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Wine of the Week: Twin Flags Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2009 August 30, 2010

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One of the little known facts about Sauvignon Blanc is that it is considered to be the “mother” grape varietal of Cabernet Sauvignon. The cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc produced one of the world’s most popular grape varietals – Cabernet Sauvignon. The flavor profile of Sauvignon Blanc greatly varies depending on the environment in which it is grown. Grown in New Zealand it can have very distinctive notes of grapefruit, citrus and gooseberries. In Sancerre or Pouilly-Fume it can take on notes of lemon zest, green apples and melon with a mineral-like component.  The one thing to remember is that Sauvignon Blanc (wherever grown) is almost always a safe bet as a refreshing wine.

whitewine.jpgSurprisingly, Twin Flags Sauvignon Blanc 2009 is nearly the antithesis of stereotypical Kiwi Sauvignon.  This wine offers up a ripe pineapple and tangerine entry, followed by a mid-palate of white peach and lime. The finish is true to the varietal with mouthwatering acidity propped up by an intriguing white pepper component. Graciously absent from this well crafted endeavor are the overly pungent gooseberry and under ripe grapefruit notes that prevail in so many wines in this category today. This is versatile enough to stand alone as an aperitif or alongside an array of foods.

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Wine of the Week: Villa Rogole Brut Prosecco, N/V July 26, 2010

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Sparkling wines can be considered fundamentally the same as Champagne except for one very important difference. They are not grown or produced in the Champagne region of France. Sparkling wines can be sourced from all over the world and tend to offer excellent values for everyday consumption. This Italian Prosecco is one such example. Prosecco is made from an ancient white grape called “Prosecco” and is produced in the Veneto region of Italy.

champagne 1.jpgThis dry and aromatic Prosecco offers refreshing citrus notes of fresh squeezed lemons with seemingly endless amounts of crisp green apples and an undertone of lusciously concentrated ripe pears.  The finish demonstrates additional flavors of lime zest with a hint of dried yellow apple and supportive notes of jasmine and honeysuckle.  Once you compare this to other sparkling wines at twice the price, you’ll quickly discover the value in this delicious bubbly!

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Wine of the Week: Wood Acre Napa Valley Merlot 2005 July 19, 2010

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Merlot (pronounced as Mair-lo) originally found its popularity and success in classical growing regions such as Pommerol in Bordeaux France and in Northern Italy. Merlot is used in some of the world’s most expensive wines. Chateau Petrus from Bordeaux is generally made of 95% Merlot and Masseto produced by Ornellaia from Italy is made from 100% Merlot. Merlot can have a soft and fleshy character, which also makes it a popular wine to blend with Cabernet to soften the tannins. Generally, Merlot has a flavor profile of plum, black cherry, blueberry, toffee, coffee, and chocolate.

March Madness.jpgSpecifically, the Wood Acre Napa Valley Merlot 2005 displays its Napa Valley heritage with dark and intense flavors of fresh blackberries, dried raspberries and ripe black figs with an additional undertone of blueberry cobbler. The aromatics of this wine also lend a comforting appeal of mocha and vanilla bean incense. Pairs extremely well with roasted beef tenderloin….or for those a little more adventurous try it with a roasted coffee bean encrusted Filet Mignon!
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Wine of the Week: Carl Sitmann Qualitatswein Riesling 2008 July 12, 2010

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Riesling (pronounced as Reez-ling) is considered one of the most noble white wine grape varietals worldwide and is appreciated by novice wine drinkers and connoisseurs alike. In Alsace France, Riesling can be produced as an extremely dry and refreshing wine; however this versatile grape can also produce some of the world’s most sought after dessert wines. The usual flavor profile of Riesling has notes of peaches, honeysuckle, apple and jasmine with a mineral-like component.

whitewine.jpgSpecifically, the Carl Sittmann Qualitatswein Riesling 2008 has enticing and aromatic flavors of fresh granny smith apples and dried nectarines.  The flavor profile of this wine exudes similar, but intensified characteristics of fresh apple cider, fresh apricot and honey-laced Crenshaw melon.  The finish of this wine echoes the main flavor profile with an additional note of ripe nectarines with a slight hint of lemon.  Perfect for everyday as an aperitif, but also pairs wonderfully with light appetizers or spicy culinary fare.

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Wine of the Week: Lexicon Malbec 2008 July 5, 2010

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Malbec (pronounced as Mal-beck) is predominantly grown in Argentina now and has recently made a major splash on the wine scene; however this grape varietal also has a much older history behind its current popularity.  Malbec was almost wiped out during the Phyloxera epidemic in Europe in the 1860’s and was generally used as a blending grape in Bordeaux.  Luckily, this ancient grape varietal found its way to Argentina, but it can also still be found alive and well in a relatively unknown wine producing region of France called Cahors.  In Cahors, this grape varietal is known as “Cot.”  The usual flavor profile of Malbec has notes of ripe black plum, blackberry, rose petal, violets, and sometimes tobacco or black tea leaves.

red grapes.jpgSpecifically, Lexicon Malbec 2008 just got a huge mention on the Bulletin Board hosted on eRobertParker.com.  Robert Parker highlights the Lexicon Malbec 2008 as a Super Value with the following quote: “Greed relief…global economic crisis distraction…just tasty wines available for a song…two more reasons why 2009 is The Year of the Wine Drinker….2008 Lexicon Malbec…Terrific plum, blackberry, forest floor aromas, dense ruby purple color, medium-bodied, silky tannins, and the finish and flavor intensity of a wine 2-3X the price….drink it over the next 1-2 years…amazing value…Malbec fruit bomb..

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