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FavaroErbaluce

Favaro Erbaluce di Caluso, Piemonte Italy 2011

Retail Price: $22.99

Grape: 100% Erbaluce

Pronunciation: Fah-VAH-roh Ayr-bah-loo-chay dee Kah-loo-soh, Pee-ay-mohn-tay   

       

My Tasting Note: 

 

This wine is just so much fun!  Green apple skin-on and red apple flesh are very prominent, but there is lime, apricot, and a touch of orange skin as well. My favorite part of this wine is the texture as it feels spritzy across the tongue with a little spicy note of white pepper.  Best drunk in the low 50's for temperature as the flavor really blossoms that way.  Erbaluce is one of the many "heirloom" grapes of the Italian vine scape.  It is rarely found outside of Piemonte which is in the Northwest quadrant of Italy.  I have only found three individual bottlings in Michigan and this is the best one I have tried. 

 

Recommended Cuisine:

A great wine to enjoy as an aperitif or with lighter foods.  I love the idea of sauteed shellfish, simply cooked lake fish, and fresh spring vegetables.  It will handle tomato, capers and olives nicely as well.  

 

Could I Age This Wine:

This wine is best drunk young and fresh.
Rocca del Dragone Falanghina
Rocca del Dragone Falaghina, Campania Italy 2011

Retail Price: $23.99

Grape:  100% Falanghina   

Pronunciation: Roh-kah dehl Drah-goh-nay Fah-lahn-gee-nah, Kahm-pahn-yah  

       
My Tasting Note: 
Falanghina carries the weight of stainless steel aged chardonnay but has a flavor that is less fruit salad driven than chardonnay.  This wine shows meyer lemon, red apple flesh, nectarine, and a smokey/mineral tone.  In the mouth the classic smoke of the volcanic soil comes through more prominently than the nose.  Falanghina is such a wonderful unheralded option for a world over stuffed with "me too" wines from sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, and the like.  The grape has been grown in Campania for at least 2000 years and the modern style of clean, bright richness may indeed be the best interpretation of its potential yet.

Recommended Cuisine:

Falanghina loves food.  You can easily place it on the table with typical cuisine of Naples as it loves tomatoes, garlic, olives and all kinds of seafood. Woodfired pizza would be a simple idea but it is elegant enough to be placed next to a talented chef's Mediterranean calamari, octopus, or sea bass.    

 

Could I Age This Wine:

This wine is at its best young and fresh but will handle another year or two.
RED WINE PAIR
GravillasFront Gravillas  le Rendez-Voux du Soleil, Vin de Pays des Cotes de Brian 2009
Retail Price: $22.99

Grape: 30% Carignan, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Syrah, 5% Grenache, 5% Mourvedre   

Pronunciation:  Grah-vee-lahss luh Ron-day Voo doo Soh-layl, Van duh Pah-ee day Koht duh Bree-ahn  

       

My Tasting Note:  GravillasBack

Intensely purple color with a violet rim, suggesting a rich, velvety wine is coming. Aromas of cinnamon, distant cocoa powder, black plum skin, blackberry jam and blueberry on the vine emerge with the first swirl. Next butter, caramel, and a briar note hit the nose. The nose is just plain rich. The taste is a little surprising as it is not entirely lush like the nose. Lots of black plum in the skin, black currant, black cherry, and forest berry blend but the tannin is quite masculine with a gritty texture. Lots of substance to the wine due to the briars, herbal note, and cedar following the fruit. The earth & animal note of carignan is well tamed, adds depth but is not in the foreground. Really delicious wine! Côtes de Brian is in the greater Languedoc-Roussillon section of France which is on the Mediterranean Coast from the Rhône river to the border of Spain. Specifically this wine is located near the somewhat famous village appellation of Minervois.

Recommended Cuisine:

Because of the grip of the tannin I would recommend having this with aged harder cheeses, any grilled red meat but especially venison or lamb, and accent your dish with herbs de Provence.

 

Could I Age This Wine:

This wine will happily wait to be opened for the next 3-5 years
RosaRidge PV Roza Ridge Petit Verdot, Rattlesnake Hills Washington 2009
Retail Price: $23.99

Grapes: Petit Verdot   

Pronunciation: Pay-TEET Vayr-Doh 

 

My Tasting Note: 

Petit verdot is one of the somewhat forgotten grapes of Bordeaux and is almost always blended into wines based on cabernet sauvignon or merlot.  On a rare occasion one runs across a wine focused on petit verdot, and if you are a geek like me, you'll want to show it off.  An incredibly purple wine, which is typical of the grape, and gives you the impression you are about to drink a purple velvet curtain.  Black plum, blackberry fresh off the vine, blueberry juice, black currant juice, as well as bittersweet cocoa blast out of the glass.  There is also a dusty note reminiscent of dry rocky land.  The palate is like a velvet cloth and has the plushness of the ripe fruits listed above.  The wine is remarkably supple for having such mass to it.  Great value in my opinion.  

 

Recommended Cuisine:

This is a very sturdy wine with significant lushness of texture.  It also has elevated alcohol although it is well balanced.  All that means avoid any food with added sugar and all noticeable aromatic heat (chili peppers, black pepper, et al).  You can certainly still season your dish with salt and pepper but it must remain subtle.  Also overly salty foods like bacon with make the wine taste more alcoholic.  Roast duck, grilled steaks, even a juicy hamburger will work nicely.  Mashed potatoes or similar texture on the plate will combine well with the lush texture. 

 

Could I Age This Wine:

This wine is open and happy right now but will wait another 4-6 years.
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