8 Buyers, 1 Store, 8000 Wines

Saturday, May 10, 2008

On 6:43 PM by The Bloggers @ 67 Wine   No comments
Saturday night's tasting in the store was a mixed selection of three whites and two reds.

The first white was from Sicily called Cusumano Isolia. Isolia is the grape. It had a light fruitiness backed by nice acidity. A refreshing wine for a summer eve. It's even sealed with my favorite closure, a glass stopper. Nothing but glass comes in contact with the wine. No chance of cork taint, it reseals beautifully, and is a lot prettier than a screw cap. I like screw caps, but I hate the sound they make when they're opened in a restaurant.

The second is from Hedges, a winery in the Columbia Valley in Washington state. It's called CMS, and that stands for Chardonnay, Marsanne, and Sauvignon Blanc. The wine is softer than the Insolia, with more pronounced flavors.

The last white was a Riesling from the Mosel region of Germany. It's off dry, with less mineral content than you usually find in the Mosel, and low acidity.

The first red was a Merlot from Friuli. A cool region, it's more known for whites than reds. The Merlot is in a lighter style, not as sweet tasting as California Merlot, and not as tannic or as powerful as Right Bank Bordeaux. It had a good dose of green herbs on the finish.

The final wine was a Corbiere that Ben brought in recently. It's a blend of the typical Southern France grapes (Grenache, Syrah, Morvedre, Carignan, etc.) in a formula that changes from year to year. For me, this was the wine of the night. It had a depth of flavor that I really like. Mixed red and black fruit, some pepper, some spice, and a long finish.



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