Friday, March 6, 2015

Rombauer Vineyards California 2012 Zinfandel







Rombauer Vineyards California 2012 Zinfandel, $24.99-$29.99, 90+ points, poured a deep purple/red with flashes of maroon toward the leggy glass wall and broadly transparent rim.
Cedar, blackberry, clove, cinnamon, and chocolate notes were wonderful.
Full, rich, and smooth body carried fair acidity with a supportive underlayment of tannin.
A floral component dominated the early plate with wild blackberry and sweet cooking spices transitioning into the mid-palate, while the 14.9% alcohol dominated the late palate into the long finish of spice and the trailing gestalt (trust you'll like that!).
Varietals were 94% Zinfandel and 6% Petite Sirah.

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Franciscan Estate Napa Valley 2013 Sauvignon Blanc







Franciscan Estate Napa Valley 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, $15.99-$17.99, 89 points, poured almost a transparent gray with a lime green tint.
Light lemongrass aroma, though singular, was quite good.
Very light-bodied, crisp, appropriately acidic, and a cut-and-dry flavor profile of lemon/lime and fresh-cut grass notes made this the perfect wine to pair with delicate flakey white fish or sushi.
Finished fair on a tart trailing palate, a well integrated the 13% alcohol.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Las Rocas Vinas Viejas 2008 Garnacha






Las Rocas Vinas Viejas 2008 Garnacha, $12.34-16.99, 90+ points, poured core black meeting the clear rim with crushed blackberry purple/red.
Absolutely lovely aromas of roses, sandalwood, and black fruit impressed.
Near full-bodied, velvety smooth early mouth-feel, good acidity, and still seductive tannin setup a wonderful flavor profile of flowers, black fruit, strawberry, cola, dried herbs, and hints of licorice.
Finished well on the well integrated 13.5% alcohol, spice notes, and pomegranate.
This is a rather dry red wine!.
The quality, price, ratio is excellent! This is a great introduction to Spanish Garnacha, and if you looking for something different, something other than Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, or Zinfandel, then I'd grab this one. Now, you might only find a more recent vintage, but I'd try those too.


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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The Crossings 2013-2014 Sauvignon Blanc






The Crossings 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, $13.99-$16.99, 92 points, poured a light burnished brass color.
Smells of white grapefruit with hints of lily-of-the-valley and gooseberry, were beautiful.
Light crisp body carried good acidity with a clean wet stone flavor, and citrusy notes (mostly white grapefruit), also having  a 'proper' proportioned gooseberry flavor were very good.
Finished fine on the 13.5% alcohol, lemon zest, kiwi, and a kiss of ginger.

The Crossings 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, $14.99-$16.99, 90 points, poured a light burnished brass color.
Smells of gooseberry dominated, however a bit of bubble-gum and grapefruit on the nose were interesting.
Light-bodied with good acidity and flavors reflective of the aromas were not as clean and as delicious as the 2013 vintage, but quite good.
Finished on the trailing palate, lemon peel, a well integrated 13% alcohol, just a hint of ginger, and honeysuckle.

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Marqués de Cáceres Gran Reserva 2008 Rioja




 


Marqués de Cáceres Gran Reserva 2008 Rioja,  $24.99-$29.99, 92+ points, poured a deep ruby trending opaque crushed blackberries purple/red with a broad clear rim-ring.
Aromatic black fruit, marzipan, roses, violets, bourbon, and wood notes were wonderful.
Medium-plus body carried good acidity, fine grainy tannin, and flavors that reflected the aromas with hints of black cherry cordial.
Finished fine on eucalyptus, a well integrated 13.5% alcohol, and warm spice notes.



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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Castellare 2013 Chianti Classico




Castellare 2013 Chianti Classico, $21.99-$24.99, 91+ points, poured a bright lovely ruby color with a broad clear rim at the rather leggy glass wall.
Cherries, strawberry, and truffle with a hint of roses on the nose were very rich and pleasant.
Medium-bodied with lively acids and comfortably supportive tannins balanced lusciousness with crispness.
Flavors mirrored the aromas and were complimented by rosemary and mint.
Finished long on the trailing palate, a well integrated 13.5% alcohol, tobacco, eucalyptus, and warm spices.
Paired perfectly with tomato, basil, asiago, and mozzarella cheese meatballs, a compatible ravioli, all in a white bean marinara. Yum! When a perfect meal meets a perfect wine the day is all smiles (I could almost sing). :-)~

 
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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Clarendelle 2009 Bordeaux Red Wine


Clarendelle 2009 Bordeaux Red Wine, $18.99, 89 points, poured nearly black with typical crushed black currant purple/red, but a flash of maroon parted ways with most Bordeaux red wines I've examined; Clarendelle also manifested a broadly transparent rim-ring.
Pleasant aromas of violets, cedar, and black currant were subtle.
Medium-plus body and smooth texture, carried good acidity, sweet luscious tannins with flavors of pomegranate, blackberries, mulberries, tobacco, savory notes, and juniper berry.
Finished well on the 13.5% alcohol, developing plum notes, rosemary, and spice.
Varietals were 79% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7%Cabernet Franc.
A little commentary: As I researched this Bordeaux I found that most reviewers didn't really like this wine, but I loved it. Try it and let me know, and considering its reasonable price, you won't be spending hundreds of dollars, and it will be a challenge without pain.


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