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This Saturday we will be trying out some newly arrived white wines from France and some reds from California. The three French whites are excellent examples from appellations along the long growing area of the Loire River. The reds are a fine example of French varietals as grown in differing areas of California. All are great value wines that compete against similar bottlings of higher price. All are simply fun sipping wines to serve as an apéritif or with a meal.
2007 CHATEAU DU CLERAY MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE
List price 15.95; our price 11.99
Muscadet is also known as Melon de Bourgogne which is occasionally bottled by growers in California as Melon. It is grown near the mouth of the Loire in the district of Nantes. The short period of sur-lie aging results in a complex, soft and round wine that is bone-dry. The flavors of citrus and melon rind are bright and lively, showing a taut freshness and clean, classically racy structure. Wine and Spirits Magazine gave this wine a rating of 89/100.
2007 SAUVION VOUVRAY
List price 13.50; our price 9.99
Together with Muscadet, Vouvray is the most popular Loire wine in the USA. It is the perfect introduction to the Loire wines: easy to drink, fresh, soft, and “velvety”. It is grown in Touraine among the hundreds of romantic châteaux. Made from Chenin Blanc, this Vouvray is medium dry, complex, soft and round with honey and acacia on the nose.
2007 SAUVION SANCERRE
List price 25.00; our price 19.95
This Sauvignon Blanc hails from the district of Centre, far inland where the Loire begins its southward journey. Sancerre is situated on a hillside area across the Loire River from Pouilly-Fumé. The wine is very aromatic with Jasmine and Acacia in evidence. It is dry and full bodied with the usual herbaceous character one expects of the area.
2005 PACIFIC OASIS PINOT NOIR, SANTA BARBARA COUNTY
List price 14.95; our price 9.99
This wine was made by fine winemaker, Daniel Gehrs, who aged the Pinot sur lies for eight months prior to finishing and bottling. The aromas are of black raspberry, black cherry, Oriental spices and smoky French oak. Very light for a Santa Barbara County Pinot, it is made in the true Burgundian style: This is what a Pinot is supposed to be! The taste consists of both sour black cherry and strawberry which is pronounced on the front to the mid of the palate. The mid palate shows a hint of earthiness and cloves which continues to a long nice finish.
2004 MURPHY-GOODE MERLOT, ALEXANDER VALLEY
List price 14.95; our price 9.99
This wine is a classic, approachable Merlot, soft and juicy with expressive fruit. Winemaker David Ready Jr. notes: “We use the Goode-Ready designation when working with younger vines in the Alexander Valley that produce exuberant, forward fruit flavors of Bing cherry and blackberry.” This wine is luscious on the palate, with bright acidity balancing the plentiful, jammy fruit flavors and making this Merlot highly food friendly. Oak barrel aging (40% new, 90% air-dried American) contributed toasty aromas of sweet smoke, toffee and cedar. The wine is enjoyable now and has the structure to improve with time.
2008 RABBIT RIDGE ALLURE DE ROBLES, PASO ROBLE
SList price 8.99; our price 6.99
Allure de Robles is an estate grown wine that is produced in Cotes du Rhone style. The clones of the grapes are predominantly from Tablas Creek Winery and Vineyard Nursery, meaning they are cuttings from both the Château Beaucastel in the famous Chateauneuf-du-Pape region of France and French Entav bud wood. This wine is medium bodied with strawberry and cherry overtones from the Grenache, body from the Syrah and earthiness from the Mourvèdre.