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Sebastiani Merlot (Sonoma Co.) 2009 wine review by (PB)

Date: Sun, Jun 9, 2013 Wine Tasting

Black cherry hue with really nice bouquet of ripe blackberry and spruce tree with plum and cigar box notes and a touch of dark baker's chocolate.

Palate--Delicious, black berry and plum fruit bomb with integrated flavors and structure. Drinking peak this is a great example of Sebastian's wonder working power of their wines at all price points.

I paid $10 for this and I will pick up more. I paired it with spicy venison chili and it was awesome so raise a glass.

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Querceto Chianti Classico Riserva 2007 wine review by (PB)

Date: Wed, Jun 5, 2013 Wine Tasting

Rich dark berry hue with nice aromas of rustic cherry and dark berry fruit with cigar box hints or cedar caraway notes. Very nice!

Perfectly integrated with beautiful structure and zesty, evergreen laced with blackberry and cherry.

Normally price around $26 I found this on sale for half price at a state liquor store. I will be grabbing several more bottles next week as I pass through this state.

(NW) of this blog and our wives had this fine wine on a trip to Italy a few years ago. What other beverage is the carrier of memories, smells and visions of fine world class art and history like a good bottle of wine. Raise a glass to this absolutely peaked wine which should be solid for a couple more years!

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Espiral Vinho Rose wine review by (PB)

Date: Tue, Jun 4, 2013 Wine Tasting

Pretty pink with a touch of orange in the hue and a tantalizing, cinnamony, strawberry bouquet and candy apple to boot!

Palate--Wonderfully sparkling with summery fresh strawberry fruit juice in a beautiful package that even has a lingering presence.

This would be so stinking good on a hot summery day or even a cool autumn eve on the porch. It is tasty, balanced, lively and we shall pair it with fresh Maine Lobster in just a few minutes. Oh yeah,
and at $5 ( a Trader Joe's value) you just cannot go wrong so raise a glass!!!

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Cline Zinfandel 2009 (an over the hill wine) review by (PB)

Date: Tue, Jun 4, 2013 Wine Tasting

Always a well rounded Zin at the $10 price point, this one is basically over the hill. Slight bricking at the rim, with pruney aromas--classic of an over aged red--
Palate--Raisins/prunes, with hints of blackberry remnants.

I bothered to blog this when I would otherwise write it off as a wine that is gone as it might be helpful when you also get a wine that is beyond is peak.

Cline typically makes solid Zins so look for a younger one and raise a glass!

--A Review from The Wine Cask Blog. Creative Commons: Attribution - ShareAlike 2.5 applies

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Celestin Blondeau Cuvee des Moulins Bales Sancerre 2011 Wine Review (NW)

Date: Sun, Jun 2, 2013 Wine Tasting

Tasting notes:

Fragrant lemon and mineral tones on the nose

Light bodied and nicely textured on the palate

Citrus finish with a touch of dried herbs and nice length

Summary:

This wine is easy to enjoy. It's flavorful and deftly balanced, with a good citrus beam that supports some other nuances that give it complexity.

Sancerre is classic Sauvignon Blanc territory in the Loire Valley of France. These wines are expressive and balanced generally making them more versatile than the zippy New Zealand style that jumps out of the glass. Enjoy especially this Summer when the days are long and warm. Expect to pay around $20, and pair with light, fresh food. Raise a glass!
--A Review from The Wine Cask Blog. Creative Commons: Attribution - ShareAlike 2.5 applies

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La Fiera Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2011 Wine Review (NW)

Date: Sun, Jun 2, 2013 Wine Tasting

Tasting notes:

Cherry and grape notes on the nose

Medium bodied on the palate

Harsh finish with a heavy bite

Summary:

There's a lot of great value Italian wine, but this isn't one of them. While only $8 it's hard to hold it to a high standard, but the Montepulciano d'Abruzzo category is full of good choices at modest prices.

Grab something different and avoid this paint thinner in a bottle.


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Comique Revolution "Cut the Fluff" 2010 wine review by (PB)

Date: Sat, Jun 1, 2013 Wine Tasting

Straw hue with bouquet of light summer aromas which do appear to be honeysuckle and white melon pleasant.

Palate--big summery fruit flavors with solid acidic foundation.

Chill this wine right down and enjoy it on a hot summer day. At the sub $6 price point how can go wrong? So raise a Summer glass!

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Columbia Crest H3 (Horse Heaven Hills) Chardonnay 2009 wine review by (PB)

Date: Wed, May 29, 2013 Wine Tasting

Vanilla twinged tropical fruit in a gentle gold presentation.

Palate--This 4 year old Chardonnay is perfectly peaked right now! This is a creamy, butter textured wine with integrated flavors of mandarin orange,baked honey, and a slightly bitter finish that keeps delivering ripe tropical fruit and green apple on the very end.

Many Chardonnays tend to fade quickly after 3 years but this one is luscious, with a seductive mouth feel and if you see one laying around soon, grab it, it will be a bargain. At $12 you won't find a better Chard out there so raise a glass!

--A Review from The Wine Cask Blog. Creative Commons: Attribution - ShareAlike 2.5 applies

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Rocca Del Olmo Barbera D'Asti 2010 wine review by (PB)

Date: Tue, Apr 23, 2013 Wine Tasting

Medium garnet hue with good aromas of fresh red summer berries and cherry accompaniment.

Palate--Pleasant structure,with amazingly forthright cherry berry flavors that are much better than the price point of this wine would suggest. Barbera like Montepulciano are easy drinking, fruit forward wines that are just pleasant by themselves or make a good accompaniment to all kinds of food.

Barbera is widely planted and is the go-to wine of many Italians who live in the Piedmont region, home to the famed Nebbiolo grape. This one cost me a pittance and if I remember correctly somewhere in the $6 range. I read some "reviews" of this wine where it was panned; not sure what they were drinking but THIS wine is a summer stock up wine for the patio and porch and pizza so raise a glass!!!

--A Review from The Wine Cask Blog. Creative Commons: Attribution - ShareAlike 2.5 applies

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Holman Ranch Sauvignon Blanc 2011 (Carmel Valley) [Sponsored wine review] by (PB)

Date: Mon, Apr 22, 2013 Wine Tasting

Pale green with aromas of solid Sauvignon grassiness with touches of Granny Smith apples and nice notes of vanilla.

Palate--Tart first impression with razor sharp acidity. Subdued melon, grapefruit and very tart green apple finishing with a hint of vanilla a touch of bitters and more light apple.

This is a typical Sauvignon Blanc that will cleanse your pallet of any sort of pallet clinging fat, butter or grease produced from grapes from the Carmel Valley.

I love really acidic whites but even for my preference this one is a bit over blown eclipsing the essence of the fruit that is there.

At the $20 price point this is inflated from the more balanced and finessed S. Blancs for the half the price.

--A Review from The Wine Cask Blog. Creative Commons: Attribution - ShareAlike 2.5 applies

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Argyle Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2010 Wine Review (NW)

Date: Thu, Apr 18, 2013 Wine Tasting

Tasting notes:

Lightly fragrant pomegranate and pepper on the nose

Light bodied and delicate on the palate

Finishes with raspberries and dried herbs

Summary:

This is a very delicate Pinot Noir, with one of the lightest colors I've every seen. While delicate, there's certainly some character and a good backbone. Enjoy early in the evening with appetizers, and you'll be amazed how quickly the bottle disappears. For $22, this is a good bet in the Oregon Pinot category and it's widely distributed. Raise a glass!
--A Review from The Wine Cask Blog. Creative Commons: Attribution - ShareAlike 2.5 applies

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Marques Casa Concha Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 wine review by (PB)

Date: Thu, Apr 18, 2013 Wine Tasting

Nice black cherry hue with a bouquet of black cherry and loads of pungent cedar.

Palate--Front of steely,bready flavors with mid palate of bold black cherry and a touch of cola. Finishes with a slight linger of dark fruit and a hint of smoke.

Years ago I stumbled onto this Chilean wine and was wowed by it. I was paying around $12 for it and it was always great. Now it runs around $18-$20 and is still a solid example of Cabernet Sauvignon. For years I followed Concha Y Toro as they were one of those reliable producers who just did it right!

This is classic Chilean Cabernet and is still a fairly decent value so raise a glass!

--A Review from The Wine Cask Blog. Creative Commons: Attribution - ShareAlike 2.5 applies

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Sun Garden Riesling 2011 wine review by (PB)

Date: Mon, Apr 15, 2013 Wine Tasting

Pale straw with gentle aromas of sweet mixed tropical fruit.

Palate--Lacking the kind of bold acid foundation I like in my white wines, it has enough to carry off the sweet, off dry loveliness of the Riesling grape. Nice simple flavors of stone fruits and tropical fruit compote with a quick finish.

This wine in the blue bottle is a German creation from the Nahe. Makes a good summer aperitif chilled down though I will be serving it with baked cod with a Dijon/jalapeno/honey glaze with toasted buttered panko crust.

Found at the $10 price point, raise a glass!

--A Review from The Wine Cask Blog. Creative Commons: Attribution - ShareAlike 2.5 applies

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The Tractor Guy Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast) 2009 wine review by (PB)

Date: Thu, Apr 11, 2013 Wine Tasting

Cherry colored hue with aromas of strong strawberry and candied cherries with touches of smoke, cocoa and spice.

Palate--Full flavored big Pinot Noir with robust structure and wild cherry/strawberry fruit with a finish of light smoke and oak.

I paid $14 for this Pinot marked down from $22. It is one of those wines bottled under another label other than the real producer. It's a lot for wine for $14 and a raise another glass kind of wine!

--A Review from The Wine Cask Blog. Creative Commons: Attribution - ShareAlike 2.5 applies

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