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Lesley Quinn Certified Sommelier

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Memorable Wine

2003 Cuvee Indigene Chardonnay by Peter Michael

First Wine

A Hawk's Bay, NZ Pinot Gris

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Rudi Pichler Smaragd Achleithen Grüner Veltliner 2012

Wachau Valley, Austria

$70.00

    My Review: Austrian wines are hard to find and even harder to pronounce unless of course you speak German. But if you can get past those two hurdles you will be greatly rewarded with some incredibly fine wine. Take this Smaragd (a Grand Cru classification for the Wachau) from the single vineyard site of Achleithen, using the grape variety Grüner Veltliner produced by winemaker Rudi Pichler. The wine gives you a tantalizing preview with fresh limes, and a distinct minerality. On the palate the fruit deepens and becomes richer but is balanced out by the mouth watering acidity, and allows the terroir of Achleithen to take over. Drinking this wine reminds me of diving into Lake Taupo in NZ a lake so clean and pure you could see 10 metres down. This wine is like that, your mouth is left feeling refreshed and ready for more rather than coated. Try pairing it with your favourite asian spice influenced dish for a whirlwind of sensation. Score: 95/100

     

    Château Pontet-Canet 5E Cru Meritage 2008

    A.C., Pauillac, Bordeaux, France

    Reviewed: November 26, 2011

    $129.00
      92/100
       

      Peter Michael Winery 10pinot Nr Ma Danseuse Estate (Peter Michael) 2010

      CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES

      $175.00

        My Review: Any of Peter Michael's wines are an experience, Ma Danseuse is no exception. The nose brings you cranberry and a hint of sandalwood, and the palate delivers a red currant punch with a clove (spicy) finish. This is no light bodied mild Pinot. This is more medium bodied, with intense flavours, not for the feint of heart. I think it would pair nicely with a hearty country stew with lots of root vegetables, especially fennel. Enjoy! Score: 90/100

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