Archive for the Platinum Records Category

Domaine Coudert, Clos de la Roilette Fleurie Cuvée Tardive 2011, Beaujolais, France

I visited the Clos de la Roilette, which is located on Alain Coudert's tiny ancestral property where I was treated like a King. It helped that his Quebec based agent Remy Charest from Les Vieux Garçons, had pointed me in his direction and gave them a heads-up I was on my way.   Inter Beaujolais provided me with this excursion, but this tasting was taken on personal time – and was it ever time well spent. I huffed my way to his Fleurie location, which is almost in the shadow of iconic Read more [...]

Birichino Malvasia Bianca 2010 Monterey, USA

Bewildering. One scent and sip of the Birichino Malvasia Bianca and you are transported into an impressionist painted oenological wonderland. The wine is that different, that real, and honestly great that it deserves mention. I tasted this at a wine show put on by the California Wine Institute. Suffice to say my mouth was quite tuned to Chardonnay galore in the key of California, and this Malvasia Bianca was a fork in the road.   I believe I overheard John Locke, the winemaker, mention Read more [...]

Zemlia Himno Malbec 2009, Mendoza, Argentina

I had the pleasure of trying 170+ wines during 5 or so days of intense tasting in Argentina, and yes it did tire my taste buds and cloud my memory as to particular tastes for each of those wines.  This wine is one of the very best of the wines I was offered and easy to recall the sensation of tasting it.  The 2009 Zemlia Himno Malbec is a small batch wine, only about 2000 bottles (not cases) were produced.  Nothing but the very best grapes and wine making went into those 2000 bottles.  85% Malbec Read more [...]

Constantia Glen Red, Coastal Region, South Africa

Note: This is the third and final wine and music matching for the product of this winemaker.  I really enjoyed this trio of wines and encourage you to seek them out – they are not easy to find but well worth the effort.  I don't usually focus in on one winemaker like this – and as always I have not received any special consideration beyond samples of these wines. This wine poured dark with oxblood highlights.  The 2007 Constantia Glen smells of intense raspberry and blackberry, with a whiff Read more [...]

Boekenhoutskloof The Wolftrap Syrah Mourvèdre Viognier, Western Cape, South Africa

The 2009 triple blend of Syrah, Mourvèdre and a drop of the white grape Viognier is a whirling,  young Tasmanian Devil of a wine. Just like the popular cartoon character Tasmanian Devil is simply referred to as Taz, I am happy that I can cut Boekenhoutskloof down to the “Wolftrap” for us English speakers. Still very young, this 2009 vintage flavour bomb wine is juicy and earthy. The smell is complex with floral notes, bacon, leather and something familiar to health-nuts: flax seed oil. Read more [...]

Bodega Ecologica Ruiz Villanueva 300 Dias Del Sol Tempranillo Vino De La Tierra De Castilla, La Mancha, Spain

Are you a fan of “Natural” wine, products of minimal manipulation that really taste like the grapes got squeezed into your mouth and picked up a few alcoholic points along the way? I am. And the organic Spanish 300 Dias Del Sol Tempranillo has exactly what I like. The wine pours brownish (not like the Chard in Bottle Shock!). And that brown theme continues on the nose with caramel candies, think Werther's Originals toffee which are essentially hard gourmet versions Kraft caramel squares. I Read more [...]
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