Monday, August 9, 2010

I Have Some Catching Up To Do

Yes, I'm back. I apologize for the extended absence but life gets crazy at times. I have tried MANY new wines since I last posted. I have tried to journal as many as I could so I could blog about them and I have quite a list so I guess I better get to it!

The first one is a white from Argentina. Maipe winery is in Salta, Argentina which is in the Lerma Valley in the foothills of the Andes. The winery is named for the Lord of the Winds in ancient Andean Indian Culture and the bottle label reflected this. The variety I tried was their 2009 Torrontes (I blogged about another Torrontes below) and it was about $10. It was a pale yellow with wonderful floral aromas. It made me think of summer. I also detected hints of citrus, mainly lemon and orange as well as hints of peach. It was refreshing with a bright acidity, and plenty of body. It was pleasantly fresh with fruit and citrus notes. I drank it alone but it would be wonderful with seafood such as shrimp or scallops. It would be lovely with spicy food as well.

The second one is a red by Anakena in the Aconcaqua Valley in Central Chile. I often drink the Sauvignon Blanc (which I blogged about below) so I thought I would give their 2008 Carmenère a try. It was VERY reasonable at around $9. The color was a beautiful deep read...almost a dark cherry color with aromas of dark berries and chocolate. It had a fruity palate with a nice, spicy finish. I drank it with steak but other recommendations were game, pasta and cheese. It went very well with the steak.

The last one for today is a Chardonnay. Now, I was never a real fan of Chardonnay but I decided to give it another try. I picked up 2008 Muirwood Chardonnay from Monterey County at Total Wine for around $10. It had aromas of citrus and was bright and acidic with tropical fruit flavors and hints of butter. It had a nice smooth finish. I drank it alone but it would be wonderful with grilled chicken. It renewed my faith in Chardonnays so I will definitely be trying more.

I have tons of other wines to catch up on so there will be more very soon!

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