Saturday, August 9, 2014

Review: ***++ $$ Cercius White Wine, France, 2012 = GOOD VALUE

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Original tasting and review : This is Cercius White Wine, France, 2012, finished at 12.5% alcohol and first sampled two years from vintage date, in August, 2014.

In the glass: Clear, hint of yellow.

On the nose: Poured at cellar temperature and swirled vigorously, shows sleek grasses and metallic sheen.  From the aroma, seems like this will be tangy, sharp, with perhaps a hint of sweetness.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact the aromatics and stainless steel of a New Zealand sauvignon blanc along with the soft, full mouthfeel of a barrel-aged chardonnay from from Sonoma.  Yields a friendly, classically-structured white wine, with broad mouth feel and a clean finish.

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

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Original tasting and review : This is Esporao Reserva, Alentejo, Portugal, 2006, finished at 14.5% alcohol and first sampled eight years from vintage date, in August, 2014.  This is a blend of aragones, trincadeir, cabernet sauvignon and alicante bouschet grapes.


In the glass: Deep mahogany, opaque three-quarters of an inch in.

On the nose: Poured at cellar temperature and swirled vigorously, shows oaky red cherry fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be both classic and fruity.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact more classic and structured than fruity, showing deep grained oak and hints of old world, but plenty of layered, dry red cherry.  Light acids, but tannins still hold a nice grip.

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

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Review: *** $$$ Bruna Baroncini Fattoria Querciarossa Fulgente Red Wine, Maremma Toscana, Italy, 2004

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Original tasting and review : This is Bruna Baroncini Fattoria Querciarossa Fulgente Red Wine, Maremma Toscana, Italy, 2004, finished at 13.5% alcohol and first sampled a full decade from vintage date, in August, 2014.


In the glass: Deep ruby and magenta, opaque from about three-quarters inch from the edge.

On the nose: Poured at cellar temperature and swirled vigorously, shows soft, inky, funky purple fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be aged but lively and, perhaps, still bold.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact full of layered fruit, deep plums, with plenty of tannins and acids to lift the fruit up into your palate and cheeks.  It says, "I'll still race you in a marathon!".  The finish is a slow curtain fade to strong applause for the veteran.

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

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Review: **** $$ Angeline Pinot Noir, Sonoma County, California, 2013 = BEST VALUE

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Original tasting and review : This is Angeline Pinot Noir, Sonoma County, California, 2013, finished at 13.9% alcohol and first sampled only one year from vintage date, in August, 2014.

In the glass: Light brick.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows bold balloon funkiness surrounding red and black cherries.  From the aroma, seems like this will be fresh and deeply veined with fruit.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact sweet, furry and mouth-filling with lush red cherry fruits, cinnamon spices, a hint of red pomegranates for acid and soft tannins that creep into your cheeks and slowly grip them so the fruit and acid can hang out for awhile.  Slow fade til you hunger for another sip.

In summary: Overall, rates four stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale and is a best value.  Very attractive offering for pinot noir!

Note: Be careful, Angeline offers two pinot noirs which may be easily confused.  This is the "Sonoma" bottling; not to be confused with the pleasant, but not as impressive, three star "California" bottling.

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Review: ***+ $ Angeline Pinot Noir, California, 2013 = BEST VALUE

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Original tasting and review : This is Angeline Pinot Noir, California, 2013, finished at 13.5% alcohol and first sampled just one year from vintage date, in August, 2014.

In the glass: Deep ruby red with pink highlights.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows deep, lightly oaky and charry fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be bold, friendly but still assertive.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact quite rounded in flavor profile, with blackberry, black cherry, some pomegranate, all in a mouth-filling style.  Acids and tannins clench the cheeks to bring on your next sip.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars with a big plus on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  Awesome best value at the attractive price point; even more so for pinot noir.

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Review: *** $ Cloud Break Pinot Noir, California, 2012 = BEST VALUE

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Original tasting and review : This is Cloud Break Pinot Noir, California, 2012, finished at a mere 12.5% alcohol and first sampled two years from vintage date, in August, 2014.

In the glass: Medium ruby red.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows deep, sweet fruit, some light balloon funkiness.  From the aroma, seems like this will be easy going indeed.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact quite easy going, showing soft, furry sweet fruit, very light acids which lightly tuck into your cheeks and settle.  Pleasant, but not distinctive in aromatics, flavors or texture.

In summary: Overall, touches three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  Best value because of the attractive price point.

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