Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Bodegas RE 2015 Red Wine (Chile)

Bodegas RE 2015 Red Wine (Chile), $23.99-$29.99, 85 points, poured a bright ruby red color with a clear wine ring.
Aromas of blueberry, red raspberry, and fennel were just okay for me.
Medium-plus body with mouthwatering acidity and an underlayment of sufficient tannin carried tart to sour flavors reflective of the aromas deep into the long finish marked by earth, white pepper, and a moderate 13% alcohol.

Varietals were 50% Garnacha and Carignan.




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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Château Prieuré-Lichine, Margaux, Grand Cru Classé,2014 Bordeaux Red Wine




Château Prieuré-Lichine, Margaux, Grand Cru Classé,2014 Bordeaux Red Wine, $34.84-$40.99, 92 points, poured black throughout except for the terminal purple/red and clear wine rings at the moderately leggy glass wall.
Hints of barnyard aromas were overshadowed by soft lavender, smoky bacon, plum, and wild mulberry.
Medium-plus-body with mouthwatering acidity and a firm underlayment of tannin managed complex flavors of tangy red fruit, blackberries, sweet tobacco notes, and truffle.
Finished long on the trailing palate energized by bright red and white pepper spices, and a typically well balanced 13.5% alcohol.
Varietals were 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot.



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Monday, December 11, 2017

Château Rauzan-Ségla, Margaux, Grand Cru Classé 2014 Bordeaux Red Wine




Château Rauzan-Ségla, Margaux, Grand Cru Classé 2014 Bordeaux Red Wine, $59.49-$69.99, 92 points, poured broadly black with grading terminal purple/red and clear wine rings at the moderately draped glass bowl.
Aromatic sandalwood, roses, boysenberry jam, and a cedar potpourri were lovely.
Medium-plus body carried bright acidity with fine-grain drying tannins.
Flavors of truffle, black fruit, and plum notes were furtively delicious, but had a difficult time breaking through this still too young of a red wine's tannins, but just wait ten years!
Finished with some exciting warm spices and a well-balanced 13.5% alcohol.
Varietals were 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot, and 1% Cabernet Franc.
How do you pronounce Chateau Rauzan Segla?


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Sunday, December 10, 2017

NAPA Cellars 2016 Sauvignon Blanc





NAPA Cellars 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, $14.99-$17.99, 90 points, was a light pale brass color.
Aromas of orange peel, fresh-cut grass, cantaloupe, pome blossoms, and Necco Wafers were rich.
Light-bodied with good acidity managed-well the flavors which were reflective of the aromas with a hint of melon rind.
Finished nicely on the trailing palate and the 13.9% alcohol inspirited ginger notes.
Paired perfectly with my seafood medley of Pacific Dover sole fillets, cod dumplings, and stuffed scallops on the half-shell.

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Rex Hill Willamette Valley 2014 Pinot Noir





Rex Hill Willamette Valley 2014 Pinot Noir, $25.49-$32.99, 91 points, poured a bright number one purple/red wine color (never mind that #1 is supposed to be a Cabernet) with a broad clear wine ring and a lightly draped bowl.
Aromatic cherry fruit, cinnamon, and a perfumed floral vibe were excellent.
Medium-plus body with good acidity and a grainy underlayment of tannin carried delicious fruity cherry flavors with red licorice and hints of mulling spices.
Finished long on the trailing palate, warm spices, and a spot-on 13.5% alcohol.

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Pinot Noir (Northwest USA)





A to Z Oregon 2014 Pinot Noir, $16.99-$19.99, 88 points

Acacia Vineyard Carneros 2007 Pinot Noir, $23.99, 90 points

Acrobat Oregon 2012 Pinot Noir, $17.99-$19.99, 84 points

Adelsheim Willamette Valley 2011 Pinot noir, $18.69-$24.99, 90 points

Anne Amie (Willamette Valley, Oregon) 2014 Pinot Noir, $16.99-$24.99, 89 points

Argyle Willamette Valley 2011 Pinot Noir, $21.24-$29.99, 91 points

Argyle Willamette Valley (Grower series) 2012 Pinot Noir, $19.99-$29.99*, 88 points

Domaine Drouhin Dundee Hills 2012 Pinot Noir, $32.79-$$44.99, 94 points

Domaine Serene Evenstad Reserve 2007 Pinot Noir, $38.24-$59.99, 92+ points

Domaine Serene Yamhill Cuvée 2008 Pinot Noir, $29.99-$39.99, 88 points

Duckpond cellars Willamette Valley 2008 Pinot Noir, $18.99, 90 points

Elk Cove Five Mountain Willamette Valley 2012 Pinot Noir, $31.99-$39.99, 92 points

Elk Cove Willamette Valley 2007 Pinot Noir, $20.39-$28.99, 87 points

Erath Estate Selection Willamette Valley 2010 Pinot Noir, $19.99-$23.99, 93 points

Erath Estate Selection Willamette Valley 2012 Pinot Noir, $15.99-$23.99, 93 points

Erath Oregon 2008 Pinot Noir, $12.60-$18.00, 91 points

Erath Oregon 2011 Pinot Noir, $13.99-$18.99, 90 points

Erath Oregon 2011 Pinot Noir, $14.95-$18.99, 88 points

Firesteed Oregon 2011 Pinot Noir, $11.99-$19.99, 88 points

King Estate 2009 Pinot Noir, $23.79-$27.99, 90 points

La Crema Willamette Valley 2012 Pinot Noir, $7.98-$32.99 ($25 promotional gift card applied), 92 points

Lange Estate Winery and Vineyards Willamette Valley 2013 Pinot Noir, $15.29-$25.99, 90 points

Lemelson Vineyards Thea's Selection 2010 Pinot Noir, $25.49-$31.99, 91+ points

Ponzi Vineyards Willamette Valley 2008 Pinot Noir, $26.34-$35.99, 89 points

Ponzi Willamette Valley Travola 2011 Pinot Noir, $20.39-$26.99, 87 points

Proud Pour Umpqua Valley 'This Wine Saves Bee Species' 2015 Pinot Noir (Oregon), $19.54-$24.99, 90 points

R. Stuart Autograph Willamette Valley 2007 Pinot Noir, $25.49-$29.99, 91 points

Rex Hill Willamette Valley 2014 Pinot Noir, $25.49-$32.99, 91 points

Sokol Blosser Dundee Hills Oregon 2007 Pinot Noir, $32.99-$50.00, 92 points

Soter Vineyards Planet Oregon 2013 Pinot Noir, $22.99-$10.99, 87 points

Willamette Valley Vineyards Oregon 2012 Pinot Noir, $20.99-$22.99, 91+ points

Wine By Joe (Oregon) 2010 Pinot Noir, $10-$15, 87 points

Wine by Joe Dobbes Oregon 2012 Pinot Noir, $16.99-$18.99, 87 points


Pinot Noir (France)

Pinot Noir (New Zealand)

Pinot Noir (USA)

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Clos Erasmus 'Laurel' 2014 Priorat Red Wine





Clos Erasmus 'Laurel' 2014 Priorat Red Wine, $41.64-$48.99, 89 points, appeared black up to the clear wine ring and heavily draped glass bowl where purple/red had a slim margin.
Aromas of funk, coffee, earth, ripe black fruits, and black olives left me ambivalent.
Full-bodied with bright acidity and firm grainy tannin translated the aromas onto the palate along with licorice and tobacco notes.
Finished fair and juicy with a 15% alcohol inspirited spiciness.




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