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(9/29/2010)
Apaltagua Reserva Carmenere 2008
(this vintage is sold out)
Price: $9.99
I'm NOT a fan of carmenere, over-all, as it always tends to have a very distinctive green bell pepper note to it, and I can't help but think 'flaw' when I taste that. I've had enough carmenere's over time to realize it's the grape and not any kind of flaw upon the wine making process. This particular one is quite strong with the green pepper, but trying not to be completely biased in my own personal likes and dislikes this is still a solid wine and good example of an affordable carmenere. It'd be better if the fruit could combat the bell pepper a bit more and if the finish wasn't quite as soft. Regardless, really good food wine. If you're like me and don't like the green bell pepper either avoid this wine OR make sure you server it with rich tasting foods and avoid salads.
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(9/29/2010)
Campbells Tokay Rutherglen (375ML half-bottle)
(this vintage is sold out)
Price: $15.99
really strong herbal aromas (celery root) with a richness in the taste (nutty, dried apricot). Great price point for a 'tokay'.
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(9/29/2010)
Drylands Dry Riesling 2006
(this vintage is sold out)
Price: $15.29
Not my favorite dry NZ Riesling; a bit off. Fairly strong petrol notes for a youngish wine. However, the finish is tart and clean and shows that beautiful slate quality Riesling can have. Good with food (especially something clean like Sushi or salads), on it's own a bit too much.
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(9/29/2010)
Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc 2007
(this vintage is sold out)
The 2011 vintage is available for: $11.99
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I'm a big fan of this producer and of South African wines in general. However, the last tasting of the '07 Sauvignon Blanc didn't show well. Typical zesty finish with hints of honey dew melon and gooseberries--but the overwhelming nose of raw green peppers coupled with a slightly unbalanced palate. I enjoy the 'green' notes in many new-world sauvignon blanc, but there wasn't enough fruit notes to provide balance.
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(9/29/2010)
Chateau de Sancerre Sancerre 2007
(this vintage is sold out)
The 2012 vintage is available for: $32.99
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A fine example of what a Sancerre should taste like. Crisp, clean with lovely fruit notes of gooseberry, green melon and figs.
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(9/29/2010)
Owen Roe Abbot's Table 2008
(this vintage is sold out)
The 2012 vintage is available for: $24.99
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Huge fruit on this one--packed with blackberry and cherry notes, and a very soft finish. Good table wine--but beware of the big fruit. Had it with Rendang (indonesian spicy beef stew) and it was pretty good, thanks to that heavy load of fruitiness. Lacks complexity that most wines in this price range offer.
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(9/28/2010)
Jansz Premium Cuvee
Price: $23.99
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I had the pleasure of visiting this producer while in Tasmania and i loved all of their bubbly...and what a joy to be able to find it here! Classic, good (if not excellent), sparkling made in the traditional method with traditional grapes. Move over, champagne...the Tassie's are making some very find sparklings, indeed. This one is quite dry with lovely, yeasty bubbly qualities. Bubbles are fantastic on this one!
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(9/28/2010)
Valentin Bianchi Famiglia Bianchi Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
(this vintage is sold out)
The 2009 vintage is available for: $18.99
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Valentin Bianchi has done a consistently nice job with their Cabernet Sauvignon the past few vintages. Always a good value and never a disapointment. Clean cassis notes matched with a balance of acidity and tannins: could age a few more years, but not over-whelming now. Pairs nicely with a variety of cheeses.
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(9/28/2010)
MontGras Quatro 2007
(this vintage is sold out)
Price: $16.49
Nothing wrong with this wine...it's just like those paintings or movie stars that look way better from a distance. The nose is very very lovely on this but the finish is dreadful. The tannins fall apart and leave an almost bitter effect. The wine is good, I just find it really disappointing when I find a wine like this--beautiful until the end.
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(9/28/2010)
Cavit Prosecco Lunetta
Price: $12.99
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It used to be easy to find $10 proseccos...but these days it's a bit more difficult. I like that this prosecco is 'different' in that it's from Trentino and not Veneto (Trention-Alto Adige is well known for it's white wines...so...), but it really tastes like a massed produced wine. Prosecco is not nearly as refined or elegant due to the charmat method (basically making the bubbles in a big stainless steel tank, then bottling it, rather than a secondary fermentation in the bottle like champagne), however usually there are beautiful, clean flavors. This was just alright. Sure, crisp and clean--but a slightly 'cheap' taste to it. The bubbles didn't hold up in the glass long...you can find better proseccos. The problem, they're closer to $20 these days than $10.
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