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  • tenacean - Jefferson, MD (read all my reviews)

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    (12/14/2014)
    Columbia Crest H3 Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    $15.00 $11.99
    Save $3.01 (20%)
    Style: Smooth & Supple
    Typically...from all the Columbia Crest I've tried...it was ALWAYS overrated by Wine Spectator...to the point I truly felt that WS was in CC's corporate pocket. This time around though...I think the 92 rating is still high...but...it's a tasty and excellent value wine. The fruit is wonderful which is crucial for me for ANY wine...and there is a spicy quality that is just outstanding...any oak is well integrated...not complex...just smooooooth. I nearly drank a whole bottle myself without realizing I had. My score...90/100 due to outstanding fruit but lack of overall complexity...excellent...and a value wine.
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  • tenacean - Jefferson, MD (read all my reviews)

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    (12/14/2014)
    Charles Smith Kung Fu Girl Riesling 2013
    $12.00 $9.99
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    Ok...this is an odd review for one of the most unusual Rieslings I've ever had...my bias is this...I'm partial to old world Rieslings (European)...I've had some spectacular old world Rieslings at $15 or less...the fruit is at a much higher level and completely different from new world Rieslings (the U.S. and Australia). I judge all Rieslings by old world Rieslings and I've had so called highly rated new world Rieslings (Eroica nd so on) that have just never compared...so...with that in mind...I enjoyed this Riesling BUT it doesn't feature the Riesling fruit and that's the first thing I look for. It has a rather odd complexity that I'm sure appealed to the critics but...for me....the complexity masked the fruit of the Riesling grape. To me it's like slight of hand trying to cover up the lack of fruit. It is NOT sweet by any stretch of the imagination. My score is 87/100...very good but not excellent. Please understand...this was enjoyable...but not on par with true old world Rieslings...now the next question...is this a value wine for the price point at $13??...YES...for the price...it's a value wine. Give it a shot!
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  • tenacean - Jefferson, MD (read all my reviews)

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    (12/14/2014)
    Miraval Rose 2013
    $30.00 $19.99
    Save $10.01 (33%)
    • pink & rosé
    • D91
    • RP90
    • ST90
    I bought this for $20 and I'm glad I did...this is a decent quality Rose' in the sense that there isn't any off notes...and it it has some flavors but they're very light compared to other bottles of Rose' I've tried. I've had Rose's that were much cheaper and much more flavorful even at the lowered price...not worth $30 and not worth $20 to be honest...nice bottle which is great marketing...but it's not that flavorful. I'd rather spend the money on other wines in the same price range with more flavor. My overall score...87/100...Very Good but not Excellent...this is NOT a value wine/Rose' by any stretch of the imagination...over-valued for the price point.
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