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We Take A Break From Continental Europe

September 22, 2011 1 comment

Vineyard in Valle de Guadalupe, LA Cetto, Image by eltono (flickr)

I always find it fun to shake things up and drink outside of our usual regions.  I was looking forward to the L.A. Cetto from Mexico but this was not a good wine.  It had been years since I drank one of their wines  but what I do remember is that they were enjoyable.  At this price point it is worth trying a different selection.  The Camberley is a decent value but somewhat uninteresting.  The Yves Leccia from Corsica is certainly worth a try if you have never drunk a Corsican wine but it is a bit over priced.  The big surprise was the Dr. Konstantin Frank Chardonnay from New York!  This is a cool climate Chardonnay that might appeal to those willing to venture away from bigger styles.  At $15 it is a strong value and a wine that everyone should try.

A Vineyard In Corsica, Image by there2roam (flickr)

The L.A. Cetto was purchased for $12 at The Wine Cellar/Exxon gas station in Ocean City, MD.  The Yves Leccia is imported by Kermit Lynch and purchased for $20 at MacArthurs.  The Camberley Prohibition was purchased for $15-$20 at MacArthur’s.  The Dr. Konstantin Frank was purchased for $15 at Wegmans in Fairfax, VA.

2008 L.A. Cetto, Petit Sirah, Baja California
This wine is 100% Petit Sirah that was aged for six months in French barriques.  Unfortunately, not so good.  Very forward, jammy, overtly fruity wine.  I could not drink it but Jenn enjoyed a glass. * Now.

2009 Domaine d’E Croce (Yves Leccia), Cuvee YL, Corsica
This wine is a blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Nielluciu that was fermented and aged for 12 months in stainless steel.  This has pine-sol notes of pine and lemon to the tooty-fruity red aromas.  In the mouth the hard red flavors had some texture in this light to medium-bodied wine.  There are some blue fruits that mix with hints of minerals as the wine becomes lifted.  Fine+ tannins come out in the finish and aftertaste. ** Now-2015.

2006 Camberley, Prohibition, Stellenbosch
This wine is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon that was aged for 28 months.  Of the 14 barrels that were aged, four were used for the Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and the remaining 10 for the Prohibition.  This was dark with a nose of eucalyptus and graphite.  In the mouth the dark, sour fruits mixed with tart acidity and continued into the dark, steely aftertaste.  There were minimal tannins.  Needs more verve. ** Now.

2008 Dr. Konstantin Frank, Barrel Fermented Chardonnay, Finger Lakes
This is 100% Chardonnay where a portion of free-run juice was fermented in French oak barrels with the rest in stainless steel vats.  It was aged for ten months in barrel.  On the second night there was a nice, lifted nose of rich fruit.  In the mouth the medium weight fruit had a soft attack followed by flinty qualities.  The fruit was apple-like with some heft, a bit of sweet spice, and green apple-like acidity.  Actually quite pleasing. *** Now.

Dr. Konstantin Frank Vineyard, Image by bobindrums (flickr)

East Coast Cabernet Franc

I bought these three selections from Wegman’s in Fairfax, Virginia for $20-$22 per bottle.  I was curious to try some Virginian wine  so as to see how things are shaping up.  I randomly grabbed the two bottles from Virginia and I specifically picked the New York wine.  Hermann J. Wiemer is a famous producer in the Finger Lakes.  I opted to start with his Cabernet Franc instead of his Rieslings so as to compare against the other two bottles.

Jenn and I enjoyed the Wiemer Cabernet Franc and I do recommend it.  The two from Virginia were quite off putting.  Lou was coming over the next night so I decided to save the Virginian wine so that he could try them.  Jenn asked if that was wise, “Why serve Lou bad wine?”  I assured her that Lou would appreciate the learning experience.  When he showed up we openly declared the state of the wines.  True to his curiosity, Lou was ready to try them for educational purposes.  After a few exclamations during his tasting he calmly put his wine glass and the bottles in the kitchen before returning to the table.

2007 Hermann J. Wiemer, Cabernet Franc, Finger Lakes, New York
This wine had a light, reddish nose.  This light+ bodied wine had dusty, Cabernet Franc flavors, some herbs, and good brighter red fruit.  There were herbed, red fruits in the finish along with some watering acidity.  There is a filling aftertaste.  It is an easy to drink wine and clearly well made.  ** Now.

2007 Old House Vineyards, Cabernet Franc de Maison, Virginia
This was not so good and almost drinkable for a few minutes after opening.  Then there was chemical weirdness.  Lou exclaimed, “And this is the better bottle!”  Not Rated.

2008 Philip Carter, Cabernet Franc, Virginia
This had double the chemical weirdness right from the bottle.  Not Rated.