Ron Blachman's Product Reviews

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    Hugel Classic Pinot Gris 2010
    Pair with: Roast Fowl, Veay, Pork
    Long, good quality cork. Brassy straw color. Medium-to-full body, leggy after a few moments. Medium sized apple and apple-cider nose with a hint of fresh grapes and perhaps a hint of oak. Big flavors. Technically dry but very fruity; mouth filling with a decent finish; could use a bit more acid. I'm always looking for big, old-fashioned, dry whites from Alsace and this fills the bill. This could improve through 2017 or so and I'll be buying more to find out.
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    Middle Sister Wild One Malbec
    Pair with: Eating al fresco, Pastas, Lamb, Burgers
    Good quality elastomer stopper. Saturated garnet-ruby color, jewel-like clarity, medium body, leggy. Medium sized nose, has some of the vinous traits of Italian Valpolicella and the berry aromas of California Zinfandel with faint grace note of wood and roses. Very fruity with enough acid to carry it (provided you're a fruit fiend), a nice bit of tannin, a bit too much alcohol on the palate. It could hold a few years - or not as it is very drinkable now. Very pleasant and friendly though there are many such wines available at lower prices. I can't say it exemplifies Malbec as a variety.
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    K Vintners Viognier 2012
    Pair with: Roast fowl, Veal, Pork
    Good 1 & 3/4 inch natural cork. Pale -to-medium straw color with a hint of brass. Medium-to-full body, very leggy. Medium sized nose: cider, Armagnac, hints of cinnamon and pineapple. Big flavors; good fruit, ample acid to balance, mouth filling and rich (lots of extract), a nice finish, a hint of desirable bitterness. It is wonderful now (Oct 2104) and will hold several years, it might even improve for a few years. Don't over-chill this but be alert to a hint of CO2 prickle at room temperature. This is bigger than the Wild Horse Viognier but not necessarily better. At $25 it is worth the price but the Wild Horse is a better bargain. Still, if you can afford it this is a teriffic wine.
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