Sunday, September 21, 2014

Kenwood Sonoma County 2013 Sauvgnon Blanc





Kenwood Sonoma County 2013 Sauvgnon Blanc, $10.99-$13.99, 85 points, poured a light brass color trending water-clear.
Cantaloupe and honeysuckle on the nose were pleasant.
The light crisp body carried mouth-watering acids and very tart citrus flavors, cantaloupe, unripe watermelon-rind, and a long finish of lemon meringue, the noticeable 13.5% alcohol, and a hint of ginger.



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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Heras Cordón 2005 Rioja Reserva




 

Heras Cordón 2005 Rioja Reserva, $19.99-$39.99, 92+ points.
As soon as I began to inspect this Rioja Reserva it was apparent that the wine was unfiltered with a deep almost murky ruby trending brick red with a broad clear rim.
Strawberry, flowers, and bourbon on the nose were pleasant.
Medium-plus body carried good acidity with moderate grainy and persistent tannin.
If I had blind tasted this wine I would have thought (to my embarrassment) that this was a Brunello Montalcino, because of the flavors that mirrored the nose, and mint, savory, white pepper, with a well integrated 13% alcohol, all of which trailed nicely into the long finish.
Varietals were 90% Tempranillo and 5% Graciano 5% Mazuelo.
Just a bit pricy for some, but definitely a Rioja fan's wine, and at the "power-buy" price, not one to miss.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Rodney Strong Knotty Vines Sonoma County 2012 Zinfandel




Rodney Strong Knotty Vines Sonoma County 2012 Zinfandel, $19.99-$22.99, 89 points, poured a deep ruby trending pomegranate red toward the broad clear rim at the leggy glass wall.
The nose was a pleasant though faint candied red cherry, cedar, clove, and cinnamon.
Medium-bodied with good acidity and layered moderate and escalating tannin.
Flavors reflected the nose with hints of eucalyptus, wood, and licorice.
Finished long with loads of hot spices and some heat (15%) alcohol.


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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Ramon Cardova Rioja 2011 Garnacha





Ramon Cardova Rioja 2011 Garnacha, $15.99-$17.99, 89 points, appeared deep ruby with a hint of maroon, a broad clear rim, and a leggy glass wall.
Smells of caramel, coffee, toast, and a hint of strawberry.
A Kosher red wine with a medium body of fair acids and mild-plus tannin.
Flavors mirrored the aroma with a hint of red cherry, and bourbon.
Finished long on red and white pepper with some heat from the 14.5% alcohol.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Campo Viejo Rioja 2012 Garnacha






Campo Viejo Rioja 2012 Garnacha, $4.94-$10.99, 87 points, was the color of rubies with a very broad clear rim at the leggy glass wall, smelled like the Mediterranean sea and strawberries, tasted of red fruit, and was carried on a near medium body with fair acidity and mild tannin.
Finished on a trailing palate, spice, a hint of tobacco with the well integrated 14% alcohol.
 

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Kentia Galicia Rias Baixas 2013 Albarino (Spanish White Wine)



Kentia Galicia Rias Baixas 2013 Albarino (Spanish White Wine), $13.99-$15.99, 88 points, appeared with a bronze tint and a dominant light lemon/lime color.
The aromas were reminiscent of a good New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, with lemon-grass notes, grapefruit, gooseberry, and a floral component.
Light, vibrant, tangy, and crisp body carried mouth-watering acids, flavors that mirrored the aromas, cold-wet granite trending almost metallic, with tenacious citrus and lemon meringue.
Finished well on the trailing palate and a hint of the 13% alcohol.
I paired this with oysters on the half-shell with lemon and spicy tomato sauce, and with steamed clams dipped in melted butter.



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Monday, September 15, 2014

Château La Cardonne 2009 Red Bordeaux Wine

 
Château La Cardonne 2009 Red Bordeaux Wine, $17.09-$25.99, 90+ points, began black at the glass core and trended deep crushed blackberry purple/red with a clear rim.
Aromatic blackberry, tobacco, and earth were good.
Slightly weightier than medium bodied with good acidity and moderate tannin which gave a firm textural grip, but wasn't what I'd call edgy, just a hair rough.
Cola, mushrooms, and blueberries added depth to the flavors reflected from the aromas.
Finished with plum notes, accelerating spice, and the well integrated 13.5% alcohol.



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