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Eos Petite Sirah 2009 wine review by (PB)

Date: Tue, Mar 11, 2014 Wine Tasting

Rich even thick looking swirl with nice dark black cherry hue

Bouquet--Big aromas of cedary/spicy dark fruit with a nice presence of dark baker's chocolate

Palate--Big, twenty mega ton fruit bomb with structural character and profound flavors of dark fruit,heavy berry goodness,notes of green forest and a finish that keeps reminding you what you just drank.

This Paso Robles wine is a typical Petite Sirah with big, rich, bold dark berries, and a tannic foundation that is still lively and should continue to evolve for a few years. It is not quite at its peak yet but drinking nicely. Grilled sirloin is the order of the day and at $12 I say Raise a Glass!
--A Review from The Wine Cask Blog. Creative Commons: Attribution - ShareAlike 2.5 applies

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Querceto "Toscana" 2012 wine review by (PB)

Date: Sun, Mar 9, 2014 Wine Tasting

Cherry hue

Bouquet--gorgeous aromas rising from the glass while it sits stationary; sweet cherry with loads of rustic spices and a suggestion of milk chocolate.

Palate--Minerally front with touches of licorice, cherry fruit, forest floor and sweet finish of more forest floor.

Querceto holds a fine place in my heart having been to its place of production in Tuscany but I have never seen this lower tiered wine in my part of the country.
It is a really fine example of Sangiovese and a value at the $10 price point so raise a glass as I will with a marginal pizza! Prego!
--A Review from The Wine Cask Blog. Creative Commons: Attribution - ShareAlike 2.5 applies

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Carvalhais Duque de Viseu 2009 Dao Wine Review (NW)

Date: Thu, Mar 6, 2014 Wine Tasting

Tasting notes:
Plum and berries abound on the fruity bouquet
Full bodied on the palate
Ripe fruit and smoky notes on the finish with roasted notes and herbs

Summary: Here's a good value red from Portugal for $13. It's expressive, fruity, and well made. The table wines from Portugal continue to improve and deliver a good bang for the buck. This one's hard not to recommend.
Raise a glass!

--A Review from The Wine Cask Blog. Creative Commons: Attribution - ShareAlike 2.5 applies

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Turning Point Gettysburg 150 Year Commemorative bottling wine review by (PB)

Date: Thu, Mar 6, 2014 Wine Tasting

Cherry hue with bouquet of tart cherry, powder, and cedar with faint "grapefruit."

Palate--Somewhat pleasant with rustic red grape and daffodil flavors. Rear palate goes down a touch "hot" for some strange reason but then again it just could be my throat...

This is a special bottling from the Adams County Winery in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. It was a gift from a dear friend and was actually much better than I had expected. I will have it with cheese and crackers before dinner. Somethings you just can't put a price on and this gift is one of them. So raise a glass to friends who think of you even when they're far away!
--A Review from The Wine Cask Blog. Creative Commons: Attribution - ShareAlike 2.5 applies

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Chateau Michel de Vert (Lussac Saint-Emilion) 2012 wine review by (PB)

Date: Mon, Mar 3, 2014 Wine Tasting

Garnet hue

Bouquet--Aromas of subdued spice and gentle fruit, slight chocolate note with eucalyptus and still evolving 3 hours after it was opened.

Palate--Austere first impression, slightly tart,chewy tannins,smoky finish, little fruit. May change with more air.

This wine is just too immature too fairly review but at this moment, what I wrote may still be helpful if only to say, "HOLD" and give it another two years.

The emergence of the "new world" style where wines which are made to be enjoyed essentially on release make it tough on the old world classic style. I paid $12 for this on sale from $15 and the jury is still out on this one.
--A Review from The Wine Cask Blog. Creative Commons: Attribution - ShareAlike 2.5 applies

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Dalliance Lake County Red Wine 2011 wine review by (PB)

Date: Sun, Mar 2, 2014 Wine Tasting

Okay the color of this wine is RED! How's that? I run out of adjectives at times; crimson, cranberry, garnet, cherry, black cherry, purple, cherry/garnet so how about RED this time?

Bouquet--Interesting bouquet of wild or rustic blackberry fruit with slight touches of dark chocolate, camphor (first time I have used this adjective) menthol, and a hint of fennel.

Palate--Gentle foundation with solid structure and nice, blackberry and brambly flavor with all kinds of other nuances going on.

This is a blend of 41% Zinfandel, 24% Syrah, 12% Barbera, 11% Tempranillo, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Grenache. I tend to dislike wines that are blended with more than 3 or 4 grapes as the final result is often confused and somewhat schizophrenic. The wine itself doesn't even know what it is. One of the great exceptions is Beaulieu vineyards "Tapestry" hence the name. That being said, this is actually a very nice wine! It drinks well right now even though young and will drink well for years to come.

It sells for $20 and I found it for $12. I grabbed it because I am a big Zinfandel fan and I was not familiar with this wine or producer.

Bottom line--A really decent wine and I wish I had bought more so you know what that means--Raise A Glass!

(Note that the label shown is for the 2010 and NOT the 2011!)
--A Review from The Wine Cask Blog. Creative Commons: Attribution - ShareAlike 2.5 applies

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Brolio Chianti Classico 2009 wine review by (PB)

Date: Sun, Mar 2, 2014 Wine Tasting

Garnet hue with some depth

Aromas of muted cherry, dried rose petal, licorice and fennel seed

Palate--Cherry with spices and rustic touches of forest floor.

This is the last of my great find at a state store where they were selling these for $10 but you'll find it for over $20! Yeah I got a bargain which is why I ended up buying about a case in a couple of visits. This Chianti is Delicious with a lot of life in it. This should drink great for the next 4 years but is perfect right now. So what can I say except raise a glass!
--A Review from The Wine Cask Blog. Creative Commons: Attribution - ShareAlike 2.5 applies

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Ca' Momi Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 (Napa Valley) wine review by (PB)

Date: Mon, Feb 24, 2014 Wine Tasting

Young black cherry hue

Bouquet-Ripe plum, black berry with green pepper and tart cranberry and a cocoa note.

Palate--Extracted style with big ripe plum and dark berry fruit, bold foundation, with solid tannins and a finish with hints of chocolate and toasted oak.

This Napa Cab was $12 marked down from $25 on a special purchase. It is juicy and a touch jammy but at the sale price its a nice find. I would expect quite a bit more if I paid $25.

At $12, raise a glass and buy more!
--A Review from The Wine Cask Blog. Creative Commons: Attribution - ShareAlike 2.5 applies

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Sebastiani Zinfandel 2010 wine review by (PB)

Date: Wed, Feb 19, 2014 Wine Tasting

Black cherry hue with nice aromas of spectacular eucalyptus and menthol with blackberry and wild brambly spices.

Palate--Heavy blackberry fruit with an mocha layer with a hint of mint. Structured foundation will improve for the next few years. This Zin finishes with a chocolate cream suggestion and a touch of woody smoke.

Sebastiani has to struggle to make a bad wine and this Sonoma Zin is really special in light of the under $9 I paid for it on sale. If only I had bought much more!

Sonoma is where my favorite Zins come from and at this price you should grab up all you can find and then raise a glass!

--A Review from The Wine Cask Blog. Creative Commons: Attribution - ShareAlike 2.5 applies

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Vignamaggio "Obsession" 2007 wine review by (PB)

Date: Mon, Feb 17, 2014 Wine Tasting

Garnet to black cherry hue with aromas of earthy, yet perfumey black berry and spice with cigar box fragrances,vanilla cream bon-bon and sweet black licorice.

Palate--Finely tuned, integrated with supple tannins yielding delicious mouth watering dark berries and plum, forest floor and finishing a touch shallow.

This is a unique Tuscan blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. It is expertly crafted and absolutely perfect in its drinkability.

Vignamaggio is the birth home of Mona Lisa and Me and my wife had the stellar thrill of staying at this working winery/Inn several years ago with (NW) and his wife. Just holding the bottle I am taken back to a sitting room at Vignamaggio pouring ourselves grappa and just taking in the Tuscan wonder. Such is the uniqueness of a beverage that is capable of transporting one to another time and place refreshing memories long buried beneath the rubble of "life."

I paid $35 for this bottle and I have no recollection of where I bought it thought I suspect it was on a West coast trip to see grandchildren. This wine will be drinking well for a few more years but the suggestion to hold it another 2-4 years which I saw at a respected website, is overshot. It is positively drinking at its peak right now so raise a glass if you happen to stumble on this find!
--A Review from The Wine Cask Blog. Creative Commons: Attribution - ShareAlike 2.5 applies

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Clos des Papes 2004 Chateauneuf -Du-Pape Valentines Day Wine Review by Billy

Date: Thu, Feb 13, 2014 Wine Tasting

Nose: tobacco, blackberry & licorice
Palate: soft velvety feel. plush and ripe and juicy. It is incredibly pleasant to drink as it flirts with all parts of your palate.
Finish: extremely long and juicy with leather spice and berry flavors lingering.
Overall: I paid $50 for this wine 10 years ago and laid it down for a future treat. Today the wine will sell for over $160 if you can find it. I opened it tonight for an early Valentines Day dinner where this delightfully mature Chateauneuf Du Pape was the main feature. In the glass it is brick red at the edge and a deep, dark red - almost black - in the center. This French Rhone red wine is lush blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah and a little bit of this and that to make up the leftovers. Simply amazing.
--A Review from The Wine Cask Blog. Creative Commons: Attribution - ShareAlike 2.5 applies

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Matua Pinot Noir 2011 wine review by (PB)

Date: Thu, Feb 13, 2014 Wine Tasting

Cherry hue with nice aromas of cherry fruit with fragrant mentholated strawberry.

Palate--pleasant presence in the mouth with a palate cleansing acidity, spicy red berry fruit, subtle milk chocolate hint and white pepper.

Straight forward and tasty this New Zealand (Marlborough) Pinot drinks easily and simply. At $15 its what you would expect. I'll serve it with my baked cod this evening. Raise a glass!
--A Review from The Wine Cask Blog. Creative Commons: Attribution - ShareAlike 2.5 applies

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St. Urbans-Hof Bockstein (Kabinett) 2011 wine review by (PB)

Date: Tue, Feb 11, 2014 Wine Tasting

This German Riesling has a pretty golden hue with aromas of tropical fruit salad and wonderful gentle spices.

Palate--From the moment it hits your palate, the fruit fills your mouth on a structure of balanced acid and flavor galore with a taut green apple finish.

This German Riesling is beautiful and at $15 is a must have quaffer!

My wife and I had the thrill of exploring the Mosel region of German and floating down the Mosel River beholding ancient castle remains and terraced vineyards so steep that if you stumbled while tending the vines you wouldn't stop for a long time. Riesling is the specialty of the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer and as I already said, grab this one and marvel at how good the grape can be! Raise a glass or better a case!
--A Review from The Wine Cask Blog. Creative Commons: Attribution - ShareAlike 2.5 applies

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Trapiche Oak Cask Mendoza Pinot Noir 2010 Wine Review (NW)

Date: Mon, Feb 10, 2014 Wine Tasting

Tasting notes:

Spicy cherry and black tea on the nose

Medium bodied on the palate

Kirsch and some woody notes on the finish

As far as inexpensive Pinot Noir goes, this is a good, interesting, and oaky style. It's not a conventional wine, but it drinks nicely. There's a lot of spice, tea, and woody notes wrapped around the fruit. Expect to pay around $10 for this Argentinian bargain. Raise a glass!

--A Review from The Wine Cask Blog. Creative Commons: Attribution - ShareAlike 2.5 applies

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