Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Giuseppe Campagnola Casotto Del Merlo Recioto Della Valpolicella Classico 2007, Doc

Veneto, Italy.
Great desert wine!
On the nose sweet cherry, raspberry.
On the palate medium-full bodied, sweetness is balanced with gentle acidity.  
Pomegranate syrup, ripe fruit, intense flavors with almonds, cherries, chocolate.
Nice, long, chocolatey finish.

Francis Coppola Sofia Blanc De Blancs Sparkling Wine 2011, Monterey County, California

A unique blend of Pinot Blanc, Riesling and Muscat.
Nose is very aromatic with apricot, citrus and floral aromas.
On the palate off dry, fruity, good, strong mousse, fresh and aromatic with cantaloupe and grapefruit flavors.

Zenato Valpolicella Ripassa Superiore 2007, Veneto

Veneto, Italy.
Deep ruby color.
On the nose first alcohol, wine needs to breath, to aerate. Opens to lots of oak, licorice, some cooked fruit, coffee, black pepper.
On the palate dry, very smooth tannins and refreshing acidity. Rich, with flavours of spices, cherries, nuts, candied fruit.
Lingering fruity finish.

Tierra Prometida Clasico Malbec 2008, Mendoza

 Dark ruby color.
Nose offers depth of vanilla, floral and fruit aromas.
On the palate dry, medium bodied, very smooth, very enjoyable. Delicious with concentration of black fruits, vanilla, minerality. Good, light tannins and acidity.
Medium fruity finish

Tuesday, 21 August 2012


 Pinot Noir.
Burgundy, France.
Another interesting Pinot from Burgundy.
Different region, different terroir, different taste and color.
 Very light red color.
On the nose more floral, aromas of spices.
On the palate dry, less acidic than other Burgundy, softer. Dark cherries, plums with forest aromas. Very complex, medium bodied.
 Medium finish with dark fruit flavors.

Domaine Saint Saturnin De Vergy Bourgogne Hautes Côtes De Nuits 2009, Ac

Pinot Noir.
Burgundy, France.
Dark cherry color, semi opaque, pink on the rim.
On the nose first opens to floral aromas, the washrooms, forest, whiff of barnyard, with touches of mineral and earth.
On the palate dry, medium bodied fresh acidity and complexity of tannins with  earth and mineral taste. Medium finish with fruit in the end.

Monday, 20 August 2012

Wines we tasted on our last Meetup.

2010 Cheateau Lamothe de Haux Blanc from Neel - Chombart
Nice nose, round and balanced on mouthfeel. Some nice apricot, peach, herbal notes.

Château Roquetaillade La Grange Blanc 2010, Ac Graves
This is a rare white Bordeaux that uses all three of the permitted grapes – Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle – with the latter bringing a youthful fruitiness to the blend. Dry with very good fruit replays and crisp, refreshing acidity.

Le Dauphin De Guiraud 2005, Ac Sauternes, 2nd Wine Of Château Guiraud (375ml)

Wonderful notes of vanilla, cream, peach, pear, toffee and honeycomb on the nose. The palate is sweet, balanced and deliciously highlighted by excellent fruit.

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Domaine Des Ouches Igoranda Cabernet Franc Bourgueil 2009, Ac

I love Cabernet Franc! Especially from Loire. I think this grape shows it's best in Loire valley.
Dark cherry color, bright, opaque.
On the nose fresh berries, little bit of iron, currant.
On the palate dry, medium body, firm tannins. Flavours are pretty much repeating from the nose- black berries, cherries, little bit of mineral notes, black pepper.
Finish is long with hint of tobacco.
Loved this wine, it's very good now, but I wonder how it will be in a couple of years?

Sonoma Cutrer Grower Vintner Pinot Noir 2008, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County

$30.95 at LCBO.
Remarkable Pinot! This is really Burgundian wine with Californian spirit.
Garnet color on the core, pinkish on the rim. Semi opaque, bright.
On the nose first-red berries and fruit, then earth, forest, barn notes. Next day-very floral.
On the palate- dry, very soft. With first sip-lot's of cherries. Medium body, nice, fresh acidity, medium tannins.
Finish is long and fruity.
Good with cheese, good with meat.

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Toasted Head Chardonnay 2010, California

Very good wine for great price!
$15.95 at LCBO!
Toasted Head is named for the age-old practice of toasting the inside of barrel heads with fire, which is what helps to create the rich toasty flavor in all our wines. - From the winery.
Nice, bright,  dark straw color.
On the nose apple,  tropical fruit, peach aromas.
On the palate dry, toasty, stone fruit, pineapple, vanilla and butterscotch.  Medium body.
Long buttery finish.
It will be great with fish, pizza, pasta, cheese.
I really enjoyed this wine!

Monday, 13 August 2012


I had a melancholy day.

I went to our cellar and found something that helped me a great deal!
It was this wonderful Merlot! One of the best! 
Color is bright, opaque, dark ruby.
Nose is opening up slow into beautiful aromas black cherries, raspberries, plums. Then tobacco, mocha, vanilla.
On the palate dry, rich, full bodied.  Lots of fruit, very good balanced acidity and tannins, smooth and soft but very intense flavors.  Amazing long finish

Willm Réserve Riesling 2010, Ac Alsace

Beautiful Riesling from Alsace! Nice price! $15.95 at LCBO
Lovely straw color.
Nose is typical but very pronounced green apple,  citrus, floral aromas.
On the palate dry, juicy citrus,  stone fruit. Medium body.
Medium finish with mineral notes.

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Joseph Cattin Muscat 2010, Ac Alsace

Wow! That was my first time tasting dry muscat! I'm in love! Really!
Bright straw color.
On the nose this wine is aromatic excellence! Lot's of exotic flowers, honey, honeydew, ripe fruit.
On the palate medium dry, nice acidity, very balanced, a little bit of minerality. Flavors of exotic fruits, spices.
Nice, warm finish.
It was wonderful with seafood!

Château La Tour De L'evêque Vendanges Manuelles 2005, Ac Côtes De Provence

Dark ruby color.
On the nose oak, forest, mushrooms, little of barnyard.
On the palate dry, medium tannins, tight acidity, black berries, earthy.
Medium finish.
Very interesting wine. Very good with the grilled meat.