Robert S.'s Product Reviews

Rating:
(10/27/2013)
XYZin Old Vine Zinfandel 2011
(this vintage is sold out)
Price: $16.00
Style: Smooth & Supple
Somewhat subdued initial aromas, mostly raspberry with a hint of vanilla oak and spices in the background. Aromas open up a bit more as the wine airs in the glass. Fairly bold raspberry and cherry flavors with a little oak, spice, and pepper in the background. Flavors become more bold as the wine airs in the glass. Second night essentially the same as the first. Third night similar to the second night, but with a slight note of sharpness in the initial flavors. Aromas and flavors again open up on the third night after a bit of airing in the glass. Last glass on the fourth night very much like the second and third nights. Medium/full bodied with smooth tannins and a moderately long finish. Held up quite well after opening with simple storage in a cool room.
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Rating:
(10/27/2013)
Avalon Sauvignon Blanc 2011
(this vintage is sold out)
Price: $12.00
Pair with: Crab > Crab Cakes, fish, Chicken
Very nice initial aromas suggesting ripe cantaloupe, with a bit of grassiness in the background. The ripe cantaloupe aromas fade a bit and transform into more generic melon components with somewhat more noticeable grassy components as the wine airs in the glass. Somewhat grassy citrus and melon flavors when well chilled. Melon flavor components become more prominent as the wine warms in the glass. Rich, smooth melon flavors dominate as the wine warms close to cellar temperature. Flavors seem a little out of balance while well chilled, but balance improves as the wine warms closer to cellar temperature. On second night, nice melon, citrus, and lemongrass aromas with a grassy background. Flavors on the second night similar to the first night, but with better balance while still chilled. Third night very similar to the second night. Back label suggests serving well chilled. I found it better when warmed closer to cellar temperature. Better as a food wine than as a wine for just sipping by itself unless allowed to warm close to cellar temperature. Held up well, maybe even improved a bit, after opening.
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Rating:
(6/26/2013)
Gundlach Bundschu Gewurztraminer 2011
(this vintage is sold out)
The 2013 vintage is available for: $19.99
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Style: Fruity & Smooth
Floral aromas without a strong lychee character. Rich pear and tropical fruit flavors. Surprisingly rich flavors for a completely dry Gewurztraminer. Well balanced.
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