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Friday, September 26, 2014

10 Impromptu Wine Encounters




Smoked lemon rinds, citrus, minerality and blazing acidity! Not bad, but not my favorite style! Score: 86 points. 




"Appreciating old wine is like making love to a very old lady. It is possible. It can even be enjoyable. But it requires a bit of imagination." ~ Andre Tchelistcheff  Okay so diving into this wine, you;ll find loads of old leather, dried cherries and plum skins, dry, lean and rustic, mellowed tannins, and a medium to short finish. Score: 85 Points Purchase



Hello Bordeaux In a word, stunning. But if you want to see its stunning side, patience is required. It needs an hour in the decanter to fully develop and unwind. Aromas of dark plum, dried earth and licorice. The tannins meld into the background, plenty of structure and acid. This wine is very polished, dry red and dark fruits, mocha and floral underbrush, delightfully tickle each taste bud. While drinking marvelously now, further aging will reward the patient! #drinkcru Classic #SaintEmilion Score: 94 points. 




It's said, that Jazz is like wine. When it is new, it is only for the experts, but when it gets older, everybody wants it. What is true in Jazz music is true for this wine: It's old cigar box, dried cracked leather, dried plums and the crackle of dry underbrush under a winemakers boot! Not easily approached or understood, study it for the best result. Score: 91 Points




Champagne Uncorked: A tiny bit of oxidization nearly spoiled the party, still tightly tuned bubbles, vivid minerality and acid frame the abundant apples, brioche and citrus. A very enjoyable wine to pair with sushi! Disgorged 2/2013 Score: 89 points Purchase




Drink me all summer! Fine ground minerality, apples, pears, and just a sweet touch of 3rd use French oak. Very crisp! Score: 90 points. Purchased a few after the impromptu encounter. You'd be wise to do the same. 




So many Gewürztraminer [IMO] miss the the mark badly, but if you want the perfect example of it, being done correctly this wine from @HylandEstates is it or as I'm fond of saying is the real deal. Fresh summer ripe peaches, orange peel zest and spice, vibrant minerality and plumbed w/ acid providing great balance!  Score: 91 points. Media Sample. 




"You may or may not notice but from this point forward I will be using the word 'sublime' in almost every sentence." - C. Cowherd #extrabrut #champagne Having just come back from Champagne, where I tasted of the very best Champagne in the world, I'd have to say this one of the best I've ever had. I was blown away by its creamy texture, robust bubbles, crispness, a very round, mouth filling Champagne that will confirm the reason you spend so much coin to obtain it. Score: 96 points Media Sample. 



Chateau Paul Mas: Coteaux de Languedoc: Floral and dried underbrush aromatics, welcome you in, while crushed, ripe blackberry, licorice, fine ground minerality and black olives cater to every sip and slurp, abundant acid makes food pairing a snap! All of this for under $20 is a wine lovers dream! I have much more to share with you about Chateau Paul Mas, but suffice it to say for the moment, this wine is off the charts good, and for a relatively small price, it's a blockbuster with a matinee price. Score: 93 points. Media Sample




This Riesling is off the chart [a] good, a gem from my favorite region in Germany, hello #Rheingau. If you want to be impressed by Riesling, the Rheingau is great place to start. The nose is like the trailer for an upcoming summer blockbuster, that tantalizes you, while not giving away the plot. The nose explodes in your face with a bouquet of honey blossoms, fresh summer peaches and wet stone aromas. On the palate, tho finished #dry this #Charta there's plenty going on...stone fruits..acid wrapped around a drop of honey. I see Thai Food in my future, w/ this bottle in hand! Score: 93 points.


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