Wine Reviews

Posted by Keith Wallace

Domaine du Coulet Cornas Terrasses du Serre

A classic style, with minimal oak and blended from several slopes within Cornas. The traditional approach is quite evident on the palate. More delicate than most, this syrah leads with a soft medley of red fruits and gradually intensifies into a thick beam of mineral and ending with a curtain of milk chocolate.

Allan Scott Pinot Noir, Marlborough

A wee bit rounder than a Pinot should be, but a very pretty wine. Soft and ripe cranberries and a touch of earth and cinnamon on the palate. A nice mineral-laced finish.

Tait Ballbuster Shiraz, Barossa

The PLCB is flooding us with high-octane shiraz these days, and this is the best of the bunch. Ink-black with a nose of intense blackberry and tobacco, it rolls out a dense palate of jammy fruit. This baby is not so much a fruit bomb as a fuel-injected fruit jet strapped to the back of a cute bunny.

La Louviere Pessac-Leognan

One of the greatest strengths of Bordeaux is its history. Saying this wine is historic would leave one with the wrong impression. Rather, it is the perfect snapshot of the 2005 vintage. There is a harmony between freshness and tannins that cry out for a few years in the cellar. The smoke, spice, and cigar box flavors all play their parts perfectly

Vincentini Terre Lunghe Soave

A rare beauty. Mint, lavender, and lemon zest rest upon the nose. Razor-like citrus and fresh melon on the body and finish.

Le Manoir Galhaud Cuvee Leon Bordeaux

One of the better bordeaux values available today. This still has the raw force and intensity of the ’03 vintage, although this is defiantly something and not cellar.

Magpie The Schnell Grenache/Shiraz

Great juice & its really really cheap.

Mastroberardino Falanghina

Falanghina is typically rich for a white and just a bit decadent. This one does not disappoint. Ripe melon and stone fruits on the palate. Lovely.

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