Sunday, April 10, 2011

The Wine Institute of New Orleans is worth a visit.

4/7/2011 (New Orleans, LA)

WINO was one of my favorite discoveries while in New Orleans for four nights. It was just around the corner from my hotel, Loews, in the revitalized Warehouse District. The tasting room is set in a railroad style warehouse room. All along the sides of the narrow walls are wines in sealed dispensers. You order an ounce, two ounce or four ounce pour, and the digital screen above the wine shows you how much you're spending before you spend it. The wine despensers work incredibly well, and the wines are fresh and lively. I ordered a roast beef sandwich with olive paste and cajun aoli that was probably the best $6 I spent in New Orleans. This is a destination for any oenophile visiting New Orleans.

2008 Château du Seuil Blanc - France, Bordeaux, Graves
the nose showed fresh lemons and a hint of apricot. minerals as well. the palate is fresh and zippy with a creamy body that makes it a pleasure to drink. the finish shows lemons, white peach, saline and minerals. a great wine to sip on a hot day in New Orleans.
(87 pts.)

2002 Château Haut-Batailley - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
vibrant purple color. currants, cedar, leaves and incese on the nose, with a hint of green pepper. flavors of black cherries, accented by pencil shavings and licorice. tannins are still tough, but balanced be acid. soft, warm finish.
(89 pts.)

2006 J.L. Chave Sélection Crozes-Hermitage Silene - France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Crozes-Hermitage
dark purple color. nose shows black olives, black cherries and squid ink. gorgeous balane and mouthfeel. medium acid and tannins. black cherry and black olives and bacon drippings. soft finish, a kick of green olive. exquisite finish. what i love about the northern rhone for a fraction of the price.
(91 pts.)

2003 Bert Simon Serriger Würtzberg Riesling Spätlese - Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer
the nose is an explosion of honeyed peah, cotton candy. plump apricot and honey on the palate. a nutty almost hazelnut flavor. low on acid and minerals. given the vintage, but still intense and fresh. rich, whipped honey on the finish. (88 pts.)

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