Friday, September 21, 2018

2016 1000 Stories Zinfandel

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


2016 1000 Stories Zinfandel
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The report this week is a little unusual since it is about a sampling of two different batches of the same 2016 Zinfandel from 1000 Stories from winemaker Bob Blue.  The other twist is that both of these Zins have been aged in bourbon barrels.

The wines tasted were Batch #45 and Batch #47 from the 2016 vintage.  Both wines were very similar in taste. Both had flavors of blackberry, raspberry, and a little cherry.  The #45 was a little sweeter, while the #47 had a little more cherry flavor.  Neither had much noticeable tannin, and I could not discern a significant taste imparted by the bourbon barrel aging.  The alcohol content is 15.5% for each batch, and Norm's score is 87 - 88.

Overall, these zinfandels are quite drinkable with big fruit and a mellow finish.  Either would pair well with grilled meat or barbecue.


price : $15 - $18
score:  87 - 88
  
Norm

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Friday, September 14, 2018

2016 McManis Family Vineyards Viognier

Norm's Tasting Notes
by: Norm Bentley
The North Georgia Wine Advisor
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2016 McManis Viognier
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The report from the "Little Cottage by the Sea" is that the fishing is decent, the seafood is great, and there are abundant quantities of good wine to pair with the occasion!  The first wine we sampled was a 2016 Viognier from the folks at McManis Family Vineyards in northern California.

The McManis opens with a fragrant nose which has the aroma of a big basket of fresh flowers, surrounded by ripe fresh picked fruit, with peach and pear being the most pronounced.  The flavors swirl in the glass with an abundance of pear and ripe peach, and a hint of melon.  The finish is crisp and clean, with a touch of tangy spice at the end.  The alcohol content is 13.5%, and Norm's score is 88.

Viognier is perfect with spicy foods like Thai Scallops, or Sushi with generous amounts of Wasabi.  It is also a great companion for a range of seafood, from Grilled Grouper to Mango Salsa Shrimp Tacos.


price : $11 - $15
score:  88
  
Norm

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Friday, August 31, 2018

2016 Edna Valley Central Coast Chardonnay

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


2016 Edna Valley Central Coast Chardonnay
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There is nothing better on a summer night than grilled salmon teamed up with a good bottle of Chardonnay, at least the Chardonnay Queen and I think so.  The salmon was cooked just right and the Chardonnay was rich and buttery with a nice citrus breeze wafting over the finish!

It was Atlantic Salmon and California Chardonnay from the Central Coast, and the folks at Edna Valley Vineyards, and to be exact, it was the 2016 vintage of their Central Coast Chardonnay.  The salmon came from our local purveyor of fresh seafood.  All we needed to accompany this repast was a fresh garden salad, highlighted by fresh from the farm tomatoes.

The Edna Valley Chardonnay has a vibrant nose of fruit and citrus which leads to abundant fruit flavors of apple, peach, subtle pineapple and the afore-mentioned citrus appeal.  The finish is buttery with a touch of oak, and a crispness which sails off into the night.  The alcohol content is 13.9%, and Norm's score is 89.

price : $11 - $16
score:  89
  
Norm

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Friday, August 24, 2018

2016 Chateau Souverain California Sauvignon Blanc

Norm's Tasting Notes
by: Norm Bentley
The North Georgia Wine Advisor
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2016 Chateau Souverain California Sauvignon Blanc
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Last night we sampled a bottle of the 2016 Chateau Souverain Sauvignon Blanc, which we paired with a spicy Chipolte Chicken dish sided by black beans and a fresh avocado salad.  It was a very good meal indeed!  The Souverain Sauvignon Blanc was just right for a spicy southwestern dinner.

This wine is long on taste and has a bright crisp finish.  The dominate flavors are melon, honeysuckle and tropical fruit, with a slight touch of citrus blowing in the wind.  The finish lingers until the next sip, but is clean and bright.  The alcohol content is 13.2%, and Norm's score is 87.

This wine is great for spicy food and would be good next to a plate of Thai Mango Tango Shrimp!  You would also like it with almost any summer salad.

price : $10 - $14
score:  87
  
Norm

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Friday, August 17, 2018

2016 Alexander Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

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


2016 Alexander Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
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Our cousin, on his last visit, brought us a bottle of 2016 Alexander Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon which we really liked.  I have liked this wine in the past, but have not sampled one in several years.  Like many Cabs these days, this one is a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, and small amounts of Cab Franc. Malbec, and Petit Verdot.  It is 100% delicious!

The nose highlights cherries, currants, and cassis.  The flavors are fat and juicy with an abundance of black cherry, dominating background flavors of plum, black currant, and a bit of spice.  The finish is smooth, and yet bold, with gobs of big fruit in the aftertaste, which begs for another sip!  The alcohol content is 14%, and Norm's score is 90.

This is a wonderful Cab which would be great with any grilled meat straight from the Barbie, and would also pair well with your favorite Italian Veal dish.

 
price : $18 - $22
score:  90
  
Norm

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