Archive for the ‘Not Cab’ Category

Tierra Divina ‘Reds’ 2010

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This wine is a winner.  It’s composed of Petite Syrah, Carignane, and Zinfandel, which, for me, is a first.  This unique blend comes from Lodi and was benefited by a long, cool, and even growing season in 2010 which gives the wine a smooth, rich and complex profile that can otherwise be disrupted by heat […]

Andrew Murray Tours Les Jours 2008

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The nose is full and rich with stewed purple fruits, like boysenberry jam, and has a great freshness to it.  There are some classic Syrah virtues as well as savory, beef reduction sauce characteristics in the back drop.  The palate follows in step with a velvety, full, balanced profile that is supported by sound acidity […]

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 […]

Turley Cinsault 2010 El Porron

What this wine lacks in esotericness, it makes up for in the glass.  The Cinsault grape is one of the staples of the Languedoc-Rouissillon region in the southern France and is quite often blended with Carignan and Grenache.  If you asked me, I would have said that it was a staple of southern Rhone as […]

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 […]

J. Wilkes Pinot 01

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This is a wine that hails from one of the best vineyard sources in Santa Barbara County; the Bien Nacido Vineyard.  Specifically, Block Q.  It has 10 years of age on it and is showing really well.  The winemaker, Jeff Wilkes passed away in December of 2010, after spending almost 20 years in the wine […]

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 […]

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