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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Faust, Napa Valley, Coombsville, California, 2012

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Red blend of: 80% cabernet sauvignon, 16% merlot, 2% cabernet franc, and 2% petit verdot. Note: over 50% of the fruit for this vintage came from the 110-acre Faust Vineyard in the Coombsville district, which is the highest percentage that has ever made it into the final blend for this wine. I’ve enjoyed almost every wine I’ve had from Coombsville. […]

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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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Italy, Red Blend (Merlot, Syrah and Sangiovese), Liberta, Collazzi Vineyards, Toscana, 2012

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N/ Cellar room, sage, crushed rose petals, cassis, light confection, sweet woods, forest floor, and rhubarb. Complex and delightful. T/ Light to medium mouth feel. Silky but bouncing with acidity. Clean, mineral driven cassis and red berries, with a cranberry tartness that tamed with time in the glass. A perfect food wine that worked seamlessly with […]

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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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Winery Visit, Jordan Vineyard & Winery, Healdsburg, California

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Jordan Vineyard & Winery The Jordan grounds are a sight to behold.  The approaching road winds through beautiful country and lulls one into the thought they must be approaching a modest farmhouse teeming with disheveled chickens pecking about, goats with neck bells clanging, and wafts of barnyard. Instead, the road takes a decidedly manicured turn […]

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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pine Ridge, Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California, 2010

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Rated 45 minutes after opening the bottle, no decant necessary. Red blend of: 90% cabernet sauvignon, 8% petit verdot, 1% cabernet franc, and 1% merlot. N/ Deep notes of black cherry and rich cassis, with mature, and in this one case, delicious tomato leaf aromas. Black soil. Forest floor. Mesquite wood. Baker’s chocolate and slate. […]

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Italy, Super Tuscan Red Blend (Sangiovese, Merlot, Cabernet, etc.), L’Andrea, Monte Vibiano, Colli Perugini Rosso DOC, Marsciano – Perugia, 2007

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Red blend of: sangiovese 50%, merlot 15%, cabernet sauvignon 15%, Syrah 5%, other red grape varieties 15%. N/ Lightly smoked black cherry, and deep red fruits with layers of earth, tobacco, wet, aged oak, and rock. Pine needles, sage, and wild herbs slow dance. Only, slight detraction, is a wee bit of reduced aromas that […]

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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, Rosé (Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon), Bordeaux Rosé, Château Bonnet, 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/) A Rosé blend of: 50% merlot and 50% cabernet sauvignon. C/ Striking. Neon pink cranberry. N/ Apples, cranberries, marine, slate, and raspberry aromas. Lots going on for a Rosé at this price […]

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Bulgaria, Sauvignon Blanc, Rose of Pinot Noir & Syrah, Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Cabernet, Vini, Veni Vidi Vici, Thracian Valley, (2009-2011)

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I was delighted to sample five bottles of Bulgarian wine, across six major grape types. They all retail at a fairly amazing $8.99 – $9.99. For me, the rose of pinot/syrah and the sauvignon blanc were clear stand outs.  The rose ($8.99) I posted  here http://www.brainwines.com/bulgaria-rose-pinot-noir-syrah-vini-veni-vidi-vici-thracian-valley-mmxi-2011/. The sauvignon blanc well, look, she is my least […]

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USA, Red Blend (Meritage) (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec), Magnificat, Franciscan, Napa Valley, California, 2009

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Red blend of: 64% cabernet sauvignon, 26% merlot, 5% petit verdot, 3% cabernet franc, and 2% malbec. N/ Black cherry, black currant, plum skins.  Cedar, vanilla, and coconut. River rock. Wild herbs, pine needles, and dried sage. Barrel room lingers. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Medium plus tannins. Medium plus acid. Dry, angular, plum, cherry, and a […]

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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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Uruguay, Red Blend (Tannat and Merlot), Artesana, Canelones, 2011

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Red Blend of 60% tannat and 40% merlot. Suggest enjoying 2-3 hours after decanting, she needs time to soften and blossom. The wait will be worthwhile. N/ She leads with deep bass notes of aged barrel room and distinct cherry corial chocolates. Sharp, crisp flint notes.  Bright black cherry. Lime juice dripped on crushed rocks. […]

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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain, Cornerstone Cellars, Napa Valley, California, 2009

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Red blend of: 95% cabernet sauvignon and 5% merlot. Rated 4 hours after decanting. C/ Deep and spooky purple black. Gorgeous. N/ Pine needles and conifer scents. Deep barrel room, cassis, and plum notes. Leather and smoked sage. The deliciously layered smells of a pine forest when you wake up in a sleeping bag. I love […]

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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Raymond Vineyards, Reserve Selection, Napa Valley, California, 2009

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89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, and 3% Cabernet Franc. Rated 3 hours post decant. N/ Clean cassis and barrel room wafts. Black cherries and flint. Sage and wild herbs. Gunpowder. Coconut / suntan lotion wafts (fairly unique, but just really seem perfect here). Crushed rock dust and bakers chocolate. Yes, a whole lot going on. T/ Medium-full […]

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USA, Red Blend (Syrah, Merlot, Malbec), Robert Mondavi, Private Selection, Coastal Crush Red, Central Coast, 2011

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Red Blend of: 67% Syrah, 24% Merlot, and 9% Malbec. N/ Dried black cherries, slightly candied cassis, and cherry cordials. Sweet and taffy-like. For the first two hours she had an unfortunate note of rubber and/or vinyl, however, this finally dissipated at approximately two and a half hours post decant. Once gone, nice fruit and […]

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USA, Red blend, Les Chevaux (Merlot dominated), Columbia Crest, Horse Heaven Hills, Cascade Mountains, Washington, 2010

Red blend of: 80% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 7% Syrah. N/ Plum stew, blood, game, black cherry and flint. Pine needle tea. Black tea. Dominated by acidic snaps of flint dust. Balloons and band aids. Barrel room. Forest floor. A bit wild and interesting. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. The first thing you taste is a […]

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USA, Red Blend, Rocks!, Stepping Stone by Cornerstone Cellars, North Coast, California, 2010

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Red blend of: Zinfandel from Lake County, Syrah from Sonoma, and Napa Valley (Carneros) Merlot. N/ Reduction sauce of plum skins.  Smoked oak and paprika. Deep cassis, wet earth, and river rock. Wild herbs with a blast of sage. Pine and cedar. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Dry, angular, plum and cherry. Pine needle tea. Berries and […]

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Winery & Vineyards Visits – Acorn Winery (Alegría Vineyard) in the Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California, USA

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Highlights The warm and knowledgable Betsy and Bill. True “Field blending” (40-50 different grape types on just 27 acres). Great wines. Excellent and down-to-earth atmosphere and wine making approach. Solid soil and cork learning tools on display in the tasting room. Learning without effort. 40-50 varietals = from A to Z, seriously. Madeline Angevine and […]

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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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