Daily Archives: November 9, 2007

Contrasting Sweets

Two Hands Barossa Valley Brilliant Disguise Moscato 2006 This wine shows like Moscato d’Asti, not to the same level of fresh orange blossom as the best from Piedmont, but still in a similar vein. Made from White Frontignac or Muscat … Continue reading

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Dr. Zin and the Lyons

Rosenblum Cellars Napa Valley Lyons Reserve Zinfandel 2004 A plush Zin that drinks like ripe red wine infused with the best of notes of a caramel infused dessert. Grapes grown above 1,000 feet in the Vaca Range on the east … Continue reading

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Que Shiraz

Both wines in this flight display deep concentration and a tannic backbone. The difference in style comes in the use of oak and the display of acidity. The Thorn-Clarke exudes oak while the d’Arenberg Magpie is enhanced by acidity to … Continue reading

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Tempted by Tempranillo

This flight illustrates the divide between European and New World approaches. The Pesquera has complementary brett that works but offends some. The Yalumba is ripe and supple. Pesquera Ribera del Duero DO Reserva 2001 100% Tempranillo. P&B by Alejandro Fernandez … Continue reading

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Wooping it up in the Republic

Their is ample acidity in both wines in this flight. The WW adds a slight richness whereas the Sauvignon Republic pulls no punches with its intense honoring of Sauvignon’s grassy side. Woop Woop South Australia Verdelho 2006 Winemaker Ben Riggs. … Continue reading

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