Saturday, May 30, 2015

Michael David Earthquake/Lodi 2012 Zinfandel






Michael David Earthquake/Lodi 2012 Zinfandel, $25.99-$28.99, 90+ points, appeared black at the core trending Shiraz purple near the clear wine ring and leggy glass wall.
Profuse aromas of cedar, clove, cinnamon, toasty blackberry, and violets were almost overwhelming.
Full-bodied with fair acidity, round and easy, but escalating tannins which well supported a flavor profile reflective of the aromas plus plum notes.
Finished long and hot (15.5% alcohol) with copious red pepper spices and a hint of eucalyptus.
This was the best Michael David Zinfandel I've had!

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Friday, May 29, 2015

Donnafugata "Anthilia" 2012 Catarratto And White Wine blend (Sicily)







Donnafugata "Anthilia" 2012 Catarratto And White Wine blend (Sicily), $12.56-$13.95, 84+ points, was a dark straw yellow trending gray at the glass shallows.
Odd floral aroma with cantaloupe were just okay for me.
Dry white wine with a light body and good acidity carried slightly sour grapefruit flavor notes and a touch of orange peel.
Finished on the trailing palate and a slight gingery component with a bit of the 12.5% alcohol.
I usually like my white wines on the cold to cool side, but I actually liked the "Anthilia" 2012 better warm.

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Cesari Boscarel I.G.T. Rosso 2012 Red Wine





Cesari Boscarel I.G.T. Rosso 2012 Red Wine, $8.49-$18.99, 85 points, poured a deep ruby color with a clear wine ring. 
Smells of blueberry, brine, earth, and slightly sour black currant were just okay for me.
Medium-bodied with good acidity, layered wild tannins, mirrored flavors of the aromas as well as licorice were just okay too.
Finished okay on the trailing palate, a hint of sweet red cherry, and a well integrated 13.5% alcohol.
Varietals were 50% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 15% Sangiovese (made for a good red table wine, and paired well with a rare T-bone steak and asparagus).


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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Save Me San Francisco Wine Co. 'Bulletproof Picasso' 2011 Sauvignon Blanc






Save Me San Francisco Wine Co. 'Bulletproof Picasso' 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, $8.99, 85 points, was a light straw yellow color.
The smell of grapefruit with light grass notes were simply good.
The light crisp body carried good acidity with flavors of grapefruit, hints of tangerine, and gooseberry which were all okay.
Finished on the trailing palate with a slightly noticeable 13.5% alcohol.
I bought this SB at the Hannaford's Super Market in Derry.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Marziano Abbona Terlo Ravera 2009 Barolo DOCG


Marziano Abbona Terlo Ravera 2009 Barolo DOCG, $45.04-$52.99, 93+ points, was what I call a sunburst orange/red with a broad clear wine ring at the leggy glass wall.
Aromatic cherry-wood, saline smells from the sea, and bourbon with a floral component were excellent.
Medium-bodied with good acidity and still vibrantly tight tannins carried black and red cherry cordial notes with bourbon accents.
Finished long on the trailing palate with some heat from the 15% alcohol, and a touch of mint.
Tuscan Vines expresses the "feminine" of  Barbaresco, but this Barolo is the masculine expression of the Nebbiolo Grape, and with all those intense bourbon-like flavors, you've got to believe it's manly!
Though rather unctuously textured in its own way, ironically there's sharp edges to this wine too.
Paired perfectly with a rare porter-house (meat and potatoes).




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Monday, May 25, 2015

Château Haut-Robert Tertre De Fontenot 2010 Bordeaux Red Wine





Château Haut-Robert Tertre De Fontenot 2010 Bordeaux Red Wine, $10.99, 87 points, poured deep ruby with a maroon tint trending dark pomegranate red toward the clear wine ring and leggy glass bowl.
The nose was a good black fruit aroma with cedar, coffee, and truffle notes.
More a medium-bodied Bordeaux with good acidity and supportive tannin.
Flavors of blueberry and tobacco were rather distinctive.
Finished okay with hints of mint, a touch of cayenne spice, and the 13.5% alcohol.
Varietals were 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot.
Though the Château Haut-Robert Tertre De Fontenot 2010 Bordeaux won't wow anyone it is a good intro to Red Bordeaux for those uninitiated and those looking for a good red table wine.


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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Miscellaneous Imported White Wines







Altadonna Toscana (Italy) 2012 Vermento, $7.64-$13.99, 86 points

Antinori (Italy) 2010 Orvieto Classico Santa Cristina Campogrande, $9.34-$12.99, 88 points

Avancia 2014 Cuvée De O Godello (Valdeorras, Spain), $15.99, 90+ points

Boutari Moschofilero (Greek), $13.99-$15.99, 86 points

Château de Castelneau 2010 White Bordeaux, $11.99-$14.99, 88 points (40% Sauvignon Blanc, 40% Semillon, and 20% Muscadelle)

Donnafugata "Anthilia" 2012 Catarratto And White Wine blend (Sicily), $12.56-$13.95, 84+ points

Höpler 2013 Grüner Veltliner, (100% Grüner Veltliner), $11.99-$14.99, 90 points




Kentia Galicia Rias Baixas 2013 Albarino (Spanish White Wine), $13.99-$15.99, 88 points

Lady of the Lake 2012 White Wine (Greek), $14.99, 88 points (60% Roditis and 40% Batiki)

Mezzacorona Trentino, Italy D.O.C. Riesling, 2 for $10.00-$10.99 each, 86 points

Molly Dooker McLaren Vale (The Violinist) 2010 Verdelho, $24.00-$33.00, 92 points

Pacifico Sur Reserva Curico Valley Chile 2011 Riesling, $11.99, 88 points

Pieropan 2009 Soave, So-Ah-Ve (Italy), $11.90-$17.99 (I paid $13.59), 87 points

Ricardo Santos 2009 Semillon Mendoza, Argentina, $13.49-$15.49, 87 points

San Quirico di San Gimignano 2010 Vernaccia, $11.89-$15.99, 87 points

Scagliola Terri 2011 Monferrato Bianco (94% Cortese, 6% Chardonnay), Calosso, Piedmont, Italy, $8,41-$12.99, 89 points

Schlink Haus Auslese 2011 White Wine (Germany), $8.81-$13.99, 84 points

Segal's Fusion Chardonnay/Colombard Dry White Wine (Israel), $13.99-$15.99, 89 points

Steininger Young 2011 White Wine from Austria, $15.39-$16.99, 87 points

Tenuta Rocca Dei Leoni Campania 2009 100% Falanghina, $11.70-$15.99, 88 points




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