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Tedeschi Capitel San Rocco Valpolicella 2008 Wine Review (NW)

Date: Sun, Jan 20, 2013 Wine Tasting

Tasting notes:

Fragrant nose of black cherry, dark berries, and spicy, earthy notes

Full bodied and chewy on the palate

More of the same on the dense, chewy finish

Summary:

This is the most dense and extracted style of Valpolicella I have ever encountered. While the higher expressions of Amarone from the same Italian region certainly show like this, a Valpolicella Superiore is typically more of a red cherry flavor that dances with minerality. Needless to say, I was surprised by this wine. It tastes great, but it does raise the question of whether or not it loses its sense of place.

Expect to pay around $22 for this wine. Make sure to let it breathe, and raise a glass!
--A Review from The Wine Cask Blog. Creative Commons: Attribution - ShareAlike 2.5 applies

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Finca Albret Navarra French Oak Crianza 2007 Wine Review (NW)

Date: Sun, Jan 20, 2013 Wine Tasting

Tasting notes:

Spicy blackberry on the nose

Full bodied and dense on the palate

Finish packed with dark berries, currants, and oak highlights, along with being a bit resinous

Summary:

For $15, this is a beautifully composed wine made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Tempranillo in the excited Navarra region of Spain. While showing obvious oak and even broadcasting the oak finish on the label, the wine has depth and density that comes together nicely. Enjoy with braised meat or lamb with rice. Raise a glass!

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

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2 Copas 2011 wine review by (PB)

Date: Sat, Jan 19, 2013 Wine Tasting


This Spanish blend, from LaMancha D.O.C., is comprised of Syrah and Tempranillo. It begins with a solid garnet presentation and nice notes of cinnamon, mixed sweet spice and red cherry/berry fruit.

Palate--Warm berry flavors on a supple foundation of plush tannins with deep berry and mixed spice.

This is a tasty wine that goes down real easy; very fruity and well made in a popular style.

At a price point of just above $10 this is a good pick for non-snobby, neuvo red wine drinkers who say they "don't like red wine." This could push them the other way!

A nice pizza wine; pasta wine; lighter red or white meat with a not too strong sauce so raise a glass of well made, tasty easy to drink fruity reds!
--A Review from The Wine Cask Blog. Creative Commons: Attribution - ShareAlike 2.5 applies

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Roederer Estate Brut Alexander Valley Sparkling Wine Review by Billy

Date: Fri, Jan 18, 2013 Wine Tasting

Nose: lemon zest, saltine crackers, daisy flowers and cream
Palate: tiny tight bubbles that prickle rather than sparkle. Strong acid core with citrus rind flavors at the back of the tongue.
Finish: lingering floral and citrus notes.
Overall: I paid $24 for this California sparkling wine at a local wine shop. The structure is very well done and the complexity and elegance of the nose rounds out the simplicity and tightness of the palate flavors.
--A Review from The Wine Cask Blog. Creative Commons: Attribution - ShareAlike 2.5 applies

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Limerick Lane Zinfandel "Collins Vineyard" 2009 wine review by (PB)

Date: Thu, Jan 17, 2013 Wine Tasting


Lighter ruby hue with big blackberry aromas, a little spice and forest floor mustiness.

Palate--Nice concentrated dark wild berry flavor bold spiciness, cinnamon hints,good structure which will continue to refine with another couple years. Finishes with some notes of charcoal or smokey oak.

This is a tasty Zin which was marked at $36 but on sale for $18. Now I wish I would have bought one or two more. A decent Zin on par with other Zins at the $30 price point; a value at this price so raise a glass!

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

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Drops of Jupiter Red Blend 2011 wine review by (PB)

Date: Mon, Jan 14, 2013 Wine Tasting


Nice dark hue with big dark berry fruit on the nose with baker's chocolate and a touch of gentle spice.

Palate--Gigantic berries with a sprig of cedar that wasn't there on my previous review a few months ago. This is well structured with silky texture, espresso or unsweetened chocolate with a touch of smoke on the finish.

When I reviewed this wine a while back (check my previous blog entry) I had paid around $8 for it and loved it believing it to be a Syrah based blend. After looking it up this it is a Petite Syrah based blend and I wouldn't be surprised if there was some Zinfandel along for the ride.

This wine is ridiculous with big flavor and a fruit bomb forward presentation that should grab your attention from the start. This is just a juicy, big wine and for the price, I will be getting MORE. Raise a glass to be sure.

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

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Desedo Sparkling Wine Review by Billy

Date: Sun, Jan 13, 2013 Wine Tasting

Nose: citrus notes of lemon and grapefruit
Palate: sweet syrup and delightfully aggressive bubbles
Finish: peaches and sweet orange on the finish
Overall: this sweet sparkling wine comes from Patagonia Argentina. It pairs very well with salty snacks, nuts and cheeses. I paid $16 for this at the local wine store. Fun, fruity and a nice sweet sparkling alternative to dry bubbly. Raise a glass
--A Review from The Wine Cask Blog. Creative Commons: Attribution - ShareAlike 2.5 applies

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Gerard Bertrand Minervois Syrah-Carignan 2008 Wine Review (NW)

Date: Sun, Jan 13, 2013 Wine Tasting

Tasting notes:

Notes of wild dark berries and roasted coffee on the nose

Full bodied and dense on the palate

Somewhat rustic finish of dark berries, bramble, and herbs

Summary:

A simple summary of this wine is captured in three words: good, rich, and rustic. It screams Southern France and shows the density and rich fruit flavor that goes along with wines from this region. Pour along with a good stew, and you'll be finishing this bottle quickly. The retail price is $16, which is a rather good value. Raise a glass!
--A Review from The Wine Cask Blog. Creative Commons: Attribution - ShareAlike 2.5 applies

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Columbia Crest Walter Clore Private Reserve Columbia Valley Red Wine 2007 Wine Review (NW)

Date: Sun, Jan 13, 2013 Wine Tasting

Tasting notes:

Ripe boysenberry and blackberry with some spice on the nose

Full bodied on the palate

Dark chocolate, kirsch, and coconut on the finish

Summary:

This is a beautiful wine from Columbia Crest. It's very good, rich, flavorful, and layered. Known for their large quantities of well made and inexpensive wine, the Walter Clore Private Reserve is a much smaller production red blend from the Columbia Valley in Washington. Made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot, it has all the stuff you expect from a reserve wine and is ready to drink now. Expect to pay around $30, and raise a glass!
--A Review from The Wine Cask Blog. Creative Commons: Attribution - ShareAlike 2.5 applies

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Folie A Deux Merlot 2010 wine review by (PB)

Date: Sat, Jan 12, 2013 Wine Tasting


This is a fairly intensely pigmented Merlot with robust bouquet of green pepper and white pepper,with some nice dark berries underneath.

Palate--Cinnamon galore with delicious dark berries and a wonderful integrated palate with touches of dark chocolate.

This is a well made, easy to drink, gentle structured Merlot from grapes sourced along the Alexander Valley.

My wife paid around $20 for this tasty Merlot and I am loving it so raise a glass!
--A Review from The Wine Cask Blog. Creative Commons: Attribution - ShareAlike 2.5 applies

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Mandolin Syrah 2009 wine review by (PB)

Date: Thu, Jan 10, 2013 Wine Tasting

Medium black cherry hue with fruity bouquet of dark berry and espresso with a slight twinge of cedar.

Palate--Big fruity front with dark berry flavor and nice structure with integrated ripe, tannins. Bittersweet chocolate finish.

This Central Coast Syrah (California) is tasty and drinking well. At $11 I'd buy another bottle or two; nothing special but solid.

I paired this with a moose ragu and paperadelle in lieu of classic Tuscan boar. It was OK but a rustic Chianti would have been better. At $11 raise a glass never-the-less!


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

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DaVinci Chianti 2010 wine review by (PB)

Date: Wed, Jan 9, 2013 Wine Tasting


Purple hue with decent Sangiovese bouquet of dried cherries and a touch of sweet spice.

Palate--Nice presentation of Tuscan making with gentle tannins and solid cherry and tart cherry flavor.

Finish lasts a bit with a subtle smokey finish.

Made with 90% Sangiovese grapes and 10% Merlot grapes with only 15% of the wine seeing oak.

At the $12 price point this is a good entry level Chianti suitable for any tomato based sauce and pasta.
--A Review from The Wine Cask Blog. Creative Commons: Attribution - ShareAlike 2.5 applies

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Jordan 2008 Alexander Valley Cabernet Wine Review by Billy

Date: Tue, Jan 8, 2013 Wine Tasting

Nose: Delightful layers of cherry, currants and spicy cracked black pepper
Palate: Delicious and savory. Excellent tannin forward profile and great acid balance. These combine for an absolutely exquisite mouth feel. It is plush and full, absorbing, enchanting.
Finish: More lingering fruity cherry with savory herbs.
Overall: I was entertaining at an upscale steak house and saw this 2008 California Cabernet on the menu. The only thing older was an '07 Silver Oak for $95 bucks more (!) than the $100 I paid for this bottle. By way of comparison, this bottle will typically run anywhere from $37 - $50 in a regular wine shop and not at a restaurant with their insane markups. The 2008 Jordan Cabernet was still tight and young. We had it decanted which helped it open up some. It was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone at the table. Still, this is a young wine. It is 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. You can see a video of the wine maker, Rob Davis, describe it here.
--A Review from The Wine Cask Blog. Creative Commons: Attribution - ShareAlike 2.5 applies

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Rubrato Aglianico Feudi San Di Grigorio 2010 wine review by (PB) (real time review)

Date: Fri, Jan 4, 2013 Wine Tasting


Pretty garnet presentation with aromas of pungent, forest floor fruit with rustic cherry/berry bouquet.

Palate-Deep flavor in the front that is waiting to break out on opening; all kinds of intense espresso fruitiness with roasted and charred wood finish.

This is a big wine that needs to both warm up from cellar temp which is around 55 in the winter as well as breath. There is a big wine here waiting to show its stuff!

After coming up to temp and breathing for an hour and a half, I have to say that the wine doesn't benefit very much from either. I like this wine but could certainly use another 2 years on the shelf but drinking quite well now. At $16, its bold enough to stand up to grilled pork loin chops on a charcoal grill even though where I live, tonight it is in the single digits. So raise a glass to good wine, and a winter gill!
--A Review from The Wine Cask Blog. Creative Commons: Attribution - ShareAlike 2.5 applies

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