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2010 Domaine Schoffit Sommerberg Riesling

2010 Domaine Schoffit Sommerberg Reisling

A very nice bottle of Riesling from Alsace. This is a top notch bottle and will usually run you around $50. I picked it up last year at Wine Library for $40 and we brought it up the other night to have with some Thai food. While spicy Thai goes exceptionally well with Gewurztraminer I think it also works with the dry Rieslings from Alsace.

colonelgrape: 94. Definitely a French Riesling, dry as a bone. The acidity was just right and gave the wine some pep. The flavors came through after the inital rush: lemon, peach, orange, honey. A long finish, hints of mineral along with the tartness from the acid made it very enjoyable. I’ve been into minerality lately…really good terrior coming through from Loire Valley and Alsace recently. This glass worked well with the Thai food but I think it would be just as good on it’s own on a nice hot summer day.

MobyGrape: 90. I feel somewhat betrayed by Riesling.  In my head, all Rieslings are all jolly German creations hopping around in lederhosen.  They’re sweet and delectable and most of all…sweet.  Let me warn you, this is not sweet.  I will admit that yes, I had done a reasonable (minor) amount of homework about Rieslings and was fully aware that if from France instead of Germany, they tend to not be sweet.  To that, I say stop fermenting everything and throw some sugar back in there, France.  Even though I had an idea what I was getting into, I hoped against hope that this one bucked the system and decided to be a sweeter variety.  It wasn’t, at all, but I can’t deny that it was a delicious wine.  It was crisp and tasted like lemongrass.  I don’t know if that’s a real thing you would want to eat or not, but I do know I’ve smelled it in soaps and whatnot.  All that said, refreshing and lemony and delightful in its own way?  Yes.  Sweet?  Noooooo.

2009 Chateau Rahoul Bordeaux

2009 Chateau Rahoul Bordeaux

A nice young Bordeaux from Graves I picked up for $20. We had it with steak tips and vegetables which was a nice pairing. This is a general regional bottle since it doesn’t include a village name but these wines are generally affordable and go well with every day red meat meals. They are also fine to drink young whereas a bottle from a classified Chateau I would prefer to age at least 7-10 years.

colonelgrape: 86. A very bold Bordeaux, not quite California Cab-esque but somewhere in the middle…youth probably having something to do with it. The tannis were smooth but prominent. Felt more Cab dominant than usual. Dark berries structured with the tannins and very smokey flavor lead into a long finish. I’m happy with this bottle for the price, great weeknight wine. I’d prefer something with more age for a good steak or roast.

MobyGrape: 82. Smelled like wet metal, which was not so pleasant to me.  Slightly woody and smoky tasting with some manageable initial tannins.  Considering we let it decant for -5 seconds I’m not surprised, but I wasn’t upset at all.  After a few sips I don’t think I would really want to savor this on its own, I was happy to have a it with a meal.


2010 Emmanuel Darnaud Crozes-Hermitage

lamb wine

It’s been a slow wine week here due to various plans and sports but we managed to squeeze in this great little bottle of Crozes-Hermitage with some excellent lamb chops. We’ve yet to review a wine from this AOC but there’s good value to be found here. Most of the wine made is red and is 100% Syrah with a small amount of white also being made. Crozes-Hermitage is the biggest region in Northern Rhone however the wines are generally not regarded as highly as it’s neighbors: Cote-Rotie and Hermitage. The reds from Crozes-Hermitage are often thought of as good wines to drink while the bigger reds of the neighboring regions mature and drink well young.

colonelgrape: 87: Nice complexity for a young Syrah but not overpowering. Black fruit, graphite, licorice on the palate with some tartness and tannins but they had settled down and structured the fruit nicely. A really nice medium-bodied, young wine that is drinking well after only 3 years. The alcohol content wasn’t through the roof either like some of the California Syrahs which made this bottle much more drinkable with dinner for two. It also was only $30 and a great value for French Syrah. Drink it with a nice cut of red meat and you won’t be disappointed.

MobyGrape: 83. I’m digging on Syrah these days, I’m going to have to get the Colonel to pick up some Syrahs from around the world to see what else this little guy can do.  Had some definite tannins to even out the spicy fruit, so it worked well after decanting for a bit and with salami and cheese before dinner.

2010 Louis Jadot Nuits-Saint-Georges


A fun village level Burgundy I picked up from Wegmans recently. UncleGrape mentioned tasting 2011 barrel samples of Jadot and that the 2010 was a much stronger vintage. The picture doesn’t accurately reflect the color, it’s much more translucent and a beautiful garnett, reddish purple color, but still darker than the average pinot noir. It’s not cheap…I found it for $40.00 at Wegmans and I’d consider that a good deal. Wegmans has a partnership with Jadot and often offer the best prices and good selection on Jadot wines.

colonelgrape: 94. Black fruit, earth, and licorice on the nose. The tannis were plentiful but blended in with the fruit and felt finer…like powdered sugar vs. raw sugar…giving it a firm but just right structure with a great finish. I think this bottle is definitely overachieving for it’s price range. We’ve had Burgundy for 2-3x this price and this bottle was just as good. I highly recommend this bottle especially if you get it under $50.

MobyGrape: 90. I didn’t really enjoy my first Burgundy and since then I immediately cringe when I hear we’re having another one.  It’s like the time I had a stomach bug when I was little and thought eating a quesadilla would be a good idea.  I promptly threw it up, and needless to say it took a few years before I was ready to tackle a quesadilla again.  Granted the first Burgundy I tried wasn’t vomit-worthy, but it still left a bad taste in my mouth. I have to hand it to Louis, because my faith is being restored in Burgundy.  I think I’m at the point where I’m ready to order a Burgundy quesadilla off the menu again!  It had a little tartness to the end but it was a great match for chicken.  Not too light, but not overpowering.

April 2013 Recap

wine win

The weather was changing and the wine was flowing here at Grapestorm this April. We rated 7 bottles but enjoyed and discussed a whole lot more. The highlight of the month was a fantastic trip down to NJ to visit Aunt and UncleGrape. With the warm weather we’re getting back to grilling so expect to see more Cabernet and fun summer wines in the coming months.

Grapestorm Highest Rated Wine of April 2013:

1999 Martinetti Barbera d’Asti Montruc – 96

Honorable mention to the 1989 Parusso Bussia Barolo that UncleGrape opened on our trip. It was absolutely outstanding and easily the best Barolo we’ve ever had.

Wines Rated:

2010 Bosquet des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape – 92

2007 Recaredo Brut Cava – 90

2008 Chatom Vineyards Syrah – 86

2008 Cartlidge & Browne Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve – 82

2011 Domaine de la Tonnellerie Sancerre – 77

2008 Marina Cvetic Montepulciano d’Abruzzo – 73 (Moby Only)

Other Wines Enjoyed:

NV Guy Larmandier 1er Cru Champagne

2011 Gilbert Picq Chablis

2004 Paride Iaretti Gattinara

2011 La Scola Gavi Bianco Secco

2011 Fattoria di Magliano Pagliatura

NV Moutard Rose Champagne

2011 Anne Amie Pinot Gris

2008 Trimbach Gewurztraminer

1995 Domaine de Beaurenard Boisrenard CdP

1995 Chateau de Beaucastel CdP

1995 Domaine de la Janasse CdP

2010 Sottimano Langhe Nebbiolo

1989 Parusso Bussia Barolo

NV Cocchi Barolo Chinato

2009 Groth Cabernet Sauvignon