Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Review: **** $$ Murphy-Goode Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California, 2002 = BEST VALUE

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Original tasting and review : This is Murphy-Goode Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California, 2002, finished at 13.5% alcohol and first sampled a whopping 12 years from vintage date, in December, 2014.


In the glass: Deep mahogany, opaque from a half inch of the edge.

On the nose: Poured at cool room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows deep, fat boiled blackberries with a nice cedar-based surround sound.  From the aroma, seems like this will be fat, of course, sweet and rich with soft tannin residue.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact deep with veinous aromatics of black plum and rich blackberry and plenty of cedar, as suggested by the nose.  Shows no hint of age or tiredness.  In fact, still sports a lively, bright verve that lifts the deep fruit.  Tannins only show as a mechanism for holding a long, clean finish in your cheeks.  A tiny spurt of acid peeks out at the end.

In summary: Overall, rates a brilliant, long-lived four stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  Best value, even after all these years!

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

***+ $$ Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Barossa Shiraz, 2006, Australia - Review and Rating


Original Review, August, 2008, two years from vintage date: This has been one of my favorite Aussie shiraz in past vintages. My review of the 2005 Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Barossa Shiraz is here. Let's see how the wine - and my palate - have held up for the 2006 vintage.

In the glass, the 2006 Shotfire is dark blood red with a hint of purple. Aroma is velvet-cream furniture polish - wonderful! On the palate, the extracted black cherry moves up into your mouth, bringing sprightly acids along with the flowing cream. Finish seems a bit one-dimensional and "hot" from alcohol (which comes in at 14.3%). This time, I'll give it three stars with a plus for potency. I awarded four stars plus for the 2005.

Wine Spectator awarded 91 points to the 2006 Shotfire, saying, "Aims for refinement and achieves a supple balance of ripe plum and currant fruit against a range of sweet spices and fine tannins. Lingers gently and expressively. Production was split between cork and screw-cap closures. Tasted from cork. Drink now through 2016. 15,000 cases made."
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Following a full 24 hours decanting: Similar impression overall. Palate moves towards inky black cherry. Hot finish is toned down, brings depth and balance. Very nice. Suggests this is quite ageworthy.
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Updated review, December, 2014, now a whopping eight years from vintage date:  Still deep, blood red magenta and black, opaque from a half inch in from the edge of the glass.  Soft and lively velvet Aussie shiraz nose.  With age, this shows less creaminess and more brightness.  Brings plums - as you'd expect - along with friendly spices.  Held up well to age and I'd leave the same ***+ score.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Review: ***+ $$ La Cova dels Vins Ombra Montsant, Barrica, Spain, 2006 = GOOD VALUE

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Original tasting and review : This is La Cova dels Vins Ombra Montsant, Barrica, Spain, 2006, finished at 14% alcohol and first sampled eight years from vintage date, in November, 2014.

In the glass: Deep magenta with plenty of brick at this stage, opaque from an inch in.

On the nose: Poured at cool room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows buckets of old-world brett. From top to bottom, room-filling horse manure.  From the aroma, seems like this will be rich once you plow through the old-world must.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact bold, substantial, earthy - full of black, bright fruit and gritty tannins.  Delivers a robust, full-throttle, classic old world red wine experience.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars with a huge plus for potency on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  Good value at a modest price point.

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Review: **** $$ Casa Silva Quinta Generacion, Colchagua Valley, Chile, 2002 = BEST VALUE

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Original tasting and review : This is Casa Silva Quinta Generacion, Colchagua Valley, Chile, 2002, finished at 14% alcohol and first sampled 12 years from vintage date, in November, 2014.  It is a red blend of 50% cabernet sauvignon, 30% carmenere, 10% shiraz and 10% petit verdot selected from multiple plots in three estates.


In the glass: Deep black cherry magenta, opaque from a half inch from the edge.

On the nose: Poured at cool room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows bold, slightly
medicinal black cherry fruit with some black currant elements that sear your nostrils.  From the aroma, seems like this will be bold, vivacious and memorable.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact layered with deep black cherries.   The bold black juice glides gently over your palate, sleek and still full of layered tannins.  Black currants, lavender and hints of tobacco add to the flavor elements.  Fades relatively quickly, but on a sleek curtain of mineralized layers.  Quite impressed after more than a decade.

In summary: Overall, rates four stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale and is a very tasty best value.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Review: ***+ $ F. Stephen Millier Angel's Reserve Zinfandel, Lodi, California, 2013 = BEST VALUE

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Original tasting and review : This is F. Stephen Millier Angel's Reserve Zinfandel, Lodi, California, 2013, finished at 14.5% alcohol and first sampled one year from vintage date, in October, 2014.

In the glass: Medium red.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows shy, deep fruit, underlying spices.  From the aroma, seems like this will be big but still subtle.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact much as anticipated: subtle at the first sip, with a round mouth of dry fruit entering your palate, but then resolving into spices and dry, big blackberries.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, and is a best value at its bargain price point.

Updated review, a month or so later, carries the subtlety, but brings along bold, big, furry fruit, definitely deserving of a plus.

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Review: *** $$ Cascabel Compose Mourvedre Syrah, McLaren Vale, Australia, 2011

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Original tasting and review : This is Cascabel Compose Mourvedre Syrah, McLaren Vale, Australia, 2011, finished at 14% alcohol and first sampled three years from vintage date, in November, 2014.

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

On the nose: Poured at cool room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows soft, red and lightly eucalyptus fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be gentle and soft fruity.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact somewhat as expected, with soft red berry fruit prominent, robed with some gentle tannins and plush fabric.  Finish lifts up to red berries and settles clean.

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

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