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economy, nobody’s drinking wine in Spain,” said Kerin Auth
While in Spain the folks
there may be drinking far less wine than they use to in the past, here in
America we are just now waking up to what many [myself included] an everyday
Thinking about this from
the context of time, I mean hell, there are Bodegas in Spain which have been around longer than the United States
has been a country. So think of this way; they've been drinking fab, wonderful
wines for a very long, long time so perhaps they [collectively speaking] just
want to give it a rest. Perhaps it’s like the lyrics from one of Led Zeppelin’s
more well known tunes, “I can't quit you, baby So I'm
gonna put you down for a while”. Either way, their loss in appetite for great
wines is our benefit here in the states.
I count myself one of the
lucky ones, someone who has had the blinders removed from my eyes; something which
I owe much of to my darling Mrs. Cuvee. Back before we were married, she
slapped me aside the head, knocking my rose-colored glasses to the ground,
figuratively saying; “look there’s a big wonderful wine-world out there take a
As a result I've become
someone who now likes to explore, I don't like to settle for the tried and true,
so much wine and so little time as they say. So with it being Wine Wednesday
and I all I decided it would be a great time to profile one of the wines I
brought home with me on my last trip to the UK, yes this one of the wines I
purchased in the duty free shop at Heathrow’s terminal five.
Part of the reason I
purchased this wine was because we had a direct flight and I could bring it
right onto the plane with no hassles what-so-ever and the second reason was because
this wine was on SALE
for just 10 pounds or $16 usd. How I could resist such a good deal, was beyond
me, thus I carted two of these beauties home in my carry-on.
Now that said, I do love
Spanish wines, so much so I’ve been lucky enough to make three trips there
within a year’s time. So when I saw the 2000 Bodegas Faustino
I Gran Reserva, Rioja DOCa I knew
I just had to have it. The bottle comes packed in the
classic wired body, with their signature clouded glass. While I didn’t think
this wine was really representative of a true Riojan style, one that could have
frankly beat the tar out of most wines sold here in that some price point. But
unfortunately one thing kept that from being true. I have hope for the second
The wine was bright, rich and still full colored in the
glass, sporting a vivid dark garnet core, with just a tinge of brick along the
edges. Nosing this wine is where my “brett” meter went off the proverbial
scale, I was like whoa, whoa what do we have here? It’s something which occurs almost exclusively in red wines and
typically it’s a barnyard type of funk which in small quanities, it's not so bad. If you’re
not familiar with the term, I’ve included a linkto a page which I think thoroughly explains
the subject in ascientific method and a link to another pagewhich takes a slightly easier to understand approach, so here you go.
I could still taste all the
wonderful flavors and nuances behind the “funk”but all in all it was just too
much to overcome. Sosadly, I let the rest of it go the way of many other wines that I
won’t review go, right down the drain [ugh, so unhappy]. But if the wine had not had thatfault, it's my guess it would have been quite a nice bottle of wine, oh well. Until next folks please remember to sit-back, relax,sip long and prosper cheers!
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Welcome to Monday, I trust everyone had a
fantastic weekend full of great wine, tasty dishes and most of some
breath-taking football action. I know I had a little of all three, while some
aspects of it was a bit more challenging than the others, all in all it, there
are no complaints to be found here.
I like so many other bloggers, received a sample of this very tasty Robert Mondavi Reserve Chardonnay, vintage 2010,
their Napa Valley Chardonnay and the Private Selection. So you've seen many
reviews of this wine already or you will be seeing them in multitude in the coming
weeks, so please stand-by.
The Mondavi brand is one which almost
everyone [vino-sapiens] is aware of or is at least familiar with in some small
way. But honestly folks I get a sample of this wine every year, but I don't
think it has ever made its way to my wine of the week list. The reason I say
that is because I want convey to you, that I thought this vintage from Carneros
really stands out for me, far more than it has in previous years. So much in fact I scored this wine 91 points.
This wine stands out in my mind and that
of even Mrs. Cuvee who gave it her “good” affirmation, as one of the better
Chardonnay’s I’ve had all year, especially at its reasonable price point. On the Mondavi website this wine has a SRP of $40, but a quick look at Costco and you’ll find it well under $30.
Bonus: You don’t have to me a member to purchase wine or other adult beverages
at Costco in California.
the glass a crisp, hay colored core warmly greets you at the door. After being
welcomed inside and stepping up to your first slurp, bam bright minerality, a
creamy texture, a bit of lemon curd, ripe pear, green apple, with nectarine
fruit piling on for good measure. According to the tech-note all of the grapes for
the 2010 Vintage were sourced from the renowned Hyde Vineyard, in the Carneros
region of Napa Valley.
the folks wondering about barrel regiment [15 months total], there’s just a
touch of oak and lee stirring action ["Sur lie"] which adds a lush
richness to the palate [Burgundian-style barrels, 68% new French oak for fermentation]. I
found it an ideal food-wine ready to take on a variety of dishes. The finish just lingers on
the palate like an urban outdoorsman waiting to greet you as you exit the
freeway; this wine has the structure and acidity to go the distance if you are
this wine with easy-breezy recipe that is in what Mrs. Cuvee calls my go-to
recipe box, which is easy that even a cave-man like me can pull it off so
easily. It’s the ever wonderful Chicken Marsala, just don’t forget you need to
have a 1/2 cup dry Marsala wine, so make sure you
have a bottle hanging about in the pantry. Here is the
to preparing this very simple, yet satisfying dish, which will make you look
like a rock-star at home if you prepare this for the Mrs. Until next time folk,
remember as I always say, sip long and prosper cheers!
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