Ron Blachman's Product Reviews

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    (8/7/2016)
    Hilliard Bruce SKY Pinot Noir 2011
    $52.99
    Style: Big & Bold
    This is amazing for size, concentration, flavor, nose; it is marred only by somewhat excessive alcohol causing a bit of hardness and a slight deficiency of acidity. Still it is remarkable what concentration they achieved to create a rare, full-bodied Pinot with deep color a nice shot of tannins and a fabulous nose. Hints of spice and cherries evoke great Pommard or Corton only bigger. Rather prominently oaky but I like this. I'll hold the remaining bottles until 2022 or so. I only hope they take a cut at lower ripeness to keep the alcohol below 14% and to retain a bit more acidity in future vintages. There's something very special about the fruit they're growing, though!
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    (7/18/2016)
    Mount Veeder Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
    $44.00 $39.99
    Save $4.01 (9%)
    Style: Big & Bold
    So much to say for this wine is betrayed by excessive alcohol and the associated harshness. Intense, dark purple-garnet color, full body, leggy. Medium sized varietal nose of low tones: dark berries, cedar, earth. Intense, tarry fruit, decent acid, even a bit of a finish already. The alcohol, though makes for a harshness on the palate; will this temper with time? I doubt it. It will age well if you chose to try it, though.
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    (6/27/2016)
    Yellow Tail Shiraz 2015
    $5.99
    Pair with: Barbeque
    Fat, fruity and loaded with Syrah characteristics in the nose and in the tarry fruit. A nice bit of tannin gives structure for current drinking. Mid-sized nose with licorice, berries, a hint of oak, pepper. This is strictly for current drinking: it hasn't the acidity to age and it is not corked to hold beyond 2018 or so. It is a lovely, friendly wine, three and a half stars in absolute terms but a five star value at the price; shop around, there's real price competition in Yellowtail wines.
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