Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Review: ***+ $$ Paul Dolan Zinfandel, Mendocino County, California, 2012 = GOOD VALUE

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Original tasting and review : This is Paul Dolan Zinfandel, Mendocino County, California, 2012, finished at 14.5% alcohol and first sampled two years from vintage date, in September, 2014.

In the glass: Deep red cherry.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows chewy red berry fruit, with blackberry and a hint of oak.  From the aroma, seems like this will be fresh, generous and flavorful.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact mouth-filling with plenty of furry sweet red currant fruit with hints of milk chocolate. Robust acids and supporting tannins very quickly grab the fruit and run it up into the crevices of your cheeks.  As the palate delivers a friendly red fruit, you find that the taut acids and tannins slowly dissipate, creating a long and clean finish.   A bold, but food-friendly zinfandel, ready to cut through some serious fats.

In summary: Overall, rates an easy three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, just touching an additional plus for its compelling style and becoming a good value buy.

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Review: ***+ $$ Muirwood Cabernet Sauvignon, Arroyo Seco, California, 2012 = GOOD VALUE

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By way of background, opening thoughts: I enjoyed the Muirwood chardonnay a great deal and today I will be sampling the cabernet sauvignon, at an equally attractive price point.


Original tasting and review : This is Muirwood Cabernet Sauvignon, Arroyo Seco, California, 2012, finished at 14.2% alcohol and first sampled two years from vintage date, in September, 2014.

In the glass: Muddy mid red.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows fresh, bright red berries; think red cherries and red currants.  From the aroma, seems like this will be rich and layered with nice bright berry notes.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact the rich, fresh and textured mouth feel - showing violets and plums - plus an overlay of soft and gentle tannins.  Flavors glide along for a good long time in the finish, coating your pallet with the soft purple flavors.  This offers a nice, clean, gentle slide to the ending.

In summary: Overall, rates three plus stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, making this a very good value at its price point.

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Muddy mid red. Fresh, bright red berries on the nose, think red cherries and Terrence read Currents. Seems like it will be rich and layered with nice bright very notes.  Rich, fresh and textured mouth feel, showing violets and plums and an overlay of soft and gentle tannins. Flavors glide along for a good long time in the finish, coding your pallet with the soft purple flavors, nice clean gentle slide to the ending. Three stars with a plus., Making this a best value

Review: **+ $ Oak Grove Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, California, 2012

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Original tasting and review : This is Oak Grove Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, California, 2012, finished at 13% alcohol and first sampled two years from vintage date, in September, 2014.

In the glass: Light, ruby red.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows red berries plus a generic California merlot bright red element.  From the aroma, seems like this will not be distinctive, but clean.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact clean red raspberries with bright peaks of flavor.  Finish is clean, fast and fresh.

In summary: Overall, rates two stars with a big plus on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.

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Review: *** $ Les Barriques Luc Pirlet Cabernet Sauvignon, Pays D'Oc, France, 2012 = BEST VALUE

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Original tasting and review : This is Les Barriques Luc Pirlet Cabernet Sauvignon, Pays D'Oc, France, 2012, finished at 13% alcohol and first sampled two years from vintage date, in September, 2014.

In the glass: Ruby red.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows fresh, clean red berries.  From the aroma, seems like this will be light, quick and bright.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact sweet feeling, with good depth and intense flavors of violets, combined with subtle hints of milk chocolate.  Fresh, bright tannins wrap up the sip with a brief finish, except for the violet flavors, which linger for a long time.

In summary: Overall, rates a very easy three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, making this a best value at its attractive price point.

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Review: **** $$$ Vina Alicia Tiara, Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina, 2009

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By way of background, opening thoughts: Mendoza, Argentina, is a well-known winemaking region, but most often known for its malbecs and cabernet sauvignons.  Today, we are sampling a significantly different mix of grape varietals from the region.


Original tasting and review : This is Vina Alicia Tiara, Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina, 2009, finished at 13.5% alcohol, a white wine blend first sampled five years from vintage date, in September, 2014.  It is a blend of 50% riesling, 40% albarino and 10% savagnin.

In the glass: Golden yellow.

On the nose: Poured at cellar temperature and swirled vigorously, shows bright stainless steel, grasses and sweet hay.  From the aroma, seems like this will be flavorful and sweet.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact thick, rich, bright with fruit, but almost succulent in mouthfeel.  Shows peach, honey, hints of fresh butterscotch.  Finish cascades nicely, with whispers of acids creeping up into your cheeks as the sip slowly fades.

In summary: Overall, rates four stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  Awesome white blend from a most uncommon collection of varietals.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Review: ***+ $ The Curator White, Swartland, South Africa, 2012 = BEST VALUE

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Original tasting and review : This is The Curator White, Swartland, South Africa, 2012, a blend of 54% chenen blanc, 30% chardonnay and 16% semillon, finished at 13% alcohol and first sampled two years from vintage date, in September, 2014.

In the glass: Clear with hints of light yellow and vanilla.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows bits of hay and sleek dry fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be full on the palate.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact full, fat and even somewhat creamy, while remaining sleek and clean.  Soft, fragrant, minerally fruit, with just enough acids to tame the full, slick, mouth-filling fruit.  Shows elements of citrus, while not allowing the acids to overpower the sleek feel.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars with a big plus for fragrant balance on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, yielding a easy bet as a best value.

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