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Buck's Ten Point Zinfandel from Karly

Date: Fri, Mar 12, 2010

DescriptionName:Buck's Ten Point Zinfandel
Color:Red
Grape(s):Zinfandel
Appellation:Amador County California
Maker:Karly Wines
Vintage:2007
Cost:$20.00
Comments:

Food Pairings
Meats & Seafood: Poached, grilled, fried, baked or roasted beef, lamb, game and game birds.
Sauce: au jus, savory, tomato, mustard, peppercorn,chil
Cheese: Hard cow and sheep cheese
Other: Spicy foods and cuisines

Taste ProfileNotes:The Karly Ten Points has intense strawberry fruit, firm tannins, pepper, good balance with a long finish.
Quick Classification:Dry Red

Private NotesSource:KW wine group
Comments:

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Midnight Reserve Bordeaux-Style Blend

Date: Fri, Mar 12, 2010

DescriptionName:Midnight Reserve Bordeaux-Style Blend
Color:Red
Grape(s):68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Petit Verdot, 13% Merlot, 3% Malbec
Appellation:Lodi California
Maker:Lange Twins Winery
Vintage:2006
Cost:$25.00
Comments:

Food PairingsMeats & Seafood: Poached, grilled, fried, baked or roasted beef, lamb, game and game birds.
Sauce: Au jus, savory, tomato, mustard, peppercorn
Cheese: Soft or hard goat cheese, hard cow and sheep cheese
Other: Chocolate

Taste ProfileNotes:The 2006 Midnight Reserve has a deep red-brick color; aromas of ripe cherry, dried red raspberry, and a touch of mocha; and flavors of warm-vanilla spice. The wine has a full-structured body, a soft mouth feel, and finishes with a silky smooth texture.
Quick Classification:Dry Red

Private NotesSource:Had the 05 at a tasting at Hasta La Pasta 1002
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Central Coast Merlot from Estancia

Date: Fri, Mar 12, 2010

DescriptionName:Estancia Central Coast Merlot
Color:Red
Grape(s):86% Merlot 10% Cabernet Sauvignon 4% Syrah
Appellation:Central Coast California
Maker:Estancia
Vintage:2007
Cost:$12.00
Comments:

Food PairingsMeats & Seafood:Poached, grilled, fried, baked or roasted beef, lamb, pork, game and game birds.
Sauce:Au jus, savory, tomato, mustard, peppercorn
Cheese:Soft or hard goat cheese
Other:

Taste ProfileNotes:Aromas of vanilla bean, black cherry, backing spices and currant. A soft, lusciously-round mouthfeel with a long finish and overtones of sweet oak and chocolate.
Quick Classification:Soft Red

Private NotesSource:Shipped to me with several other Merlots by a PR firm 1003
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Sonoma Reserve Merlot from Blackstone

Date: Fri, Mar 12, 2010

DescriptionName:Blackstone Sonoma Reserve Merlot
Color:Red
Grape(s):85% Merlot 7% Cabernet Sauvignon 6% Ruby Cabernet 2% Petit Verdot
Appellation:Sonoma County California
Maker:Blackstone
Vintage:2007
Cost:$20.00
Comments:

Food PairingsMeats & Seafood:Poached, grilled, fried, baked or roasted beef, lamb, pork, game and game birds.
Sauce:Au jus, savory, tomato, mustard, peppercorn
Cheese:Soft or hard goat cheese
Other:

Taste ProfileNotes:The Sonoma Reserve Merlot is an elegant, well-balanced wine with attractive aromas of cocoa, black currant, clove and toasted oak. The wine is full-bodied with layers of juicy black cherries, coffee, and clove, finishing with a velvety mouthfeel and a well-integrated structure.
Quick Classification:Soft Red

Private NotesSource:Shipped to me with several other Merlots by a PR firm 1003
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Winemaker Select Merlot from Blackstone

Date: Fri, Mar 12, 2010

DescriptionName:Blackstone Winemaker Select Merlot
Color:Red
Grape(s):86% Merlot 10% Syrah 3% Cabernet Sauvignon 1% Zinfandel
Appellation:California
Maker:Blackstone
Vintage:2007
Cost:$12.00
Comments:

Food PairingsMeats & Seafood:Poached, grilled, fried, baked or roasted beef, lamb, pork, game and game birds.
Sauce:Au jus, savory, tomato, mustard, peppercorn
Cheese:Soft or hard goat cheese
Other:

Taste ProfileNotes:This Merlot has the signature Blackstone Style with rich fruit, supple oak, soft tannins, dark cherry and berry aromas and a touch of clove. The texture is ripe and soft in the mouth, with a smooth, lingering finish.
Quick Classification:Soft Red

Private NotesSource:Shipped to me with several other Merlots by a PR firm 1003
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Cabernet Sauvignon from Nickel & Nickel

Date: Thu, Mar 11, 2010

DescriptionName:Vogt Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Color:Red
Grape(s):Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation:Howell Mountain Napa Valley California
Maker:Nickel & Nickel Winery
Vintage:2006
Cost:$90.00
Comments:

Food PairingsMeats & Seafood: Poached, grilled, fried, baked or roasted beef, lamb, game and game birds .
Sauce: Au jus, savory, tomato, mustard, peppercorn
Cheese: Soft or hard goat cheese, hard cow and sheep cheese
Other: Chocolate

Taste ProfileNotes:The 2006 Vogt Cabernet Sauvignon is a wine with great concentration. The dark fruit flavors of berry and cassis are intensified by some natural floral and spice nuances. The palate is rich and coating with an intensity that comes from low-production, hillside fruit. Toasty oak integrates well with the firm yet polished tannins that, although approachable now, will resolve with some time in the bottle.
Quick Classification:Dry Red

Private NotesSource:KW Wine Group Tasting at our home 100310
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Look! Up in the Sky...

Date: Tue, Mar 9, 2010

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s a 100 pound bottle of wine. While we don’t encounter much other than the standard 750 milliliter wine bottle, there are a surprising number of sizes out there. Metric standards for wine bottles have been in use in the United States since 1979. The size of the standard metric wine bottle has an historic precedent. A "fifth" (1/5 of a gallon or 4/5 of a quart) is 25.6 ounces. Converted to milliliters and rounded for convenience you get 750 ml or 25.4 ounces. So the standard metric wine bottle is roughly equivalent to the old English standard of the fifth.

Many of these are very large format bottles bearing the names of Biblical figures like the evil king Nebuchadnezzar, the long-lived Methuselah and the priest-king Melchizedek. Although the names originated with the French, I haven’t been able to find a rationale for these names in my research, so if you can explain the biblical reference please write and tell me so I can share the explanation.

Split: A split bottle is a quarter of a standard 750 ml bottle of wine, or 187.5 ml. Though you can find a few expensive wines in splits, this size is mostly used for sparkling wine.

Half: As the name implies the half-bottle is 375 ml or half the size of the standard bottle. The half bottle is becoming more common on restaurant menus.

Standard: This is the typical or standard 750 ml (3/4 liter) wine bottle.

Magnum: A magnum holds a liter and a half and is the equivalent of two standard bottles. The magnum-size bottle is fairly common, especially for sparkling wines, but it is the largest format that can be said for.

Double Magnum: Double magnums hold three liters or the equivalent of four standard bottles.

Jeroboam: A Jeroboam, also called a Rehoboam, holds four and a half liters or six standard bottles. Our first biblical reference, Jeroboam was the first king of the northern Israelite kingdom.

Methuselah: A Methuselah holds six liters or eight standard bottles of wine. The bottles from here forward are rarely seen. Methuselah is the oldest person whose age is mentioned in the Hebrew Bible.

Salamanzar: The Salamanzar holds nine liters or 12 standard bottles. Salamanzar was a king of Assyria

Balthazar: A Balthazar bottle holds 12 liters of wine or 16 standard bottles. Balthazar was one of the three wise men.

Nebuchadnezzar: This monster holds a whopping 20 standard bottles of wine, or about 16 liters. Nebuchadnezzar was a Babylonian king.

Melchior: Even bigger, a Melchior holds 18 liters or 24 standard bottles. Melchior was another of the three wise men.

Solomon: I’m not sure how wise it is, but a Solomon holds 20 liters or the equivalent of 27 standard-sized bottles of wine. Solomon was a wise king of Israel.

Sovereign: The sovereign contains approximately 25 liters or 33 1/3 standard-sized bottles of wine. I wonder why the odd 1/3 bottle at this point?

Primat: Almost the largest size bottle, the Primat contains 27 liters or 36 standard bottles of wine. Primat appears as if it might be derived from the Latin primas, implying this is as big as bottles get. But there’s still one size that’s larger.

Melchizedek: Finally, the biggest of them all is the Melchizedek. A Melchizedek holds an unbelievable 30 liters of wine or 40 standard 750 ml bottles. Melchizedek was a priest-king in the time of Abram.

These very large format bottles are not very practical and are created as much for show, special occasions and decoration as anything else. Consider for example the weight of some of these bottles. One liter of water weighs 2.2 pounds. So just the contents of the largest bottle, the Melchizedek, weighs 66 pounds. The three-foot plus tall bottle itself has got to weight 30 or more pounds, so you’re looking at a bottle of wine approaching 100 pounds. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be on the receiving end of five guys trying to pour a glass of wine from one of these things.

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Gary's Vineyard Pinot Noir from Surh Luchtel

Date: Thu, Mar 4, 2010

DescriptionName:Pinot Noir - Gary's Vineyard
Color:Red
Grape(s):Pinot Noir
Appellation:Santa Lucia Highlands Monterey California
Maker:Surh Luchtel Cellars
Vintage:2006
Cost:$50.00
Comments: A wonderful ripe and intense central coast Pinot Noir. Not your usual wimpy Pinot Noir.

Food PairingsMeats & Seafood:Poached, grilled, fried, baked or roasted fish, crustacean shell fish, beef, pork or fowl.
Sauce:Au jus, white, savory, herb
Cheese:Soft or hard goat cheese, medium cow and sheep cheese
Other:Mushrooms

Taste ProfileNotes:Gary's Vineyard Pinot Noir is ripe, assertive, intense and concentrated, with wild berry, baked cherry and gaminess; not your typical Pinot Noir.
Quick Classification:Soft Red

Private NotesSource:Kingwood Wine Group 2009
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Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay from Kendall-Jackson

Date: Wed, Mar 3, 2010

DescriptionName:Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay
Color:White
Grape(s):Chardonnay
Appellation:California
Maker:Kendall-Jackson
Vintage:2008
Cost:$15.00
Comments: One of the most popular Chardonnays in the world.

Food PairingsMeats & Seafood: Poached, raw, grilled, fried, baked or roasted fish, crustacean shell fish and fowl.
Sauce: Au jus, white, chili, herb
Cheese: Hard cow and sheep cheese
Other: Sushi

Taste ProfileNotes:This Chardonnay bursts with tropical flavors such as mango, papaya and pineapple with citrus notes that explode in your mouth. Aromas of green apple and pear create depth and balance. A hint of toasted oak rounds out the long finish.
Quick Classification:Drier White

Private NotesSource:
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Cabernet Franc from Coppola

Date: Tue, Mar 2, 2010

DescriptionName:Estate Cabernet Franc
Color:Red
Grape(s):Cabernet Franc
Appellation:Rutherford California
Maker:Niebaum Coppola Rubicon Estate
Vintage:2000
Cost:$50.00
Comments: Usually a blending wine, this grape produces a wonderful varietal wine with the intensity and richness of Cabernet Sauvignon but with soft tannins.

Food PairingsMeats & Seafood:Poached, grilled, fried, baked or roasted beef, lamb, game and game birds.
Sauce:Au jus, savory, tomato, mustard, peppercorn
Cheese:Soft or hard goat cheese, hard cow and sheep cheese
Other:Chocolate

Taste ProfileNotes:This Cabernet Franc has aromas of clove and allspice and flavors of nutmeg and raspberry. It has beautiful tannins with a characteristic cherry and tobacco finish.
Quick Classification:Soft Red

Private NotesSource:
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