wine tasting, 3.24.16

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name – tonnino
varietal – pinot grigio

region – sicily

country – italy

year – 2014

price – $14

critic review – tonnino’s exotic example of pinot grigio has a straw to pale gold color.  it is fresh and clean on the nose with fruity notes of pear, green apples. and white peaches.  the palate is true to the nose with a fresh acidity, coriander, and lime notes followed by a crisp finish.  this wine pairs well with youthful apertifs, clams or mussels, pastas and risotto dishes.

my review – this wine smelled of grapefruit and pears, with a strong alcohol finish on the nose.  its taste was much smoother, with citrus notes followed by a sweetness.

 

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name – maipe
varietal – torrontes

region – mendoza

country – argentina

year – 2014

price – $14

critic review – the wine has a spring-like nose of fresh white peaches, pears, green apple, green melon, and hints of jasmine and rose petals.  on the palate, it has a beautiful structure and acidity along with fruit flavors and plenty of body.  well-balanced, this wine displays a pleasant freshness with citrus notes and a long finish.

my review – this wine smelled of honey, pineapple, and peaches.  its taste was reminiscent of sour apple and strong citrus notes, with a nice finish.

 

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name – georges duboeuf
varietal – beaujolais nouveau

region – beaujolais

country – france

year – 2015

price – $12

critic review – george duboeuf is the king of beaujolais.  his wines are full of pop, charm, and great flavor and his beaujolais nouveau is no exception.  a cornucopia of expressive fruit wrapped in an almost bubblegum-like frame, it is the flagship nouveau.

my review – this wine smelled of room temperature cheese and smokiness.  it tasted like a dark berry jam and rotten cherries.

 

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name – crane lake
varietal – shiraz

region – california

country – america

year – 2013

price – $6

critic review – beautiful ruby appearance, with blackberry and pepper notes.  tannins and fruit marry well for a soft finish.  this wine pairs well with sharp cheddar cheese and hazelnuts.  also try it along with roast lame at easter time, veal marsala, or grilled salmon.

my review – this wine smelled of sweet berries, cherries, and dirt; its taste was tart, reminiscent off a slight spice palate and blackberries.

 

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name – crane lake
varietal – riesling

region – california

country – america

year – 2013

price – $6

critic review – the trademark german red grape varietal dornfelder has a lovely purity of soft red berry fruit.  integrated soft tannins combined with forward fruit flavors make for a perfectly balanced everyday sipping wine.  great with grilled red meat, sausage, and chicken.  best served slightly chilled.

my review – this wine smelled of honey, melon, and peaches, along with a beautiful floral bouquet.  it tasted of peaches and honey, with a sweet crispness.

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