The Dr. Loosen Riesling 2009 is a bit frizzante and oh so yummy. At a mere 8.5 percent alcohol, this popular Riesling comes from the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer area of Germany. It is vibrant, fruit-driven, with luscious pear, peach and apple aromas. Its crisp sweet-tart quality paired nicely with broccolini tempura. $10/glass, $39/bottle.
The Lenotti Pinot Grigio 2010, from the Veneto region of Italy is light and fresh. You might taste citrus mid-palate, but certainly the minerality is perfect with the pairing of butternut or sweet corn soup. 12.5 percent alcohol. $10/glass, $39/bottle.
The Talbott “Kali Hart” Chardonnay 2009 , Monterey County, is nice and juicy, fruity and sweet at the finish. Aroma of mandarin and honeydew, with tastes that hint of pineapple and mango, vanilla and a bit of butter.It is named after the youngest of the Talbott children and that may contribute to its playful personality! It’s very flavorful, medium-bodied, and perfect with salmon. 14.9 percent alcohol. $14/glass, $55/bottle.
Davis Bynum Pinot Noir 2009, Russian River Valley, elicited some thoughtful commentary from Lone Eagle wine steward John Marti. “This represents what I believe is a true California pinot. It is full bodied, concentrated, featuring balanced and well-focussed fruit. It is rich and soft, not as spicy as an Oregon pinot.” Paired beautifully with a panko-coated portobello mushroom. 14.5% alcohol. $14/glass, $55/bottle.
The Rosso Passo 2009, a Sangiovese and Merlot 50/50 blend from Veneto, Italy, was perfect with the vegetarian dish of wild mushrooms. It’s an earthy, woodsy, food friendly wine. 12.5% alcohol. $11/glass, $43/bottle.
The Opolo Summit Creek Zinfandel 2009 just has a big YUM beside it on my tasting notes. I adore Opolo wines, and Lone Eagle has a great selection of them. They paired it with a chocolate duo, and what’s not to love? 15.6 percent alcohol, so take it slow. $13/glass, $51/bottle.
Another big YUM for the Educated Guess Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, a beautifully balanced wine that is incredible every year. Paired with a buffalo tenderloin. 14.5 percent alcohol. $16/glass, $61/bottle.
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