Category Archives for "2007"

Feb 26

Prager Sweet Claire Late Harvest Riesling 2007, from California

By Louise | 2007 , California , Dessert Wine , Late Harvest , Napa , Riesling , White Wine , Wines I Like

Prager 2007 Sweet Claire from California

This is a half bottle (375ml) late harvest Riesling that I picked up when I was wine tasting in Napa (for around $20).  We had stopped by Prager Winery & PortWorks because I had started to enjoy ports, and I had hoped that I would be able to find some ports to my liking.  However, none of the ports were of the type that I liked.  The only wine that caught my taste-buds turned out to be this late harvest Riesling instead. 

Late harvest Rieslings are dessert wines.  The term “late harvest” arises because the grapes are harvested later and therefore have more time to build up sweetness.

They are often sickly sweet, which is why I tend to stay away from them.  However, this one was more subtle.  Don’t get me wrong, it is sweet, but the wine holds something more than just sweetness.  For a start, you can smell both honey and apricot exuding from this wine.  The deep amber/gold color pairs well with these smells.  Then there are hints of herbs in the nose as well.  The taste is not overly sweet – the sweetness sort of melts away in your mouth so that it tastes almost semi-sweet, and you get a lingering fruity sensation.  However, you can definitely taste that it is a dessert wine!

Overall, a pretty good wine.  I enjoyed it with some dark chocolate.  Since this wine isn’t a super sweet wine, you have to remember to pair it with desserts that aren’t too sweet – otherwise the dessert will overpower the wine and make your wine taste crappy!  Since dark chocolate isn’t as sweet, it works well with this wine.

Dec 04

Lunacy 2007 Chardonnay from Monterey County, California

By Louise | 2007 , California , Monterey County , White Wine , Wines I Dislike

photo(15)Not sure when I picked up this bottle of wine, but it’s from very close to where my parents live (lucky them!).  The bottle label design is also rather interesting along with its name.  On to the liquid in the bottle:

The wine definitely smells like a buttery California chardonnay, although it has a slightly minerally and metallic tinge to it.  I’ve liked a few California chardonnays before but this one just doesn’t do it for me.  It tastes very minerally and almost a little bitter.  It also tastes quite acidic to me.  A thumbs down unfortunately.

Aug 06

Domaine Raymond Usseglio et Fils 2007 Rouge from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, France

By Louise | 2007 , Chateauneuf-du-Pape , France , GSM , Red Wine , Uncategorized , Wines I Like

Apologies for the shoddy picture, but it was taken in a BYOB restaurant with poor lighting (I was sat in front of a picture that was lit with alternating blue and red lights). The BYOB restaurant was a great French place called La Sirene in Soho, New York. The food was excellent, and good French cooking always pairs well with a great bottle of French wine! The French sure did a great job of making sure their wines went with food! This bottle was fairly fruity with some bright cherry notes. Chateauneuf-du-Pape is probably one of the most famous wine producing regions in the world, and I’ve often heard people talking about a bottle of Chateauneuf-du-Paper in tv dramas and movies! The wine is produced from a blend of 3 different grapes, around 75% grenache, 5% syrah, and 10% mourvedre (often referred to as a “GSM” blend). You can buy this bottle online or at Astor Wines for around $50 (it’s $47.99 at Astor).

Dec 22

Catherine et Claude Maréchal Savigny-Lès-Beaune Vieilles Vignes 2007 from Burgundy, France

By Louise | 2007 , Burgundy , France , Red Wine , Vieilles Vignes , Wines I'm Neutral About

I’m almost shocked at how many red wines I’ve consumed since I started this blog a month and a half ago. I had initially thought this blog would be dominated by sweet white wines, but I am happily surprised by my willingness to experience wines outside of my normal riesling/dessert wine range. I bought this wine at Astor Wine and Spirits and took it to a BYOB (Bring Your Own Bottle) French restaurant called La Sirene in the Village (NYC). I’ve recently started liking BYOB restaurants because it’s nice to have a good bottle of wine with dinner without breaking the bank! And what better bottle to take to a very traditional French restaurant than a French red.

The wine didn’t have a particularly strong smell, although I detected dark cherry and oak in it. The taste was a bit disappointing – it was quite bitter and had a higher tannin level than I would have liked. However, the wine did improve with food. I got the beets salad with pistachio, apple, and brie for my appetizer, and the wine paired decently well with that because the beets were fairly sweet. The wine also paired well with the goat cheese tart appetizer because that again was slightly sweet in flavor. I think the sweetness of the food calmed the bitter taste in the wine thereby enhancing the flavors of both the food and the wine. Unfortunately, the wine didn’t go too well with my main course, the baked seafood shepherd pie, but I could have guessed that. The conclusion: probably not a wine I’d drink again.

Where can you buy it? Although I had bought it at Astor for $29.96 only a few weeks ago, it does not appear to be on their website anymore, so I fear it may have sold out. However, it is sold at a few other places, e.g., Sussex Wines & Spirits (but for $44.99).

Dec 02

Four Vines “Old Vine Cuvee” Zinfandel 2007 from California

By Louise | 2007 , California , Red Wine , Wines I Like , Zinfandel

Sorry, I have no pictures of this wine bottle. I got a glass of it at Del Frisco’s in midtown New York for around $11, and I never got to see the bottle. This wine had a very strong raspberry smell to it. If smells were visual, then I’d describe this as a vibrant bright clash of reds and yellows. Maybe I’m crazy to think about it in colors, but there you go. I would definitely give this wine the thumbs up, not only because of its great aroma but also because it was slightly sweet and fruity on the tongue with relatively little bitter tannin taste (although there was a slight red wine grittiness left in my mouth after I swallowed). In some ways, it almost felt like drinking an alcoholic berry juice, although don’t worry, it was nowhere as sweet as juice! The only downside to the wine was that it didn’t go too well with my steak. A bitter taste emerged when I tried it with my steak, and there was even a slight spicy tinge to it. Sadly, none of that bitterness or spiciness added to the my steak, which was nonetheless delicious.

Where else can you buy this? I think this is a pretty common wine that you can find a lot of places – I’ve found on BevMo’s website for $9.99.

Nov 28

Drylands Sauvignon Blanc 2007 from Marlborough, New Zealand

By Louise | 2007 , New Zealand , Sauvignon Blanc , White Wine , Wines I Dislike

The smell of this wine took me back to New Zealand – grassy and minerally. I could almost picture myself standing on the side of a green grassy hill in the midst of ten thousand grazing sheep breathing in that fresh NZ air! It was probably the perfect smell for a NZ wine. Unfortunately, the taste did not compliment the smell. My first thought upon tasting the wine was SOUR! I guess it was akin to biting into an unripe apple. Luckily the sour taste wasn’t strong and didn’t linger in the mouth. I’m sure some people might enjoy the taste of this wine, but not me. In fact, the 2007 vintage score 91 points on Wine Enthusiast (a wine magazine that rates wines out of 100 points) so some people must like it! Cost and where to buy: $12.99 for the 2009 vintage at PJ Wines. I think I had bought the 2007 vintage a while back, and so they only have the 2009 vintage in stock now.

Here’s a brief bit of background on Sauvignon Blancs. Sauvignon Blanc is a grape variety traditionally grown in Bordeaux, France. In the 1990s, Sauvignon Blancs from New Zealand (especially from the Marlborough region) started to dominate the international wine market, and for a while, they were hailed as the world’s best Sauvignon Blancs. Many critics loved the intense new flavors that were created by planting Old World (i.e. European) vines in the New World (anywhere outside of Europe). Unfortunately, I’m not such a fan!