Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Review: *** $$ Saint Clair Pinot Noir, Marlborough, New Zealand, 2007

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Original tasting and review : This is Saint Clair Pinot Noir, Marlborough, New Zealand, 2007, finished at 13% alcohol and first sampled seven years from vintage date, in July, 2014.


In the glass: Light to medium red and orange.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows deep, slightly funky (good w
ay) red and black fruits.  From the aroma, seems like this will be serious yet friendly both.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact much as anticipated.  A tiny bit of charcoal styling deepens the friendly spices and red fruit.  Solid acids on the palate, with a clean finish.  Held up well to age.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.

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Review: *** $$ Sherwood Estate Pinot Noir, Marlborough, New Zealand, 2009

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By way of background, opening thoughts: Today we'll sample a couple of Marlborough, New Zealand, pinot noirs.  The first one, from Sherwood Estate, is one that I enjoyed from a slightly earlier vintage, 2008.

Original tasting and review : This is Sherwood Estate Pinot Noir, Marlborough, New Zealand, 2009, finished at 13% alcohol and first sampled five years from vintage date, in 2014.

In the glass: Light red to orange.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows boisterous and fun red muddled fruits.  From the aroma, seems like this will be tangy and sweet, round.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact soft red fruits, with light cinnamon.  Fresh on the palate and fresh on the finish.  You detect an element of clean sugar sweetness as the finish unfolds, but nothing unseemly or cloying.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Review: *** $$ Val de Loire Reserve des Vignerons Saumur Champigny, Chinon, France, 2012

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By way of background, opening thoughts: This is the second Loire, France, wine I am sampling today, another cabernet franc with light alcohol levels.  This one is from Saumur Champigny region.


Original tasting and review : This is Val de Loire Reserve des Vignerons, Saumur Champigny, LoireChinon, France, 2012, finished at 12.5% alcohol and first sampled a mere two years from vintage date, in July, 2014.

In the glass: Medium magenta/mahogany.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows soft deep red with diced green pepper.  From the aroma, seems like this will be fuller than its light alcohol level suggests.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact bright but full red currant-style fruits, bringing full acids into your cheeks as the sip sets in your mouth.  Bright, aromatic but balanced.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.

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Review: *** $$ Romain Parisis Cuvee Signee Maitre de Chai, Chinon, Loire, France, 2011

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By way of background, opening thoughts: The Chinon area of France is known for its pure cabernet franc varietals - think aromatic and often, light in alcohol.

Original tasting and review : This is Romain Parisis Cuvee Signee Maitre de Chai, Chinon, Loire, France, 2011, finished at 12.5% alcohol and first sampled at three years from vintage date, in July, 2014.

In the glass: Medium red, a hint of charcoal in the middle, a hint of purple at the edge.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows bright, light red fruits with an intriguing hint of diced fresh green peppers.  From the aroma, seems like this will be light and full of peppery aromas.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact clean, light, balanced, washed with gentle white pepper.  Tasty acids at the start of the sip move up into your mouth, then slowly settle with a gentle downward wave.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  I'd certainly seek it out again.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Review: **** $$ Kurtz Family Vineyards Boundary Row Shiraz, Barossa, Australia, 2006 = BEST VALUE

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Original tasting and review : This is Kurtz Family Vineyards Boundary Row Shiraz, Barossa, Australia, 2006, finished at 14.5% alcohol and first sampled eight years from vintage date, in July, 2014.

In the glass: Deep magenta, opaque from about a half-inch from the edge.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows deep, classic shiraz fruit, full of depth and showing some lightly funky new balloon.  From the aroma, seems like this will be deep and classic Barossa fruit.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact much as anticipated: full, fleshy, classic, red and black fur, light hints of eucalyptus.  Yummy, full middle, showing no age, but with bright patches of red fruit marching through the sip to yield a clean and lengthy finish.

In summary: Overall, rates four stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale and is a best value by almost any reckoning.

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Tasting notes: $$ Longwood Reserve Shiraz, McLaren Vale, Australia, 2005

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Original tasting and review : This is Longwood Reserve Shiraz, McLaren Vale, Australia, 2005, finished at 14.7% alcohol and first sampled nine years from vintage date.

In the glass: Black magenta, opaque a mere eighth of an inch from the edge.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows bold fruit, but really showing oak and some charred cork.  From the aroma, seems like this will be hot, deep and bright - maybe corked?

On the palate: CORKED!  If you look beyond that, the primary elements on the palate are  showing dry, full, thick shiraz fruit.  Acids that perk up the dense, dark, primary black fruit feel.  Finish wraps up quickly, but clean and with no residual sugar.

In summary: It's a bad idea to rate a corked wine on the Spirit of Wine scale, but this would make at least three stars under better  circumstances.  This is kind of ironic, since Australia was one of the first regions to begin bottling even its best wines in screw-top caps to avoid issues with corked wine.

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