Daily Archives: July 18, 2009

Pago de Carraovejas 2006

Pago de Carraovejas, Ribera Del Duero DO, Crianza 2006 The previous vintage of this wine was quite substantial. In the ’06 the ripeness of the fruit really shows in the nose and the mouth meets that with ample structure for … Continue reading

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Muga Seleccion Especial 2004

Muga, Rioja DOC, Reserva, Seleccion Especial 2004 There are sweet brown spices, cherry and light earthiness in the nose. The mouth shows structure, with plenty of tannin and acidity, filled out by the cherry fruit to make this a keeper … Continue reading

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Rosenblum Planchon Zin 2006

Rosenblum Cellars, Contra Costa County, Planchon Vineyard, Zinfandel 2006 The smell is of candy and warmth, warm compote waiting on the sideboard. In the mouth, this is a very supple Zin, with ripe tannins and a bit of liquer-like character. … Continue reading

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Bogle Petite 2007

Bogle Vineyards, California, Petite Sirah 2007 With notes back to 2001 this wine is still a favorite for showing a sense of tannin in an affordable package. The price has been steady as well.The fruit is sourced from Clarksburg and … Continue reading

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Montevina Barbera 2006

Montevina, Amador County, Barbera 2006 Light-bodied and fruity with Barbera’s characteristic acidity – very clean and easy drinking. P&B in Plymouth 14.5% $7.79 at Bottle Barn Montevina

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Famega Vinho Verde Branco 2008

Fâmega, Vinho Verde DOC, Vinho Branco 2008 This latest vintage is true to form, petillant, light-bodied and zippy. The latest bottling code is # 0905051for the bottle purchased on Jan. 27, 2010. The previous was # 0905049 when this post … Continue reading

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Havens Albarino 2008

Havens, Napa Valley, Carneros, Albarino 2008 This wine is a fully concentrated expression of lime, boasting great acidity and length – delicious. P&B in Napa 12.5% $18.99 at Bottle Barn Havens

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Husch Chenin Blanc 2008

Husch, Mendocino, Chenin Blanc 2008 Perfume and ripe tropical fruit mark the nose while the mouth features a subtle amout of RS at 1.4%. GP&B in Ukiah 13% $7.99 at Bottle Barn Husch

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Zaca Mesa Viognier 2008

Zaca Mesa, Santa Ynez Valley, Estate Grown and Bottled, Viognier 2008 This wine is very peachy and sweet appearing, slippery and rich. Fermentation began in stainless and then the wine spent 3 mos in neutral fr oak; malolactic was avoided. … Continue reading

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Benziger Chardonnay 2007

Benziger, Carneros, Chardonnay 2007 Vanilla and a light sense of butter grace the nose. In the mouth, the fruits are tropical and enhanced by the buttery richness with a sense of acidity providing balance  – a very consistent value. V&B … Continue reading

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