Super Tuscan? Eeeh… How about Super Russian?

Russiz Superiore -literally meaning Super Russian- is a Cabernet Franc that is a wine made to perfection from Italy’s DOC Collio.  Marco Felluga is at the head of the project.  He also has the Marco Felluga label as well in Collio.

Collio got the DOC status in 1964 and is based in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region of Northern Italy.  Although the region is known for its great white wines, there are some gems for reds as well.  Like this Cabernet Franc…  What makes this wine special is that from the first sip, the earthiness and the complexity are felt thoroughly.  Pleasant drinking for sure.

Colour: Deep ruby-rd in color, intense, compact and dark.

Aroma: The nose is complex and fruity, lots of ripe black cherries, blackberries, and black currants with a hint of green pepper.

Taste: The wine is elegant with a rich body, full and pleasant, with fresh, silky undertones and a lingering finish that confirms its persistent aromas.

Available at: Chambers & Chambers

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Domaine de Mouscaillo Pinot Noir 2007

Domaine de Mouscaillo Pinot Noir 2007

Ah, enough with the Burgundy right?  It’s just too predictable at this point really.  Somewhat like L.A. women…  And in California, people are still trying to figure out what’s oak for or how to use it.  I will give all the credit to Oregon and Santa Cruz Mountains though.  There is something futuristic and hopeful about those appellations.  When I tasted this wine, I felt the same way honestly.  Not only it’s a great wine, but it’s also a very interesting wine.

Domaine de Mouscaillo boss Pierre actually inherited the vineyard from his family; rumor is that he also helped plant the vineyard in his early teens.  After sharpening his skills at Château de Tracy in Pouilly-sur-Loire, Pierre took over the 35 year old vineyard above their village of Roquetaillade.  Later on he was discovered by Beaune Imports through infamous winemaker Didier Dagueneau.

TASTING NOTES: Ripe dark fruit flavors with firm tannins.  Minerals from limestone really shines in this wine, giving the wine another great dimension.
Winery: Domaine de Mouscaillo
Grape: Pinot Noir
Vintage: 2007
Soil: Limestone and Chalk

Available at: Beaune Imports

Terre Rouge Syrah Les Cotes De L’Ouest 2007

Terre Rouge Syrah 'Les Cotes de L'Ouest' 2007

Terre Rouge is located in Plymouth, which is by Amador County, little east of Sacramento.  The winery’s main focus is to make Rhone style syrah.  Winemaker Bill Easton really succeeds at this.  The vineyards are also built upon sustainable means as they source most of their electrical power from solar panels.

TASTING NOTES: Earthy aromas on the nose, maybe some leather as well.  Color is very dark in opaque red.  The wine has a very nice feel in the mouth; texture is lush and structured.  Some tannins hit towards the finish with dark plum and berry notes.  Dry and very drinkable.

Available at: Chambers & Chambers


Castelain Blond Biere de Garde

Castelain Blond Biere de Garde
Epic Wines has some interesting selection of beers imported from various European countries.  Castelain Blond Biere de Garde was my first find from them. Biere de Garde is a traditional French beer made in Nord-pas-de-Calais, very north of France. Beers are matured a bit in the bottle before they are released.
Tasting Notes: Castelain has muted copper color in the glass. Bubbles are fine. At first sip, it definitely hits you with a aromatic sweetness, and bubbles really linger on your palate. Maltiness is somehow medium. Some grassiness on the nose. Crisp and citrusy.  This should do well with fried dishes, chicken and moderate spice.
Available from: Epic Wines