03/26/19 Wine Tastings
La Gioiosa Prosecco di Valdobbiadene. Fairly typical Valdobbiadene. On the palate very dry and tart (though like most Valdobbiadene di Coneglioni Prosecco’s it has 17 grams of sugar per liter making it high in residual sugars).
Framingham Sauvingon Blanc “Nobody’s Hero” - strong gooseberry aroma with a dark almost petrol smell. On the palate silky and heavy with a faint touch of white grapefruit. Very controlled acidity.
Chateau des Ferrages Cotes de Provence Sainte-Victoire Rose “Mon Plaisir” - from Chapoutier, a Grneache/Syrah/Rolle (Vermentino by another name) rose. Pale pink maybe a little red fruit on the nose. Very smooth and tart.
Bodegas Montacillo Rioja Reserva - light garnet in color, dried fruit on the nose. Cranberry fruit on the palate. Velvety tannins. 24 months in French and American oak.
Renzo Masi Chianti Ruffina Riserva. RDark Ruby. Red and black cherry fruit on the nose and palate. Dried red berry and nice body. 97% Sangiovese, 3% Colorino and Canaiolo.
Clos du Val Cabernet Estate Napa - 2015. Dark ruby color. French oak and black cassis on the nose. Cassis, red and black berry fruit on the palate. Very structured with a cocoa finish. Clos du Val no longer sells its’ fruit nor does it now purchase any outside fruit. If you haven’t tried them lately, I would revisit them. You’ll find the wine is much more solid than in years past.
Sogrape Silk & Spice Red Blend. A Portuguese blend fo Touriga Nacionale, Baga, Syrah and Allicante Bouchet. Medium ruby, with red and black fruit nose. Very little oaking, cherry and blackberry fruit with firm tannins. Outstanding.
Sandeman 10 year Tawny. Red color, dried raisin and prune on nose and palage.
Sandeman 20 year Tawny. Still has a reddish tinge but nose and palate are closer to bruleed sugar than anything else.
Barth Rene Riesling (Alsace) 2014. Pale yellow. Autolytic nose, stainless fermentation, organic. Lemon fruit on the palate. Very dry, tart and mineral-driven.
Barth Rene Pinot Gris (Alsace) - 2014. Pale gold color. Fine nose of pear and faint whisp of tropical fruit. 7-8 grams of sugar per liter make this a semi-sweet wine. Pair it with spicy foods.
Barth Rene Cremant d’Alsace Brut Blanc. 70% Pinot Blanc, 30% Pinot Noir. Pale yellow, baking pastry nose. Dry minteral finish.
Barth Rene Cremant d’Alsace Brut Rose. 100% Pinot Noir. Pale salmon, tropical nose, bright acidity with tart red berry fruit. long finish.