Thursday, May 24, 2018

Tiefenbrunner 2017 Pinot Grigio (Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy)




Tiefenbrunner 2017 Pinot Grigio (Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy), $11.04-$15.99, 88 points, poured a light brass color with a green cast and clearing at the glass edge.
The aromas were rather nondescript melon, flowers, and a hint of citrus.
Light-bodied with good acidity managed to surpass the aroma's softness with more intensely (barely) distinctive flavors of Marshmallow Peanut Candy, citrus, and ginger.
Finished fair on the trailing palate and an appropriate 13% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with my Yellow-fin tuna salad.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Cantina Zaccagnini il vino 'dal tralcetto' 2017 Pinot Grigio (IGT)




Cantina Zaccagnini il vino 'dal tralcetto' 2017 Pinot Grigio (IGT), $12.74-$18.99, 87 points, was a light glossy gold color.
Aromas of apples, evergreen, and citrus notes were pleasant.
This light-bodied white wine with good acidity tried to show the wine's pear and apple flavors, but left that to the Yanny or Laurel conundrum.
Finished fair with watermelon rind, Necco Wafers, ginger, and a soft 12.5% alcohol.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Ruffino "Il Ducale" Friuli 2017 Pinot Grigio





Ruffino "Il Ducale" Friuli 2017 Pinot Grigio, $11.89-$18.99, 92 points, poured almost water clear with gold highlights.
Aromatic peach, pome blossoms, and grass notes were excellent.
The off-dry body was light, brightly acidic, and tasty with citrus, peach, grass, and floral flavors.
Finished long on the trailing palate, ginger, and a well-balanced
12.5% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with my sautéed Canadian Maritime Halibut.
Way more an intense Pinot Grigio than I'm used to: fresh, fruity, and almost Sauvignon Blanc distinctive; my pleasure in it should be self-evident!


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Monday, May 21, 2018

Château Ducru-Beaucaillou Grand Cru Classé Saint-Julien 2009 Bordeaux Red Wine (Cabrnet Sauvignon)



Château Ducru-Beaucaillou Grand Cru Classé Saint-Julien 2009 Bordeaux Red Wine (Cabernet Sauvignon), $249.99-$370.99, 97 points, poured core black grading a crystalline purple/red toward the clear wine ring and glass bowl draped in dense tears.
The cedar potpourri bouquet with red fruit, blackberry, and flowers was outstanding.
This near-full-bodied Bordeaux was distinctively up-front subtle before approaching the turbocharged silk and spice never-ending finish, but in-between, layers of bright acidity and supportive tannins flourished with flavors of leathery blackberry liqueur, violets, mulling spices, and crème de cassis with a spot-on 13.5% alcohol.
Varietals are 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot.


Bordeaux Red Wine vintage 2009

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Freemark Abbey Napa Valley 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon





Freemark Abbey Napa Valley 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, $33.99-$43.99, 88 points, poured core black with flashes of opaque purple/red, showing a thin clear rim ring and moderate sheeting on the bowl.
Profuse aromas of blackberry liqueur, black currants, cedar, and a hint of prune were okay.
Full-bodied with fair-plus acidity and a soft underlayment of tannin managed to deliver the aromas onto the palate nuanced with cola and truffle flavors.
Finished long and intense with warm pepper spices and a potent 14.5% alcohol.

2012 California Cabernet Sauvignon wines tasted
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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Mazzei Philip Toscana 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (IGT) Italy




Mazzei Philip Toscana 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (IGT) Italy, $31.44-$36.99, 90 points, poured an opaque sienna color with a transparent ring and glass wall raining with dense legs.
The lovely aromas were toasty, fruity, and floral nuanced with juniper.
Near full-bodied with bright acidity and fine grainy tannins presented the palate with cherry cola, earthy plum, and tarragon flavors.
Finished long on the trailing palate, pomegranate, fig, a hint of mint, and a soft 13.5% alcohol.





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Friday, May 18, 2018

Concha y Toro Don Melchor Vineyard 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon (Puente Alto, Chile)





Concha y Toro Don Melchor Vineyard 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon (Puente Alto, Chile), current prices are $79,99-$82.99, 92 points, poured core black radiating purple/red to garnet red toward the clear wine ring and stained glass legs.
Aromatic violets and a cedar potpourri with cocoa and black currant were outstanding.
Full-throttled body with good acidity was reminiscent of the Caymus Select, though the tough tannins were toned down, trending fine, still supportive, and a bit wooly.
Flavors of truffles, licorice, plum, dried cooking herbs, and boysenberry tended toward a complexity.
Finished long and spicy with mint and iron notes.
The 14.5% alcohol was well-integrated.
One of the best South American Cabernet Sauvignon wines I've tasted.
I've been saving this wine for eight years, and my sense is that this wine had several more years left in it.

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