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2006 Yalumba Shiraz Viognier South Australia Y Series

January 31, 2008

Yalumba Shiraz-Viognier South Australia The Y Series 2006, 88pts, WS

WineMad paid $8.99 @ Joe Canal’s.

Yalumba’s notes: Yalumba Y Series Shiraz Viognier is bright and youthful. The nose is full of spices, licorice and plum fruits with subtle hints of Viognier emphasised by soft jam of fresh purple grape aromas.

The palate is supple, chewy and delicious with sweet vinour fruits and loose-knit tannins. A spicy, savoury and silky wine with a lingering finish.

WineMad’s review: spicy nose, dark berry, peppery, dark fruits on the palate, medium finish. Excellent QPR. Recommended.


Garnacha de Fuego Old Vines 2006

January 29, 2008

Picked up a bottle of Garnacha de Fuego Old Vines 2006 for $7.50, popped and poured… Wow! Delicious, with a great QPR… Cherry, berries, bright, touch of vanilla on the palate, some mint and smoke on the nose, will stock up on a few more of these as a weekday drink. Recommended.

Restocking the cellar

January 27, 2008

WineMad took a road trip yesterday from scenic Bucks County, PA, up to The Wine Library (WL) in North Jersey to pick up a pre-ordered case of mixed reds (WL is not allowed to ship to PA), WineMad’s Christmas present to ourselves. WineMad entrusted the selection to WL. The selection looks fine and the case filled a gaping holidays-induced void in the premium wine section of WineMad’s modest cellar.

WL’s wine selection and prices are great, of course. However, the small gourmet section of the store is impressive, too, and WL obviously devotes a good deal attention to the cheese selections. WL features cheeses that are not readily available at Wegmans, WineMad’s go-to gourmet food store. Many cheese samples were available and were sampled at WL by WineMad.

One of the helpful wine staff took a wine futures order from WineMad and said that many customers from PA (where WineMad resides) order online and then stop in to pick up some cheeses and other delectables along with their order.

WineMad sampled two of the wines purchased. These were moderately-priced selections WineMad made from the WL stock and were not part of the pre-ordered case:

2006 Owen Roe Sharecropper’s Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley: fruity, tannins not excessive, paired well with some tenderloins we grilled up. $19, good QPR, would buy again.

2006 CLONE 5 Pinot Noir Central Coast: light colored, fruity, easy drinking and delicious. $18, great QPR

Cheeses purchased from WL and sampled at Chez WineMad with a loaf of wonderfully crusty Pane Pugliese:

Other cheeses purchased to be sampled Real Soon Now:

  • Camembert Chatelain
  • Walserstoltz

Black Chook Shiraz Viognier 2006

January 24, 2008

WineMad had never even heard of Shiraz Viognier. We’d had some Viognier the past few summers and had heard of Cote-Rotie, but were unaware of its composition. When Shiraz-Viogner came up in the title of one of the reviews on WineMad, we knew we had to try it.

We purchased a bottle of 2006 Black Chook Shiraz Viognier for $16. Decanted tonight, initial impressions: nose has a pronounced smoked meat note, berries & fruit on the palate, would definitely pair well with food. Good QPR, will definitely try more Shiraz Viognierand Cote-Rotie!

Wines recently tasted

January 16, 2008
2006 Altos Las Hormigas Malbec Mendoza – $10

I have always had a weakness for inexpensive fruity rustic Malbecs, great QPR.

The next two were good – better reviews than I can muster are available via the WineMad search results, just click on the wines to run the searches – but the QPR was not so great on these. Of the two, the Girard had better structure, perhaps it might benefit from a couple years laying down :

2006 Mollydooker Wines Shiraz Cabernet Merlot Two Left Feet – $25
2005 Girard Winery Petite Sirah Napa Valley – $26

(prices reflect the retail cost to WineMad)


2004 Bodegas O. Fournier Urban Oak Ribera del Duero

January 11, 2008

2004 Bodegas O. Fournier Urban Oak Ribera del Duero

(photo from wine library tv)

Drank this wine while watching the Wine Library TV review, Wines From Ribera Del Duero In Spain – Episode #373.

We agreed with GV that the wine was alcoholic hot – at first – but the heat dissipated in our decanter after an hour or so and the Urban Oak was a bright, fruity quaff with a decent QPR @ $13.

click here for more reviews

Beef Fondue

January 2, 2008

New Year’s day supper was a beef tenderloin cubed for fondue, then speared with tiny forks and simmered in peanut oil, served with a honey mustard sauce and a horseradish sauce.

Wines paired:

2004 Bogle Vineyards Phantom
– $18

Hess Collection Cabernet 2001 – $38

Happy New Year from WineMad

January 1, 2008

New Years Eve was a quiet night at Chez WineMad. Opened a bottle of Roederer Estates Anderson Valley Brut that was hanging around the basement fridge, drank a toast with the family then viewed Ratatouille via pay per view.

I concur with the comments found via the WineMad search:

not too sweet, citrus notes, a good value in American bubbly. I don’t recall the price but I’m thinking it was around 20 bucks.

Ratatouille was thoroughly enjoyable, as well. I’m currently reading Kitchen Confidential (recommended, too) and what little I know about commercial kitchens rang true in the movie.