A lovely month of diversity. I love red and white wines year and, of course, rosé is particularly appreciable but I do love rosé year round. I am constantly asked if I prefer red or white wine to which I say I love then equally. There is also what your palate might be seeking as well as adjusting for a season or special wine.
Here is a combination of all the wines for this month and some video reviews as well. I have one olive oil review and several Japanese microbrews.
St. Urbans-Hof Nik Weis Mosel Dry Riesling ’18 – $18 SRP
Nose of Yellow peach-citrus, honeycomb and oyster shell
Palate of Granny Smith apple, pear, crushed shells and beeswax
St. Urbans-Hof Nik Weis Mosel Old Vines Riesling -’18 – $18 SRP
This producer selects grapes from 35 to 70 year old vines. It is off dry–I could not find grams of sugar per litre. It is not intensely sweet and I would pair with Asian dishes.
Nose of quince-apple, honeysuckle, and hint of spice.
Palate: quince, pear, moist stones and beeswax
Alma de Cattleya Sonoma Chardonnay 2017
Nosel lemon peel, almond, moist stones, and flowers
Pear: pear, apple, and crushed sea shell
Alma de Cattleya Sonoma County Pinot Noir 2017
Nose of bright tones of black/red bramble rose petal, and dried herbs
Palate of red bramble, white pepper, and thyme violets
Nose of blackberry, bay leaf, and moist red earth
Palate of black cherry, pepper and dried thyme and marjoram
Lucy Rosé of Pinot Santa Lucia Highlands
Nose of strawberry, stone fruit, stones,
Palate of mountain strawberry, beeswax and fennel
Herdade do Esporão Enologico dos Arrifes Organic Extra Virgin Portuguese Olive Oil – SRP $18
I am always surprised how many olive oils I don’t taste from producer where I taste their wines. I was privileged to taste this gorgeous olive oil. Have you ever used a substandard olive oil and realized a good or great olive oil is rare. This is one to use for bread to taste the richness and beauty. The nose presents with a note of freshness – green apple, rosemary and nuttiness. The palate presents with Meyer lemon, white pepper and bay leaf.
Wrath Ex Dolio Monterey County Falanghina ’16 – $29
I had never tasted an orange wine of Falanghina nor I had never tasted until now a North American Falanghina. The wine exhibits on the nose – bright fruit notes of yellow peach, lime, and flowers; Palate gives yellow tart fruit like nectarine and peach, dried lemon peel and beeswax. This is a SIP certified wine.
Esporão Reserva White 2017 – SRP $20
Nose of yellow peach, apricot, and flowers
Palate of moist stones, white floral, white stone fruit and beeswax
Fitapreta Alentjano White Wine ’18 – $22
13.0 ABV – this wine is a lovely blend of Roupeiro, Rabo de Ovelha, Antão Vaz,
Tamarez, Alicante Branco and Arinto.
Nose of fresh citrus, citrus grove, almond and field flowers
Palate of tropical fruit, balanced with sea shell and fresh pine nuts
Quinta dos Murças Minas Douro Red Wine ’16 – SRP $20
This is a blend of Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinto Cão and Tinta Francisca. Nose of cherry, boot polish, good pile and dried red flowers. Palate of black cherry Hoisin pepper violets
Esporão Colheita Red ;17 – SRP $18
This is a blend of Touriga Franca, Aragones and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Nose of cherry, boot polish clove and leather
Palate of Pomegranate, cherry, pepper violets and Bay Leaf.
Herdade do Rocim ‘Mariana’ Branco ’17 – $13
This wine is a blend of Antão Vaz, Arinto and Alvarinho blend
Nose of Bergamot, almonds, and moist stones; a palate of orange zest, white peach and fresh flowers.
Herdade da Malhadinha Antão Vaz da Peceguina ’16 – $25
100% Antão Vaz; small production of 13,942 Bottles. A nicely focused wine where Antão Vaz is a star–considerable finesse. Nose of quince and yellow peach, beeswax and fresh flowers. Palate of quince, dried lemon peel, oyster shell and fresh white flowers.
Domaine Olivier Merlin – Macon La Roche Vineuse 2016
13% ABV a delightful Burgundy; nose of apple, quince, moist stones and flowers; palate of Comice pear, white tea, and oyster shell.
Yoho I’m Sorry Umami IPA
A very unique IPA if not the most unique – this IPA is brewed with Bonito flakes.
Nose of bright tones of fresh yellow and green citrus and toast
Palate: pepper, clove, dried lemon and sesame
Hitachino Nest Beer Yuzu Lager
5.5% ABV – an oh so Japanese expression of lager – using a Yuzu lemon-this delightful lemon is quite noticeable and nice.
Nose of exotic citrus zest and dried, floral and fresh herbs
Palete: bright citrus tonality, fresh, clean and fantastic capture of Yuzu
Jason Stephens SCV Reserve Chardonnay ’16
Nose of green apple, quince, nutmeg and sea shell
Palate of fresh apples, ground nutmeg and flowers
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