Romanin Macon Solutre Pouilly Fuisse Chardonnay 2013
From Domaine Romanin, this 100% Chardonnay is fragrant and fruity. The vines are between 30 and 70 years old and the Domaine follows organic practices. I could go on and on about the aromas and flavors but the bottom line is that this is the way Chardonnay should taste. That's it. The Domaine says:
Mâcon-Solutré-Pouilly Domaine Romanin :
Mâcon Solutré-Pouilly wine comes from Solutré-Pouilly village. Vines are young: 7 to 8 years old and protected by fabulous Rock of Solutré-Pouilly village. Clay soil and young vines gives us a pleasant, fresh and fragrant wine.
Clear yellow with grean tints. Very fragrant nose : fruity, floral with notes of almond. The palate displays abundant citrus flavours with hints of grapefruit. Very mineral wine. Good lengh.
Do not tuck it away for too long in your cellar, with it will lose its fresh aromas.
Laetitia Estate Chardonnay 2013
Tasting Notes from MetroWines: A middle of the road candiate, that is to say, there is something for everybody in Laetitia making it an excellent choice to bring to a dinner party. This is a full bodied Chardonnay with a touch of butter but not enough to overpower the wine. Dry finish. Nice. Well done.
Tasting Notes From Laetitia: Dried honeycomb and tart green apple show themselves in this beautiful interpretation of a cool climate Chardonnay. Multilayered notes of hard lemon candy, wet river rock and hazelnut sweet cream weave throughout this estate bottling, finishing with notes of spicy anise.
Paitin Barbera D'Alba 2013
One of Gina's favorite wines! She just wrote about it in the January edition of The Laurel of Asheville. Paitin describes this wine as "Ruby purple color with ripe red cherry aromas with hints of mineral. A dry, medium bodied red wine with refreshing acidity (making it perfect to pair with food) and soft tannins, the Barbera d'Alba Serra is well balanced with good integration of oak, good complexity and a finish." But, as Gina says, "It isn't how Paitin tastes; It's how it makes you feel!"
James Creek Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
The Cabernet Sauvignon is a soft smooth wine with a very pleasant nose. The longer you let this wine open up the greater the flavors. It is full of black cherries, spices including cloves, some vanilla and has a super velvety finish. This is a great everyday Cabernet and pairs well with steak.
James Creek's total production is merely 750 to 800 cases with each bottle receiving its own number on the Western styled label. The production is divided between a 100% varietal Cabernet Sauvignon and a Zinfandel.