I hit the Wednesday tasting at Bruning’s in Beavercreek today. Here’s the report – the Pinot Noir from France was the big hit, I took a bottle home.
Karl Josef Kabinett (2011) Piesporter Michelsburg, Germany, $10
Very pleasant, with a light golden-green color, not too much sweetness, and a clean, crisp feel. Bonus – this doesn’t have to be drunk ice-cold, which is a sign of a really good Riesling.
Domaine de la Motte Chardonnay (2011) Pays d’Oc, France, $10
Golden color, with a big butter/cream/popcorn nose. Thick in texture, with definite oak notes – much more of a California style.
Domaine de la Motte Pinot Noir (2011) Pays d’Oc, France, $10
Perfect Pinot Noir color – bright red. Some strawberry aromas, then a more masculine style on the palate with earthiness and truffles. A fantastic deal for $10. Recommended.
Coto de Hayas Centenaria Grenache (2011) Campo de Borja, Spain, $15
100-year-old Grenache vines, with an inky-black color. A hug nose, then big fruit up front; a little dumb in the mid-palate and towards the finish, but then the spice picks back up again. I think this would be better with another year or two in the bottle, and about 30 minutes in a decanter.
There was one other wine offered – Bodegas Covila II Crianza (2008) Rioja, Spain, $14. I skipped it because I’m familiar with it; it’s a nice Rioja that I have recommended for the last couple of years.