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nextSectionA soft and elegant nose, reminiscent of warm spice, biscuit and buttercream is cunningly paid off with the mellow taste of roasted grains and charred oak-finishing with pleasing hints of spice and brown sugar.
nextSectionThe 2013 Rosé is a gorgeous and vibrant pink color with streaks of salmon and fushia edges. Wild strawberry and watermelon aromas are interwoven with Herbs de Provence, citrus and mineral notes. These same flavors carry through to the palate where they intensify with a surprisingly broad and plush mouth feel that concludes with snappy acidity. Winemaker's goal was to create a tug-of-war of flavors between red fruit and savory notes, allowing the red fruit to just barely win out. This year Syrah dominates the blend again, but with important supporting roles of other Rhone varieties. Syrah (86%), Cinsault (6%), Grenache (4%), Counoise (2%), Mourvedre (2%) .
nextSectionWith its delicate flavors, lamb is a great choice for this lighter style of Syrah. Try Lamb Shawarma or Gyros or, if you’re preparing it yourself, play with your spice rack to magnify the natural flavors in Syrah of allspice, clove, and mint. (Vegetarian option: brined and grilled eggplant)
Each year of the Stagg release is a different proof as they are all barrel proof which undergo different evaporation rates as they age. Here is the quick cheat sheet you can use to make sure the bottle of George T Stagg you are buying is of the correct release year. Continue reading...
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You might have heard that Robert Parker recently gave a perfect score of a 100 to a dozen of Napa Valley wines.
I've been involved in the wine industry since the age of 16, now in my late thirties. I've seen trends, been involved in tastings and can't fathom how a wine gets a score of 100. No matter what the product is. From an exotic car to the Mona Lisa. (Read on...)