Monthly Archives: November 2008

Bouchaine Estate Chardonnay 2006

Bouchaine, Napa Valley – Carneros, Estate, Chardonnay 2006 The nose combines freshly split oak, vanilla, toast and stone fruits. The mouth is full-on richness with oak essence and butter layered over peaches and green apples – very nice. The wine … Continue reading

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Cayuga Ridge Cayuga Cuvee

Cayuga Ridge Estate, Cayuga Lake, Cayuga Cuvee This wine is very aromatic, sporting candied fruit and floral notes. The flavor is quite reminiscent of Riesling with zippy lime and plenty of acidity – very refreshing. There is no indication of … Continue reading

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Bella Late Harvest Zinfandel 2004

Bella, Dry Creek Valley, Late Harvest, Zinfandel 2004 If you can imagine drying some blackberries and  dusting them with black pepper, that’s what this wine smells like. The jammy fruit really pops in the mouth and is beautifully sweet. P&B … Continue reading

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Skouras Saint George 2006

Domaine Skouras, Nemea, Aghiorghitiko, Saint George 2006 The grape is spelled both ways on the label thus the redundancy that you see in my post – good for both sides of the Atlantic. The nose features dried and fresh fruits, … Continue reading

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Drouhin Beaujolais Nouveau 2008

Joseph Drouhin, Beaujolais, Nouveau 2008 This is a very clean Nouveau with traditional bubble gum in the nose. The mouth is an explosion of the fruity style you expect, with tart acidity and a bit of tannic grab – nice. … Continue reading

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Dr. Loosen Wurzgarten Auslese 2006

Dr. Loosen, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Urziger, Wurzgarten, Riesling, Auslese 2006 In the nose there is minerality wound around limes and a touch of petrol. The mouth is rich and viscous with balancing acidity. This wine is very concentrated and cries out for … Continue reading

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Dr. Loosen Blue Slate Riesling 2007

Dr. Loosen, Mosel, Blue Slate, Riesling 2007 The nose is filled with cotton candy and juicy fruit gum. The mouth is light-bodied and has a nice balance of the sweet and the tart, like well-made fresh lemonade. Qualitatswein, bottled in … Continue reading

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Koster-Wolf Riesling Trocken 2007

Koster-Wolf, Rheinhessen, Riesling, Trocken 2007 In the nose you sense peaches and floral notes. In the mouth, the wine is dry and austere, quite acidic, with a sense of drinking lemon juice. Qualitatswein, gutsabfullung in Albig 12% $11.99 for a … Continue reading

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Rippon Pinot Noir 2006

Rippon, Central Otago, Lake Wanaka, Pinot Noir 2006 This vintage sports smoky and toasty notes in the nose. The mouth is densely packed with fruit and the ample acidity carries the flavor for a long time. Notes on the previous … Continue reading

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Sherwood Pinot Noir 2007

Sherwood Estate, Marlborough, Pinot Noir 2007 Brambles, earth and green spices mark the nose and the fruit is still in the background, waiting to come out. In the mouth though, the fruit is poignant, framed by lots of acidity. Proprietors … Continue reading

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