Philippe Raguenot Cotes de Bordeaux 2010 is a red blend containing Merlot (70%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (30%).
This is a traditional Bordeaux-style red blend that is medium-bodied with rather thick blackberry fruit and hints of spice and currant. The wine has medium tannins and finishes dry. I had expected a little more from this Bordeaux wine, but it’s still a good wine. Will work best with food (meat dishes).
Produced by: Raguenot-Lallez-Miller, France.
Imported by Campbell Imports Inc., Indiana PA.
Pinot Noir wines from Oregon almost always offer something unique and Jigsaw Pinot Noir (2012) from Ransom Wine Co. is no exception.
On the nose, this Pinot Noir resembles fields of roses and the very first sips make you think you’re drinking Champagne. Nevertheless, this is a Pinot Noir, with bright acidity supporting a fine balance of fresh cherry and strawberry fruit intermingled with hints of spice, earthiness and currant. Balanced tannins result in a smooth drinking wine, which for this price is an excellent value.
Vinted and bottled by Ransom Wine Co. (winemaker Tad Seestedt), Sheridan, Willamette County, OR.
Here is a slightly different Beaujolais. Still considered light-bodied, this Domaine Du Cret De Bine Beaujolais 2011 is a bit darker beaujolais with bright cherry notes and hints of spice and vanilla. A smooth drinking table wine that has earthy and creamy undertones, so this wine would go well with pasta Alfredo.
Produced by Winemakers Francois and Marie Therese Subrin, who have managed their vineyard since 2008. The vines are grown organically in granite soil and for fermentation they use indigenous yeast, resulting in a delicious complex Beaujolais.
Produced by Domaine Du Cret De Bine, France.
Imported by: Wine Traditions Ltd., Falls Church VA 22044.