Summer in a glass of liquid gold 2009 Veglio Moscato d’Asti

When I open a sparkling wine there is always a sense of anticipation especially with Moscato since the cork isn’t bound. First whiff was gardenias and white flowers while pouring.

Bard’s Drop Merry Wives Chardonnay 2007

This is not your typical Aussie fruit bomb. Despite the rather jovial label art, this Chardonnay presents as a serious wine with structure and acidity balanced with use of fine oak. A pale yellow color is accentuates the  bright and shiny appearance. On the nose this Chardonnay presents white peach, apple, apricot, lemon, grapefruit, withContinue reading “Bard’s Drop Merry Wives Chardonnay 2007”

Inky, dark and delicious from Southern Spain: Hecula Monastrell(Mourvedre)

Hecula, Bodegas Castaño Monastrell, DO Yecla, Murcia, Spain.  This 2006 Monastrell from Bodegas Castano is a great example of the wines from South East Spain. This is a very dark, inky red to black with ruby hues. Highly extracted and viscous, you can tell this is from a hot/dry climate. Red and black fruit, plum,Continue reading “Inky, dark and delicious from Southern Spain: Hecula Monastrell(Mourvedre)”

2008 Coto de Hayas, Garnacha Centenarias, Bodegas Aragonesas

This is a 100% Garnacha from old vines in Aragon- absolutely delicious. With a vivid ruby robe and purple hints, this wine is ready to drink now. A nose of cherry, raspberry, blackberry and vanilla with hints of white pepper and cedar. The palate does not disappoint, round and full with good structure and tanninsContinue reading “2008 Coto de Hayas, Garnacha Centenarias, Bodegas Aragonesas”

Bodegas Borsao Seleccion 2008, DO Campo de Borja, Aragon Spain $10USD

This wine is 70% Garnacha, 20% Syrah, 10% Tempranillo.  It has a deep ruby color with a purple hue, young and vibrant.  The nose is full of black and red cherries, plums, blackberries and raspberry with white pepper notes.  The palate is round and firm with very ripe but not cooked summer fruits followed byContinue reading “Bodegas Borsao Seleccion 2008, DO Campo de Borja, Aragon Spain $10USD”

Le Petit Lousteau, Medoc 2005

Appearance: Deep ruby with purple tinge- youthful appearance, slow stained tears m to m+ viscosity Nose: black cherry, plum, black currant, green bean, pepper, cigar and liquorice Palate: tight at first, opening to a nice fruit mouthfeel of black cherry, plum and cassis. Tobacco and cedar notes predominates. Conclusion: A solid Medoc built for agingContinue reading “Le Petit Lousteau, Medoc 2005”

2008 Viña Ventisquero Sauvignon Blanc Reserva (Chile, Aconcagua, Casablanca Valley) <$10USD

Appearance: Pale yellow with silvery tints. low color intensity, medium – viscosity Nose: Pomelo, lime, hay, asparagus and gooseberry Palate: Citrus- pomelo, lime, with grassy notes Conclusion: a crisp, light white with very nice balanced acidity and aromatics. Approachable and ready to drink.