Monday Morning QB, my faves from Saturday’s tasting: June 2, 2012 at the shop French, Calif Whites & Aussie, Italian, Spanish Reds

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La Chablisienne Petit Chablis 2010
This wine does well at tasting but doesn’t have a strong following. It is a quality Chablis for about $15, isn’t that enough? As the label says “Pas si petit” or “no small thing”. It is crisp and lively with green apple aromas which get augmented by notes of citrus and limestone on the palate and a nice lively acidity. I love it, especially for the price and so did most of our intrepid tasters on Saturday

Juan Gil  Monastrell 2009

Juan Gil Monastrell 2009
I caught up with an old friend when I tasted the Juan Gil. As always it is very satisfying old vines Monastrell (Mourvedre) drenched with black currant and blueberry flavors and a fine minerality in the finish. Very plush tannins too. The wine is a tremendous value for the quality.

Cesari Mara Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso DOC 2009
I prefer to think of Valpolicella Ripasso as Valpolicella on steroids rather than using the phrase “baby Amarone” It is literally juice up Valipolicella made with select wines that are supercharged by resting in ex-Amarone casks for a while. The result isĀ  a dark, rich wine with loads of berry in the nose follwed by berry and oak on the palate which is then followed by the tell tale meaty and smoky notes
in the background like an Amarone. It is not made from dried grapes like Amarone so the flavor profile is different, basically a fresh grapy wine juiced up with a little time in Amarone cask. Another excellent value.

Oliverhill Shiraz Red Silk 2010

Oliverhill Shiraz Red Silk 2010

The name is very fitting although “Red Velvet” would be good too. The general idea is that its red (actually deep purple-garnet) and very smooth. The wine has very dense flavors and finishes long. Oliverhill is known for butt kicking Shiraz that is smooth and rich though maybe lacking a bit of structure.

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