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2008 Vina Borgia Campo de Borgia

Posted on September 25, 2009 - Filed Under Grenache, Reviews, Spanish wines, Wine Reviews, region, style | Leave a Comment

5.99!

5.99!

That’s how much this wine cost!

It was very quaffable, great with pizza, and a very solid weekday wine. Highly recommended for when you’re broke or when people who don’t know much about wine are in town.

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The Heiress

Posted on September 20, 2009 - Filed Under Blend, Red wines, Reviews, Spanish wines, Wine Reviews, region, style | Leave a Comment

Life is so good.

This movie…so good. Aaron Copeland’s score is perfect. The emotion & humanity…so pin-point. The performances are classic, the storyline, devine…they truly don’t make movies like this. Can you imagine asking Aaron Copeland to score your movie?

The wine…A 2007 Spanish Syrah / Tempranillo blend from Care..with hints of caramel, cedar, rusty pipe, strawberry, and seltzer water, rated 90 pts WS…

It’s just okay.

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2005 Windhurst Reserve Merlot

Posted on September 19, 2009 - Filed Under American wines, Merlot, Red wines, Reviews, Wine Reviews, region, style | Leave a Comment

This puppy is $19.99 @ Westwood Liquors and worth every penny! It’s mellow, confident, with nice flavors of cocoa, blueberry and medium tannins.

If this wine were a guy at a party, he would just sit in the corner wearing sunglasses, and not saying anything, but then at the end of the night he would take your girlfriend home.

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2006 Perrin & Fils Vinsombres

Posted on September 19, 2009 - Filed Under Cotes du Rhone, French wines, Red wines, Reviews, Wine Reviews, region, style | Leave a Comment

This is a subtle cotes du rhone with mild tannins, and a very pleasant, perfumy taste. Nice hints of lavendar, hazelnut, and honey blossom…but I find myself wishing for a little more bite.

Mike says, “It’s like a chick with big gigantic tits that are fake.”

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2008 Punto Final Malbec

Posted on September 18, 2009 - Filed Under Malbec, Red wines, Reviews, South American wines, Wine Reviews, region, style | Leave a Comment

Now this wine I like!

Good round, rich flavor, with the hints of earth and spice that I really enjoy in a malbec. A gem @ 14.99.

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2007 Nabuko

Posted on September 18, 2009 - Filed Under Blend, Red wines, Reviews, Spanish wines, Wine Reviews, region, style | Leave a Comment

This wine is from Southern Spain, and 90 pts for $15 @ Central Market.

I found it to have some nice notes of cedar, spice box, and brine.

Sara says, “It smells like terrible.”

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E Guigal 2005 Cotes Du Rhone

Posted on September 18, 2009 - Filed Under Cotes du Rhone, French wines, Red wines, Reviews, Wine Reviews, region, style | Leave a Comment

This wine was $12.50 @ Spec’s, which is a great value. Has the typical hazelnut, earth and mild tannins, if a little tart. This wine starts off a little tight, and should be opened for 90 minutes or so to really enjoy.

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2007 Tapiz Cabernet Sauvignon

Posted on September 15, 2009 - Filed Under Cabernet, Red wines, Reviews, South American wines, Uncategorized, Wine Reviews, region, style | Leave a Comment

All in all, this is a light, compact wine. WS gave it 90 pts, I believe, which, in my humble opinion was a little generous.

Some nice flavors of spice box, cedar, and violet, but I think this is a wine that needs some time to ripen.

At $15 you can afford to pick up a few bottles and let them age a bit…but don’t expect fireworks right away.

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2007 Velvet Devil Merlot (http://www.kvintners.com/wines.php)

Posted on September 14, 2009 - Filed Under American wines, Merlot, Red wines, Reviews, Wine Reviews, region, style | Leave a Comment

At Mulberry for restaurant week, finishing up with a nice bottle of Washington Merlot. Very strong flavors of chocolate-covered bacon, believe it or not…

That said, the green tannins make it a little too bitter for my taste. Very similar to drinking baking chocolate without any of the fruit forward flavors to redeem it. Definitely a head’s wine, and a very complex flavor for the price.

Later: The wine really opens up with hints of plum, blackberry and vanilla…definitely something you want to let breathe for an hour or so…

Price: $10 (retail), $25 (at Mulberry)

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Amavi Cellars 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon

Posted on September 13, 2009 - Filed Under American wines, Cabernet, Reviews, Wine Reviews, region, style | Leave a Comment

Man, I’ve been posting old reviews all day! I had such terrible taste; things have really changed.

For starters, I’m a cab man, now, but actually starting to move beyong it. I like my wines big for now, but without much fruit. I get off to words like blueberry, resin, pencil lead, cassis, tobacco, etc.

Each Sunday, I try to have a “special wine”, and tonight’s was a $27 wine from Central Market sporting a Wine Spectator score of 94.

Its an elegant, balanced wine. Nice flavors of soil, bakers chocolate, cassis, and pencil lead, with hints of cedar and spice box on the nose. Over time, notes of vanilla extract and licorice emerge…

I’d actually like to see a little more fruit, but its certainly an outstanding cab, if a little solemn.

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