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May 2018 - Special Imported Wine Tasting

May 2018 - Special Imported Wine Tasting
This month's Wine feature is Special Imported Wines

Special Imported Wine Tasting Reviews

Perle de Mer 2017  Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie
95 points
$17
Best Buy
Light straw color. Aromas of bouquet garni, crispy plantains, apple chutney, and wool with a round, vibrant, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, complex, long wet stone, pineapple conserve, apricot skin, heirloom pear, jasmine, and white pepper finish with no oak. A round, lengthy, and poignant Muscadet fit for only the finest seafood.
95 points $17 Best Buy
Domaine de la Grenaudiere 2017 La Grenouille Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie
93 points
$16
Best Buy
Light emerald straw color. Herbal aromas of Meyer lemon zest and bay leaf with a round, vibrant, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, captivating, medium-length cantaloupe, halvah, underripe orchard fruit, and apricot muffin finish. A very dry, savory Muscadet that will elevate any shellfish dish.
93 points $16 Best Buy
30 Copelos 2015 Red Blend Ribeiro
93 points
$18
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of fresh cracked black pepper, pencil shavings, and craisins with a vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a long marinated beets, roasted nuts, cocoa-dusted pomegranate, and cedar finish with crunchy, earthy tannins and moderate oak. A vibrant, flavor-packed yet elegant and complex Spanish red that stimulates the senses.
93 points $18 Best Buy
Chateau Pipeau 2015  Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
93 points
$35
Black ruby color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate genache, orris root, cherry liqueur, roasted nuts, and rose petal jam with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, intricate, long tomato jam, carob, and black pepper finish with grippy tannins and moderate oak. A rich and gripping Bordeaux with a mysterious, dark floral nuance.
Domaine de la Grenaudiere 2017  Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie
92 points
$18
Best Buy
Brilliant straw color. Aromas of apple, mango preserve, cinnamon-dusted challah, and lemon zest with tarragon and thyme with a satiny, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and an amusing, medium-long salted yellow plum and lime zest finish. A delectable and serious Muscadet with a heavy focus on toasty lees notes.
92 points $18 Best Buy
Gran Gandarela 2016 White Blend Ribeiro
92 points
$30
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of toast, roasted fruits and nuts, paprika spice rub, and rice cake with an soft, dry-yet-fruity full body and a delightful, long apple sauce and melon in cream finish with silky, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A nice creamy, toasty Spanish white wine pleaser.
Quinta Do Rebolo 2016  Godello
91 points
$22
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of dried peach, granola, flax bread, and fondant with an bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a captivating, medium-long spiced citrus and melon, almond skin, and hint of pepper finish with fine, dusty, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A lively and balanced Spanish white that will be quite versatile.
Lagar Do Merens Barrica 2015  Ribeiro
90 points
$28
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of dried fruits and figs, rubber leaf and sap, persimmon and starfruit, and cheese rind with an bright, dryish light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-length caramelized apples and nectarines and delicate spice finish with soft, chewy tannins and no oak. A dry savory Spanish white that will shine at the table.
Château du Père Antoine 2016  Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux
89 points
$19
Clear black ruby color. Spicy aromas of flourless chocolate cake, rich butterscotch, forest fruit jam, and vanilla-scented tobacco with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length red apples, toasted almond, praline gelato, mocha, and sasparilla finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. An upstanding Blaye that should blossom with cellar time.
Benedictus Fructus 2017  Godello and Albarino
89 points
$20
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of baked peach and pear, nougat, and nutskin with an bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-length apple-melon relish, hint of spice, earth, and pepper finish with soft, crunchy, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A round and welcoming white wine.
Château Berthenon 2016 Tradition Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux
88 points
$19
Clear black ruby color. Aromas of chocolate genache, raspberry coulis, medjool date, smoky tobacco, and rose bouquet with a satiny, lively, dryish medium-to-full body and a polished, compelling, medium-length tar, spice cabinet, and dried fig finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. A nice Blaye that may enamor some Nebbiolo drinkers.
Chateau du Ballandreau 2015 Cuvée Excellence Bordeaux Supèrieur
88 points
$19
Dark ruby color. Fruity, earthy aromas of coriander, dried cassis, musk, graphite, and gardenia with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, medium-length dark chocolate shavings and dark toasted coconut finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A super solid Bordeaux Superieur.
Lonxe 2014 White Ribeiro
88 points
$30
Golden yellow color. Aromas of cooked rice, dusty dried fruits, and linen with an crisp, dryish medium body and a captivating, medium-long honeyed apple, pepper, nuts, and bark finish with chewy, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A mature white for the table.
Château Berthenon 2016 Cuvée Chloé Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux
87 points
$34.50
Ruby black color. Aromas of nutmeg, creme brulee, and cranberry with a vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, breezy fruit punch and tobacco finish with cottony, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A juicy Bordeaux with cellar potential.
87 points $34.50
Chateau Joinin 2016  Bordeaux Rouge
86 points
$15
Best Buy
Garnet color. Sweet, spicy aromas of dark forest fruit jam and toasty vanilla-scented tobacco with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium-full body and a tingling, crisp mocha, dried raspberry, cinnamon pastry, and lavender finish with heavy oak. A fruity and toasty Bordeaux Rouge with a new world sensibility.
86 points $15 Best Buy
Château Berthenon 2016 Cuvée Henri Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux
86 points
$29
Clear garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of allspice, chocolate cherry bar, cassis, violet, and leather with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, breezy green olives with lemon zest finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. Enjoy the rich and complex nose on this very accessible Blaye; dry and food-friendly.
Coste Motte 2017  IGP Atlantique
84 points
$11
Yellow color. Aromas of green grasses, kiwi relish, limeade, ripe banana, and fresh chiles with a supple, vibrant, dryish light body and a tingling, breezy juicy lemon, underripe pear, basil, and green almond finish. A weeknight go-to sauvignon blanc.
Estey 2016  Bordeaux AOC
84 points
$13
Brilliant dark ruby color. Aromas of raspberry sorbet, blackberry leaf, and cola with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and an even, brisk cucumber, raisin, and black tea finish with medium tannins and light oak. A very light and fruity Bordeaux for weeknight pairings.
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