Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Apothic Dark Limited Release 2013 Red Wine






Apothic Dark Limited Release 2013 Red Wine, $6.99-$12.99, 87+ points, poured as black as the label except near the clear wine ring and leggy glass bowl where it showed a shiraz purple/red.
Aromatic cedar, black currant, and a hint of coffee was good and interesting.
Full-bodied with fair acidity, mild to moderate tannins, silky texture (similar to and NEARLY as syrupy as other Apothic red wines I've tasted), with good flavors of chocolate, blackberries, and black licorice.
Finished well on the trailing palate with a hint of mint, spice, and the 13.5% alcohol.
Varietals were Petite Sirah, Teroldego, and Merlot.

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Monday, August 31, 2015

Seghesio Russian River Valley 2012 Arneis (White wine)







Seghesio Russian River Valley 2012 Arneis (White wine), $10.99-$18.99, 91 points, was a
Wheat color trending gray at the glass shallows.
Aromas of pome blossoms, apricots, and peach were beautiful.
The light body with fair to good acidity carried subtle flavors of peach, tangerine, and watermelon; though almost subconscious, these flavors were delicate, delicious, and distinguished.
Finished long on the trailing palate with hints of Lychee, the 13% alcohol, and a hint of ginger.
Paired perfectly with my fried clams.
Keep in mind that this varietal is best tasted young, but I'm confident that the screw-cap helped to retain much of its youth!

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Chianti Classico's Black Rooster (You've always wanted to know!)





Chianti Classico's Black Rooster
 
 
 
 
Okay, here's the link to someone who knows:
 
 
 
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Bacio Divino Pazzo (Crazy) Napa Valley 2012 Red Wine






Bacio Divino Pazzo (Crazy) Napa Valley 2012 Red Wine, $21.99-$32.99, 90 points, poured core black trending a deep purple/red toward the transparent wine ring and leggy glass wall.
I usually don't think of Sangiovese (primary varietal) as "big", or even usually North American, but everything about this wine is big: Big plum, pomegranate, black cherry, and brine on the nose were wonderfully big, flavors reflective of the nose were carried on the full-body of big acidity, manageably big tannin, and a big finish of spice and the 14.9% alcohol all of which followed the big suit.
If you're looking for a big-red wine that's a big difference from your usual pairing with spiced lamb or rib-eyed cuisine, this just might fit your order.
The other major varietal was Cabernet Sauvignon (that explains everything).

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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Domaine Fouassier Père Et Fils 2013 Sancerre






Domaine Fouassier Père Et Fils 2013 Sancerre,
$17.99-$29.99, 90 points, was straw yellow trending water clear at the glass shallows.
Aromatic floral, lemon, and tangerine were wonderful.
This French Sauvignon Blanc was dry, crisp, mouth-watering, flinty, citrusy, light and refreshing.
Finished well on hints of juniper-berry and ginger, tart citrus with an appropriate 12.5% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with my clambake. 

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Cuvaison Napa Valley Carneros 2009 Chardonnay Revisited four years later






Cuvaison Napa Valley Carneros 2009 Chardonnay Revisited four years later, $14.44-$22.99, 90 points (still), poured a copper/brass color.
Predominately a melon fragrance which was okay.
The medium-plus body carried fair acidity with flavors of butterscotch, caramel, with hints of butter (very much a good typical Cali Chardonnay), and unripe honeydew melon.
Finished long on powerful black and white pepper notes, ginger, and a well integrated 14.2% alcohol.
Wine changes all the time, so does the wine taster!

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Liberty School Central Coast 2007 Syrah






Liberty School Central Coast 2007 Syrah, approximately $11.00, 86 points, poured core black trending cranberry red toward the thin clear wine ring.
Profuse aromas of cedar, clove, marzipan, red cherry, earth, oak, and a floral component were okay if not a bit overwhelming.
Full-bodied with fair acidity and nearly concluded mild tannin managed a smorgasbord of flavors reflecting the aromas and carried in a slightly tart and syrupy matrix with a hint of anise.
Finished fair on the trailing palate with easy warm spice and a well integrated 13.5% alcohol.
Sadly this worthy Syrah, in my opinion, unfairly rated scores from other sources of 78-85 points.


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