Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Review: Chateau De Fontenille, Cadillac Cotes de Bordeaux, France, 2016

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Chateau De Fontenille, Cadillac Cotes de Bordeaux, France, 2016: Wine tasting, review & rating 

Inspired by this wine: Sitting with a couple of old friends, enjoying reminiscences in a sip before dinner.

Specs: This is finished at 14.5% alcohol (big for Bordeaux region!) and first sampled five years from vintage date, in 

By way of background: From an under-recognized AOC in Bordeaux, France, this is a blend of 50% cabernet sauvignon and 50% merlot.

In the glass: Deep magenta.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows furry, round, with deep red aromas.

On the palate: Brings a full mouth of rich, deep red fruit.  Bright and full, with medium finish bringing on a light acid flush. 

In summary: Overall, rates three stars with a big plus for its pleasurable balanced appeal on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.



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Review: Chateau Teynac, Saint-Julien, Bordeaux, France, 2015

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Chateau Teynac, Saint-Julien, Bordeaux, France, 2015: Wine tasting, review & rating 



Inspired by this wine: Connecting with a few close relatives for a glass of wine before dinner.

Specs: This is finished at 13% alcohol and first sampled six years from vintage date, in August, 2021.

In the glass: Deep magenta, but not quite opaque in the center.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows deep and dark small berries, some old-world oak.

On the palate: Shows bright and full on the palate. Moves up into your cheeks with plenty of acidity and fruit.

In summary: Overall, rates an easy three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale for its power and balance, even after six years.



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Review: Kruger Rumpf Pinot Noir Rose Dry, Nahe, Gutswein, Germany, 2020

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Kruger Rumpf Pinot Noir Rose Dry, Nahe, Gutswein, Germany, 2020: Wine tasting, review & rating 

Inspired by this wine: 
Wearing a light fall jacket and on my way to a fun community variety show at the church just up the hill.

Specs: This is finished at 12% alcohol and first sampled one year from vintage date, in August, 2021.

In the glass: Clean, light peach.

On the nose: Poured at cool room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows fresh and airy aroma, reminiscent of a cool, early fall day. 

On the palate: Opens up on the palate, light sweetness, gorgeous freshness.  Finishes thoroughly clean and quick. 

In summary: Overall, rates three stars with a big plus for layers and attractiveness on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.



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Review: Lovely Lilly Pinot Noir, Baden, Germany, 2019

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Lovely Lilly Pinot Noir, Baden, Germany, 2019: Wine tasting, review & rating 

Inspired by this wine: Hanging out with a great bunch of friends before a (European) football game!

Specs: This is finished at 13.5% alcohol and first sampled two years from vintage date, in August, 2021

In the glass: Deep red with mild hints of orange

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows mixed aromas including hay within the red berries.

On the palate: Brings  sweet red fruits into the mid-palate, Quick, but clean, finish

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


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Review: Clos Floridene, Graves, Bordeaux, 2017

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Clos Floridene, Graves, Bordeaux, 2017: Wine tasting, review & rating 


Inspired by this wine: 
Sitting at the ocean bay docks, kicking your feet in the small waves, smelling the ocean nearby. 

Specs: This is finished at 13% alcohol and first sampled four years from vintage date, in August, 2021.

By way of background: This is a blend of mostly semillon and some sauvignon blanc. 

In the glass: Clear with clean yellow highlights.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows soft aromatic waves from the seashore.

On the palate: Comes in with a mouthfilling brightness and roundness, chardonnay-like but with a salty finish.  Modest finish that tucks some sweetness into the cheeks.

In summary: Overall, rates full three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, especially given the layers on the palate.


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Review: Wittmann Scheurebe Troken 2019, Rheinhessen, Germany

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Wittmann Scheurebe Troken 2019, Rheinhessen, Germany: Wine tasting, review & rating 

Inspired by this wine: A fresh grass hillside meadow, damp dew on a bright spring day.  

Specs: This is finished at 12% alcohol and first sampled two years from vintage date, in August, 2021.

In the glass: Light yellow, with hint of olive.  

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows spritzy, limey and bright.

On the palate: Brings salinity with some surprising warm fruit that fills the mouth.  But tightens into your cheeks, almost like a high acid, but sits for a very long time and very slowly fades.  

In summary: Overall, rates three full stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, recognizing the bright limestone showing. 


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