Bits and Pieces

Here is what we have been tasting in the last week or so. It is a bit of this and that. Three of these wines we have tasted before and have updated our previous posts. As always, it is interesting to taste how wines change over time.

These posts have been updated:

2003 Chateau Lagrezette Malbec (Cahors) – We last tasted this wine in November 2011.

2004 Hewitt Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon – We last tasted this wine in February 2011.

2005 Marc Kreydenweiss Ansata – We tasted this wine in October 2011 as part of a Rhone wine tasting.

2008 Inglenook Cuvee Rutherford – This blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Petite Syrah, 17% Merlot spent 14 months in French and American oak. The color is very dark ruby. The nose is a combination of earth and blackberries. Blackberries continue in the flavors with caramel and a bit of vanilla. The tannins are very smooth. This cabernet is easy to drink and for 14.8% alcohol, does not have a hot finish. It’s a good wine to drink on its own or with food.

2008 Domaine Heresztyn – The color of this Vin de Bourgogne from Gevry Chambertin has begun to change to garnet and is very transparent. Smoke dominates the nose with a bit of vanilla and berries in the background. Tart cherries and a bit of smoke in the flavors pair with a light mouth feel, good acidity and very smooth well integrated tannins. This wine is delightful to drink on its own or to pair with food that is not too spicy.

2005 Provenance Beckstoffer Las Amigas Merlot – A medium dark garnet with cedar and earthy blackberry fruit on the nose. Dark berry fruit and a little spice, a lot going on but it is all very subtle. Good acidity and light chalky tannins. This wine has aged well.


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