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Tasting Note February 2, 2014

Vaza Rioja Cosecha 2012 Very fresh and vibrant wine with red cherries, oak, that pairs well with many different cuisine at an affordable price point.  This is actually the entry level wine of a top winery I visited in Rioja Solar Viejo Jose Montilla is the winemaker at Solar Viejo in Rioja, which was originally built […]



Tasting Notes January 27, 2014: Dama de Toro + Spanish Sons

Spanish Sons 2010 Tempranillo from Castilla Y Leon, Spain – very well made, easy drinking wine with gentle tannins and a pleasant smoky character.  Flavors of cherry and subtle tobacco and well balanced acidity and tannin. *** Tasted three wines from Dama de Toro, from the Douro Valley in Spain. Dama De Toro Malvasia 2012 […]



2005 Domaine Pierre Gelin Fixin

Drinking well this moment. Nose ripe with concentrated morello red cherry and earthy minerality, palate very structured with rich ripe red fruit and some blackcurrant in the background, acidity racy medium and tannin grippy and medium, very refined. finish long and mineral with a focus of red concentrated fruit.



2008 Croft Vintage Port

Inky, jammy black fruit on the nose and palate, very well balanced with med+ racy acidity, muscular yet supple tannins, and a long finish of crushed blackberries and minerals. Aromas: violets,blackberries Other flavors: spice, black currant, cinnamon, nutmeg, loganberries, mission fig (fresh, ripe), black prune (moist, top quality), cassis How could I know it was […]



2006 Monier de la Chaptoutier Sizeanne

Tasting Colour : deep garnet red, with purplish lights. Nose : red fruit (rapberry, blackcurrant), with a hint of liquorice. Mouth : good attack, round and elegant wine with concentrated and gentle tannins. The final is on blackcurrant, raspberry and spicy (pepper) aromas when it is you Grape variety Syrah. Soil Our Hermitage “Monier de […]



Vigna I Botri Riserva 2008

Interesting wine from Chambers Street …. organic and blind tasted against a Rosso di Montalcino just being told they were from the same country .. dry, with medium racy acidity, medium smooth tannins, medium body, medium 13.5 alcohol, and a very intense herbal cherry (red) finish … could easily be confused (blind) with a Burgundian […]



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Tasting Notes Week of November 11th 2014

2011 Petite Petit Michael David Winery Interesting blend of 85% Petite Sirah and 15% Petit Verdot … lots of black fruit and vanilla. A great full bodied wine that pairs well with stews and meat/ 2010 Macari Bergen Road How honored! This is their flagship red blend made only in premium vintages. You can really […]



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Tasting Notes Week of November 3, 2013

Eccoci Blanco 2011 Flavorful wine with a deep gold color, chewy texture, and savory flavors like saffron, mushroom and East Indian spices. Crisp dry finish with a hint of bitter almonds. The medium tannins and excellent structure can stand up to cuisine such as salmon and chicken. Interesting Northern Rhone blend of Rousanne (5O), Viognier […]



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Tasting Notes Week of September 3, 2013

So this week some interesting reds from Michael David Winery… Earthquake Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011 What was interesting about this wine was the “Lodi” factor. Though it was very fruit-led on the palate, very rich and satisfying, I was trying to taste it in the sense of it being Lodi and not Napa.  Perhaps it was […]



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Tasting Notes Week of 8/26/13

2009 Chateau Boutisse (Bordeaux) Very impressed by this wine – near black opaque color, delicious nose of black cherry,  black licorice, repeated on the palate along with black earth. Dry wine with medium racy acidity, smooth yet slightly grainy tannin, and medium alcohol (13%).  Lots of finesse and rich ripe fruit. 1975 La Grange Of […]



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Tasting Notes August 11, 2013

  2012 Michael David Chardonnay Wow, what a delicious wine! Very surprised by the friendly $16 price tag of this well crafted Chardonnay from Lodi, 68% barrel fermented in new French oak (40%). Very buttery in the California style. Tropical and Mango flavors. It’s a new offering from this quality family owned winery and recommended. […]



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Tasting Notes Week of August 5, 2013

Macari  Sauvignon Blanc 2012 So its summer and the right time to drink a refreshing racy wine like this … very zesty with grapefruit, kefir lime, and zippy acidity. Great with seafood! The Diving Rod 2010 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon New French oak, medium toast, and lots of ripe black fruits, blackberry, and black cherry! […]



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Tasting Notes May 6, 2013: Hahn Pinot Noir 2011 & Director’s Cut Sauvignon Blanc 2012

  “Wait, that’s my bottle!” The lively young group at the next table looked at the waiter opening our bottle of Hahn Pinot Noir in amazement. It turns out that they brought the exact same wine for a BYOB dinner at New York’s best restaurant! In time, they relaxed when their own bottle was brought […]



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Tasting Notes May 6, 2013

  Queulat Sauvignon Blanc and Queulat Pinot Noir from Ventisquero So last night at my favorite BYOB restaurant I brought these fabulous wines from Chile! I am on a Chile kick right now … last week I attended a great tutored tasting of Chilean wines and am so excited about the quality and all the […]



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Tasting Tons de Duorum 2011 & Alente Riserva 2006

Last night at The Modern in Manhattan I tasted some really fabulous wines – very surprising! The biggest surprise was a Portuguese white, Tons de Duorum 2011 – frankly, I did not know what to expect as I do not have white wines from Portugal very often. Tasting it (without knowing the varietals) I would […]



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Tasting Notes Week of April 18th

    So Maria and Rob Stuart were kind enough to send us six bottles of their wine from McMinnville, Oregon — last year we and several other bloggers were lucky enough to get an invitation to blend wine with them! I am saving our “Blogger’s Blend” for last, yet now am trying the Big […]



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Tasting Fattoria La Massa Giorgio Primo 2009: Comparing SuperTuscans and Fine Bordeaux

Ah, there’s nothing quite like a SuperTuscan. Typically, a SuperTuscan refers to “Bordeaux Style” wine (blends of the typical grapes of the region, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petite Verdot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc) except that the climate and soil and aspect (and sun!) of the region is completely different! Typically, SuperTuscans are also quite expensive, as they […]



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Tasting Clos LaChance Estate Zinfandel 2010 and Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

This week I am trying two wines from Clos LaChance, a family-owned, certified sustainable winery in the Northern Central Coast region. The winery uses modern winemaking technology mixed with old world philosophy … … gravity flow, small lot fermentation, barrel aging and unfined/unfiltered wines paired with high tech computer monitoring. Clos LaChance Estate Zinfandel 2010 […]



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Rioja vs. Ribera Del Duero: Key Differences

Okay, so several weeks ago I was at my neighborhood wine shop and wanted to test the “new guy” out on his recommendations. “So what is a great Rioja about $20?” I asked. He recommended the Xavier Flouret Fe 2005 (the X on the right).  So being the MW student geek that I am, I […]



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Terroir of Trione

Wow, what a great idea from the folks at Trione in Geyserville, California. I received this “mini box” of “mini bottles” of wines including 2007 Alexander Valley red, 2007 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 2008 Russian River Valley Syrah, 2008 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, 2008 Russian River Valley Chardonnay and 2010 Russian River Valley Sauvignon […]