Wine of the Week: Ledson Legend Red

Vintage: 2006

Region: Sonoma Valley

Style: Blend of Zinfandel, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon

Country: USA

Winery: Ledson

Tasting Notes: Spicy and bold, with a blend of jammy merlot and rich cabernet grapes, this drinks like a Bordeaux and looks like a Pinot.

Rating: 🍷🍷🍷🍷

Thoughts: Several years ago, on a birthday trip to Napa and Sonoma, we saw a cool château off the Sonoma Valley main highway. Thinking perhaps we could snag a last minute tasting, we stopped in, and it was the best decision we’ve made in a long time. You’re going to see a few wines from Ledson on The Wine Vixen, because we joined their wine club that day. I’m always impressed by the quality of their wines. If you’re interested in a club, this is the best one out there. They welcomed us with open arms, have customized cases for us, are always open and willing to see us if we want to stop by, and make DAMN. GOOD. WINE.

Pairings: Steak, steak, steak.

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Wine of the Week: Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Les Baronnes Blanc

Vintage: 2017

Region: Sancerre, Loire

Style: Sancerre

Country: France

Winery: Henri Bourgeois

Tasting Notes: Pale and beautiful in the glass, you know you’re in for something special. Delicate pear and apple on the nose and lime on the tongue, a dry but friendly mineral finish. Absolutely delightful.

Rating: 🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷

Thoughts: Yes, I know. Another white wine. But this one is special. One caveat for serving - make sure it’s ice cold. Let me repeat. Ice cold. Like Hemingway prefers. Actually, this quote from A MOVEABLE FEAST is what brought me to try Sancerre in the first place. If it’s good enough for Papa, it’s good enough for me.

“As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.”

Pairings: Oysters, naturally. 😉

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Wine of the Week: Fratelli Natta La Gambina Chardonnay

Vintage: 2014

Region: Monferrato, Piedmont

Style: Chardonnay

Country: Italy

Winery: Fratelli Natta

Tasting Notes: It has oranges on the nose, which might be what excites me. Floral notes on the finish, peaches and cream on the tongue.

Rating: 🍷🍷🍷🍷

Thoughts: I am not usually a white wine drinker, but this Chardonnay was exceptionally tasty. We love the reds from this vineyard, which is looking for a US distributor.

Pairings: Stood up well to parmesan and salami, so this is a full-bodied wine.

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Wine of the Week: Château Cos d'Estournel Goulée Médoc 2014


Vintage: 2014

Region: Médoc

Style: Bordeaux

Country: France

Winery: Goulée

Tasting Notes: Chalk and lime, herby finish, plums and oak on the nose.

Rating: 🍷🍷🍷🍷

Thoughts: Surprisingly bright and fresh. Tons of personality for a lighter Bordeaux.

Pairings: Great for white fish if you’re not into a white or rose, chicken, and saffron.

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Wine of the Week: Puisseguin-Saint-Émilion BordeaUx


Vintage: 2013

Region: Puisseguin-Saint-Émilion

Style: Bordeaux Saint-Émilion

Country: France

Winery: Château Clarisse

Tasting Notes: Soft berries, gently fruit forward, dry finish.

Rating: 🍷🍷🍷🍷1/2

Thoughts: Bitter charcoal and a dry finish to start, builds into lush fruits and a robust berry. 

Pairings: Will hold up well against steak frites, salmon, tonnata, and onion soup

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