Gascon Malbec 2010 – Argentina
Don Miguel Gascon Malbec is a full bodied wine with a deep violet color,
showcasing flavors and aromas of blackberry, blueberry, plum, dark cherry, and
a hint of mocha. The wine is elegant and rich in texture, with soft, round
tannins and a long velvety finish.
Sauvignon blanc grapes are best picked at night, and that’s exactly what the Charles Krug (owned by the Mondavi group) team does. Hailing from Napa Valley, this white represents California well with it’s citric and herbal flavor.
Bordeaux is typically equal parts Cabernet and Merlot . Greysac is well known amongst wine enthusiasts but
this weekend, if you and you’re buddy decide that a porterhouse and cigar are
going to be your company, then you’d be well off inviting a bottle of Chateau
Greysac along for the evening.
This is a very tasty port. As a dessert wine, it stands
alone in terms of cost to flavor ratio. You’ll find flavors like caramel,
walnut, coffee, almond, orange, and deliciousness. There’s a long finish that
makes Hardy’s Whiskers Blake Tawny port a perfect slow sipping wine on a cold
If you’re into a smoky, spicy,leathery, big, full-bodied wine, this 95% Syrah and 5% Viognier winner is for
The 2009 Santiago Ruiz is a blend of 70% albarino, 20% loureiro and 10% treixadura.
This wine is straw yellow in the glass and offers a vibrant floral nose full
ripe peach and lemons. It is a well-balanced wine with many layers of intensity
that could serve as an aperitif and also pair well with heavier shellfish. This
wine has a long and strong mineral finish.
This Pinot Noir has a light fruity, fresh aroma. On the palate is the typical black cherry, but unlike
other Burgundies in this price point, there’s elegance, balance and a nice
level of acidity with the 2007 Albert Bichot Pinot Noir.
The 2007 Ravines Wine Cellar Pinot Noir, from the Finger Lakes, is a beautiful bright ruby in
the glass and vibrant, slightly spicy cherry in the mouth. The soft tannins and
pleasant velvety texture provide the smooth, long finish that all classic Pinot
Noirs try to achieve.
While Falanghina is at the core of southern Italian trends, this is Falanghina like you never had; it might be one of the
saltiest wines you’ll encounter – in a good way (think pink sea salt), balanced
by juicy apple and orange. A pure expression of a unique site, channeled
without fashionable winemaking or oak.
There’s too much cheap Cava in the world, but
here’s one from someone who cares. Namely the Nadal family of Penedes, who
blend the classic mix of Parellada, Xarello and Macabeo from free-run juice
into a sublime bottle that gets about 20 months on the lees for a mineral-packed set of bubbles. At 6 g/l dosage, it’s more edgy than much Champagne, which might explain why it’s a frequent site at savvier restaurants. It’s easy to find cheap, mediocre Cava, but Avinyo exists in a different world.