WINE REVIEW: RUINART ROSÉ

BLEND – VINIFICATION:

Blend constructed on a base of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, mostly classified as Premiers Crus with 20 to 25% coming from wines reserved from the 2 previous years.

45% of the Chardonnay is from the Côte des Blancs and Montagne de Reims vineyards
55% of the Pinot Noir is from the Montagne de Reims and the Vallée de la Marne vineyards, 18 to 19% of which has been made into red wine.

VINIFICATION:

• Hand picked
• Fermentation in temperature-regulated stainless steel fermenters
• For the red wine, short maceration and light extraction
• Full malolactic fermentation
• Dosage: 9 g/l

TASTING NOTES:

The colour is a beautiful pomegranate pink with some orange reflections; the effervescence has persistent foam; there is an intense aromatic profile on the nose with hints of tropical fruits including raspberries, and strawberries and rose; on the palate the attack is distinct and full, cradled by a gentle effervescence; the balance brings together a delightful freshness and full body, expressed by an elegant touch of mint and grapefruit.

FROM FLUTE TO PLATE:

Ruinart Rosé is a delight to drink throughout a meal from aperitif to dessert.

Rating 93%
Liz Palmer – July 2017

Wine Review: Pierre Amadieu Gigondas Le pas de L’Aigle, 2013

Varietal/s: Grenache, Syrah  

Region: Gigondas, France

Producer: Pierre Amadieu 

Alcohol: 14.5%

Character: Rich and intense

Vintage: 2013

Pierre Amadieu Gigondas Le pas de L’Aigle has a deep ruby color; it exudes aromas of black raspberry, plum and spicecake; on the palate red and dark berry flavors, with some pepper notes are framed by supple tannins that become sweeter with aeration on a lingering finish.

Suggested Food Pairing:
Powerful dishes such as truffle mousse or beef stew.

Rating:
92 points
www.liz-palmer.com – July 24, 2017

Champagne Review: Baron-Fuenté NV Grands Cépages Chardonnay

Liz Palmer Champagne ReviewThis is Baron-Fuenté’s top wine. Light gold hue with expressive nose intermixing aromas of pear, nuts and citrus fruit; the palate is well-balanced; the minerality is palpable with a zingy edge and lemon-zest flavors which flow through to a long palate.

Pair with:
This fruity well-balanced champagne will be ideal with turbot and dill, lemon-pie or excellent as an aperitif.

Variety: 100% Chardonnay

Winery: Baron-Fuenté

Sugar Content: 6 g/L

Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry

Style: Rich & Complex

Date Published: July 20, 2017

Wine Review: Montecillo Crianza 2011


Varietals: Tempranillo (90%) and Graciano (10%)
Region: Rioja, Spain
Producer: Bodegas Montecillo SA
Alcohol: 13.5%

This deep ruby wine features medium woody, spicy and fruity aromas; on the palate are flavors of cedar, vanilla and sweet, jammy red and black fruits; fleshy tannins with long length.

Suggested Food Pairing
This is a versatile food wine. Enjoy with spicy dishes, paella, tapas and beef stew.

89/100

Wine Review: Lamberti Santepietre Pinot Grigio

Varietal: 85% Pinot grigio; 15% complementary grapes
Region: Veneto, Italy
Producer: Lamberti
Alcohol: 12%

Pale lemon hue; bouquet of delicate fruits and flowers with hits of honey; refreshing, well balanced with exotic fruits and apples on the palate precede a medium finish.

Suggested Food Pairing
Light hors-d’oeuvres, fish, cold white meats 

liz-palmer.com – June 18, 2017
Rating: 87 points