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Month in Wines – January 2014

February 6, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments

Wow, it is hard to believe that the first month of 2014 is already a history. Well, it truly is, so as usual, it is the time to sum up the best wine experiences (quick reminder – I rate wines on the 10 point scale with pluses and minuses – with rare exceptions, the only wines included in this summary are those with rating 8- or above) of the January 2014. There were quite a few interesting experiences, so not in the any particular order, here we go:

2005 AR Pe Pe Grumello Riserva Buon Consiglio Valtelina Superiore DOCG (13% ABV, 100% Nebbiolo) – beautiful, fragrant, gentle, elegant. The wine for quiet, self-reflecting evening, to be shared only with the closest people. Would do fine for the cosy Valentine’s day evening. 8

NV Tsarine Champagne Cuvée Premium, Reims (12% ABV) – classic and substantial, has its own character as opposed to many universally boring sparklers. A beautiful packaging is definitely a plus… 8

2012 Cecilia Beretta Brut Millesimato Prosecco Superiore Coneglian Valdobbiadene DOCG, Italy (11% ABV) – one of the very best Prosecco I ever tasted. ‘nuf said. 8-

2010 Artemovsk Krim Semi-Sweet Sparkling Wine, Ukraine (12% ABV) – touch of sweetness, nice, refreshing, balanced – definitely an excellent sparkler. 8

2002 Bollinger Ay Rouge La Cote Aux Enfant Coteaux Champenoisbeautiful, complex, red fruit on the nose and palate, delicate concentration of flavors, round and polished. Definitely an experience. 8

1994 Antinori Tignanello Toscana IGT – beautiful complexity of cherries and leather both on the nose and the palate. Perfectly fresh, with good acidity and excellent balance. Still has many years to go. 9-

1999 Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red Oakville – a classic with cassis, bell peppers and eucalyptus both on the palate and on the nose, soft tannins, good balance, very enjoyable. 8

1977 Grahams Port – delicious promising nose, wonderful complexity in the glass, with the aged, delicate fruit, figs and dates, with acidity still present. 8+

2009 Tallulah MD1 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley (14.1% ABV) – this wine showed glimpses of greatness with clean fruit and cassis overtones, but it definitely needed more time, let’s say, at least 5 years… 8-

2010 Pedralonga doUmia Tinto Rias Baixas DO (12% ABV, blend of Mencía, Caíño and Espadeiro) – beautiful open nose with touch of barnyard and hint of complexity. Lots of herbs on the palate – sage, lavender, dark fruit, very good acidity and perfect balance. Very easy to drink. Besides, it adds two more grape to the collection. 8

2009 Bodega Norton Malbec Reserva, Mendoza (14.5% ABV) – very, very concentrated, mocha and espresso on the palate, dark fruit, good acidity, good balance. 8-

2007 François Cazin Le Petit Chambord Cour-Cheverny AOC (12% ABV, 100% Romorantin) – bright white stone fruit on the nose, citrus (lemon) notes on the palate, medium to full body, zinging acidity. It is getting there, but need another 4-5 years to achieve full beauty and grace. 8-

2008 Eurl Gilles Bonnefoy Rousanne de Madone Rousane sur Volcan (12% ABV) – plump, juicy, round, delicious. 8

The last 3 wines really surprised the inner snob in me. They are all made by the Rosenblum Cellars, and at the price of $9.99 each, I had really low expectations (so far, I didn’t have much luck with low-end wines from Rosenblum).

2012 The Great American Wine Company Chardonnay USA – light, simple, with hint of vanilla and butter, good acidity. Easy to drink. 7+

2012 The Great American Wine Company Red Blend USA (Zinfandel based) – good red fruit on the nose and on the palate, raspberries and blackberries, soft tannins, good acidity, good balance, easy to drink. 7+

2012 The Great American Wine Company Cabernet Sauvignon USA  – good dark fruit on the nose with a hint of cassis, more dark fruit on the palate together with dark chocolate, good acidity, good balance. 7+

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That concludes the January report. Have you had any of this wines? Care to share your thoughts? Cheers!



  1. February 6, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    I wish I could say I have had any of the wines listed but I do keep a running list of wines to try. Some of these sound intriguing I think #1 for me is AR Pe Pe Grumello, it sounds wonderful.

    • talkavino
      February 6, 2014 at 11:20 pm

      Yes, you should try it – really a delicious wine!

  2. February 11, 2014 at 11:52 am

    Great to read your review of the Great Am Wine Co wines–especially to hear that the red blend, while soft and fruity as expected, also has some acidity and balance as I found it recently (I think for $7.99!)

    • talkavino
      February 11, 2014 at 3:00 pm

      I was very impressed with the quality for these simple wines – they were quite delightful.

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