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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Wine of the Week: Produttori del Barbaresco Nebbiolo Langhe


Vintage: 2010

Region: Barbaresco

Country: Italy

Vineyard: Produttori del Barbaresco

Tasting Notes:

Rating: 🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷

Thoughts: One of my most favorite wines. The 2010 is hard to find but well worth it - more recent vintages are wonderful, too. Earthy flavors mix with leather and berries with a lingering finish. Superb.

Pairings: Prosciutto, salami, parmesan, grissini


Wine of the Week: Château de Terrebonne Côtes de Provence Rosé


Vintage: 2015

Region: Côtes de Provence

Country: France

Vineyard: Vindivin

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

Rating: 🍷🍷🍷

Thoughts: Rosé is a relatively new wine to the Wine Vixen’s repertoire. Light and simple, it is benefited by simple seafood dishes. Serve well chilled.

Pairings: Light white fish, like sea bass or halibut, shrimp, scallops, carrots, peas, saffron.