Bordeaux Blend tagged posts

Le Gay’s Second Wine for $29.95 – Don’t forget about Pomerol in ’08

August 24, 2011 Cellar WorthyHigh End Values  No comments

Chateau Le Gay is one of the premiere producers in Bordeaux.  Pomerol is arguably the premiere appellation in Bordeaux (ever heard of Petrus)?  So when Chateau Le Gay of Pomerol produces a second wine called Manoir De Gay, using their younger vines, Bordeaux fans tend to listen.

The wine writers listen too, with Chateau Le Gay garnering a huge 95-98 point score for the 2008 vintage and this, their second wine receiving 91 points from Wine Spectator.  2008 was an overlooked vintage in Bordeaux, which somewhat laughably had 3 "Vintages of the Decade" in 2000, 2005 and 2009.  The hype machine works in savvy consumers' favor, especially if you know your sub-appellations.  See, while most of Bordeaux scored in the low 90's for 2008, Robert Parker's vintage chart shows Pomerol at 96 points

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Deal Alert: 2006 Dominus $99.95 RP96

February 11, 2011 Cellar Worthy  No comments

Occasionally I send out a deal alert for an especially low priced, or rare wine.  Today, it's the 96 point 2006 Dominus which almost needs no introduction.  In fact, I will leave it with no introduction.  If you know Dominus, you know $99.95 is the lowest price you will ever see (the 2007 was $129.95).  If you don't know Dominus, you're probably not interested in dropping a C note on it.
Buy Here: 2006 Dominus $99.95
Robert Parker 96 points

"There are 6,500 cases of the superb 2006 Dominus (91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot). Its dark plum/purple color is accompanied by aromas and flavors of truffles, forest floor, black cherries, black currants, and Asian spices. One of the finest wines of the vintage, it is complete, full-bodied, and

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Flora Springs Trilogy 2007- One of my favorite wines of the year $39.95

October 11, 2010 Cellar WorthyHigh End Values  No comments

The recession has had one very positive effect on the wine industry.  High scoring Napa Cabernet that would normally sell for $60-75 on score alone, are selling under that magical $40 mark so wineries can quickly sell their wines to fund the next vintage.  I've written up a number of these wines recently (Neyers and Round Pond), and I'm happy to welcome Flora Springs Trilogy into the 93+ point Cabernet under $40 club.

This wine reminds me of a perfectly aged Napa Cabernet, which is very surprising given that it's only a 2007.  That speaks volumes about its balance and finesse.  One rule I live by when it comes to wine: there is no reason to age wine if it already tastes great.  Some wines demand age before they will be GREAT wines (the 2005 Beringer Private Reserve I drank last night,

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Ramey Claret 2007- Another high-end half bottle value. $16.95 WS93

August 15, 2010 High End Values  No comments

My wife was out of town this weekend, so I had another perfect opportunity to open a half bottle of wine.  I never thought I would say that less wine is a positive thing, but here we are...  Luckily I had just picked up a 375 of Ramey 2007 Claret that was calling my name tonight.  Dave Ramey is the winemaking genius behind the epic Dominus Cabernets of the 90's including the 99 point 1994 vintage.  Obviously, he knows what he's doing.

The 2007 Claret, a blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Syrah, and 2% each of Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec, is yet another fantastic 2007 Cabernet based blend.  This year, it could be called a Cabernet, but David Ramey uses the "Claret" name because the blend changes every year and doesn't always meet the 75% minimum required to label a

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Marchesi de Frescobaldi Tenuta di Castiglioni ’07- under $20 WS93 Super Tuscan

May 13, 2010 Cellar Worthy  No comments

Super Tuscan wines carry notoriously high prices, especially highly rated versions like the 2007 Marchesi de Frescobaldi Tenuta di Castiglioni.  So when a 93 pointer comes around for under $20 I have to try it!

I'm really glad I did because this is something special.  The first thing to understand about this wine is that it's built for aging.  It's very dense, especially for an Italian wine, and the color is a beautiful dark ruby/black.  I opened this mid week and although enjoyable, it was tight and somewhat closed.  So I pumped it out and let it sit for 3 days.  And what a change 3 days can make!  The wine had opened up with incredible aromas of coffee, cherry and oak.  In the mouth it's particularly chocolaty for a Super Tuscan- it could almost pass for a new world Bordeaux blend. 

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2007 Chappellet Mountain Cuvee- WS92 Napa Bordeaux Blend under $20!

April 11, 2010 Cellar Worthy  One comment

I opened this bottle on Monday because I've recently received a bunch of emails promoting a 92 point Wine Spectator review for an under $20 wine, and I had to try it.  On Monday, it tasted good, but compared to other similarly rated Bordeaux blends, I was a bit underwhelmed and decided not to review it on Nickel and Dime Wine.

We didn't finish the bottle on Monday, so I pumped it and decided to give it a try again on Friday, to see if anything had changed.  Wow- what a difference 5 days makes!  On Monday, the nose was closed and the wine tasted fruity but tight.  On Friday, a sweet, expressive mountain nose had emerged and the wine opened up into a juicy, complex, amazing value.  This goes to show you how much a wine can change with extended exposure to oxygen, whether through aging,

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2007 Hahn Estates Meritage- Money from Monterey $11.95

April 2, 2010 Daily Drinkers  No comments

I don't think I've ever had another Monterey County Bordeaux blend, but since the 2005 vintage, this has been one of my favorite daily drinkers.  On this cool (for California- it's probably 60 degrees) evening this really hit the spot.

The 2007 Hahn Estates Meritage is a big, bold wine with a unique character.  It pours an almost opaque deep burgundy.  Dark fruit on the nose is followed by nice mouth-coating berry flavors and a round tannic bite at the end.

I read up on the Hahn Estate website and discovered what makes this wine so unique: it's blend.  31% Merlot, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Petit Verdot, 12% Malbec, and 9% Cabernet Franc is quite heavy on the secondary Bordeaux varietals (aka. not Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon).  I've only had one other wine that was that heavy on

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