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Wine Review: Chateau Lafayette Reneau Chardonnay

Posted on August 8th, 2013 by Susanna

We went to the Finger Lakes of New York last year and brought home a ton of wine. I believe this bottle was one of the last left and we had been saving it because it was our favorite from the trip. It’s Chateau Lafayette Reneau’s 2010 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay. We were in love with the Chardonnays of the Finger Lakes but this was our favorite of the wines we tasted, it had all of our favorite oakyness and creamyness of a Chardonnay. Strong vanilla and sweet brown sugar on the nose, with a hint of citrus. The taste had lots of buttery and vanilla oak flavors with some light smokiness and tropical fruit. We’re considering getting a case of it shipped.  You can too here.Chateau Lafayette Reneau Chardonnay

Muirwood Chardonnay 2011

Posted on December 27th, 2012 by Susanna

This wine was being sampled at our neighborhood liquor store and we gave it a taste. I loved it, Dan wasn’t too enthralled but he let me get it anyway. We both had a glass Christmas Eve and I think he likes it much better in a nice glass rather than a small plastic sample cup.  It’s toasty, oaky, has hints of vanilla, and has this wonderful spiciness. Definitely one we will buy again!  Our Brellis point average is 92!DSC_7207_1

Ithaca Trip

Posted on December 16th, 2012 by Susanna

I’ve been meaning to share photos from our trip to Ithaca and the Finger Lakes area. We had such a fantastic time- the leaves were gorgeous! We had fantastic weather, we stayed busy with hikes, eating delicious food, tasting some great wines, and biking around town and the lakes.SusannaSeneca LakeDangrapesred newtFinger Lakes National Forestcabincabin window boxescabin saunacabin doorfiregorgesgorgeswaterfallburning bush and danwild grapesSeneca Lakecabinouthousecabincabin insidecabin kitchencabin porchSeneca winesFarm SanctuaryFarm SanctuaryFarm SanctuaryIthaca Fallscamping in rainTaughannock FallsTaughannock FallsIthaca Farmers Market.


Best Cellars: Château de la Tour de l’Ange, Mâcon Rouge

Posted on March 15th, 2012 by Susanna

Château de la Tour de l’Ange

Mâcon Rouge

Chateau de la Tour de l'Ange

This wine was recommended by a fine fellow at the store. It is from the Burgundy region in France, in the sub-region of Mâconnais.  It was a light, delicious wine that was great on it’s own. Moderately priced, about $20-30. Definitely recommended.  The Brellis House gives it a 91.



Pinot Noir

Best Cellars: Ugly Duckling, Cabernet Sauvignon

Posted on March 3rd, 2012 by Susanna

Ugly Duckling

Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 California

Ugly Duckling

We bought this wine because it had a nice description at the store. It was moderately priced (we can’t remember how much, exactly), so we went for it.  And we’re happy we did.

The label describes it as “bursting with black cherry, berry, and chocolate flavors, with just a hint of oak”.  You can really get a lot out of it just with the smell, it smells sweet, we got a lot of vanilla when we first smelled it.  It smells just like this chocolate orchid that is at the Baltimore Conservatory.  Dan tastes current, I taste a lot of the chocolate. It’s very smooth and drinkable.  It’s sweet, but in a good way, not an over-sweet cheap wine way. Wine Enthusiasts gives it a 90! The Brellis House gives it an 89. Definitely one we’ll get again.