GARY V’S SELECTION FOR THE “CHOCOLATE, COOKIES, AND CUPCAKE” CROWD
He gives a great intro for new wine lovers and makes the whole experience less pretentious. Wine has a bad rap for being a snob’s pleasure, but if you’re open to learning, it’s really every man’s game.
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“The 2007 Muscadet de Sevre et Maine Sur Lie Cuvee Harmonie is scented with pear, quince, and lime – almost as if a bit of Chenin had been blended in. With real depth of nut oil richness, orchard fruit, and saline, savory minerality, this polished Muscadet generously saturates the palate, clings, and at the same time refreshes. Enjoy it anytime over the next two years. Yet another really talented young Muscadet producer has been brought to our attention in the U.S., this time through Loire-specialist Jon-David Headrick.”
90 Points – David Schildknecht (Wine Advocate)
My Two Cents: Very drinkable, great summer white that will go with anything.
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“Halbtrocken style Riesling that is super crisp and elegant. Bright and vibrant lime, green apple, quince, and passion fruit come together with great mineral and crushed rock components. Outstanding expression of Riesling, and an amazing value to boot. Keep in mind, this only has a pinch of sugar, and it is really there to keep the wine balanced, which it accomplishes VERY well!”
90 Points – Ian Dorin
My Two Cents: Good, but too sweet for me. I prefer something more crisp….so I don’t order Reisling unless someone’s tried it before.
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“If you think Perrin Reserve or Guigal Cotes du Rhone are good buys, we will make you change your mind forever with this $7 stunner! Ripe and delicious, with great floral qualities and harmonious red and purple fruits. Great acidity keeps this fresh and lively and the finish is absolute silk. Don’t miss out!”
My Two Cents: I love French wines, in fact, I’ve been wine tasting in Rhone. But this was too earthy and tannic for me. As the description says, it was floral in beginning, but the finish was nasty.
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”The 2005 Clos des Andes is 100% Malbec sourced from an 80 year old vineyard in the Lujan de Cuyo region of Mendoza. The wine was 50% barrel fermented and was aged for 12 months in 50% new and 50% 1 year French oak. Inky purple in color, the wine has a lovely bouquet of wood smoke, cedar, violets, blueberry, and black cherry. Firm and well-balanced, it has superb depth, sweet, fruit, and a lengthy finish. Give it 3-4 years to evolve and drink it through 2025. A barrel sample of the 2006 (both 2005 and 2006 are generally regarded as great vintages) was equally promising and age-worthy.”
91 Points – Jay Miller – The Wine Advocate
My Two Cents: This was my FAVORITE!!! Medium bodied, not too fruity, with a smooth finish.
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