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Archive for January, 2012

Tastes Great…Less Filling

Sometimes you just want a red wine that tastes great and doesn’t make you feel like you’re drinking another meal with your meal.  That’s what the 2010 Apaltagua Reserva Malbec (Sample, MSRP: $12 US) is all about.  There’s nothing heavy or overblown in the least with this estate-grown juice from Chile.

It’s a little quirky with its smoky herbs, mixed with violets on the front palate, but then it changes up on you with a silky-smooth kick of black cherry, plum and black pepper finish.

3 Stars out of 4 for the 2010 Apaltagua Reserva Malbec.  It’s light on its toes for an Chilean Malbec, but being lean and just a little bit mean ain’t a bad thing!


Post-Holiday Detox

After all the holiday gorging, it actually feels good to raise the white flag and yell “Mercy!”…returning to some (much needed) healthier eating habits.  After plowing through so many plates of food and downing enough tannic reds to fill a barrel, I’m excited to be taking steps in the right direction to get back on my ‘A’ game.  And I’m just as excited to find some white wines that send my taste buds racing with crisp and zesty acidity, which will be perfect for my post-holiday detox.

What better place to start than a place that breeds these types of mouthwatering champions:  Marlborough, New Zealand.  My first pick for 2012 is the 2010 Stoneleigh Sauvignon Blanc (Sample, MSRP: $14 US).

The 2010 Stoneleigh Sauvignon Blanc is like a breath of fresh air:  it’s lively, vibrant and intense with a full charge of grapefruit, orange peel and lemon/lime flavors.  One interesting thing to note about this New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is that it doesn’t possess an overwhelming grassy/herbaceous element that oftentimes is the giveaway that you’re drinking a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.  So…if that’s something that has been a turn off for you, you may want to give this New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc a shot.

3 Stars out of 4 for the 2010 Stoneleigh Sauvignon Blanc.  A perfect pairing with some much needed lighter fare; it offers a rewarding kick of fruit flavors to thrust you straight into a healthier state of mind.

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