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2007

Italy, Super Tuscan Red Blend (Sangiovese, Merlot, Cabernet, etc.), L’Andrea, Monte Vibiano, Colli Perugini Rosso DOC, Marsciano – Perugia, 2007

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Red blend of: sangiovese 50%, merlot 15%, cabernet sauvignon 15%, Syrah 5%, other red grape varieties 15%. N/ Lightly smoked black cherry, and deep red fruits with layers of earth, tobacco, wet, aged oak, and rock. Pine needles, sage, and wild herbs slow dance. Only, slight detraction, is a wee bit of reduced aromas that […]

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Italy, Sparkling, Brut, Franciacorta, Villa, Monticelli Brusati, Lombardia, 2007

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N/ Acid dancing hay, toast points, oyster shells, canvas, green apples, and a hint of dank funk – oh my. Lovely. Complex. Inviting. Clean. T/ Crisp, fresh, acid popping, and steely, but with a creaminess and depth of apple and toast flavors that leaves you wanting another sip much faster than many a sparkling wine. […]

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Chile, Cabernet Sauvignon, Santa Rita, Gran Reserva, Medalla Real, Valle del Maipo, 2007

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Rated 3 hours post decant. This wine calls for constant swirling. N/ Unfortunately, she is too smoky, even three hours post-decant. Underneath the smoke is some nice black fruits, black cherries, and leather. Crushed rocks. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. A big acid presence frames blackcherries and red berries. A portion of her tannins remain untamed by […]

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(Winery & Vineyard Visits), Castello di Amorosa, Calistoga, Napa Valley, California, USA

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Castello di Amorosa crafts some great wines, as I’ve reviewed in the past.  So when I was planning my most recent Napa and Sonoma tour, Castello was high on my hit list of places to visit. I also had another motivation to see the castle, as I wanted to finally meet, in person, my friend […]

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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Castello Di Amorosa, Napa Valley, California, 2007

The 2007 Napa Cabernets have a great reputation going, and I have been lucky enough to have a number of very nice examples of them.  This also is a delicious 2007, with outstanding aromatics… N/ Barrel room, sage, clean cassis, and red berry jam (the latter quite reminiscent of aromatics typically found in a Zinfandel). […]

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(Winery & Vineyard Visits), A wonderful visit to Tulocay!, Coombsville AVA, Napa Valley, California, USA // Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah

What a winery visit this was!  Fantastically engaging winemaker / owner (Bill Cadman), lovely, laid-back, completely off any beaten touristy wine path Coombsville vibe, fantastic scenery, cute as all get out wine doggy, a ceremonial plate of (oddly mostly Risky Business style) sunglasses left over from forgetful wine enthusiasts, and, most importantly…..wonderful wines at epic […]

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Chile, Carmenère and Cabernet Franc, William Fevre, Gran Cuvée, Gran Reserva, Pirque, Maipo Valley, 2007

Red Blend of 85% Carmenère and 15% Cabernet Franc. Note: 2 out of 3 bottles I recently had of Fevre’s Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon suffered from humid, crappy, corks that rendered the wines oxidized – so while I could tell there was decent wine underneath the rust, I did not have high hopes for this Carmenère. […]

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Chile, Haras de Pirque, Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenere Red blend, Maipo Valley, 2007

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Red blend of: 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Carmenere, 13% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Syrah. Note: for first two hours far too tight and one dimensional in both aroma and taste. Really needs a lot of time post decant to blossom. At about 3 to 4 hours after decanting… N/ Spicy cassis, massive minerality, smoked meat. […]

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USA, Merlot, Franciscan, Napa Valley, California, 2007

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Red Blend of: 92% Merlot, 5% Syrah, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 1% Petit Verdot. N / Barrel room. Smoked plums. Crushed river rocks. Crisp leather. Bitter chocolate. T / Medium mouthfeel. High acid feel for a Merlot, and I like that. Thick tannins, with a few grainy / rough spots even after 2 hours post-decant. […]

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(Winery & Vineyard Visits), Ceja Vineyards, Napa Valley, Califorina, USA

Ceja Vineyards Wine Passion Babbling Section If you are reading this it is almost certainly because you are a member of the club of people that believe in wine.  Now when I say “believe”, I mean to imply that you view wine as an entity that can be far more than simply the sum of […]

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USA, Sangiovese, Castello di Amorosa, Napa, 2007

A red blend of 82% Sangiovese, 8% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2% Cabernet Franc. N/ Clean, acidic, blackberry. Light cassis reduction. Forest floor. Black earth. Light spice and confectionery. Leather. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Slightly candied stewed, juicy, plums with sweet oaks. Just a tad tannic. Slight chalk and a touch of steel. Her nose […]

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Spain, Tempranillo, Artero, Bodega Munoz, La Mancha, 2007

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N/ Brick dust. Round oaks. Freshly dried hay. Blood. River rocks and flint. Wonderful. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Medium high cleanliness. Round, sexy. Clean plums. Red berries and cranberries. Still a tad invasive tannic bite, that simply more bottle aging will likely address. (Although even simpler decanting and swirling took care of this after about the 30 minute mark). […]

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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Envy Wines, Napa, 2007

N/ Fat, lush, barrell room. Clean, thick, cassis and plum. Slight smoke. White and black pepper. Tiny waft of licorice. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Clean, pine-laced, stewed blackcherries and plums. Only fault is a tad chalky. Mineral and flint closer. http://www.envywines.com/ Winemaker = Nils Venge Price = $48 Brilliant-. 90 This wine was generously shared by […]

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France, Loire Valley, Vouvray, Wine Dinner, San Diego Wine & Food Festival

The San Diego Wine & Food Festival (http://www.worldofwineevents.com/) is a annual event that is a do-not-miss.  While the grand tasting event is mammoth, fun, and filled with great wine selections and food, this post will focus on one of the “side offerings”of the festival which include delightful small group dinners, etc. @WineHarlots and I were […]

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USA, Sangiovese, Two Mile, Polesky-Lentz Vineyards, Dry Creek Valley, 2007

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N/ Rich, clean, confectionery dusted plum. Blackcurrant. Dry burlap. Earthy. Lightly gamey. Slight barnyard. T/ Full mouthfeel.  Quite clean and vibrant acids, especially for the fruit payload. Blackcherries. Plums stewed with light licorice. Clean, angular, long, and fruit-packed finish. www.twomilewines.com Price = $38 Very Good / Very Good+. 88 / 89 This wine was a […]

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France, Tasting Event, Planet Bordeaux, Affordable Red Bordeaux Blends, 2006, 2007, 2008, & 2009 Vintages

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This was a TasteLive event, organized by Planet Bordeaux (http://usa.planet-bordeaux.com/) and Balzac Communications (http://balzac.com/) All wines, below,  were media samples kindly provided by the winery. Note: our tasting group (#SDWM on Twitter) was fortunate enough to have 2 sets of the wines – so we opened one when the event began and one 3 hours […]

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Spain, Tempranillo, Rioja, Montecillo, Crianza, 2007

N/ Raw, clean meat. Strong, but lovely rosemary. Light game. Spice. Sage. Fresh leather. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. Clean, but with a slight chalk finish. Light, soft, plums dusted with dry earth and a pinch of white pepper. Red berries. This wine is quite elegant with a rich, velvety, some might say “pricey” mouthfeel.  […]

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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Skylite Cellars, Walla Walla Valley, Washington, 2007

N/ Amazing, warm spice box. Beauteous, fat oaks. Cedar cigar box. Huge blackcherries and cassis. Clean herbals. Wet, black soil. Lightly crushed granite. Phenomenal. T/ Full, silky, mouthfeel. Massive black fruits. Round plums, lightly peppered. Wonderfully sweet oaks. Long, round finish. Only small thing lacking is that the layers are just a tad undefined. http://www.skylitecellars.com/ […]

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USA, Red Blend (Cabernet Sauvignon dominated), 22 Black, JAQK Cellars, Napa Valley, California, 2007

Red Blend of: 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, and 2% Syrah. Note: decant and let breathe at least one hour before enjoying. A slightly reduced state (at least in the bottle I tried) needs to oxidize down a bit. Another year or two of bottle again might obtain same result, and this wine will be […]

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USA, Red Blend (Cabernet Sauvignon dominated), High Roller, JAQK Cellars, Napa Valley, California, 2007

Red Blend of: 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot. Note: I see a staggering number of wine bottles each year.  This powerful presentation, with authentic poker chip bolted right on, was among the coolest bottles I’ve seen in a long while. N/ I was expecting more French oak presence. […]

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