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Feasting on a Budget

A few surprises last week. A number of people tasted Gewurztraminer for the first time, and found they liked its savory aromatics. Those who had were pleasantly surprised that the 2014 Castel Sallegg Gewurztraminer was not sweet.
November 8, 2017


           People were surprised that the 2016 Ch. Platon could have so much power and richness at its price. Bordeaux at Thanksgiving? Certainly with this.
           Likewise many were bemused that they they liked unassuming 2015 Dreyer Sonoma Chardonnay as much as they did. It had great food-friendly Russian River style acid balance. most uncommon at a common price.
           People did like the 2015 San Felice Chianti Classico and 2014 Drouhin Fleurie, but made less comment about them. a minority liked the the nutty herbaceousness of the 2014 Domaine des Terrisses Gaillac Rouge; it was a bit odd for more people.


2015 Dreyer Sonoma Chardonnay, Sonoma County ; Aroma: Fine herbal clean pretty rounded ; Mouth: Light clean fresh nice acidity juicy, nicely tart; Very Good Plus15.99; Mixed Case, 14.39; Case, 13.59

2014 Castel Sallegg Gewurztraminer: Straw yellow. Medium body with classic aromas and flavors of stone fruits, mint, roses and lychee. Fine acidity and long dry finish. Very Good Plus 17.99/bottle


2014 Drouhin Fleurie Hospices de Belleville; Color: dark with purple notes; Aroma: hedy rathr full, very dense; Mouth: deep purple, nicely chunky smooth, plum notes, long pure gamay finish; Very Good Plus 19.99; Mixed Case, 17.99; Case, 16.99

2014 Domaine des Terrisses Gaillac Rouge; Aroma: hready sweeyt rather fresh, nicely herbed, clean firm, dense, pretty, ; Mouth: clean rounded smooth pretty bright acid fruit, rounded , Fresh herbal notes, , firm, nutty finish, long; Very Good Plus 14.99; Mixed Case, 13.49; Case, 12.74

2015 San Felice Chianti Classico: Bright ruby. Medium body with balanced flavors ranging from cherry to balsam spice and a nice herbal undertone. Very Good Plus 16.99/bottle

2016 Ch. Platon (Bordeaux); Color: very dark ; Aroma: rather dense, fullish, , very pretty full rich, herbal dense; Mouth: thick very rich sweet very dense & full fat, juicy nice body very clean well structured and round; Very Good Plus 15.99; Mixed Case, 14.39; Case, 13.59

Some Other Suggestions:


2016 Argiolas Costamolino Vermentino di Sardinia: 15.99/bottle
2014 Ch Beauregard St. Veran (Burrier) 19.99 New, round and creamy 7 cases only
2016 Tasca d’Almerita Mozia Grillo 23.99  see below


2013 Compass Pinot Noir 15.99
2011 Bordon Rioja Reserva: 19.99
2010 Valle Reale Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Vigneto di Popoli: 18.99/bottle
2015 Brigaldara Valpolicella: 14.99/bottle
2012 Terre Rouge Syrah Cotes de l'Ouest robust California fruit, European sophistication


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            - Peter Hemenway


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