Yoda Says: “A Bunch Of Funny Words A Good Wine Makes, My Friend”

  2009 Domaine Bonfils Vin de Pays d’Oc Mas De Cha Bert, Languedoc-Roussillon, France The Rib and I popped and poured this Roussanne (pronounced “roo-sahn”) from the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France.  Roussanne is a winemaking grape native to the Rhône region.  Wines made from the Roussanne grape are often characterized by herbal (tea) notes, pear, and solid acid structure.  Roussanne… Read more →

I’m Not Gonna Stop Drinking “Meritage” Just ‘Cuz You Say “Meri-tahj…”

2007 Lyeth Meritage Reserve, Sonoma County, CA The Lyeth is a Bordeaux-style (“Meritage,” rhymes with “heritage”) blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. On the nose, I got raisin, a little cranberry, and some spicy notes (mostly licorice).  There was a bit of stemminess (early on) in there, too. On the palate, the Lyeth brought the raisin… Read more →

Texas v. Virginia, Part 1

So quite by accident, The Rib and I opened two bottles of Sangiovese of the same vintage from Texas and Virginia within a day or two.  I made some nice meat sauce earlier in the week and, as always, it fed us a couple dinners.  So we opened a bottle with each sitting before I realized I had created an… Read more →

You Have A “Loose Herb;” Wait, That Doesn’t Sound Right…

2009 Orsolani Erbaluce di Caluso Al Bacio, Piedmont, Italy The Erbaluce (pronounce “ehr-bah-LOO-chay”) grape is indigenous to the Piedmont region of Italy.  It is primarily grown in and around Caluso.  Wines made from the Erbaluce grape have notes somewhat reminiscent of un-oaked (or “unplugged” for you Gen-X’ers) Chardonnay or a Viognier (lemon, apple, maybe some pear, along with honey and/or… Read more →

Chardonnay the Italian Way!

2008 Tenuta Mazzolino Blanc Provincia di Pavia IGT, Lombardia, Italy Tenuta Mazzolino is located in Lombardia in the far north of Italy (the region borders Switzerland).  The Blanc is a 100% estate-grown Chardonnay (yup, they make those in Italy).  It is made with a soft press and aged in French Oak (which generally produces less “oakiness” and keeps the fruit… Read more →

Albert Who? No…Albariño!

2008 Orballo Albariño Rías Baixas, Galicia, Spain This is the second Albariño I’ve reviewed on CorkEnvy (see the first one here).  The Rib and I love Albariños.  Love them.  This is a great varietal that is appropriate with nothing more than you and your gentleman (or lady) lover and a blanket on the cool grass under a large oak tree… Read more →