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Chile, Sparkling Wine, Brut Rose, Valdivieso, Valle de Casablanca y Bío Bío

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Sparkling (Charmat method) of 60% chardonnay and 40% pinot noir. N/ Rhubarb, raspberries, mixed berries, crushed rocks, and hints of oxidation/port aromas. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Nice acid pop with red berry flavors mixed with a light touch of lime. Tannins do play but they do not bite too deeply. Slight mineral close. Winemaker = Bret […]

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Italy, Glera, Prosecco, Gustino B, Ruggeri, Valdobbiadene, Prosecco Superiore, 2015

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N/ Lime zested over river rocks. Seaspray. Nice but a bit too subtle. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Tart green apple, lime juice, crushed granite and oyster shells. Delightful, refreshing, no faults but not complex enough. www.prosecco.it Price = $25-$30 http://www.ruggeri.it/our-wines/giustino-b/?lang=en N = B- T = B I = B Overall = B This wine was a […]

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Argentina, Malbec, Trivento, Amado Sur, Mendoza, 2014

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A malbec with 11% bonarda and 10% syrah. N/ Clean aromas of black cherry, plum skins, wild herbs, rich oak and crushed granite. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Black cherry, plum compote, blueberries, and layers of oak. Price = $15 http://www.excelsiorwines.com/wine/amado-sur-malbec-blend/ N = A- T = B I = B Overall = B This wine was a […]

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New Zealand, Pinot Noir, Loveblock, Central Otago, 2013

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N/ Spicy oak. Dusty black cherry. Pepper. Flowers. Light game notes. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Berries, red fruits, and cherries. Multiple wood flavors. http://terlatowines.com/new-wines/new-zealand/loveblock/pinot-noir Alcohol 14% Price = $35ish N = A- T = B I = B Overall = B / B+ This wine was a media sample generously provided by the winery. From the […]

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Chile, Cabernet Sauvignon, Marques de Casa Concha, Concha y Toro, Puente Alto, Maipo Valley, 2014

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N/ Purple and red fruits. Smoked game. Brick dust. Paprika. Cedar / cigar box. Forest floor. Bell peppers. T/ Medium full mouth feel. Loaded with red, blue, and black fruit flavors. These are well-balanced with wood and Earth notes. Only detraction is a light bell pepper note that will likely resolve with more bottle rest […]

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Argentina, Malbec, Red blend, Amalaya, Salta, Calchaqui Valley, 2015

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Red blend of 85% malbec, 10% tannant, and 5% syrah For best results I suggest you decant and wait 30 minutes to an hour before enjoying as she had some reduced aromas that need to float off N/ Black fruits, black soil, plum skins, marine wafts, crushed leaves, forest floor, and taffy. T/ Purple and […]

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Spain, Bodega Paniza, Garnacha and Tempranillo, Paniza, Cariñena, 2013

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N/ Tomato leaves dominate. Wild and savory herb blast, with organic soil and earth, paprika, and dusty black fruits. T/ Medium mouth feel. Dusty purple and black fruits infused with notes of black soil, earth, and maduro tobacco. Rustic. Very rustic. Pair with a meat pizza, lamb, or game. http://www.bodegaspaniza.com/en/index.php Price = $10 – $15 […]

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France, White Blend, Ferraton Père & Fils, Samorëns, Côtes du Rhône, 2015

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Blend of white grenache (60%) and clairette (40%). N/ White and red flowers, honeysuckle, marine wafts, chamomile tea, light citrus, strawberries, and river rocks. T/ Medium mouth feel. Very nice acid. Fresh and light. Citrus and mineral flavors dominate. Yellow grasses, light spice, and chamomile. http://www.ferraton.fr/wines/cotes-du-rhone-samorens-white-ferraton.html Price = $14 N = B T = B […]

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Spain, Viura, Monopole, Compania Vinicola del Norte de Espana, CVNE, Rioja, 2015

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N/ Fresh rain, spring water, white flowers, citrus, sea spray, and wild grasses. T/ Light mouthfeel. Elevated acidity with great mineral notes leads to subtle flavors of citrus, green apple, and chamomile. http://www.cvne.com/en/ct-vino/monopole/ Price = $13 N = A- T = B I = B Overall = B This wine was a media sample kindly […]

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Chile, Pinot Noir, Ventisquero, Kalfu, Sumpai, Leyda Valley, 2013

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N/ More wood in first sniffs than I was expecting, also plenty of spice. Star anise, nutmeg, and then deep, dusty black cherry and cherry aromas. She also has a bit of the reduced aromas that are unfortunately common in many affordable Chilean wines. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Quite divergent from the nose in the sense […]

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USA, Riesling (Semi-Sweet), McGregor, Finger Lakes, New York, 2013

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N/ Pleasant florals, peaches, apricots, balsa wood, yellow grasses, and light vaseline. T/ Coating full mouthfeel. A fair amount of acid still shines thorough a full payload of sweet peach and pear juice, triggering a nice mouth water. Too sweet for me, but certainly not cloying, and many will enjoy the levels here. Simple but complete. A […]

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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Jamieson Ranch, Double Lariat, Napa Valley, 2011

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N/ Plum skins and black, brooding fruits dominate. Cassis, black cherry, pine needles, wild herbals, and brick dust as well. Barbecue. Cedar. Robust and complex. T/ Medium full to full mouthfeel. Massive black fruits, cassis, and black cherry. Ample acid work, with some nice defined layers of flavor intermixed with the more amorphus big fruit […]

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Australia, Shiraz and Viognier Blend, Terlato & Chapoutier, Victoria, 2013

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Blend:  95% shiraz and 5% viognier N/ Countryside sage and soil, a virtual walk amongst wild sagebrush and lavender. Black cherry, taffy, fresh rain, and wet cement. Wonderful. Her only distraction is a hint of rubber. T/ Medium full mouth feel. Dusty, black cherry and cassis with a slightly disjointed cranberry pucker. Woody flavors and a […]

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New Zealand, Sauvignon Blanc, Dashwood, Marlborough, 2013

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N/ 5 out of 10 on my cat aroma scale. Which would be nice for a whole lot of folks, but just a bit high for my personal preference. Gooseberries, honeysuckle, and sun bleached rocks are nice though. T/ Medium mouthfeel. She starts with a nice lime and honeysuckle tartness, then proceeds into some light yellow […]

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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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USA, Red Blend (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Zinfandel), Nobel Vines, “1”, California, 2011

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Red blend of merlot, cabernet sauvignon, and zinfandel. N/ Lightly cedar-smoked big and bruising stewed plums and black cherries. Taffy, light confection, and a sophisticated swamp aromas. Coconut, caramel and chocolate wafts. Warm, thick, assertive – yet soft. T/ Medium full to full mouthfeel. Juicy flavors of plums, soft ripe red berries, and black cherry […]

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France, White Bordeaux Blend (Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, and Muscadelle), Château de Bonhoste, Bordeaux Contrôlée, 2012

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This wine was part of a tasting event put on by the Bordeaux Supérieur Winemakers Association (aka Planet Bordeaux) and Balzac Communications (http://balzac.com/). N/ Steamed hay, oyster shells, marine wafts, white flowers, light citrus, and touch of slate.  Very pleasant, but was hoping for a bit more volume on this nose since the aromatics that […]

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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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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, Petite Sirah, Crystal Basin Cellars, El Dorado Reserve, California, 2010

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N/ Potent, delightful, ripe fig aromas. Black fruits and dried plums. Brisk acid wafts. Wet leather. Moss on a old log. Crisp canvas. Fresh gunpowder and white pepper round her out. Nice and complex. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. A reduction of black fruit and red berries. A dusty cranberry pucker completes the fruit show. Pen ink. Chalk […]

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