jtryka's Product Reviews

  • jtryka - Grand Rapids, MI (read all my reviews)

    Rating:
    (6/9/2013)
    Scala Dei Priorat Prior 2003
    Sold Out $12.99
    The wine is absolutely lovely in the glass, with deep purple colors, and a nose that just exudes dark fruit, with ample aromas of ripe plum, blackberry and cassis overlaying a hint of leather and cedar. The taste is wonderfully complex, with a burst of fruit up front, lovely ripe plum, black cherry, and sweet blackberry that transition to some wonderful herb notes, along with some earthy notes of limestone and forest floor. The finish is just wonderful, as the refined tannins support a long, lush and dry finish (I know those seem like contradictory terms, but really they aren't!). See the full review on my blog here: http://allaloneonaplanetfullofpeople.blogspot.com/2013/06/2003-scala-dei-priorat.html
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  • jtryka - Grand Rapids, MI (read all my reviews)

    Rating:
    (6/2/2013)
    Guigal Gigondas Rouge 2006
    Sold Out $23.99
    2010 vintage available for $32.99
    The wine is a deep violet color in the glass, edging toward some nice ruby color. This wine can be a bit tightly wound, so you might find it more approachable letting it decant or pouring it through an aerator. I did the latter and still let it breathe a bit in the glass before drinking it. The nose presents some lovely dark fruit aromas of ripe plum, blackberry and cassis, along with some lovely earthy notes of cedar, anise and forest floor. The taste has some nice fruit at the outset, that effortlessly transitions to some lovely black pepper and spice notes midpalate. The tannins are well structured throughout, leading to a smooth, dry finish that is ideal for sipping on the patio on a spring afternoon. See the full review on my blog here: http://allaloneonaplanetfullofpeople.blogspot.com/2013/06/2006-e-guigal-gigondas.html
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  • jtryka - Grand Rapids, MI (read all my reviews)

    Rating:
    (5/22/2013)
    Wattle Creek The Triple Play 2009
    Sold Out $19.99
    2010 vintage available for $24.99
    The wine is a pleasant ruby color in the glass, and the nose exhibits notes of ripe red fruit, spicy pepper and a hint of mint over some very subtle oak. The taste is somewhat fruit forward, with a bit of blackberry jam on the outset, which transitions to some fresh herbs and mint midpalate. The tannins are very well structured, leading to a firm, dry finish that would complement a wide variety of grilled meats and savory dishes. See the full review on my blog here: http://allaloneonaplanetfullofpeople.blogspot.com/2013/05/2009-wattle-creek-triple-play-red-blend.html
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