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New Feature! Local Wine Reviews!

chris wrote this on January 24, 2009

Hello everyone! My name is Chris Simmons and I am a local wine connoisseur and consumer. Leandra was kind enough to allow me a place here at TriangleVino.com to post reviews and evaluations of the wines sold in our beloved local shops: The Wine Merchant, Southern Season, Hope Valley Bottle Shop, Wine Authorities, Brandywine Cellars, The Wine Cellar, Total Wines etc, etc, etc.

I am not, nor do I claim to be, an expert on wine. All knowledge I have about wine comes from drinking it and reading various books on the subject. I am just a local guy, like all of us buying wine, expressing my opinion on the quality and overall value of the wine. I plan to add a new wine every week (maybe more frequently), showcasing a different wine shop each week. I use an evaluation system that we can all understand, the +/- system from our days at school! So without further ado, lets get to the wine…

2007 Domaine des Aubuisieres Vouvray Cuvée de Silex

(France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Vouvray)
100% Chenin Blanc
$19 @ Cary Wine Merchant

This wine has a very fragrant nose! My fiance and I detected the following aromas, flinty with herbal notes, lemon custard, lemon zest, spicy pear, melon, and honey. Very creamy and viscous mouthfeel, typical of Vouvray. Not as sweet as I was expecting but definitely a hint of sweetness. Pleasantly surprising that this did not end up like the candy-syrup taste of cheaper Vouvray. Pure lemon cream on the palate with hints of melon, honey, slate, and spice. Nice combination of flavors, the viscosity gives the wine great length but masks any good terrior minerality on the finish.

Not sweet enough to pair with overly spicy (thai) or salty (bleu cheese) fare, but big enough for white meat dishes, especially with a slightly sweet glaze or sauce.

I rate this wine an A- on wine quality (too viscous to give a good mineral finish typical for Vouvray) and a B on value ($19 slightly high for this bottle), for an overall rating of B+.

Feel free to leave comments or suggestions, especially if you have tried the wine!

Until next time,


Topics: reviews | 4 Comments »

4 Responses to “New Feature! Local Wine Reviews!”

  1. leandra Says:
    January 24th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Hi Chris! Glad to have you. This wine sounds yummy, keep up the good work. :)

  2. Luke Says:
    January 29th, 2009 at 10:09 am

    I like the A, B, C rating system. The points are so ridiculous and nit picky. Stick with the grading scale. I guess the real question is, should I be happy with a C like I was in my Engineering classes (or D for that matter)?

  3. Chris Simmons Says:
    January 29th, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Ha, nice one Luke!

  4. chris Says:
    January 29th, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    Ha! Knowing you as I do, I think while gladly accepting a C Engineering you expect alot more from your wine :)