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    (9/29/2010)
    Fontanafredda Briccotondo Barbera 2006
    Sold Out $12.99
    2013 vintage available for $18.99
    Tasty, but nothing special about it. Make sure not to open this bottle until late 2009/early 2010. Even after decantering for 1.5 hours it still was not what it could be with a bit more keeping. This wine has a nice plush deep ruby color and a taste that accompanies it. I tasted blackberry, chocolate, rhubarb and black cherry. On the nose I smelled cinammon a nice starchy smell to it like loaf bread. I liked it, but definately keep it for a while longer as you will not be able to enjoy it to the fullest otherwise.
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    (9/29/2010)
    Hugel Gentil 2006
    Sold Out $13.49
    2012 vintage available for $14.99
    This was a tough one. I orginally bought this wine because I love the Alsace region and wanted to try a regional blend. The reason why I gave it a 3 star rating is because it still needs another year of aging and therefore was a bit young. I let the bottle decanter for 15-20 minutes and it balanced out very nicely. It has a lovely golden tint to it and smells of pears and apple cider. On the palette it is relatively sweet and has a slight acidic touch on the back. The taste is also very peary and of white grape juice. This wine is a blend Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Muscat and Sylvaner grapes. Hence the name "Gentil" which is a a local word used to describe a blend of the local noble grapes. If you enjoy a sweet, yet tangy wine then this bottle is for you.
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    (9/29/2010)
    Las Rocas Garnacha 2005
    Sold Out $9.49
    2011 vintage available for $9.99
    Yeah for the price you cannot really go wrong. My biggest complaint was the 14.5% of alcohol which can be pretty difficult to balance out. You get a bit tipsy ;) Besides the alchoholic undertones you do get some nice fruit in there. Even though it is unoaked it does seem like you pick up a little on the nose with some hazelnut on the side. Taste wise the wine is very velvety and did I mention alcoholic??? I am curious to try the 2006, but beside its strong price point I would ignore it.
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    (9/29/2010)
    Saracco Moscato d'Asti 2007
    Sold Out $15.99
    2013 vintage available for $13.99
    Moscato d'Asti in one of the finest sparkling desert wines in the world. This particular wine is extremely sweet (only 6%, so lots of residual sugars) and has a nice bubbly touch. It is hard for me to justify the puchase of this bottle at $20 though. The flavor is delicious and extremely well balanced, but nothing to call home about. It has a nice complex lychee type scent and a crisp apple flavor. Hey, if you can afford this desert wine then definately give it a shot.
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    (9/28/2010)
    Di Majo Norante Sangiovese 2005
    Sold Out $8.29
    2012 vintage available for $11.99
    Still a bit young, but full of life. Has a summer berry aroma with a chocolate velvety texture. If you are into Italian wines then it is a great value. Oh, definately has an acidic kick on the back end, which makes it a bit dry. A great wine none the less!
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    (9/28/2010)
    Crios de Susana Balbo Torrontes 2007
    Sold Out $15.29
    2013 vintage available for $11.99
    Definately a complex wine. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes to balance out a bit. It has an intricate floral scent with a fruity taste typical of young white wines. Dynamic and spicy on the front; crisp and somewhat acidic on the back. Reasonably affordable for its amazing quality. I enjoyed it and will consider buying it again.
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