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    Layer Cake Malbec 2008
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    2012 vintage available for $13.99
    • red wine
    • screw cap wine
    • RP91
    This is my second red wine. So far I am not a big red wine fan. They are all to dry and not quite fruit forward enough for me. Even though this is called a "fruit bomb". The description is way more drastic than the actual flavor. I would not describe it as a "fruit bomb" but more like a red wine that isn't so dry as to feel like you are drinking cotton swabs. Which IMO most reds are that dry. I know people worship reds. But my beginners palate does not appreciate them yet. This is no exception. I thought it would be way more fruit forward than it was since it was a "fruit bomb". Bzzzt wrong! BTW, "fruit bomb" is a dumb moniker and does not describe the fruitiness of the wine at all. Right out of bottle you get the typical nose for reds, dark fruit, cherries, raspberry jam, a hint of vanilla, plenty of spice. On the palate, you do get tastes of fruit jam but not overwhelming like people suggest. Also black current, blackberries, black cherry, boysenberry, dark fruits come to mind on the palate. Perhaps a very, very, subtle hint of tartness. Like perhaps from black cherries? Barely noticeable unless you close your eyes and think about it. Overall, while my unrefined palate is not a fan of reds, yet, this Malbec is very nice. It's not super dry like most reds and it isn't a super sweet fruit bomb like some suggest. It's a nice well balanced red that I would recommend to anyone, who like me is not a fan of reds, it is very palatable and enjoyable. I do recommend letting it breathe for 20-30 minutes at least. It opens up nicely over time.
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    Bonterra Organically Grown Viognier 2007
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    Nose: Bright, Crisp, Creamy, maybe even buttery with a good amount of acidity and a very floral bouquet. Pallet : Fruity but not overwhelmingly fruity. Hints of peach and pear, citrus, bright summer fruits, forward crisp green apple, very subtle spice. Great mix of flavors. For me the crisp green apple is really the predominant flavor followed by the others. The forward apple flavor reminds me of Bulmers Irish cider dry yet not to dry. Being my first bottle of wine ever, I was not expecting it to be such a pleasant experience.
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