Valpolicella, Valpolicella…Sorry I just love saying that. Valpolicella is a viticultural zone outside of Verona Italy. Three grapes are usually used to make the red wine known as Valpolicella…there I said it again…Corvina Veronese, Rondinella and Molinera.
The Allegrini family has been making wine since the 16th century. All of that knowledge and history are all wrapped up in this bottle. The bouquet overflows with cherry, pepper and violet. The senses are immediately intrigued by the complexity. Once the juice hits your taste buds…..well let’s just say, “All Hell Breaks Loose.” Your mind is racing trying to determine all of the flavors, your mouth is watering and your body is begging for more. Shaking like an addict in withdrawal you raise the glass and give in to the hedonistic pleasures that await. The full bodied, rich and velvet texture coats and soothes the tongue. Savoring the liquid you become aware of the fresh fruit with slight herbal notes. The slight tannins give you that little pucker and of course that need for more, I am hooked.
Enjoy this delicious wine with light red meats and traditional Italian.
I don’t know if I had ever heard of Gamza, also known as Kadarka, before- doubtful. It is not a commonly known grape and definitely not one that roles of your tongue when discussing favorite varieties. Gamza is a very dark skinned grape that is common in Eastern Europe, Romania, Hungary and Bulgaria. Probably why it is not a well known variety. The fruit of the vine of Eastern Europe is just now starting to gain an audience here. And, after trying this one, it should play to major crowds.
Dark like a raven wing, with those purple tinges that keep your eyes busy trying to see everything going on. The red will come to play again. Think of bing cherries, raspberries. The explosion of flavor once it hits your tongue is not mono. A symphony of flavor rolls down your throat. A roll of the eyes in ecstasy. Soft tannins that just that bit more nuance. And the finish…not too long but very enjoyable and just enough for you to notice the bits of spice that come through.
This little trip through Bulgaria will set you back a whopping 12$ or under. IK say book your travel plans now.
I will note that this wine is difficult to find, and for 12$ you should pick it up if you ever do.
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.
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.
Well I did it. Last night I asked HR to go pick out a bottle for me. There it is, the girl brings up a 2009 Baldacci Stag’s Leap, Black Label. Forget it….the earth shook and the heavens opened up. What a spectacular wine. The small winery has put forth some exciting and spectacular wines. The winery is nestled into the stag’s leap district, a few acres snuggled in with a cave. A must see for anyone heading out to Napa.
The winemaker for Baldacci is Rolando Herrera. He is a story unto himself. But, undoubtedly one of the best winemakers of the past 50 years. One day I would really like to just tell his story. But tonight is all about the wine.
This is probably the softest, silkiest wine you will every have..and full bodied to boot. The nose is pure red fruit. Cherry jumps at you then plum, raspberry followed by a little smokiness.
But oh the taste. The full richness envelopes you as you pour the juice into your mouth. The depth reeks havoc on your senses. Your body quivers as tears slowly role down your cheeks. Simple perfection. The tannis are so silky just leaving that velvet glove touch in your mouth. I cannot put into words the beautiful pleasure. You must try, and you know my motto. “Everyday is a special day.”
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.