Over the course of a week, I taste a bunch of wine, usually with friends, and almost always with my wife. Here are some of the wines we tasted this last week that stood out:
2012 Couly-Dutheil Chinon Rosé Domaine René Couly: Retail $20. Although I disagree with the whole premise that summer is the time for rosé (I like to drink it all year round), we had a taste of warm weather last week and I thought I would celebrate with a little of the pink. I have yet to find a rosé that I can clearly and easily put ahead of this Couly-Dutheil. Strawberries abound, but never overpowering–this is a wonderfully balanced wine that continues to impress. Still another case to go!. Outstanding. 89-91 Points.
2007 Greg Linn Wines Chardonnay Grangerville: Retail $30. It was getting late, my wife and son were going to be home at any minute and it was my job to not just get dinner started but finished by the time they got home. As it was, that was going to be a tall order, so I had little to no time to consult Cellar Tracker and pick out a wine, so I grabbed this. Boy, was I glad I did. This was one of the better Chards I have had in a while–ample citrus fruit, a hint of oak, and perfect acidity. In other words, all aspects in balance. The only down side? My wife liked it as well, and ended up disappearing with the remains of the bottle after dinner. Outstanding. 92-94 Points.
2007 Melville Chardonnay Estate: Retail $30. We have had quite a few of these now, and this was sadly the last one. It also might have been the best of the lot. Subtle tropical fruit with a trace of vanilla and a hint of oak. On the palate–what a delight! The fruit carries on through (some pineapple) and a nuttiness come is. The acidity is in near perfect balance. The finish? Long and strong. My wife was particularly fond of this wine, so maybe she will allow me to get some more–or maybe I will just go ahead and buy some. And not tell her. Outstanding. 91-93 Points.
NV Moutard Père et Fils Champagne Rose de Cuvaison: Retail $45. I am not quite sure what to think about this wine. It would be pure folly to try and guess how many champagnes I have had on this rather large rock, but it is certain that few have been either darker or fruitier than this wine. It is really a fun drink, but certainly outside the norm (but that is never a bad thing in my book). I have three more of these and I figure those will be even better received once I wrap my ear around it a little better. Very Good to Outstanding. 88-90 Points.
WINE OF THE WEEK(s): We got back from California this week and I was determined to cut down a bit on my caloric intake–I had set a goal of losing about 25 pounds by the beginning of May, but fell woefully short of that goal. Yes, it is hard to get out and ride when the temperature is even lower than my weight loss goal, but the time for excuses was over. I put in a ton of miles on the bike (at least for me) while I was out on the Left Coast, dropped some weight, and was resolute to get rid of the rest. So this week, when I knew it was going to be difficult to get out and ride, I thought I would ease of the wine consumption just a tad. (Before you jump all over me, I realize that there are some people out there that think that wine consumption might not lead to weight gain, but I am not entirely sold on the “science” that appears on Cosompolitan.) In order to compensate for this
moronic decision rather sensible approach, I made a conscious effort to drink better wines. That certainly made my wife happy, which caused here to drink a little more than normal, thus reducing my caloric intake even further. I am not quite sure if I clan fully endorse this new reality (although I did lose another 3 pounds).
So what does all this mean and why am I writing about it all here? Well, at first I thought it would make choosing a wine of the week difficult. Clearly, the highest rated wine of the week was the 2007 Greg Linn Wines Chardonnay Grangerville, which was fabulous and I have another two bottles in the cellar. That would be the logical choice, I guess, but in the end I opted for the 2007 Melville Chardonnay Estate since we have enjoyed this wine for several years and we are likely to never have another bottle of it again.
What was your Wine of the Week?