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IL Poggione Riserva Vigna Paganelli Brunello Di Montalcino 2003

The IL Poggione Brunello is deep in flavor exuding rich dark fruit tasting notes, with hints of leather and tobacco. This wine is rich and heavy but at the same time has great balance and structure, it drinks extremely well now but has a long-term anticipated maturity date of 2032. A Sangiovese blend true to it’s Tuscan form with firm tannins, for best results decant and give this wine 1 – 2 hours to open up, it is a sacrifice worth waiting for! We purchased this bottle in the 1500ml magnum format, not a typical habit, but this came in very handy for our Sunday family gatherings over dinner. IL Poggione Riserva has an alcohol level of 14.5% and has been scored a 95 by erobertparker.com. Try with penne arrabiata with spicy Italian sausage, Italian cheeses work best with the Poggione Riserva, try it with Pecorino Romano or Parmigiano Reggiano.

Here is a recipe worth trying with your IL Poggione or your next Brunello di Montalcino:

http://feelingfoodish.com/penne-arrabiata/

Summary:

IL Poggione Riserva Viga Paganelli Brunello Di Montalcino

Origin: Tuscany, Italy

Sweetness: XD – Extra Dry

Style: Full Bodied

Grape Variety: Sangiovese Blend

Size: 1500ml bottle

Alcohol: 14.5%

Price: $118-$138

Score: 95, erobertparker.com

L’Aventure Optimus 2011

Is there anything that is produced by L’Aventure that is not a winner? Absolutely not! The 2011 Optimus is certainly no exception and is a great example of the quality wines being produced in the U.S.A. This beautiful wine is comprised of 50% Syrah, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon and 17% Petit Verdot, this is a full bodied wine with a smooth finish. This wine delivers the flavours of black and blue fruits, floral notes, tobacco and cedar aromas. L’Aventure Optimus is produced in California by Stephan and Beatrice Asseo with careful selection given to the sloping hills in the west side of Paso Robles. This is an extra dry wine with an alcohol level of 15.6%, this wine has been scored a 94 by erobertparker.com. This wine drinks extremely well now but is also worthy of holding, those with the patience to do so can enjoy the sure to develop exuberant polished finish and mouth feel until 2021. Try this wine with grilled and roasted meats and vegetables and Asian cuisine flavours. We opened this bottle to accompany our homemade carbonara pasta with bacon and nothing could have served a better companion! Other notable submissions from L’Aventure include the Cote a Cote and the Estate Cuvee, both more than worth the price of admission and the time to age! Alla Salute!

Summary:

L’Aventure Optimus 2011 Origin: California, U.S.A

Sweetness: XD – Extra Dry

Style: Full Bodied & Smooth

Grape Variety: Syrah Blend

Size: 750ml bottle A

lcohol: 15.6%

Price: $45-$65

Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio 2013

Always consistent, very versatile, a staple for everyone’s fridge! The Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio is a light and crisp, dry white wine with an appealing apple flavor. This delicious white wine pairs well with white meats, salads, white sauced pasta dishes, fish portions and grilled shrimps. Why not add this white wine into your sautéed garlic and onions? This white wine has even been used in our homemade sausage recipes! This Pinot Grigio has also accompanied us with a beautiful and fresh capicollo sandwich and a warm, comforting tortellini soup.Try the Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio with this fantastic bacon wrapped turkey tenderloin recipe. Alla Salute!

http://www.southernboydishes.com/2014/01/10/bacon-wrapped-turkey-tenderloin-filets-with-sauteed-garlic-kale/

2014-11-15 15 10 10 (2)       tortellini soup

Summary:

Santa Magherita Pinot Grigio 2013

Origin: Alto-Adige/Trentino, Italy

Sweetness: XD – Extra Dry

Style: Light & Crisp

Varietal: Pinto Grigio

Size: 750ml bottle

Alcohol: 12%

Price: $12-$20

Frescobaldi Chianti Nipozzano Riserva 2010

The 2010 Frescobaldi Nipozzano chianti is a fine example of patience and hard work. The grape variety of this Nipozzano blend is predominately made up of the Sangiovese variety at 90% and also includes 10% Malvasia Nera, Colorino, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.  This wine exudes a ruby red color and has the aromas of blackberries and cherries, pleasant floral notes, vanilla and cedar smoke. This is a full bodied dry wine produced in Tuscany, Italy, by Marchese di’ Frescobaldi, one of the most significant wine producers in Italy, with estates located in some of the most highly praised areas of Tuscany.  This wine pairs well with barbequed meats, roasted meats, tomato sauced pastas and grilled vegetables. Some cheeses that pair well with this Nipozzano are Parmigiano-Reggiano, Pecorino Romano and Provolone. We tried this bottle with bocconcini, sopressata, prosciuttino and spicy olives and it was fantastic! This wine has an alcohol level of 13.5% and ranges in price from $18-$30. Score, 91, JS. Enjoy with family and friends! Alla Salute!

Antipasto and Nipozzano

Summary:

Frescobaldi Chianti Nipozzano Riserva 2010

Origin: Tuscany, Italy

Sweetness: D – Dry

Style: Full Bodied, Smooth Finish

Grape Variety: Chianti Blend

Size: 750ml bottle

Alcohol: 13.5%

Price: $18-$30

Duorum Reserva 2009

The 2009 Duorum is a fantastic example of what the Portuguese are capable of, this truly is an excellent wine. Hailing from the Duoro region in Portugal known more for fortified wines but now also producing in great abundance high quality table wines. This red blended wine is made from several red port grape varieties, the precise blend of which is unknown, one sip and that will matter very little! This Duorum has a rich deep red color and is well balanced to the palate with an intense finish, tones of violet ripe black fruits and cassis are evident. Enjoy with a selection of hard cheeses and your finest charcuterie of cured meats! One can only wonder what more time in the cellar will give this lovely wine. If you have the patience lay this bottle down for at least 3 more years, this wine should age gracefully for another decade and be at its most palatable in 2024. Serve from your wine fridge with a slight chill! WS scores this wine 92. I came home from work one night last week to the smell of our family’s homemade tomato sauce, this sauce served over a bed of pennette rigate pasta was the perfect meal for this wine! Portuguese wine? Yes we can! All Salute!

 

Summary:

Duorum Reserva 2009

Origin: Duoro, Portugal

Sweetness: XD – Extra Dry

Style: Full Bodied

Grape Variety: Red Blend

Size: 750ml bottle

Alcohol: 14%

Price: $34-$54

Wine Storage 101!

As your collection continues to develop so does the cost you have put into it, in my opinion this is an investment like any other, and it needs to be protected. There are several key factors that are essential to your aging collection, if you have as few prized bottles as 6 or have amassed a collection in thousands it is equally important to protect your wine. Although there are several important factors, the most important in my opinion is temperature.  Wine should always be kept at a temperature between 55° F and 65° F (approximately 13° C to 18° C), there are some that may suggest even as low as 45° F but I personally believe that is too cold.  With regards to temperature, do not be concerned about if you have the right temperature, as long as you are within these guidelines you wine will be safe, the most important note regarding temperature is not to put your wine through extreme temperature fluctuations, wine bottles remaining at a constant temperature in storage with not more that 2 or 3 degrees of fluctuation is most ideal.  Secondly, and almost as important as temperature is light, do not store your wine in an area subject to bright light, especially sunlight, this can be very harmful and prematurely age your wine, protection from sunlight is exactly the reason why wineries bottle wine in dark colored bottles, this is a protection mechanism.  Lay your bottles down on their sides so the wine is touching the cork, this will prevent the cork from drying out, this is extremely important for those bottles that are your long term aging partners. Prevent shaking, this is harmful to wine, once you have a secure location do not continually move your bottles around, shaking can speed up the chemical reactions in the wine and alter the long term flavor as well as have an effect on sediment. I will lastly mention humidity, some may argue the contrary, but I believe this is the least important factor in storing your wine, as long as a wine bottle is sealed properly humidity cannot effect the contents of the bottle, between 50%-80% humidity is ideal. It is unlikely even for long term storage that a cork can dry out and allow air into the wine, very few climates are this dry. When it comes to humidity it is worth noting that too low can dry out and cause labels to peel and excessive humidity can cause labels to retain moisture and mold.  This is definitely a topic that will be continued and that will necessitate further discussion, I welcome all feedback and suggestions. More to come in the future on wine cabinet analysis and reviews, the more informed we are about our storage options the more protected our investments are. Happy storage! Alla Salute!

 

Summary:

1. Temperature – Keep it consistent (55° F and 65° F or 13° C to 18° C)

2. Light – Protect your bottles from light, especially sunlight

3. Horizontal Storage – Let the wine touch the cork

4. Shaking – Prevent movement and extreme shaking

5. Humidity – Keep it constistent, it is a less remote concern but a concern nonetheless

*Unrelated to protection but a storage tip I have learned: label your wines with a small labelling sticker around the neck of the bottle, I include the drinking year range (i.e. – 2020-2032) and the score of the wine.

 

Links of suitable storage cabinets:

http://www.vinotheque.com/

http://www.lecachewinecabinets.com/

Chateau Malescot St. Exupery 2010

This 2010 Malescot St. Exupery is deep purple in color and has strong aromas of violets, plums, blackberries and spices. This is a supherb full bodied Margaux with intense flavors to the palate that remain with pleasurable persistence. This is a wonderful example once again for this estate, harmonious in style, extraordinarily long, rich and ageworthy. This bottle is begging for time and if you have the patience to grant this wish you will surely be rewarded! I would lay down until at least 2020 but this wine can easily develop until 2040. Score, 95, JS. Laying 2 down for the long haul, see you in a couple of decades! Enjoy with great pleasure! Alla Salute!

Summary:

Chateau Malescot St. Exupery 2010

Origin: Bordeaux, France

Sweetness: XD – Extra Dry

Style: Full Bodied

Size: 750ml bottle

Alcohol: 13%

Price: $97-$156

Rocca delle Macie Chianti 2011

This is a medium bodied Italian chianti of the Sangiovese grape variety. This is an extra-dry red wine produced in the Tuscany region in Italy with an alcohol level of 13%. Still very new and does not contain as in-depth flavors of years past, but a very solid table wine nonetheless, exceptional value! This should be a staple for all household’s as an every day drinking wine, this wine will surely not disappoint with guests at the dinner table. Rocca pairs most suitably with tomato sauced pastas, pizzas and red meats.  Alla Salute!

 

Summary:

Rocca delle Macie Chianti 2011 (red label)

Origin: Tuscany, Italy

Sweetness: XD – Extra Dry

Style: Medium Bodied

Grape Variety: Sangiovese

Size: 750ml bottle

Alcohol: 13%

Price: $10-$19

Welcome to the Wine Analysis Club!

Thank you for taking the time to stop by. It is my hope that this blog will be a suitable resource for those who enjoy wine. Topics will include, and are most certainly not limited to: wine reviews, analysis of wine types, regions and grapes, meal pairings, wine futures, wine storage including cabinets and refrigeration. As an individual that has been collection wine for over a year (and drinking it for a lot longer than that!), I have been able to amass a considerable amount of knowledge of all things wine! Some of the wine types of great interest to me include French Bordeaux’s and Italian Barolo’s and Chianti’s, there is of course no limit to discussion on any wine types and countries of origin, the more we can help and share with each other the better! Wine has become fascinating to me because a great bottle is truly art. More importantly, wine serves as a median to bring together family and friends to the table sharing and pairing amazing meals purposely created to match the flavors and aromas of a great wine. Please share and enjoy!

Alla Salute!