Ron Blachman's Product Reviews

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    (1/13/2017)
    Frog's Leap Zinfandel 2014
    $32.00 $26.99
    Save $5.01 (16%)
    • red wine
    • Green wine
    • collectible wine
    • W&S94
    • WW91
    (8)
    Ahhhh, a Zin made like a claret. This is not a jammy fruit bomb but has good fruit, there is no initial harshness from alcohol as it is a restrained 13.8%, there is a firm backbone of acidity and some tannin. This is not like so many (too many) monster Zins today and if you want big, jammy Zin then don't bother but this is close to what I've been looking for. The nose is big and loaded with the blackberry tones particular to Zinfandel. It drinks well with food and it might be something to remember in three to seven years. A few hours after opening, though there seems to have been a shift in the acid chemistry leading to a bit more bite than I'd like. Not a great wine but a very good one and a real prize because the makers have the courage to make it in a classical claret style. Bravo, but not for everyone.
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    (8/7/2016)
    Hilliard Bruce SKY Pinot Noir 2011
    Sold Out $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 $34.99
    Save $9.01 (20%)
    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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