Category Archives for "2008"

Dec 20

Domaine Roger Perrin Rouge 2008 from Châteauneuf-du-Pape, France

By Louise | 2008 , Chateauneuf-du-Pape , France , Red Wine , Wines I Like

I had this wine at DB Bistro Moderne (Daniel Boulud’s restaurant in Midtown New York) a couple of nights ago. It was a delicious red with a very strong fruity (and slightly oaky) smell that reminded me of berries. In the mouth, it was slightly oaky with a hint of spices and very little tannin. What I really enjoyed about this wine was how nothing jumped out at me. I think some people classify that as a bad thing in a wine, but I like my red wines to be smooth and easy to drink. I tend to dislike wines that are described as “big!” The other people at dinner with me also enjoyed the wine (and they generally drink a lot more reds than I do!). The wine didn’t pair so well with the hanger steak that I got as my main course, but it did go amazingly well with Olivier’s Alsatian Tarte Flambee that I got for my appetizer. I would highly recommend trying those together if you get a chance to eat there.

If you just want the wine by itself, I see it sold on many websites for around $30 per bottle. I think the label on most bottles look slightly different from the picture I have up, but it’s the same wine. If you’re in NYC, it looks like K&D Wines and Spirits on Madison Ave. has it for $28.99. If you want to buy online, I think Discount Wine Buys has it for $28.94. At DB Bistro Moderne, the bottle was $75.

Nov 17

Cavit Pinot Grigio 2008 from Trentino, Italy

By Louise | 2008 , Italy , Pinot Grigio , White Wine , Wines I Dislike

I apologize if I offend anyone with this post, but the review had to be done. As you can see from the photo, it’s a 1.5liter bottle, and it’s mostly full still. This monster is not getting finished tonight!

This wine smells a lot better than it tastes. When I first smell it, I’m reminded of crisp autumn apples. After a couple of whiffs, a slight floral undertone also emerges. But despite the wine’s alluring fruity smell, its taste is most definitely not fruity. This is what I would consider a very bad (to my palate) dry white wine. There’s absolutely no flavor to it except an acrid bitterness that taints your mouth even after the swallow. After five sips, I’m ready to be done. Thank god tomorrow is a reisling day! In fact, I will open my favorite reisling just for the occasion! I should have stuck with the original plan I had for this wine, which was to make it into sangria. If you still want to buy the wine after reading all that (maybe for sangria?) then you can find it at Astor Wine and Spirits for $13.99 (for a 1.5L bottle!).

Nov 14

Clotilde Davenne Sauvignon 2008 from Saint-Bris, Burgundy

By Louise | 2008 , Burgundy , France , Sauvignon Blanc , White Wine , Wines I Like

What can I say…it’s acidic. Not my normal cup of tea (which is reislings), but quite interesting. The smell…well, to me it smells like dry white wine. Maybe if sniff hard enough I can detect a vague grapefruity smell, but then it could also be my imagination. I can’t really detect anything fruity in it. Other websites have described this wine as having a “mineral nose,” but having never fully understood the term minerality, I can’t really comment. Maybe minerality is just what I smell in the majority of dry white wines, in which case, this wine is most definitely full of mineral notes.

Onto the actual taste…again the acidity hits you immediately but filled with citrus flavor rather than just pure vinegar.Likewise, there’s a tangy aftertaste that you would associate with citrus fruits. I usually really dislike acidic wines, but the citrus aspect makes this wine far more enjoyable even beyond the first glass.

This wine comes from the French region of Saint-Bris (Saint-Bris-le-Vineux), a small town in Burgundy. Burgundy is traditionally known for Pinot noir so it’s unusual to find a Sauvignon from there. The wine maker is Clotilde Davenne, and she’s been making wine in that region of France for the past 17 years (according to her website).

Where can I buy it I hear you shout…well, I got this bottle at Astor Wines and Spirits in NYC for $15.99. There you go, you now know everything I know.