Saturday, December 22, 2018 – Tasting with Uncorked Wine Company
Charmigny Vouvray Reserve 2016, Loire Valley, France $22.99
This Vouvray gives a sweet sensation with a dry finish on the palate. A concentration of rich flavors develops fruity aromas such as fresh grapes and ripe quinces. It also denotes a slight honey taste. Vouvray wines can be kept for many years.
Food Pairings: This wine pairs well with goat cheese, white fish & soufflé.
Charm Acres Chardonnay 2016, Sonoma Coast, CA $24.99
The nose shows fresh flavors of lemons and nectarines accented with hints of vanilla, dried herbs, toasty oak and a touch of sea salt. The palate is bright and fresh with generous, juicy acidity supporting flavors of fresh peaches, lemon peel, and bananas that dance on the tongue with vibrant minerality.
Food Pairings: Simple Seafood, Light Chicken Dishes and Salads
Cave de Turckheim Tradition Gewurztraminer 2015, Alsace $26.99
A wine of great finesse, ripeness and rose-petals and grapefruit aromas. Spicy complexity, delicately rich.
Food Pairings: Ideal with difficult-to-pair foods, including sweet and spicy fare
Pali Riviera Pinot Noir 2016, Sonoma, CA $24.99
Garnet, medium bodied, classic Sonoma County Pinot Noir with aromatics of fresh light red fruits (cherries and strawberries) leaping out of the glass, backed up with baking spices and hints of fresh-picked mushrooms and black tea. Flavors of sweet raspberries and cherries combine with anise, sweet oak and white pepper.
Food Pairings: salmon or tuna, duck, quail, or pork. It is also a great choice for moderately flavored cheeses like Gruyere, Gouda, and aged cheddar.
Larchago Izarbe Gran Reserva 2005, Rioja, Spain $59.99
92 points Wine Enthusiast. Lightly smoked, minerally berry aromas are leathery and ripe, but perfectly healthy. The palate feels entirely in sync, with fine tannins and lasting acidity. Layered, earthy plum and berry flavors are spicy and show notes of vanilla and tobacco prior to a smooth finish. Drink through 2022. 100% Tempranillo.
Food Pairings: Roasted lamb, venison, smoked meats
Pilliteri Vidal Blanc Ice Wine $42.99
A floral perfume combines with notes of smoke, sweet pineapple and candle wax on the nose and palate of this deep gold icewine. Vibrant acidity and a hint of bitter tangerine rind on the long finish add complexity and structure.
Food Pairings: superb on its own or with desserts and dark chocolates
Foley Estate Rancho Santa Rosa Pinot Noir 2014, Sta. Rita Hills, CA $32.99
Heavy sagebrush and chaparral spices meet with cherry fruit and a touch of asphalt on the nose of this bottling. The palate is earthy with loam and juniper flavors, all woven into dark cranberry fruit.
Food Pairings: Filet mignon, carpaccio
Château La Rousselière Bordeaux 2012, Saint-Estephe, France $49.99
Top-quality barrel ageing gives the wine a refined touch of vanilla, coffee and cigar-box hints. Its dense mild and fine structure shows its perfect adjusted extraction. The finish has all the length and class of the great Saint-Estèphe.
Food Pairings: Braised lamb with a white bean cassoulet, Filet mignon with a wild mushroom risotto, Stews.
90+ Cellars Lot 150 Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Napa Valley, CA $43.99
This collector’s series Lot 150 is from the legendary Spring Mountain District in Napa Valley. It’s a classic Cabernet grown on mountainsides overlooking the sun-drenched valley. The wine sees 22 months of French Oak before being bottled. Full-bodied and dense with rich black currant and dark chocolate aromas mixed with subtler flavors of mint, anise and savory spice.
Food Pairings: Beef, lamb, veal, poultry.
Eagle Harbor Raptor 2013, Walla Walla Valley, WA $59.99
33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 33% Cab Franc, 1% Petite Verdot. A Bordeaux style red blend. In the glass you’ll find black raspberry, cassis, dark plum, graphite and a hint of chocolate aromas. On the palate it is a mouthful, yet not heavy, for such a big wine. The black fruits shine through with moderately high tannins, and a surprisingly long finish.
Food pairings: Beef, pasta, veal, poultry
Mont Reaga Fata Morgana Late Harvest Merlot, Spain $65.99
Dark… mysterious… enchanting… Mont Reaga Fata Morgana Late is an experience unto itself. Intense, sweet and floral nose delivering aromas of quince, dried figs, raisins, blueberries and chocolate. Full-bodied with a rich, lush texture and just the right amount of sweetness. Serve lightly chilled.
Food Pairings: Hard and soft cheeses, foie gras, chocolate.