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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Parducci, True Grit, Reserve, Mendocino, California, 2012

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Red blend of 80% cabernet sauvignon, 15% merlot, and 5% syrah. N/ Dusty plums, boysenberries, rhubarb, paprika, redwood sawdust, and slate. T/ Medium mouthfeel. She starts with a tart pucker leading to clean lines of black fruits, ripe cranberry, and red berries. Nice mineral notes, light tobacco flavors, and some sandy tannins close her out. […]

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USA, White Blend, Little Black Dress, “Divalicious White,” Mendocino, California, 2011

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White blend of: 65% Pinot Grigio, 18% Muscat, 8% Chardonnay, 4% Sauvignon Blanc, 3% White Riesling, and 2% Viognier. N/ Sweet, steamed hay. White rose petals, honeysuckle, and thin wafts of petrol. Chamomile. T/ Medium-full mouth feel. She begins with soft pink grapefruit blast, a medium thick coating of glycerol, and flavors of steeped hay. While […]

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USA, Gewürztraminer, Castello di Amorosa, Anderson Valley, Mendocino County, Napa Valley, California, 2011

N/ Massive white and yellow flowers with bright pear juice and apricots – simply delicious bouquet. Incense, cloves, taffy, and mulled wine aromas. Light touch of oyster shells and citrus. T/ Medium mouthfeel. A round, but acid snappin’ flower and chamomile stew. Peach and pear juice go on and on. Spiced wine flavors dart in […]

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USA, Gewürztraminer, “Dolcino”, Castello di Amorosa, Anderson Valley, Mendocino County, California, 2010

Note: slightly sweet, with residual sugar at 36 g/L, but her acid work balances that out so well that this can be a sipping, not just desert, delight. N/ Pure, huge aromas of green apple, but also distinct wafts of red apple skins. Pears, honey, and stewed honeysuckle. Light burlap and yellow grasses. Absolutely gorgeous. Best mimic of […]

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USA, Late Harvest Gewürztraminer, Castello di Amorosa, (Napa Valley, Anderson Valley, Mendocino County), 2008

N/ Beautiful botrytis signature waftings of thick, ripe, dried apricots and honey. White flower reduction sauce. Gardenias. Hint of citrus. T/ Full mouthfeel. Dripping honey-coated apricots and canned peach juice. White pear syrup. Acid work well integrated, but could use just a bit more. Long, coating, honey finish. Wonderful juice. http://www.castellodiamorosa.com Winemaker = Brooks Painter […]

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USA, Chardonnay, Parducci, Mendocino County, California, 2009

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N / Unmistakeable California-signature chardonnay aromas, but with a tad more “butter restraint” than is the norm of late. Still plenty there, for the fans. Hints of nice river rocks sneak in under the butterscotch blanket. T / Medium-full mouthfeel. Thick, coating, tropicals and light honeysuckle. Well-integrated acid, especially in light of the affordability here […]

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USA, Pinot Grigio, Castello di Amorosa, Mendocino, 2010

N/ Soft grasses and hay. Warm river rock / granite wafts. Melon. Sweetened dough. Toasted almonds. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Medium crisp spring water with stewed fresh blonde hay,  lime zest and melon flavors. Nice acid pop. Clean. Extended river rock and acid closer. http://www.castellodiamorosa.com/ Winemaker = Brooks Painter Price = $20 Very Good+. 89 This […]

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