Monthly Archives: July 2010

Mas Doix Salanques 2006

Celler Mas Doix, Priorat, Salanques 2006 The nose greets you with a fair waft of oak, sweet with jammy fruit and brown spices. In the mouth this wine is dense yet supple, with ripe tannins and lots of jammy black … Continue reading

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Mollydooker Goose Bumps 2006

Mollydooker, South Australia, Goose Bumps, Sparkling Shiraz 2006 In the nose the oak makes a statement with sweet black fruit. The texture in the mouth is masterful, actually velvety displaying the flavors of blackberry, coffee and freshly-split oak. Proprietors Sarah … Continue reading

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Red Wine Stars of the Rhone

Coudoulet de Beaucastel, Cotes-du-Rhone Rouge, 2007 The fruit has both a fresh and dried character, combining cherries, plums and raisins. In the mouth it has an elegant profile, the structure is apparent yet restrained, not dominating the flavors – very … Continue reading

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Alain Graillot Crozes Hermitage 2008

Alain Graillot, Crozes Hermitage 2008 This vintage features lots of black pepper and a structured palate, with long acidity and a commensurate amount of tannin. For some there will be too much of a memory of Band-Aids and the dentist … Continue reading

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Louis Jadot Beaujolais-Villages 2008

Louis Jadot, Beaujolais-Villages 2008 The nose expresses the essence of fresh grapes with a bit of earthiness. In the mouth the fruit is bright, the acidity lively and the tannin just a hint in the background. This is perfect when … Continue reading

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Dr. Loosen Bernkasteler Lay Kabinett 2008

Dr. Loosen, Mosel, Bernkasteler, Lay, Riesling, Kabinett 2008 The nose features freshly squeezed lime and fresh flowers. There are Sweetarts galore in the mouth, light body and great length – very nice. This wine is topped with a screwcap for … Continue reading

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Jean-Marc Brocard Chablis Fourchaume 2007

Jean-Marc Brocard, Chablis Premier Cru, Fourchaume 2007 The nose features bright green apple and minerality. In the mouth the acidity is invigorating, as if biting into that green apple. While at the same time there is a richness in the … Continue reading

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Foppiano Rose 2009

Foppiano, Russian River Valley, Estate Bottled, Rose 2009 The nose features flowers, candied red fruits and a bit of bubble gum. In the mouth the fruit shows nicely, the acidity is mild and the palate is broad. It is reminiscent … Continue reading

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Red Wines of Piemonte

Vietti, Barbera d’Asti, Tre Vigne 2007 In the nose you’ll find tar, licorice, black fruit and chocolate. In the mouth there is Barbera’s acidic trademark, yet with density of flavor throughout – very nice and very long. The grapes are … Continue reading

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Casa Alle Vacche Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2009

Casa Alle Vacche, Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2009 The nose offers minerality, hay and citrus fruits. In the mouth you’ll find the expected acidity, in a lean format with a bit of roundness on the edges. The grape behind this … Continue reading

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