Drank: Château Le Noble “Cuvée Héritage,” Bordeaux Supérieur, 2015

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As a mere mortal, I rarely drink classified growth Bordeaux. So I’m always happy to find vin de table that exceeds what it says on the label. Haut Medoc and Bordeaux Supérieur are regions that often fit that bill, and don’t cost a ton. 

A blend of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, this is a convivial wine, not one to go to your corner with and contemplate. 

The Merlot is in charge, bringing richness, red currants and plums, the Cabernet Franc a bit of exotic spice and dried herbs, and the Cabernet Sauvignon providing the structure. It finishes with just a hint of tobacco and toast. Any oak here is to enhance not to overwhelm. 

Served with roasted lamb and ratatouille. Flavors matched up quite well, lamb and Bordeaux are always a great pairing. 

Rating: 2015 was a great vintage in Bordeaux, and because of that the lady of the house bought a case. Is it going to improve? We are not going to find out . - JW


Drank: Adegas Gran Vinum’s ‘Mar de Viñas’ 2019 Albariño

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Adegas Gran Vinum’s ‘Mar de Viñas’ 2019 Albariño from the Val de Salnés subregion of Rias Baixas, Spain. Val do Salnés is the largest and most important subregion of Rias Baixas. Situated right on the Atlantic, it is also the coolest. This cold, maritime influence keeps alcohol and fruit ripeness in check while preserving all-important acidity. It’s cool to see the subzones represented, hopefully 

Classic albarino markers of barely ripened peach sprinkled with sea salt, lemongrass powder, and a pinch of white flowers. Typically a light bodied wine, the best albarinos can still pack a punch. The lengthy finish is all about freshness and extract.

Rating - Imported by the always reliable, Wines of Spain, this Albariño checks all the boxes and then some. Should only be purchased in multiples of three or more- JW