Ron Blachman's Product Reviews

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    (1/11/2015)
    Morgan Twelve Clones Pinot Noir 2013
    $31.99
    First-rate 1.75 in. cork. Light-to-medium ruby-garnet color, medium body, leggy. Nice nose, medium sized at first, grows with air: strawberries, cherries, cola, a hint of something floral and of pomegranate, a nice bit of new oak comes up with some air. Nice flavors, pretty fruity, it also has acid enough to carry it and a bit of a tannin. This is very drinkable now. It will not hold indefinitely, I'd say it will be mature by 2017 and will become flabby by 2021. I like this a lot but there a lot of fruit-heavy central-coast Pinot Noir as good and (in many cases less) expensive. If you don't mind the price then this is lovely for current consumption - provided you like fruity Pinot.
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    (1/8/2015)
    Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Ridge Shiraz 2011
    $19.99
    Good quality, longish cork, this'll hold a long time. The wine's a bit of a fruit-bomb. Dark purple-ruby color, full bodied and leggy. The nose comes up very nicely with a touch of air. Big: dark fruit, complex bass-notes, dark cherries and oak on top. Very fruity; this has acid and tannin to hold a while but it is so fruity it's almost sweet. A bit of alcoholic harshness right now. This will hit its peak in the 2022 to 2025 timeframe and (unlike too many ANZAC wines) it has a proper cork so it will get there. It is even attractively priced but I'm not stocking up, it is just too too fruity.
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    (12/31/2014)
    Roederer Estate L'Ermitage 2006
    $48.00 $39.99
    Save $8.01 (17%)
    Nice, tart balance, pleasant flavors, not without some fruit. A bare hint of the two Pinots in the nose but none of the aromas I hoped for of the secondary fermentation or from time on the lees before degorgement. Really not much nose at all. Still, persistent, fairly fine effervescence and quite quaffable. Not worth the price, though.
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