Archive for the Red (Still) Category

Kenwood Vineyards Pinot Noir 2010, Russian River Valley, California

 I am not a wine drinker who looks for alcohol content on my bottles very often, but when sizing up a Napa Valley or Sonoma County Pinot Noir the alcohol by volume measure usually foreshadows the imminent drink. The 2010 Kenwood Vineyards Pinot Noir from Sonoma's Russian River Valley shows a middle-weight 13.5% which suggest cooler temperature and, in theory, some acidity. I pulled this wine out to match with a steak salad with arugula for greens, drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Read more [...]

Pisano RPF Tannat 2007, Progreso, Uruguay

So your cellar is stocked with wines from Uruguay right? Chances are if you do have a Uruguayan bottle it is from Pisano. A quick and unscientific survey shows they are about the largest producer brand available outside the borders of Uruguay. I actually had two bottles of their wine this weekend along with 2007 Pisano RPF Tannat I also drank a bottle of the RFP Merlot/Tannat. The thoroughbred Tannat bottle came sealed with cork, whereas the blend used a foam cork alternative. As much as I found Read more [...]

2006 Rocca delle Macie Chianti Classico Reserva, Toscana, Italy

I am happy to be presenting the 2006 Rocca delle Macie Chianti Classico Reserva. All too often wines that are available to me, may not be available to every reader that drops by the website. That is a healthy thing in terms of wine diversity, but an obstacle in sharing a common bond with readers. The Rocca delle Macie Chianti Classico Reserva is a wine that is available in many markets and is worth writing about. I have a long standing appreciation for Chiantis. When done right they are a marriage Read more [...]

Château Philippe-le-Hardi Héloise 2010 Mercurey, Burgundy, France

The Burgundian producer Château Philippe-le-Hardi offers a few variants of Pinot Noir hailing from Mercurey. In general terms Mercurey offers more robust and spicey wines than the vast majority of other Burgundy reds, and the Héloise bottle from Château Philippe-le-Hardi is a great example where that style really shines. I tasted this wine at the Grand Dégustation wine show in Montreal and the winery rep taught me an interesting French phrase for describing firecracker bottles such as these. Read more [...]

Château de Vaurenard Beaujolais Supérieur 2007, 2006, Beaujolais, France

Ghislain de Longevialle is a passionate man when it comes to making cellar worthy wines. His Château de Vaurenard Beaujolais Supérieur wines may come from more the humble AOC Beaujolais, and not a coveted Cru, but they are built to age for up to twenty years. The use of Supérieur on a non Cru wine is a rare approach, but the qualifications for the designation are important parts in giving his wine that longevity. He ages his wine in huge wooden casks for as long as several years to “incubate” Read more [...]

Domaine du Penlois Beaujolais Villages Cuvée Prestige 2009

Corrine and Maxence Besson are two of the warmest hosts you can have when visiting the Beaujolais. Generous with the wines they pour with pride, and more than willing to chit chat about them as well. I first met Corrine at a wine show in Montreal. They were one of the few wineries there who were looking for an agency in Quebec, and since they didn't have any local help with PR, their booth was a little bit quiet. I am always looking to turn over a new stone, so I walked up and got acquainted with Read more [...]
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