Chateau Cantelys – 2009 Pessac-Leognan


A special celebration calls for a special wine.  My husband and I both lovers of deep, full-bodied reds, so when we were planning to celebrate a recent achievement by my husband, he chose Chateau Cantelys 2009 Pessac-Leognan to taste with a special dinner.  We opened the bottle and discovered a beautiful, deep garnet wine that is leggy and rich in its appearance.  This Bordeaux was filled with delicious aromas of dark red fruits – red current with a touch of cranberry, with dark cherry and a hint of raspberry jam.  The fruit was accented by hints of spice, tobacco,  and perhaps the tiniest bit of raw cocoa.  The first sip was luscious, and the slight acidity left my mouth watering.  The tannins were well-structured and firm, but balanced well with the fruit and acid.  The flavors were in perfect harmony with the aromas.  This wine paired exquisitely with a rubbed and seared filet mignon and crispy peppered potato.  We thoroughly enjoyed this wine, but would also add that this is one that will most likely get better with time.  We’ll be holding the next bottle for a few years.

Graham Beck – 2010 Pinno Pinotage

If you’re searching for an easy drinking, easy on the wallet, sociable red, this might be what you’re looking for.  We were invited to a last minute gathering of friends and grabbed this from the cellar to take over with us, and it was a hit with everyone (well, except the one guy who only drinks beer, but that’s another story).  Not knowing the menu ahead of time, this turned out to be a perfect choice to pair with grilled pork tenderloin, roasted new potatoes and stuffed mushrooms.  The aromas were pleasantly fruity, with plum, berry and just a hint of spice.  The alcohol was modest and in no way overwhelming.  The mouth feel was pleasant and soft, with a medium body.  Tannins were restrained and overall very well balanced.  The finish was pleasant and soft.  At the risk of sounding too industrial, this was a very nice all-purpose wine.