Monthly Archives: July 2010

Mirassou Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Mirassou, California, Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 The nose features Cassis, candied berries and some mintiness. In the mouth it is quite fruity and soft, with perhaps a bit of residual sugar amplifying the fruit and adding weight and viscosity to the … Continue reading

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Noceto Nutz! 2008

Tutti I Giorni, Amador County, Nutz! 2008 The nose features cherries and tar with a bit of brambles. In the mouth it is light-bodied and refreshingly acidic with a bit of grip. As in Chianti, this wine is a blend … Continue reading

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Pedroncelli Mother Clone Zinfandel 2007

Pedroncelli, Dry Creek Valley, Mother Clone, Zinfandel 2007 The nose features sweet jammy fruit, like a bit of raspberry and blackberry rolled into a crumble for dessert. In the mouth it is spicy and warm, a little viscous and focused … Continue reading

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Pahlmeyer Red 2006

Pahlmeyer, Napa Valley, Red Wine 2006 In the nose the fruit is quite sweet and ripe, reminiscent of Cassis accented with vanilla and brown spices. In the mouth this Bordeaux-style blend is ripe and approachable, quite silky and ready to … Continue reading

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Isole e Olena Chianti Classico 2006

Isole e Olena, Chianti Classico 2006 Cherries and cranberries mark the nose with a touch of earth and smoke. In the mouth it is perfectly tart, light-bodied and ready to accompany roasted chicken. There’s long, lingering cherry flavor and acidity … Continue reading

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Berger Gruner Veltliner 2009

Berger, Niederosterreich, Gruner Veltliner 2009 The nose is a bit flinty, with a sprinkling of green herbs. In the mouth it is crisp and refreshing – nice. This wine has been a consistent value over the vintages and notice that … Continue reading

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Hartford Court Four Hearts Chardonnay 2007

Hartford Court, Russian River, Four Hearts Vineyards, Chardonnay 2007 This is a large Chardonnay, big, rich and mouth-filling. There’s plenty of butter and oak to please those in search of a full-on California Chard yet there is also a core … Continue reading

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The White Wines of Vinho Verde 2009

Fâmega, Vinho Verde, Vinho Branco 2009 The nose speaks of lemon and lemon zest. In the mouth it is zippy with acidity, light-bodied and tart with a light bit of sparkle, further enhancing its refreshing character – very nice. This … Continue reading

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Finca Sobreno Toro 2005

Finca Sobreno, Toro 2005 This vintage is a nice step up from the previous. The nose shows a mix of fresh and cooked red fruits, with a sweet overlay of vanilla. In the mouth it is approachable and oaky with … Continue reading

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Vetus 2005

Vetus, Toro 2005 There’s a definite sense of Port in the nose, combining liqueur-like berry essence and a bit of spirit. In the mouth the berry flavors are vibrant yet this wine is still quite tight and would benefit from … Continue reading

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