Monday, February 23, 2015

Review: ***+ $ Apothic Crush Limited Release Red Blend, California, 2013 = BEST VALUE

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Original tasting and review : This is Apothic Crush Limited Release Red Blend, California, 2013, a unique blend of petite sirah and pinot noir, finished at 14.5% alcohol and first sampled a mere 2 years from vintage date, in February, 2015.


In the glass: Deep magenta and purple, opaque in the center.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows deep fruit, though somewhat generic in style - think California appelation merlot. Still, it does have a nice furriness and depth.   From the aroma, seems like this will be full and friendly.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact thick, velvet ropes of milk chocolate fruit, positively oozing sweet friendliness.  Flavors include ripe blackberries and very ripe blueberries, wrapped in soft furry tannins.  Virtually no acids.  Finish stays with the fruit and fades fairly quickly without notice.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars with a big plus for friendliness on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  Awesome value at its bargain price point.  You just likely won't see it on the market for long.

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Review: ***+ $$$ Les Cretes Coteau La Tour Syrah Vino Da Tavola, Italy, 2005

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Original tasting and review : This is Les Cretes Coteau La Tour Syrah Vino Da Tavola, Italy, 2005, finished at 13% alcohol and first sampled 9 years from vintage date, in February, 2015.  An unusual experience for me, being a pure syrah varietal from Italy.


In the glass: Dark burgundy, opaque in the center.

On the nose: Poured at cellar temperature and swirled vigorously, shows muddle dark and red fruits.  From the aroma, seems like this will be hearty, perhaps tired?

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact quite candied and flavorful, bringing lollipop cherry together with ripe blueberry and fresh blackberry, all spicy and full of fruity berry acids.  Not a hint of age on the palate.  A fun, berry-laced romp.  Finishes with a few additional licks of a black cherry lollipop as the acids curl into your cheeks.

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

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Review: *** $$ Altitude 1050 Malbec, Valle de Uco, Mendoza, Argentina, 2006

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Original tasting and review : This is Altitude 1050 Malbec, Valle de Uco, Mendoza, Argentina, 2006, finished at 13.5% alcohol and first sampled 8 years from vintage date, in February, 2015.

In the glass: Deep ruby red.

On the nose: Poured at cool room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows soft, but enchanting and rich lightly oaked blackberry fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be full and creamy.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact soft red raspberry and fuller blackberry surrounding.  Pretty much a straight-on fruit sip, though, without a great deal of texture standing behind the upfront fruit.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Review: ***+ $$ Carnivor Cabernet Sauvignon, California, 2013 = GOOD VALUE

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Original tasting and review : This is Carnivor Cabernet Sauvignon, California, 2013, finished at 13.8% alcohol and first sampled 2 years from vintage date, in February, 2015.

In the glass: Black reddish purple, opaque from a quarter inch of the edge.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows funky, inverted stewed raisin fruit.  From the aroma, it is hard to anticipate the flavors.  Seems like there's a lot of "punch" in reserve.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact full-fruited deep black cherry and very ripe blackberry, with some furry tannins creeping around the edges and lending a relatively lengthy, though clean finish.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, and just touches a plus for its pleasant power, making this a good value.

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Review: *** $$ Carmel Road Pinot Noir, Arroyo Seco, Monterey, California, 2013

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Original tasting and review : This is Carmel Road Pinot Noir, Arroyo Seco, Monterey, California, 2013, finished at 13.5% alcohol and first sampled 2 years from vintage date, in February, 2015.


In the glass: Deep raspberry color.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows subtle red raspberry.  From the aroma, seems like this will be high pitched and aromatic.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact showing layers of fruit compote flavors, including black raspberry, red cherry and blackberry.  Few tannins, but the sip lingers by crawling with some acids into your cheeks.  Not a tight sip, however, but shows a soft, lightly sweet roundness.  Not quite what I was hoping for, given its origins near Santa Lucia, but a solid, if light, pinot noir.

In summary: Overall, rates an easy three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Review: ***+ $$$ Palmer Select Reserve Red Table Wine, North Fork, Long Island, NY, 1998

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Original tasting and review : This is pretty unusual.  It is our first tasting of Palmer Select Reserve Red Wine, but it is with a 17-year-old bottle.  The full name is Palmer Select Reserve Red Table Wine, North Fork, Long Island, NY, 1998, sampled in February, 2015.  It is a blend of 71% cabernet sauvignon, 26% cabernet franc and 3% merlot.


In the glass: Medium to light brick red.

On the nose: Poured at cool room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows deep red fruit, some friendly but notable funk.  From the aroma, seems like this will be still fresh and deeply veined.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact showing classic, dry Long Island fruit, but nicely suited up with tannins, acids and deep maroon fruit.  Finish lingers with slowly subsiding fruit, acids that slowly build into your cheeks and a desire for another sip.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars with a big plus for longevity and depth on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.

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