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Argentina, Cabernet Sauvignon, 34, Bodega Carelli, Mendoza, 2010

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Best two hours+ post decant. She starts off a tad green and tight. Good airing fixes this. N/ Herbs. Red and black berries. Smoked cassis. Cedar, and young oak. Leather. Light, black soil. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. Angular and semi-tart flavors of red berries and cranberry with a small pucker effect. Simple. No major […]

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Chile, Cabernet Sauvignon (with Carmenere), Canepa, Novisimo, Valle Central, 2011

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85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Carmenere. Rated 1 hours post decant. 13.5% alcohol. Decant and do not drink for a minimum of 30 minutes. Some sharp aromas need time to dissipate. N/ Too much Chilean smoke here once again. Underneath the onslaught are some nice, angular, wafts of black cherry and cassis. Acidic rock dust. […]

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Argentina, Pinot Noir, Doña Paula, Estate, Mendoza, 2010

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N/ Light cherry. Light taffy. Hints of black tea. A wiff of forest floor aromas. Fairly weak nose. Was slightly chilled, however. When warmed to room temp she expectedly became more complex, and out came some nice smoked aromas, but still, not enough action going on for this price point. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Restrained, dried […]

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USA, Pinot Noir, Robert Mondavi, Carneros, Napa Valley, California, 2010

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N/ I actually decanted this Pinot, which is uncommon for me to do. The reason I did that is, upon opening, I detected wafts of rubber, possibly indicating too much of a reduced state (that can come from one or more grape and/or wine-crafting issues). After an hour this mostly burned off, but lingered enough […]

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Australia, Chardonnay, Fish Eye Wines, South Eastern Australia, 2011.

N/ Wafts of butterscotch, and buttery oils, typical of California-style Chardonnay are here, however this wine benefits from having some pleasing soft pear and stewed apple aromas.  In a blind tasting I’d of guessed California, not Australia. T/ Medium full to full mouthfeel. Round, thick yellow tropical fruits. A tad oily for my liking, however this characteristic is […]

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USA, White Blend, Jade Mountain, “White Wine Blend”, California, 2009

White blend of: Chardonnay, Marsanne, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Malvasia Bianca, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier. N/ I did not look up the composition of this wine until after I rated it, but, to me, I thought was predominately Chardonnay, then Viognier, then Riesling. Did not guess any Sauvignon Blanc. A clear, buttered up California-style Chard crafting comes through, […]

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USA, Red Blend, Zinfandel Dominated, Pandemonium, Lodi & Clarksburg, California, 2009

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Red blend of: Zinfandel, Malbec, Merlot, and Petit Verdot. (I like the creative blending here). N/ Her nose is a tad light, but dominated by Zinfandel-like wafts such as red berry jam and some deep plum notes. Black pepper and dark chocolate. She also shows light leather, gunnysack, and a nice punch of boysenberry. T/ […]

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Chile, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Casa Silva / Los Vascos, Domaines Barones de Rothschild (Lafite) / Cono Sur / Nimbus / Veramonte / Santa Rita / De Martino / Concha y Toro

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      Wines of Chile Blogger Tasting 5 Sauvignon Blancs and 3 Chardonnays from various locales in Chile (Casablanca, Colchagua, Leyda, and Limari Valleys). Master Sommelier Fred Dexheimer (@FredDexMS) as host. These wines were generously provided by the wineries, Wines of Chile (@DrinkChile & @WinesofChile), and the Thomas Collective (@TTC_Tweets). Sound-bite Summary As I tweeted at the […]

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France, Gamay, Cru Beaujolais, Georges Duboeuf, Wine Tasting Event

Georges Duboeuf Wine Tasting Event Cru Beaujolais Grape: Gamay, which of note, is a cross of Pinot Noir and Gouais Blanc, the latter a white varietal. Prices: An astoundingly affordable $14 – $18.  Incredible QP2R here. Hosts: Yann Bourigault, Export Director for Georges Duboeuf Wines and Gwendolyn Osborn of Wine.com.  Twitter handle: @Wine_com The Wines: 2010 […]

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Australia, Shiraz, Fish Eye Winery, South Eastern Australia, 2010

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N/ Fruit ICBM. Stewed plums, black fruits, but also, unmistakably and unfortunately, Lambrusco. Crushed stones and confectionery. T/ Full mouthfeel. Thick plum and cherry stew. Full of flavor, but a tad gritty. Full, but soft tannins. Certainly gulpable, but hard to get over the smell of Lambrusco. Needs some acid, and touch more minerality for […]

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France, Pinot Noir (Burgundy), Morey Saint Denis, Premier Cru Les Ruchots, Frederic Magnien, 1996

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N/ Aggressive pine and resin layered clumsily over lovely florals and dark brooding black fruits. Old leather, crisp flint, and gunpowder. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Coating, pine infused, slightly oxidized cherries. Deep black cherries and earth. Long tarty cranberry and mineral finish. Balance decidedly off. I was so excited to have this wine, but she just […]

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USA, Red Blend (Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel), Steelhead Red, Sonoma, Hopland, California, 2009

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Red blend of: 56% Cabernet Sauvignon and 44% Zinfandel N/ Under-ripe plums, tight oaks, smoke. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Lots of decent plums and berry flavors but texture too grainy and chalky.  Seems Zinfandel dominated, but is not. http://www.steelheadwine.com/ Note: They make donations to something near and dear to my heart, so I really was hoping I’d […]

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USA, Red Blend (60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot), Mondavi, Woodbridge, Lodi, 2009

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N/ Pronounced vegetal and bell pepper (lessened by vigorous swirling). Stale plums and brick dust. Neither balanced, nor attractive. T/ Medium-full to full mouthfeel. Chalky plum stew. Wet, black earth juice. The finish is surprisingly pleasant, given the sub par body. It is a sort of rhubarb stew with some woody notes. Much improved on […]

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USA, Riesling, Cupcake Vineyards, 2009

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N/ Light yellow fruits. Hay. Dry soil. Light petroleum wafts. T/ Light mouthfeel. Salty grapefruit juice. One of the saltiest wines I’ve ever had. Winemaker = Adam Richardson Retail $14 Note: I’ve given very high marks to Cupcake on many of their great Quality to Price Ratio wines, this one, however, missed the mark a […]

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Argentina, Cabernet Sauvignon, Bodega Barberis, “Cava Negra”, 2006

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N/ Stale cherry cough syrup. Wet burlap. Dried blackberries. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Dirty, weak cherry juice. Flat and uninspired. Price = ~$12.   Rating = C / C+

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22 Brazilian Beers Reviewed – Muito Muito Bom!

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        I must say I was blown away by the across-the-board quality I witnessed from the big-production beers of Brazil. The big winners were: Everyday Beer: Skol & Itaipava Serious Beer: Bohemia “Confraria” – “Cerveja forte tipo Abadia” & Devassa’s Loura Dark Beer: Petra, Xingu, and Caracu All of the above – shockingly good. […]

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Argentina, Malbec, “Da Casa”, Organico, Vinicola A72320, 2008

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In what I assume is a “second bottling” – or maybe fifth?! the identity of this vineyard is only given as “Vinicola A72320″.   Probably for good reason as this wine needs mucho help. “Vinicola A72320” could certainly have been the name for R2D2’s long-lost grape de-stemming droid buddy? N/ Light cherries and dust. No […]

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Chile, Carmenere, Casa Silva, 2007

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N/ Smoldering plastic (an unfortunate aroma occasionally associated with Carmenere). Iron. Clean blood. Black pepper. T/ Stale cranberry juice. Flint. Liquid smoke. Pepper. Easy to drink, but needs a LOT of work. Fair +. 79

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