Sunday, July 27, 2014

Buehler Napa Valley 2011 Zinfandel


Buehler Napa Valley 2011 Zinfandel, $13.85-$22.99, 90 points, appeared core-opaque trending ruby up to the broad transparent rim.
Earth, blackberry, and Bell-pepper on the nose were just okay for me.
Medium-plus body carried good acidity and smooth moderate tannin.
Plum, black currant, licorice, savory, and hints of coffee and sweet tobacco flavors were excellent.
Finished long on the trailing palate and spice with a sweet-spot 14.9% alcohol for mild heat.
Above par Zinfandel for a great price: Last chance wine at the NHLS.




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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve 2013 Sauvignon Blanc





Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, $13.99, 88 points, poured a very light lemon/lime color trending water clear.
Quintessential Cali Sauvignon Blanc marked by a crisp light body, good acidity, lemon grass, citrus, and cantaloupe on the nose, which mirrored perfectly on the palate. Finished long on the trailing palate, ginger notes, and a well integrated 13.5% alcohol.
Paired well with fried clams and tartar sauce.
I bought the KJ SB at the Derry Hannaford's Super Market. 
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Friday, July 25, 2014

Merriam Vineyards Russian River Danielle's Estate 2013 Sauvignon Blanc



Merriam Vineyards Russian River Danielle's Estate 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, $14.99, 93 points, began as a light burnished brass color.
Grapefruit, light green melon, lemon-meringue, and a light floral note magnified the lovely aroma.
Light bodied with good acidity and a gentle feminine texture which abandoned the typically coarse/ wooly characteristic of many Sauvignon Blanc wines (6% Semillon wine).
Hints of slate, toast, vanilla, green melon, and jasmine were rather unique and silky.
Finished long on the trailing palate with an incredibly well balanced 13.9% alcohol.
Paired beautifully with Key-Lime pie and Crème brûlée.



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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Rombauer Vineyards California 2011 Zinfandel




Rombauer Vineyards California 2011 Zinfandel, $26.99-$29.99, 93 points, poured a lovely ruby trending maroon up to the transparent wine-ring at the glass wall.
Bright black fruit, toast, with gentle floral and sweet tobacco components made for a lovely aroma.
Medium bodied with good acidity and moderate tannin carried a complex array of flavors that reflected the aroma, but hints of plum, cedar, clove, and mulberry contributed to this lovely Zinfandel.
Finished long on spice, licorice, and considerable, but comfortable heat (15.9% alcohol).
Rombauer 2011 Zinfandel is more expensive than your run-of-the-mill Zinfandel, but you get what you pay for (most of the time).




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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Geyser Peak 2013 Sauvignon Blanc






Geyser Peak 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, $8.49-$12.99, 87 points, began with a light brass color trending considerably gray toward the glass wall.
Honeysuckle, vanilla, and watermelon on the nose were pleasant.
The light body was crisp and carried good acidity with flavors of lemongrass, green melon, and key-lime pie.
Finished on the trailing palate with good ginger spice and a well integrated 13% alcohol.
Paired well with Asian cuisine.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Dancing Bull 2013 Sauvignon Blanc




Dancing Bull 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, $9.44-$10.49, 86 points, poured a lovely polished brass color with a gray wash toward the glass wall.
Granny smith apple, tangerine, and a hint of honeysuckle were pleasant on the nose.
The near medium body carried good acidity, slightly sweet with tart citrus flavors and green apple.
Finished fair with a hint of ginger and a well integrated 12.3% alcohol.
I bought this wine at the Hannaford's Super Market in Londonderry.

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Grgich Hills Estate Grown Napa Valley 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon





Grgich Hills Estate Grown Napa Valley 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, $50.99-$59.99, 93 points, poured a deep Bordeaux black fruit color transitioning beet-red toward the broad clear rim and leggy glass wall.
Sweet tobacco and cedar required a bit of swishing to overcome the dominant black currant aroma.
Just shy of full bodied, the 2010 Grgich Cabernet carried good acidity with measured and accelerating tannin which enhanced the sense of strength and crispness without diminishing the luxury of texture.
Flavors of black currant, cedar, tobacco, savoy, and licorice were well balanced, and carried over seamlessly into the very long finish accentuated with warm spice and the 14.7% alcohol.

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