Seattle Wine Blog

This blog is dedicated to commentary on all aspects of wine, especially short entries to help you find the best wines without the usual hype and spin. These are my frank, independent opinions, usually based on tasting wine at a public event, off the shelf or at the winery. "All creative acts must arise out of a specific soil and flicker with a spirit of place" -D.H. Lawrence

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Wine Notes

2000 Labegorce Zede - Who expected a Margaux to be bull's blood red with dark purplish tones? Almost styled like an American cult wine, this Cru Bourgeois Bordeaux smells of meat mushrooms and forest floor and tastes of raspberries and cedar. What does this presage for the other 2000 Bordeaux. The biggest and best Labegorce Zede ever. I believe it cost about $20.

2005 Trinquer (Tran-kay) - Don Corson, at Cameraderie Cellars, must have felt that this blend of Sauvignon Blanc , Semilon and Viognier really clicked (Trinquer is French for clicking glasses in a toast). I preferred it the first time I tasted it at the winery where the Viognier seemed more prominent. Now the grapefruit flavor of the Sauvignon seems to dominate. This would be a great wine with Turkey ( about $20)

2005 Panther Creek Melon - Melon is one of the grapes of Muscadet, but being made in America this wine is fairly big bodied and fruity compared to the crisp tart oyster wine made in France - a very interesting American experiment (about $20)

2005 Goose Ridge Riesling - Many of you know that I am not too fond of Riesling, but this wine is delightfully light with hints of citrus and the usual fruity and floral flavors. It went particularly well with Tandoori Chicken(about $12).

Egri Bikaver - Years ago this used to be a big red - Bull's Blood! Now it appears the bull has been exsanguinated and the blood diluted. But for four bucks at Trader Joe's it compares favorably with two buck chuck ( about four bucks).

Rancho Zabaco Zinfandel - Fruity and slightly sweet. Works well with meats, but not as interesting as Zin from the Sierra ( about $10)

Barnard Griffin Merlot/ Cab - A good standard red. Balanced, medium bodied, a good value ( about $10)

Hedges CMS - Just as good as usual. A little more refined than some of the others in this bunch(about $10).

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