Posts Tagged ‘Grenache

09
May
12

In Pursuit of the Juiciest Wine: Day 113 – Jade Mountain La Provencale 1999

Jade Mountain La Provencale 1999I’ve been saving this bottle of Jade Mountain La Provençale 1999 for quite some time and for a good occassion. Since today I finished grading all the portfolios for Introduction to Creative Writing, the last class I will teach until fall 2013, I decided to drink it. In addition, I decided to drink over teh next couple of months what few wines I have been saving and aging.

This wine is blend of Mouvedre, Syrah, and Grenache. I think this wine is trying to capture the spirit of Rhone wine.

So I dusted it off and decanted for well over an hour.

The bottle is a very light green that’s almost wholly transparent. I would expect this type of bottle for a white wine and not a red wine. But wuteffer.

Here we go.

When I poured the wine from the bottle to the decanter it was dark in color and odor. The cork had an old, deep purple stainon its bottom, as well.

When I smell the wine from the glass, I pick up mushrooms and assorted vegetables. On a deeper smell, I pick up some wood and raspberries, and deep in there is some very dark chocolate.

The body is cool, thick, and dark. I also pick up raspberries and white pepper. There’s also this juicy plum feel to it. I think I get cantaloupe, too. Or at least the shape of the chopped up cantaloupe that you’d get at a breakfast buffet table.

On the finish, there’s a slight sourness and a light, chalky residue on the tongue. There’s also the feel of Steak Montreal cooked medium-rare.

I like this, but I did hope and expect it to be much better. I’ll say 89 points.

This would be good with something that has basil in it or with spicy, garlic shrimp from a Chinese restaurant. It would probably be good with pizza or Italian food, too. Hm. How about cherry tomatoes and mozzarella cheese tossed in extra virgin olive oil, garlic, and basil. Mmmm. That would be a good match, I bet.//

12
May
11

How Many Calories Are in a Glass of Wine?

I know some of you wine drinkers are counting calories or watching your weight, and you are probably wondering how many calories are in a glass of wine. As a result, I have been doing some research to determine how many calories are in a glass of wine. The calories vary by varietal, but they all have a similar number of calories. Below is a chart I made for the most common varietals, or the ones I drink most.

Three notes.

One: I broke this down by ounces, glass, and bottle. A bottle is 750 milliliters or 25.36 ounces, and a bottle is supposed to hold four glasses of wine plus a little more. (There are 1.36 ounces more, which, I have been told, have absolutely no calories!) So that is why there is a 6 oz column, because that’s a glass of wine. If you pour smaller or larger amounts in your glass, then you can multiply the 1 oz column by how many ounces you poured.

Two: Calories will also vary by vineyard. So the Hall Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 may have a more or fewer calories than the Columbia Crest Cabernet Grand Estates Sauvignon 2007.

Three: Yes, I made that image above. Pretty good, hunh?! (Click it to see it large. Then click it again. I’m quite impressed with this image. I made the glass see through.)

Here’s the chart. It doesn’t include Tempranillo, but I assume they will be like a Granacha. If you want a printable version, click How Many Calories Are in a Glass of Wine?

Calories in Wine

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05
May
11

in pursuit of the juiciest wine: day ninety-two (Perrin & Fils Gigondas La Gille 2007) Fils

GEE-gohn-dahs. GEE-gohn-dahs. GEE-gohn-dahs.

Poof.

Perrin & Fils Gigondas La Gille 2007

That’s exactly what just happened to me. I said Gigondas three times in a row and this bottle of Perrin & Fils Gigondas La Gille 2007 appeared right in front of me. You should give it a try.

Gigondas. Gigondas. Gigondas.

Did it work for you? I hope so. If not, I’ll describe this wine for you.

First off, The Wine Spectator gave it 92 points and rated it number 78 on its Top 100 Wines of 2010. Ya know, if that means anything to you.

Plus, 70% of the wine matured in casks and 30% in one-year old barrels.

This Rhône blend, or cuvee, is 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah. All that adds up to Yum.

I saw the season’s first rose today. It was two feet tall. It’s color of bright red is nothing like the color of this wine. No, this is a dark maroon.

Dark Maroon

It’s very similar to that color, but it’s a hair darker (depending on your monitor and the angle of the monitor), but it’s brighter on its tall meniscus. Actually, as I look at this meniscus, I sense disappointment. This wine seems sad. If it could cry, it would. Dark maroon, 14.5% alcohol tears.

I wish I had stop to smell that rose I saw. I bet it smelled lovely, but not as lovely as this Perrin & Fils Gigondas La Gille 2007. More yum. I’m picking up all the flavors I like, such as cherries, strawberries, spice, plums, and flowers, but not roses. It smells jammy. Yes!

A weird thing just happened. I walked over to my girlfriend, who is cooking meatloaf, and then I walked back. In that time, the wine picked up a musky-skunky-earthiness on the nose. It’s kinda like something you’d smell in a Cab Franc.

Hmmm.

What a fine finish. Up front, though, there are dark berries and figs. I can even picture that fig.

Figs

I want one, now. I want that juicy inside. Mmm. Mmm.

The finish is spicy with dark berries. It will go well with the meatloaf, I think, and probably better with the vegetables – shallots and green beans.

I’ll give this wine an A. A low A. I think it will better in a few more years. I say get a bottle and try it out.//

17
Apr
11

in pursuit of the juiciest wine: day ninety (Chateau de Lascaux Coteaux du Languedoc 2008)

Finally, I found Chateau de Lascaux Coteaux du Languedoc 2008. (Many thanks go out to Holly!) It’s number 85 on The Wine Spectator Top 100 list for 2010. That’s a good reason to get a wine. Plus it’s a 91-point wine for only $14 or $16. But I wanted it because it’s from Lascaux, where there are some great cave paintings.

The Man, The Bison, and the Bird of the Shaft (The Shaft of the Dead Man)

The Man, The Bison, and the Bird of the Shaft (aka The Shaft of the Dead Man)

That’s one of the more famous paintings. It’s probably most famous because it seems like there is a narrative, a story, going on here, but no one knows what the story is. It’s mysterious. More so because most Paleolithic paintings don’t have stories. Most are images. There are very, very few cave paintings that appear to tell a story. I’m not sure if a story is going on here. It may be a palimpsest of images.

But what of Coteaux du Languedoc? Is there a story here? Well, it is the oldest vineyard in France. Some say the Greeks put vineyards here around 5 BCE and some say 500 BCE. Either way, it’s old, but not as old as those cave paintings. Coteaux du Languedoc is then divided into many appellations. Chateua de Lascaux is located in the Pic Saint-Loup appellation.

Coteaux du Languedoc

Pic Saint-Loup appellation is up top in the dark red.

Of the Pic Saint-Loup appellation:

It’s probable that those living here 2800 – 2400 years BCE already drank Pic Saint-Loup . . . After all, wild vines – lambrusques – were growing way back then.

Wines from this appellation are required to be  have at least 90% Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre combined. The other 10% can be Carignan and Cinsault. This wine from Chateau de Lascaux is 60% Syrah, 30% Grenache, and 10% Mourvedre, which meets the requirements of the Pic Saint-Loup appellation.

Other appellations have different requirements. For a break down of each appellation’s requirements and a brief history of Coteaux du Languedoc, visit the Languedoc Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée website.

For more information about Pic Saint-Loup, read the Pic Saint-Loup press pack. Interestingly, the press pack says:

Vine cultivation started largely with the Roman occupation around 120 BCE. Since then it has constantly expanded.

(I don’t know why they say Romans when other sources say the Greeks were the first to plant in Coteaux du Languedoc. Maybe they were both there? [shoulders shrug])

Chateau de Lascaux Coteaux du Languedoc 2008There is obviously more to learn and say about Pic Saint-Loup and Coteaux du Languedoc, but it’s time to get to the Chateau de Lascaux Coteaux du Languedoc 2008.

Held up to the wet sunset sky where snow (big, fat snow flakes of snow) had been falling much of the afternoon and early evening, the color of this wine is bright purple. It looks vibrant and happy.

The nose is delicious. Vanilla and and and, ah, it’s like vanilla cream. After a couple of swirls, new smells arise: cranberry and pepper. There might be cherry, too. And I pick up some truffle oil. Truffle oil. That’s what is making me happy inside. Truffle oil. Truffle oil is always happiness to the body. I smell it and all sorrows go away.

To the taste.

This is pleasant up front with cranberries and plum. The body is cool and deep. The Mourvedre is making for a tart finish, or a high acidic finish. The tartness while mild endures on the finish.

This is an enjoyable wine, but it needs some food to cut the tart finish.

This would go good with eggs. Eggs, toast, hash browns, and ketchup. This would be a good breakfast wine. Though, who has wine for breakfast? Hmm. Maybe I should go to the Brockport Diner.

I say this is a B+ wine. It could probably benefit from a few more years so the acidity can mellow a bit.//

ADDENDUM (4-18-11 a.m.): This becomes a solid A- with some food. It went perfectly well with some spicy chow mein noodles and veggies that I made.//

ADDENDUM (4-18-11 p.m.): About 24 hours later I had some more. It was so much better. It was a new wine. The tartness was all gone. It even tasted a bit like garlic bread. This wine either needs lots of time to open up or a decanter. I’m now giving this an A.//

17
Feb
11

in pursuit of the juiciest wine: day eighty-six (Domaine de Fontsainte Corbieres 2007)

Domaine de Fontsainte Corbières 2007Tonight’s wine is a Kermit Lynch wine – Domaine de Fontsainte Corbières 2007. I went looking to see what made up this red, and it’s like a backward Cotes du Rhone from the other night’s Domain Les Grands Bois Côtes Du Rhone Cuvee Les Trois Sœurs 2009. This red is made from three old-vine grapes: 60% Carignane (pronounced karen yawn), 30% Grenache, and 10% Syrah. I got that break down from The Cab Franco Files. This site also has more useful information.

First this description:

This is unapologetically a lighter-bodied wine showing fresh red fruit character and minerality. Perhaps this has to do with the wine undergoing carbonic maceration, where the fermentation actually takes place inside the grape. Regardless, there’s lively acidity and a seam of tannin, but essentially just enough structure to lend a bit of gravitas. The bouquet is a bit funky, and eventually shows more barnyardy aromas than fruit aromas. But that’s just fine. This is a straightforward wine that’s easy to drink or pair with food.

And then this funky graphic representation of the wine.

Domaine de Fontsainte Corbières 2007 Graphic Representation

Oh, and cool. He just tried it the other day, too. I feel a connection with this blog already. I might have to add it to the list on the right-hand side over here ====>.

That’s done. Now to the wine.

It smells sweet. It smells like a Fingers Lake wine. I’m not getting the funkiness that Cab Franco File, well not much anyway. I’m picking up a sweet red berry.

Well, good. (Adverb, adjective.) It tastes better than expected, and the body is bigger than expected. It doesn’t taste like a Fingers Lake wine, either. Though Cab Franco File is right. It’s is “straightforward.” It might be a hair to sweet me, but not really. It will good with some spicy food.

I keep thinking of strawberries and a bright red color after I put down the glass.

This wine has just flipped on me. After giving it to my girlfriend, who gets earthiness and mushrooms, I’m now getting a more funky nose and sweeter and more sour finish.

It’s like it magically opened up one hour and fifty-five minutes after popping the cork.

Are we all drinking the same wine?

I don’t think I care for this wine much anymore. It’s ok, but I can immediately think of 24 better wines for the same $12 price or less. Also, I don’t think I’m a fan of “carbonic maceration.” I wanted to be, but I’m not.

Oh, Kermit Lynch, it must not be easy being a wine merchant.

I say 87 points. No more, and maybe less.

You know?! If you don’t smell and suck in more air than wine, then it’s not that bad.//

14
Feb
11

in pursuit of the juiciest wine: day eighty-five (Domain Les Grands Bois Côtes Du Rhone 2009)

BAM

Windshield inside

and BAM

Windshield outside

That’s what happens when a pickup driver with NY state license plate RN 2xx (I won’t reveal the real license plate number. That might be uncool.) doesn’t clean out the inside of their pickup and a sheet of ice as big as my windshield flies through the air at 40 mph and crashes into my windshield. Oddly, the driver was going 15 mph below the speed limit, but as soon as that thing hit my car, she sped off. I tried to catch her and accelerated to 60 and honked my horn for a mile behind her. (Yes, I know the owner’s name.) But she didn’t want to have anything to do with it. So, my safety senses came to me and I pulled over. Anyway, that was Saturday afternoon. Today it’s Monday, and I worked from home because I have no car to drive. Thanks RN 2xx.

In the meanwhile, it’s time for Domain Les Grands Bois Côtes Du Rhone Cuvee Les Trois Sœurs 2009. What makes a Cotes du Rhone a Cotes du Rhone? It has to come from the Rhone region in France. And cuvee means “vat” or “tank,” but it has come to mean blend. And I guess in this case, Les Trois Sœurs, it’s a blend of three sisters.

Twisted Sister

But not a blend of Twisted Sisters. Oi.

Domain Les Grands Bois Côtes Du Rhone Cuvee Les Trois Sœurs 2009So what’s in this cuvee? Since it’s from the Rhone region, it will probably have Syrah, and if it’s from the Southern Rhone region it will probably have Grenache and maybe some Syrah and/or Mouverdre. A little research tells me this is 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah, and 10% Carignan (pronounced karen yawn). A little more research tells me this winery is in the Southern Rhone region near the towns of Cairanne and Rasteau.

Southern Rhone Valley

Cairanne and Rasteau are in the middle. Click the map to see it bigger.

(For more information, http://www.terroir-france.com/wine/cdr_map_south.htm.)

I think it’s wine drinking time.

First words out of my mouth were, “Oh, this smells f***ing good.” It’s deep, as deep as its dark ruby color. It smells juicy and fruity. There are some flowers, too. It smells well blended.

I picked up burning wood on the nose right as I took a sip. I thought of Northern Idaho in the winter. Specifically, Sandpoint, Idaho.

The Bridge to Sand Point, Idaho

The Bridge to Sand Point, Idaho. Click the image to see it bigger.

But I usually think of the town with all the great restaurants and bars with great beers and food.

For a small town, it has so much good food. In fact, you won’t Stay Hungry in Sandpoint.

The wine is bit drier than I expected, but yummy with dark berries and dark fruits. I also get some earthiness. And it finishes with some dark chocolate, bitterness, and chalkiness.

Oh, what a fun wine this is, and it’s only $15 at Mahan’s.

Actually, this is pretty big for a Rhone. I like it. It will go good with chicken in garlic sauce.

So I’m going to say 89 points and really pushing 90 for this one. Good stuff.//

03
Feb
11

in pursuit of the juiciest wine: day eighty-three (The Stump Jump Red 2008)

Last year, The Stump Jump’s Shiraz made The Wine Specatator’s Top 100 list and received 90 points. I liked that wine quite a bit, especially with the $10 price tag. It was also quite versatile as it went with so many foods.

The Stump Jump Red 2008This The Stump Jump makes The Wine Spectator’s Top 100 again. This time in spot #63 and again receiving 90 points. But this time it’s the Red – a blend of Grenache, Grenache, and Mourvedre. Bonus: it’s dollar less expensive.

By the way, I should more properly call this d’Arenberg The Stump Jump Red 2008.

You can view the whole top 100 list here: The Wine Spectator Top 100 2010.

Anyway, I’m excited by this blend of grapes. I’m all giddy. So let’s get to it.

The first thing I noticed when I poured it is that it’s thin. It shouldn’t be this translucent. Okay. I still have faith.

What a pleasant nose. It smells giddy. I get some cherries, plums, and some sort of underground vegetable. It smells of Mourvedre, but an odd one – a little off.

It’s quite thin and bitter. This isn’t good. How the hell did The Wine Spectator give it 90 points and make it the #63 wine of 2010. No way.

A sour, vegetable, and cranberry finish. The finish is the worse part.

Giddiness all gone. Replaced by wincing face. Lame. 86 points.

I’m so, so disappointed.

I just did a little research. Here’s what the Wine Enthusiast said:

This Grenache-dominant blend opens with a less-than-pleasant scent of paint thinner hiding behind more usual tones of spiced plums and candied cherries. There’s nice raspberry fruit on the finish, buoyed by a sharp whack of acidity. Drink now. W.E. (6/1/2010)  – 85

Reference link here.

That’s closer to the truth . . . and very polite, too.//




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