Saturday, April 18, 2015

Silver Palm 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon


Silver Palm 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, $16.19-$19.99, 88 points, appeared a deep ruby trending a crushed black currant Bordeaux purple/red and a broad clear wine ring.
Good aromas, true to my experience of medium-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon red wines, of strawberry, red cherry, earth notes, and blueberry were pleasing.
Brightly acidic, a slight astringency and an unusual noticeably declining tannin with flavors reflective of the aromas, spearmint, and black currant were okay.
Finished fair on black pepper, menthol, and a well integrated 13.9% alcohol.
Varietals were 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc.
This will be a versatile red wine, pairing similarly with Zinfandel: Barbecues, Mexican cuisine, stews, and even Italian tomato-based gastronomy as well as traditional steak and potato flagship American styled cooking, but keep in mind that we: "Drink what we like, not what we're told." remains the truism wine lovers hold dear. 


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Friday, April 17, 2015

Honig Napa Valley 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon


Honig Napa Valley 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, $28.79-$39.99, 93+ points, is a stand-out Cabernet Sauvignon; with its perennially outstanding quality, I think this is the best of the four vintages I've tasted: It has a satiny texture, a lovely bouquet of clove, cedar, chocolate, mulling spices, black currant, and toasty red cherry, flavors which faithfully mirrored the bouquet, but added anise and a kiss of oak which trailed into the very long finish of mint, warm spices, a smoky plum note, and an appropriate 14.5% alcohol.
This is a big red wine, full-bodied with good acidity and layered, substantial, and yet comfortable tannins all wrapped in an inky purple/red package tied with a clear bow.
Varietals were 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot, and 4% Cabernet Franc.
Below are the other two vintages that I had previously reviewed. 
Honig Napa Valley 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, $27.19-$35.99, 93 points
Honig Napa Valley 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, $28.83-$35.99, 92+ points

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Quivira Dry Creek 2011 Zinfandel





Quivira Dry Creek 2011 Zinfandel, $16.99-$19.99, 88 points, poured a deep maroon trending rosewood-red toward the heavily draped glass wall and clear wine ring.
Profuse aromas of blueberry, wild blackberry, cedar, and a floral component were very good.
Medium-bodied with fair-plus acidity and easy, but supportive tannin carried flavors reflective of the aromas.
Finished fair on the warm 14.2% alcohol and mild cayenne pepper.
Quivira Dry Creek 2011 Zinfandel paired well with my hot buffalo-wings, celery, and chunky blue cheese.



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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Radio Boca Valencia 2011 Tempranillo Red Wine





Radio Boca Valencia 2011 Tempranillo Red Wine, $6.79-$13.99, 86 points, poured a bright pomegranate red with flashes of maroon and a clear wine ring.
Aromatic blueberry and strawberry with a whiff of the 13% alcohol were good.
Just over the threshold of a medium-bodied red wine Radio Tempranillo carried waves of grainy tannins with bright acidity.
Though the flavors were a bit thin, notes of tobacco, truffle, blueberry, strawberry, and barely a whisper of pomegranate were okay, especially for a less than $7 red wine.
Finished fair on tobacco and mild spice notes.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Robert Mondavi Napa Valley 2008 Chardonnay






Robert Mondavi Napa Valley 2008 Chardonnay, $13.59-$20.99, 87+ points, was a dark copper-gold color (darkest Chardonnay I've seen) trending gray toward the glass shallows.
The underwhelming aromas were cantaloupe, apple, and toast, not bad, just okay.
Medium-bodied with fair-plus acidity (crisper than many a Cali Chardonnay) with flavors reflective of the aromas, a hint of caramel, and melon.
Finished well on white pepper, tart citrus, and the formidable 14.5% alcohol.
Paired nicely with Den's pork-chop/bacon goulash.



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Monday, April 13, 2015

Muga Rioja Reserva 2010 Tempranillo




Muga Rioja Reserva 2010 Tempranillo, $20.99-$22.99, 91 points, poured core-black trending a deep purple/red with flashes of maroon toward the leggy glass wall and clear wine ring.
Redolent aromas of red and black cherry, earth, and subtle sea breezes were very good.
Medium-plus bodied with a near perfect balance of acidity with tannin, robust flavors of black tea, cherry and savory notes, a hint of oak and cardamom.
Finished long with a still slightly drying tannin, the trailing palate, and a well integrated, but warm 14% alcohol.
If you like a good Chianti, you just might want to try this one.




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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Sensi 18K Pure Gold 2014 Brut Prosecco (Veneto, Italy)






Sensi 18K Pure Gold 2014 Brut Prosecco (Veneto, Italy), $17.99-$22.99, 93 points, was the best Prosecco I've had.
I want to point out some aspects of this Prosecco that contrasts to most others I've tasted; it is a vintage wine (Grapes grown and vinified only in one season), Brut (Very dry), creamy, fruit forward (pear, apple, and apricot), vanilla notes with more and smaller bubbles than I'm used to.
The nose was a gentle floral, but almost perfume like aroma with a hint of olives and apples.
Typically crisp with good acidity, this light-bodied white wine totally surpassed my pairing challenge of wine with sardines.
Finished long on the trailing palate and the well integrated 11% alcohol.
A little more expensive than most, but certainly worth it!
Also typical was the light brass color trending clear at the glass shallows.

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