In a week’s time, I taste a boatload of wine (seriously). A lot of my friends think I’m lucky. Well, they’re right and I wouldn’t give this job up for the world. The only thing that makes my job hard, is my feeling of responsibility to taste the samples given to me as quickly as possible and to put my reviews either in my Moleskine, on my YouTube channel (Stan The Wine Man TV), or right here on Stanthewineman.com. Here for your reading pleasure, are five wines that I have reviewed in my Moleskine (good or bad), this past week.
2017 Richard Bocking “Bocking” Riesling (Mosel, Germany)… $13.
Walnuts and rubber boot on the nose with a kiss of citrus. Cutting and laser-like on the palate with sharp, balanced acidity and a sweet edge. Sweet lemon and orange notes come through with a boat-load of bright, cutting acidity. Mouth-watering and delicious would be the best way to describe this well-made Riesling. (B+/A-)
2018 La LouVetrie Muscadet (Loire Valley, France)… $18.
Aromas of melon, pears and a kiss of apple. Apples and melon on the palate, balanced by solid acidity and a kiss of earth and mushroom that comes through on the finish with a pinch of cut grass and a little slate action. (B-/B)
2013 Angel Vine Primitivo (Columbia Valley, WA)… $17.
Strawberries and currants on the nose, with a slight hit of plums, licorice and earth. Currants, strawberries and plums on the palate with a solid undertow of licorice and green tobacco leaf. Ripe currant notes expand on the mid-palate into the finish where tobacco leaf and white pepper notes linger with Earl Grey tea. (B+)
2018 Domaine Sainte Marie De Crozes L’Outsider Cabernet Franc (Vin De Pays, France)… $13.
Dark cherries on the nose with a hit of green branch, licorice and earth. Concentrated licorice and currants on the palate, balanced by green bell pepper that keeps it fresh. Red flower notes hit on the mid-palate into the finish where green bell pepper notes linger with a kiss of tobacco. Good complexity and balance. (B/B+)
2017 Grand Bateau Bordeaux Blanc (Bordeaux, France)… $10.
Grape seeds and melon on the nose with just a slight hit of cut grass. Grape seed and melon notes hit on the front of the palate with lemon citrus notes joining up on the mid-palate into the finish where hits of cut grass come through. Wet stone and grape seed notes linger on the finish. Good balance of acidity, fruit and minerals. (B-/B)
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