Weekly Wine Roundup

Weekly Wine Roundup 11/23/15

I taste and drink a lot of wine (surprise!). Why do you care? It means that I have a lot of wine reviews I share on Delectable, a wine review app. Obviously, not everyone is on the app (available for iPhone only right now). It’s also too many wines to write individual reviews on here. Several posts a day isn’t feasible for me! So I decided to start a weekly roundup of the wines I’ve tasted each week with a short review and personal, subjective grade published every Monday. I also include how I received the wine and where you can get it, along with the current price or price I paid for it.

Thanksgiving has come and gone. What wines did you have for the big day? Believe it or not, I didn’t have any with my Thanksgiving dinner. Sacrilegious for a wine writer, I know. It was out of respect for those I was with who don’t consume alcohol (it was their house). I made up for it, though, as you can see below!

On to wine…here’s my reviews for week of November 23, 2015.

Stone Mountain Wine Cellars Vidal N.V. – Semi-sweet Vidal Blanc. Succulent green apple, candied pineapple, whisper of lilies, silky caramel, hints of hazelnuts and juicy apricot. So deliciously round and full like a Rubenesque woman lounging on a chaise, draped in white silk, dripping apple juices down her rounded chin. B+ (Purchased $10.00)

Concha y Toro Casillero del Diablo Carmenere 2013 – Juicy blackberry dipped in dark chocolate, piney raisins, tobacco leaves, and a dash of black pepper. Soft, rich, easy finish. It’s the tango – slow and sultry, a flash of bare leg, a twist of berry-stained lips, a simmering lust. B+ (Purchased state store $8.99)

Blue Mountain Vineyards Late Harvest Vidal Blanc 2013 – Rich apricot, juicy tangerine, slick honey on the finish. The faintest hint of nutty caramel creeps through at the end. Delicious with blue cheese, toasted walnuts, and pears. B+ (Purchased $9.00)

Blue Mountain Vineyards Harvest Moon (2015) – 100% Seyval Blanc Late Harvest. Wicked smooth! Full-bodied, rich, silky dessert wine with notes of nutty caramel, apricot, peach, mango, and honeyed melon. It’s like slipping into silky shimmering white sheets and wrapping yourself in a white fur blanket, luxurious and sensual. Closest you can get to an Ice Wine in a Late Harvest. It’s available directly from the vineyard, but you have to call to order it. Very limited quantities. A+ (Purchased $22.50)

Blanc de Bleu Cuvee Mousseux Brut Chardonnay – My first thought was “gimmick.” Blue sparkling wine? The nose smells like Maine blueberry syrup, suggesting a sweetness, but it’s deliciously dry and smooth. Surprisingly the blueberry is delicate, hints of freshly made blueberry jam, toasted almonds, whisper of a lemon tingle. The color is gorgeous! A light, crystal turquoise the color of the sea. The bottle is pure sexy elegance. This is on my New Year’s Eve list now! A (Friend shared her bottle…Lucky me! But you can get it on the vineyard’s website $24.95)

Maiolatesi Wine Cellars 2010 Sangiovese – Lots of tart black cherry, plum, sage, blackberry, and hints of tobacco. The tannins are a bit grippy, like putting a teabag in your mouth and sucking on it. It was good with Chicken Francese, lasagna, and ravioli. C+ (Purchased $12.99)

Blue Mountain Vineyards 2014 Sauvignon Blanc – Succulent tropical fruit dances on my tongue! Incredibly fruit forward with notes of grapefruit, mango, pineapple, peach with a crisp mineral finish that keeps it clean and mouthwatering. Delicious with fresh sushi. B+ (Purchased $15.00)


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I'm an artist and writer. I'm also a hobbyist cook, student, avid reader, shopper, fashionista, and owner of two beloved male cats named Nittany and Taz. My paintings have been shown in the Mansfield Art Gallery (Ohio), Mt. Vernon Nazarene University Art Gallery (Ohio), and on the walls in homes. My writings have been published on websites and small poetry journals. I have designed and written publicity pieces, ad copy, promotional materials, newsletters, website copy, and more. I co-wrote a small play for a dinner theater in 2003. I am working on three or four novels at the same time (can't sit still!). LEGAL NOTE ------------------------------------------------------------------- Do not copy or quote anything without express permission. All rights are reserved and I retain ownership rights over all intellectual property published here under 'Kat Collins and Karen Dixon' - 2011 © Kat Collins Karen Dixon
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