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Saumur Les Pouches Chenin Blanc 2011 – 11.57 – Co-op of 40 families making high quality wines in the Loire, from Anjou to Touraine. From vines that are pushing 50 years. Peach and caliche like crushed rock nose. Fresh, bright pippin apple malic acidity, white pear, citrus, green plums. . White pepper. Mineral - flinty. Loire valley, aged in stainless steel vats. Really like the acidity, which makes it a great food wine. Goat cheese, shellfish, green Thai Curry, oysters, lean fish…
Domaine Tremblay Chablis 2010 – 20.57 – Chalky and bright juicy acids. Clean, young, & fresh. Another keeper. Toasty yeast note and beeswax round out the lemon and wet stone of the mid-palate. A bestseller that has great consistency vintage to vintage. Classic, mineral driven, complex. Balanced and tasty village level wine, for six generations. 80 acres of vines under production, showing typicity, with a gravity fed winery. From 10-30 year old vines growing out of Kimmeridgean marl soils. Great as an aperitif, at an approachable price.
L’Opale de la Prequ’Ile de St. Tropez 2011 Rose – 12.97 – Cool package, light salmon. Light attack, spritz, gets more full on mid-palate & finish. Strawberry & peach & rock. Mild white pepper. A great deal. Pale pink with a great floral nose to start, leading into lemon and more floral on the palate. Very happy to see some pink out of Provence at this price. Try with Lamb Curry, octopus salad in olive oil, tagliatelle Bolognese... Top quality south coast wine.
Saumur Les Pouches Cabernet Franc 2010 – 12.97 – Classic Cabernet Franc nose, more juicy and round than expected. Dusty, dark, focused. Dark ruby color goes into pretty deep and dark currant fruit, great acidity, lower tannins, mineral palate. This wine is a steal, again for the amount of fruit that is here, the degree to which the terroir of Saumur comes through in the wine, the balance of the sugars and acidity and tannins, and the delightful finish. If you do not like this, you probably do not like Cabernet Franc.
Guitar music provided by Rex Domasco - He holds a degree in Music Performance from Texas State University and a Teaching Certificate in Texas to teach music for grades K-12. In addition to teaching music for the Austin Independent School District, he also teaches private guitar and drumset lessons. Rex Domasco performs the music of Fernando Sor, Mauro Guiliani, Bach, and a variety of other Renaissance and Baroque composers.
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