Thursday, May 23, 2013

Fattoria Del Cerro Chianti Colli Senesi 2010 DOCG

Made from 90% Sangiovese and 10% Canaiolo, ruby red in the glass, light weight, dry, mild tannins and unique softness. Wild cherry bouquet, notes of licorice, floral, leather, tobacco, bramble, and earthtones, while the palate is showing black cherry, balsamic, herbal, glycerine with good finish.

This was one of the less expensive bottles of reds on the wine list at Il Poeta, very nice for under $30.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Domaines Paul Mas Estate Pinot Noir 2012 – St Hilaire Vineyard

As the new Millennium approached, the economic climate led to a decline in French wines' reputation in the US. The Languedoc region was known for bulk wines and Australia filled that gap with cheap mass produced wines. Fourth generation vintner, Jean-Claude Mas, Owner Proprietor of Domaine Paul Mas and trailblazer in the region, set out to change that. He reduced quantity in order to improve quality while crafting affordable wines, combining Languedoc tradition with New World attitude (like stainless steel tanks and sustainability). I recently had the opportunity to experience the spirit of the region with Mr. Mas at a luncheon at Hundred Acres in New York's Greenwich Village.

Mas has almost 1000 acres of vineyards with over 2000 contracted vineyards (co-ops are common in France). Languedoc's traditional varietals are GSM, Granache, Syrah, and Mourvedre but the one I am writing about here is a 100% Pinot Noir. The climate, the vital, 
fertile and living limestone soil, the 10-25 year old vines, all compose the terroir that makes for a good wine like... Domaines Paul Mas Estate Pinot Noir – St Hilaire Vineyard

Stainless steel fermentation for 7-10 days, then aged for 6 months before bottle aging for 2 months.

Garnet colors in the glass, aromas of rosewater, strawberry, cherry with some minerality, ripe cherry, and spices, while on the palate rich red berries, plum, vanilla and clove, ripe tannins and a good finish.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Macari Sauvignon Blanc 2012, North Fork of Long Island

With the Loire Valley in mind, Joseph Macari originally planted Sauvignon Blanc on the North Fork of Long Island convinced of the similarities of the terrain. I might say with good results.

Here is a wonderful 2012 Vintage, pale dusty yellow colors in the glass, high in acidity with aromas of honeydew melon, citrus and grass, while on the palate strong notes of grapefruit and lime and more melon. Paired beautifully with a pasta with shrimp dish. $23/bottle.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Chateau la Chapelle Maillard Bordeaux 2010

From Bordeaux, France, this organic wine is a really good find for under $10. A blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot make up an amalgam of aromas showing dark cherries with brooding earthy undertones, while flavors of tobacco, olives, cloves and leather complement spice and licorice and slight hints of powdered cocoa. Good on the finish and again, a great value for an everyday red.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva 2008 DOCG

Made with a blend of 90% Sangiovese, 7% Canaiolo and 3% Colorino grapes, vinified in stainless steel for 20 days before aging in small wooden barrels for 18 months, then in bottle for 3 months before release. Ruby red colors in the glass, with aromas of powerful spices, cedar and dark fruit. Notes of tobacco, cedar, cinnamon and black sour cherry with healthy tannins painting the palate, and a good long finish. Wine Spectator rated this bottle a 92 and its under $20.