Thursday, May 26, 2016

Reviews: **+ *** **** Barton & Guestier Bordeaux and Cotes de Provence wines, France,2014, 2015

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By way of background:  Today we are sampling three value-priced wines from the Barton & Guestier line, one red and two roses.  Barton & Guestier characterizes itself as "America's #1 French Wine", and each of these wines represents a visit to a classic French region and collection of grape varietals.  Review samples were provided by the winery's representative.


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Original tasting and review : This is $ Barton & Guestier Bordeaux, France, 2014, finished at 13.5% alcohol and first sampled two years from vintage date, in May, 2016.  This is a regionally-appropriate blend of 60% merlot and 40% cabernet sauvignon, barrel-aged separately before blending and bottling.

Inspired by this wine: Sitting down to an early dinner at home with a couple of close friends who have stopped by.

In the glass: Burgundy and brick, dark but not opaque in the center.

On the nose (according to colleagues): Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows sharp and tangy spicy currant aromas.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact bright currants with a layered, faintly citrus tone at the top, and  mouth-cleansing tannins to finish up the sip.

In summary: Overall, rates two stars with a big plus for accessibility and flexibility on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  Will pair with a range of entrees, from red meats to delicate poultry or more flavorful salads.

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Original tasting and review : This is $$ Barton & Guestier Cotes de Provence, France, 2015, finished at 13% alcohol and first sampled one year from vintage date, in May, 2016.  This is a blend of 50% grenache, 35% cinsault and 15% syrah, aged on fine lees before bottling.

Inspired by this wine: Playing Frisbee on a meadow hill in a light breeze - jumping for a catch!

In the glass: Light salmon with pink and orange overtones.  Quite compelling!

On the nose (according to colleagues): Poured at chilled temperature and swirled vigorously, shows bright citrus and friendly slate overtones.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact soft, genteel orange and lemon peel, with cleansing waves of light minerality and salinity.

In summary: Overall, rates four stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  Best value based on our scale!

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Original tasting and review : This is $$ Barton & Guestier La Villa Barton, Cotes de Provence, France, 2015, finished at 12% alcohol and first sampled one year from vintage date, in May, 2016.  This is blended in a classical Provence rose mix of 45% grenache, 30% syrah and 25% cinsault, aged on fine lies for two months before bottling.

Inspired by this wine: A nice stretch after a day helping harvest wheat from the fields!

In the glass: Light orange salmon

On the nose: Poured at chilled temperature and swirled vigorously, shows clean, bright citrus with a hint of slate.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact chilled citrus salad mingled with a soft, smoky, layered dressing.  Finishes long and clean off the smoky notes.

In summary: Overall, rates a full three stars, almost adding a plus for its persistence, on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.

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