Monday, July 16, 2018

Bodega Calle 'El Necio' Reserve 2014 Syrah

 
 


Bodega Calle 'El Necio' Reserve 2014 Syrah, $9.49-$18.99, 90 points, poured a deep ruby red with a broad clear wine ring and dense hanging legs.
Aromatic floral plum, cocoa, bacon fat, and black olives were excellent.
Medium-bodied with good acidity and a firm underlayment of tannin supported a moderately smooth texture and delicious flavors of black olives, cherry cola, peat, and licorice.
Finished long on the fading palate, tobacco, escalating pepper spices, and an appropriate 14% alcohol.


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Syrah International (Miscellaneous), Excluding The Major Producing Countries of Australia, France, and USA.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Hedges Family Estate Red Mountain 2012 Syrah (Washington)





Hedges Family Estate Red Mountain 2012 Syrah (Washington), $22.99-$29.99, 87 points, poured broadly black showing faint purple/reds toward the clear wine ring and heavily draped glass.
Aromas of geraniums (considered a fault) and violets were dominant.
This medium-bodied Syrah with fair acidity and soft tannins was dry and translated into an easy drinking quaffer of a red wine.

Flavors were floral and herbal while showing bitter coffee, fig, and olives notes.
Finished long on the trailing palate and a well-balanced 14% alcohol.
Paired fine with our pepperoni pizza.

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Clos Du Val Napa Valley Reserve 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon




Clos Du Val Napa Valley Reserve 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, $46.749-$119.99, 93 points, poured core black grading a deep purple/red with a clear wine ring and glass bowl of dripping fat legs.
Perfumed potpourri of red and black fruit wafting nuanced hints of evergreen, mint, and loam were excellent.
Full-bodied with good acidity and a fine grainy underlayment of tannin managed to deliver the bouquet to the palate along with cola flavors.
Finished long on pepper spices, truffle, citrus, and pomegranate notes with a well-balanced 14.1% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with our meat-lovers pizza and black olive and tomato salad. 

2012 California Cabernet Sauvignon wines tasted
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Friday, July 13, 2018

Callie Collection Central Coast 2015 Pinot Grigio




Callie Collection Central Coast 2015 Pinot Grigio, $7.64-$11.99, 86 points, was a light brass color with a green cast and clearing only at the glass edge.
I've been told that the more a Pinot Grigio tastes like nothing, the more people seem to love it, and though the aromas and flavors were rather nondescript pome and tropical fruits, I'm not going to 'buy' what I've been told.
Light-bodied with appropriate acidity and all the featureless fruit followed deep into the fair finish with a complementary 13% alcohol.
Paired fine with my lobster-roll.

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Ferrari Carano 2017 Flume Blanc





Ferrari Carano 2017 Flume Blanc, $7.64-$8.99 (375ml), 90 points, was a medium brass color with green highlights and clearing at the glass edge.
Smells of fresh-cut grass and wood notes were okay.
Light-bodied with good acidity showed evolving flavors of lemon zest, grass, oak, and a hint of Lychee-nut.
Finished long on escalating ginger spice wound around the fading palate, and a well-integrated 13.8% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with our chicken-breast sandwiches.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

St. Supery Napa Valley 2017 Sauvignon Blanc





St. Supery Napa Valley 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, $15.29-$21.99, 91 points, poured a medium gold color and cleared toward the glass bowl.
Smells of passion fruit were sufficient for my friends in Napa Valley, and being nuanced with grass and gooseberry notes were swell.
Light-bodied, fruity, bright acidity, and a perfect pairing with my steamed North Atlantic Lobsters in melted butter.
Finished long on the on lime, passion fruit, pineapple and the proverbial kitchen sink.
The 13.5% ABV was appropriate and well-integrated.


 
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