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Rob Guimaraes's Wine Lists

Wish List - 5/28/2014

Rob Guimaraes's Product Reviews

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    Mionetto Il Moscato
    Some reviews are...confusing (actual Italian Moscato is not the alcoholic koolaid widely sold from non-Italian large producers). And...it's not as if it says "sparkling wine" on the bottle or anything...
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    Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Sold Out $59.99
    Style: Big & Bold
    A lot of flair here, along with the lushness to stand a bit of age but perhaps not the acidity or tannin for extended, substantial cellaring. The bombastic, fruit-incense, lathered juiciness certainly has its place, though, and it sure as heck seems Caymus went all Dookerstyle for their anniversary. Spiced & charred plums, heavy dollops of cassis, velvety ripeness, and a hint of sweet tobacco. Palate is heady and smoky, but washed over with a subsequent wave of ripe black fruits, port-soaked black cherries, and lots of sweet dark cedar. The alcohol is somewhat well-cushioned in the voluptuousness of the wine, but is unmistakable. From a salesmanship perspective, this probably merits a 95 rating (considering the popularity of the style), but the underlying complexity and stuffing are just a bit lacking here for me. Still…likely to be a popular effort. 91 pts.
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    Craggy Range Winery Te Muna Road Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011
    Style: Light & Fruity
    Unless seriously discussing potential sulfur issues, no one suggesting a wine is compromised by its screwcap ought to be drinking anything above $10. Period. Pair With: Someone capable of gauging the quality of a wine by what's in the bottle and not solely its enclosure.
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