Sunday, January 26, 2020

Hanna Red Ranch Alexander Valley 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon




Hanna Red Ranch Alexander Valley 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, $18.69-$42.99, 89 points, poured an opaque purple/red with a thin clear wine ring and heavy stained legs.
The bouquet was a lovely cornucopia of fruit nuanced with cedar, violets, and spices.
Full-bodied red wine with fair to good acidity, a supportive underlayment of tannin, and rich flavors of fennel, red fruit, and a hint of eucalyptus.
Finished long on plums, pepper spices, a warm 14.5% alcohol, and the fading late plate.
Paired well with my spiced rack of New Zealand lamb.

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Friday, January 24, 2020

Roberto Sarotto Riserva 2012 Barbaresco (DOCG) Revisited




Roberto Sarotto Riserva 2012 Barbaresco (DOCG) Revisited, $23.79-$39.99, 93 points, poured core ruby red grading to a garnet red toward the clear wine ring and stained fat legs.
Aromas of flowers, teas, earth, and cherry fruit were excellent.
Medium-bodied red wine with good acidity and fine grainy tannins managed a complex array of flavors consistent with the bouquet nuanced with mint and bay leaf.
Finished long on red fruit, red pepper, and a spot-on 14% alcohol.

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Carpineto 2006 Brunello Di Montalcino (D.O.C.G.)




Carpineto 2006 Brunello Di Montalcino (D.O.C.G.), $43.59-$51.99, (currently $48.44-$59.99) 91 points, poured garnet red grading coppery red toward the thin meniscus and moderate glass sheeting.
Aromas were black tea, bay leaf, and weak red fruit which migrated to the palate.
Medium-bodied bone-dry red wine with good acidity and a thin firm plank of tannin managed a rather straight-forward hard tipple best had as a table wine.
Finished warm on pepper spices, wood, and the 14% alcohol.
Paired fine with our pizzas.


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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Moulin De Gassac Guilhem Languedoc 2014 Red Wine (France)





Moulin De Gassac Guilhem Languedoc 2014 Red Wine (France), $3.99-$5.49, 88 points, was a blend of 40% Syrah, 30% Grenache, and 30% Carignan.
Poured ruby to garnet red with a bright meniscus and moderate hanging legs.
Aromas were an interesting array of subtle flowers, Bordeaux lily, shoe polish, plum, red fruit, and a hint of dill.
Full-bodied red wine with good acidity, mellow tannins, and complex flavors of red fruit, tobacco, spearmint, cola, and plums.
Finished well on earth notes, easy white pepper, red raspberry/mint, and a balanced 13% alcohol.
Another in a trend of great value wines (QPR), and I thank Brian from the NHLS-outlet for the recommendation.


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Monday, January 20, 2020

Silenus Winery Napa Valley 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon






Silenus Winery Napa Valley 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, $25.49-$64.99, 95 points, poured core black grading to a deep blood red with a thin clear wine ring and copious stained legs.
The nose was loads of black fruit, cinnamon, clove, and hints of flowers and vanilla.
Big full-bodied red wine, soft, round, and rich nuanced with fair acidity, and a mellow underlayment of tannin.
Flavors were complex and rich with black currants, mint mulling spice, and loam.
Finished long and intense on converging pepper spices, a warm 14.5% alcohol, cola, and emerging tannins.
This could be one of the best value Napa Cabernet Sauvignon wines I've ever had.




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Saturday, January 18, 2020

Cortonesi "La Mannella" 2012 Brunello DI Montalcino (DOCG)




Cortonesi "La Mannella" 2012 Brunello DI Montalcino (DOCG), $29.74-$71.99, 92 points, poured broadly ruby red grading to an orange/red at the bright clear meniscus and heavily ladened bowl with fat legs.
Aromatic aromas of nutmeg, black tea, a hint of near rancid fat, and floral notes were interesting if not perfumed.
Medium-bodied dry red wine with good acidity, fine tannins, and lively flavors of cherry cola, earth, eucalyptus, and wood more than escaped the besmirching of the 'near rancid' descriptor.
Finished very long on the fading palate, more noticeable tannin, black tea, pepper spices, and a warm 14.5% alcohol.
Paired fine with my meatball-sub.

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Friday, January 17, 2020

Left Field, Gisborne, New Zealand, 2018 Albariño









Left Field, Gisborne, New Zealand, 2018 Albariño, $15.29-$17.99, 89 points, was a medium gold color with a lime-green cast and clearing at the rim.
Aromas were floral and tropical with a touch of Lychee.
Light-bodied white wine with good acidity and tangy flavors of orange peel, barley, and melon rind.
Finished long on the trailing palate, a hint of ginger, and a well-balanced 13% alcohol.
Paired fine with my Yellow-fin tuna salad.



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