Bielsa 2011 Campo de Borja Garnacha

I was very intrigued last week when I came across a naturally made wine from the Campo de Borja region of Spain.  I had only tried conventionally made wines from the region in the past and was not aware of any producers straying from the norm. Bielsa is doing things a bit differently and their 2011 Garnacha is organically grown from 45+ year-old vines.  It is unfiltered, unoaked, and has 13.5% alcohol.

Bielsa 2011 Campo de Borja Garnacha
Bielsa 2011 Campo de Borja Garnacha

Tasting Notes

Very seductive nose with intense, smokey aromas.  The smokiness continues on the palate along with rich tastes of strawberry, licorice, plum, and spice.  As you continue to sip, hints of minerals also begin to show.  A delicious wine that drinks way beyond its price point! ($12)

My Wine Rating – B+

Food Pairing Suggestions – Pair with pulled pork sandwiches, smoked ribs, or mushroom quesadillas.

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Domaine Ferrer Ribiere “F” Rouge 2012

I wasn’t planning on writing about this wine as I sipped it, but wanted to share it with you guys as it ended up being a great find.  Domaine Ferrer Ribiere “F” Rouge 2012 is from the Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes region of Southern France.  The region lies within Roussillon but the wine does not fit the rules of the AOC.  I have found some wines with great QPR from this region and this bottle definitely fits the mold.  I couldn’t find a lot of info on this particular year (nor was there much on the bottle), but it seems to be a blend of organic Grenache and Carignan grapes.  The wine has 14% alcohol and I picked it up for $12.

Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes
Domaine Ferrer Ribiere “F” Rouge 2012

Tasting Notes

Pouring an intense ruby color in the glass, this wine opens with rich aromas of black licorice, dark berries, and hints of earth.  The palate is also rich and packs a lot of flavor.  There are tastes of black cherries and black licorice with supple tannins.  Intense and delicious!

My Wine Rating – B+

Food Pairing Suggestions – A great grilling companion.  Think steaks, lamb, or bison burgers.

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Tenuta Deangelis 2011 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

With the kickoff of the NFL and NCAA football seasons, pizza seems to be making a regular appearance in our household.  Over the weekend, we made a mushroom and 3 cheese pizza and paired it with a bottle of Tenuta Deangelis 2011 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo.   I picked it up at Domaine LA for a mere $11 and it was simple yet really enjoyable for the price point!

Tenuta Deangelis 2011 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo
Tenuta Deangelis 2011 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

Tasting Notes

This ruby colored wine has aromas of black currents, forest floor, and black cherries.  The earthy notes continue on the palate along with flavors of plums and dark cherries.  Soft tannins, straight-forward flavors, and great with simple Italian fare!

My Wine Rating – B+

Food Pairing Suggestions – Pair with mushroom pizza, pasta with marinara, or grilled sirloin.

 

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Mini-Review – Domaine de la Damase 2012 Grenache

Domaine de la Damase Grenache is definitely something fresh and unique for a lot of palates.  This 100% Grenache from Southern France is 100% whole cluster aged in concrete tanks.  Lighter in color than a lot of traditional Grenache wines on the market but still full of juicy flavors.

Domaine de la Damase 2012 Grenache
Domaine de la Damase 2012 Grenache

The wine is very nicely structured and offers a fresh, lively palate.  Flavors of ripe, red berries, violet, and spice are lifted with healthy acidity.  The alcohol is a little high at 14.5% but the wine doesn’t taste hot.  A great value that is a nice match with grilled meats!

 

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Marcel Lapierre 2011 Raisins Gaulois

Beaujolais is often overlooked due to an unfortunate commercialization and dumbing down of the wines from the region in the past.  Thankfully, there are some fantastic producers putting out delicious wines and you can generally count on something great from Marcel Lapierre.  The winery’s 2011 Raisins Gaulois is 100% Gamay and a steal for around $12.

Marcel Lapierre 2011 Raisins Gaulois
Marcel Lapierre 2011 Raisins Gaulois

Tasting Notes

Aromas of red cherries and strawberries are followed with tastes of more fresh, red fruit. Your taste buds are met with a medley of raspberries, cherries, and cranberries.  There are also hints of pepper and lively acidity in this food friendly, light-bodied wine.  Smooth, simple, and delicious! Serve slightly chilled.  (12% alcohol)

My Wine Rating – B+

Food Pairing Suggestions – Pair with grilled chicken, baked salmon, or roasted duck.

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Red Car Wine Company 2010 Sonoma Coast Syrah

After really enjoying Red Car’s Pinot Noir, I also wanted to highlight their Sonoma Coast Syrah.  I actually enjoyed this a bit more than the Pinot because I felt there was more depth in the palate (even though I totally liked the Pinot).  The wine is 100% Syrah with 13.7% alcohol.  It retails for around $35 a bottle.

Red Car Wine Company 2010 Sonoma Coast Syrah
Red Car Wine Company 2010 Sonoma Coast Syrah

Tasting Notes

This Syrah is rich in color with earthy aromas of dark fruit, tobacco, and spice.  The earthiness continues in the palate which has flavors of tart cherries, anise, and smoke.  Healthy acidity and balanced alcohol.  A beautiful and delicious Syrah!

Food Pairing Suggestions – Pair with leg of lamb, a pulled-pork sandwich, or a grilled sirloin steak.

My Wine Rating – A-

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Red Car Wine Company 2011 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

I am not sure how Red Car Wine Company was not on my radar before last week but I am definitely happy they are now.  Red Car produces some great cool-climate, Sonoma Coast wines and they take a minimalist approach to the wine making process.  Their 2011 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is fermented with native yeasts, aged predominantly in neutral oak, and yields 13.2% alcohol.

Red Car 2011 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Red Car 2011 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Tasting Notes

Red Car’s Pinot Noir starts with aromas of bright cherries, herbs, and spices along with a hint of mustiness.  The palate is medium-bodied with smooth, silky flavors of sweet cherries and anise.  The fresh acidity in the wine made it hard to set my glass down!  Looking forward to talking about their Syrah in the next couple of days as well!  ($45)

My Wine Rating – A-

Food Pairing Suggestions – Pair with pan-seared salmon, roasted duck, or portabella mushrooms.

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