Thursday, May 31, 2012

H&G Small Batch Limited Production Pinot Noir 2009, Central Otago, New Zealand - $15

I purchased this wine on sale at Whole Foods for $15/bottle.

Aroma - soft red fruit
Taste - bright red fruit, good acid, clean finish, soft tannins

Love this wine, especially at this sale price! Had it with pasta in marinara sauce - so yummy!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Guenoc Petite Sirah 2010, California - $9

I purchased this wine at Central Market for $9/bottle.

Aroma - dark fruit, ink, spice
Taste - dark fruit, ink, spice, dry, strong tannins, soft dark cocoa

Good, especially for the price!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Château Moulin du Terrier Bordeaux 2007, France - $8

I purchased this wine at Costco for $8/bottle.

Aroma - dark fruit
Taste - dark fruit, dark chocolate, dry

Yummy with beef kabobs!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, CA -$23

Had this wine at a tasting. It was rated 91 points by Wine Spectator, and retails online for approximately $21 to $25/bottle.

Aroma - dark fruit, a little hot (14.3% alcohol!)
Taste - dark fruit, dark chocolate, dry

Yum! Great with beef tenderloin in chimichurri sauce.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Fetish The Watcher Shiraz 2008, Barossa Valley, Australia - $15

Had this wine at a wine and food pairing event tonight. It was rated 91 by Wine Spectator and 90 by Wine Enthusiast. It retails for $15/bottle online.

Aroma - purple jammy fruit, a little hot (14.5% alcohol)
Taste - purple jammy fruit, spice, dry, dark cocoa finish, smoky

Good paired with grilled shrimp and Romesco on garlic flatbread.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Update - Paul Mas Estate Single Vineyard Collection Carignan 2009, Languedoc, France - $15

Tasted this wine at Central Market, where it retails for $15/bottle. See the updated tasting notes for this wine on its main page.

Domaine de la Chapelle des Bois Fleurie 2007, France - $42

Went to Uchiko with the Italy crew - DT and VT had never been before!

This wine retails for $42/bottle at Uchiko. It is 100% Gamay, which is great with sushi.

Aroma - tart cherries and spice
Taste - tart cherries, very dry, very acidic, moderate tannins

Yum! Went great with all of the fabulous food we had today, including P-38 (Japanese yellowtail, avocado, yuzu kosho, grilled negi, cilantro) and other rolls, Uchi Salad (hydroponic baby romaine, jalapeño edamame), Crispy Brussels Sprouts (with lemon chili), Karaage (fried marinated chicken, sansho pepper, seasonal pickle), Tempura Onion Rings (togarashi, white soy), Suzuki Yaki (grilled Mediterranean sea bass, tomato, mint, thai chili), Hot Rock (“sear it yourself” Wagyu beef, Japanese river rock), and Wagyu Shortrib (with smoked grape, almond, chive blossoms).

Austin Wine Merchant - Divers Burgundies Tasting

Austin Wine Merchant hosted a Burgundy tasting today featuring one white Burgundy and three red Burgundies.

Bouchard Père et Fils Bourgogne Blanc Chardonnay Reserve 2009, Burgundy, France - $17.50
Aroma - light citrus and honey
Taste - light citrus and grapefruit, clean
Like! Not much oak!

Bouchard Père et Fils Bourgogne Pinot Noir Reserve 2009, Burgundy, France - $17.50
Aroma - tart cherries
Taste - tart cherries, dry, acidic, black tea
Very nice, especially for the price.

Joseph Drouhin Côte de Beaune 2009, Burgundy, France - $29.99
This wine is 100% Pinot Noir.
Aroma - dry cherries, gunpowder
Taste - black cherries, tart, acidic, dry, smoky finish
Nice if you want smoky.

Louis Jadot Beaune Cru Boucherettes 2008, Burgundy, France - $45
This wine is 100% Pinot Noir.
Aroma - tart fruit, almost like pickles
Taste - tart fruit, serious pucker factor, soft to moderate tannins, wood
Not my favorite, although complex and interesting. Would be interested to see how it develops after it breathes, as well as with time. AWM staff agreed - think that this wine could be held as long as 9 or 10 years and will develop over time.

As always, a very nice tasting at Austin Wine Merchant!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Château de Lavernette Beaujolais-Villages 2009, France - $14

I tasted this wine at a reception and was lucky enough to bring home an open bottle. It retails online for $14/bottle. I believe it was purchased at Austin Wine Merchant.

Aroma - light red fruit and minerals
Taste - light red fruit and minerals, soft tannins, nice acid


Update - A by Acacia Pinot Noir 2010, CA

See the updated tasting notes on this wine on its main page!