Vinotasting Featured Picks 2014

Our tasting panel meets several times monthly to taste wines blind, thus providing unbiased evaluations of the newest wine releases.

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For each issue our editors sometimes share their impressions about wines that stand out in the tasting.

Lapostole Cuvée Alexandre Merlot, Colchagua Valley 2011
4 glasses
Best wine!
Seductive! Rich, Elegant flavors of cocoa, damson plum, and blackberry.  Medium plus finish, with supple tannin and oak.  Well-made, sexy, polished!

Macari Vineyards, Reserve Merlot, North Fork of Long Island 2007
A more reserved style, savory rather than sweet wine with tart cherry and sage on a medium-plus frame.  Tannins and acidity are a bit angular, but shows an old-world style that is wonderful in demonstrating how well merlot can age!

Lapostole Cuvée Alexandre Carménère, Colchagua Valley 2011
4 glasses
Best Wine!
Bold! A powerful style of Carménère, that shows a meatier side to the variety.  Less bell pepper and more roasted Hatch Chile. This shows brooding black fruit, and healthy dose of oak with a long finish.  Very good!

Castello di Gabbiano Chianti Classico Riserva, DOCG 2010
4 glasses
Compoted red fruits, and certainly shows the dusty oak indicative of the Riserva style; tannin and acidity are medium plus, with a note of rosemary and herb on the finish. A blend of Sangiovese (95%) and Merlot (5%), aged in Oak for 16-18 months.  A wonderful wine, but a hot finish from alcohol prevents a higher score.

Castello di Gabbiano Chianti Classico Riserva Bellezza, DOCG 2010
Red plum, dried cranberry, a definitive sweet note on the nose and palate.  Although Sangiovese, there are cherry cough syrup notes that remind us of a high quality Nebbiolo, along with some beautiful earth and herbal notes. Well-integrated oak and high glycerol contribute to an astoundingly balanced wine.  Very, very good!

Lapostole Cuvée Alexandre Syrah, Colchagua Valley 2010
Opaque, monolithic, overripe black fruit and a touch of spice on the nose.  Gives way to a massive wine with high alcohol and tannin.  This wine is like drinking George Foreman.  Not for the faint of heart, and certainly not anything you can drink by itself.  Pair it with big steak!

Souverain Cabernet Sauvignon North Coast 2010
4 glasses
There is elegance in this wine, and it is more than simply the vintage.  Mint, cassis, and red currant dominate, with a medium-plus finish and weight.  A very approachable style.  4 stars.

Freatured Picks

Our tasting panel meets several times monthly to taste wines blind, thus providing unbiased evaluations of the newest wine releases.

Featured Picks 2014

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