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Dreaming of summer.

Bitter cold weather has descended on the valley. It's supposed to be even colder over the next few days. Joy. At least I have a good pair of warm boots for braving the outdoors. I even have a pair of warm wool boots for indoor wear too - they are definitely needed.
"...a wine for when you want to dream of warmer days..."

Yes, I'm dreaming of warmer days and these two approachable wines from France helped fight off the chill. They taste of summer. I'd like to start this post with a video of the Winemaker Veronique Drouhin-Boss.

She discusses the LaForêt Bourgogne Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. A gifted speaker, a woman winemaker, she uses wonderful descriptive language. Ah, I watched her video after writing my notes - buy these wines and taste with her. Love her descriptions. Enjoy.

Tasting Notes: Joseph Drouhin Bourgogne Chardonnay 2012 LaForêt

Color: Silver/gold with green highlights
Nose: Wet slate, mineral, honey, toast, some spicy ouhd incense as the wine warmed.
Palate: Fresh, light-bodied, clean, citrus and mineral on finish. As it warmed almost creamy, stone fruit and spice added to the finish. After an hour this wine came together with freshness and a pleasing spicy finish. If you don't go full hog, this wine will put a smile on your face too. The light oak treatment really shows off the fruit in this wine.

Thoughts: Very good with soft cheese (Jarlsberg is what I had on hand), ham and crackers. Good choice as a starter wine and for casual occasions. An appropriate warm day wine or a wine for when you want to dream of warmer days - as I am. A wonderful entry level Burgandy wine. Recommended.

Closure: Screw Cap
Blend: 100% Chardonnay
ABV: 13%
SRP: $18
Sample provided by winery
Contact for availability

Tasting Notes: Joseph Drouhin Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2011 LaForêt

Color: Clear ruby.
Nose: Floral, soft marigold, raspberry, savory with white pepper.
Palate: Light, smooth, moderate grip along edge of tongue, delicate with a proper amount of acidity across the palate, raspberry and cherry on the dry finish. Balanced wine waiting for dinner. Flexible enough to pair with many meals, seafood, poultry and lightly seasoned beef stew.

Day two:  A bit more assertive. Firmer on the palate, acid and tannin across the tongue, rich essence mid-palate, tart cherry finish. Beef Carpachio would be wonderful with this wine.

Thoughts: Yes a food wine. Suitable for pork chops, tenderloin, grilled chicken, broiled salmon, and lamb chops. Drink now and through 2016. Recommended.

Blend: 100% Pinot Noir
Closure: Screw Cap
SRP: $18
Sample provided by the winery
Contact for availability

Off to brave the cold. Keep warm friends.



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