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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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France, Malbec with Merlot, Cahors, Clos La Coutale, Philippe Bernède, 2010

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A red blend of 80% malbec and 20% merlot. N/ A faint hint of rubber tree slightly detracts for about 30 minutes but then burns off to reveal deep black fruits, fresh cedar, wild herbs, gunpowder and black cherries. Her ample fruits are sprinkled with a bit of brick and cement dust, in a nice way. […]

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Argentina, Malbec, Trivento, Reserva, Luján de Cuyo and Uco Valley, Mendoza, 2011

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C/ Classic neon purple rim on an extra dark purple base. N/ Black fruits, black cherry taffy, and lightly smoked white pepper. Crushed dry leaves. Dry concrete mix. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Black cherry, puckering boysenberry and cranberry. Her acids are good but slightly overpowered by her fruit stew. Suggest you decant and wait two hours […]

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