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Several Wines We Continue to Enjoy


This post features five wines which we have been drinking over the summer.  All of these are good wines, you could randomly pick anyone of these and be satisfied.  The 2012 Domaine Gramenon, Poignee de Raisins comes across as more structured than the 2011 vintage which I so dearly loved.  I would try it again in the new year.  The 2011 Tami, Nero D’Avola is made by Arianna Occhipiniti and represents an affordable introduction to her wines.  While the 2011 Lafage,  Tessellae is not a block-buster wine for me, it is, nevertheless very good quality at a strong price.  It may be drunk now but I suspect it will be best next year.  The 2012 Herencia Altes, Garnatxa Negra is a juicy, easy to drink wine and it only costs $10.  You should stock up on this for beach trips or backyard parties.  Lastly, the 2009 Bodegas Luna Beberide, Finca La Cuasta, Mencia is a wine which I really liked.  It is young and should be cellared for six to twelve months but there is good character to the flavors.   These wines were purchased at MacArthur Beverages.

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2012 Domaine Gramenon, Poignee de Raisins, Cotes du Rhone – $24
Imported by Kermit Lynch. This wine is mostly Grenache with some Cinsault sourced from the domaine’s youngest vines being 5-30 year old.  The soils are of clay limestone.  The grapes are partially destemmed and both fermented with indigenous yeasts then aged for six months in cement tanks. Alcohol 14%.  The light nose was fresh with scented fruit.  The fruit in the mouth follows the nose but with drier flavors and pepper.  The dry structures come out along with firm, black fruit.  There was a fine texture in the finish and a little Pilsner hint in the aftertaste.  Try next year.  *** 2014-2019.

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2011 Tami, Nero d’Avola, Sicily – $17
Imported by Louis/Dressner.  Alcohol 13%.  The color was a light to medium grapey, cranberry.  In the mouth there was a sort of black fruit with delicate and floral Sicilian flavors.  The linear fruit expands until the finish which reaches the back of the mouth.  The wine was weightless in a sense with well-integrated acidity.  ** Now-2015.

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2011 Lafage,  Tessellae, Cotes du Roussillon – $15
Imported by Eric Solomon Selections.  This wine is a blend of 50% Grenache, 40% Syrah, and 10% Mourvedre.  Alcohol 14.5%.  The nose was subtle.  In the mouth there were grapey, black flavors which left a powderly ripeness on the lips.  The wine was ripe with a firm and robust quality, good flavor, and a young nature.  There is a lot going on but it has not yet achieved great depth.  It was a good wine, probably not long-lived.  *** 2014-2017.

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2012 Herencia Altes, Garnatxa Negra, Terra Alta- $10
Imported by Eric Solomon Selections.  This wine is 100% Garnatxa.  Alcohol 14%.  The nose was light with ripe, raspberry aromas.  In the mouth there were ripe and fresh young berries.  The freshness continued with integrated and juicy acidity, leaving flavors which coated the inside of the mouth with pleasing fresh and sweet, ripe tannins.  The acidity was a little noticeable as a little, berry, tooty fruity flavor came out in the finish.  Juicy Grenache.  *** Now-2014.

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2009 Bodegas Luna Beberide, Finca La Cuasta, Mencia, Bierzo- $19
Imported by Grapes of Spain.  This wine is 100% Mencia sourced from 60 year old vines.  It was aged for 12 months in French barriques.  Alcohol 14%.  The nose was subtle with low-lying aromas of dark red fruit, plummy then fresher.  In the mouth there was red and black fruit with plenty of integrated acidity which touches the tip and sides of the tongue.  The structure is around the fruit with a woodsy note.  **(*) 2014-2019.

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