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2009

USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Smith Madrone, Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, 2009

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N/ Right after decanting she started off a bit rough with a couple off aromatics reminiscent of tomato leaf and  green bell pepper. However, after about 30 minutes all those vapors vanished and out blossomed a lovely Napa Cabernet. Lightly smoked cassis and black cherry. Canvas, slate, and light gunnysack. Suggest decanting and waiting at […]

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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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USA, Red Blend, Acorn Hill, Acorn Winery, Alegría Vineyard, Russian River Valley, Healdsburg, Sonoma, California, 2009

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A red blend of: 54% Syrah, 44% Sangiovese, 1% Viognier, 0.5% Canaiolo, and 0.5% Mammolo. N/ Clean, inviting, barrel room wafts layer perfectly atop blackcherry, plum skin, and savory notes.  Wet earth, wild herbs, and aged leather delight. She closes with a touch of sage and wild prairie. Complex countryside aromas here. Love it. T/ Medium […]

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USA, Red Blend (Meritage) (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec), Magnificat, Franciscan, Napa Valley, California, 2009

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Red blend of: 64% cabernet sauvignon, 26% merlot, 5% petit verdot, 3% cabernet franc, and 2% malbec. N/ Black cherry, black currant, plum skins.  Cedar, vanilla, and coconut. River rock. Wild herbs, pine needles, and dried sage. Barrel room lingers. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Medium plus tannins. Medium plus acid. Dry, angular, plum, cherry, and a […]

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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain, Cornerstone Cellars, Napa Valley, California, 2009

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Red blend of: 95% cabernet sauvignon and 5% merlot. Rated 4 hours after decanting. C/ Deep and spooky purple black. Gorgeous. N/ Pine needles and conifer scents. Deep barrel room, cassis, and plum notes. Leather and smoked sage. The deliciously layered smells of a pine forest when you wake up in a sleeping bag. I love […]

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USA, Petit Verdot, Steven Kent, Ghielmetti Vineyard, Livermore Valley, California, 2009

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Rated one hour after decanting. If you’ve never had a pure petite verdot, I’d strongly suggest you start with this beauty…. C/ Brick dust and neon squid ink. Awesome color. N/ Deep, brooding woods. Stewed plum and black cherry with caramelized sugar. Exotic spices. Sage. Rosemary. Cracked flint. Forest floor. Oyster shell. Wonderful. T/ Full […]

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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malk Family Vineyards, Stags Leap AVA, Napa Valley, California, 2009

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N/ When compared with the incredible 07 and 08 vintages, this 09 has deeper, softer, notes of those same lovely rose petals. Absolutely sexy and voluptuous. Plums and black cherries. Soft, light, white pepper and forest floor. Soft cedar, florals, and barrel room notes. Wild herbs. The aromatics deliciously ebb and flow. Enjoy over hours […]

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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Raymond Vineyards, Reserve Selection, Napa Valley, California, 2009

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89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, and 3% Cabernet Franc. Rated 3 hours post decant. N/ Clean cassis and barrel room wafts. Black cherries and flint. Sage and wild herbs. Gunpowder. Coconut / suntan lotion wafts (fairly unique, but just really seem perfect here). Crushed rock dust and bakers chocolate. Yes, a whole lot going on. T/ Medium-full […]

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USA, Chardonnay, Buena Vista, Carneros, Napa Valley, California, 2009

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N/ A light oak presence to start, but then intensified with time in the glass. After 20 minutes reached a level a tad too high for my personal preference, but likely just right for most California Chard drinkers. Red apple meat and skins predominate. Carmels and camomile play. Steeped hay. T/ Medium-full to full mouthfeel. […]

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Chile, Cabernet Sauvignon, William Fevre, Gran Cuvée, D.O. Pirque, Valle del Maipo, 2009

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Rated 2 hours post decant. N/ Big, warm, oak and plum bomb with dried dates squished into wet forest floor. Lightly acidic river rocks. Aged leather. Flint. Good cherry cough syrup. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Full black fruits, blackcherries and red berries. Tobacco leaf and forest floor notes. Still quite a cranberry pucker kicking about, even […]

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Chile, Cabernet Sauvignon, Concha y Toro, Marques de Casa Concha, Puente Alto, 2009

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Rated 1.5 hours post decant. She really needs ample air. The oak is just too much here. Maybe a few more years of bottle rest might alleviate as well. N/ Big oaks. Too big. Their power detracts from the nice smoked cassis and red berry aromas trying to break through. Acidic wafts of crushed rocks. […]

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Argentina, Malbec, Nieto Senetiner, Reserva, Mendoza, 2009

N/ Clean, smoky, deeply stewed plums. Graham crackers. Black soil. Freshly cracked flint. T/ Full mouthfeel. Coating and velvety. Plums stewed with smoke. Red berry reduction sauce. Ripe cranapple. Long finish of oaky, plum stew. Big, bold, delicious. California Cabernet Sauvignon lovers might really enjoy this wine.  She has a lot of parallels with heavily […]

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USA, Zinfandel, Old Vine, Ravenswood, Sonoma County (Dry Creek, Sonoma Valley, Alexander Valley, Russian River), 2009

Red Blend of: 84% Zinfandel, 8% Petit Sirah, 6% Carignane, 2% Mixed Blacks N/ Acid popping, stew of plum skins and dark berries. Round, soft, wafts of old forest floor, especially aromas reminiscent an old moss-covered log – in a clean, inviting, way. Moss covered rocks, black soil, and mushrooms. T/ Medium-full to full mouth […]

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Foppiano Vineyards / Winery & Vineyard Visits / Sonoma Valley, Russian River Valley, California

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I adore Foppiano Vineyards. The wines, the people, the grounds, the vibe. True, real, professional, elegant, delicious. I’ve long been a fan of Natalie West‘s wine crafting, so visiting Foppiano in person had been on my wish list for years. Natalie gave me a fascinating tour around their ample, and gorgeous, grounds and then guided […]

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USA, White Blend, Jade Mountain, “White Wine Blend”, California, 2009

White blend of: Chardonnay, Marsanne, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Malvasia Bianca, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier. N/ I did not look up the composition of this wine until after I rated it, but, to me, I thought was predominately Chardonnay, then Viognier, then Riesling. Did not guess any Sauvignon Blanc. A clear, buttered up California-style Chard crafting comes through, […]

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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Cellars, Stagecoach Vineyard, Napa Valley, California, 2009

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N/ Pronounced earth and black soil. Rusty dirt. Flinty, thick blood. Rust and granite. Cedar and hardwoods. Graphite. Deep, brooding black fruits. Light forest floor. Blasts of freshly split flint on the close of the nose. Hints of wet concrete. Teases of funk. Surprisingly left bank Bordeaux in character. Delightful, complex, and perhaps best suited […]

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Chile, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Casa Silva / Los Vascos, Domaines Barones de Rothschild (Lafite) / Cono Sur / Nimbus / Veramonte / Santa Rita / De Martino / Concha y Toro

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      Wines of Chile Blogger Tasting 5 Sauvignon Blancs and 3 Chardonnays from various locales in Chile (Casablanca, Colchagua, Leyda, and Limari Valleys). Master Sommelier Fred Dexheimer (@FredDexMS) as host. These wines were generously provided by the wineries, Wines of Chile (@DrinkChile & @WinesofChile), and the Thomas Collective (@TTC_Tweets). Sound-bite Summary As I tweeted at the […]

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USA, Red Blend (Zinfandel and Syrah dominated), Shannon Ridge, Wrangler Red, Lake County, California, 2009

Red blend of: 37% Zinfandel, 35% Syrah, 18% Petite Sirah, 5% Barbera, 3% Mourvedre and 2% Tempranillo. Tasted 30 minutes to 4 hours post decant. N/ Juicy and ripe strawberry jam.  Burlap and clean canvas. Dry earth and light wafts of crushed granite. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. Nutmeg and spiced red and purple berries. […]

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USA, Red Blend (Cabernet Sauvignon dominated), Shannon Ridge, High Valley & Red Hills Appellations, Lake County, California, 2009.

Red Blend of: 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Syrah, 5% Petite Sirah, and 1% Malbec. Tasting took place from 1-4 hours post decant. N/ Medium-strength barrel room, red berries, and plum. Light confectionary and taffy. Powdered flint, with a light touch of cigar box. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Her first impression is a very soft body, second impressions include a […]

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USA, Petite Sirah, Shannon Ridge, Ranch Collection, Lake County, California, 2009

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Note: tasted 2-5 hours post decant. C/ Black-purple squid ink. Dangerous. N/ Voluptuous and massive boysenberry and black fruits reduction sauce. Clean oaks. Ink. Stewed flint. A wonderful black, lurid, acid-wafting tarn of delight.  (A) T/ Full mouthfeel. Clean and angular, but still a full payload of black fruits and plum skins. Liquid granite and […]

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