Monday, May 14, 2012

Chateau Clinet Pomerol 2004

I am finally getting around to trying French wines.  I have heard that they do make some remarkable red wines.  The truth is that for many years, I had no desire to purchase what I saw as just an expensive European wine and I would not venture far from the Italian wines I enjoyed.  That was, what now feels like, a long time ago.  I was probably also intimidated by the French wine labels and did not take time to understand them.  I wanted to see what varietial of wine I was buying, like Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir etc.  Yet, at the same time my favorite wine was a Chianti.  40 years ago, I actually thought Chianti, along with Bordeaux, Burgundy, Medoc, Pomerol etc were types of grapes.  I still get asked by friends what I think of some of these grapes, so it is apparent that I was not alone.
The Chateau Clinet Bordeaux is from the Pomerol appellation in the Bordeaux region of south-western France. Pomerol is the smallest wine producing area in the Bordeaux region. Actually, Pomerol is more a community where the vineyards are family-shared.
I recently received a sample bottle of the 2004 Chateau Clinet.  Although I try to keep my tasting notes and blog reviews to wines that are much less expensive, I also like to post about wines I enjoyed and this Bordeaux I enjoyed immensely. 
Lots of black currant and black cherry aromas with some dark plum and damp forest soil were present with a hint of tobacco.  The wine was nice and smooth in the mouth with loads of cherry and plum and a little black raspberry.  The finish was very long with dark fruit, some nutmeg and chocolate.  An excellent pairing with Shirley's roasted chicken and veggies.
As I mentioned earlier, this is not the typical under $30 wine usually found on this blog, but if you are willing to splurge for that one special occasion, this would be an outstanding choice.
Average price for Chateau Clinet Bordeaux is $153 *
Average price for the 2004 is $85 *
Buy on-line at Wine Chateau for $60 * (regular price: $95)

Monday, May 7, 2012

G.D. Vajra Langhe Nebbiolo 2009

I think the best way to describe this wine is just to say that it is an Italian Beaujolais.   If opened blind, that is how I would have described it.   Aromas of candy cherry licorice with just a hint of smoke. Much like a French Beaujolais on the nose and not much different in the mouth, with a very long fruity finish and a touch of sweetness.  Really not much to say about this wine, but.  Did I say BUT?  This was a very enjoyable wine.
I opened this wine to share with a few bites of sharp cheddar cheese and watch a movie after a full day of yard work, but while tasting this wine, l was dreaming of a grilled hamburger. Great value at $20 and very highly recommended for a summer party on the deck.