Every now and then you come across something that really blow your mind. The wines of the Barton family are such. Leoville- Barton a second-growth and it’s sister, Langoa-Barton a third growth are just supreme wines. The Barton family has owned the vineyards since the mid 19th century.
Tonight I offer the 2006 Langoa-Barton, Wine Spectator gave it at 91. A score like that and it is considered a third growth (not if I were alive in 1855). The beautiful dark raven color shines in the glass. Like rubies sparkling in the light. The nose erupts from the uncorked bottle. Violets, roses, fresh very ripe fruit. A plentiful basket beckoning.
Loosening the liquid into the mouth your body immediately knows it is being allowed to sample something special. The full rich fruit coats your mouth and tongue. Cherry, blackberry, plum and currant. Soft, elegant tannins linger in the finish. Balanced, structured, complex….you come up with your own adjectives. Get this while you can not many are left.
I love Malbec. Let me just start by saying this. When I post about a Malbec from anywhere but Argentina I get so much flak. My friends and followers from South America cannot help but give me grief,some even going as far as to accuse me of making it up, that France does not make Malbec. Well it does, not as much anymore but it does. I remind them that it is one of the 5 Bordeaux grapes.I do not want to take anything away from Argentina. Both areas produce magnificent wines.
Cahors is an area of Southwest France known for producing Malbec and too lesser degree Merlot and Tannat. Today we look at Chateau de Mercues 2012. This wine is actually a blend of Malbec and Merlot @80-20. A dark almost black color looms invitingly in the glass. A beautiful rich color basking in the glory of what is to come.
The bouquet fills the room with violets, cherry and plum. Soon the flavors come over the mouth. The sensation sends a tingling through the body. A friend gave me this word “winegasm”, I think it works. So much going on here. Big, bold fruit. Very ripe plum which is followed by black cherry and notes of chocolate and spice that follow. Subtle tannins that leave your mouth grasping for more. A prime example of a great wine from Georges Vigouroux. I will definitely have this one again.
Truth be told I am a huge fan of the Boisset family wines. I have never had one that was anything less than exhilarating , I have had the pleasure of visiting their wineries in California and Burgundy. The Christophe series is from vineyards in Oakville.
The nose is full of currant, plum and cassis. The juice is concentrated, full bodied, well balanced and rich. What can I say. It has a slight earthy note on the tongue. Featuring notes of vanilla, and cocoa. Long finish with very bold tannins. It requires protein to build on. A great dinner wine. Make it a great meal.
I have to say Spanish wines are becoming my favorites. In a short period of time they have progressed so far. While other wine regions are stagnant or progressing slowly, Spain is moving forward rapidly.
Speaking of progress and change, the Montsant region is one. A recently established DO, 2001, with only about 57 wineries. And my I add producing some robust wines.
Tonight I am talking about Can Blau. Oh damn so good. The nose is very floral, lavendar, violet all of those dark floral notes.
The juice is luscious. A complex blend of Mazuelo, Syrah and Garnacha. WOW, what an effect. A beautifully gorgeous full bodied wine. Notes of dark berries, black pepper and spices. This is a spectacular example of Spain. Robust, full bodied and rich. I am not sure if Penelope Cruz is from Spain, but oh my God this would be her wine.
A totally unique blend. Pinot Noir, Syrah, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay to top it off.
The nose gives off reminders of the holiday. Orange, nutmeg, pepper and spice.
The wine hits your tongue and the complexity of flavors throws the mind into free fall.
Bright red fruit, cherry, strawberry and even a note of plum. I know plum sometimes gives that note of stewed fruit…kinda like that cabernet from Paso Robles.
Perennial is best known for pinot blends. I am not positive this blend works. It is a decent wine, but for the price I wanted more. I am not saying it is bad, and I would have it again, just not great.
When most think of cabernet, California comes to mind automatically, mainly Napa but sometimes Sonoma. What about Washington state, or Idaho? Idaho are you kidding me? No, pinot maybe,-noir or gris- but cab?
What if I were to tell you about a little winery in Columbia Valley that makes a phenomenal cab. The winery is owned by Kimber Gates. It is uniquely located in Coeur D Alene, Idaho, with vineyards in Washington state, mainly Columbia Valley.
The wines are SPECIAL!!!!! Very small production with a total commitment to quality.
I had the extra special pleasure of the 2010 Cabernet. Pedigreed with cabernet grapes from the Bacchus vineyards, and cab franc from McKinley Springs Vineyard in Horse Heaven Hills. Can you imagine this lineage.
The wine is so deep and rich. Cherry and mocha notes right off the bat. Wow, the wine is so supple and full. Full bodied with long muscled tannins. SUPREME! Chocolate and cherry, who can resist. Plain out damn good…
Chateau Ferran is located in the Pessac Leognan., Graves. This region is known for both red and white wines unlike most Bordeaux areas. Most famous for being the home of Chateau Haut-Brion. Being on the left bank, the predominant grape is Cabernet.
Chateau Ferran was a gift to me to sample. I was not disappointed and will accept gifts as these any time. Thank You. The nose emitted an air of old world mustiness. Not in an off putting way though. A typical aroma of wild ripe fruit that grows in the woods, berries of sorts, combined with an earthy truffle mushroom note. Yea, I know most of you are thinking WHAT? who would drink that, but believe me you will not be disappointed if you did.
The flavom hits you full force. Front and center comes that earthiness immediately on its heels, the berries. Rich and fruity. Black berry, currant, cherry, a bit of coffee and chocolate are noted too, are all combined to make this an overwhelming mind blowing experience. Slight hinders of cedar and smooth tannins with a long, long, long finish. Very well structured with all the planes of flavor evenly spread. A big dinner wine.
Happy New Year to everyone, hope you all had as nice a holiday season as me. I pretty much took the period from Thanksgiving to New Years as a little holiday from blogging too. Too much goin on ya know.
In keeping with my resolution to enjoy every day and not wait for that special occasion to enjoy that special wine I now share with you Pina Cabernet D’Adamo. My personal favorite cab., and my thoughts as to what the others strive to be.
Pina winery sits on the Silverado trail just out of Rutherford, who could ask for a better pedigree. The winery is owned and operated by four brothers. The family history in Napa goes back generations. A leading and very well respected family in many different aspects of wine making and vineyard management.
Anna Monticelli is the wine maker. And what a pedigree she carries. Degrees in viticulture and enology, honing her craft in Bordeaux and studying under some of the best known names in wine. She is also married to Mario, the winemaker at Trinchero. Oh to be a fly on the wall when they are enjoying a glass.
Now to the wine. The nose exudes fresh ripe fruit; cherry, strawberry, a touch of leather and earthiness. Just to give it that added something. The wine fills the glass with a color reminiscent of ravens wings flapping in the night.
And oh the joy that permeates my body as I partake of this treasure. My mouth wants to explode, so many flavors going on- how can I define them, will have to take another sip. That rich dark fruit, abundant in this wine. Cherry, currant, hints of ripe blueberry. The flavors erupt in my mouth and send shivers through my body. A hint of oak adds more depth and structure and more flavor. The soft, silky, velvet tannins linger in the mouth just long enough, I absently take another sip. The satisfaction of enjoying perfection. Such depth, such structure, such…perfection. Baccus never had it so good. Thank You Pina.
The Chateau Cote Montpezat, located in the appellation Cotes de Castillon owned by the Bessineau family since 1989. The history of the chateau goes back to the 16th century. No doubt providing great wine since. This 2010 vintage has achieved high ratings 90 or above from many reviewers. The wine is majority merlot with remaining cab franc and cab sauvignon.
The fragrance of violets and ripe red fruits slowly lofts into the room after opening. Pour the wine into the decanter and letting it sit for 30 minutes, leave the room and then come back. The aroma overtakes you as you re-enter. Starting out soft and easy then the power hits.
The mouth is coated with a soft velvety liquid. The rich-ripe fruits caress your senses. Your brain is reaching trying to distinguish all of the flavors. Besides the dark cherry notes I distinguish a certain fig too. Soft and elegant throughout. A lingering spice that makes your mouth water continuously. Concentrated and full bodied, oh the gorgeous drink.
My love of Spanish wines continues.Today it is Vinsacro Cosecha (Valsacro) another wine from the Rioja region, and another must try.
Cosecha, (I had to look it up) means to harvest, gather or cultivate. So taking it from there, you get the idea that this wine is a gathering of grapes, cultivated and harvested, then brought together, to form this outstanding art to drink. Yes, I think of wine as an art form. Just like food is an art, or the ability to do so, food and wine are the final product of artists-hence artisans.
This purple colored wine is aged in oak for 16 months. A blend of Tempranillo, Grenache and Mazuelo.
The nose has a wonderful fresh bouquet featuring violets, roses, hints of cedar and tobacco.
On the tongue the wine confuses you with so many different flavors bouncing throughout. Juicy, may be an overused term… but it does describe the feel of this wine in the mouth. Dark cherry, plum, blackberry, that cedar again. Spice notes; pepper and cinnamon produce a medium finish. There are tannins but not too over productive to drink alone, though it would go great with cheese or roast.
The wine is easy drinking, friendly, approachable, call it what you want…it is very good. Structured and elegant – more of a medium body stand alone. Definitely a wine that could lay for awhile.