Hello! I have not 1, but 3 new wines to share with you this week. Also, I am adjusting my rating system. It’s happened on more than one occasion that a wine falls short of perfection, but still leaves a solid impression so I’m adding a fifth wine glass to create a more accurate scale. Such a wine geek, I know. 😉
Chateau Bernadotte Haut-Medoc – 2010
Haut-Medoc is the section in the Bordeaux district of south-western France. The soil in this region has thick gravel layers where the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes flourish as well as heavy clay where the Merlot grapes thrive.
Bernadotte ferments this wine in stainless steel and follows it up with 12 months in 30% new French oak barrels.
The color of this wine was plum with some hints of brown along the top edges. (Thank you Deborah for pointing this out and for sharing this wine!) With it being a 2010, it needed to be filtered and aerated as some sediment deposits were lurking at the bottom of the bottle. I immediately tasted the oak, some tar and a little black licorice. The wine is medium-bodied and the finish has a fair amount of tannins. Pair it with with some nutty cheese and crusty bread and there’s your dinner.
You can find this wine at Costco for about $10.99.
Rating: 🍷🍷🍷1/2 out of 5
Woop Woop Shiraz – 2014
Another friend introduced me to a wine she found in an article from Food And Wine magazine. I love it when friends are learning about new things and sharing this information with others. It’s awesome! A big thanks to Jenny for not only sharing this wine with me, but for allowing me to watch 2 fantastic documentaries on Netflix, Somm and Into The Bottle that broadened my wine horizons and brought out the wine geek in me even more.
So back to the wine. ‘Woop, Woop’ is slang for, “In the middle of nowhere.” The grapes used to make this wine come from the southern Limestone Coast of Australia. The rich soils and relatively cool climate produce concentrated grapes.
This one’s another twist top, but again don’t let that sway any decisions about this wine until you’ve tried it. It was Prince purple when poured into the glass. The wine was full-bodied, juicy, with lots of dark fruit and cola flavors. It would pair well with Asian food or smoked meats.
You can pick this up at Binny’s for about $11.99
Rating: 🍷🍷🍷 1/2 out of 5
Tessellae Carignan Vieilles Vignes – 2014
The final wine is one that came recommended by someone that worked at Binny’s when I explained I wanted to try something besides my favorite bold Napa reds.
The Carignan grapes for this wine come from the Roussillon region of France along the Mediterranean Sea. The Carignan grape was used after the plague of phylloxera that swept through France in the late 1800s because it was a fast-growing vine, but the new vines didn’t produce great tasting wine back then. Now that they are 70-plus years old, the wine is more flavorful and less tannic; hence the label depicting, “Vielles Vignes” which literally means ‘old vines.’
The winemaker is Jean-Marc Lafage. He’s known for Las Rocas Garnacha with Eric Solomon, founder of European Cellars. The Carignan is fermented in stainless steel tanks and demi-muids which are 600 liter capacity oak barrels to keep the oak flavors at a minimum.
This wine is a beautiful ruby color and tastes of black pepper, blackberries and black cherries. The finish is smooth and the flavors are mellow so you could pair this wine with anything from lamb to salmon.
Rating: 🍷🍷🍷 1/4 out of 5
I have even more wines to review so I’ll try to get those out by this weekend. In the meantime, cheers my dears!
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