Thursday, December 18, 2014

Clayhouse Red Cedar Vineyard Paso Robles 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon





Clayhouse Red Cedar Vineyard Paso Robles 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, $9.34-$13.99, 87 points, poured a deep ruby trending soft purple at the leggy glass wall and clear rim.
Grape was the dominant smell, with just a hint of the sea and black currant.
Near full-bodied with good acidity, an underlayment of tannin, flavors that reflected the nose, and a long finish of cola, accelerating cayenne pepper, slightly unripe mulberry, and a well integrated 13.5% alcohol.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Hess (The Collection Allomi) Napa Valley 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon


Hess (The Collection Allomi) Napa Valley 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, $29.99-$34.99, 92+ points, poured core black trending crushed black currant purple/red toward the clear rim.
Luscious black fruit, mushrooms, cedar, and cloves on the nose were wonderful.
Near full-bodied with tenacious tannin, good acidity, and great flavors which mirrored the nose, as well as dried cooking herbs and anise were complex enough to warrant the outstanding score.
Finished long on mint, the trailing palate, easy spice notes, and a well integrated 14.4% alcohol. 
Varietals were 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petite Sirah and 2% Petit Verdot.
 


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Monday, December 15, 2014

Doña Paula Los Cardos 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon






Doña Paula Los Cardos 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, $7.99-$13.99, 86 points, poured an opaque ruby trending brick-red toward the rim-ring.
The nose was black currant, leather, and a coffee component.
The medium body carried good acidity, mild-plus background tannins, and flavors of tart pomegranate, oak, barely ripe black cherry notes, and hints of eucalyptus.
Finished fair on the trailing palate with a well integrated 14% alcohol.
Doña Paula Los Cardos 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon is a good choice for the budget-minded as a red table wine.

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Torrontés White Wine

 





  I found nine Torrontés white wines readily available in Manchester, and I'm not sure how long it will take for me to taste each one, but rest assured I'll chip away at this varietal, especially toward my optimistic anticipation of spring!
 
"Despise not small beginnings."
 

Alamos Salta Argentina 2011 Torrontés White Wine, $9.59-$11.99, 85 points
Ernesto Catena Padrillos 2011 Torrontés, $5.99-$12.99, 85 points
Terrazas 2011 Torrontés Reserva, $11.89-$13.99, 87 points


 

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Château de Montfort 2010 Vouvray


Château de Montfort 2010 Vouvray, $13.59-$17.99, 88 points, appeared gold in color with copper-tones.
Smells of lemon and petrol were okay.
Light-bodied with good acidity, crisp flavors of lime, lemon, petrol, and striking mineral notes were good.
Finished fair with a well integrated 11.5% alcohol, and tart citrus with a delicate tangerine note.

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