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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Arnoux & Fils – 2009 Jean-Marie Arnoux Vacqueyras

Are you drawn in completely by massive, sexy reds?  If you are, this has your name on it.  This delicious wine starts drawing you in with its deep, dark hue – it looks particularly rich because this is an unfiltered, unfined wine.  The legs are long and beg you to sip.  The aromas are bold and rich with a cassis and graphite, and hints of bittersweet chocolate and florals are also there.  My first sip was amazing – the lush mouth feel, the dark berry flavors, the earthy tones and complexity – all combined for an amazing experience.  I will admit to reading another review of this wine that described the finish as “smoldering”, and when I read that word I could not have said it better myself.  It was long, and smoldering, and completely intoxicating.  The blend on this wine is 70% Grenache, 25% Syrah, and 5% Mourvedre.  It went so very well with a perfectly seared filet mignon and roasted, herbed asparagus.  Do try it, and see if you agree.

Cave de Rasteau – 2009 Côtes du Rhône-Villages Le ‘R’

I do enjoy a nice Rhone wine, and this one didn’t disappoint.  I opened the bottle and poured a tasting, noting a number of wonderful aromas with a swirl or two.  The raspberry and blackberry aromas were very nice, with no overwhelming alcohol bite.  It smelled lush, and those aromas were confirmed with the first taste.  The taste was indeed silky and very well balanced.  Very round and quite pleasant.  The finish was quite nice, leaving me with just a hint of minerality and very light spice.  I will tell you that I didn’t have this wine with dinner, although I can imagine it pairing quite well with any number of dishes, but I did enjoy it with a little dark chocolate, and the combination was delightful, and one you’ll want to enjoy for yourself.