Daily Archives: March 13, 2009

Dow’s Boardroom Tawny

Dow’s, Porto, Boardroom, Reserve Tawny nv In the nose there is caramel and overt alcohol. In the mouth the same follows through though the often tolerated burn is a bit too much given the rather light concentration of flavor. Bottle … Continue reading

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Pinot Noir Old World and New

Foley, Sta. Rita Hills, Rancho Santa Rosa, Pinot Noir 2007 There is ripe candied fruit in the nose while the mouth is supple and elegant with oak working in a supportive role in the backgound. P&B in Lompoc 14.3% $35.99 … Continue reading

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D.H. Lescombes Cabernet Franc 2007

D.H. Lescombes, New Mexico, Limited Release, Cabernet Franc 2007 I’ve been fortunate to taste this wine 4 times since the Chronicle Wine Competition judging in January and it really is a star. It puts together the best of Bordeaux and … Continue reading

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Carol Shelton Wild Thing 2004

Carol Shelton, Mendocino County, Cox Vineyard, Wild Thing, Zinfandel 2004 Jammy berry and black pepper star in the nose while the mouth features an almost liqueur-like sense of blackberries. V&B in Sebastopol 16% $29.99 at the Wine Merchant Carol Shelton

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Lindemans Bin 50 Shiraz 2008

Lindemans, South Eastern Australia, Bin 50 Shiraz 2008 In the nose there is a light level of black fruits and oaky essence. The wine is very light-bodied with sweet black fruit, a little low-level RS and a touch of grippiness. … Continue reading

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Leitz Riesling 2006

Leitz, Rheingau, Rudesheimer, Klosterlay, Riesling, Auslese 2006 Awesome concentration and great balance in the dance of sugar and acid. Erzeugerabfullung in Rudesheim 8.5% $22.49 for a 500ml bottle at the Wine Merchant in Clayton, Missouri Weingut Josef Leitz

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Kerpen Riesling 2007

Kerpen, Mosel, Wehlener, Sonnenuhr, Riesling, Kabinett 2007 Fresh stone fruits are in full force and a lovely sweet and tart essence is in the mouth. Gutsabfullung in Bernkastel-Wehlen 9.0% $20.69 at the Wine Merchant in Clayton, Missouri Weingut Kerpen

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La Gitana Manzanilla

Bodegas Hidalgo, La Gitana, Jerez, Manzanilla nv The nose has classic bruised apples with some acetone as well. The mouth is quite dry and gripping. This drinks to paradigm yet is too evolved in the chemical direction, lacking the freshness … Continue reading

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Talley Chardonnay 2006

Talley, Arroyo Grande Valley, Estate Bottled, Chardonnay 2006 There are toasty notes in the nose and a sense of freshly cut oak. In the mouth there is citrus fruit and a sense of richness – nicely balanced. The fruit was … Continue reading

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