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Boraso Berola 2008

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This producer is one of the big guns in Spain and produces lots of high quality wine at a reasonable price point.  I’m a fan of numerous bottlings, and think that the Berola is a really nice example of a big rich Granache from Spain. NOTES: This is a dark purple wine that shows an […]

Bodega Y Vinedos Ilurce “Rio Madre” Rioja 2010

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This Rioja is a rich, mineral driven and medium bodied wine.  I found the notes that the International Wine Cellar produced are great and more eloquent than mine.  Definitely decant it for a little while, it opens up with air to show its true colors. Rioja, Spain…. “(100% Graciano): Glass-staining purple. Highly aromatic bouquet offers […]

2009 Olivier Leflaive Bourgogne Les Setilles

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White Burgundy.  Leflaive. This is a benchmark example of what Chardonnay can do when in the right hands.  This is a wine to be served just shy of room temperature (57 – 62 degrees). Nose has a smell like the outside of a ripe lemon with the underpinnings of grey and white stone minerality.  There […]

La Fiera Montepulciano D’Abruzzo 2009

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Let’s cover a factioid first; there are two wines that have Montepulciano in the name.  Montepulciano D’Abruzzo wines come from the Abruzzo region of Italy and are made from the Montepulciano grape.  Abruzzo is east of Rome, and about 40 miles from the eastern coast.  In other words, in the lower calf region of the […]

Quercus Rebula Ribolla Gialla 2008

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Sometimes a wine starts of as delicate and light, and then turns the other cheek to reveal its true self; big and powerful.  The Quercus Rebula Ribolla Gialla defines this category.  It has a pale straw color, similar to a dry Riesling, and the nose has a cucumber, lemon, hay overtone that is backed up […]

Port houses trying to cypher 2009

Decanter recently ran an article on which houses will be declaring vintage wines.  Somewhat unusually, it looks like there is a split with Fladgate (owners of Taylor’s, Croft and Fonseca) saying that they will release 09 vintage port, and Symington Family Estates, (owners of Graham’s, Warre’s, Dow’s, Gould Campbell amongst others,) saying that they will […]

Castello Monaci Kreos Rosato 2009

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Rose is such an under appreciated wine!  Give it a chance, that’s all we are sayin’.  Rose is something that should be deployed copiously on hot days while warming up the barbecue, having nibbles or sitting around the pool.  It is a great way to start the evening off with a festive mood and gets […]

Ca’Bianca Moscato D’Asti 2009

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This wine is… adorable.  I can’t think of a better word for it, the wine is so light and refreshing that you should have the pleasure of experiencing it.  It is pure joy, and so easy to drink that it would be bad news if it were more than 5% alcohol.  Use this wine as […]

Albino Armani Incontro Soave 2007

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Soave is a wine that hails from the area around Verona, and is something that I fell in love with during my honeymoon.  Verona gets really hot and humid during the summer, so tourists and locals alike head to their favorite watering hole and order a glass of Soave or a Negroni.  Since I can’t […]

Saint Emilion classification overhaul in motion

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This is a great article from Palate Press covering the reclassification of the Saint-Emilion region in Bordeaux.  They are, basically, going back to the drawing board in an effort to make sure that their classification system is accurate, fair, and somewhat functional. http://palatepress.com/2011/04/wine/what%E2%80%99s-really-going-on-in-saint-emilion/ or click here If you haven’t been up on the subject (like […]

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