Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Marqués de Cáceres 2007 Rioja Crianza

Founded in 1970 in the heart of Rioja Alta, Marques de Caceres has been the pioneer of modern style Rioja wines with intense colour, rich fruit and delicious tannins.

This crianza red wine is made from hand-picked tempranillo grapes with a small proportion of graciano and garnacha, selected from Rioja's finest vineyards.

Aged for 16 months in French and American oak barrels, followed by at least 14 months in the bottle, this wine reveals delicious black fruit flavours balanced by a delicate touch of vanilla and spice.

A perfect accompaniment to all kinds of foods, especially Mediterranean cuisine, vegetables, pasta, rice and meat dishes, and fine cheeses.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Purple Moon Shiraz

I think this is the epitome of an "average" wine. It is fruity with semi-sweet flavors, low acid and very mild tannins. It's also clean and has a bit of smokey Syrah aroma going for it. But there's no ambition, no individual character whatsoever. While this is perfectly drinkable, in fact easy to drink, it's dull. Like a top 40 pop song, it gets old quickly, though it's simple to enjoy.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Gascon Malbec 2010

Since 1884, Don Miguel Gascón has been synonymous with the fine wines from Argentina's Mendoza region. With high altitude vineyards at the foothills of the majestic Andes, Bodegas Escorihuela Gascón is renowned for bringing Argentine Malbec to the world stage. Gascón offers wines that reveal the rich tradition and contemporary culture of Argentina's wine capital

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Medoc Malbec 2010

The Medoc sub-region of Bordeaux is home to four of the most famous appellations in France: Saint-Estephe, Pauillac, Saint-Julien and Margaux. The Medoc runs along the western bank of the Gironde estuary, covering a 50-mile (80-km) strip from the city of Bordeaux to the Atlantic Ocean. Its larger, southern section is known as the Haut-Medoc, and it is here that more fine wine is produced per acre than almost anywhere else in the world. The northern section, once commonly referred to as Bas-Medoc, also produces quality wines, but to nothing like the same extent. Its wines are made under the generic Medoc appellation and are less ambitious and cellar-worthy. That said, significant changes have taken place over the last 25 years, including extensive replanting and the appropriation of winemaking techniques used by the more successful Haut-Medoc producers. This has resulted in some winemakers gaining a reputation for consistently high-quality red wines that are very attractively priced.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Mionetto Il Moscato

I usually don't like sweet wine since the calories counter goes crazy, but to end a night with this is really mystical and enchanting. I have several bottles of this great desert wine.

Wine Maker’s Notes:This gentle-sparkling wine is fresh and crisp with a floral bouquet and fruit finish. The gentle efferves- cence of this distinctive white wine makes it a favorite at celebrations and social gatherings. Perfect for summer patio parties!
Pairing:Serve as an aperitif or after brunch, lunch or dinner. Enjoy with dessert – from simple fresh fruit to sophis- ticated pastries. The “IL” Moscato also serves as an excellent complement to spicier cuisine such as Indian or Thai.

Lapostolle Casa Merlot

Still a favorite worldwide, this soft-textured, fruity red is extremely easy to drink, food friendly, and versatile, which means it will be around for a long time—despite any movie-inspired tantrums.

This major Bordeaux red grape made its way to Chile in the mid-19th century, but didn’t become truly popular here until the early 1990s. “Chilean Merlot” as it was known, had a unique spicy, green-peppery characteristic that was later discovered to be due to a stowaway in the vineyard. Carmenere, a fellow Bordeaux grape that had long been forgotten in France, was found among the Merlot in 1994.

The vineyards have since been separated and true Merlot appears in nearly every one of Chile’s wine valleys and results in wines that range from fruity and friendly to vibrant and exciting, depending upon where it is planted.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Di Majo Norante Sangiovese Terre Degli Osci Igt 2009 750ML

This wine is from Italy. The 2006 Sangiovese Terre Degli Osci is simply gorgeous. This superbly balanced red offers generous, super-ripe blueberry, spice and sweet toasted oak along with a soft, accessible personality. Despite its very ripe style, the wine remains surprisingly fresh. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2009. -89 Pts. Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate SANGIOVESE Wine

Campos de Solano: Cabernet Sauvignon

Campos de Solana is a relatively new company but was formed by two families with a long history winemaking. They have burst onto the scene and now have the largest market share of sales in domestic Bolivia. They use the latest in production techniques and also use grapes grown in the highest vineyards in the world which allows them to produce extremely tasty and aromatic wines. Their varieties are listed below. The general manager shows us through the Campos de Solana wine cellars and explains there philosophy of winemaking in one of the newly planted vineyards intended to increase their production in the future.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Orzada Cabernet Sauvignon

The deep, dark color of this wine is inviting. Rich aromas of dried figs, red currants, blueberries, black cherries and lychee lead the way, with lingering notes of chocolate, leather, olives and ink.
This refined Cabernet Sauvignon offers a balanced and elegant palate, with plentiful, smooth tannins and touches of vanilla. The long and complex finish is harmonic, with refreshing acidity.