Archive for October, 2010

2006 La Castellina Chianti Classico Riserva Squarcialupi

Appellation: Chianti

Tasting Notes: 90% Sangiovese, 5% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.  14% ABV.  Dark violet, darker than I expected. Nose is very complex, with red fruit, smoke, cigar box, and pepper.  Nice red fruit, lovely, elegant, with some cedar, tobacco, and pepper coming in at the end.  The addition of a little Merlot and Cab is evident with in the rounded edges.  Long dry finish, makes you want some pasta with red sauce, crusty bread, and lots of friends to share it.  Fantastic wine.

Rating: 4/5

Price: $29.99 at Beltway Fine Wines

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2007 Quinta da Aveleda Douro Charamba

Appellation:  Douro, Portugal

Tasting Notes:  13% ABV.  This wine is made from Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca, and Tinta Roriz.  Since I had not only never had these varietals, I had never heard of them, so I was very excited to try this wine.  Color is dark, but the wine is not completely opaque, which is interesting.  Nose at first is a cedar box full of dark cherries.  I also get a little earthiness.  Attack is dark fruit with that wood, then transitioning to some pepper.  The finish is dry, with more fruit lingering for a bit.  Acidic.  An interesting mouthfeel transition – at first, this is very smooth and elegant, but becomes a little less refined as it moves through the mouth.  Nice structure.  The wood and acidity don’t play perfectly well together.  Very interesting, unique, and very good QPR.

Rating:  3/5

Price:  About $10, this was in the Chesapeake Wine case of the month

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2006 Estancia Cabernet Sauvignon Keyes Canyon Ranches

Appellation: Paso Robles, Central Coast, California

Tasting Notes: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon.  13.5% ABV.  Dark violet color.  Nose is dark fruit, blueberry/blackberry, with a little chocolate coming through.  A little jammy.  Nice initial attack of dark fruit, a hint of chocolate and oak.  Tannins are a little harsh, and it’s a bit hollow on the mid palate.  Finish is short, this sort of just disappears.  There is a little vegetal flavor right at the end.  Decanting would help (it was a little better on day 2).  I was excited to try this, and it turned out to be OK.

Rating: 2/5

Price: Unknown, someone brought this to my house.  The winery website has it at $16

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Our beloved Leslie Lovo takes the Gold, going 4 for 4 on the blind tasting, during the 2010/2011 inaugural MPA Wine Tasting, this past Saturday. Felicidades Leslie ! (the 5th round was a wash or maybe a slosh describes it better, because people were a little too happy by that point) And thanks to Keith and Kelsey for being such wonderful hosts !

In order of tasting …

2007 Domaine des Roches Neuves (Thierry Germain) “L’Insolite” Saumur
Tasting Notes : 100% chenin blanc, clay-limestone soil, fermentation in oak barrel, aged 12 months in oak, 13% vol. Quite raw, fleshy, fruity and complex on the nose, almost effervescent, with notes of fresh grass and flowers. Full-bodied, balanced, slightly off-dry and a little sour in the mouth. This wine is rich and slightly bitter with flavors of apples, peach and dried raisins.
Rating : 15/20 (13.3/20 MPA average)
Price : 18€00 @ La Grande Epicerie Paris

MPA winos …
Laura, “makes my inner thighs tingle” (14/20)
Jonathan, “dewey Spring morning” (11/20)
Christina, “pineapple, orange blossom” (13/20)
Rajul, “baba au rhum, pear with a hint of fresh paint thinner” (9.6/20)
Sayko, “onion rings with vinegar” (17/20)
Virginie, “swimming pool” (15/20) (more…)

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