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2007 Straight Line Tempranillo

Posted on November 4, 2009 - Filed Under American wines, Reviews, Tempranillo, Wine Reviews, region, style | Leave a Comment

I really liked this wine! Mocha, dark berries, cloves…a really excellent California Tempranillo!

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2007 Cuvee Sasha

Posted on November 1, 2009 - Filed Under American wines, Blend, Red wines, Reviews, Wine Reviews, region, style | Leave a Comment

You know, I did enjoy this wine, but found is a little flimsier than some of the other wines I’ve had from the same region. Some neat rose petal elements, with some nice velvety tannins and herbaceous jam. Definitely a nice blend. Will likely do better with some serious decanting and another couple years in the bottle.

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Conn Valley Vineyards 2007 Prologue Cabernet Sauvignon

Posted on November 1, 2009 - Filed Under American wines, Cabernet, Red wines, Reviews, Wine Reviews, region, style | 1 Comment

Now I know that I drink a lot of cabs, and maybe I’m getting a little sick of them, but that doesn’t mean I want a weak-ass cab! I found this cab to be acidic, pasty, and generally unappealing. While there was some decent berry and some nice green pepper, I’ve been used to getting much better quality for my $20 investment.

 

For the money, I recommend the Fitch Cabernet at Westwood Liquors in Westlake.

So there.

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B Wise 2005 Trios Proprietary Red

Posted on October 31, 2009 - Filed Under American wines, Blend, Red wines, Reviews, Wine Reviews, region, style | Leave a Comment

This wine is a wonderful blend from B Wise Vineyards, with fantastic candied plum and dark berry flavors, with an underlying core of anise and clove. It’s slightly perfumey, and should definitely be decanted at least two hours prior to drinking. Additional cellaring should only enhance the balance.

Recommended!

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2007 Fattoria Rodano Poggialupi Toscana

Posted on October 30, 2009 - Filed Under Italian wines, Red wines, Reviews, Wine Reviews, region, style | Leave a Comment

This wine kicked some serious ass. The great earthy, vegetative quality that I love in Italians, but with a very nice backbone of mocha and dark cherry. For under $17, I highly recommend.

Get this while you can @ Westwood Liquors.

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2004 Arceno Primavoce Toscana

Posted on October 30, 2009 - Filed Under Italian wines, Red wines, Reviews, Wine Reviews, region | Leave a Comment

This super-tuscan for $14.99 is a killer deal. Great earthiness, bright fruit, soil, and vine.

It’s a very enjoyable entry-level Italian, with enough oomph to impress your burliest of New World drinkers. Recommended!

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2007 Savanha Cabernet Sauvignon

Posted on September 25, 2009 - Filed Under Cabernet, Red wines, Reviews, South African wines, Wine Reviews, style | Leave a Comment

I found this wine a little thin and tannic. I think, paired with a hard cheese or meaty pasta, it would have been pretty tasty, but tonight was a steak night, and steak nights are important to me.

Sorry Savanha, but you didn’t quite cut the mustard…

85

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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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