Monthly Archives: March 2010

Quady Vya Extra Dry Vermouth

Quady, California, Vya, Extra Dry Vermouth nv The nose combines mint, ginger and a host of spices. In the mouth it is dry and spicy with a reminiscence of quinine’s bitterness – an intense mouth refresher! The grapes are Colombard … Continue reading

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Blandy 5 Year Bual

Blandy’s, Madeira, 5 Year Old, Bual nv Toffee meets raisins with a spriritous character in the nose. In the mouth the weight is there, with nuttiness, caramel and a lighter shade of residual sugar than you find with Blandy’s Malmsey. … Continue reading

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La Caudrina Moscato d’Asti 2008

La Caudrina, Moscato d’Asti 2008 There’s a lovely sense of orange blossoms in the nose while the mouth is sweet and ethereal – very nice. Estate bottled in Castiglione Tinella 5.5% purchased for $15.99 at Bottle Barn

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Ariel Merlot 2007

Ariel, Dealcoholized, Merlot 2007 Simple and light-bodied. Made and bottled by J. Lohr in San Jose. Contains less than one half of one percent alcohol by volume, purchased for $6.49 at Bottle Barn Ariel Vineyards

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Glen Ellen Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

Glen Ellen, California, Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 There’s a sense of whole berries, sweet and a little tooty-fruity with a vanilla veneer.  In the mouth this wine is a bit sweet, quite fruity and fairly gripping – disappointing. Vinted and … Continue reading

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Glen Ellen Pinot Grigio 2008

Glen Ellen, California, Reserve Pinot Grigio 2008 It’s not terribly aromatic and it is a bit spiritous but it’s fairly dry and acidic and perfect for making a Kir. And the price is affordable. Vinted and Bottle no where near … Continue reading

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Glen Ellen Valdiguie 2000

Glen Ellen, California, Proprietor’s Reserve, Gamay Beaujolais, Valdiguie 2000 The nose is quite evolved, featuring raisins, tea, herbs. and some volatile burn. The mouth is quite delightful for the price and age of this wine, one that was not meant … Continue reading

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Marques de Caceres Reserva 2002

Marques de Caceres, Rioja, Reserva 2002 The nose shows some of the herbaceousness that can be found with Tempranillo along with vanilla and cherries dabbed with brown sugar and baked in a pie. The mouth is bright with cherries and … Continue reading

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Elena Walch Pinot Grigio 2008

Elena Walch, Alto Adige, Pinot Grigio 2008 The nose features lemon and flowers with a bit of doughiness. The mouth is bright with citrus and its expected acidity, without the austerity of many Grigios from Italy. The whole palate is … Continue reading

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Benziger Chardonnay 2008

Benziger, Carneros, Chardonnay 2008 The nose features butter and vanilla and a bit of fresh oak. In the mouth the rich theme continues, with viscosity, butter and oakiness, with balancing acidity in the background. V&B in Graton 13.5% purchased for … Continue reading

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