4 Tasting Notes from Our Fall Wine Club Meeting


The fall meeting proved to be an interesting one for sure. We only had 1 red wine, which is probably a first when no theme is scheduled. The wines all seemed to be very close in quality. We also had some great food with stuffed clams from Stowe’s in West Haven, pheasant marsala, crab cakes and mushroom ravioli with truffle oil.

  • 2016 Louis Jadot Pouilly-Fuissé – France, Burgundy, Mâconnais, Pouilly-Fuissé
    Tasted blind. Aromas of grape, petrol, slate and mineral. Flavors of pear, mineral, slate, star fruit and anise. Ends with a mineral driven finish of 25+ seconds. I had this pegged for a Alsatian Riesling. I’ve seemed to have trouble with identifying Pouilly-Fuisse in previous blind tastings if I remember. I gave this 92 points and it finished 3rd on the night. (92 pts.)
  • NV Charles de Cazanove Champagne Brut Rosé – France, Champagne
    Tasted blind. Aromas of cherry, raspberry, mineral and toast. Flavors of cherry pit and raspberry tart. This didn’t have a wide range of flavors but must admit I have never had such cherry flavor come through in a Rose sparkling wine before. It was quite interesting. Ended with a cherry finish of 20+ seconds. I nailed this one and gave it 91 points. Finished 4th on the night. (91 pts.)
  • 2008 Louis Jadot Meursault – France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault
    Tasted blind. Aromas of almond, vanilla and a bit of buttered popcorn. Nose was a touch closed down in the beginning. Might have been a little too cold. Flavors of vanilla, slate, apple, mineral and a touch of nut. Ends with a nice 25+ second finish that touched on the primary flavors. I nailed this as a White Burgundy so I was happy with that. Wasn’t over the hill or anything but could taste and see it was aged. An interesting wine. (92 pts.)
  • 2012 Concrete Zinfandel Old Vine – USA, California, Central Valley, Lodi
    Tasted blind. Aromas of blackberry, currant, cherry and earth. Flavors of blackberry, mint, currant and touch of iron. Ends with a 25+ second finish with currant notes. I again was wrong as I had this pegged as a Sonoma Cabernet. Was a bit surprised when it was a Zin, but I have had some trouble with some funkier Zins in the past. Was surprised to see this was 15.5% alcohol because it wasn’t heavy or hot at all. I gave this 92 points and it was the wine of the night. (92 pts.)

5 Great Wines for Thanksgiving Dinner

While Christmas gets all the attention for trees and presents, the Thanksgiving holiday focuses on food. And as you know if there is food, a bottle of wine can’t be far behind. Here are 5 great selections currently in stock at Oxford Liquor Shoppe that will go perfect for your Thanksgiving dinner.

1. Pannier NV Champagne Brut Sélection $29.99

Pannier NV Champagne Brut Selection

Sparkling wines may be the best wine to pair anything with and turkey and gravy are no exception. But this can go anywhere in the meal or even be served first as a aperitif. $30 is basically the price of entry these days for Champagne and this delivers for the money. Some great notes of ginger, lime, slate and shortbread goes with a nice mineral driven finish.

2. De Wetshof 2016 Chardonnay Limestone Hill $16.99

2016 De Wetshof Chardonnay Limestone Hill

Most people shy away from this wine because it is from South Africa but I’d be willing to put this in a blind tasting and most people would think it’s a Chablis. They don’t call it Limestone Hill for nothing. Not a touch of oak is in this and for people who appreciate minerality in wines will love this. Don’t be fooled though, the fruit sings with lime and Fuji apple notes. It’s just more old world than new world.

Wine Spectator 91 Points

“A fresh white, with a quinine edge giving the core of green fig, yellow apple and white peach flavors extra zip through the floral-edged finish. Drink now through 2018.”

3. Weingut Tesch 2015 Laubenheimer Karthäuser Riesling $19.99

Riesling is the perfect wine to match with Turkey. Turkey is not a fatty meat so white wines pair very well with it. Riesling, sweet and dry, both work. The sweet works because the sugar works in the same way cranberry sauce does. The dry works because the turkey is lean so it doesn’t need the tannins of a big red wine to pair with the fat. The Tesch is a dry Riesling that has some great smoke and mineral notes. The acidity on this just washes over your palate, begging you to take another sip.

Wine Advocate 92+ Points

“Subtle, pure and flinty on the nose, the 2015 Laubenheimer Karthäuser Riesling Trocken intertwines ripe, but very precise and fresh white fruit aromas with a spicy flavor. On the palate, this is a very intense but also racy, vital, firm and salty Riesling. It has remarkable elegance and complexity. It is quite powerful and has a very good potential to age. Keep this wine for at least another four years.”

4. Chanson Pere & Fils 2015 Bourgogne $19.99


2015 is a great year in Burgundy. They say in the great years buy the entry level wines and bad years by the top wines. This Bourgogne is entry level but delivers very high quality with textbook notes of cherry and mushroom.

Wine Spectator 90 Points

“This has some density to the cherry, berry, spice and smoke flavors, but remains ripe and charming. Firms up on the finish, where earth and spice notes mingle. Drink now through 2023.”

5. Borgo Scopeto 2015 Chianti Classico $13.99

2015 was also a great year for Chianti and this wine from Borgo Scopeto is an insane value! Heavy enough to please the hardcore red wine drinker but light enough to pair well with the Thanksgiving meal, this Chianti Classico will leave you wanting more! All this for only $14! You will not be disappointed!

Wine Spectator 90 Points

“Bright cherry, strawberry, floral and earth aromas and flavors are the hallmarks of this elegant red. Firm and balanced, persistent on the finish. Give this a year to integrate. Drink now through 2028.”