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Chile, Cabernet Sauvignon, Santa Rita, Gran Reserva, Medalla Real, Valle del Maipo, 2007

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Rated 3 hours post decant. This wine calls for constant swirling. N/ Unfortunately, she is too smoky, even three hours post-decant. Underneath the smoke is some nice black fruits, black cherries, and leather. Crushed rocks. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. A big acid presence frames blackcherries and red berries. A portion of her tannins remain untamed by […]

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Chile, Moscatel and Semillon, Concha y Toro, Travessia, Valle de Itata, 2010

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N/ Fairly simple aromas of crushed river rocks and dried hay. Slight touch of white flowers. T/ Light mouthfeel. Hay stewed with river rocks. Slightly chlorinated spring water. Price = (17-19 R$ in Brasil) = $10 – $11 US http://www.conchaytoro.com/ Rating = C

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USA, Meritage, Red Blend, Stuart Cellars, Tatria, California, 1999

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N/ Dry gunny sack. Tad hot. Stale, dried cherries. Smoked paprika. Black pepper. T/ Medium full mouthfeel. Slightly chalky. Burnt cherries and dry earth. Price = $50-60.   Rating = C

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Brazil, Cabernet Sauvignon, Casa Valduga, “Elegance”, “Arte”, Rio Grande de Sur, 2008

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Note: this is a “meio seco fino”, which is like a demi-sec. I’m not generally a fan of such so take this rating with a grain of salt if you are a demi-wino lover. Casa Valduga makes some of Brazil’s best wines. This wine, in my opinion, is not one of those. C/ Pinot noir […]

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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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