Sunday, October 21, 2018

Browne Family Vineyard Columbia Valley 2013 Merlot


Wow!
 October is Merlot month,
 and I've not had a straight Merlot all month,
 but with this generous Browne Family Vineyards Merlot, I've more than rectified my negligence.



Browne Family Vineyard Columbia Valley 2013 Merlot, $18.69-$39.99, 90 points, poured an opaque ruby red shading purple toward the transparent meniscus and heavily stained-tear laden bowl.
The herbaceous aroma was nicely nuanced with juniper.
Full-bodied with fair-plus acidity and softly supportive tannins accented the lush mouth-feel, and carried generous flavors of cola, milk chocolate, blackberry, and blueberry.
Finished well on the fading palate, red licorice, and a hot pepper spice turbo-charged with a 14.2% warm alcohol.
Paired perfectly with our ordinary cheese burgers.


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Saturday, October 20, 2018

New Hampshire Wineman~An Old man's Trek Into "Wine Country" revisited.



Since some viewers are interested in how I got involved with wine, I thought it a good time to repost my 2015 autobiographical post on my intro to wine and where it has lead to; maybe this will strike a cord in those interested in more than just a wine review.
New Hampshire Wineman~An Old man's Trek Into "Wine Country"

Cerulli Spinozzi Torre Migliori 2012 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Colline Teramane





Cerulli Spinozzi (Winery) Torre Migliori (Vineyard) 2012 Montepulciano (Varietal) d'Abruzzo (Appellation) Colline Teramane (Sub zone), $13.99-$16.99, 91 points, poured core black grading a deep purple/red toward the clear wine ring and moderately draped bowl.
Smells began with a hint of funk, but quickly shook that off for aromas of toasty black fruit, iodine, cedar, and a floral vibe.
Near full-bodied with good acidity and supportive fine grainy tannins delivered delicious flavors of cherry cola, black fruit, and red licorice.
Finished long on the trailing palate, intense pepper spices, a hint of mint, and a well-balanced 13.5% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with my spaghetti and beef meatballs.
A total value Italian red wine.

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Friday, October 19, 2018

Rombauer Vineyards Napa Valley 2017 Sauvignon Blanc





Rombauer Vineyards Napa Valley 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, $16.99-$24.99, 90 points, was a light brass color with green highlights.
Aromas of sweet hay, cilantro, passion fruit, and pome blossoms were excellent.
Light-bodied (bone dry) with mouthwatering acidity and unfolding concentrated flavors reflective of the aromas were seamlessly followed by the fair finish nuanced with ginger, citrus, and a solid 14.4% alcohol.

Sauvignon Blanc 2017 (Cali)

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Faust Napa Valley 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon





Faust Napa Valley 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, $49.49-$54.99, 93 points, poured a deep purple/red grading more to the red at the broad clear meniscus and heavily draped bowl.
The complex and concentrated bouquet included, but was not limited to, blueberries, juniper, Bordeaux lily, savory, and cinnamon; I wasn't as pleased as this list might imply.
Full-bodied (silky) with good acidity and solid/dense and remarkably smooth tannins delivered violet, blackberry liqueur, and red raspberry flavors through a storm of hot cinnamon spice and accelerating pepper spices that worked well with the 14.9% alcohol in the never-ending moderately dry finish.
Paired well with my meatball sub.

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2015 California Cabernet Sauvignon wines tasted



2015 California Cabernet Sauvignon wines tasted.


I have the same problems with drinking young Cabernet Sauvignon wines as I do drinking young Bordeaux red wines. However there are occasions when that will happen, and though I haven't seen a plethora of the 2015 vintage from California in particular, I will want to Index my reviews; so here on a cool October evening I'll do just that.

Faust Napa Valley 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, $49.49-$54.99, 93 points
 
 
Onehope 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, $8.79-$10.99, 85 points




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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Giorgio Carnevale De La Rocchetta 2016 Barbera d'Asti (DOCG)





Giorgio Carnevale De La Rocchetta 2016 Barbera d'Asti (DOCG), $12.99-$14.99, 87 points, showed a deep sienna color with a broad clear wine ring and light glass draping.
Aromas were a lovely cornucopia of fruits dominated by blueberry, red raspberry, and juniper nuanced with a floral vibe.
Medium-bodied with good acidity and a thin underlayment of tannin delivered a toned-downed reflection of the aromas.
Finished fair and floral with easy pepper spices and a balanced 14% alcohol. 

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