So just recently we had the opportunity to attend the 10th anniversary of "the Berlin Tasting:, a legendary and ground breaking tasting that showcased the wines of Chile like never before, beating out iconic wines such as Chateau Lafite and Chateau Margaux. As a nod to this accomplishment and this event, the founder of which is Eduardo Chadwick of Viña Errazuriz.
I thought I would delve into Errazuriz's wines, one of their reds... And in the mood these days for Syrah, I thought I'd check out the Viña Errázuriz Concagua Costa Shiraz/Syrah 2012 and so glad I did!
For $24.95, bright, violet-red in colour, wonderful complexity, comes from a single vineyard, the Manzanar Vieyars not far from the sea, this coastal syrah has a bold fruity, seductive aroma of red cherries and raspberries with hints of black pepper... I love this in my wines, it is juicy with fin tannins and has promise to age, I'd buy half a dozen an enjoy as times goes by... delish.,
So I am super happy to share with everyone my wine pick today… because it has long been a favorite of mine…and to be honest at first I didn’t even realize it was organic, I just knew that I loved it… like a bonus biodynamic!
From Mendocino, California, my pick is the Bonterra which means “good earth” Chardonnay. Because of Mendocino’s climate, hot, dry summers, rich soils suitable for great diversity of cover crops, olive trees, a variety of poppies and even strands of lavender can be seen among the vineyards, perfect for biodynamic farming… this is reflected in the taste in the glass!
It is a rich wine and buttery and nutty, mouth filling, and with a crisp acidity and aromas and flavours of tropical fruit, lemon, it’s a delectable journey on the palate, and with a long standing finish. Just hits the high note time after time!
My wine pick this week was discovered at a fabulous Italian restaurant in the heart of Yorkville. In the mood for something off the beaten track... not that I am a member of the ABC Club...."anything but Chardonnay". I love Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blancs, two staples, but when we saw this wine on the list we thought,this is a great producer located in Piedmont. The vineyards have a long history located in the commune of La Mora, in fact the earliest beginnings date back to 1340!
Under the same name until 1941 when the countess passed and willed the property to her grandson who is the father of the current owner Giovanni Codero di Montezolo, who together with his children continue to personally manage the vineyards and take care of the fruit. And a superb they do!
To the wine! The Cordero di Montezemolo, Arneis 2013 from the region of Langhe in Piedemonte has an intense bouquet of peach and flowers, so inviting with a crisp, dry long finish. Absolutely delicious and a different variety to enjoy for a change, well made, complex. Try it, you will love it! I know I did!
Cordero Di Montezemolo Arneis 2013
In our market available through the Profile Wine Group
Rosehall Run Vineyards does it again with another prestigious award at the 2014 International Wine and Spirits Competition....a Silver! And I'd like to make sure our readers and listeners know about this wine too!
The wine is the Rosehall Run JCR Pinot Noir 2011, VQA Prince Edward County... composed of estate-grown Pinot Noir from two of Rosehall Runs vineyards from grapes that were planted 12 and 13 years ago and the wine aged for 14 months in French oak.
Lots of red fruit, cherry on the palate with hints of spice, a touch of oak and subtle tannins, I'm planning on pairing this up with my turkey and cranberry family dinner, accompanied by one of my specialty mushroom appetizers! Doing wat Dan does best, the Rosehall Run JCR Pinot Noir 2011. $39.00 a super wine of superb quality
So okay, I’m looking at a winemaker, a lady of course, in keeping with our radio show's theme today… Extraordinary women of wine , food and politics! She has been with this winery since 1986…. Now that’s having legs, excuse the pun… and for the last 13 years has been the head winemaker… The winery… one of the first wineries in NapaValley.. dating back to 1875 is Beringer…. And the winemaker is Laurie Hook. My wine pick the Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
Susanne and I had a chance to taste this wine with Jerry Comfort, ll a number of years ago, and it left an indelible impression on my palate… so here it is again.
From Sonoma’s Knights Valley full bodied, seductive nose of ripe blue and black berry, full intense fruit flavor, good acidity and lasting finish… hmm hmm good!