Friday, March 27, 2015

Brancott Estate Flight Song 2013 Pinot Grigio






Brancott Estate Flight Song 2013 Pinot Grigio, $11.99-$13.99, 88 points, poured a light glossy brass color trending gray toward the glass shallows.
Orchard fruit on the nose was soft and inconspicuous.
Light-bodied with fair-plus acidity, bright and quaffable with subtle, but good flavors of quince and lemon.
Finished okay with a well integrated 13% alcohol and slightly sweet citrus notes.
This was the only New Zealand Pinot Grigio I could find, but I wanted (not disappointed at all) to get a sense of just what the people down-under were doing with this varietal.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Rosenblum Monte Rosso Vineyard Sonoma Valley 2010 Zinfandel Reserve




Rosenblum Monte Rosso Vineyard Sonoma Valley 2010 Zinfandel Reserve, $21.99-$43.99, 91+ points, was a deep rectory red with a clear rim at the heavily draped glass wall.
Aromatic smoky blackberry, juniper-berry, oak, clove, truffle, and a whiff of the 15.9% alcohol were outstanding!
Medium-plus body managed good acidity with tight, yet comfortable tannin.
Flavors paralleled the aromas faithfully with the addition of licorice notes.
Finished long on an acceptable alcohol heat with good spiciness.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Greg Norman Estates Eden Valley Australia 2013 Chardonnay





 
Greg Norman Estates Eden Valley Australia 2013 Chardonnay, $10.99-$14.99, 91+ points, poured a light polished gold color.
Smells like Chardonnay, but brighter-lighter, with just a hint of citrus and butter with a wet stoniness; was one of the best I've experienced.
The body was Chablis-like light to medium having better acidity than most, and with lovely flavors of lemon meringue, pineapple, hazel nut, minerality, and a kiss of oak.
Finished fair on the trailing palate, a well integrated 13% alcohol, and a touch of ginger.
 

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Punto y Coma 2009 Old Vine Garnacha






Punto y Coma 2009 Old Vine Garnacha, $7.99-$12.99, 87+ points, was a very dark maroon with a crystal clear rim-ring with a fair amount of draping.
Aromatic mushrooms, chocolate, blackberries, and a whiff of the 14% alcohol were good.
Medium-plus body carried fair acidity, mellow to moderate tannin, and straight-forward flavors reflective of the aromas.
Finished okay on the trailing palate and mild spice notes.

This is a good table wine, and for the price you won't break the bank!

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Tuck Beckstoffer The Seventy Five Wine Company, The Sum Red Wine






Tuck Beckstoffer The Seventy Five Wine Company, The Sum Red Wine, $10.34-$22.99, 88 points, poured deep ruby trending burgundy red with a broad clear rim-ring.
Smells of black current with a hint of bell pepper were just okay for me.

Medium-plus body carried good acidity and a mellow underlayment of tannin.
Flavors were grape, boysenberry, and a hint of pomegranate.
Finished long on a well integrated 13.9% alcohol, spearmint, and paprika spiciness.
Paired perfectly with my rare porterhouse, butternut squash, and red-skinned mash potatoes with gravy.

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Bodegas Breca Calatayud 2011 100% Garnacha Red Wine








Bodegas Breca Calatayud 2011 100% Garnacha Red Wine, $10.79-$14.99, 90+ points, poured a deep ruby with flashes of maroon and a clear rim at the heavily draped glass wall.
Cinnamon, clove, cedar, violets, blueberry, and blackberry on the nose were excellent.
Medium-plus body carried good acidity, accelerating firm tannin, flavors reflective of the nose with mint, pomegranate, licorice, and kirsch.
Finished long on the trailing palate, spice, and a noticeable 14.5% alcohol.

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Tomaiolo 2009 Chianti Classico Riserva (I love a surprise)





Tomaiolo 2009 Chianti Classico Riserva, $7.99-$14.99, 88+ points, poured a cranberry red with flashes of maroon toward the broad clear rim-ring.
Aromatic strawberry, blackberry, mint, oregano, with a hint of carnation were outstanding.
Medium-bodied with good acidity, moderately supportive tannin (dry red wine), and flavors that mirrored the aromas were quite good.
Finished a bit oaky on the fading palate, an almost unnoticeable 12% alcohol, and mellow spice notes all of which topped-off a remarkable $8 bottle of Chianti Riserva.
I must admit that I had expected to be disappointed, but just the opposite, and do I love a surprise.

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