Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Storybook Mountain 2012 Antaeus Red Wine





Storybook Mountain 2012 Antaeus Red Wine, $29.74-$34.99, 92 points, poured a ruby red with a clear wine ring and glass bowl of sticky sheeting.
The smells of wild mulberry, briar fruit, cedar, and an evergreen potpourri were excellent.
Medium-plus body with good acidity and fine, firm, grainy tannins carried bright flavors reflective of the aromas accented by red raspberry.
Finished long on a bit oak and a warm 14.9% alcohol inspirited spiciness.
Varietals were 53% Zinfandel, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, and 3% Merlot.
Paired perfectly with my spicy Mexican cuisine.

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Hahn 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon





Hahn 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, $10.19-$14.99, 88 points, poured wine red with a broad clear wine ring and leggy glass bowl.
Soft boysenberry and tanned leather aromas needed swishing and swirling, but were quite pleasant.
Medium-bodied with good acidity and tight, but manageable tannins carried flavors of pomegranate, boysenberry jam, red licorice, and cherry cola notes.
Finished long on plum, walnuts, white pepper, and an engaging 14.5% alcohol.
Paired well with our fresh thick-cut mozzarella cheese pizza.

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Jacob's Creek Classic 2015 Chardonnay (South Eastern Australia)






Jacob's Creek Classic 2015 Chardonnay (South Eastern Australia), $6.99-$8.99, 88 points, was a light green color.
Aromas were lovely pome fruit with hints of honeysuckle and pineapple.
Medium-bodied with fair-plus acidity, the slightest hint of vanilla, apple, and fruity citrus made this a 'best buy' white wine.
Finished well on the trailing palate, hints of tangerine, lemon, and ginger with a reasonable 13.1% alcohol.
Paired fine with my roasted chicken with steamed asparagus and green peppers.

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Sequoia Grove Napa Valley 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon




Sequoia Grove Napa Valley 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, $25.49-$32.99, 91 points, was a "red, red wine" with a clear wine ring at the tear laden glass wall.
Ah! And Ah again as finally after three bottles of red wine fool's gold I found the mother-load; Sequoia Grove struck me with rich aromas of pencil, lavender, cedar, black currant and blackberry with a hint of tanned leather.
The smooth full body with good acidity and firm fine tannins supported flavors reflective of the aromas plus trailing plum
notes.
Finished long on the late palate with a bit of savory, easy warm spices, and a balanced 14.2% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with my spiced-rubbed rare Angus strip-steak.




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H and G Collector's Edition Oakville 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon





H and G Collector's Edition Oakville 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, $17.99-$19.99, 85 points, poured ruby red with a broad clear wine ring and a glass bowl of moderate sheeting.
The aromas began funky with a bit of tomato, but after breathing for thirty minutes started to settle down to a more acceptable dusty mulberry with a hint of coffee.
Unusually light (medium) body, for a Cab, with a soft underlayment of tannin carried rather thin flavors reflective of the aromas.
Finished fair on earthy spices, pomegranate, and a sweet spot 13.7% alcohol.
Paired okay with Debbie's beef stew.
I bought this Cabernet Sauvignon at the Whole Foods of Bedford.

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Bodegas Atalaya 'Laya' 2013 Red Wine (Almansa, Spain)









Bodegas Atalaya 'Laya' 2013 Red Wine (Almansa, Spain), $7.96-$9.95, 80 points, was a dark ruby red with a clear wine ring and leggy glass bowl.
Smells of sour grapes wasn't pleasant.
Medium-bodied with good acidity and firm tannins just couldn't elevate a sour red wine.
Finished as it began (unpleasant); alcohol was 14%.
Varietals were 70% Garnacha-Tintorera and 30% Monastrell (Mourvèdre).
Probable spoiled (flawed) wine.



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Shoo Fly 'Aussie Salute' 2007 Red Wine (Australia)






Shoo Fly 'Aussie Salute' 2007 Red Wine (Australia), $7.20-$13.99, 70 points, poured a somewhat cloudy bright ruby red culminating with a slightly rusty bleeding wine ring.
Aromas were dominated by a Riesling-like petrol aroma.

Medium-bodied with little tannin, fair acidity, and pervasive indistinct sour flavors, which carried into the unpleasant finish, were either the victim of age, spoilage, or just a plain poor red wine.
The 14.5% alcohol seemed awkward.
It was undrinkable for me.
The screw-cap and the Koala bear didn't save this wine.
Varietals were 48% Grenache, 47% Shiraz, and 5% Viognier.
I bought this wine at the Hannaford's Super Market in Londonderry.

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