Avery Lane Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

This Avery Lane Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 is quite pleasant: medium body, medium tannins, almost more like a merlot than a cab.

Nice dark-fruit taste, with maybe just a hint of caramel/sugar.

I think we had this with chicken last week, and the lighter merlot-ishness of it complemented the chicken well.

We’re having chicken again tonight, and this will be good.

Domaine Lalande Pinot Noir (2008)

What a lovely day! I am off work this week and I had a fun day. . .getting my hair cut and doing a little shopping. My big purchase was two skeins of yard and two crochet needles and a beginner crochet book. I have wanted to learn to crochet; I used to knit and always enjoyed it. So, this afternoon I read through the first part of the book and practiced the stitches. Such fun! Very, very relaxing. . .

So, tonight I have chicken in the oven along with a yam and an apple crisp. I also have cauliflower ready to steam. I haven’t decided whether I should also make a salad. . .So, Tom chose this French Pinot Noir for me. I had already poured him a glass of a Cabernet from last night, which finished the bottle.  I like this Pinot very much. This is a light bodied and delicate wine, yet the flavor is complex with fruit and spices. The finish is peppery and dry.

This is a keeper.

Tomorrow morning I am going to drive to my friend’s (who lives an hour away) and we are going to go for a long run. . .after that, we will go out for coffee. . .and then I’ll come home, shower and practice my crochet. Ahhh, life is fun when I am on vacation!

Gougenheim Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 and Lan Rioja Crianza 2005

Melody and I spent a wonderful Christmas in Asheville, North Carolina.

On Saturday we had a great lunch at Carmel’s (a fun place with excellent service) that included some very nice wines.

Melody had a Gougenheim Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 with an aspargus-and-shitake-mushroom-and-basil pizza. The Gougenheim was an excellent big red — tannic, dark fruit. It complemented the pizza beautifully.

I had a Lan Rioja Crianza 2005 with a turkey club. The Lan was a simple, light table wine that actually went very well with the sandwich.

P.K.N.T. Silver Collection Carmenere (2008)

I purchased this Chilean P.K.N.T. Carmenere today at our local grocery style while doing a major food shopping expedition. This was $8.99 and on sale today for around $6.

This is quite yummy! The nose has a fresh and spicy aroma and the palate is spicy and dry. I have no complaints, whatsoever, about this very reasonably priced Chilean wine.

I had some fresh mushrooms in the refrigerator so I sauteed them (along with ground beef and onions) and added spices, tomatoes and spinach for a spaghetti sauce that has been simmering for the last 3 hours. I also have some very dark, flat greens (that arrived as part of my vegetable food co-op share) and I am not sure whether this is spinach or kale or something else?), but i will saute in olive oil. And, I am going to make a fresh green salad. Should be a healthy and filling dinner. This wine will be a good choice for a strong-flavored spicy meal.

I have had a lovely day! I am home during this week between Christmas and New Year’s and loving every minute.

Château les Tuileries Bordeaux (2008)

It is nearly Christmas. We are celebrating tonight because today was my last day of work until after the new year (okay, when don’t we celebrate?). I have a fresh chicken roasting in the oven. Trigger is cuddling on the chair with me. Tom is expostulating  his theories, which is fascinating to me. . .he always has intelligent and thoughtful theories on life.

I like this Château les Tuileries Bordeaux 2008 very much. The nose is earthy with some cranberries. The taste is a good balance of fruit and oak with husky tannins.

I purchased this wine from a mail offer that I received — 12 bottles of specially selected reds — and this is a keeper.

Tom: This Château les Tuileries Bordeaux 2008 comes across as very young, but is still very pleasant. It’s surprisingly light-bodied and quite soft, not the stereotype of the big bold Bordeaux at all. But it’s got a nice dark-fruit taste and a good dryness. Very drinkable. A nice choice for tonight.

Bogle Petite Sirah (2007)

It is Sunday night before Christmas (Friday). The Christmas tree is lit, dinner is on the stove and we are enjoying a cozy evening with newspapers, the Wall Street Journal crossword puzzle and music.

I opened this Bogle Petite Sirah 2007 because I wanted a good wine. We have been experimenting with some very inexpensive wines this week (that we bought at Trader Joe’s) and I haven’t been very enthused about any of them. But, I know I like the Bogle Petite Sirah, although I hadn’t had a 2007 until tonight. This does not disappoint. This wine is purple with good legs. The nose is vibrant with blackberries and plums. The taste is rather jammy with fruit and spice. The finish has some leather and bramble followed by caramel.

Tom: We’ve always liked Bogle Petite Syrah. It’s a great wine: available in many stores, big fruit, but still tannic and not fruit-bomby. This 2007 is quite good — good, dark fruit. (It has a concerning hint of a sugary/caramel taste but still…).

We’re enjoying our Christmas present to each other: the Logitech Squeezebox. We’ve been technologically old-fashioned with music — listening to CDs (CDs!) on a past-its-prime Bose. On the Squeezebox we can listen to music on Pandora as well as internet radio. We’ve listened to classical-radio programs from Paris and Melbourne this weekend.

Aquila D’Oro Chianti 2008

This Aquila D’Oro Chianti 2008 is pleasant and earthy, and very sippable.

Medium-bodied, and medium-dry/dry. Nothing striking in the nose, but also nothing off-putting.

I think we got this at Trader Joe’s and probably under $10.

An altogether pleasant Italian table wine.

Angeline Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

This Angeline Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 is very pleasant, with a fruity New-World nose and taste, with medium body and medium tannins.

Not a super-dry, super-big wine, but quite good.

Melody is making something with sausage and vegetables, and this is big enough to go well with it.

We talked to Tony by Skype the other day. He is now in Mancora, Peru, a beach town, and will be there for the next month or so. He is doing great.

Melody took a screenshot in Skype.

Stone Cellars by Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

This Stone Cellars by Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 was a $5 grocery-store purchase.

It’s a simple wine with a pleasant, fruity nose. Medium body, medium tannins. Some taste of caramel that’s a bit off-putting but not badly so.

This is another inexpensive wine that serves pretty nicely as a middle-of-the-week table wine. (This seems to be the theme of this week’s wine selection thus far!) Not as fun as some of the others we had this week, but OK.

Purple Moon Shiraz 2008

This Purple Moon Shiraz 2008 is pleasant and inexpensive (just $4, I think, at Trader Joe’s).

It’s not particularly shiraz-y — not a lot of spice.

But tannic and decent fruit taste.

A nice table wine at a great price.

(We talked to Tony tonight on Skype. He’s currently in a beach town in Peru and doing well.)