Sunday, January 25, 2015

Review: *** $$ Robert Oatley Riesling, Great Southern, Australia, 2010

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Original tasting and review : This is Robert Oatley Riesling, Great Southern, Australia, 2010, finished at 12.2% alcohol and first sampled 5 years from vintage date, in January, 2015.

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

On the nose: Poured at cellar temperature and swirled vigorously, shows bright steely grasses, with little spits of honey fruit behind.  From the aroma, seems like this will be spiky bright and acidic, perhaps with some sugar.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact more minerally-slick than anticipated, with cleansing wash of acids.  Shows bright pear fruit. Finish wraps up quickly, but nicely blends softer fruit with bright, perky acids.

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

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Review: *** $$ Clos du Prieur Red Wine, Coteaux du Languedoc, France, 2005

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Original tasting and review : This is Clos du Prieur Red Wine, Coteaux du Languedoc, France, 2005, finished at 14.8% alcohol and first sampled a full decade from vintage date, in January, 2015.


In the glass: Dark brick red, moving to opaque in the center.

On the nose: Poured at cool room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows funky deep balloon rubber wrapped around solid purple fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be tangy yet deep.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact grippy with brick red fruit, full of tannins and tightening acids and plenty of twiggy branches.  Really grabs all around your mouth with the friendly acids and tannins.  Flavors are in the just-barely-ripe blackberry plus currant category, with wisps of black charcoal waving across.

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

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Review: ***+ $$ Francois Pinon Cuvee Tradition Vouvray, Loire, France, 2008 = GOOD VALUE

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Original tasting and review : This is Francois Pinon Cuvee Tradition Vouvray, Loire, France, 2008, finished just slightly sweet at 13% alcohol and first sampled 7 years from vintage date, in January, 2014.


In the glass: Light gold, moving toward butterscotch.

On the nose: Poured at cool room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows both bright lemony grasses on a high pitch and pears and light butterscotch on the low pitch.  From the aroma, seems like this will be complex and full.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact very much in the apple and pear nectar space, showing gobs of sweet fruit with a note of motor oil.  The deep flavors linger, but then are whisked away by a wash of acids that curl into your cheeks and leave tiny sprinkles of lemon drop candiess to fade slowly away.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars with an enormous plus on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  Good value and remarkable after 7 years!

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Review: *** $$ Sharpshooter Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, California, 2004

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Original tasting and review : This is Sharpshooter Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, California, 2004, finished at 14.5% alcohol and first sampled 11 years from vintage date, in January, 2015.  This is a blend of 90% cabernet sauvignon with some merlot and cabernet franc blended in.


In the glass: Medium brick/magenta.

On the nose: Poured at cellar temperature and swirled vigorously, shows soft but bright red fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be sweet and flavorful.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact gentle and delicate with red fruits, almost carrying more of the mouthfeel of a pinot noir than a cabernet sauvignon.  Now, granted, this is over a decade old!  Brings a muddle of red currants, young blackberries and light mixed spices to the palate.

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

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Review: ***+ $$ Shebang Red Wine Eighth Cuvee, California, non-vintage = GOOD VALUE

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Original tasting and review : This is Shebang Red Wine Eighth Cuvee, California, non-vintage, finished at 14.2% alcohol and first sampled immediately upon purchase in January, 2015.

In the glass: Deep magenta.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows deep, dusty purple merlot fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be rich and bold.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact soft, furry, sweet and reasonably bold with fruit, yet still sporty some heft tannins.  Yummy in a pizza-friendly way.

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

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Review: *** $$ Chimeres Chateau Saint-Roch, Cotes du Roussillon Villages, France, 2006

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Original tasting and review, seven years from vintage date , October, 2013: This is Chimeres Chateau Saint-Roch, Cotes du Roussillon Villages, France, 2006, finished at 14% alcohol and first sampled at seven years of age. This is a blend of 60% black grenache, 30% syrah and 10% carignan.

In the glass: Deep magenta with some brick at the edge.  Muddy and opaque in the center.

On the nose: Poured at cool room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows bright, aromatic shoe polish fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be sweet but perhaps with a charge of bitterness.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact multi-layered in its shoe-polish, purple aromatics; showing full bright fruit and prickly purple depth.  Finish is sleek.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.
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Updated tasting and review, more than a year later, now nine years from vintage date , January, 2015:  Medium deep black red, Subtle, deep red fruit on the nose.  Clean, lithe, tannic ripe blackberry on the palate. 

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