Sunday, May 29, 2011

Whole Foods - Top Ten Summer Wines Tasting

Each summer Whole Foods puts out a top ten list of wines for summer. I tasted four of them today. And just a reminder that there are no notes on aroma because of the teeny weeny plastic cups WF uses for their tastings nowadays. Such a shame.

Vitiano Rosso 2009, Umbria, Italy - $11.99
Past vintages of this wine by Falesco have included Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, and Merlot, but this one only includes the first two (the label above is borrowed from the 2007 vintage). This wine was rated 89 points by Antonio Galloni of the Wine Advocate. In fact, all of the previous vintages of this wine going back to 1998 have been rated in the high 80s to low 90s with the major wine publications.

I tasted dark fruit, minerals, black tea, dry, and soft to moderate tannins - I like this wine. It's nice and a good value.

Evodia Old Vines Grenache 2009, Calatayud, Spain - $9
This Spanish 100% old vines Grenache was rated 90 points by both Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar and Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. The 2007 and 2008 vintages of this wine rated similarly with these two publications.

I tasted dark fruit, dry, a little spice, tobacco finish, soft to moderate tannins, and a little acid - nice and fresh - I liked it!

Update - August 3, 2011
See the updated tasting notes on this wine!

Château Paradis Casseuil Bordeaux 2009, France - $20
This Domaine Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) Bordeaux is a blend of 58% Merlot, 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 3% Cabernet Franc according to the winery's website. Mike at Whole Foods said that it is unoaked - that's my kind of wine!

I tasted dark fruit, black tea, soft tannins, minerals - a very nice and restrained wine. I really like it!

Perrin & Fils Nature Côtes du Rhône 2010, France - $12.99
Another wine from France, this time from the Côtes du Rhône region. I tasted dark fruit, black tea, moderate tannins - a nice wine! The image above is borrowed from the 2009 vintage. See more tasting notes for this wine!

In fact, I've been impressed with all of the wines tasted today! Bravo to Whole Foods for having these four wines on its summer top ten list!

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