Ron Blachman's Product Reviews

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    (10/29/2014)
    Dopff & Irion Crustaces 2012
    $10.99
    Pair with: Roast chicken, Seafood Bisques, Bread and cheese
    A pleasant, fresh white for current consumption. More fruit and body than traditional light, crisp whites such as Muscadet. This wine can stand up to more flavorful dishes and remains pretty nice even as it warms up. Not a lot of nose , though what there is seems to have a hint of Riesling.
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    (10/26/2014)
    Antucura Malbec 2012
    $16.00 $13.99
    Save $2.01 (13%)
    Pair with: Hearty pastas, Well seasoned lamb
    Nice concentration and "extract", good fruit. The tannins want time but are civilized. The problem is a lack of acid which limits aging and "brightness" on the palate. The nose is nice and pretty big - it acquires beautiful dark-fruit and berry tones with air and there's a hint of oak. There's some alcohol roughness in the finish. A decent quality, medium-length composite-cork will hold for a few years; given the lack of acid I can't see holding this for a long time - too bad because that's all that's lacking for this to be an outstanding Malbec. It's good wine and a fair value at the price but I'm going to keep looking.
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    (10/25/2014)
    Tensley Santa Barbara County Colson Canyon Vineyard Syrah 2013
    Sold Out $45.99
    Style: Big & Bold
    Pair with: Beef raosts or steaks, Lamb, Goose
    Tasted in Oct 2014. Good quality natural cork but it could be longer allowing for how long this wine will live. Nice sized nose right from the start - grows and changes with time and air; this is not surprising given the wine's youth: Earth, dried peppers, mushrooms, dried lavender, olives...later berries and a hint of wood. Very big flavors, heavy on fruit but good acid to balance and tannin to age; if anything I think the fruit to acid is a bit high right now. This is still a baby and I won't try it again until about 2018 or 2019 but I don't think I will be entering maturity until 2022 or later and will hold for decades (cork length allowing). This could attain greatness!
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