In last week’s blog, I introduced you to a couple of new concepts I hope to bring to the wine blog throughout each month. I felt the addition of the Napa Valley video interviews and future ToutSuite Social Club programs might be of interest to everyone.
This week I have another new monthly feature that I am unveiling. Stan Minden, Wine Consultant and Wine Buyer for the Belmont Beverage chain, and I will select a wine from the many selections at the Chalet Party Shoppe on Country Road 17 here in Elkhart, to review and recommend to you. Stan is a good friend. Over the years we have had the opportunity to talk about wine a lot. He has a good palate and, because he is exposed to hundreds of wines, he has a very broad knowledge of all kinds of wines. This is very helpful to his many clients. I have discovered that you can always call on Stan for advice and assistance in selecting good wines.
After proposing the wine review concept to Stan and agreeing it would be a fun thing to do, we began to wonder around the store’s wine area and discussing what type of wine we wanted to select for our very first wine review. We finally selected a wine currently featured in Chalet’s Wine Club for February: a wine produced and bottled by Romain Duvernay Society Wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, France, in the heart of the Rhone Valley. The wine is a 2010 Crozes-Hermitage Syrah rated at 91 points by Wine Spectator magazine. The wine grapes come for the Crozes-Hermitage appellation (or controlled growing area) in the northern portion of the Rhone Valley on the left bank of the Rhone River..
The color of the Romain Duvernay wine was a very rich looking deep red. When we first poured some wine in our glasses we found the nose on the wine was very tight and muted. It clearly needed a lot of time in the glass to start to open. By the way, in most young wines this is a good indication that the wine should be decanted. In this case Stan and I suggest, at a minimum, about a half hour but more likely an hour. We did a lot of swirling and it took about 10 minutes for the wine to start to open. The nose, once it began to open, produced some aromas of earthy tones, dark fruit and spice. Once it had opened a little more, we noticed not only more fruits but flowers as well. Stan was getting hints of violets.
On the palate, fruit was a little restrained in the beginning but as we drank the fruits came forth and it also had hints of plums. The tannins are very well balanced and the finish is very pleasant and of a nice length with some black pepper and spice. The wine provides a certain chewiness (as Syrah wines are known for) in your mouth and you will feel it coating your cheeks and teeth, shortly after you have swallowed the wine. This wine should pair well with delicatessen meats, lamb or roasted Guinea fowl or rich beef dishes, such as beef stew.
Overall the wine is well balanced with pleasing fruity notes. It should cellar nicely for another seven to eight years. It was a pleasure to drink. There were only a hundred cases imported to the U.S., so it is of limited supply. You’ll have to ask for it at your favorite wine shop. If you are in my market, it is available at Chalet Party Shoppe on County Road 17. The wine retails for $19.98…a good price point for this wine
Stop by Chalet on 17 and see Stan for this wine and while you are chatting with him, be sure and ask him about their wine club. It is a good way to get to taste a lot of different wines.
Mark your calendars for these upcoming wine events:
February 11 – Lucchese’s featuring Italian wines with Italian wine broker from Italy
February 12 – Uptown Kitchen featuring Italian wines with Italian wine broker from Italy
February 12 – Valentine’s Day Tasting Event at Chalet Party Shoppe on CR 17 in Elkhart (6 to 8 pm)
March 10 – McCarthy’s featuring Three Clicks Wines and wines from the Tiedemann Wines portfolio
March 12 – St. Patrick’s Day Tasting Event at Chalet Party Shoppe on CR 17 in Elkhart (6 to 8 pm)
April 14 – Lucchese’s featuring Glenwood Cellars and wines from the Tiedemann Wines portfolio — this event has been cancelled! April 23 – Uptown Kitchen featuring craft beer from Iechyd Da and wines from the Tiedemann Wines portfolio — This event has been cancelled!
May 7 – McCarthy’s featuring craft beer from Iechyd Da and Eric Kent wines
May 7 – Mother’s Day Tasting Event at Chalet Party Shoppe on CR 17 in Elkhart (6 to 8 pm)
May 26 – Lucchese’s featuring White Oak wines
June 11 – Uptown Kitchen featuring White Oak wines
June 11 – Summer Tasting Event at Chalet Party Shoppe on CR 17 in Elkhart (6 to 8 pm)
June 16 – McCarthy’s featuring Glenwood Cellars wines and the Tiedemann Red
June 23 – Lucchese’s featuring craft beer from Iechyd Da and wines from the Tiedemann Wines portfolio
July 11 – 13th Annual Charity Tasting Event & Silent Auction at Chalet Party Shoppe on CR 17 in Elkhart (2 to 5 pm)
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Until next week,