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  • 2009 Pio Cesare Barbaresco

    My plan was to hold this 09 a few more years but I decided to clear out cellar room for 2010's based on some more recent tastings of 2010 Nebbiolo. I let this one decant for about an hour before drinking and drank over the course of an hour, but still only hints of the good earthy and floral notes I enjoy from Barbaresco. Lower acidity and higher alcohol is unfortunately the calling card of 2009 for Barbaresco. On the positive side I have had some 09's that were a hot oaky mess; luckily Pio Cesare only uses about 1/3 new French oak. See 12/7/14 note for more thorough evaluation.

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  • 2008 Von Hövel Scharzhofberger Riesling Kabinett

    Taco Tuesday in the 'Knurd household, sautéing the meat and veggies in a ginger-curry oil, Riesling was the choice. Wasn't the best pairing (the weight and green-apple-chalk didn't seem to notice the curry) but also not the worst (acidity actually complemented the fresh tomatoes piled on top). Still drinking well and of course the value can't be beat!

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  • 2011 Cheval Quancard Cuvée Clémence

    70% Sauvignon Blanc, 20% Semillon, 10% Muscadelle. Light gooseberries with some floral-citrus notes and a tiny hint of oak; all blended very nicely together. The Savignon Blanc acidity is held in check, balanced by the weight of the Semillon and what I sense as some wonderful combination of MLF, lees aging, and oak treatment. Very well done and oh so easy to get wrong. The acidic-creamy transition immediately brought a pairing of lobster and pasta tossed in alfredo sauce to mind. Only 12% abv so I am thinking just finish the bottle after dinner.

    Style & Quality: B+. It's subtle and not overly complex but it's put together in a very nice manner. I can't say the same for the majority of wines from Entre-Deux-Mers that I have tasted, though my samples are limited to what makes it to the states.

    Value: A. $10 / bottle from Winestore in Morrisville. Went back and bought the remaining 6 bottles from their inventory.

    Overall: A-.

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