Sunday, September 25, 2016

2012 Clos du Val Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Hooray for Sunday afternoons!  I finally had a chance to get caught up on yard work, picking up branches, mowing the grass and sweeping up a wheelbarrow full of acorn shells from the sidewalk, but now it's time to relax with dinner and a glass of wine.  Tonight I've opened up a bottle I picked up at the local wine store maybe six months ago, the 2012 Clos du Val Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.  So let's see how this one stacks up!

The wine is a deep ruby color in the glass, with an inky center.  The nose is classis Cabernet, with aromas of leather, blackberry, black cherry and oak.  The taste is wonderful, with a bit of sweet black fruit up front, blackberry, cherry and cassis that transition effortlessly to some notes of tobacco and peppery spice midpalate.  The tannins are firm, providing a wonderful foundation for the long, smooth and exceptionally dry finish.  This is just how a wonderful Napa Valley Cabernet should taste.

Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 9, it's a great bottle of wine that at just $25 would compare favorably to many Napa Cabernets selling for double that price.  This is a great steak and potatoes sort of wine, which is fortunate since that's what's for dinner tonight!  I am enjoying this one with a rare grilled prime filet mignon, a home grown baked potato I picked up at my Amish farm stand yesterday, and some grilled asparagus.  Cheers!

Friday, September 23, 2016

2011 Clos du Tue-Boeuf La Caillere Cheverny

Happy Friday!  It's been a very busy week and I am ready to relax!  So what's more relaxing than opening a bottle of wine?  Tonight I've decided to open up another bottle of by boss' reject wines, this one a Pinot Noir from the Loire Valley of France, the 2011 Clos du Tue-Boeuf La Calliere.  So let's see what this one has to offer.

The color is very light in the glass, typical of an old world Pinot Noir.  The nose presents aromas of tart cherry, fresh strawberry, dried herbs, tamarind and musty earth.  The taste is a good bit of tart cherry up front that transitions into some smoke and earthy notes midpalate. The tannins are fairly mellow, leading to a fairly long, smooth, dry finish with just a bit of a reprise of red fruit at the end.

Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 7, it's nothing spectacular, but keep in mind that I am not a huge Pinot fan.  This would be a nice summer sipper, to enjoy on the patio, and would pair well with a variety of lighter dishes.  Tonight I am enjoying this one with a grilled chicken breast over mixed greens with some oven roasted Yukon Gold fingerling potatoes.  Cheers!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

2011 Clos du Tue-Boeuf La Guerrerie Touraine

Happy Sunday!  It's been a rough day as I found that my water heater was leaking, but at least it wasn't too back (plumber coming tomorrow) and then I looked out the window this morning and saw a groundhog wandering around, next the critter control will be out.  It just seems like these things come in bunches, but thankfully there is wine to help us though the challenges of life!  Tonight I've decided to open another of my boss' reject wines, the 2011 Clos du Tue-Boeuf La Guerrerie Touraine, a nice Gamay from the Loire Valley of France.

The wine is a nice light ruby color in the glass with great clarity.  The nose presents aromas of black licorice, cherry and a hint of leather.  The taste is light and refreshing, with a rush of ripe red fruit up front, tart cherry, cassis and currant that transitions nicely to some smoke, mint and mineral notes midpalate.  The finish is quite nice, with some soft tannins supporting a long, smooth dry finish.

Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 7.5, it's a very pleasant wine, but I'll be the first to admit that Gamay can be an acquired taste.  This would be a nice wine with many lighter summer dishes, but tonight I am enjoying it with a classic Autumn Sunday dinner, of roast chicken with cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes and green bean casserole.  Cheers!