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Customer Reviews - Suzanne Chowla
Currently Wine Director and Sommelier at Chez TJ Restaurant in Mountain View, a Michelin Star restaurant. Studied with Master Sommelier David Glancy at the Professional Culinary Institute's full-time Sommelier Program. Certified Sommelier: Certified by the Court of Master Sommeliers. Grew up on a farm in Wyoming. Lived in Central America (Costa Rica), Switzerland (where her love of wine developed) and Ireland. Background for many years in science/technology, specializing in Artificial Intelligence Research and Development, working for NASA and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland.
2008 Domaine Renaud St-Veran (out of stock)
Review Date: 4-6-2010
I am surprised by how nice this wine is for the price. The chardonnay grape practically sings out of the glass. "Lusty" notes of golden apple, white grapefruit, and Bartlett pear really do indulge themselves on the palate, as Doug aptly mentions in his review. It's a fairly big, ebullient yet balanced chardonnay. If you're looking for Burgundian restraint, you won't find it here. But sometimes a lack of restraint is what's called for; I'd actually say this is really a nearly perfect cocktail wine. Perhaps most surprising for a wine of this price is that a nice limestone minerality asserts itself on the unexpectedly long finish. The only thing I find a slight bit lacking in this wine is enough underlying acidity. I certainly do not miss the oak one bit. The chardonnay grape really gets to shine in a glass of 2008 Domaine Renaud St. Veran.
Drink from 2010 to 2012
2008 Casas del Bosque Pinot Noir Reserve Casablanca (out of stock)
Review Date: 10-19-2009
This wine is drinking way above its price point. This is an elegant, delicious Pinot Noir and a superb value. Rather than comparing it to a California Pinot, the comparison I draw is with the 2007 Burgundies because of its surprising restraint, its velvety mouthfeel and sophisticated balance of fruit and earthiness. I would consider this wine to be a good value at twice the price. And it's drinking beautifully right now, so there's no need to delay gratification by cellaring it.
Drink from 2009 to 2012