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A pair of value wines from France and Moldova

November 19, 2014 Leave a comment

It has been joked that I have tasted every wine under $25 at MacArthur Beverages.  While this may not be exactly true, it does highlight the price range I can afford to drink at on a daily basis.  If you scroll back through my tasting notes you might realize that I am able to drink both good and diverse wines.  At the value end the 2012 Domaine Boudau, Clot del Pila Les Cargolines, Cotes du Roussillon is a wine to drink starting this winter.  With chewy and sappy flavors of black fruit this would make a good start before a more serious wine.   I find it amazing that three years have past since I last tasted a wine from Calitate Matur in Moldova.  Back then the 2007 Chateau Vartely, Cabernet Sauvignon, Colectie Rezervata was more akin to an old-school Cabernet Sauvignon whereas the 2012 Chateau Purcari, Rare Neagră de Purcari, Calitate Matur is all new-school.  Chateau Purcari dates back to 1827 but the estate is nothing but modern.  This rather fruity wine offers lively flavors for drinking right now. It is a solid wine that should please the crowds.  These wines were purchased at MacArthur Beverages.

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2012 Domaine Boudau, Clot del Pila Les Cargolines, Cotes du Roussillon – $13
Imported by ZWine Gallery Imports. This wine is a blend of 50% Syrah and 50% Grenache. Alcohol 14%.  This wine firms up to reveal good balance with just a bit of air.  There was blacker fruit, good tart acidity, structure, and a slightly salivating finish.  The flavors were a little chewy and left a sappy persistence in the aftertaste.  This wine might soften up with six months in the cellar.  For now it leaves tannins on the gums.  **(*) Now-2018.

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2012 Chateau Purcari, Rare Neagră de Purcari, Calitate Matur $16
Imported by Sarego Imports. This wine is 100% Rare Neagră that was fermented in stainless steel tanks then aged for 12 months in French oak barriques. Alcohol 13%.  There was ripe, freshly sweet fruit with plenty of lively texture on the tongue that was perhaps from some carbon dioxide.  This tangy wine had mouth filling flavors, left a good impression, and is a generally solid wine.  ** Now-2016.

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Two Wines From Moldova

September 10, 2011 Leave a comment

It has been a very long time since I last drank a wine from Moldova, I suspect at least fifteen years.  When I saw the Chateau Vartely sitting on a corner at MacArthur’s I asked Phil about it.  He said it reminded him of an old-school Cabernet Sauvignon.  Tim pointed out the Cuvee Victoria sparkler saying that he heard it was a decent drink.  Both of these cost around $13 per bottle so I grabbed them.  If you have never drunk a wine from Moldova or want to bring a surprise bottle to a friend’s house then I recommend the Chateau Vartely.  Jenn liked the Acorex, Cuvee Victoria and finished off the bottle over the course of the week.  I am not a lover of bubbles the way Jenn is so if you are up for a very dry bottle then give it a go!

2007 Chateau Vartely, Cabernet Sauvignon, Colectie Rezervata, Calitate Matur
This wine was commended by Decanter Magazine in 2010 and received two out of five stars.  There are flavors of soft, dark fruit, some juicy black berry flavors, old wood notes, some toasted, and ripe black plum in the finish.  While it could use more acidity to liven it up, it is a tasty lighter style of wine to be drunk now.  It definitely reminds me of mature, old-school Cali-Cab. ** Now.

2003 Acorex Wind Holding, Blanc de Blanc, Cuvee Victoria, Cahul
This wine was a little off-putting at first.  Once the stink blew off there was a yeasty nose, with some fresh fruit lurking within.  A young wine with bubbles that were a bit hard.  This is a very dry wine. ** Now.