Friday, December 7, 2018

Merry Christmas - Norm's List of "Winners"

Norm's Tasting Notes
by: Norm Bentley
The North Georgia Wine Advisor
normwine@charter.net


Norm's List of "Winners"
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Each year I give my reader's a list of ten or twelve of the best wines which I have written about during the last twelve months, in order to help with your Holiday planning.  For 2018 I have decided to give you a real present!  I have wines that I consider winners, which you can count on year after year to be anywhere from a Good, to a Great choice. The following is a list of 30 wines which I have written about many times, and in some cases, have sampled more than a dozen vintages, and declared them "Winners"
Make Sure That You Make a Copy of This List - "Norm's Winners" - Happy Holidays!

La Crema Russian River Pinot Noir
Robert Stemmler Pinot Noir (any vineyard)
Rodney Strong Russian River Pinot Noir
Gnarly Head Old Vine Zinfandel
Ferrari Carano Fume Blanc
Fritz Zimmer Piesporter Goldtrofpchen Riesling Spatlese
Ruffino Ducale Riserva (Gold Label)
Root 1 Carmenere
B Side Cabernet Sauvignon
Smoking Loon Steelbird Chardonnay
Ruffino Aziano Chianti Classico
Casillero del Diablo Cabernet Sauvigon
Coppola Diamond Collection Ivory Label Cabernet Sauvignon
Toad Hollow Francine's Selection Un-Oaked Chardonnay
Chateau Ste. Michelle Horse Heaven Hills Sauvignon Blanc
Nobilo Icon Sauvignon Blanc
Trapiche Oak Cask Malbec
The Seven Deadly Zins Zinfandel
Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Fume Blanc
Bogle California Chardonnay
Rodney Strong Chalk Hill Chardonnay
 J. Lohr Riverstone Arroyo Seco Chardonnay
Acrobat Pinot Gris
R. Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Louis Jadot Macon-Villages
 Ruffino Orvieto Classico 
Trimbach Gewurtztraminer
Sterling Napa County Sauvignon Blanc
Alexander Vineyards Alexander Valley Merlot
King Estate Oregon Pinot Gris
The prices of these wines vary between $8 and $45 )
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Norm

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Friday, November 30, 2018

2015 Rodney Strong Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

Norm's Tasting Notes
by: Norm Bentley
The North Georgia Wine Advisor
normwine@charter.net


2015 Rodney Strong Russian River Pinot Noir
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The wine from Russian River is usually quite good, and the Pinot Noir from Rodney Strong and that region have always been "winners".  The 2015 vintage is another example of good wine from good soil and climate.  We enjoyed a bottle last night with grilled pork loin chops.

The nose is fresh and pleasing like a basket of ripe fruit.  While cherry is the predominate flavor, there is a background of plum with a little strawberry as well.  The wine is rich and textured and leaves a lingering after-taste which begs for another sip.  The alcohol content is 14.5% and Norm's score is 89.

The 2015 Rodney Strong Pinot Noir is an excellent choice for most grilled meats, and would also pair well with prime rib, or cedar planked salmon.

score: 89
price: $18 - $21

Norm

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Friday, November 23, 2018

2017 Fritz Zimmer Piesporter Goldtropfchen Riseling Spatlese

Norm's Tasting Notes
by: Norm Bentley
The North Georgia Wine Advisor
normwine@charter.net


2017 Fritz Zimmer Piesporter Goldtropfchen Spatlese
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The wines from the Piesporter Goldtropfchen region in Germany are among the best Rieslings in the world.  The Spatlese, which represents the second picking when the grapes are a little sweeter, is a great choice for most fowl dishes.  We served it with Cornish Game Hen, which was our Thanksgiving dinner this year and it was delightful.

The wine has a fragrant nose and flavors which broadcast rays of sunshine, which highlight a perfect mix of acidity and sweet fruit.  The prominent taste ticklers are a combination of apple, peach, and pear, with a light touch of citrus, leading to a crisp finish.  The last time I sampled this wine, I said it was "lip smacking good"!  The alcohol content is 7.5% and Norm's score is 90.

You can enjoy this fine Riesling with Turkey, Chicken, or a big platter of ripe juicy grapes and soft French Cheese.

score: 90
price: $11 - $15

Norm

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

2018 Thanksgiving Special

Norm's Tasting Notes
by: Norm Bentley
The North Georgia Wine Advisor
normwine@charter.net


2018 Thanksgiving Special
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It is always difficult to select the perfect wine for Thanksgiving, because the table has such an array of aromas and flavors, but here are a few guidelines which will help make this dinner more memorable than ever.

If you like Chardonnay, choose one which is not bone dry, but rather one with a strong fruit presence. Sauvignon Blanc is also a good choice if you like dry white wine with your meal.  The fruity, but dry finish of a good Pinot Grigio is perfect for that dry white meat turkey which did not turn out as juicy as you had hoped for. If you like red wine with your meal, choose a lighter style Pinot Noir.  Other choices are Riesling and Viognier, both excellent with turkey.

Below is a list of wines which I have written about during the last year which would be good choices for your Thanksgiving Dinner.

2016 J. Lohr Arroyo Seco MontereyChardonnay - 94
2017 Stag’s Leap Winery Napa Viognier - 90
2016 King Estate Pinot Gris - 91
2016 Duckhorn Sauvignon Blanc - 90
2015 Fritz Zimmer Piesporter Goldtrofpchen Riesling Spatlese - 91
2015 Nobilo Icon Pinot Noir - 90
2015 Ruffino Modus Toscana IGT - 94

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
Norm

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http://cumminghome.com/
http://dawsontimes.com/
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