Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Pedroncelli, Wisdom Cabernet Sauvignon ’12 $36

Sonoma, CA

From the Sonoma, Dry Creek Valley Estate Vineyard this Cab has got to be one of my current favorites.  It’s full of dark cherries, toasted oak and black pepper on the nose.  Ripe plums and currants stand out on the first sip with medium tannins to follow.  You can tell this wine has definite care in the making of it and I’d easily put this up against any $60 bottle.  The flavor profile isn’t too big yet not wimpy at all.  It’s subtle and easy drinking to pair with grilled meats, pasta with marinara and even chocolate cake.  You can find it at the winery and possibly in your local stores.  Lastly, if you’re planning a trip out to Sonoma, you must stop by this winery.  You won’t be disappointed with their many varietals. 

Friday, June 2, 2017

Caves D’ Esclans, Whispering Angel ’15 $18

Cotes De Provence, France

With spring moving quickly into summer, it’s rose time once again.  After my visit a few years ago to the Bandol region along the French Mediterranean coast, I found so many wonderful roses to try.  This one happens to be a favorite in our household. 

The aromas of citrus zest, pears, melon and apples blend together for a versatile wine to go with many food pairings, although it’s great on its own.  Its flavors represent a clean, refreshing mouth feel with light flavors of honeydew, strawberries and hints of lemon.  The characteristics resemble a smooth red blended with a refreshing white.  For a Provence rose, you’d think the mineral overtones would be predominant but they’re not.  This paired excellent with an olive oil & herb grilled shrimp over couscous.  With some sliced radishes on the side, dipped in olive oil and sea salt, this wine paired wonderful with everything.
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