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Ocean’s Ridge Pinot Noir 2008

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Vintage: 2008
Type: Pinot Noir
Country: New Zealand – Marlborough

This was a gift presented by friends from New Zealand and Australia. New Zealand is a region that has Pinot Noirs rivalling those of Burgundy … this one lives up to the reputation. It is a light, lively, fruity red wine that goes well with summer dinners. It is 13% alcohol and easy to drink quickly, so slow down and savour it with your food. This wine was paired with Italian roasted tomato sausages and mushroom tortellini in a creamy basil sauce.

Technical Review

Clear, pale Ruby.
Clean, medium. Characteristics of strawberries and cherry. Some sweet spice, such as Cinnamon.

Medium acidity. Low tannin. Flavours of red fruit, although not complex. Medium body. Medium length finish.
Very good.

Chateau Monconseil Gazin 2005

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Vintage: 2005
Type: Bordeaux Blend
Country: France – Bordeaux – Blaye

This is a very nice wine originating from the right side of the Gironde in Blaye, Bordeaux. 2005 was an exceptional year in the region, so any winemaker could have made a good wine (or so winemaker, Vincent Rousselle, tells me) because the fruits were fantastic in that vintage.  Drink this with a reasonably meaty meal, such as calves liver with lardons  or duck breast with an orange jus sauce.

Technical Analysis:

Appearance: Clear, deep Ruby.

Nose: Clean, medium intensity, aromas of red fruits (cherry), vanilla and oak.

Palate: High acidity, medium tannin, flavour characteristics of cherry, sweet spice, butter (possibly due to malolactic fermentation). Long finish.

Conclusion: Very good.

Michel Sarrazin et Fils – 1re Cru 2005

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Vintage: 2005
Type: Pinot Noir
Country: France-Burgundy-Givry

This wine comes from a good lineage: it is classified as a Premier Cru from one of the Grands Vins de Bourgogne (a particular, quality plot of land). I had the pleasure of trying the last bit at the end of the work day. This is a very easy drinking wine that would complement a light, spring or autumnal dinner.

Technical Analysis

Appearance:  Clear, medium Ruby.

Nose: Medium and clean. Characteristics of red fruits such as strawberries and cherries. Hints of oak and vanilla. Some earthiness and truffle-like aromas.

Palate: High acidity, medium tannin. Flavour characteristics of red fruits and oak. Medium finish.

Conclusion: Very good.