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Bottle Variations

Cork. A Rant on Wine Closures.

Cork. Heck, just the word is enough to set off magnesium-hot firestorms among wine makers and lovers.  Much like politics, one will stand by their “team” no matter how irrational and/or circular their arguments have to become to keep the party line turgid. Personally, I dislike cork as a wine closure, and smile every time […]

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Australia, White Blend (Viongier and Marsanne), d’Arenberg, “The Hermit Crab”, McLaren Vale, Adelaide, 2008

White Blend of: 72% Viognier and 28% Marsanne. Note 1: Another case of bottle variation… I had this many months ago, lost my tasting notes, but recollected a significant fondness for it… so I bought two new bottles last week.. bottle number one was reduced and had VA / nail polish aromas that all but […]

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USA, Syrah, Vina Robles, Syree, Paso Robles, California, 2006

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NOTE: This seems another clear case of dreaded bottle variation. I suspect bottle number one had a slight closure issue which affected the wine.  Bottle two was what they intended. Fabulous. First Bottle Red Blend with 84% Syrah and 16% Petite Sirah N/ Lightly smoked plums. Hardwoods. Spring water. Slight dark chocolate. Slightly reduced. T/ […]

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USA, Riesling, SOFIA, Francis Coppola, Monterey County, 2008

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First off the bottle is simply among the most beautiful containers you’ll see for a large production wine. Sexy, tear shape. Crystal clear. Interesting neck. This thing is a flower vase for sure after I drain it (or lamp, see below). I’d easily pay 6$ for this as a vase alone – so the wine […]

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USA, Thornton, Viognier, 2007, Bottle Variations, Closures

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This is an absolutely wonderful, if not downright fascinating Viognier.It is also a decent example of a far-too-common challenge facedby winemakers…In the fantastic book “To Cork or not to Cork” by Gorger Taber (which I will post a full review on later) many examples are given that detail bottle-to-bottle variations.The scenes generally play out like this… a […]

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