Friday, November 5, 2010

A Bottle or Four of Deliciousness

Producer: Bodega Del Fin Del Mundo
Wine: Pinot Noir Reserva (the reserva has no legal definition in Argentina and probably means nothing in this case, in Spain and Portugal it has meaning)
Region: Rio Negro, Argentina
Vintage: 2007
Price: $22
Notes: This light bodied red has good acidity and shows characteristics of black cherry, blackberry, leather, smoke and vanilla.  The aroma is particularly striking on this wine while the flavours are much softer an more subtle.  The flavours blend into each other very well making it difficult to pick out specifics.  Very nice wine, goes well by itself but would be really nice with roasted chicken or other light meats.

Producer: Cartagena
Wine: Sauvignon Blanc
Region: San Antonio Valley, Chile
Vintage: 2005
Price: $14
Notes:  This wine is very interesting.  Sauvignon Blanc is usually meant to be drunk young - as in 1-3 years from the vintage, this one was 5 almost 6 years off of the vintage.  Because of its age the usual crispness and green fruit flavours were muted or lacking.  Instead this wine had a distinctive olive character to it it also had some peach and pineapple and melon.  It's dry with medium acidity.  This Cartagena Sauv Blanc is very interesting; I definitely would not recommend it to someone who doesn't like olives.  You might try pairing this with some sort of olive dish: yum!

Producer: Chono
Wine: Syrah
Region: Elqui Valley, Chile
Vintage: 2007
Price: $22
Notes: A very soft and smooth win.  Medium bodied and very fruit forward this wine will please almost any red wine drinker.  The wine is very fruit forward displaying blackberry, raspberry, plum with hints of vanilla and slight pepper.  Eat a nice steak while drinking this wine.

Producer: Max Ferd. Richter
Wine: Riesling Spatlese (means the grapes were nice and ripe) Wehlener Sonnenuhr
Region: Mosel, Germany
Vintage: 2008 (the picture says 2007 cause I had to steal one of the internet and I couldn't find 2008)
Price: $39
Notes: If you have an extra $40 find this wine and buy it. This is an amazing, medium sweet, high acid, medium bodied riesling.  But you say: "Josh I don't like sweet wine" well I guarantee you will like this one!  The acid balances the sugar so it doesn't come off as overly sweet.  Not to mention the wine is quite delicious; it has notes of green tea, green apple, floral, green bell pepper, pear etc... this list could go one!  Buy this wine! and then drink it while eating moderately spicy thai food, or maybe a pork chops and apple sauce.


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