France and Italy 101

Some favorite wines from recent tasting classes with Bill, better for reference purposes when we’re in need of inspiration on what next to buy hehe.

France 101
One of the coolest infographic showing the different wine regions in France

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2007 Lamiable Blanc de Noir “Cuvee Meslaines” Champagne $60
Mmmm – yeasty, bready. Love the acidity. Perfect accompaniment to high tea

2012 Chene Bleu Viognier Vaucluse $40
Beautiful nose of peach, apricot, brioche.
Not sweet in the mouthfeel though; bitter notes on side

2012 Domaine Weinbach Gewurztraminer “Reserve Personelle” Alsace $35
Lychee! But not the super ripe type. Orchids. Elegant.

Alsace Tasting
10 wines in the line up. Tasted on July 1st – apparently a “fruit day”, so the better to taste wines on
NV Camille Braun Cremant d’Alsace Brut $20
Sparkling made the champagne method. Lemon Bread! Clean finish, fresh, yums

2011 Meyer-Fonne Riesling Reserve $20
Green apple, lemon, classic riesling nose, granite, some petroleum. Nice acidity

2009 Rene Mure Riesling Vendage Tardive Clos St-Landelin Grand Cru Vorbourg $75
Petrol stink, sauteed onion? Peanuts?

2011 Domaine Erhart Pinot Gris “Im Berg” $20
Lychee-like, earth, talcum powder. Almost bitter finish

2010 Domaine Weinbach Gewurtztraminer Cuvee Theo $40
One of our two clear favorites of the evening. While the Domaine Erhart Pinot Gris had some lychee in the nose, the fruit was so much more prominent in this wine – but not overwhelming. Such a gorgeous bouquet. Someone in our group generously brought along some cheese to share, and the munster went soooo beautifully with this wine.

2009 Hugel Pere & Fils Pinot Noir “Jubilee” $77
Other favorite of the evening. Sensuous nose of ripe strawberries. Sexy mouthfeel – waves of silk. Someone in our group wasn’t a fan though, and said that the “nose was like someone poured vodka into it”. I don’t know – while the wine was a little hotter than some of the best pinots we’ve had, I thought it was a well made wine.

Italy 101
2011 Fontana Candida Frascati Superiore Riserva DOCG “Luna Mater” Lazio $22
Blend of grapes: Malvasia di Candidia, Malvasia di Lazio, Greco, Bombino
Taste of honey in the mouth, nice and bracing acidity. We brought the leftovers home, and it went so well with homemade laksa – rounded out in the finish, softer

2010 Castello di Gabbiano Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG “Bellezza” Toscana $35
Spice, pepper, dark fruit – nice nose! Red apples in the mouthfeel, down to the tannins of the red apple skin. Lean in profile.

2008 Boroli Barolo DOCG Piedmonte $40
Brownish red hue. Raisins, dark cherry. Smooth tannins, chewy

2011 Tasca d’Almerita Nero d’Avola IGT “Lamuri” Sicilia $20
Compared to the rest of the other 11 wines we tasted, this was the most non-food friendly wine. Rounder, softer finish, not as lean and acidic.

2010 Terra di Monteverro Toscana Rosso IGT Toscana $135
Bordeaux blend in Italy! 45% CS, 10% Merlot, 10% PV, 35% CF. Sweet wood, smooth, tannins

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