Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Abbazia Moscato D'asti 2010, Docg

Piedmont, Italy.
One of my favorite dessert wines.
Moscato grapes are naturally sweet and luscious.
This wine is not fully sparking, it's frizzante, it has nice soft light bubbles.
It will be great with desserts or with soft cheeses.
Aromas of peach, honey, some gentle floral notes.
Perfect to finish dinner with this wine on a deck on a summer warm evening, easy to please everyone.

Francis Coppola Diamond Collection Ivory Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, California

Young, but already great wine!
Color id deep opaque red. With pinkish rim.
On the nose bright aromas of dark fruit, cassis,  spices.
On the palate dry, medium bodied with tight tannins and fresh acidity.  Rich, with black berries, vanilla, coffee.
Long juicy finish. 
Will be great with steak. Can age and will get better in a few years.

Swanson Oakville Merlot 2006, Napa Valley

 This half size bottle helped Merlot to develop quicker nice ripe flavors.

Deep cherry red color.
On the nose rich ripe berries, menthol, licorice, oak, coffee.
On the palate dry, medium bodied, rounded, with soft tannins and acidity. Flavors of oak, pomegranate, very concentrated flavors of black cherries, raspberries.
Finish is surprisingly soft and short.

Monday, 18 June 2012

Château D'argadens 2007, Ac Bordeaux Supérieur

Bordeaux, Right bank. France.
$16.95 at LCBO
Deep ruby red opaque color.
On the nose  black currants, pepper, leather.
On the palate-dry, medium plus body, chewy, with soft tannins, fresh acidity, herbs.
Long supple finish.
This wine is more ‘international’ style of red Bordeaux.

Silver Point Pinot Noir 2009

New Zealand
$ 13.95 at LCBO

Light red color.
On the nose a little meaty at first, then lot's of cherries, oak.
On the palate dry, medium bodied, fruity, crisp acidity of cranberry. Lingering finish with plum nuances.
Nice light summer wine.

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Poggio Al Tufo Tommasi Alicante 2007

 Tuscany, Italy

 $18.95 at LCBO

 Alicante Bouschet is cross of Petit Bouschet and Grenache.
 I would say, that is something familiar of Grenache is in this wine. 
 Different but interesting, a bit edgy, almost rustic.
Deep ruby color.
On the nose licorice, cedar notes, red berries. Getting little floral later.
On the palate-dry, medium to full-bodied, medium tannins, balanced acidity, licorice, oak, spices, plums.  Lot's of minerality, red cherries. Long, jammy finish.

Campo Al Mare 2008, Doc Bolgheri

Tuscany, Italy.
$24.95 at LCBO

Blend of 60% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Cabernet Franc.

This Italian Bordeaux. Place, where supertuscans were born!

Dark, almost black color, deep ruby red.
On the nose very intense, earthy aromas with blackberries,  oak, coffee.
On the palate dry, full bodied, rich, chewy with elegant tannins. Continue flavors of  berries. Long, silky finish.
Very warm wine.

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Perrin & Fils Les Sinards Châteauneuf Du Pape 2006, Ac, Estate Btld.

Rhone-South. France.
Opaque purple color. On the nose-richness of aromas, very floral.  Cooked fruit, smoke, meat.
On the palate, dry, very concentrated, forest, leather, tobacco, red fruit. Amazing, long finish.
Wine is still very young, but great quality with rounded tannins and balanced acidity.

Plaisir De Siaurac 2009, Ac Lalande De Pomerol, 2nd Wine Of Château Siaurac

Bordeaux, right bank.
100% Merlot.
Very rich, deep red color.
 On the nose cherry jam,  after first sip,  second nose- adds minerality, earthiness.
On the palate dry, juicy plums, chewy, fruity, chocolate. Long, rich finish.
Wine is still very young, but already very good. A little of a New World style.

Sampietrana Tacco Barocco Primitivo 2008, Igt Salento

Puglia, Italy.

Rich ruby red color.  On the nose dry berries, cherries, vanilla, plum.
On the palate wine is dry,  aromas continue develop on the palate, spices, sweet cherries.
Medium body, good balanced tannins. Long syrupy finish.
Very nice Primitivo.  Will go great with sausages, grilled meat, or pizza.
Wine is nice now, but could age couple of years more.