Chateau de Saint Cosme
Les Deux Albions Rouge
FROM IWC ON THE 2011: READ THE LAST SENTENCE!
(a blend of syrah, grenache, mourvedre and clairette; vinified entirely with whole clusters): Inky ruby. Sexy, spice-tinged black and blue fruit preserve scents are lifted by fresh flowers and white pepper. Juicy and precise, with energetic boysenberry and bitter cherry flavors picking up a spicy nuance with aeration. Supple tannins come on late, adding grip to the long, appealingly sweet, floral finish. This wine was raised in a combination of large wooden upright tanks and concrete vats. By the way, the 2012 version of this wine looks like it will turn out even better, with more elegance and floral character as well as intense spiciness.
"A solid value delivering classic Chardonnay aromas and flavors, the 2012 Chardonnay Stainless gives up pretty stone fruits, citrus, brioche and mineral qualities that give way to a medium-bodied, elegantly-styled palate that has ample richness and texture. Showing the richness and texture that's inherent in the grape, it's a great example of the variety and should drink nicely for 1-2 years. Drink now-2015." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 88 pts.
This vintage boasts an aromatic mix of lush tropical fruits and ripe red delicious apples, paired with hints of springtime flowers and a clean minerality. The palate belies the Stainless winemaking; rich with ripe pineapple and white peach characters and a long, full mid palate with a clean, lingering acidity.
"Moving onto the 2012 Barrels, which across the board are superb, the 2012 Optimus should certainly match or exceed the incredible 2011. Full-bodied, seamless and downright sexy, with classy berry fruit, licorice, violets and spring flowers, it should be approachable on release and have a decade of longevity. Drink 2014-2022. I was blown away by these wines. Easily the most impressive lineup I've tasted from proprietor Stephan Asseo, these 2011s show the purity and focus of the vintage, yet balance it with incredible richness and texture that never seems cumbersome or heavy. The 2012s are no less rich, yet have impeccable purity and texture, as well as brilliant overall focus and structure that will allow them to evolve gracefully. Make no mistake about it though, these are all big, ripe wines; I find them utterly compelling and hard to resist." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 93-95+ pts.
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"Packed with spice, this is distinctive and racy. Licorice and grapefruit comes into play as this rides the bracing structure to a long conclusion. Light and intense, with a persistent savory aftertaste. Drink now through 2020. 200 cases imported. –BS" (WS)
Wine Spectator: 92 pts.
"The Haart 2007 Piesporter Goldtropchen Riesling Kabinett smells of pear, grapefruit, and pineapple. Rather soft and pliable on the palate-particularly in direct comparison with the corresponding Grafenberg-this nonetheless has a soothing, elegant, and delicate personality and finishes with a long, lovely if low-energy counterpoint of rich, ripe fruit; faint nuttiness and black fruit tartness; and saline and wet stone mineral expressions. A dozen or more years of felicitous cohabitation should be possible. Theo and son Johannes Haart had memorable success in 2007, a vintage Haart senior compares in quality and style with 2001, and whose wines he thinks will need longer than usual to show their true meddle. This year's surprisingly numerous dry-tasting wines seem on the whole marginally disappointing, although those wines too deserve patience." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 90 pts.
"($40) Fresh bouquet of bosc pear, pine nuts and apple blossom. Delicately sweet on the palate, thanks to a nice interplay of apricot fruit and luscious citricity. Finishes with lipsmacking elegance. An exemplary cabinet." (IWC)
International Wine Cellar: 90 pts.
"Starts off with some slightly funky, sweaty-socks aromas, but then delivers yellow plum and diesel scents. Flavors run in a similar vein, with yellow and green plum notes nicely balanced by hints of mineral and lees. It's light to medium in body, off-dry, with a long finish featuring finely etched notes of plum and stone. -J.C. (10/1/2009)" (WE)
Wine Enthusiast: 91 pts.
"A meaty, gamy Syrah boasting aromas of bacon and duck-liver mousse, this wine delivers tremendous flavor and quality for the price. It offers plenty of body around a core of plush, savory tannins and a long finish of pepper and cinnamon spice. Start slicing the charcuterie. -V.B. (8/1/2014)" (WE)
Wine Enthusiast: 92 pts.
This rich, dark Syrah starts off with a well-balanced meld of blackberry, leather and toasty oak. The expansive mid-palate has depth and power, marked by ripe berries and toasty notes. The generous mouth-feel continues to the satisfyingly complex finish. Made with Organically Grown Grapes.
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Marques de Riscal
"This plump red delivers savory flavors of grilled plum, toast, soy and herb, with gentle acidity and just enough tannin for grip. Gentle yet expressive. Drink now through 2014. 25,000 cases imported. –TM" (WS)
Wine Spectator: 86 pts.
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A nose of floral hibiscus and spices precede vibrant red fruit flavors including mixed berries, strawberries and raspberries. The aromas and soft silky tannins are an excellent match for the savoring finish...this wine is a food favorite!
Varietal: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation: Alexander Valley
Harvest Date: October 10th
Fermentation: 18-day fermentation in T-Bins. Punch downs were incorporated to develop color, flavors and structure.
Oak: 20% new American Oak, 10% new French Oak, 70% neutral French Oak.
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Cotes de Francs
"This takes a few minutes to get going, as a savory herb note leads the way, but then recedes in the face of dark but soft plum and black cherry fruit flavors. Shows flashes of tobacco and mineral on the finish. Drink now through 2015. 8,330 cases made." (WS)
Wine Spectator: 89 pts.
"This blend of 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and the rest Malbec is from the Thienpont family. (Puygueraud is the estate where this large clan was born.) The 2009 is impressive, but the estate somewhat under-the-radar, since it is hard to pronounce and not exactly a household name. This is a beautifully fleshy wine with loads of licorice, spring flowers, graphite and black fruits. Fleshier and more concentrated than usual, with a longer, more intense finish and plenty of glycerin, this dark ruby/purple wine is a knock-out and, in theory, an attractive great value. It should drink well for up to a decade." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 90 pts.
"Violets and blackberries with hints of spices on the nose. Full body, with soft and velvety tannins and a juicy finish. Drink now or hold. Always excellent value." (JS)
James Suckling: 92 pts.
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$8.99 DRY WHITE BORDEAUX GRAVES 2012 CHATEAU DUCASSE, Appl. GRAVES CTL.
And now I recommend the third in a row of price winning wines that sell for noticeably under
$10. In this case it's a dry white from the prestigious Graves area of Bordeaux, which is situated only a few miles (at most) from downtown Bordeaux in the Mazeres parish, in the southwest Graves at its highest elevation. A Chateau owned and managed by the talented enologist Jacques Perromat.
This Chateau bottled wine is direct appealing like the above two wines, however along with having at least as much charm as the above two it also had a complexity and at least the starting of a depth not found in the other two. Chateau Ducasse is a typical dry white graves blend of 50% Semillon and 50% Sauvignon Blanc. This is a crisp, lively chap with flavors and smells of ripe lemons (both peel and juice), grapefruit, and the mellow vanilla like character I associate with the Semillon grape.
The vineyard covers some 21 acres on typical (for the area) sandy and gravely soil with clay-chalk areas on the slope. The wine making is done in thermo regulated steel vats for 20 days at low temperatures to maximize the aroma and fruit. Total production is around 3000 cases a year.
This light bodied winner has an attractive acid balance, is now quite appealing and will keep well for another couple of years.
$8.99 **** bargain
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"The 2009 Amano Remolinos Vineyard is a blend of 60% Malbec, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot and 3% Tannat aged entirely in new French oak for 20 months. It offers a very ripe, voluminous bouquet of mulberry, blackberry and melted tar with subtle undergrowth aromas. The palate is very well-balanced with juicy ripe red berry fruit laced with white pepper, orange rind and a touch of marmalade. It builds nicely to a ravishing yet fresh finish that has great persistency. If you are wondering, then the answer is yes: the 2009 Amano justifies the price tag. Drink now-2020. Decero means from scratch, which neatly sums up how this winery started out in the 1990s, when Thomas Schmidheiny turned a barren patch of land in Agrelo into one of Argentina's most respected wineries. They focus upon red grape varieties, especially Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon, and the present winemaker is Marcos J. Fernandez. Decero produce a clutch of impressive wines, especially from the Remolinos vineyard, named after tiny whirlwinds that spring up in the vineyard prior to harvest." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 94 pts.
"This has a pure loganberry and damson plum core, with lilac, warm pebble and lightly singed anise notes flittering through the background. Offers well-integrated structure through the finish, with subtle minerality echoing. Best from 2014 through 2026. –JM" (WS)
Wine Spectator: 91 pts.
"A major sleeper of the vintage, as I thought from barrel several years ago, the 2010 is one of the best d'Angludets I have tasted. It should drink nicely for 15-20 years, but there is no reason to defer your gratification. It is a sexy, up-front, precociously styled d'Angludet with a deep purple color, loads of floral notes intermixed with licorice, blueberry, black raspberry and, of course, the classic creme de cassis. It is dense, ripe, soft, round and surprisingly accessible for a 2010. A beauty!" (WA)
Wine Advocate: 90 pts.
"Good bright, dark red. Sexy aromas of bitter cherry, dark chocolate, mocha, potpourri spices and flowers. Silky and supple but a bit reduced, showing a restrained sweetness today to its dark berry, licorice and floral flavors. Rich and pliant wine, but without quite the tension or perfume for 90 points." (IWC)
International Wine Cellar: 89 pts.
"Already approachable, with ample ripe blackberries, earth and floral notes, the wine is soft, round and open, with an earthy, cassis and black cherry filled finish. 90 points - Tasted May 7, 2013" (JL)
Jeff Leve: 90 pts.
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Chateau Fonfroide Blanc
"Very Sauvignon in style with marked acidity and a grassy character, this wine has flavors of pure green and crisp white fruits. Apples and quince are balanced by the light texture and fine acidity." (WE)
Wine Enthusiast: 86 pts.
Crisp white fruity wine. Delicate bouquet with hints of grapefruit and slight citrus notes.
76% Sémillon, 18% Sauvignon, 4% Muscadelle, 2% Colombard
"The 2012 Claret appears to be another outstanding example of value-priced Cabernet Sauvignon. A 6,000-case blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot and the rest Malbec, Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, consumers will love this beauty because of its forward, classic Cabernet style. It should drink well for 5-8 years." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 90-92 pts.
"The 2012 Claret looks like another delicious, mid-priced wine from David Ramey. Dark, round and seductive, the rich, resonant Cabernet Sauvignon-based Claret has more than enough depth to drink well for at least a handful of years. I tasted the 2012 from tank just before its bottling." (AG)
Antonio Galloni: 89-91 pts.
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"There are lots of buttered toast and popcorn flavors in this Chardonnay, but the underlying tropical fruits and pears are strong enough to stand up to them. It's a decadent wine to drink with richly sauced shellfish dishes. -(4/1/2014)" (WE)
Wine Enthusiast: 90 pts.
Le Grand Caillou
Vins de Pays du Jardin de la France, Loire Valley
"Notes of wet stones, melons and lemon grass as well as a steely backbone are found in the 2012 Le Grand Caillou Sauvignon Blanc made from young vines in Sancerre. The wine possesses surprising minerality, good intensity and represents a Sancerre look-alike for less than half the price of a Sancerre. Drink it over the next year." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 88 pts.
The Sauvignon type of vine produces a dry, fresh and sharp white wine with a powerful aroma. it has a particular flavour originating from a mixture of wood barrel, currant bushes in buds, table grapes and passion fruits.
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Santa Maria Valley
"From a cooler climate and gravelly soils, the 2012 Chardonnay Jackson Estate Camelot Highlands comes from 40-year-old, ungrafted vines, is 100% barrel-fermented and aged eight months in 52% new French oak. Abundant aromas of tropical fruits, an opulent, exotic personality, huge richness, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, good acidity and surprising length suggest a Chardonnay that could easily sell at twice the price. There are just over 4,300 cases of this wine. It should drink well for 4-5 years. Readers who are not familiar with the late Jess Jackson, who created the huge Kendall-Jackson empire from scratch should read the book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edward Humes titled A Man and His Mountain. It reveals just about everything you want to know about Jess Jackson, with whom I used to taste regularly, and admired and respected enormously. From his millions of cases of Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay to his small production, boutique and cult wineries that are clearly world-class, Jackson was a visionary. His influence on both the value end of the wine market and the more sophisticated, luxury echelon can never be underestimated. Following are the current and upcoming releases from Kendall-Jackson, which is now run by Jess Jackson's wife, Barbara Banke. Their longtime winemaker, Randy Ullom, and his team are responsible for these wines. The remarkable thing about all of these offerings is that they are from estate vineyards. While the Jackson family has been criticized for using the generic California or regional appellations, the quality is in the bottle, and after all, wine is about the enjoyment of consumption, not for collecting dust in a museum." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 92 pts.
"The 2011 Chianti Classico paints a pretty portrait of the warm vintage and shows attractive aromas of black cherry and mild spice. The intensity is notable, and although the wine remains faithful to its simple, easy-drinking philosophy, it does offer a small twist of sophistication that comes as a pleasant surprise. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2018. ." (WA)
Wine Advocate 88 pts.
"Aromas of dried cherries and flowers follow through to a medium to full body with fine tannins and a fresh finish. Nice creamy acidity. Drink or hold." (JS)
James Suckling: 90 pts.