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(9/16/2010)
Morgadio Legado del Conde Albarino 2007
(this vintage is sold out)
The 2012 vintage is available for: $15.99
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Super 'clean' tasting wine with beautiful aromas of fresh white peaches. Nothing particularly interesting about this wine, but sometimes that's a plus, especially when one is trying to find a nice white wine to go with a variety of foods. Serve this with appetizers, lighter cheeses , seafood, fresh spring rolls, salads...the list could go on and on.
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(9/16/2010)
This is a GREAT pinot Noir, not only because the price point is ridiculously reasonable--but because it's just damn fine wine. Clean, bright fruit notes with ripe cherry and a touch of floral notes. Nice, soft tannins on the finish and excellent balance of acidity. Great for sipping or pairing with food (a can't-go-wrong wine)!
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(9/15/2010)
Another reviewer wrote of a corked bottle--which happens. However, I also purchased two bottles and one was corked. Makes one wonder if there was a substantional corking problem for this winery with the '08 vintage. We enjoyed the 'good' bottle, however it wasn't terribly interesting and seemed to be falling apart.The style in which it is made means that it should mostly be drunk as a 'fresh' wine...while only an '08, it was already showing it's age--ie lack of substance. I would hesistate in buying a new vintage unless it was freshly released.
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(9/14/2010)
Penalolen Sauvignon Blanc 2009
(this vintage is sold out)
Price: $10.99
I, personally, like sauvignon blancs of this nature; clean finish with upfront nose packed full of aromas: gooseberry, citrus, and that funky green-herbal note that sometimes shows up (this time a tad of tomato plant). The finish could be stronger, but for the price point? Nice little wine. Would pair well with some hard-to-pair foods like asparagus and artichokes.
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(9/13/2010)
d'Arenberg Stump Jump Red 2008
(this vintage is sold out)
The 2011 vintage is available for: $10.99
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four the past four vintages I've been a fan--every year it actually seems to be getting better. usually a winery that makes a value-priced blend tends to get a tad over-produced OR one doesn't notice subtle changes therefore the wine becomes boring. Not here. Great wine, juicy with a touch of earthy backbone. Beautiful food wine--not too powerful for some lighter dishes. Excellent example of great Aussie wines.
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(9/11/2010)
Vilafonte Series M 2004
(this vintage is sold out)
Price: $46.99
Zelma Long knows how to make wine--if you're unfamiliar with her she's been in the industry for a fair amount of time. It's a shame more people don't know her name, she's quietly consulted for many wineries--turning them from mundane to stellar thanks to her tutelage. Enough about her, however. Except she knows South Africa has an excellent climate for wine and has put her faith in it. This bottle (bordeaux style blend) is a prime example of how great South African wine can be. Complex, ripe with berry flavors and an excellent, balanced finished.
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(9/10/2010)
Bieler Rose Sabine 2008
(this vintage is sold out)
Price: $14.29
People are finally drinking rose'! Yay! This is a great 'starter' rose' for those who can't get over the idea that pink means sweet. This blend has a beautiful nose of strawberries and roses, but on the palate soft fruit notes linger with a crisp, clean finish. This is why rose's are so great--big, bold aroma, but soft, subtle flavors. Great on it's on--chilled, but not cold. Or pairs well with salads, egg dishes (quiche), and light asian fair (nothing too spicy).
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(9/3/2010)
Great, great good grenache! I took advantage of the low price here and, boy, am I glad. Beautiful, deep color. Intense, full flavors (dried cherry, deep raspberry)--just what one would want from a rich grenache. Bought 6, may order 6 more.
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(9/1/2010)
Shoofly Buzz Cut 2007
(this vintage is sold out)
Price: $16.29
The past vintage was better, and this one seems to be on it's tail end. If you've got it, I'd suggest drinking it now--it's tasting overly dry and the fruit has lost its oomph.
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