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Domaine Lassagne Saint-Amour 2007, Beaujolais, France

Domaine Lassagne may in fact be the only French vineyard with a more Italian sounding name than the decidedly better known Domaine Romanee-Conti. I had the pleasure of tasting three Domaine Lassagne Saint-Amour vintages and the 2007 was interesting in terms of gathering a wide bouquet of fruit characteristics. Everybody raves about the 2009/10/11 trio of vintages attracting drinkers to Beaujolais, but I was impressed with the staying power and quality of a good number of 2007s as well – I may keep Read more [...]

Manoir du Carra Fleurie Vers le Mont 2010, Beaujolais, France

I visited the Manoir du Carra, which disguises itself as a tiny hamlet perched on a hill overlooking the rolling hills of the Beaujolais. The architecture was not about standing out as much as being a part landscape, and that same value system is present in the wine they produce. The 2010 Manoir du Carra Fleurie Vers le Mont is one of many wines the Sambardier family vinify in their space efficient winery. My quick survey shows they release ten wines from 9 different Beaujolais appellations. I am Read more [...]

Guy Rochais Château de Plaisance L’Insolent Chaume Sec, Loire, France

Guy Rochais is my kind of wine maker. A barrel-chested moustached, friendly but gruff real-life version of the French cartoon character Asterix's sidekick Obelix. He managed to humbly boast about his wines as he twisted my arm to taste through his entire flight of wines. His spell on me was also helped by the fact that he makes organic and biodynamic wine in the Loire. He grows most of his grapes in the town of Savennières, and by tradition his white grapes are Chenin Blanc. I met him at a trade Read more [...]

Francis Ford Coppola Director’s Cut 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County, United States

Let me start with a slight digression; I wonder how often folks walk up to Martin Scorsese and tell them they love his wine? With that absurdity, I promise I will write the rest of the of this blog without the predictable movie metaphors.   Alright, back to business. The 2010 Francis Ford Coppola Driector's Cut Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma is a great sample of what you want from a Sonoma Cab.   Roasting Cherry scents waft from the glass. The roasting effect isn't smokey per 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 [...]

Hedges Family Estates CMS Red Assemblage, 2009, Washington State, USA

The Hedges Family Estates Red Assemblage CMS form 2009 was a wonderful surprise to me. I went to a Taste Washington event looking to dive into their Riesling offerings, and tried this one on a whim. This wine hits high marks on mouthfeel, complex herbally flavour and tasteful doff of the beret to French winemaking.   In fact the French have a great word for the texture of wine like this, “Onctueux.” No English word expresses this idea of smooth and velvety, devoid of chewiness. From Read more [...]
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