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!
So for my wine pick this week, obviously a champagne… one of the most celebrated and recognized Champagnes in the world..I actually selected this Champagne for a couple of reasons..
First of all of course, because I love it, its often my go-to bubbly, it is elegant, very sophisticated beautiful fine bubbles, gentle mousse, fruity with notes of citrus and a touch of mineral and I love the toasty aroma, and the hint of brioche… so delicious, so seductive on the palate. The Champagne is Veuve Clicquot Brut Champagne Pinot Noir/Chardonnay.
The other reason, there’s quite a story behind this Champagne house that was founded in 1772…
It’s a tale about a remarkable lady who at the tender age of 27, tragically was widowed and left at the helm, or in charge essentially of running this Champagne house. Defying all the odds she took over the reins, bold, confident, the 1st businesswoman of the century many say… she lead the charge, she invented the riddling process, still used today, she created the first vintage Champagne, and to a great extent thanks to Barbe Nicole, Veuve Cliquot is a brand so well known all over the world, an image of great quality, of great taste elegance and when you need to bring a bottle of bubbly to a special occasion or dinner, you just know the host will be very happy when she sees the yellow-orange label of Veuve Clicquot! Perfect paired with potato chips too!
No brand new discovery to share with everybody…. but instead this week I’ve decided to share with everyone one, for a couple of years now, of my tried and true favorites…, I never ever tire of it, it always delivers a mouthful of joy, sip after sip! It’s not an everyday wine, it’s a little pricey Monday-Friday however… well worth the $26.95,when you feel like a treat.
The winery is Sonoma Cutrer, California of course…. and the wine is The Sonoma Cutrer Russian River Ranches Chardonnay 2012… an award winning wine, first introduced in 1981… made from grapes from distinct vineyard lots, it is full bodied, rich rich…with flavours of citrus and peach, a creaminess but with beautiful acidity and long finish…. forever on my palate! wonderful wine!
So in keeping with our theme today “off the beaten track” or a little out of the ordinary lets say… my wine pick comes from a place that most people wouldn’t ordinarily think of as a wine growing region… it actually comes from one of the oldest regions of wine production, over 5000 years!
And not only that but the producer of my wine pick has been making wine for over 150 years, it is the oldest,largest and most visited winery in this country.
So what is my wine pick? For $15.00 bucks! What a find!
A Syrah blend, 40% Syrah, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 30% Cabernet Franc it had beautiful intense berry fruit on the nose, was medium bodied and had a long finish, just tasted and felt great on the palate from beginning to end… And the wine is the Chateau Ksara Reserve du Couvent 2011 Syrah blend. Producer Chateau Ksara from the country of Lebanon! Now that's extraordinary!