This is 60% Touriga Nacional and 40% Aragonez grapes. Salmon pink in color, clear and bright. The nose is tight but opens to show orange zest and slight cherries. Nice slightly oily but creamy texture. On the palate, quince, cherries and slight herbal note. Enough acidity to put it all together. Nice finish. Very refreshing. Very nice on its own, this would also work with a Margharita pizza. Drink over the next few years.
Yellow gold in color, clear and bright. The nose is nice and all about the minerality. Medium bodied. Nice acidity. Slightly crisp texture which works well. On the palate, guava and slight pineapple. Good finish. This is drinking well now and should continue for ten to twelve more years. Nice on its own, this will work well with fried foods.
Yellow/gold in color, clear and bright. Great nose. sort of "Juicy Fruit" gum with some minerality. Nice texture. Moderate acidity. The palate matches the nose. Solid finish. This is a nice, easy drinking dry Riesling. It drinks nicely on its own and will work with lighter foods such as a fruit or seafood salad.
Young, but a wonderful Cote Rotie. Purple in color, slim ruby rim, opaque and bright. The nose has black cherries and black raspberries, black olive and black pepper with a bit of smoke, Full bodied. On the palate, black raspberries, black raspberries and black pepper. Medium tannins. Deep but primary. This needs a five to ten more years of good cellaring. Drink for twenty after that. If drinking soon, it should be with food. Cassoulet is the choice.
Purple in color, ruby at the rim, opaque and bright. The nose has cherries, tobacco and slight barnyard. Great texture Tannins are all integrated. Complex and deep. Just about at peak. Layers of cherries and black cherries and also some tobacco. Good finish. Delicious. This drinks well on its own but is better with food. Lamb stew would be a nice choice. Drink over the next five to seven years.
Great showing for this wine. Purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose has some funk/brett. Also, black cherries and slight plums. Full bodied. The palate has minerals, plums, and black cherries. Layered and complex. This at the young side of peak but it is mature. Long finish. Delicious. This is great on its own and will work well with food. Roasted duck is a nice choice. drink over the next eight to twelve years.
2012 Williams Selyem Chardonnay Olivet Lane Vineyard, USA, California, Sonoma, Russian River Valley, Wine Review
What a treat to try this at age 10. Deeper gold but with a bit of yellow hues, clear and bright. The nose has lemons, minerals, slight hazelnut and some oak/spice. Full bodied. Nice velvety texture. On the palate, lemons and minerals. This is slightly past its prime but drinking well. Plenty of depth and interest. This drinks well on its own but probably better with food at this point. It would pair well with lobster. Drink over the next few years.
From the southwest of France, this is a blend of Tannat, Cabernet and Pinenc from the southwest of France. Purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose has black cherries, spice, and oak. Full bodied. Very tannic. On the palate, boysenberries, ash, and black cherries. Good finish. This needs some air although the tannins will certainly outlast the fruit in this wine. It is just part of the drinking experience. Due to that, food is probably a good idea. Cassoulet would work well. Drink over the next five to seven years. Nice Value.
This red is from the island of Sicily, Ruby/purple in color, mostly clear and bright. The nose has cherries, black cherries and slight black olive notes. Medium bodied. Good acidity. On the palate, more black cherry than cherry. A bit of underlying char. Moderate finish. Fully mature at this point. This will work better with food. Pork chops or burgers off the grill would do well. drink over the next few years.
This is a blend of Glera and Pinot Noir grapes. Salmon pink in color. Frothy with a variety of sized bubbles. The nose has strawberries and slight apple notes. Medium bodied. On the palate, there is nice acidity. Slightly sweet. Cherries and strawberries. A lingering finish. An enjoyable Prosecco with some depth as well. Very nice on its own, this should work well with food. It would go nicely with roasted turkey or duck. Drink over the next couple of years.