Archive for June, 2011

Alan Kerr’s Vintage’s June 25 Release – Tasting Notes

When I realized the focus of June’s latest release is to be wines from Argentina, I was not overly thrilled, not that I don’t like the odd bottle of Argentinean wine now and then mind you, but drinking a flight had little appeal for me. However, much to my delight, I am able to report the release offers many solid wines, which are well priced and several are drinking nicely now. Please read on……………….

WINES FROM THE “HEAT IS ON RELEASE”.

232678 ALTOCEDRO AÑO CERO TEMPRANILLO 2009 La Consulta, Mendoza $16.95
Lots of mocha with whiffs of balsa, underbrush, milk chocolate, dark fruit and funk, a little chewy on the palate, notes of blueberry and currant, plenty of teeth coating tannin, but not much length on the finish. Find this wine

233973 ANTUCURA CALVULCURA 2005 Uco Valley, Mendoza $23.95

This blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon has some smoky meaty notes, layers of blackcurrant, chocolate, mineral and slate, plenty of tasty dark fruit, some red currant and still some tannin to resolve. Find this wine

232637 BENMARCO CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2009 Mendoza $16.95

Blackcurrant laden aromas with a dose of sweet oak, a floral note, carrying an enjoyable texture on the palate; it is balanced nicely with just a few soft tannins appearing on the finish. Find this wine

235085 CARLA CHIARO RESERVE MALBEC 2007 Mendoza $14.95

Sweet Moroccan spice, some dark chocolate, mint and lovely black raspberry and blackcurrant aromas run through to the juicy palate, laden with refreshing black fruit acidity and a touch of dusty tannin. Find this wine

640854 SALENTEIN RESERVE MALBEC 2009 Uco Valley, Mendoza $19.95

A spicy peppery wine showing nice black fruit, a touch of wet earth, a lively palate, black and blue berry fruit bound by chewy tannins. Find this wine
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Alan Kerr’s Vintage’s June 11 Release – Tasting Notes

Veneto wines are the feature of this release and, as Father’s Day is on the horizon, there are several highly touted wines suggested as treats for dad and for those kiddies with really deep pockets, well do read on…

THE WINES OF VENETO

029850 TENUTA SANT’ANTONIO MONTI GARBI RIPASSO VALPOLICELLA SUPERIORE 2008 Veneto $17.95
Notes of coffee bean, anise and sweet spice blend well with black cherry and plum aromas. Cherry dominates the palate, a touch of anise ball and spice, nicely balanced acidity and gentle tannin. Find this wine

063636 REMO FARINA MONTE FANTE RISERVA AMARONE DELLA VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO 2004 $62.95
Lots of barnyard and earthy aromas, borderline stinky, with some pinecone and forest aromas. Delving deeper, I find a similes to black forest torte, with Kirsch, meat and dark chocolate. It is elegant, but powerful on the palate, showing sweet cherry, blackberry and a layer of cocoa powdery tannin. There is a little heat on the finish, but it is tasty and will only get better with time. Find this wine

204826 GIACOMO MONTRESOR AMARONE DELLA VALPOLICELLA 2006 $53.95
Earthy, wet soil, drifts of mocha, forest floor and spice, dark fruit run to a palate of dark cherry, cinnamon, nutmeg and mineral. It has a chewy texture, well balanced and gentle tannins. Find this wine

230607 ZENI VIGNE ALTE AMARONE DELLA VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO 2006 $39.95
Layers of blackberry jam, Asian spice, and floral aromas follow through to a palate of dark fruit, tasty acidity and a touch of sweetness on the finish. Find this wine

084079 GIUSEPPE CAMPAGNOLA CASOTTO DEL MERLO RECIOTO DELLA VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO 2007 $29.95
An interesting nose composed of fresh cut flowers, sweet marzipan, liquorice, black lozenges and sweet cherry. The palate reflects the fruit and adding a nice layer of blackberry and mocha. Some dusty tannin on the finish. Find this wine

220830 ZENI MAROGNE RIPASSO VALPOLICELLA SUPERIORE 2008 $17.95
Lots of plush sweet fruit, a little cured meat, some red fruit on the palate and chewy tannin on the finish. Find this wine

134544 MONTE DEL FRÁ BARDOLINO 2010 $11.95
Rhubarb, sweet cake spice, cardamom and black cherry with a refreshing palate of cherry and berry, a touch of sweetness and good structure. It is a deal at the low asking price. Perfect to grab a case as barbecue season is finally upon us, I think! Find this wine

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Our good friends at Gourmet Underground Detroit just may be on to something!

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