this week's selection: Ghost Pine's Merlot
For this week, we have a California Merlot from Ghost Pines. It’s a 2006 that sells for $15. I enjoyed this quite a bit a couple of weeks ago, using a little of it in a risotto I was making and drinking the rest with dinner.
Here are my notes:
- dark cherry color
- fruity aroma
- fruit-filled flavor, not heavy at all
- slight woody finish
- some herby/oaky hints
And what do the experts have to say?
from Ghost Pines: “Employing dual County appellation sourcing for Ghost Pines Merlot 2006, our winemaker was able to blend a wine which accentuates the best of what Napa and Sonoma Merlot has to offer. Napa County Merlot provides lush, jammy, ripe fruit into the blend in a free-spirited manner. The Sonoma County Merlot adds fresh red and black fruits along with a strong structural foundation in a disciplined manner. The result is a wine that exhibits the best of both appellations. Our Merlot displays aromas and flavors highlighted by fresh blackberry and deep red jams along with subtle nuttiness, dried oats and sweet toast.”
from Wine Advocate: “The excellent 2006 Merlot may merit an outstanding score with more bottle age. Notes of mocha, black cherries, coffee, and chocolate soar from the glass of this dark plum-colored wine. It possesses terrific fruit, full body, a lush, hedonistic mouthfeel, and a heady, succulent finish. Enjoy this juicy Merlot over the next 5-6 years.”
So a couple of weeks ago, I picked up a few new bottles of white (!) wines to try. Most of my friends know that I am partial to red and can be very picky when it comes to white wines. As a consequence, I generally keep very little of it on hand and rarely open up a bottle unless I need it for a recipe. That said, this week’s selection is a white that I am now in love with!
Mouton Cadet's White Bordeaux
This a white Bordeaux from the French Mouton Cadet vineyards. It’s a 2009 that generally sells for around $10. This is actually my first white Bordeaux, and I am a huge fan. It has a lot of the heaviness and richness of a good red which is probably why I liked it so much! This is a blended wine, mostly sauvignon blanc grapes with a few semillon and muscadella thrown in for good measure. And it’s delicious!
My tasting notes:
- heavier finish than many whites
- very pale/soft gold color
- tingly touch at first
- light flavors, woody and grassy, not too fruity
And the notes from the professionals?
“Mouton Cadet Blanc has a brilliant, vivid color with pale gold highlights. The nose displays a rich palette of aromas, especially citrus and tropical fruit, set off by an elegant touch of green broom. Very smooth, it explodes with ripe fruit flavors on the palate, suggestive of grapefruit, mango and fresh apricot. Charm and roundness enfold the fruit on the rich and highly expressive finish.” — www.liquorama.net