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  • 2011 Rias Baixas Vanidade

    Ok, ok.... I actually bought a few bottles of this wine because of.... forgive me for saying this .... "the label". I know, I know.... this is taboo in my book and every bottle of wine I have ever had with a "cutesy" label has turned out to be quite unimpressive. But the vibrant colors caught my eye and it just had a fun "confetti" look to it! And I was fresh out of Albarino at home so this filled that lonely space in my cellar. Well, in my opinion, this venture paid off and I feel I got more than my moneys worth with this wine.

    In my glass, day bright yellow and a clear rim. The nose had an essence of tangerine, lime, and was even a bit grassy. Flavors of bright citrus, lemon, and stone fruit slapped up my palate and showed me who's boss! The mouth feel was medium bodied with a nice balance of acid and fruit. This was a full fledged Citrus Tsunami! Lively, expressive, with hints of summer and an ocean breeze blowing through my hair. On the second sip, the citrus stayed pronounced but also found some mango, honeydew, and
    some light minerality on the finish. Fun and exciting and I want to book my trip to Rias Baixas, Spain today!

    This is a flavorful, no pressure, put your sandals on type of Albarino that begs for a warm sunny day. Its not sunny or warm where I am today but it does give me those memories. I would pair this wine with a Lemon Herb Roasted Chicken, seafood, pasta with alfredo sauce, medium cheeses, or a fresh salad. I am very pleased with the 2011 Rias Baixas Vanidade Albarino and give it an 89 Point rating. It is fun, vibrant, balanced, with a bit of finesse. If you have a 2011 vintage of this wine, I feel it will last well into 2015. WineSplashing!!

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  • 2010 Château Millegrand Minervois

    I have never had a bottle from this Chateau so thought I would give it a try. It received a medal from the Concours Des Grands Vins De France and I usually enjoy many of the wines that compete there. This red is a blend of 35% Syrah, 30% Grenache, 25% Carignan, & 10% Mourvedre. Sounds interesting enough. A nice ruby red color in my glass and notes of plum, black raspberry, graphite, and spice on the nose. The mouth feel is medium bodied and fairly lush. Flavors of plum, dark forest floor berries, spice box, and earth. On my second tasting, I found some mushroom, tobacco, and a light oakiness on the finish. A good wine but it finished rather short. Complex enough with all the different flavors but it still seemed to be missing something that would have made it exciting in my glass! This is not a bad wine, rather tasty, but I felt it was holding back. This is a 2010 and it was opened an hour or more before tasting. This would pair well with medium cheeses, pork, pizza, burgers, or even a mushroom burger. If there is a nice sale on this wine, I may try it again on a different vintage. If you have a 2010 vintage of this wine, I would drink it before the end of 2014. Winesplashing!!

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  • 2010 Silver Leaf Vineyard Chardonnay

    One of the best places to travel in the midwest to taste wines is Michigan’s Leelanau Peninsula. Beautiful lakes, rivers, rolling hills, and valleys await you as well as some fantastic wines! Dozens of wineries and vineyards look forward to lavishing your taste buds with wines they have lovingly prepared for you. One of those wineries is Silver Leaf Winery located in Suttons Bay on the majestic Leelanau Peninsula! We have recently opened up a bottle of 2010 Silver Leaf Chardonnay and were very impressed. In our glass, this wine was straw colored with a clear, golden tint. On the nose, enticing aroma’s of fresh pear, apple, mandarin orange, and vanilla oak. Over the palate, the chardonnay was medium bodied, velvety, with a bit of oiliness. Flavors of fresh citrus, Bosc pear, Mandarin orange, and oak teased my taste buds! As the wine opened up more, noticeable flavors of ripe apricot, vanilla, and a hint of honey led to a crisp, yet lingering finish. A great tasting wine for all occasions and would pair well with summer salads, roasted chicken, pork, or a creamy alfredo pasta. Also a Grilled Fish with Citrus would be a nice pairing if you use a less delicate fish like salmon, tuna, or swordfish.

    We really enjoyed the 2010 Silver Leaf Chardonnay and give it an 89 point rating. Great flavors, good balance between fruit and oak, and the long finish appealed to us. We hear the 2011 Sur Lie Chardonnay is another winner from Silver Leaf that we are on the lookout for! We love heading to northern Michigan and wines like this are just a great bonus for us! If you have a 2010 vintage of this wine, we would drink it by the end of 2014. WineSplashing!!

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