Friday, October 13, 2017

2015 Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Label Chardonnay

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2015 Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Chardonnay

We had a seafood feast last night consisting of Salmon a la Orange, with a side of fresh Gulf Shrimp Cocktail, and a salad of tomato and avocado, and of course, we had a good bottle of Chardonnay.  The Chardonnay was the 2015 Coppola Diamond Label, and it made our dinner delightful.

The Coppola is from Monterrey, and opens with a nose bursting with fruit.  The flavor is apple and melon with a hint of peach and a bit of vanilla, with toasty oak and a buttery finish.  The wine is clean and crisp, and begs for another sip!  The alcohol content is 13.5% and Norm's score is 88.

This is a quality Chardonnay at a moderate price, and would make an excellent companion for any seafood dish.  It would be a perfect match for grilled snapper, or grouper.

score: 88
price: $12 - $16
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Norm

Friday, October 6, 2017

2013 Ruffino Riserva Ducale Chianti Classico (Tan Label)

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2013 Ruffino Ducale Riserva (Tan Label)

The people at Ruffino have been making Chianti for a very long time, and they have been producing this particular label for ninety years now.  This 90th anniversary vintage is a Tuscan blend of 80% Sangiovese and 20% Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The magnificent heritage behind this bottle of wine is awe-inspiring, and to me, like an old friend, since I have been enjoying it for most of my life.

The nose is aggressive, yet elegant, with notes of cherries and violets in the forefront.  The flavors are robust yet serene, featuring sweet cherry, plum and dark berries with an under current of peppery spice leading to a smooth finish with hints of vanilla and toasty oak.  The finish is merely an invitation for the next sip to start the process once again.  The alcohol content is 13.5% and Norm's score is 90.

This wine is perfect for any Italian veal dish, especially Veal Marsala.  If you cannot find good veal, pair it with a juicy steak with a side of Spaghetti Marinara, and a Caesar Salad, complete with warm baguette.

score: 90
price: $19 - $24
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Norm