voss. Very delicate and fresh nose, Harmonious on the palate with a nice acidity, A lot of volume and a very long finish typical of Vouvray’s best soils. The quality of a vintage sparkling Vouvray.
Domaine de Balandran ‘Les Mugues’ 2012 Blanc – 16.97 – Costières-de-Nîmes – Tasty, clean Viognier way in the background. Made from Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Viognier, Rolle (Vermentino). No Malolactic fermentation. Medium weight. Nice texture. Juicy. Tasty. A former star of Vino Vino’s Turkey Fest. We like it too. USually aged about 4 months in stainless steel tanks. Dry, with balancing fresh acid. Lemony, with a hint of tropical ripeness.
Domaine de Balandran ‘Les Mugues’ 2013 Rosé – 15.57 – Costières-de-Nîmes –. Grenache – Placed second out of 25 in a big Dallas News tasting of the 2013 vintage. Fruit is all red with strawberries and brambly raspberry, watermelon without being sweet. Mineral, iron & blood, meaty quality – fresh & herbal. Stony, dusty mineral, and a little more sweet creaminess from ML or lees. Concentration without deeper color or tannins, balanced, medium-full body amongst our rosé picks.
Domaine de Balandran ‘Les Mugues’ 2010 Rouge – 16.97 – Costières-de-Nîmes – Usually Syrah – Grenache, 80 / 20. Tank, aged 10 months in concrete. Meatiness, without being super smoky / or stewed fruit. Medium-Full bodied, balanced acidity and lots of concentration here. Black fruit of cherry, blackberry, black plum, earth, herby garrigue character (the undergrowth / herbs that grow in the neighborhood). Very ripe. Black pepper. Dusty mineral on the finish. Good to grab 2010. 4 (strong buy) rating, on the cheap.