Posts tagged 2007

Chateau de Brau Cuvée Exquise Cabardés 2007, Languedoc, France

2007 was a hot and dry year across Europe, and France was not spared. Winemakers there were rewarded with some hard earned fruit-forward wines that were a feast consumers who revere French blends with a little bit of jam. Organic growers like Chateau de Brau had to be especially resourceful in producing enough wine with limited, yet concentrated, yields. The Cuvée Exquise is a great example of what a blended wines can be. A product of Merlot, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah which are all Read more [...]

Baron Philippe de Rothschild Mouton Cadet Bordeaux 2007, Bordeaux, France

Mouton Cadet has become a trusted brand to millions of wine drinkers and franco-files around the globe. The best known name in Bordeaux evokes timeless quality and an affordable piece of old world nobility. Made of the three noble grapes of the area Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot you can expect each and every bottle to taste uniformly accurate to the iconic Mouton Cadet formula. The taste is soil forward with muted fruit and a semi full body. Many French 2007s show concentrated fruit Read more [...]

Feudo Di Santa Tresa’s 2007 Sicilia IGT Nivuro, Sicily, Italy

If you want to paint a picture of Sicily fifty years ago, you would think of old ladies in frumpy dresses preparing supper outdoors, kids running around the yard and old men sipping wine, smoking cigarettes and gesticulating frantically about the mundane goings on around them. Feudo Di Santa Tresa's 2007 Sicilia IGT Nivuro tastes just like that glass of wine the geezers were sipping on – including the smoke. 70% Nero D'Avola and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon this wine lives on the fine edge between smooth Read more [...]

Le Ragnaie Brunello Di Montalcino, Toscana, Italy

Italian laws can be quite inflexible when it comes to naming rights for its wines. Montalcino has been producing its Brunello Di Montalcino for eons by aging the wine for at least two and a half years in wooden barrels. In nineteen-eighty-four wine makers in Montalcino won the right to market their wines that were barrelled for only 6 months under the new name of Rosso Di Montalcino and retain the prestigious Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita. Le Ragnaie is one of the smaller vineyards Read more [...]

Chianti Classico DOCG Castellare Riserva 2006, Toscana, Italy

I would drink Chianti with pretty much any meal. I even love how a Chianti is spelled. I like to picture myself zooming around the villages of Tuscany on a Vespa carrying a wicker basket loaded with prosciutto (another word that is fun to spell) and a bottle of Chianti popping out of the side of my backpack at opposite angle a loaf of fresh baked bread. Chianti's charm starts before you open the bottle. It lives in a place in my imagination where Chianti is still sold in wicker-bottomed teardrop Read more [...]

Tasting Notes: Unfamiliar Italy.

If only somebody would write a geography text book based on wine making, we would all have a better understanding of the world we live in and we would learn to enjoy wonderful wines made with a greater variety of grapes, winemakers and winemaking techniques. During my last blog I made mention of a couple tools that we all use in our daily lives but wine enthusiasts could make better use of when educating themselves about their wines. Google and Wikipedia. Use maps and varietel descriptions to familiarize Read more [...]
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