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Chile, Carmenere, Carmen, Gran Reserva, Apalta Valley, 2009

N/ Started off with typical Carmenere blackcherry / slightly reduced / smokey wafts … but those dissipated and blackcherry, game, blood, and brooding red and purple fruit slowly emerged after extended airing and swirling. T / Full mouthfeel. Clean. Slightly puckering tannins. Massive smoked blackcherries and red berry jam. Burlap closer with acid still going […]

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Germany and USA, Riesling, Cupcake Vineyards, Mosel Valley grapes, 2010

N/ Honeysuckle. Crushed granite. Clean, stewed hay. Lemon zest. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Medium acid pop. Nice weight to acid balance and thankfully not too sweet. Lemon and white pear juice. Acid presence from first sip to finish, very nicely done for this price point. Just a tad flabby on the close, but persistent lemon zesting […]

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USA, Red Blend (Zinfandel dominated), Quivira, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma, 2009

Red Blend of: 83% Zinfandel, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petite Sirah, and 2% Grenache. N/ First impressions were not jammy, which I very much appreciate in a Zinfandel. Black plum, boysenberry, and, interestingly, some warm and dark cassis. Flint, dry earth and tanned leather. Just a tad hot. T/ Full mouthfeel. Clean, plum and light […]

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USA, Chardonnay (with supporting cast), Vin Parfait, California, 2009

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White Blend of: 95% Chardonnay, 3% Riesling, and 2% Muscat. N / Another unmistakeable California-signature chard nose with butter bath, thick oaks, vanilla, and butterscotch. Trying to compete with such is a slight minerality, stewed hay, and rope – all in a nice way. Nose rating = Good  = 81 / 82 T / Medium-full […]

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USA, Pinot Grigio, Cupcake Vineyards, DOC Trentino, Italy, 2010

N/ Honeysuckle. Crisp hay. Soft grasses. Soft, river rock aromas. Citrus. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Ripe cantaloupe and white pear. Medium-high acid pop. Solid mineral backbone. Soft, fruit full finish. http://www.cupcakevineyard.com Winemaker = Adam Richardson Price =$14 Great Q2PR again from the Cupcakers! Very Good. 87 / 88 This wine was a media sample kindly provided […]

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USA, Zinfandel, Red Blend, Ravenswood, Vintner’s Blend, California, 2009

Past vintages were Zinfandel red bends with Petite Sirah, Carignane, etc. I can’t find the varietal composition on this one after a reasonable internet search. Note: Let breathe at least a hour before enjoying. N/ Blackcherries. Fat, stewed oaks with white pepper touches. Flint. Game. Candied soil. T/ Medium-full to full mouthfeel.  Spiced blackcherry and […]

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Australia, Shiraz, Cumulus Wines, Anthropology, “Pure Estate”, Central Ranges, 2009

N/ Smoked plum jam. Gunnysack. Acidic granite dust. Light game. Leather. T/ Full mouthfeel. Thick plum and dark berry jam, almost like a Zinfandel. Game and blood. Long, fruity, tarny, gamey, and oaky finish. Winemaker = Debbie Lauritz Winemaker tasting notes…. http://www.cumuluswines.com.au/ssl/CMS2/assets/2009_Anthropology_Shiraz_TastingNote_USA.pdf Price =$13-15, found on special for $9. Very Good + / Brilliant -. […]

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New Zealand, Sauvignon Blanc, Goldwater, Wairau Valley, Marlborough, 2010

N/ Medium-high ammonia, gooseberries. Powerful green grasses, grapefruit, sharp gunflint.  (B / B+) T/ Medium mouthfeel. Nice acid pop, mouthwatering. Green, crisp grasses steeped with passion fruit juice and citrus. A delightful minerality, one of those “licking a wet river rock” tastes. Long finish, almost too long… getting into “aftertaste” zone… (A-) Too much ammonia […]

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France, Sauvignon Blanc, Chateau de Jau, Vignobles Dauré, Le Jaja de Jau, Cotes de Gascogne, Languedoc, 2010

A very unique, and eye-catching wine label. N/ Pronounced, acidic, river rocks. Medium-high green grasses and medium ammonia. Fresh flowers and clean leather. Lime zest and granite. Alive. T/ Huge acid pop right off, parting to a medium-full mouthfeel. Then, out comes crisp, clean, stewed hay and grasses. A lingering slight yellow fruit sweetness comes […]

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USA, Pinot Grigio, Castello di Amorosa, Mendocino, 2010

N/ Soft grasses and hay. Warm river rock / granite wafts. Melon. Sweetened dough. Toasted almonds. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Medium crisp spring water with stewed fresh blonde hay,  lime zest and melon flavors. Nice acid pop. Clean. Extended river rock and acid closer. http://www.castellodiamorosa.com/ Winemaker = Brooks Painter Price = $20 Very Good+. 89 This […]

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USA, Pinot Grigio, Flip Flop, Underdog Wine Merchants, California, 2010

Note: these are truly “feel good wines” because “for every bottle of flipflop wine purchased, Soles4Souls will distribute a pair of shoes to someone in need”. I love the handy little visual guide on each bottle. N/ Hay. Bright yellow fruits. Crushed rocks. Wet cement. Light saltiness. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Dripping. Round, yellow fruits. Dry […]

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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Morro Bay, Pasternak, Lange Family Grapes, Lodi, Acampo, 2008

N/ Clean plum. Mocha. Lavender. Confectionery laced cassis. Clean cloves. Tobacco. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Soft. Round. Slightly chalky plum bomb. Very gulpable. Might be a excellent party wine – for broad appeal and great price point. Winemaker = David Akiyoshi Price = $10 – $12 Very Good + / Brilliant -. 89 / 90 This […]

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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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USA, Red blend (Zinfandel, Syrah, and Merlot), Apothic Red, 2009

N/ Massive jam bomb exploding inside a vat of more jam. Wet, black earth. Stewed, black pepper. Light wafts of river rock. T/ Full mouthfeel. Soft, fat, pillows of gigantic plum jam. Sweet, round, and plush. Incredibly easy drinking. Not elegant, but amazingly gulpable. One of the best under $20 red “party wines” I’ve ever rated […]

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Chile, Sauvignon Blanc, Los Vascos, Les Domaines Baron de Rothschild, Lafite, Casblanca Valley & Curicó, 2010

N/ Pronounced green grass, raw asparagus, and hard herbals. Round, yellow fruits boxed in on all sides by crushed granite and minerals. Slight ammonia wafts. This is a muscular nose for the varietal. T/ Medium mouthfeel.  Unexpected glycerol weight lends power and coating to the ripe yellow fruits, lychee, and stewed hay flavors. Very refreshing […]

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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Bremer Family, Howell Mountain, Napa, 2003

Note: this is a study in how patience after taking the cork out can pay off. Wait at least two hours post decanting before enjoying this. Prior to the two hour mark, the wine is a disappointment, but after two hours she is elegant. N/ Clean cassis. Warm, dry hay. Warm granite, flint, and cedar. […]

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Australia, Pinot Gris, Innocent Bystander, Victoria, Yarra Valley, 2009

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N/ Honeysuckle, crisp hay, crushed river stones, light confectionery with some rounded woods. Touch of pear on the ending. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel.  Very pleasant acid kick which rushes you into to restrained, but ripe, tropical fruits. Her crisp minerality is nicely balanced with a mouth-watering acidity. Even better when served colder than normal […]

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France, Rose, Bordeaux, Chateau Garrineau Envie d’ete, 2009

N/ Tad flat. Crisp. Clean river stones. Stewed rhubarb. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. Clean, granite kissed red berries and red apples. Very different than the rest of the Rose wines had during the #SDWM Rose Rumble event. Price = just $10! Very Good + / Brilliant -. 89 – 90 This wine was a […]

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USA, Chardonnay, Folie a Deux, Napa Valley, 2009

Napa grapes from Oak Knoll, Oakville, and Atlas Peak. N/ Clean peach juice, fresh hay, green grass, apple, and river rocks. Nicely balanced by the oaks. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel, medium-low glycerol weight. Very nice river rock juice. Leaning toward elegant, but not quite there. Solid wood work. Snappy finish. Price = $18 Very Good + […]

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Chile, Red Blend (Syrah dominated), Emiliana, Coyam, Colchagua Valley, 2007

Red Blend of: 38% Syrah, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Carmenere, 17% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot, and 1% Mourvedre Note: I was lucky enough to have an earlier vintage of the Coyam at the Concha y Toro tasting room in Chile during December 2008. While I liked this wine then, and I like it now, I […]

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