Wine Reviews

Cardinal Point Quattro 2010

Producer: Cardinal Point Price: $17 Vintage: 2010 Winemaker Notes: Grape varieties: Riesling, Gewurtztraminer, Viognier, and Traminette. Tasting Notes: Apple and pear and peach notes with a refreshing finish. Technical Notes: No malolactic fermentation. 3% residual sugar. Food Pairing: Blue cheese on crusty bread, liver pate, or thai food. Winemaker: Tim Gorman Virginia Pour House Notes: Aroma: wafting notes of apple and bright fruit Flavors: crisp apple, pear, and a hint of apricot Finish: crisp with a semi-sweet lingering flavor Additional Notes: Not too sweet, well-balanced, almost effervescent mouth feel that would complement those hot summer days. I’m not a huge fan of sweet Rieslings, and if you are looking for something similar minus the over the top sweetness, this should be just the trick.  Perfect for cooking on the grill yet refreshing to stash in the cooler to sip on the beach. Highly recommended from this Charlottesville area winery.   …

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Bodegas Lan Rioja Crianza 2006

Producer: Bodegas Lan Price: $12 Vintage: 2006 Winemaker Notes: Grape varieties: 100% Tempranillo. Aged: In American and French oak barrels for 12 months, followed by several months in the bottle. Tasting notes: Brilliant red cherry with violet hues. Elegant ageing aromas with hints of fruit. Pairing: Cold starters, pasta, poultry. Perfect as wine by glass. Accolades: 90 Points; Wine Spectator Virginia Pour House Notes: Aroma: aromatic notes of dark berry with delicate floral undertones Flavors: dark berry, light jammy notes, floral undertones Finish: dark cherry and subtle spice Additional Notes: light tannins, medium bodied, good balance, and very flavorful with a medium finish — for the price point this wine is a home run for an afterwork glass of wine to decompress to   Rating: 89 Points  

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Morais Vineyards & Winery Red Select; #WW Wine Wednesday

This amazing blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot exhibits subtle fruit backed by a toasty oak and spice laced nose. Bountiful blackberry flavors jump out of the glass with a good acidity and smooth floral undertone that is accented by a light spice. The Red Select finishes off with soft tannins and carries forth smooth earthy undertones. This is a great wine to enjoy with just about any dish. This evening I paired it with roasted chicken, grilled asparagus, and sweet potato wedges. The truth is for just under $20 you’re missing out if you don’t grab a bottle of the Red Select. Be on the lookout for the upcoming review on Morais Vineyards & Winery coming next week. Overall Rating: 89 Points  

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Molon Lave 2010 Merlot; The missing link to pasta night

As the temperatures start their odd fluctuation, often as they do prior to a bitter and overwhelming start to summer, I try to really push as many of my warm home cooked meals as much as possible. Tonight I decided that I would start my dinner with a small antipasto, followed up with tri-colored Tortellini and some homemade meat sauce, fresh made garlic bread, and capped off with some left over homemade cannolis. Well, all seems to be perfect according to my stomach, however my palate had a few words for my stomach, and I’ll give you a hint about what it’s missing. What in the world out of all of my wines in the rack can I pair with this meal. Dumb question, plenty! The problem is, for a typical Tuesday night do I dare to waste one of my favorite reds? Then again, if I purchased the bottle, …

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#WW Selection: Chester Gap 2010 Petit Manseng

This past weekend, after finally getting around to visiting Glen Manor Vineyards, I decided to take a swing by Chester Gap Cellars. My original intention was to stop by and grab a bottle of the 2009 Reserve Viognier, but to my disappointment they were completely out. So that being said, I decided to give in for a tasting; Can’t go wrong when the tasting fee is waved for purchasing a bottle and we all know how much I enjoy Chester Gap’s offerings. Regardless, the bottle I ended up picking up was the 2010 Petit Manseng. Higher in residual sugar than I drink regularly, I was still very much pleased with the overall quality of the wine. Being Wine Wednesday, I try to rotate a red and a white, off setting week to week. Tonight I was in the mood for some spicy Mexican food, and after defrosting some beef, there …

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Zephaniah 2010 Chambourcin saves man from an inexcusable evening of bad TV

For the second evening in a row, I tossed on the television expecting to be roped into a hockey or NCAA basketball game, much like the previous night. Instead I was presented with a plethora of atrocities that are as-bad or worse than Mash or Little House on the Prairie reruns. Needless to say, I wasn’t impressed, so I decided to go the Netflix route and pair it with a bottle of Zephaniah 2010 Chambourcin that I picked up from the vineyard this past weekend. Indeep sang that “Last Night a DJ Saved My Life” and I’m going to say this night the Chambourcin saved it…from the peril of boredom and my craving for a sweet but not quite white wine evening. Press play, check. Uncorked the bottle, check. Soft couch, check. The wine..excellent. After taking a whiff from the edge of the glass, I detect a very fruit forward …

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Twin Oaks Tavern 2009 Chardonnay; Happy Wine Wednesday

For the past week I have been in Chicago for work, so this evening the last thing I wanted to do was cook dinner. What I did want to do is destroy some Chinese food in a bad way. So without hesitation, an order of Kung Pao Chicken with Chicken Fried Rice and Crab Rangoons were ordered. Now being Wine Wednesday (How could I forget), I decided that my selection would have to be a good one to compliment my wine, and my second viewing of the movie ‘Bottle Shock’. From the wine rack I reach and pull out on the first pull Twin Oaks Tavern 2009 Chardonnay. Recently visiting and soon to be reviewing, I decided why the hell not refrigerate this bottle and pair this up with my meal. The nose of this flew up and slapped me in the sinus with a very fruit forward Peach and …

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Quick Pour: 2009 Rappahannock Cellars Meritage

One of my favorite wineries in Norther Virginia is Rappahannock Cellars.This particular wine is beyond words, one of the absolutely BEST Meritage blends that I have had in all of Virginia. Doubt my palate and judgement? Slap yourself until you try it. No really, do yourself the pleasure of visiting this vineyard, and specifically ask for a glass of the Meritage. The nose to this wine has an oak, spice, and strong coffee waft of…ummm…LOVE. That’s the best I can do for you at this moment.  The palate is caressed with a subtle plethora of floral notes mixed with roasted coffee, dark fruit, and a hint of oak . The finish is a perfect balance of tannins and oak that lingers to provide you with the most unique tranquil feeling that could possibly bless your taste buds. At $30 per bottle, you may hesitate. DON’T!   One of my favorite …

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2009 Narmada Gulabi Rosé – #WW Leap Day Edition

Every Wednesday on twitter, many of us wine lovers, unite to celebrate Wine Wednesday. So I’ve decided that every Wednesday, I’m going to feature what cork I’m popping on this weekly trip through flavor country. This weeks selection is…   2009 Narmada Gulabi (Rosé) $18.00 I generally don’t like to piggie back another day with the same variety wine, unless I don’t finish the bottle from the previous night. Well this evening I decided, with some Roasted Chicken left over from last night and clearly no remaining Naked Mountain Make Me Blush, that I would whip up some Corn Pudding and pair it nicely with a nice bottle of Rosé. This Indian gem is made up of Merlot with a splash of Concord grape and steel fermented. The nose on this wine is a light and soothing wafting of Concord grape. The palate is VERY fruit forward with a subtle …

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