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Lise Charest Gagne

Lise Charest Gagne

G Lot

Luca G Lot Pinot Noir 2015

Gualtallary, Tupungato, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
35 days ago

Lise scored this wine: 88/100

Argentina has a warm climate tending to result in ripe Pinot. So it’s kinda like that, ripe red cherry, candy or brown sugar and some sort of toasty something or tobacco leaf. I also smell some faint dry herbs. It certainly doesn’t taste as ripe as it smells though. Leading the way is faint unripe strawberry and some mild spice. It finishes with some light tannins. A good wine for a mushroom and chicken dish.

35 days ago

Lise scored this wine: 89/100

It’s a rainy night up north so sipping by the wood stove!! This full body cabernetsauvignon has some bell pepper yes I said that. It’s a bit strange but it seems to cut the typical heaviness out. It’s got some dark cassis, ripe blackberries on the nose. It’s heady and has some volatile alcohol if you like that not surprising at 14.5%. Stewed dark berries with some hints of vanilla and a heavy bitter dark chocolate finish. I like the tannic structure here. It wasn’t the best with my Caprese mushrooms though. It’s a decent wine for the price but very different from most this area. A good pair might be a rich prime-rib with some garlic mash. @AdirondackChairwinereviews

Jules Taylor Pinot Noir 2017

Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand
76 days ago

Lise scored this wine: 93/100

What a great sustainable Pinot from New Zealand! Medium body rich spiced raspberries and some cozy barnyard. Medium plus acidity caries the same spicy raspberry fruit with a nice spicy finish. The finish is long and teeters from old and new world. I’m excited about this one. I’m going to cellar for a year or so and see how it evolves.. if I can hold out! Tasted Sept 2019 while watching the leaves change from the dock.

Cordillera De Los Andes

Torres Cordillera De Los Andes Carmenère 2014

Parcela La Ladera, Cachapoal Valley, Peumo D.O., Chile
86 days ago

Lise scored this wine: 91/100

What a great full body red wine option! Juicy black fruit, spice and nice acidity on the finish! Sick of always drinking Cab? Tired of heavy duty bold reds? Looking for a “softer” full body red that doesn’t leave you feeling washed out like tide? Try this you won’t regret it!!

Signature

Susana Balbo Signature Torrontés 2017

Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
107 days ago

Lise scored this wine: 90/100

Consistently great Torrontes year after year!! If you have not tried it you should. I recommend it to my Sauvignon Blanc loving friends as a new option that rocks! Sweet floral citrus aromas with a clean dry Ripe lemony / grapefruit zest flavours. It’s complex and refreshing with the interesting effects of the oak aging! Try it at 13 degrees and wait for your taste buds to explode!!

Lise Charest Gagne

Winner World's Best Drink Writer
WFour-Time Winner James Beard Foundation
Five-Time Winner Association of Food Journalists
Six-Time Winner Bert Greene Award
Best Wine Literature Book Gourmand World Cookbook Awards
Online Writer of the Year Louis Roederer International Wine Writing Award