April 7, 2011

Wilbur's Tasting

Wilbur’s Tasting

April 7th, 2010

Any of these wines that you purchase from Freeport Cheese & Wine will be 10% off!

The Wines

The White Wines:

Wishing Tree Unoaked Chardonnay 2009 (Australia) $12.99 - This wine tastes just like you plucked a chardonnay grape right off the vine and popped it in your mouth! I know we describe a lot of wines as clean and crisp, but never have I tasted one that tastes as PURE as this one….there’s no oak anywhere near this wine, which lets the fruit come through beautifully. Exceptional nose with just a hint of spice and vanilla…this wine is a gem and a true value at this price! Wine Spectator, 88 points

Domaine Lafage Côté Est Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes 2009 (France) $11.99 - This is a tasty white – perfect for entertaining! Huge hit at a tasting! Great pear, peach and apricot aromas and flavors. Big flavors in a $12 wine! Clean, crisp, refreshing! Soft & lush. Ripe & full without being heavy like many oaky Chardonnays. Competely unoaked. Blend of 60% Grenache Blanc, 30% Grenache Gris, and 10% Marsanne. Food pairing - Great wine with salads and appetizers and on its own!

The Red Wines:

Château de Flaugergues Côteaux de Languedoc, La Méjanelle 2007 (France) $17.99 - One of our favorites!!! Outstanding! Unfortunately, Wine Spectator found this & awarded this a whopping score a few years ago. Why is this unfortunate? B/C people who care more about “points” than wine, now know this wine. Not many cases are made. Deep ruby color. Blend of Mourvèdre, Grenache & Syrah. Wonderful berry fruit in the nose. Nice balance between the tannins and fruit. Well balanced. Nice white pepper on the finish. This wine is worth getting a case or two – it’ll age well for 3-5 years, but it is drinking GREAT right now! Food pairing - Goes well with hearty meals, grilled meats & just on its own! Wine Spectator, 91 points, #50 Top 100 Wines, 2010

El Portillo Malbec 2009 (Argentina) Reg. $10.99, Sale $8.99 - Excellent wine! Easy drinking and soft…..just a pleasure! Medium-weight, with a slightly jammy core of red cherries & plum backed by baking spices on the soft finish. 100% Malbec. Stainless steel fermentation. Food pairing - Enjoy with grilled steaks, roasts and pasta in richly-flavored sauces.

Leese-Fitch Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 (California) $10.99 - This packs a lot of flavor into a moderate-priced wine. This is smooth and lush! Aromas and flavors of dark cherries, figs, currants, dark chocolate, blueberries, toast and vanilla. The tannins are soft. Rich, good tasting finish. This Cabernet is very complex, with integrated French oak and layered sweet fruit and savory nuances. Food pairing - hearty fare such as seared flank steak with a port reduction sauce, roasted venison or a good beef burger topped with cheddar cheese and caramelized onions. It also closes with a ZORK! The Zork is a stopper that opens easily and then reseals the bottle.

Misfit Wine Company By Some Young Punks Brujeria Shiraz/Cab/Grenache/Tempranillo 2007 (Australia) $15.99 - An Aussie take on a wine from Ribera del Duero (hence the Shiraz in the wine!). Aromas & flavors of baking spices & ripe red berries. SMOOTH! This is a big, bodacious wine! Not a wimpy wine! Blend of 66% Shiraz, 17% Cabernet, 11% Garnacha and 6% Tempranillo. Aged in older oak hogheads and stainless steel vats for 13 months. 1,400 cases made. Aromas and flavors of baking spices and ripe red berries. This is a big, bodacious wine! Not a wimpy wine! "Brujeria" is the Spanish word for witchcraft and it also refers to a mystical group of male witches in southernmost Argentina.

The Dessert Wine:

Chocovine Chocolate Liqueur $12.99 - If you like Bailey’s Irish Cream, give this a shot! Tastes like a rich chocolate sauce with a little kick! Rich dark chocolate from Holland blended with good Cabernet Sauvignon from France. Rich and chocolaty. Drink over ice or use it to make a chocolate martini! Or, come up with your own drink with it!

CHAMBERS Rutherglen Muscat NV (Australia) $17.99 - Ohhhh…my goodness…this is good…nectar of the gods good…Truly great…wonderful, HEART-WARMING to drink! Wonderful aromas…silky, supple feel… it goes down as smooth as it smells and starts. Often a dessert wine; try it as an aperitif, particularly on a cool day. A small glass goes a long way – warming the soul as well as the stomach. This wine will keep for months after opening, providing you recork it after each serving. Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, 93 points

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