Tuesday, November 19, 2019

The Pass NZ Marlborough 2018 Sauvignon Blanc





The Pass NZ Marlborough 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, $8.99, 86 points, was a light brass color turning water clear half-way to the glass rim.
Aromas of slightly burnt passion fruit, grapefruit, sweet hay, and Necco Wafer candy were intense and interesting.
Light-bodied white wine with bright acidity and flavors reflective of the aromas, though rather weakly, renders this Kiwi-SB as a table wine only.
Finished a bit anti-climatically and sour on a quickly fading palate and a sound 13% alcohol.
Paired fine with my New England clam chowder.

2018 NZ SB
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Monday, November 18, 2019

Matchbook Estate Bottled 2016 Petite Sirah





Matchbook Estate Bottled 2016 Petite Sirah, $5.29-$6.99, 88 points, poured broadly black grading to a deep Shiraz purple/red toward the broad clear meniscus and glass bowl of heavy stained legs.
Unusually grapey aromas with subtle fig, blackberry, and blueberry were quite good.
Near full-bodied red wine with fair acidity and surprisingly easy tannins carried the dominant blueberry flavor into an acceptable finish accented with pepper spices, blackberry, and a well-balanced 13.9% alcohol.
Paired fine with my classic hamburgers.

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Sunday, November 17, 2019

Castello Del Poggio Delle Venezie NV Moscato (IGT)



Castello Del Poggio Delle Venezie NV Moscato (IGT), $11.69-$12.99, 88 points, was slightly effervescent in the frizzante style, and with as light a brass color without becoming water clear.
Apple dominated the peach aroma, but was quite pleasant.
Medium-bodied white bubbly wine with surprisingly good acidity while being a bit sweet without surrendering or swinging toward the cloying.
Flavors of guava, peach, and apple were generous and consistent throughout, finishing fair and with a modest 7% alcohol.
Paired well with my red-pepper smoked oysters.


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Saturday, November 16, 2019

Marchese Antinori 2007 Chianti Classico Riserva (DOCG)





Marchese Antinori 2007 Chianti Classico Riserva (DOCG), $37.99-$41.99 (current price), 91 points, poured a deep garnet red with a bleeding meniscus and copious stained legs.
Aromas of Bordeaux lily, black cherry jam, and a hint of juniper were okay.
More than a medium-bodied wine with good acidity and a supportive underlayment of tannin carried generous flavors of anise, tobacco, cherry fruit, and Italian spices.
Finished long on pepper spices, black licorice, cherry cola, and a warm 13.5% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with my pepperoni pizza.


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Friday, November 15, 2019

Cakebread Cellars Napa Valley 2018 Sauvignon Blanc





Cakebread Cellars Napa Valley 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, $20.71-$26.99, 91 points, was the lightest of brass colors changing to water-clear long before the glass rim.
Aromatic citrus with lovely hints of pineapple, passion fruit, and sweet hay impressed.
Light-bodied white wine with good acidity and citrusy flavors which developed well toward the mid to late palate and into a very long finish marked by tart tangerine, ginger, grapefruit, and a balanced 13.8% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with my deep-fried Bay scallops.

2018 Cali Sauvignon Blanc

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2018 Cali Sauvignon Blanc



2018 Cali Sauvignon Blanc
Not a big year for me with Cali SBs, but for those that might be interested in the 2018s I've tasted and reviewed:


Cakebread Cellars Napa Valley 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, $20.71-$26.99, 91 points

Charles Krug Peter Mondavi Family Saint Helena-Napa Valley 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, $15.29-$19.99, 89 points

Duckhorn Napa Valley 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, $25.19-$29.99, 92 points

Ferrari Carano 2018 Fumé Blanc, $12.74-$17.99, 90 points

Groth Napa Valley 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, $24.39-$26.99, 90 points

Monique Cellars Central Coast 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, $5.99, 85 points

SIMI Sonoma County 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, $10.16-$17.99, 87 points


St. Supery Napa Valley 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, $16.99-$21.99, 92 points


VINTJS Napa Valley 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, $7.99, 88 points



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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Robert Young Estate Winery 'Scion' Alexander Valley 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (Revisited)




Robert Young Estate Winery 'Scion' Alexander Valley 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (Revisited),
$30.59-$64.99, 93 points, poured core black transitioning to a blood red toward the clear wine ring and moderately fat hanging legs.

Aromatic cedar, lavender, and red fruit dominated the herbal character of this wine.
Full-bodied red wine with good acidity and fine grainy tannins sported the spicy, red fruit, and minty flavors.
Finished long on the trailing palate and a well-balanced 14.8% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with my beefy chili.

2012 California Cabernet Sauvignon wines tasted

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