Hauser Estate Winery – 2010 Reserve Meritage

I have to admit that I wasn’t sure what to expect when I opened this wine.  We all have our biases, whether about regions, or varietals, or styles, or whatever, when it comes to trying new wines.  With a purposefully open mind I uncorked the bottle, and poured a tasting.  I found the aromas to be quite nice – the air filled with  dark, dried cherry notes, and lots of red and black fruits.  Herby spices were also there, wafting out of the glass.  My first taste confirmed that the flavors matched the aromas quite nicely.  The mouth feel was substantial, and the finish fairly long, with a nice acidity.  There was a bit of a lingering sweetness, for me, in this dry wine, and I would have probably enjoyed it more without that.  But all in all, I think this is a noteworthy Pennsylvania wine.

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Gerard Bertrand – 2007 Tautavel Reserve Côtes du Roussillon-Villages Grand Terroir

Tautavel

What could be better on a blustery winter evening than a deep, rich Rhone.  The dark, ruby hue drew me into this lovely wine, and the aromas of black fruit, leather and just the slightest hint of olive were enticing.  The flavors of dark currant and black plum were intermingled with coffee, spices and even a little chocolate.  This was a nicely balanced wine, with a bold backbone that was so very satisfying.  This wine paired so very well with spicy red beans and rice, and a crusty sourdough boule.  Hearty, rustic perfection.