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Entering the highest dimension of Enlightenment was easy with this beautifully succulent mistress of Lirac.  What is Lirac you ask.  I know you are just looking for a way to join me in this ultimate Nirvana.  Lirac is actually an AOC.  It is on the Right bank of the Rhone just across from Chateaunuf du Pape.  How is that for a neighborhood.  I would move there in a heartbeat.

The prominent grapes in the AOC are Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre.  This lovely drink adds a little cinsault to balance out.  Dark rich and supple.  Floral notes on the nose, if you close your eyes lay your head back, you can feel the light winds blowing from the Alps and smell the lingering aromas of nearby gardens and orchards.  the easiest and cheapest way to visit France.  Talk about a budget.

The juice is over abundant with fruit. Concentrated with tannins, not to bold though.   Blackberry, plum, ripe bing cherry.  What a colossal  for your mouth to take in.

Enjoy with grilled or roasted meats, or just damn enjoy.  This is a fantastic wine now a 2015, but give a few more years and WOW a real powerhouse.

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I have a great fondness for wines from saint Emilion.  Usually you find some fabulous wines at great value.  In this case, the Grand Corbin Manuel was once part of the Grand Corbin estate. Owned by the de Gaye family it has continued to grow in prominence over the last 20 years.  The estate is planted in Merlot, Cab Franc, and Cab Sauv.  These are all represented in this wine.  The terroir is mainly sand and clay that makes the vines struggle and produce some juicy fruit.  It is after all a Grand Cru.  A little suffering …you know the religious connotations.

Let me breathe.  The wine is screaming to breathe.  It is still young, very young a virtual baby in a bottle.  Decant for as long as you can.  Doing so will let you enjoy the bright delightful aromas.  Very much like walking through a garden of roses after a rain.  you know what I am saying, that highly fragrant perfume that lingers everywhere.  I can still smell it.

The juice itself is dark, I mean dark. Beautifully dark.  Appealing to all of your senses, the nose, the sight and color, now for taste.  Ooops, i am almost slobbering over myself.  I kinda have the giggles.  Rich, full bodied wine  Concentrated with licorice and ripe plum flavors. But, oh boy watch those tannins.  You better have some protein available.  I enjoyed this win immensely, but definitely with a meal.

Give it a try

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Look at how dark that is.  Just inviting and appealing.

 

Kitchen Sink White Blend. If you are looking for a perfect summer refresher this could be it. The blend is perfect, Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, and what – Gewurztraminer. Yes a trifecta of flavor and body. Chardonnay providing a fuller, richness. The Chenin Blanc a crispness. And the sweetness of the Gewurztraminer a perfect ending.

Made at one of my favorite wineries, Adler Fels. Winemaker Harry Parducci, Jr. Has once again worked his magic and provided a fruity, yet dry and very fun wine.

Aromas of peach, pear, and honeysuckle. A slight acidity coming through in citrus notes. All of the flavors work in harmonious conjunction. The lush richness of the blend provides so much satisfaction. My oh my I think I will drink this whole bottle. Sorry you cant enjoy it with me. But at less the 10$ a bottle have one yourself. A cheap thrill well worth it.

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Roasted pork with rice and veggies. Can’t help but love this wine.

Delicious

Pierre Amadieu has a long family history in fact the whole family, uncles cousins are involved in the wine industry.  The Rhone is their home and they have become the “artists in residence” of the family.   Rhone wines are predominantly grenache and syrah, with tidbits of others thrown in for balance.  The Vinsobres is a vineyard in Southern Rhone.

This wine is Grenache and Syrah, medium bodied but still lush.   Perfectly balanced with aromas of violets and lavender, a typical grenache.  But then the juice hits the palate.  Oh man what a sensation.  The cherry and currant surprisingly work together, mouth watering in excess.  Plum comes along at the end. Very very light tannins that just add that extra bit to the enjoyment.   A magnificent, delicious wine.  This is a wine meant to have with food.  Roast, venison, rabbit.  I enjoyed with a pan seared chicken.  Another memorable evening.

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