Famille Perrin – 2012 Luberon

Luberon

There are few wines that can truly be described with one word, but this wine is the exception to the rule.  The word?  Pears…sweet, delicious pears… If you’re like me, and love the smell of fresh, sweet, aromatic pears, you may find yourself lingering in the aroma for quite a while.   The flavor of this dry white is a perfect match to its aromas – delicious pear, touched with a slight grassiness.  Ugni Blanc and Clairette are blended with Chardonnay to create this wine.  The acidity is balanced and the finish is modest.  Smooth and beautiful, this wine is a perfect accompaniment to light appetizers like a white bean dip with a crusty baguette, but will easily go with a meal of poultry or fish.  I suggest that you even use any leftover wine (leftover?  really?) as a poaching liquid for pears to make an amazing dessert.

I would like to offer a special “Thank You!” to Mary Watson at Cookology (www.cookologyonline.com) in Sterling, VA, for introducing me to this lovely wine.

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Meiomi Belle Glos – 2012 Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is one of those grapes…one of those wines…that fills my head, and nose, and palate with certain stereotypes of what it should be.   I admit it – I’m guilty of judging a wine by what it “should” be.  I’m sure you know what I mean.  Anyone who’s ever seen a dog show knows – you judge it against the breed standard, not whether you happen to like it.  But this week I learned that…well…tasting wine isn’t a dog show.

This wine has been eating at my brain for several days now.  Would I consider it your quintessential Pinot Noir?  No.  Did I like it?  It was good…not great…but good.  I was a little surprised by just how jammy this wine was on the nose.  I mean…jammy.  Intensely, over-the-top, give-me-a-piece-of-toast, jammy.  Deep garnet in color, but not all that leggy.  The first taste covered my tastebuds with dark fruits that mingled with an interesting leatheriness.  There was a hint of coffee in there too.  Very full body.  The finish was particularly long, with only the slightest bit of heat.  It did pair well with chicken cacciatore and rustic bread.  I look forward to trying this wine again in a year or two.

Starborough – 2012 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Starborough

What would a hot, steamy summer day be without a cold, refreshing Sauvignon Blanc?  Aaahhh….I can almost taste it as I write….

A friend just introduced me to this fabulous wine – and my friend knows wine.  She also knows that I really have grown to enjoy a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, and thought I’d find this one to be really interesting and really enjoyable.  Needless to say, it delivered on all counts.

The aromas on this wine started with some of the expected citrus notes – lemon and grapefruit were the first to waft up.  But then my nose was tantalized by a really lovely green aroma – sort of pine, sort of boxwood, and other green herb.  It was magical and delicious that demanded a taste.  The flavors were bright and exciting.  The acidity was so nicely balanced with the citrus and herb flavors, and hints of passionfruit and other tropicals did not go unnoticed.  I am very sure I found a new summer favorite with this wine.  It paired so well with summer crudites of fresh vegetables, hummus, and kale salad.  This wine is also something I would consider a best buy – a very reasonably priced wine that tastes like a splurge.  Enjoy!

Kemblefield – 2012 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Pale and refreshing, this wine gives up aromas of light gooseberry and pineapple, overlaying a citrus background.  The flavors are crisp and bright, with citrus predominating.  The acidity is fairly pronounced, and even though the alcohol is very modest at 13%, there was just a hint of heat on the tongue.  Be sure not to over chill so that the flavors and aromas can fully develop.  This wine has a nice finish, and pairs very nicely with a crisp summer salad of greens and fruit, with grilled chicken.

Georges DuBoeuf – 2012 Beaujolais-Villages Nouveau Cuvée Spéciale

Do you know what today is?

Thursday?  Yes, but what else?

Give up?

It’s Beaujolais Nouveau Day!

Yay!

I have been looking forward to today for quite some time.  And WHY you might ask?  Because Beaujolais Nouveau is a taste of the last bit of summer that just slipped below the horizon.  This year’s wine is particularly special because the grape yield in the Beaujolais region was low.  Let’s face it, 2012 was a difficult year all around – even if you aren’t a grape…or a vintner.

I opened my bottle with great anticipation – perhaps, in part, because of the fanfare of the day – the ritual – the idea that this is the wine that officially heralds the 2012 vintage to the world .  I poured my taste and stared into the purply-red color of this wine, jewel-like and beautiful.  The aromas were very nice, filled with red fruit and plum, and a hint of spiced peach.  The flavors matched the aromas very well, and the youthful tannins, although pronounced, danced well with the light acidity.  This wine went amazingly well with my dinner of seared pork medallions and apple-cranberry compote.  I know that I will enjoy this wine throughout the holiday season, with friends and family.  And when my stash is exhausted, I can look forward to what next year’s vintage will bring.