Today we are trying the 2009 Aviva vino Bula from Montsant D.O. in Spain. Made up of 40% Mazuelo (Carignane), 40% Grenache and 20% Syrah, this recently got 91 points from Wine Advocate. It has aromas of earth, dried cherry and licorice to go with flavors of licorice, plum and other red fruits. The flavors echo on the long lingering finish. A steal for $12.99!
We got 8 inches of snow this past weekend in Oxford, CT. but that didn’t stop a get together with a few friends from Waterbury coming down. We didn’t have the most elaborate meal, london broil and mashed potatoes, but the wines were top notch. Here’s what we had.
2006 Hall Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley – In stock
I have had this wine several times in the last few years and I think this was best showing for this wine. I let this wine decant for 2 hours and the tannins have integrated more with time. This had a nose of sweet cherry, mocha and earth. On the palate, this displayed plum, mocha, licorice and cherry. I still prefer the 2008 to this but this rounded into a top notch cab. I gave it 92 points.
2009 Chasseur Pinot Noir Sonoma County
One of the best values on the market right now. This entry level bottling delivers similar quality to their single vineyard wines. When I had this last year, the fruit needed time to settle down. Great nose of red fruits, strawberry and flowers go with flavors of strawberry, cherry and cream. Has a great finish to boot! I gave this 91 points.
2007 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley – 2006 in stock
I was pretty excited about this because I have not had a bottle of Caymus since the 2006 that we all drank over a year ago. The 2007 was a really nice wine but not up to the level of the 2006. Had some aromas of vanilla, black currant and raspberry. This had a heavy dose of oak, where the 2006 was far more balanced, but this still had a lot going on. Waves of flavors hit your palate with vanilla, tar, red and dark fruits. I gave this 93 points.
Over the long New Years weekend I had the chance to taste several great sparkling wines. I came to one conclusion: I need to drink more! I also need to keep in mind that these wines aren’t just for celebrations and they pair well with most foods.
Nicolas Feuillatte NV Brut Rose Champagne – My wife wanted me to get a few roses so this was the first one I picked up. I really enjoyed this for the great strawberry and watermelon flavors that ends with a touch of spice. I gave it 90 points
Veuve Clicquot NV Demi Sec Champagne White Label – I had this at a trade show in the Fall and fell in love. I have always associated sweet sparkling wines with Asti but this gave me a whole new outlook. The wine showed fine complexity with flavors of rock candy and honey. Perfect for an aperitif or after dinner wine. I gave this 92 points.
Mumm NV Napa Brut Rose – I had this a while back and loved it for the money. This also has some great flavors of strawberry and vanilla. A touch lighter Feuillatte with a little more acidity, you get similar quality for half the price! I also gave this 90 points.
Duval Leroy NV Brut Champagne – This was great for it’s wonderful cream, toast and nut flavors. Full bodied, this a big wine with a great mouth feel and nice bubbles. My favorite of the bunch besides the demi sec. I gave it 92 points.
Gruet NV Brut Blanc de Noirs – Recently appeared on Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of 2011, this wine was by far the driest of the bunch. This had some cream as well but not as pronounced as the Duval Leroy. It also had some flavors of ginger and cinnamon. I gave this 88 points.
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