07/24/2019 Power Tasting
2016 Mercouri Foloi White Peloponnese - Pale gold, citrusy nose. 90% Roditiis / 10% Viognier. Pale gold, citrusy nose. Tart, bright, light body, medium plus lemon-driven finish.
2018 Chateau Graville-Lacoste Graves Blanc 2018. 80% Semillon / 20% Sauvignon Blanc. Some citrus notes on the nose from Sauv Blanc, but pale gold color, nose of citrus and flowers. Tart, medium body and finish. A nice white graves, this wine would love to be paired with seafood or cheese.
2017 Trinquevedel Tavel Rose 2017. Like all Tavels, this treads the line between light red and darkest rose. Dry, tart red fruit on the palate. Melon notes on the nose. 45% Grenache / 6% Syrah/10% Mourvedre, 24% Cinsault, 15% Clairette Rouge. Stewed strawberry fruit, nice and smooth for this level of acidity.
2016 Valpane Barbera Rosso Pietro, Piedmont. Bright tart berry on palate, juicy berry notes on the nose. Medium finish and food friendly.
2018 Salvard Cheverny Rouge. Red berry nose, more substantial than a pinot might be. 58% Pinot Noir / 40% Gamay/ 2% Malbec. Substanital red with textural tannin. Look for this one at Somm, priced at $18.50. Very smooth berry/cherry fruit on the palate and tasty!
2017 Chignard Fleurie Les Moriers Beaujolais 2017. Juicy berry and beesewax on hte nose. Medium garnet, taart with some notes of lime on the nose. velvety tannins. Way bigger than Nouveau Beaujolais ever thought about being!
South African Tasting:
Landskroon Pinotage. More fruit forward than the last vintage. Telltale cola-cherry palate and some earthiness. Look for this at Epicure by the glass or bottle or get it at Somm for $15 a bottle!
Landskroon Pinotage Rose. Yes rose. Just a little earthiness on the palate but mostly tart red cherry fruit. Nice accidity and a very easy drinker. Look for it soon at Epicure.
Zevenwacht Cab Franc Rose. Tart red fruit on the nose, following onto the palate. Cab Franc needs hot weather to ripen fully, thus this South African is made with a less ripeness than other terroirs. Some notes of green pepper on the nose and on the palate though not pronounced. Tart strawberry fruit on the back of the palate and a medium finish. Dry. Buy it at Somm for $14
Miscellaneous Italian, Mexican and Cali wines:
Villa Pozzi Pinot Grigio. A Sicilian Pinot Grigio. Pale yellow, tart and citrusy.
Danzante Pinot Grigio. From Veneto. Pale gold, nose of straw, Tart and citrusy.
Lange Tweins Chenin Balnc. Grassy nose, sweet yellow citrus on the nose and just a bit of citrusy tartness.
Farmhouse White from Cline. 44% Pinot Grigio, 19% Muscat Canale, 12% Palomino, 10% chard, 7% Viognier, 4% Arneis, 1% each rousanne and marsanne. Off dry and very perfumed, lots of ripe fruit.
Casa Madero Rosado of Cab Franc. Tart red cherry and berry on the palate.
Mader Cabernet. Some tart red fruit, nice tannins.