It had all the qualities of a good Champagne, the great nose, the green apple and citrus, the toast and cheese rind, the notes of seashells... My only complaint was that the body was a little on the flabby side, and body is very important when it comes to Champagne.
I freaking loved this wine, which was a gift from a friend so I'm not sure on the price. The frizzante was the fiercest I've seen from any wine, and everything else that followed was elegant. Green apple, pear, lemon zest, seaweed, brioche and gruyere. Pair this wine with sushi. It will rock your world.
This low alchol wine was exactly what the doctor ordered for the last drink of the evening... refreshing, and not vicious enough to cause a hangover in the morning. Flavors of canned pears, fresh apricots, shale and peach blossoms. Light bodied with an unexpected light frizzante and a chalky texture. Great bang for buck.
I hate to say it\'s typical given the descriptors above, but this wine is just not made to last. It\'s pleasing if compared to other Washington wines at the same price, but if compared to French wines with a similar cepage, it just doesn\'t stack up. Drink young or don\'t drink at all...
I\'ve never tasted a wine from the Collioure region, which is in the southwestern part of France, so I can\'t comment on the typicity. However, I did find the wine to be quite delicious. Serve it a little on the slightly chilled side to help some of the fruit characteristics to be displayed a little more prevalently. Much like a Willamette Pinot, this Grenache is a more on the floral side than the barnyardy side, has great black fruit characteristics and a smooth body with subtle spices. Pair this with roasted squash that is stuffed with sauteed chantrelles.
This single vineyard Barbaresco has been open for 7 hours and it is still opening up! The nose is awesome - with caramel and licorice. The tannins are notable, and the black cherry and dried raspberry have a long way to go before they fade. If I had another bottle (which I'm seriously considering going back for another purchase) I'd lay it down until 2013-2015.
I\'ve always been impressed by Pierre Peters, but this really sealed the deal. Heavenly aromas and complex flavors including a green apple / stone fruit up front that evolved into a million flavors and back again. Toast, stones, oysters, cheese rind, smoke, and more... Definitely worth the money - good bang for buck!
This was good, but not great. Perhaps that\'s because it came after a true Grand Cru Champagne. It had good taste, aroma and mouthfeel, but was certainly nothing to write home about. But, hey, for $34 you can\'t complain a whole lot about a quaff made from 7 different cru vineyards.
The aromas are reminiscent of a barnyard filled with rose bushes. Bright cherry on a feather-weight body. Enjoyable, especially for a Pinot from Oregon\'s Umpqua Valley... I certainly had low expectations coming into this one.
Not quite as robust as a Port, but do you always want something like that for dessert? Not I. Rich fruit flavors and a little raisiny -- you can tell they let the grapes sit on the vine as long as possible. This was great with a chocolate torte topped with fresh raspberries.
Wow. Tightly woven, yet expressive. All mushrooms on the nose. Lively red fruits, rose and char on the palate. Tastes great, but nowhere near ready. I'll open my other bottle around 2012. I'm already counting down the days.
One of those wines you never have any doubt about - it's always good. Dried cherry and good spices. I paired this with gnocchi and it worked well - of course, you can probably pair this with any food...
This was a fun find from the Sonoma Valley. May be more like a Merlot than the Italian-style Barberas I am used to. Notes of blueberry and blackberry jam with a smooth texture. Drinking best now... Seems like it may even be fading a touch.
Wow -- This rocked my world. Smells like a Cotes du Rhone. Baked cherry, tobacco, rose and smoke. Bold tannins and heavy body. And it's nowhere near ready -- I'd lay it down another 5-7 years -- if I had another bottle.
I've had this wine a couple times each year for the past 6 vintages and have never been disappointed. It's great to pay $14 and be guaranteed a good bottle of wine. Perfect for a weeknight dinner and a bowl of pasta.