Thursday, January 31, 2013

Niner Bootjack Ranch Paso Robles 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon



Niner Bootjack Ranch Paso Robles 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, $21.99-$25.99, 90 points, begins youthful with a broad clear rim, easing into colors of black currant and a core of dense ruby.
There's a lovely aroma of sweet cinnamon and cedar with hints of chocolate.
Black fruit are yet ripe and rich, yet balanced with good acidity and mild tannin (I would say that this wine is at its zenith), all of which are carried on a medium-plus body.
Finishing with a bit of tart red cherry, mocha, and spice, round-off a delicious red wine.


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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Neal Napa Valley 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon


has an opaque core, tapering to black currant with violet flashes and is transparent at the rim.
Black currant aroma is dominant, but there are hints of vanilla java.
Smoothly, the medium-plus body balances good acidity and moderate tannin in this dry red wine.
A plethora of black fruits borderlines territory reserved for "fruit-bombs", but rather gracefully skirts near to elegance. The finish is warm (14.4% alcohol), mildly spicy, and with a hint of mint.
 
 
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Hahn 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon






Hahn 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, $9.34-$13.99, 90 points, opens bright black currant tapering to red cherry in color and meets the glass with a clear ring.
I think this wine appears deceptively simply, for though the aroma is weakly sweet red cherry with a hint of green bell pepper (all of which rightly carries onto the palate), the medium body slams you with whelming acidity and moderate tannin; the flavor is very good and adds hints of cranberry and coffee.
Finishing long on black and white pepper with a comfortable 14.5% alcohol makes this a "wrap"!
 
 
 

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Château La Tour Carnet Grand Cru Classé Haut -Médoc 2009 Bordeaux


Château La Tour Carnet Grand Cru Classé Haut -Médoc 2009 Bordeaux, $39.94-$46.99, 93 points,
at the core is a dense purple trailing ruby and ending transparent.
Has a toasty vanilla plum aroma.
Full bodied dry red wine with more than ample acidity and persistently provocative tannin.
Considering that this wine should probably be drunk in ten to twenty years, and not losing sight of the forest for the trees, this Bordeaux has the flavor seeds that will blossom beautifully, because even now the flavor is a delicious rich black fruit with hints of espresso and earthy dried herbs.
Spicy finish trends black pepper with a hint of menthol.
Varietals are 66% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot, and 2% Cabernet Franc.


 
 
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Monday, January 28, 2013

Château Clarke Baron Edmond De Rothschild Listrac Médoc 2009 Bordeaux



If commentary isn't your "thing", you might want to skip this and scroll down to the wine review.
Before I talk specifically about this wine, I need to comment and WARN the readers of the New Hampshire Wine-man blog that I've grown biased, I'm crazy, or I'm just about right in rating these Bordeaux wines.  My last review scored a Bordeaux red wine 82 points (almost as low a score as I've ever given), but my average score of a red Bordeaux wine is just over 90 points. So, how do you trust what I've said about them? Issues of palate, bias, and familiarity (what you are use to) and expectation must play a role here.  When I taste a wine, something in my brain, after considering and evaluating, says: "Compared to so and so, this wine is this much better or worse than that wine."  Not scientific, but it is a method.
I say these things, because I want to give the best advice I can to those who read this blog.
It is said that wine is subjective, and to some greater or lesser degree that is true, but there is a place for objective value to wine that goes beyond the subjective and is founded, like mathematics, on consensus reality and is grounded in truth, unless you've had too much to drink, or, no offense to our solipsist friends and the Matrix has you, you are asleep.
Château Clarke Baron Edmond De Rothschild Listrac Médoc  2009 Bordeaux get mediocre scores from almost everyone, but I did notice the WS's barrel-score was 90-93 points which are in my ballpark.

To the wine:
Château Clarke Baron Edmond De Rothschild Listrac Médoc 2009 Bordeaux, $39.09-$45.99, 93 points, began at the core almost opaque ruby and trended purple black-currant toward the clear rim.
Floral sweet red cherry and cigar are aromatically beautiful.
The near full bodied red wine carries bright acidity and persistent grainy tannin.
Here's where I think the low scores come from: Flavors of earthy plum, black cherry, and boysenberry are subtle, even as are the cola, cigar, and coffee flavors (the whole is greater than the sum of the parts).
Kahlua® and an intensifying spice, finish this fine wine.



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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Château Mezain Grand Vin De 2011 Bordeaux


Château Mezain Grand Vin De 2011 Bordeaux, $9.34-$12.99, 82 points, opens with a funky sour black fruit and shoe-polish aroma (unpleasant); as the wine breathed there was some reclamation of normalcy.
Good acidity and mild tannin mark the medium-plus body of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon as a somewhat substantial wine, though the dominant flavor is reminiscent of a mass-produced inexpensive California straight Merlot, with some hints of petrol suppressing what blackberry comes through.
The finish follows the palate and adds just a touch of spice, but even the spice is subdued by the unpleasant palate.
I can't see this wine improving significantly as to warrant buying it again, even though this is a spanking new vintage (first 2011 I've seen) that could develop over time.


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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Château Lusseau Saint-Émilion Grand Cru 2009 Bordeaux Red Wine

Château Lusseau St. Émilion Grand Cru 2009 Bordeaux, $31.02-$36.49, 93 points, brags loudly its color, aroma, complexity of flavors, and an enduring finish, but what it lacks is texture. A near excellent representation of a Red Bordeaux as I understand them; stand alone-wine? Absolutely! However, as with Château Talbot 2009, ironically, but maybe logically, it was just too much of a wine for common food fare. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't bad with my Italian meat-balls and pasta, but I generally leave it to the experts (chefs) for advice.
To the wine:
Color: deep purple red and a broad transparent rim.
Aroma: spectacularly robust and toasty, with rich blackberry, sweet cooking spices, black licorice, with floral cedar and a touch of espresso.
Near medium body, texturally, just a bit thin, but good acidity, layered and persistent tannin carries flavors following the nose, and trailing long into a spice accentuated finish with just a hint of mint, culminating and capping-off a very good wine.
When I compare this wine (Some other red Bordeaux wines as well) to some recent Cabernet Sauvignon wines, I can't help but notice a bit of superiority; and this is reflected in my scores, often higher than you'll find in other reviews. If you try this wine for example, and are not impressed, take this as a caveat; if, however, you're as impressed as I am, let me know!


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Friday, January 25, 2013

Souverain North Coast 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon


Souverain North Coast 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, $12.74-$19.99, 85 points, begins at the clear rim and trends bright purple-red to a black currant which is a very pronounced descriptor on the nose and flavor on the palate as well, all of which is too vegetative for my senses.
Other aromas of candy-like red cherry and sweet earthy notes are easily aerated out. 
Though this wine paired well with red meat, as a stand-alone red wine, it fell short for me.
Near full bodied red wine with good acidity and moderate tannin, carries plum, cherry, and some spice all the way to the moderate finish.


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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Château MOULIN BOYER 2009 Bordeaux,


Château MOULIN BOYER 2009 Bordeaux, $10.19-$11.99, 88 points, begins with a somewhat lighter black currant red than many other Bordeaux red wines I've looked at, quite clear with just the faintest orange cast and a transparent rim.
Floral expressions dominate the nose, but an array of lovely accents, black cherry, sweet cooking spice, and cedar compliment each other.
There's lots going in this medium-plus bodied dry red wine carrying noticeable acid and tannin which tend to smother the fruit, but an oaky plum manages to give a bit of depth, and the chalky long finish leaves the whole affair with the memory of spice and heat (unusual for a red wine of only 13% alcohol).
How many times have we heard the expression: Vineyard over vintage? Now, all I'm hearing in regards to 2009-2010 Bordeaux is: Vintage is supreme!
Well, not knowing enough, I'm guessing there's truth to both of these ideas; however, I'd think that in great vintages, you'll likely find great value in unheralded places, and I'd say this is one of those places. With good flavor, maybe a bit rough for some, I found this to be an excellent QPR red wine.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Waterstone Napa Valley 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon


Waterstone Napa Valley 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, $16.99-$22.99, 92 points, has a Bordeaux red color, a somewhat cloudy ruby-red with a broad transparent rim.
The lovely toasty aroma of spiced cherry and plum are accented by floral notes.
The medium plus body carries good acidity, mildly persistent tannin, and juicy blackberry, plum, cherry, earth, and licorice.
Finishes long on the trailing palate, menthol, spice, and some heat (14.5% alcohol).
If you like Cabernet Sauvignon wines, at $16.99 you'll have a hard time beating this one for value.


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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Château de Castelneau 2010 White Bordeaux



Château de Castelneau 2010 White Bordeaux, 
$11.99-$14.99, 88 points (40% Sauvignon Blanc, 40% Semillon, and 20% Muscadelle), opens-up floral with apple and pineapple on the nose.
The near medium body carries excellent acidity with some underlying sweet notes, but remains dry.
The flavors, though a bit pale, reflects the aroma with some tartness to it, and finishes on the trailing palate that adds some hints of mint, white pepper, and flowers.
I like this wine, and I'm looking forward to tasting this again.

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Monday, January 21, 2013

Cesca Vicent D.O.Ca. Priorat 2009 Red Wine


Cesca Vicent D.O.Ca. Priorat 2009 Red Wine, $15.30-$21.25, 91 points (40% Grenache, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, and 10% Syrah), appears with a very broad transparent rim and crystal-clear ruby to garnet in color.
Pours earthy with black cherry, sweet spices, and alcohol (15.5%) on the nose.
A robust, near full bodied red wine carrying good acidity and layered integrated tannin. This Priorat red wine is forcefully influenced by the alcohol which dominates the fruit, but helps to bring out the oak, coffee, and grape-skin notes.
The finish is long on heat and spice.
This is a big wine, and maybe too angular for some palates, but with a little breathing time I found this to be a great wine at a great price, and with no other hurdle besides the high alcohol, quite flavorful.
I bought this wine at the Londonderry Hannaford's Super Market.

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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Buehler Napa Valley 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon


Buehler Napa Valley 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, $16.99-$21.99, 90 points, reveals a youthful wine with a clear rim, deep purple-red color somewhere between Shiraz purple and Bordeaux ruby.
I easily enticed aromas of perfumed black fruit, oak, and sweet cooking spice to rise out of the glass.
Medium-plus body shows good acidity, youthful and approachable tannin.
Good flavors of black fruit, dried bay-leaf, and a pleasant bourbon-like oaky alcohol (14.1%) are well balanced.
Finishes on a trailing palate with warm spice.
Great as a stand-alone wine, but should get a lot of applause as a  red table wine.






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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Masi Serego Alighieri Bello Ovile Rosso Di Toscana 2010 IGT


Masi Serego Alighieri Bello Ovile Rosso Di Toscana 2010 IGT, $11.04-$21.99, 87 points, displays a bright ruby color with orange tones toward the broad transparent rim.
A vibrant sweet red cherry aroma with hints of cinnamon and rose, delights.
The "Beautiful Sheepfold's" medium body of lip-smacking acidity and moderate tannin reflect a quite dry red wine, and though a bit austere, balances this with red cherry, pomegranate, and plum fruits.
The trailing palate finishes fair with spice.






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Friday, January 18, 2013

Caparzo Toscana 2010 IGT



Caparzo Toscana 2010 IGT, $7.64-$14.99, 89 points (85% Sangiovese, 5% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 5% Alicante), having a transparent rim and showing red hues of ruby to burgundy, make for a consistent Italian wine color scheme.
A few swirls of the glass releases a bright gentle aroma of red fruit, plum, and sweet cooking spice.
This IGT's medium body carries good acidity and moderate tannin.
Robust flavors of plum, tart black cherry, jammy blackberries, and dried herbs, which extend into the finish but changing toward licorice, tar, and just hints of spice, ends with gentle warmth (13.5%).
This "robust" dry red wine (not as dry as other recently review Italian red wines) is quite good, and at $7.64, is a steal.
Though I'm not a good judge as to how long a wine can be properly cellared, I'm guessing this one can go five years at least, so a case (12-750 mL. bottles) would cost you (At the New Hampshire State Liquor Stores until January 27, 2013), $91.68; that's less than one bottle of R.M Cab. Res.! Try a bottle at $8.99 first, and let me know what you think.

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Italian Red Wines (Blended- IGT etcetera)






My list of Italian Indicazione geografica tipica (IGT) Wines is another work-in-progress, and is being built to assist those interested in finding, and also in comparing wine reviews, especially those using "smart" phones.
This category of Italian red wines is all-inclusive of those wines not otherwise categorized as a single varietal such as Chianti, even though Chianti often has Canaiolo and Colorino or other varietals blended in; Chianti typically has at least 70% Sangiovese.
IGT ( Indicazione geografica tipica), or sometimes referred to as Super Tuscan, and IGP (indicazione geographica protetta) will most often denote the category of wine specific to this list.


Accademia dei Racemi Anarkos Rosso 2011 Primitivo/Red Blend (Puglia IGP, Italy), $13.49-$14.99. 88 points Allegrini 2006 La Grolla Red Wine, $25.49-$29.99, 91 points
Antico Colle Rosso Di Montepulciano 2013 Red Wine (Sangiovese with 10% Merlot), $8.49-$11.99, 88 points Banfi BelnerO 2007 Red Wine (Montalcino), $22.99-$37.99, 91 points
Banfi Castello 2007 Summus Red Wine, $47.59-$59.99, 94 points
Banfi Col DI Sasso Toscana 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese, Approximately $10.00, 88 points,
Baracchi O'Lillo 2013 IGT Toscana, $11.99-$19.99, 90 points
Brancaia Tre Rosso Toscana IGT 2007 Red Wine, $17.99-$20.99, 90 points
Campaccio Terrabianca Toscana IGT 2008 Red Wine, $21.41-$34.99, 91 points
Campaccio Terrabianca Toscana IGT 2010 Red Wine, $27.19-$36.99, 90 points
CanalettO IGT 2009 Pinot Noir, $8.99-$10.99, 84 points
Caparzo Toscana 2010 IGT, $7.64-$14.99, 89 points
Carpineto Farnito Toscana IGT 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, $12.29-$29.99, 88+ points
Carpineto Molin Vecchio 2001 Toscana IGT, $36.99-$69.99, 92 points
Castelli del Grevepesa ClementeVII 2010 Rosso DI Toscana (IGT), $19.99-$49.99, 90 points
Castello di Querceto 'Cignale' Colli della 2010 Toscana Centrale (IGT), $56.09-$65.99, 92 points
Castello di Querceto 2006 Il Querciolaia Colle della Toscana Centrale IGT, $50.99-$59.99, 92 points
Cecchi COEVO 2009 I.G.T. Red Wine, $42.49-$54.99, 92 points
Cesari Boscarel I.G.T. Rosso 2012 Red Wine, $8.49-$18.99, 85 points
Due Torri Delle Venezie IGT 2010 Pinot Noir, $6.79-$11.00, 87 points
Due Torri Grave Friuli D.O.C. 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, $10.80-$14.40, 86 points
Fattoria di Magliano I.G.T. Maremma Poggio Bestiale 2010 Red Wine, $45.89-$59.99, 92 points
Goose Bump Red Wine, $9.00-$12.50, 88 points
If You See Kay, $19.99, 87 points
IL Carbonaione Podere Poggio Scalette Alta Valle Della Greve 2007 Red Wine (Sangiovese), $42.49-$49.99, 94 points
Indaco 2011 Toscana IGT Red Wine, $40.79-$47.99, 94 points
Innocenti Vignalsole 2011 Toscana IGT, $21.24-$27.99, 91 points
KRIS IGT 2011 Pinot Noir, $13.99, 83 points
La Spinetta IL Nero Di Casanova Toscana I.G.T. 2007 Sangiovese, $14.53-$18.99, 88+ points
Masi Serego Alighieri Bello Ovile Rosso Di Toscana 2010 IGT, $11.04-$21.99, 87 points
Modus Ruffino Toscana I.G.T. 2009 Red Wine, $19.88-$25.99, 91 points
Monte Antico Toscana 2006 Red Table Wine, $9.99-$12.99, 86 points
Monteverro "Terra Di Monteverro" 2011 Toscana Red Wine (IGT), $28.99-$59.99, 92 points
Petrolo Galatrona 2005 Merlot, $55.24-$120.99, 93 points
Ruffino DI Santedame 2004 Toscana 2004 IGT (60% Colorino and 40% Merlot), $38.24-$69.99, 92 points
SaSyr Maremma, Tuscany, Rocca Delle Macie 2007 60% Sangiovese-40% Syrah, $9.34-$10.99, 87 points
Secco-Bertani I.G.T. Verona 2009 Red Wine, $21.24-$24.99, 90 points
Sensi Testardo 2012 Toscana IGT, $21.24-$29.99, 89+ points
Tasca d'Almerita Tenuta Regaleali Sicilia IGT 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, $47.59-$55.99, 93 points
Tenuta Guado Al Tasso Antinori Bolgheri Tuscany Superiore D.O.C. 2006 Red Wine, $66.29-$110, 94 points
Tenuta Guado al Tasso (Antinori) Bolgheri Il Bruciato 2011 D.O.C. Red Wine, $19.54-$26.99, 91 points
Tenuta Guado al Tasso (Antinori) Bolgheri Il Bruciato 2012 D.O.C. Red Wine, $22.99-$26.99, 91 points
Tenuta San Guido "Le Difese" IGT 2011 Toscana Red Wine, $23.99-$29.99, 90 points
Tenuta Santo Pietro Perceptum Toscana 2010 IGT Rosso, $18.69-$23.99, 88+ points
Tenuta Santo Pietro I.G.T. Viper Red Wine, $14.44-$18.99, 88 points
Tenuta Sette Cieli "Indaco" 2011 Toscana IGT Red Wine, $40.79-$47.99, 94 points
Terra Di Monteverro 2011 Toscana Red Wine (IGT), $28.99-$59.99, 92 points
Tolaini Al Passo IGT Tuscan 2009 Red Wine, $20.39-$26.99, 91 points
Tommasi Poggio AL Tufo Maremma Toscana 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, 89 points
Tommasi Poggio AL Tufo Maremma Toscana IGT 2012 Sangiovese/Cabernet Sauvignon, $15.99-$18.99, 90 points
Tua Rita Rosso Dei Notri 2009 IGT Toscana, Red Wine, $22.94-$26.99, 92 points
Zenato Alanera IGT 2012 Rosso Veronese, $14.99-$19.99, 91 points







 

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Barone Ricasoli 'Brolio' 2009 Chianti Classico ...






Barone Ricasoli Brolio 2009 Chianti Classico, $12.74-$23.99, 87 points, presents itself ruby, trending pomegranate in color with a broad clear rim.
Subtle hints of cooking spices are accented with a hint of red cherry and flowers on the nose.
Medium-body-light, this very dry red wine trends austere, but some juicy pomegranate does balance this out somewhat, while other palate flavors struggle to make their presence known, and mostly mushrooms and spices accomplish that.
Trailing with spice and a hint of heat (13.5% alcohol), this red wine is, to me, a good red table wine.




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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Ruffino Romitorio Di Santedame Toscana 2004 IGT


Ruffino DI Santedame 2004 Toscana 2004 IGT (60% Colorino and 40% Merlot), $38.24-$69.99, 92 points, Bordeaux in color, black at the core, with a thin sliver of silver about the rim.
Upon uncorking the bottle, sweet floral aromas followed, and when pouring, swishing, and breathing, came a lovely bouquet of crushed berries and sweet cooking spice.
Medium-plus body carries good acidity with satin-like layers of tannin (Very drinkable red wine!).
Flavors of licorice,  plum, and black fruit dominate, but nuanced flavors of coffee, dried bay leaves, and flowers make for a more complex and elegant wine.
Finally, Ruffino finishes long on black and white pepper with a hint of chipotle.



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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Chianti, Chianti Classico Riserva, and Morellino di Scansano (at least 85% Sangiovese)




My list of Chianti, Chianti Classico Riserva, Morellino di Scansano (at least 85% Sangiovese) and Italian (is there really any other kind?) Sangiovese, consists of wines I've tasted and reviewed, unless otherwise noted.
This is a work in progress to assist "smart" phone users in accessing useful evaluations, primarily with a New Hampshire focus (Wines mostly purchased in NH).
As I've been refining this Index for ease of access by separating as best I can one category of Chianti and Italian Sangiovese from another, I will be deleting this current file in the near future and replacing it with a more focused Index listing; below are the up-dated and current files:


Chianti Classico (Italy's Flagship Red Wine)           
Chianti Classico Gran Selezione
Chianti Classico Riserva, Sangiovese With Class!
Morellino di Scansano (Sangiovese, Region of Scansano)

Banfi Fonte Alla Selva 2012 Chianti Classico, $18.69-$21.99, 87 points
Barone Ricasoli Brolio 2009 Chianti Classico, $12.74-$23.99, 87 points
Bolla 2010 Chianti, $6.99-$9.99, 85 points
Borgo Scopeto 2009 Chianti Classico, $9.99-$18.99, 86 points
Carpineto 2006 Chianti Classico Riserva $18.69-$23.99, 90 points
Carpineto 2008 Chianti Classico Riserva, $14.44-$23.99, 89 points
Carpineto 2009 Chianti Classico Riserva, $16.14-$23.99, 89+ points
Castellare 2012 Chianti Classico, $21.99-$24.99, 89 points
Castellare 2013 Chianti Classico, $21.99-$24.99, 91+ points
Castellare 2014 Chianti Classico, $17.84-$24.99, 89+ points
Castellare Il Poggiale 2009 Chianti Classico Riserva, $28.04-$32.99, 91 points
Castello Banfi 2007 Chianti Classico Riserva, $12.74-$18.99, 88 points
Castello di Bossi 2012 Chianti Classico (DOCG), $13.59-$21.99, 87+ points
Castello Di Cacchiano Millennio 2009 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione, $33.99-$39.99, 93 points
Castello di Gabbiano 2006 Chianti Classico Riserva, $11.99-$19.99, 90 points
Castello Di Meleto 2009 Chianti Classico, $10.70-$16.99, 87 points
Castello DI Monastero 2007 Chianti Classico, $16.14-$20.99, 91+ points
Castello di Verrazzano 2006 Chianti Classico, $16.99-$22.99, 91 points
Castello di Verrazzano 2009 Chianti Classico, $16.99-$22.99, 91 points
Castelluccio Le More Di Romagna D.O.C 2011 Sangiovese, $13.59-$15.99, 88 points
Cecchi 2011 Chianti Classico, $10.19-$14.99, 88 points
Cecchi Toscana I.G.T. 2012 Sangiovese, $6.79-$9.99, 85 points
Cecchi Val Delle Rose 2009 Morellino Di Scansano Riserva, $16.99-$21.99, 87+ points
Criterion Collection 2011 Chianti Classico, $11.79-$12.99, 87 points
Ducale Oro Ruffino Riserva 2010 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione, $29.74-$39.99, 92 points
Fattoria di Magliano Heba Morellino di Scansano DOCG 2010 Sangiovese Red Wine, $14.44-$19.99, 91 points
Fattoria Monsanto Fabrizio Bianchi 2007 Chianti Classico Riserva, $15.29-$19.99, 91 points
Fattoria Monsanto Fabrizio Bianchi 2010 Chianti Classico Riserva, $15.29-$19.99, 91 points
Fattoria Monsanto Fabrizio Bianchi 2012 Chianti Classico Riserva, $15.29-$19.99, 90 points
Felsina Rancia 2007 Chianti Classico Riserva, $36.69-$39.99, 94+ points
Frescobaldi Nipozzano 2007 Chianti Rufina Riserva, $20.39-$23.99, 91+ points
Gabbiano 2007 Chianti Classico, $11.99-$14.99, 88 points
Gabbiano 2010 Chianti Classico, $5.94-$12.99, 88 points
Gabbiano 2011 Chianti Classico Riserva (DOCG), $9.99-$$21.99, 88 points
IL Grigio Da San Felice 2010 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione,  $32.29-$37.99, 92 points
La Pergola D'Antonio D.O.C.G. 2012 Chianti, $11.70-$12.99, 84+ points
Lamole di Lamole 2010 Chianti Classico (DOCG), $12.99-$24.99, 88 points
Luiano 2009 Chianti Classico, $14,44-$16.99, 88 points
Mazzie Fonterutoli 2012 Chianti Classico (DOCG), $18.69-$21.99, 90 points
Poggio alle Sughere 2008 Morellino di Scansano, $14.44-$18.99, 91 points
Querceto 2004 Chianti Classico Reserva, $11.99-$24.99, 88 points
Querciabella D.O.C.G. 2008 Chianti Classico, $25.99, 92 points
Rocca delle Macie 2007 Chianti Classico Riserva, $16.14-$24.99, 89 points
Rocca delle Macie 2011 Chianti Classico Riserva, $19.99-$21.99, 91 points
Rocca delle Macie Single Vineyard (Fizzano) 2010 Chianti Classico Riserva, $17.99-$29.99, 91 points
Ruffino Riserva Ducale Oro 2010 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione, $29.74-$39.99, 92 points
Santa Margherita D.O.C.G. 2008 Chianti Classico Riserva, $19.49-$26.99, 88 points
Spalletti D.O.C.G. 2010 Chianti Classico Riserva, $12.74-$26.99, 89 points
Tenuta di Nozzole 2008 Chianti Classico Riserva, $13.59-$24.99, 92 points
Tenuta di Nozzole D.O.C.G. 2010 Chianti Classico Riserva, $13.59-$18.99, 91+ points
Tenuta Marchese 2005 Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva, $16.19-$32.99, 91 points
Tenuta Santedame 2010 Chianti Classico, $15.99-$19.99, 87+ points
Tenuta Sassoregale DOC 2013 Sangiovese Maremma Toscana, $13.99-$16.99, 87 points
Tenuta Tignanello Marchese 2010 Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva, $27.99-$32.99, 91 points
Tomaiolo 2009 Chianti Classico Riserva, $7.99-$14.99, 88+ points
Toscolo Tuscan 2005 Chianti Classico, $16.79-$21.00, 89 points
Villa Cerna 2008 Chianti Classico Riserva, is approximately $20.00, 87 points

  



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Castellare Il Poggiale 2009 Chianti Classico Riserva




Castellare Il Poggiale 2009 Chianti Classico Riserva, $28.04-$32.99, 91 points, had this bright transparent black currant to strawberry color with a clear rim.
The aroma affects you with the pour, having a lovely gentle floral fragrance as well as red fruit, plus hints of sweet cooking spice; these intensify with the customary swishing and swirling of the glass.
Dry, describes my first impression of this red wine (90% Sangiovese, 5% Canaiolo, and 5% Ciliegiolo). Though just shy of a medium body and texture, this complex and refreshing red wine of good acidity and mild tannin, has an abundance of red fruit, tart red cherry, pomegranate, and strawberry, but there are nuanced dried herbs and earth as well.
The finish continues a declining palate, but builds with spice, a touch of warmth (13.5% alcohol), and that earthiness.



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Monday, January 14, 2013

Prima Perla DOC Treviso Prosecco


Prima Perla DOC Treviso Prosecco, $10.99, 88 points, pours a fair foamy head, but the fizz quickly diminishes; this Italian bubbly is not so bubbly, but the flavor is Prosecco idiosyncratic, as is the very clear color with copper tints, and the sweet gentle floral aroma.
Neutral flavors are accented with watermelon-rind and a hint of nuttiness.
The palate trails into the finish with some additional citrus.
Paired perfectly with a baked halibut and olive-oil spice rub.
Bought at the Londonderry Market Basket Super Market.







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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Château de Bonhoste Grand Vin 2009 Bordeaux Supérieur


Château de Bonhoste Grand Vin 2009 Bordeaux Supérieur, $14.44-$16.99, 89 points, has the familiar black currant/ruby colors and obligatory transparent rim of youth.
The 'quiet' aroma can be enticed to set free soft cooking spice and cedar notes.
Medium bodied, assertive and persistent (food friendly) acidity, moderate tannin, smooth texture, juicy blackberry, boysenberry, mulberry, and hints of chocolate round-off the palate. The fair finish of spice and just a touch of warmth (13% alcohol) is quite good.
Dinner plates and a beyond the palate pale polemic!
Nearly the best red dinner wine I can think of, Château de Bonhoste 2009 Bordeaux should makes a perfect dinner companion for that large gathering, and won't break the bank either. Come to think of it, it seems every time I go to some kind of banquet or large gathering, the caterers serve this cheap-type $5.00 a bottle Merlot, but because everyone is preoccupied, the plonk is ignored by most! (Song for all us old folk) I wonder-wonder who, not knowing anything about catering or just how restaurants decide on a wine to serve for showers, weddings, or other large groups, just how is a wine chosen? Is it the house wine, is it the cost, or maybe the availability; whatever method is applied, let me challenge those in the position to decide, to decide on a satisfying wine.

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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Folie à Deux Dry Creek Valley Sonoma County 2010 Zinfandel


Folie à Deux Dry Creek Valley Sonoma County 2010 Zinfandel, $12.74-$18.99, 89 points, with high clarity, this ruby to Shiraz purple dry red wine with a broad transparent rim begins its enticement; followed by a sweet spicy red cherry aroma and a modicum of alcohol (14.3%) continues the ensnarement.
The unsuspecting taster has been set-up by expectations, based on price, to experience another in a long list of less than enjoyable Zinfandel wines (though not lately), but not this one, and though there's a bit of grape-skin after-taste, this Zinfandel lurks lightly and cleanly until it traps you with a wonderful finish of trailing tart red cherry and moderate tannin with long-lasting white pepper and a blend of other warm spices.
Medium bodied with good acidity and red fruit flavors, this Zinfandel adds just a touch of plum to make the captured prey say "yes!"
So, Do you wanna dance?




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Friday, January 11, 2013

Château Brillette Moulis En Médoc 2009 Bordeaux




Château Brillette Moulis En Médoc 2009 Bordeaux, $25.49-$29.99, 90 points, is the color of black currant with a violet hue and a clear rim.
Roasted coffee, plum, and licorice on the nose are all carried onto the palate in this full bodied dry red wine of good acidity, grainy tannin, and trailing heat (14.5% alcohol).
Finished on a transitional spicy cedar with sassafras escalating the complexity of this most jammy of Bordeaux red wines I've tasted as of today.

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Château La Croix De Beaucaillou Saint-Julien 2009 Bordeaux


Château La Croix De Beaucaillou Saint-Julien 2009 Bordeaux, $42.49-$49.99, 93 points, begins the display with colors of black currant to deep ruby and trailing clear at the rim.
There's a sweetness to the aroma, a touch of sweet red cherry, floral, and rich and profuse sweet cooking spices which delight.
Nuanced flavors of licorice, coffee, tobacco, and minty tar are eagerly wrapped in a juicy package of black and blueberries carried along with a near full body of ample acidity, smooth approachable tannin, and a tart trailing palate on the finish of a nearly unnoticeable 13.5% alcohol.

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Frog's Leap Napa Valley 2010 Zinfandel



Frog's Leap Napa Valley 2010 Zinfandel,
$22.94-$28.99, 91 points, appears dense ruby with an almost Shiraz purple color and a  silver rimmed lining.
Followed by a generous, but balanced red and black cherry aroma and accented with mild sweet cooking spice.
This is like a Gamba Family Ranches Russian River Valley "Lite" Zinfandel, having a medium body with good acidity and mild tannin.
More floral flavored than other Frog's Leap Zinfandel wines I've tasted, but easy flavors of plum, blackberry, licorice, and unnoticeable alcohol (13.8%), make this a very good stand-alone wine, or paired with more traditional red-wine fare.
Finally, the long finish is mild spice and hints of eucalyptus.
As I was planning to review some Zinfandel wines, I posted an introduction by-way-of “Dance with the one who brung you”, and certainly Frog's Leap and Newbie Me were there.

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Château Le Prieuré Grand Cru Classé de Saint-Émilion 2009 Bordeaux


Château Le Prieuré Grand Cru Classé de Saint-Émilion 2009 Bordeaux, $52.69-$61.99, 95+ points, pure and simply the best Bordeaux I've had as of yet (not much experience there)! A pure Bordeaux color of dense black currant and crushed blackberries, black at the core and trending violet toward the clear rim makes for a spectacular appearance.
There's a plethora of pleasure on the nose, and just as if I told you that "this" bouquet of roses trimmed with fresh cinnamon is lovely, you'll only know when you experience it (I'm not even going to begin a list for you).
Full bodied with perfect food-binding acidity and tender, but persistent and escalating tannin carries a rich layering of blackberry, boysenberry, black currant, plum, dried herbs and licorice, all trailing and transmuting into a fine long finish of  spice.
We were having a rich chicken stew for supper, and I just grabbed this bottle (didn't even know what I had grabbed), when we were astounded by the quality of this wine; worth every penny, but D'oh, don't just put this Bordeaux with all those $10 wines and drink it willy-nilly, will-o'-the-wisp as I did; savor this one.
Revisited almost three yeas later.

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Monday, January 7, 2013

Gamba Family Ranches Russian River Valley 2009 Zinfandel


Gamba Family Ranches Russian River Valley 2009 Zinfandel, $44.91-$49.91, 91 points, appears pomegranate in color with a broad transparent rim.
The aroma quickens your nose with violets, earth, and pungent cedar.
There's tons of big adjectives with this big Zinfandel; there's that big aroma, big alcohol (16.4%), big acidity carried by the big, nearly full (dry as a bone) body, and moderate tannins are hidden in all that acidity, yet the big finish of long trailing heat and spice continue the trend of big. 
Flavors of plum, coffee, and licorice are tenuous as they struggle to over-come all that alcohol.
Over all, this is a much better effort for a big alcohol Zinfandel than many others I've tasted, but Gamba (Leg) comes with a big premium, and thus makes this Zinfandel a difficult choice for many wine lovers.

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Sunday, January 6, 2013

Neal Rutherford Dust Vineyards Napa Valley 2010 Zinfandel


Neal Rutherford Dust Vineyards Napa Valley 2010 Zinfandel, $20.39-$25.99, 92 points, needs an early commentary: many a Bordeaux, Chianti, and Rioja lover will be amazed at the complexity, roundness, and drink-ability of this worthy red wine of note; not just because it is reasonably priced, but because it is a great red wine; Neal produced only 1,424 cases, and I intend to get-me-more while the 'gettin-is good."
Really, there's only one question that remains: How long will this wine cellar, especially when Zinfandel wines drink best young? Well, I hope to keep that information A' Comin'!
To the wine:
Swirl the glass and arches/bows drape gracefully with the nearly unnoticeable 14.7% alcohol.
Light through the wine shimmers deep ruby circled clear at the rim, while reflected colors of purple and burgundy compliment the tapestry.
Aromatic earth, red licorice, cinnamon, and clove are up front, but hidden hints of dried marjoram and coriander add complexity and beauty to the bouquet.
The medium body carries good acidity, mild tannin, controlled tart red fruit with plenty of plum that is well tampered with blackberry and tardy spice in the moderate finish.

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