Monday, September 1, 2014

Review: ***+ $$ Oak Ridge Ancient Vine Zinfandel, Lodi, California, 2012 = GOOD VALUE

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Original tasting and review : This is Oak Ridge Ancient Vine Zinfandel, Lodi, California, 2012, finished at 13.95% alcohol and first sampled two years from vintage date, in September, 2014.


In the glass: Deep magenta, opaque from a quarter inch in from the edge.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows bright, aromatic fruit and deep bramble oak.  From the aroma, seems like this will be oaky and sweet.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact full, fresh, sweet and lush. Fresh, twiggy oak branches mixed in the flavors.

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

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Review: *** $ Trader Joe's Reserve Zinfandel, Lot 91, Oakville, Napa Valley, California, 2012 = BEST VALUE

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Original tasting and review : This is Trader Joe's Reserve Zinfandel, Lot 91, Oakville, Napa Valley, California, 2012, finished at 14.1% alcohol and first sampled two years from vintage date, in August, 2014.

In the glass: Deep dusty red, almost opaque in the center.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows shy, bright violets.  From the aroma, seems like this will be high-pitched.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact flavorful and rich, with bright fruit offset with brambly wood elements and a base of oak aging.  Finish is quick but bright and clean.

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

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Review: ***+ $ Trader Joe's Reserve Syrah, Paso Robles, California, Lot 100, 2012 = BEST VALUE

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Original tasting and review : This is Trader Joe's Reserve Syrah, Paso Robles, California, Lot 100, 2012, finished at 14.1% alcohol and first sampled two years from vintage date, in August, 2014.

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

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows balloon and bold purple fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be big and bold, fruity.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact furry and nicely robed purple fruit, showing bold blackberry and furry tannins.  Soft and distinct finish of worthy bold tannic pleasure.

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

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Review: ***+ $ Presswork Grenache, McLaren Vale, Australia, 2012 = BEST VALUE

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Original tasting and review : This is Presswork Grenache, McLaren Vale, Australia, 2012, finished at 14.8% alcohol, unoaked, and first sampled a mere two years from vintage date, in August, 2014.

In the glass: Ruby/black cherry.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows very shy fruit, perhaps a hint of light raspberry.  From the aroma, seems like this will be all light fruit.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact much more robustly fruited, think bold, candied red raspberries spiced with light dustings of mint and lavender.  Full on the palate (perhaps because of the big alcohol), but gentle and delicate on the taste buds.  Clean, fresh finish of red berries.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars with a big plus on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, making this an awesome best value at its bargain price.

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Review: **+ $ Presswork Shiraz, Barossa Valley, Australia, 2011

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Original tasting and review : This is Presswork Shiraz, Barossa Valley, Australia, 2011, finished at 13.8% alcohol, aged for 14 months in French oak and first sampled three years from vintage date, in August, 2014.

In the glass: Deep dusty red.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows lightly funky, fresh red fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be easy-going and full of red fruit.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact a bit more structured and serious on the palate than anticipated, but fresh, gentle and ready-to-drink at a young age.  Not as much "stuffing" as in many Barossa shiraz offerings.

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

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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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