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Events – World of Wine – Barrel Tasting – Temecula, California

Heading out this weekend to check out this event… http://www.temeculawines.org/events/index.php?events_id=24 From their website… March 5 and 6 from 10am to 4:30pm “It’s WoW time! Once again, the wineries of the Temecula Valley open their cellar doors for guests to enjoy a bevy of wines at our annual two day barrel tasting event.  Old world wine varietals created in new world, Temecula style, […]

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USA, Red Blend, Il Terrazza Rosso, Kimberly Vineyards, Tesoro Winery, Temecula, California, 2009

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Note: Let breathe 20 minutes, and make SURE to serve chilled. C/ Quite dark for the style. Welchs grape juice color. N/ Leather. Plums. Grape juice. Light pepper. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Soft tannins. Plesant sweetness. Massive lambrusco and plum reduction sauce. Light woods. Casual summer fun in the glass. This is not elegant winemaking like […]

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USA, Cabernet Franc, “Lydian”, Lorimer, Temecula, 2008

Note: I wish more pure varietal Cab Francs were made in the US.  Thank you Lorimar – for making a very nice effort with this one…. N/ Smoked plums. Light candy. Crushed granite. Gunpowder. Black pepper. Faint vinyl. T/ Full mouthfeel. Massive, medium ripe plums. Light cherries. Black soil. Tobacco juice. Full oaks. Retail = […]

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USA, Red Blend, Meritage, “Medley”, Lorimar, Temecula, 2005

A Meritage Red Blend of: 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, and 9% Cabernet Franc. Decant and wait at least 2 hours. It is really worth the wait. N/ Dry forest floor. Ripe, soft cassis and plums. Cigar box. Flint. Mocha. Rosemary. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Cassis. Chocolate. Nice structure. Balance slightly effected by a tad too […]

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USA, Red Blend (Sangiovese, Cabernet, and Merlot), Tesoro Winery, Trinita, Temecula, 2006

A red blend of: 67% Sangiovese, 22% Cabernet, and 11% Merlot Temecula winery, Paso Robles grapes. Note: No need to wait long after opening. Ready to enjoy in just 10 minutes. N/ Massive fruit bomb of strawberries and cherries. Warm oaks. Lovely barrel room. Lavender. Fresh leather. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Lightly candied cherries and plums. […]

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USA, Viognier, Tesoro, Temecula, 2009

N/ Wonderful aromas of a spring creek – fresh river stones, spring water, grasses. Dried hay. Oranges. Light pine. Fantastic. T/ Medium-full. Honeysuckle juice. Big, round tropical fruits.  Oranges. Full, round minerality. Lovely. Only thing my taste would have preferred is a tad more restraint on the fruits and a more angular minerality. This is […]

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USA, White Blend, Chenin Blanc and Viognier, Lorimar, Duetto, Temecula, 2009

A white belnd of 62% Chenin Blanc and 38% Viognier. N/ White flowers. Light dry hay. Wet stones. Tropicals. Grapefruit. Light petroleum. Light toast. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Round minerality. Medium-clean stone fruits. Citrus-kissed finish. Retail =$18 or just $13.50 for Lorimar’s wine club members. Very Good+. 89 This wine was a media sample kindly provided […]

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USA, Malbec, Stuart Cellars, Limited Reserve, 2007

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N/ Big fat blackberries, dried cherries, violets, dry earth – but wet cedar.  Barrel room. Maybe even a touch of sandalwood or incense. Very complex, interesting, and pleasing. T/ Medium-full to full mouthfeel. Fruit bomb of nice mixed berries. Damp, fresh, dark soil. Exceptionally smooth and round. Wow. This is a great Malbec.  Given that many high […]

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USA, Zinfandel, Stuart Cellars, Select Reserve, Unfiltered, 2005

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N/ Fresh barrel room, excellent! Plum and pepper. River stones. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Chalky. Dirt and old plums. Fairly one-dimensional. Retail $30 A great nose indicated great wet to come, but did not quite deliver as promised. Very Good+. 89

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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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USA, Syrah, Thornton, 2006

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N/ Beautiful aromatics fill the glass right after opening. Gorgeous and floral.  Quite unique for a Syrah. Barrel room, violets, rosemary and pepper. Beautiful. T/ Medium full mouthfeel. Dripping red berriesmarinated in black pepper. Solid wood-work.  Luscious. Notes – Even after 3 hours, no loss of fruit or any signs offlattening. – Unlike many big reds, was no […]

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