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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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USA, Petite Sirah, Ravenswood, Vintner’s Blend, California, 2009.

N/ Smoked and massively deep plums laced with a slight touch of confectionery. Massive cigar box, aged tobacco, and tomato leaf. Big, juicy, and brooding. Pretty awesome. T/ Full mouthfeel. Slightly tannic, but this is overrun by a huge black fruits and plum machine gunning. Impressive acid and balance for the price point. A flinty, […]

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USA, Chardonnay, Kunde, Sonoma Valley, California, 2010

N/ Nice, clean yellow fruits.Candied pop corn. Toast points. River rocks. Acid-kissed, wet cement. T/ Medium mouthfeel. First thing that hits you is a crisp, acidic backbone with bold minerality and clean granite. Next comes a restrained payload of clean yellow fruits and spicy, stewed hay flavors. A touch of butterscotch is in there for […]

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Chile, Carmenere, Concha y Toro, Marques de Casa Concha, Rapel Valley, 2009

N/ Round, stewed fruits, black plums, black cherry. Acidic wafts of wood and burlap. A violet reduction / infusion, sprinkled with granite dust. Game notes. T/ Full mouthfeel. Acid looms large over concentrated rose petal juice, black fruits, and rare beef. Thick with minerality and dark soil flavors. While I was not eating one I can imagine […]

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USA, Red Blend (Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot), Edge, Napa Valley, 2008

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Note: let breathe at least an hour after decanting. Red blend of: 80% Cabernet and 20% Merlot. N/ Clean, warm cassis. Medium-intensity barrel room. Light milk chocolate.  Round minerality, graphite, and granite. Excellent. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Medium clean stewed cassis with a confectionery finish. Tannins a bit tight and puckering. Backboned and well structured with […]

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USA, Pinot Noir, 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”. Very pleasant packaging as well… bright, vibrant, summer beach shorts and bikini cool. Don’t miss the cute little flip flops on top of the screw caps. Each varietal (I’ve […]

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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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Chile, Cabernet, Los Vascos, Domaines Barons de Rothschild, Lafite, Colchagua Valley, 2009

Note: this wine was decanted a full two hours before rating, I’d suggest you do the same. N/ High acid signature leading to black currant, cassis, crisp leather, green grasses, light white pepper, and a nice granite closer. T/ Medium to medium-full mouth feel. Smooth, but powerful cassis and blackcherries.  Slight to low tannic bite […]

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Chile, Syrah, Loma Larga, Casablanca Valley, 2006

N/ Brick dust. Massive, carmelized black fruits. Flint. Barnyard, rope, and burlap. Pencil shavings, and crushed rocks, oh my. Lovely.  T/ Medium-full mouthfeel.  Surprisingly clean given the earthy nose. Massive tannins. Big, dripping black fruits. Savory mushrooms. Mineral and long, fruit bomb finish. Winemaker = Cedric Nicolle http://www.lomalarga.com/site/?page_id=28 Price = $29 Brilliant. 92 / 93 […]

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Chile, Chardonnay, Los Vascos, Domaines Barons de Rothschild, Lafite, Colchagua & Casablanca Valley fruit, 2010

N/ Freshly steeped hay. River rocks. Passion fruit, grapefruit, and yellow fruits. For first 10 minutes the acid blast is off the charts – then it subsides. T/ Medium mouth feel. Medium oil and glycerol weight. Smooth, yellow fruit bomb followed by crisp minerality. Finish is long and mildly fruity – with an end note […]

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Chile, Pinot Noir, Valdivieso, Reserva, Casablanca Valley, 2009

Note: more vibrant and balanced within one hour of opening. Don’t dally. N/ Crushed river rocks steeped in a light black tea. Clean, lean, bacon wafts. Solid, standard pinot cherry waftings. Crisp hay. Flint. Tiny hints of chlorine. T/ Medium mouthfeel.  Well balanced acid with ample red fruits and berries. No hard edges here, even […]

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USA, Sauvignon Blanc, Franciscan, Napa Valley, 2009

N/ Fresh, zingy limes. Clean, fresh hay. Touch of grapefruit.  Slightest wafts of new leather. Like the 2008, thankfully  light on the Sauv Blanc signature cat pee / harsh herbals. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. Low weight. Excellent acid pop followed by medium-strong, delightful, minerals.Followed by crisp, ripe lime and lemon. The 2008 lacked, just […]

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France, White Bordeaux (Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon), Chateau Ballan-Larquette, Bordeaux, Gran Vin, 2009

N/ Lime zest, river stones, steel wool, dried hay and honey. Really quite elegant for the price point. T/ Full mouthfeel. Medium high, but clean, glycerol weight. Mineral-rich, yellow fruits. Hay infused spring water. Delightful, old-world structure, with enough of a fruit profile – that so many new world drinkers covet. Should be a crowd […]

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USA, Red Blend (Merlot dominated), Bonedance, JAQK Cellars, Napa Valley, California, 2007

Red Blend of: 75% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Syrah, and 1% Cabernet Franc. N/ Clean blackcherry and purple fruits. Brick dust, river rocks, light confectionery. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Clean, angular blackcherry and red berries. Touch tannic, but nicely mixed with some sweetness. Long, nice, earthy finish. Smooth and full. Only fault – lacking just […]

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USA, Red Blend (Cabernet Sauvignon with a splash of Syrah), Folie a Deux, Napa Valley, 2008

Red Blend of: 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Syrah N/ Clean, lightly smoked cassis. Light honey-kissed confectionery. Clean, warm, medium oak. Lovely, but a tad understated. T/ Clean. Medium mouthfeel. Elegant. Red and black berries. Very nice structure. Excellent wood integration and balance – especially for the price point. Solid, long finish. Price = $24 […]

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Argentina, Shiraz, Hacienda Los Haroldos, Familia Falasco, Mendoza, 2008

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N/ Slightly acidic granite dust. Leather. Tobacco. Cassis reduction. Cedar. Gunpowder. Light confectionary. A tad hot. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Bursting raspberries and blackberries. Nice tart fun. Full fruits but not cloying. Price = $18R (Brazil) = $10 US http://www.familiafalasco.com.ar/haroldos/ Brilliant 92

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Chile, Red Blend (Cabernet dominated), Montes, “Limited Selection Cabernet Sauvignon Carmenere”, Colchagua Valley, 2008

Red Blend of: 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Carmenere N/ Hardwood-driven cherries. Slight vinyl. Slight spice and cloves. Light flint. T/ Light to medium. Salty plums. Tad puckering. Cherry pie. Nice tobacco juice. Smoky, long finish. Price =$15 Brilliant 92 This wine was part of a “Wines of Chile” tasting event… the wine was a […]

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USA, Syrah, Desert Wind Vineyard, Columbia Valley, Washington, 2006

N/ Taffy. Young leather. Dry river stones. Grass. Rosemary. Light rust. Very unique for a Syrah. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. Medium steel. Round, thick, blackberries. Long finish. Price = $20-$26 Brilliant. 92 This wine was part of a “Syrah Smackdown” tasting evet. This bottle kindly provided by the winery as a media sample.

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USA, Sauvignon Blanc, Foppiano, Russian River Valley, 2009

N/ Dry river stones. Field grasses. Tomato leaves – interesting! Lime zest. T/ Light mouthfeel. A tad sparse on the flavors (stone fruits), but clean and bright. Great acid. Light steel. Light toast. Refreshing to be sure! Winemaker = Natalie West Retail = $18 Brilliant. 92 This wine was a media sample kindly provided by the […]

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USA, Merlot, TRE, Tre Cellars, Guglielmo Winery, 2007

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Note: A decent amount of precipitate was found on the neck ring after taking the cork out. Could be a contributing factor to the lower-than-expected fruit I found in this bottle. N/ Early = Cedar. Brick dust. Tight oaks. Cement, not kidding. Light red and black berries. Later = Plum developed nicely 30 minutes after […]

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