Friday, January 21, 2011

Recently Tasted

PERRIN NATURE CÔTES DU RHÔNE 2009, AC Cotes du Rhone (France); #948059; Price: $ 16.95; 13.0% ABV
Grenache with a bit of Syrah. Bright cherry red in colour, aromas of cranberry, red cherry, red currant, anise, something floral, and (just at the beginning) a bit of meatiness. The cherry comes through on the flavours, with moderate acidity and soft tannins. Reminds me more of a Pinot Noir than a Rhone wine! Medium-bodied. It’s balanced but everything is muted, which is surprising from one of the better producers in the southern Rhone. Better than the 2007. But great with roast chicken.

PIKES TRADITIONALE RIESLING 2009, Clare Valley (Australia); #66894; Price: $19.95; 12.0% ABV
Good intensity of aromas: tangerine, lime, peach, orange blossom, red apple, and minerality. Wonderfully zingy acidity with the lively lime, green apple and minerality coming through in the flavours at first, then peach shows up at the finish. Medium-bodied, it’s has a good long finish with the flavours and acidity echoing all the way. Fermented in stainless steel with cultured yeast. Good example of Clare Valley Riesling! Capable of 10 years of aging.

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