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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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USA, Red Blend, Crimson and Clover, Concannon, Conservancy, Livermore Valley, California, 2009

Red blend of: 50% Petite Sirah, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15%Syrah, and 10% Zinfandel. N/ Ripe plum, slightly smoked. Strawberry jam. Broth of river rocks and dried grasses. Touches of confectionery, cigar box, and cedar. T/ Full mouthfeel. Thick, red berries and plum jam. Displays many good aspects of classically made Zinfandel that appear to be […]

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USA, Pinot Grigio, Flip Flop, Underdog Wine Merchants, California, 2010

Note: these are truly “feel good wines” because “for every bottle of flipflop wine purchased, Soles4Souls will distribute a pair of shoes to someone in need”. I love the handy little visual guide on each bottle. N/ Hay. Bright yellow fruits. Crushed rocks. Wet cement. Light saltiness. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Dripping. Round, yellow fruits. Dry […]

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USA, Pinot Noir, Flip Flop, Underdog Wine Merchants, California, 2010

Note: these are truly “feel good wines” because “for every bottle of flipflop wine purchased, Soles4Souls will distribute a pair of shoes to someone in need”. Very pleasant packaging as well… bright, vibrant, summer beach shorts and bikini cool. Don’t miss the cute little flip flops on top of the screw caps. Each varietal (I’ve […]

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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon (with 10% Grenache), Big House, The Usual Suspect, Soledad, California, 2009

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Note: only for Cabernet “fruit bomb” style lovers….i.e. this wine is the opposite of French style Cabernet….   This might be an excellent choice for a crowd-pleasing party wine (and will be about as low an impact on your wallet as possible).   N/ Fresh cedar. Black pepper. Deep cassis. Smoke. Cigar box. Light swamp […]

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USA, White Blend (Pinot Grigio dominated), Mondavi, Woodbridge, Lodi, 2010

White blend of: 76% Pinot Grigio, 21% “aromatic white varieties”, and 3% Sauvignon Blanc. N/ Simple and fairly flat, but with nice touches of: grapefruit, lime zest, river stones, green grasses, and light burlap. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel.  Tart, refreshing acid pop hits first, and then leads to light, crisp citrus notes. Ending is […]

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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Morro Bay, Pasternak, Lange Family Grapes, Lodi, Acampo, 2008

N/ Clean plum. Mocha. Lavender. Confectionery laced cassis. Clean cloves. Tobacco. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Soft. Round. Slightly chalky plum bomb. Very gulpable. Might be a excellent party wine – for broad appeal and great price point. Winemaker = David Akiyoshi Price = $10 – $12 Very Good + / Brilliant -. 89 / 90 This […]

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USA, Red blend (Zinfandel, Syrah, and Merlot), Apothic Red, 2009

N/ Massive jam bomb exploding inside a vat of more jam. Wet, black earth. Stewed, black pepper. Light wafts of river rock. T/ Full mouthfeel. Soft, fat, pillows of gigantic plum jam. Sweet, round, and plush. Incredibly easy drinking. Not elegant, but amazingly gulpable. One of the best under $20 red “party wines” I’ve ever rated […]

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