7/23/2015

Pretty in Pink: Rosé Wines from Franck Bonville, Stinson Vineyards, and Donelan Family Wines

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Just about every day, as wine o'clock approaches, you can find me uncorking or unscrewing a new wine adventure. Being a wine enthusiast, a wine blogger, and someone who appreciates and enjoys the liquid expression of a place, a person’s vision, and Mother Nature’s influence -- I find wine to be one of the most intriguing beverages out there. For me, it is an area of interest that you never run out of new things to taste and learn. The wines selected for this post are all rosés. One is from the Champagne region of France and the other two are still wines (non- sparkling) from Virginia's all-important Monticello appellation and Sonoma County, California. All three, which I recommend seeking out, are excellent accompaniments to a myriad of warm-weather foods and equally enjoyable all on their own. For further information and where you can find these wines, please see my tasting notes below.

Factoid: Even though all Champagne sparkles, not all sparkling wine is Champagne.

Review: Franck Bonville NV Grand Cru Brut Rosé (SRP $40): Let me give you some free advice: Do not wait for special occasions to pop the cork on a bottle of sparkling wine or champagne. This delicious example, composed of 90% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Noir, is salmon pink in appearance with a persistent mousse of tiny bubbles. It exhibits aromas and flavors of fresh red berries – namely strawberry, alongside subtle notes of brioche, floral perfume, and spice. This is the type of champagne I personally enjoy serving with Sunday brunch – think smoked salmon, fruit salad, or crab cake eggs Benedict. The wine’s beautiful texture, firm acids, and reasonable price point (I found it for $30), make it an excellent option for any occasion and a wide variety of foods. Region: Champagne, France. Other info: ABV 12.5%, cork enclosure). Rating: 91 Points. Click here to find this wine.

Franck Bonville NV Grand Cru Brut Rosé

Review: Stinson Vineyards 2014 Rosé (SRP $19.99): A gorgeous pale salmon pink in color, this rosé, made from 100% Mourvèdre, is fresh with a restrained personality, offering vibrant red berries and citrus fruit flavors along with floral notes and a pinch of white pepper coming through on the back end. In the mouth, it is light and bright with an energetic backbone of acidity, making it extremely flexible food wise. I enjoyed a glass on its own and with bacon wrapped scallops. Crafted by the father and daughter team of Scott and Rachel Stinson, whose family operation specializes in small-lot wines, I recommend putting this duo on your wine radar. Only 175 cases of this wine were produced. Region: Monticello AVA, Virginia. Other info: ABV 13%, fermented and aged sur lie in stainless steel, cork enclosure). Rating: 89 Points. Click here to find this wine.

Stinson Vineyards 2014 Rosé

Review: Donelan 2014 Rosé (SRP $24): When your day calls for something bright and refreshing, look no further than this tasty rosé. A blend of 55% Syrah, 29% Grenache, and 16% Pinot Noir, it pours a lovely pale salmon color with a light pink hue. The wine offers vibrant flavors of red berry fruit and fleshy citrus fruit followed by tropical nuances.  Overall, this is a very appealing wine with driving acidity and terrific verve that’s rounded by a fresh and crisp finish. Made from the saignée method, where a small amount of juice is bled away from the skins to increase the intensity of a red wine, winemaker Joe Nielsen says: “Think of it as the 2014 vintage unplugged – an acoustic version of the reds in barrel.” Approximately 290 cases of this wine were produced. Region: Sonoma County, California. Other info: ABV 13.3%, fermented in neutral barrels, cork enclosure). Rating: 89 Points. Click here to find this wine.

Donelan 2014 Rosé

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7/14/2015

Quick Sip: Adega Mãe 2011 Dory Reserva Tinto

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Today’s Quick Sip is the Adega Mãe 2011 Dory Reserva Tinto from the Lisboa region of Portugal. Portugal is traditionally associated with and famous for its scrumptious fortified wines – Port and Madeira. During warmer months, other popular Portuguese selections are the pleasingly crisp and slightly effervescent white wines from Vinho Verde. These refreshing wines are produced from Alvarinho (aka Albariño) as well as other grape varieties and are satisfying, extremely food-friendly, and very affordable.

In my view, the wines that fly under the radar in Portugal are the region’s dry red wines which are often blends. These wines are usually made from traditional Port varieties and other red wine grapes. Portuguese blends have a knack for over-delivering on quality, giving consumers more bang for the buck. The selection featured, a blend of 45% Touriga Nacional, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 20% Syrah, is enticing and robust; perfect for pairing with hearty fare. The good folks at Cork Exclusive have a very good deal (under $20) on this wine right now that includes free shipping on any 3 or more bottles of wine or spirits. For further information and where you can find this wine, please see my tasting notes below.

Adega Mãe 2011 Dory Reserva Tinto

Review: Adega Mãe 2011 Dory Reserva Tinto (SRP $25): Slightly opaque and deep purple in appearance, this appealing and robust wine exudes a flavorful core of solid dark fruits redolent of plums, blackberries, and black cherries that are pleasantly framed by notes of sweet oak, chocolate bark, and vanilla bean. In the mouth, the wine is fairly substantial, with good concentration and a firm spine of dusty, ripe tannins that’s held together nicely by ample acidity. This is a wine you can savor now (recommend 30-45 minutes decant), while reserving some for the cellar and enjoying over time. Pair with beef stew, rack of lamb or other hearty foods. During cooler months, this is the type of wine you want to sip while relaxing next to a warming fireplace or fire pit with friends. Region: Lisboa, Portugal. Other info: ABV 14%, 45% Touriga Nacional, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Syrah, barrel matured, cork enclosure). Rating: 91 Points.

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7/06/2015

Quick Sip: Y Rousseau Wines 2014 Rosé of Tannat

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Today’s Quick Sip is Y Rousseau Wines’ 2014 Rosé of Tannat. I had an opportunity to try it for a recent virtual tasting put on by Protocol Wine Studio that highlighted drier styles of rosé. Every Tuesday at 9PM EST, you can join Protocol Wine Studio’s wine themed conversation by following hashtag #winestudio on Twitter.

Slightly sweet renditions of the pink juice, no doubt, have its fan base. But nowadays, drier examples are widely available, well-received, and great pairing partners to a huge array of foods. They are also flexible enough for just about any occasion – especially backyard cookouts during the warmer months. Even though rosés, either style, are largely synonymous with summer, I find that drier styles can easily be enjoyed year-round as pre-dinner refreshers or formal dinner wines – as some rosés pack complexity, character and even substance (Hello Tavel).

Y Rousseau Wines 2014 Rosé of Tannat 

When I think of red wine grapes that Sonoma is known for, varieties like Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot are the first that come to mind -- not Tannat. The thick-skinned red wine grape, known for its firm tannin structure, is indigenous to Southwest France. There, the variety thrives in the village of Madiran and is capable of producing long-lived wines of high quality that are built to age and crafted for the patient. Yannick Rousseau’s love for Tannat goes back to his homeland of Gascony, France. In 2007, he founded Y Rousseau Wines to showcase wines from his native country (e.g., Colombard, Tannat) that perform well in Sonoma's Russian River Valley. 

I recommend putting Yannick’s inky and substantial dry red wines made from Tannat on your wine radar. His 2014 rosé of Tannat, produced from a combination of direct pressing (75%) and free-run saignée (25%) methods, is a beautiful rosé to add to your wine radar as well. According to Yannick, who started making the 100% dry rosé of Tannat in 2012, it is the first ever made in the US. He attributes Tannat’s excellent acid structure to the wine’s success.  For further information and where you can find this tasty pink juice, please see my tasting notes below.


Review: Y Rousseau Wines 2014 Rosé of Tannat ($24): This rosé pours a lovely pale salmon color. Subtle fragrances of vibrant red berry fruit and fleshy citrus notes greet the nose. The flavors, which are pleasantly restrained, match the aromas and are firmly packed onto an energetic frame supported by crisp acids and a gentle, streamlined texture. The wine finishes with a bright, medium-long rounded finish. Overall, a wonderfully fresh and beautiful rosé that’s ideal for warm weather sipping. It would also be a great partner to foods like fish tacos, bacon wrapped shrimp, grilled chicken salad, cold pasta salads, or flatbread pizza – the pairings are almost endless. Approximately 275 cases of this wine were produced. Region: Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California. Other info: ABV 13.5%, 100% Tannat, fermented in stainless, aged 5 for months on lees – no stirring, screw cap enclosure). Rating: 91 Points. Click here to find this wine.

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6/22/2015

Quick Sip: The Hess Collection 2012 Allomi Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

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Today’s Quick Sip is The Hess Collection 2012 Allomi Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. The Hess Collection is renowned for expressive, well-structured Cabernet Sauvignons produced from mountain-grown Mount Veeder fruit. This single-vineyard selection comes from the estate’s Allomi Vineyard; a site situated just below the eastern base of Howell Mountain.

The 2012 growing season was ideal for Napa Valley’s prized grape variety, Cabernet Sauvignon. In addition to a great vintage, Hess cites the vineyard’s warmer temperatures and extended growing season as reasons for the wine’s round, ripe fruit character. For the Cork Exclusive special price of $23.99 (which includes free shipping on 3 or more bottles), this wine packs a lot of flavor and offers plenty of pleasure without breaking the piggy bank. It over-delivers for the (under $24) price point and is a very nice bottle to share with friends over a delicious meal. For further information and where you can find this wine, please see my tasting notes below.

The Hess Collection 2012 Allomi Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Review: The Hess Collection 2012 Allomi Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (SRP $30): This wine is drinking nicely right now; there are additions of Petite Sirah (10%) and Petit Verdot (2%) – with the latter contributing to the wine’s relative opacity. It pours a deep garnet color, delivering flavors of sweet black cherry, black currant, and blackberry joined by nicely integrated notes of vanilla bean, toasted brown baking spice, and dusty cocoa powder. In the mouth, the wine is harmonious with a velvet-like texture that’s framed by supple tannins, ending in a pleasing, spice-accented finish. Overall, a satisfying, reasonably price Cabernet to share with friends and enjoy at the dinner table – especially if grilled red meats or smoked pork is on the menu. Region: Napa Valley, California. Other info: ABV 14.4%, 18 months in American oak barrels, cork enclosure). Rating: 90.

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6/01/2015

Quick Sip: Rex Hill 2012 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

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Though there are some exceptions, you generally get what you pay for when it comes to Pinot Noir. The grape is often called finicky, fickle, and demanding – both in the vineyard and cellar. For good reason, growers and producers have referred to Pinot Noir as the "Heartbreak Grape." Pinot Noir is naturally low to medium yielding and has a built-in scarcity, since there are few wine regions where the variety fully expresses itself and thrives. Of course, there are more factors, but these are some reasons that can make Pinot Noir more expensive to grow and produce than varieties that are more accommodating, resilient and forgiving.

Oregon’s Willamette Valley is the state’s most recognized and largest wine-growing appellation. It is one of the select few regions in the wonderful world of wine that is well-known for growing world-class Pinot Noir. Today’s Quick Sip, the 2012 entry-level appellation Pinot Noir from Rex Hill, is appealing, harmonious in the mouth, and attractively priced – especially at the Cork-Exclusive deal of $24.99 (which includes free shipping on 3 or more bottles). This is an ideal bottle for the dinner table that would pair nicely with a wide variety of foods, including salmon, tuna, grilled veggies and more! For further information and where you can find this wine, please see my tasting notes below.

Rex Hill 2012 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

Review: Rex Hill 2012 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir (SRP $35): Medium-deep ruby color, this Pinot Noir offers inviting aromas of ripe black cherries, spicy plum, and juicy blackberries, joined by undertones of rose petals and sweet, caramelized oak tones. It is harmonious and medium-to-full bodied in the mouth, with nice ripeness, soft, relaxed tannins, and good acidity – that carries the dark red and purple fruit flavors through the medium-long, textured finish. Although an ideal slow sniffer-and-sipper to savor on its own, this wine is very versatile on the dinner table – think grilled salmon, lamb, or Portobello burgers. Region: Willamette Valley, Oregon. Other info: ABV 14%, 14 months in French oak barrels, cork enclosure). Rating: 90.

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5/20/2015

Quick Sip: Montes Alpha 2012 Syrah

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Today’s Quick Sip is the Montes Alpha 2012 Syrah from the Colchagua Valley in Chile. Located south of the capital city of Santiago, the Colchagua Valley, largely recognized for its red wines, is a well-known and regarded wine-growing appellation in Chile’s central valley. I had an opportunity to review this Syrah for a recent #SommChat Twitter tasting featuring Montes Alpha’s chief winemaker Aurelio Montes Sr. In celebration of “Earth Day,” Aurelio took time to tell us about Montes Winery as well as their new dry farming initiative.

Already adhering to sustainable agricultural practices since their founding in 1988; and certified under the Wines of Chile Sustainable Code, Montes Winery was compelled to do more. Realizing rainwater is a precious resource; and being responsible caretakers of the land, Montes Winery started a viticulture project in 2009. They began studying the impact of varying levels of vine irrigation on grape growth. Their findings proved significant; demonstrating that dry farming – which simply means the vineyard does not receive any irrigation -- improved the final quality of their wines. Aurelio notes, “We have seen in several tasting panels that through dry farming, we increase the concentration and final quality of the wines.” He added, “We get more ripe fruit, and more weight in the mouth, decreasing the use of water up to 65%.”



Montes’ dry farmed wines were introduced with the 2012 line-up of Alpha wines -- all produced from their Marchigüe and Apalta estates in Colchagua.  The Montes Alpha 2012 Syrah, which retails for $21.99, can be found online for $14.99 and represents very good value for the money. It is inky, shows good concentration and depth, and is harmonious in the mouth – hitting all the right notes. I recommend seeking some out this grilling season! For further information and where you can find this wine, please see my tasting notes below.

Review: Montes Alpha 2012 Syrah (SRP $21.99):  A deep, dark purple color, this aromatic Syrah is appealing and expansive in character, offering a mouth-filling medley of ripe blueberries, blackberries, and plum flavors joined by subtle notes of mocha spice, vanilla bean, and floral nuances. It is full and round in the mouth, with fine integrated tannins and enough acidity to lift the fruit and support the richness; providing wonderful balance. The finish is medium-long, fruit-driven, and satisfying. A more than pleasing solitary sipper, this is also an excellent selection to have on-hand at your next backyard cookout – think gourmet burgers, grilled red meats, or lamb chops!  Region: Colchagua Valley, Chile. Other info: ABV 14.5%, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Viognier, yields 2.8 tons per acre, 55% barrel aged for 12 months in French oak barrels with 1, 2, or 3 uses, cork enclosure). Rating: 90 Points. Click here to find this wine.

I would like to thank Montes Winery and Feast PR for their time and invitation to the Earth Day virtual tasting. Cheers!

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5/11/2015

Quick Sip: Château Miraval Côtes de Provence 2014 Rosé

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There is something about summer that makes a well-chilled bottle of rosé a very attractive option. I keep a significant number of drier examples in my sipping rotation year-round. After all, real men not only drink pink, but enjoy the pink drink through all four seasons. But during the warmer months in particular, the interest in rosé reaches an all-time high -- refreshing and satisfying the drinking needs of many. The wine’s fresh flavors and mouth-watering acidity make it one of the most food-friendly and versatile wines you can sip, bar none. This brings me to the Château Miraval Côtes de Provence 2014 Rosé; a very pretty wine – packaging included -- that emphasizes delicacy, brightness, and nuance.

Besides the cognac-like bottle and attractive packaging, what also draws attention to this Provencal rosé are its Hollywood A-List owners. Chateau Miraval is a joint venture between Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, and the Perrin family of Château de Beaucastel. The 1,000-acre estate, of which approximately 150 acres are planted to wine grapes, has been home to the couple since 2008. While some consumers purchase wines with their eyes (i.e., wine labels) and others are influenced by celebrity, this Côtes de Provence rosé stands on its own merits. It retails for $30, but can be found over at Cork-Exclusive for $21.99 with free shipping. I plan on adding several bottles to my warm weather sipping rack.  For further information and a link to this deal, please see my tasting notes.

Château Miraval Côtes de Provence 2014 Rosé

Review: Château Miraval Côtes de Provence 2014 Rosé ($30): A blend of Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah and Rolle, this rosé, which is characterized by freshness, brightness and subtlety, pours a pale salmon-pink color. Muted aromas of white stone fruits, rhubarb, crushed rose petal, hay, and underlying streaks of dried herbs extend to the palate; offering a slender and streamlined mouth-feel enlivened by a firm backbone of acidity. The flavors are sedate, yet well-balanced, with nothing particularly standing out. The wine finishes with a medium-long, acid-driven dry finish. Overall, this Provencal rosé is a warm weather essential that tops the charts for versatility and food-friendliness. Enjoy a bottle or three with friends this spring and summer over picnic or lunch fare. Region: Côtes de Provence, France. Other info: ABV 13%, vinified in stainless steel vats (95%) and barrels (5%) with bâtonnage, cork enclosure). Rating: 90 Points.

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5/04/2015

Quick Sip: Oak Farm Vineyards 2014 Sauvignon Blanc

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Today’s Quick Sip is Oak Farm Vineyards’ 2014 Sauvignon Blanc. Oak Farm is a 70 acre historical estate that dates back to the 1860's. The property’s founder, William DeVries, had a fondness for trees, particularly oaks, and many towering oaks from centuries back still stand on the property today. In 2004, the Panella family purchased Oak Farm. They opened the doors to their beautiful new tasting room in 2009. Managing partner Dan Panella tells me, “It's been steadily growing ever since!”

The grapes for this wine were sourced from Mohr-Fry Ranches and certified by Lodi Rules as sustainably grown. Mohr-Fry Ranches is another significant Lodi gem, whose agricultural history dates back to the 1850’s. I visited the property with a media group last spring and had an opportunity to learn about the fourth and fifth generation family-owned operation and walk through a Zinfandel block [pictured] where plantings date back to 1901.

Oak Farm Vineyards 2014 Sauvignon Blanc  

"Driven in pursuit of perfecting the wines of the Lodi appellation, we work to bring you one great glass of wine," reads the top right corner of the attractive wine label. I guess you can say mission accomplished, as this delightfully fresh and well-crafted Sauvignon Blanc, which captures an aura of spring, is ideal for warm weather sipping and a natural partner for lighter lunch and picnic fare. For further information and where you can find this wine, please see my tasting notes below.

Mohr-Fry Ranches: Own-rooted, head trained Zinfandel vines dating back to 1901 

Review: Oak Farm Vineyards 2014 Sauvignon Blanc  (SRP $19.00): A brilliant pale straw color, this Sauvignon Blanc offers vibrant aromas and flavors suggestive of lemongrass, citrus blossom, and melon with a whisper of fresh-cut grass. In the mouth, it is pure, fresh, and sleek with full, juicy flavors enlivened by mouth-watering acidity; ending in a crisp and clean medium-long finish. This wine is both versatile and extremely food-friendly, partnering nicely with anything from a warm and sunny spring or summer day to the winery’s food recommendations of goat cheese and crackers, oysters, Caesar salad, and pesto based pasta dishes. Approximately 229 cases of this wine were produced. Region: Lodi, California. Other info: ABV 13.5%, 100% Sauvignon Blanc, 100% stainless, cork enclosure). Rating: 89 Points. Click here to find this wine. 

I would like to thank Lodi Wine and Charles Communication for their time and invitation to the Earth Day virtual tasting. Always a grape time tasting and tweeting with you folks!

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4/27/2015

Quick Sip: Acquiesce Winery & Vineyards 2014 Picpoul Blanc

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Today’s Quick Sip is the 2014 Picpoul Blanc from Acquiesce Winery & Vineyards in Lodi, California. I had an opportunity to try this wine for a recent Earth Day tasting which highlighted sustainable wine-growers that participate in the region’s certified ‘Lodi Rules’ program. While Lodi is well-known for its old-vine Zinfandel, Cinsault, and other robust reds, the region’s light and vibrant white wines, that oft-time showcase pure fruit flavors with food-friendly acidity, are worthy of your attention.

And one of the brightest spots you will find in Lodi is Acquiesce Winery & Vineyards. Moved by a white Châteauneuf-du-Pape, proprietor and winemaker Sue Tipton brought her love for Rhone varieties to Lodi, with one small catch – no reds. Sue grows and crafts small batches of bright and refreshing Rhone-inspired white wines (and one rosé) from 100% estate fruit, with an annual production of approximately 1000 cases.  Acquiesce is Lodi’s only winery [that I know of] dedicated to producing only white wines. Picpoul Blanc, an ancient white wine grape variety known for its high acidity, is largely found in southern France. It is not a variety you see planted throughout the U.S. in significant numbers. With less than 100 cases produced, Sue’s delicious Picpoul Blanc is a wine I recommend putting on your radar and dinner table – especially with spring and summertime sipping ahead! For further information, please see my tasting notes below.

Gorgeous bottle, delicious juice inside! 

Review: Acquiesce Winery & Vineyards 2014 Picpoul Blanc (SRP $24): Light straw colored, this wine shows fresh aromas and flavors redolent of unripe pear, juicy yellow-fleshed fruits and subtle floral notes, with an underlying wet stone-like minerality.  In the mouth, the delicate yet crisp flavors are wrapped in a sleek, racy texture with a solid core of vibrant acidity driving the clean, medium-long finish. The winery describes it as “a perfect summer by the pool wine." Though great on its own, it's also a wonderful food wine – think summer salads, grilled fish (fish tacos), scallops, and light poultry dishes. With only 100 vines planted, the winery produced approximately 98 cases of this delightful, mouthwatering white wine. Region: Lodi, California. Other info: ABV 12.5%, 100% Picpoul Blanc, stainless, estate grown, produced, and bottled, cork enclosure). Rating: 90 Points. Click here to find this wine.

I would like to thank Lodi Wine and Charles Communication for their time and invitation to the Earth Day virtual tasting. Always a grape time tasting and tweeting with you folks!

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4/20/2015

Quick Sip: Godelia 2010 Mencia

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Today’s Quick Sip is the Godelia 2010 Mencia. Bodegas Godelia is situated in Bierzo, a mountainous wine region in the northwestern portion of Spain; just below Galicia. It is here where Mencia, a little-known Spanish red grape variety, thrives. Mencia is capable of producing deeply colored, fragrant, and interesting wines worthy of your attention. This time of year, many of the wines I write about and share on social media are ideal bottles to pair with backyard cookouts. The Godelia 2010 Mencia ranks high on my BBQ match-maker meter and is an excellent choice for partnering with grilled or smoked game meats. At the Cork-Exclusive special price of $16.99 (with free shipping), this wine represents good value for the money. It is also an intriguing alternative red wine to share with friends and family over dinner. For further information, please see my tasting notes.

Godelia 2010 Mencia

Review: Godelia 2010 Mencia (SRP $22): Deep ruby colored, this wine is both rustic and charming at the same time, delivering flavors of brambly blackberry, sun-dried purple/blue berry fruit, licorice, violets, and mineral tones – redolent of stones and flint, with just enough acidity to support the fruit and keep the wine appetizing. In the mouth, the wine is dense and velvet-like in texture, with dried dark fruit flavors and spiced cocoa-laced grainy tannins rounding out the medium-long finish. It is a ready sipping partner for grilled red meats or rich, red sauce dishes. I recommend letting it breathe for approximately 30 minutes before serving. Region: Bierzo, Spain. Other info: ABV 14.5%, 12 months in French and American oak barrels, cork enclosure. Rating: 89 Points.

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