This is a lighter, but traditional, Rioja. Garnet in color, clear and bright. The nose is a bit earthy with fresh cherries and a whiff of tobacco. Light to medium bodied. Light tannins. Good acidity. On the palate, flavors of cherries with a bit of char. Anise on the finish. This drinks easily and should for the next five to seven years. Nice on its own, this would be a great mid week meatloaf or pizza wine.
This is a Rosé from Spain that is a blend of 90% Tempranillo and 10% Garnacha. It is Salmon pink/copper in color, clear and bright. The nose is interesting with a slight orange/citrus note along with cherries, strawberries and a very slight vanilla note. (As an aside, both this and the Blanco had a vanilla note, but it does not appear the wines so oak, so where does it come from?). Medium bodied with a slightly oily texture. On the palate, lots of fresh cherries, some cranberries and slight red currants. A bitter almond note on the finish. This is refreshing and a lovely wine to serv
This is a blend of 93% Viura, 4% Sauvignon Blanc, and 3% Verdejo grapes from the Rioja region of Spain. Green/gold in color, clear and bright. The nose is nice with sea air/salinity, Limes, and slight vanilla note. Light bodied with a slightly viscous texture. 12% abv. On the palate, this is very refreshing. Limes with underlying minerality. Good acidity. This will work well with lighter foods. Tuna or Chicken salad would work well. drink over the next couple of years. Great Value!
This is an unoaked Cabernet Sauvignon from Argentina. It provides excellent value. Screw capped. Ruby/purple in color, clear and bright. The nose has cassis, black cherries, and sandalwood. Medium to full bodied. Medium tannins. On the palate, black cherries with slight minty note especially on the finish. This wine delivers a lighter, but present, style of Cab that would be great for Cookouts or other parties. Drink over the next three to five years. A good wine to pair with Burgers off the grill.
This is a really great value for a nice, easy to drink Chardonnay. Made with Organic grapes and coming in at 12.5% ABV. Screw capped. Pale gold in color with slight green hues, clear and bright. The nose is tight at first but opens with some air. Slightly viscous and slightly oily texture. On the palate, this is more open with grapefruit notes. Long finish with strong grapefruit notes. Good acidity. This drinks very well on its own and is also food friendly with lighter foods. It worked with with stuffed grape leaves. Drink over the next few years.
This Prosecco is made from 85% Glera and 15% Chardonnay grapes. Silvery gold in color with a nice mousse of medium sized bubbles. The nose has a pleasant yeasty quality to it along with golden apples, and slight ginger notes. Medium bodied. Good acidity. On the palate, there is a hint of sweetness as this comes across as off-dry. Apples with a touch of honey and slight ginger. Long finish. This is nice on its own and worked with with fried appetizers. Drink over the next few years.
For those who like a bit more "Borgundian" style of Oregon Pinot Noir, Thomas is a great choice. Also, 2008 was a ripe vintage and I am reminded once again, the "great" vintages in Oregon are not the ones where J.
Ruby in color, some browning, but appropriate for age 17. Clear and bright. The nose is nice with cherries, some earthy funk/Merde notes, spice and slight darker cherry notes. Medium to full bodied. Light tannins. Nice balance. On the palate, cherries, black cherries and earthiness. Complex. Bigger on the nose than the palate. Nice finish. Overall, everything one could ask from a 17 year old 1er Cru from a good/not great vintage. It went very well with Tofu and Veggies (at a Japanese Restaurant). Pretty much at peak now, but still five to ten more top years left.
2015 Zilliken (Forstmeister Geltz) Saarburger Rausch Riesling Kabinett #9, Germany, Mosel, Wine Review
Light golden in color, clear and bright. The nose is nice. Fresh and young. Pears, slight peach, and some minerality.. Slightly viscous texture but balanced with crisp acidity. Sweet, could easily be a Spatlese. Long finish. This wine still seems quite primary. It went well with Japanese Tofu and vegetables. It will still improve over the next ten years and be good drinking for the next twenty or more.
Wines from this winery keep showing up from the early 70's. I am not sure of the story, but it seems to stem from the sale of the winery and vineyards in 2014 from the Lurton family to Dennis Debourdieu. The vineyards were ripped up and new plantings incorporated into Chateau Doisy-Daene. It is an old estate in fact, it was classified as a second growth in the 1855 classification of Bordeaux.