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Natalie Kronick's Wines
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Mar 2, 2010 at 12:08am
Added Mar 2, 2010 at 12:08amOut of NUMEROUS RRV Pinots I've had, this one stands out based on balance, silkiness and drinkability. Often times I am stuck with an overly rich earthiness on the nose of most Russian River Pinots that dilute the other flavors. NOT SO on the Donatiello Pinot. This one was way more delicate and beautiful to drink. The nose consists of light strawberry and cherry fruit, a little vanilla from the French oak and some spice, but just a little cinnamon. The first sip went down all too easy, as did the rest of the bottle. Wonderfully silky, fluid, slightly sweet berry fruit and brown sugar. There was literally no indication of tannins, but just a mild acidity. Kind of reminded me of a fresh summer berry pie with sugar sprinkled on the freshly baked pie crust. Pure heaven.... drink now, drink later, drink anywhere and any day! Absolute bliss in a bottle!!
Feb 7, 2010 at 1:10pmCompare and Buy
Average Price: $55.16
Added Feb 7, 2010 at 1:10pmThe first smell was intense petrol. It then opened up to some pretty sweet apple fruit and minerality of limestone and slate. ‘Great finesse and pleasantly dry’, were the words of one of us. After about an hour, you could get a better grasp of lovely orange blossom, honeysuckle, quince fruit and honey. The consensus was there were many layers being exhibited on this classic-style Riesling, but they never quite married. It was, however, pretty nice to be able to taste them all on their own.
Feb 7, 2010 at 1:06pm
Added Feb 7, 2010 at 1:06pmThis little number delighted my tongue and nose with aromas of sweet, yeasty bread dough, similar to that of sweet Portugese bread. The flavor exhibited creamy toffee with a rounded mouth-feel and light, delicate bubbles on the tongue. A tone of tasty apple crisp with balanced acidity made this a winner. It was a little multi-dimensional, but the layers didn’t quite meld together. It was still a great champagne for the price.
Oct 26, 2009 at 12:01pm
Added Oct 26, 2009 at 12:00pmI had this over the weekend and it was EXCELLENT! I highly recommend if you like a nice big cabernet and lots of flavor. Very rich... almost like a petit syrah! Read my entire review here: http://www.kronickwino.com/2009/10/belle-cousine-2005-hyde-vineyard-napa-wine-notes/
Oct 13, 2009 at 12:59pm
Added Oct 13, 2009 at 12:59pmWhat a FIND! Fantastic old-world Rioja style wine. 95% Tempranillo, 5% Graciano & Mazuelo. This had a wonderful nose of sweet leather, white pepper, some dried fruits, like fig and a little bit of dried leaves. Flavor of currants, oak, vanilla spice. Lovely tannins that balanced out well with food. I paired it with some whole-wheat pasta with melted chevre, asparagus played off the herbaceousness of the wine, and some garlicky chicken mixed in enhanced the body. Intensely drinkable! Dry and silky.
Sep 16, 2009 at 10:02pm
Added Sep 16, 2009 at 10:02pmThis was a gift from my neighbor who hand-delivered the bottle from NZ himself! Kudos to him!! Anyhow, I don't generally indulge in Chardonnay, unless food is present, like seared scallops in a basil-cream sauce, or something rich. But, I will say, this is quite lovely. Definitely has some French oak on the nose, but light, with a bit of buttery dough aroma from being on fermentation lees for 10 months (got that off the bottle, folks). Soft mouth-feel, light straw color, wonderful finish, very smooth and velvety. OK flavor: starts with a little light butterscotch, ripe peach, soft citrus, develops into a toasted almond or cashew flavor on the finish. wow, long finish.... I'm sipping it now, LOL. Strongly recommend!
Sep 15, 2009 at 10:30am
Added Sep 15, 2009 at 10:30amWhile recently visiting this Goshen, CT Vineyard, I came across their wonderful Merlot! This has been produced from grapes sourced from Sonoma, but the winemaker did a lovely job of instilling his own personality into the wine. Wonderful silky texture, dry, but great aroma of vanilla, violet and dark current fruit. Raisins and lovely french oak in the finish. Great with chocolate!
Sep 5, 2009 at 11:34amCompare and Buy
Average Price: $11.87
Added Sep 5, 2009 at 11:34amThis was impressive! For $12 out of France, I was floored. Screwcap, zingy sauvignon blanc. Actually, it had all the quintessential characteristics of a good sauvignon that I'm constantly looking for: zingy, grassy, fresh lemon/lime citrus fruit, smooth finish, but acidic enough to balance all the flavors. If you like Kim Crawford or Mud House from New Zealand, this is a nice alternative from a whole other country! Great alone or, like I had it, with fresh pesto sauce. MMM!
Sep 2, 2009 at 11:44am
Added Sep 2, 2009 at 11:44amA Semi-sweet wine that combines classic Chardonnay and crisp Seyval Blanc and Vignoles. Flavors of bisquity breads, light melon fruit that blend superbly from careful aging in mostly steel tanks. Was very interseting on the nose and pleasant to taste. I liked it!
Sep 2, 2009 at 11:38am
Added Sep 2, 2009 at 11:38am100% Cayuga grapes, steel fermented. A lovely nose of grapefruit and lemon, semi-sweet flavor and mouthfeel of nectarines, apple, melon with vibrant, crisp finish. Great as an alternative to your favorite Reisling! Wonderful in the warm summer months and even in the fall with all the great squash recipes floating around!