Ron Blachman's Product Reviews

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    (8/10/2015)
    Conundrum White Blend 2013
    $22.00 $17.99
    Save $4.01 (18%)
    Style: Fruity & Smooth
    Maybe this is a three star wine at $8 but not at $18 (In fairness, this was an accidental gift to me so I can't complain about what I paid.) Chilled, the nose has tropical fruits, a hint of ginger...as it warms the nose actually dissipates and becomes just generalized fruity. Medium bodied; it has a pleasant mouth-feel. In terms of flavors: this is beyond fruity - it is downright sweet and hasn't the acidity to carry it off. A hint of bitterness is nice in the finish of a wine but this has more than a hint. Most objectionably this wine is nondescript and this is the danger in blends. In Bordeaux, on the Rhone or in the Pays d"Oc standards have evolved for blends entailing preferred or required grapes that define a regional character and allow the vigneron to vinify for a consistent style. Here in California the art is just starting. Maybe in a hundred years there will be distinctive and good premium white blends here but they wont resemble this.
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    (8/6/2015)
    Don & Sons Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2012
    $25.00 $17.99
    Save $7.01 (28%)
    Style: Fruity & Smooth
    This is a bit of a fruit bomb. With some air the nose and flavors reveal themselves. There is a lovely dark-cherry tone in the nose with a shot of oak. The flavors are strongly tilted in the fruity direction with just enough acid and tannin for current drinking. There is no absolute right or wrong in matters of taste - this is well made and pleasant but very, very fruity. If you are a long time aficionado of Pinot Noir and Burgundy you will probably not be impressed; if you are not highly experienced with the grape this is a nice, friendly way to explore some of the seductiveness of Pinot Noir in a distilled, simplified form. It is fairly priced.
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    (6/25/2015)
    Chateau de Beaucastel Coudoulet Rouge 2012
    $35.99
    Well corked to last for a decade or more. Medium purplish-ruby color, medium body and very leggy. It has a generous nose showing berries, a little oak and a hint of something floral. Big flavors with a lot of tarry fruit, acid to match and respectable tannin; less appealing is a bitter note- a little is nice but this lingers unpleasantly. There is also a bit of "petillance" (prickly CO2) suggesting some fermentation after bottling or just before. I think this will mellow with age and peak in the 2019 to 2024 timeframe. At $32 it didn't meet expectations upon my first tasting. Tasted again in June 2015 and the petillance was gone, the wine had settled down and I liked it better. Also, Wine.com has it on sale right now at $28. I can recommend it.
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