Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Tablas Creek Vineyard Paso Robles 2014 Côtes de Tablas (Rhône-styled) Red Wine





Tablas Creek Vineyard Paso Robles 2014 Côtes de Tablas (Rhône-styled) Red Wine, $25.49-$29.99, 92 points, poured a deep ruby red grading widely maroon up to the broad clear wine ring and glass wall of sticky sheeting.
Aromas were fragrantly floral, almost perfumed with boysenberry jam, pomegranate juice, and a hint of cinnamon.
Medium to medium-plus body, good acidity, and a comfortably firm underlayment of tannin carried a bounty of flavors which mirrored the aromas with hints of plum and a tasty nuttiness.
Finished long on the 15% alcohol inspirited spiciness and a whisper of mint.
Varietals were 44% Grenache, 36% Syrah, 12% Counoise, and 8% Mourvèdre.
This red wine was lively and yummy; paired perfectly with our loaded pizza.

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Tabali Winery, Limari Valley, Chile, 2009 Reserva Late Harvest Muscat






Tabali Winery, Limari Valley, Chile, 2009 Reserva Late Harvest Muscat, $9.00 375ml, 87 points, poured a deep glossy gold color with a slight green tint.
Aromatic orange, pome blossoms, and honey impressed.
Full-bodied with fair acidity and rich flavors that mirrored the aromas were good.
Finished steadfast on the trailing palate and a rather warm 12.5% alcohol.
Paired okay with my warm pecan pie.



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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Meerlust Estate Stellenbosch 'Rubicon' 2009 Red Wine (South Africa)



Meerlust Estate Stellenbosch 'Rubicon' 2009 Red Wine (South Africa) $27.19-$34.99, 93 points, poured broadly black grading purple/red and terminating with a 'bleeding' clear wine ring.
The nose was warm rich earth, faint toasty boysenberry jam, and a rose-like floral component.
Full-bodied with fair-plus acidity, mostly resolved tannins, and icy smooth flavors of Damson plums and truffles with hints of coffee and sweet tobacco.
Finished long on the trailing palate and a 14.5% alcohol inspirited spice.
The 'Rubicon' was an elegant red wine which I loved from the first taste until the last taste eight hours later.
Paired perfectly with my spiced rubbed rare bone-in rib eye.
Varietals were 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot..

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(Meritage) International Bordeaux-Styled Red Wines


  Why this designation of International Bordeaux-Styled Red Wines? Simply as a taxonomical tool to separate typical Red Wine (USA) blends and Rhône Red Wine (France) blends from red wines made around the world, and with blends of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Malbec (Malbac). In the photograph below you'll notice on the label of the Argentinian red wine the term "Asemblage" which I take to be a "Meritage" of sorts.





Achaval Ferrer Quimera Mendoza 2009 Red Wine, $39.09-$45.99, 93+ points
Achaval Ferrer Quimera Mendoza 2011 Red Wine, $20.69-$45.99, 90+ points
Atamisque Assemblage 2008 Red Wine (Bordeaux blend), $32.99-$36.99, 90 points
Atamisque Assemblage 2009 Red Wine (Argentina), $32.99-$36.99, 89 points
Meerlust Estate Stellenbosch 'Rubicon' 2009 Red Wine (South Africa), $27.19-$34.99, 93 points
Terra Di Monteverro 2011 Toscana Red Wine (IGT), $28.99-$59.99, 92 points

Meritage (USA) Bordeaux Styled Red Wine
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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Marques De Grinon 'Caliza' 2010 Red Wine (Valdepusa, Spain)


Marques De Grinon 'Caliza' 2010 Red Wine (Valdepusa, Spain), $17.99-$19.99, 90 points, was densely black up to an abrupt ruby red demarcation near the clear wine ring and residual sheeting on the glass bowl.
Aromas were pleasantly earthy, floral, and fruity.
Medium-bodied with good acidity, firm developing (through to the finish) tannins, and herbal flavors accented with tobacco and soft plum notes.
Finished long on violets and lilacs, easy spiciness, a hint of citrus, and the bold 14.5% alcohol.
Paired fine with my Buffalo wings and celery covered with blue cheese.
Varietals were 70% Syrah and 30% Petit Verdot.
Couple of comments:
Marques De Grinon 'Caliza' isn't for everyone, but for people that have been in a rut with Apothic-type smooth-drinking reds, this Marques De Grinon 'Caliza' is a clear choice to experience an excellent, inexpensive, and lean (positively speaking) red wine.


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Friday, January 13, 2017

A to Z Oregon 2014 Pinot Noir






A to Z Oregon 2014 Pinot Noir, $16.99-$19.99, 88 points, poured a bright ruby red with a clear wine ring and light legs.
Gentle red fruit and a floral vibe on the nose were good.
The almost medium body carried good acidity, a thin underlayment of tannin with refreshing Strawberry-rhubarb, blueberry, and a hint of spiced red cherry flavors.
Finished long with a bit of toast, melon rind, a touch of white pepper, and a well-integrated 13.5% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with my wife's honey chicken wings.

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Noble Vines 'The One' North Coast 2013 Red Wine


Okay! Now you're talking!
Unlike the bottle of Noble Vines {1} 2011 Red Wine, 
which I opened and found to be flawed, this ONE will be much more fun!




Noble Vines 'The One' North Coast 2013 Red Wine, $11.99-$14.99, 88 points, poured inky black almost to the glass shallows where a clear wine ring was fed by 'teary tributaries'.
Aromatic and profuse, smells of violets, toast, boysenberry jam, and hints of coffee wafted out of the glass as I poured.
Full-bodied, fairly acidic, mellow tannin, and loads of fruit with enough accenting coffee, licorice, chocolate, and candied cherry flavors to have a photo-finish with any Apothic red wine I've tasted.
Finished well on the trailing palate, evolving chocolate notes, some good spiciness, and a hefty 14.5% alcohol.
Varietals were a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Zinfandel.
Not my genre of red wine, but for those that like easy-drinking, full-bodied, tasty reds (you know who you are) this is your next Christmas present.
Please, some of you will be tempted to disparage Apothic-types, but get over it; many people I know love them; the wines might as well taste good.

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