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Spain, Tempranillo, Campo Viejo, 2013

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N/ Red berries, cassis, brick dust, tobacco, crushed slate, eucalyptus, smoky forest floor, black soil. Earthy loveliness. T/ Medium weight mouthfeel. Red berries, ripe cranberry, smoked meats. Delicious wood, tobacco, and cedar notes. The flavors of sweet boysenberries without the sugary notes. Mineral and acid dancing on her close, which begs for another sip. Absolutely delicious. Flat out […]

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USA, Moscato, 14 Hands, Columbia Valley, Washington, 2013

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N/ She is a wonderful gardenia and white flower explosion. Soft honeysuckle, sandalwood, and rock notes play second fiddle to the flower power. T/ Medium to full mouth feel. Round and coating. She’s dominating by a white flower reduction, that is delicious, but accounts for almost all of the show. Her close, however, saves the performance […]

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USA, Sauvignon Blanc, Snoqualmie, Columbia Valley, Washington, 2013

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N/ Sun-bleached rocks, green apple skins, light yellow fruits, lime zest, and sunshine. Cat aroma scale 1 out 10, which is the absolute perfect amount to let you know that it is sauvignon blanc, but without the offensive aromas that sometimes plague greener versions of this grape. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Lean, mineral driven green apples […]

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USA, Red Blend, Whistle Stop, Snoqualmie, Columbia Valley, Washington, 2012

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Red blend of: 70% cabernet sauvignon and 30% merlot N/ Deep and dusty plum jam wafts, mesquite wood, paprika, black, wet soil. T/ Medium-full to full mouthfeel. Round, black fruit flavors with a touch of barbecue spices. While she has an ample fruit payload, she also has some nice, clean lines of minerals and wood. […]

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Italy, Garganega, Soave, ReMidas, Cantina di Soave, Soave DOC, 2012

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N/ Honeysuckle, lime zest, yellow flowers, light Vaseline. Fresh rain on cement. Cream Brulé and toast points. Lovely.T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. A very nice balance between a lightly  coating mouthfeel, and ample, lime zested acid work. Yellow apples, honeydew, and pineapples. Medium long finish with a touch of mouthwatering lime. http://www.cantinasoaveusa.com/re-midas-soave.php Price = a […]

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Portugal, Vinho Verde, White Blend, Aveleda, Casal Garcia (Em Português tambem)

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Note: this is a non-vintage, highly-affordable wine that way over delivers…. This wine was made for spring and summer, I suggest stocking up on it. White blend of: trajadura, loureiro, arinto, and azul. N/ Dried hay, sea salt, sun-baked slate, rain, and wet cement in the most agreeable way possible. T/ Medium-full mouth feel which […]

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USA, Zinfandel, Gnarly Head, Old Vine, Lodi, California, 2012

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N/ Nutmeg, coconut, and clove on her start. Red berries, taffy, and a hint of rock. Crushed bricks. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Pronounced red berries and red fruits. While the fruit payload is clearly dominating, there is a light backbone of minerals, and a decent acid pop that lends some balance. This is one of those […]

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Italy, Sangiovese, Vecchio Rosso, Monte Vibiano, Marsciano – Perugia, Umbria, 2011

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She started out on the light side of the equation but, with time, became ample and full of fruit. A touch of spice and a delightful acid presence throughout the experience. Paired perfectly with roasted chicken and a persimmon chicken risotto. The balance between her ripe red fruit flavors, acid throughout, and clean lines made […]

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Bulgaria, Sauvignon Blanc, Rose of Pinot Noir & Syrah, Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Cabernet, Vini, Veni Vidi Vici, Thracian Valley, (2009-2011)

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I was delighted to sample five bottles of Bulgarian wine, across six major grape types. They all retail at a fairly amazing $8.99 – $9.99. For me, the rose of pinot/syrah and the sauvignon blanc were clear stand outs.  The rose ($8.99) I posted  here http://www.brainwines.com/bulgaria-rose-pinot-noir-syrah-vini-veni-vidi-vici-thracian-valley-mmxi-2011/. The sauvignon blanc well, look, she is my least […]

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Bulgaria, Chardonnay, Vini, Veni Vidi Vici, Thracian Valley, MMXI (2011)

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N/ What dominates her nose is salty toast, truly. She also has pineapple, lemon, and yellow tropical fruits with a bit of oyster shell / minerality mix. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. Dry and acid driven upon entry but she also delivers light cream. Pretty complex ride for nine dollars! As with her nose, salt, […]

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Bulgaria, Rose (of Pinot Noir & Syrah), Vini, Veni Vidi Vici, Thracian Valley, MMXI (2011)

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A blend of 60% pinot noir and 40% syrah. N/ Acidic, crushed river rock waftings introduce aromas of strawberry jolly rancher, wet steel, and cranberry. T/ Medium full mouthfeel. Surprisingly weighty given the acid focus of the nose. Dripping, acid dancing strawberry, cranberry, and cherry flavors intermix with lime juice – in a balanced, mouthwatering […]

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USA, Chardonnay, Morning Fog, Wente Vineyards, Livermore Valley, San Francisco Bay, California, 2012

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N/ Yes, some very familiar buttered aromas, but restrained and ripped through nicely by notes of crushed river rocks.  Standard Chardonnay yellow tropicals accompanied by lime juice. Fresh rain water with a splash of sweetener. T/ Medium mouthfeel. As with her nose, buttery yellow tropicals reign for her fruit component. Toast points, hay, and minerals […]

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Chile, Red Blend (“Winemakers”), Reserva, Casillero del Diablo, Concha y Toro, Rapel Valley, 2011

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Red blend of: 60% syrah, 25% carmenere, and 15% cabernet sauvignon. N/ Lightly cedar-smoked black cherries. A pronounced mineral and wet steel blast of aroma. Soft caramel and chocolate flavors. Hint of tomato leaf slightly detracts from a fairly warm and inviting nose. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Juicy flavors of red berries and boysenberry jam. Soft […]

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USA, Chardonnay, McManis Family Vineyards, River Junction, California, 2011

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Background My mother and father enjoy California chardonnay quite a lot.  Once of their favorites is a well-made, but typical, butter-scotched variety – i.e. the enormously popular style that is over-oaked chard. That wine runs for about $20-$28.  In the hopes that I could save them some unnecessary expenses, we did a blind tasting with a host of $10-$15 […]

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Argentina, Malbec, Graffigna, Centenario, Reserve, San Juan, 2011

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Note: I had this wine in a brand new “malbec wine glass” by Graffigna and Riedel.  The glass is great, and will be the subject of a future post soon. N/ She begins with coppery blood, crushed rocks, blackcherry, gunpowder, and saddle leather. Then some acid popping violet aromas dance. Sage and light tobacco notes complete. […]

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France, Melon de Bourgogne, Muscadet de Sevre et Maine, Chateau La Tarciere, Loire Valley, 2011

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N/ Crisp, acidic and wonderful hay notes. Crushed limestone, honeysuckle, and sunshine. Clean and bright. T/ Light mouthfeel. Clean lines of yellow fruit with soft citrus notes. Light asparagus notes, bracing acidity and long mineral notes. Surprising flavor intensity given the reputation of this grape as being somewhat neutral. Sur lie aged. Alcohol = 12% Price = […]

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Chile, Cabernet Sauvignon (with Carménère and Petit Verdot), Calcu, Colchagua Valley, 2010

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Whoa. This is like no other Chilean cabernet I’ve ever had. Her colors, big acid, and thin mouthfeel would not suggest cabernet sauvignon to me – if this was a bling tasting. Red blend of: 85% cabernet sauvignon, 10% carménère, and 5% petit verdot. N/ Eucalyptus delights. Fresh raspberries quech. Fresh leather intrigues. Flint and […]

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Argentina, Malbec, Benjamin Nieto Senetiner, Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza, 2012

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Rated one hour post decant in DEC2012, so given a probable March 2012 harvest this is showing amazingly well for one fresh and affordable Malbec. N/ A deep tarn of black fruits with a dusting of oyster shells. Dark chocolate. A stew of red apple skins. Touch of sandalwood incense. Clean, angular, and delightful. T/ […]

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Argentina, Cabernet Sauvignon, 34, Bodega Carelli, Mendoza, 2010

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Best two hours+ post decant. She starts off a tad green and tight. Good airing fixes this. N/ Herbs. Red and black berries. Smoked cassis. Cedar, and young oak. Leather. Light, black soil. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. Angular and semi-tart flavors of red berries and cranberry with a small pucker effect. Simple. No major […]

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Argentina, Malbec, Alfredo Roca, Fincas, Finca Santa Herminia, Mendoza, 2011

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N/ Plum skins and black fruits reduction. Violets. Wild herbs. Rhubarb. River rocks. Black, wet, soil. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Clean and soft, but with angular lines of black fruits and stewed plum skins. A crabapple-type pucker dances around amidst all the brooding fruit. Clean finish, with wet wood notes. Price = 23R (Brasil) = $10 […]

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