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    (9/29/2010)
    Fontanafredda Briccotondo Barbera 2006
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    $14.99
    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)
    Tintara Shiraz 2005
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    2010 vintage available for $18.99
    Just lush in general. This Shiraz would definately benefit from an additional 2-3 years of cellaring. After first taste I let it decanter for a little over an hour. Make sure you do the same as the wine completely opens up. On the nose I got some oak, clove and black cherry. On the palette it tasted mostly of plum and had such a nice jammy texture. Legs were pretty firm. I have got to say I just loved this wine. Get yourself a bottle. PS. Don't buy on a date. Definately stains your teeth!
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    (9/29/2010)
    Hugel Gentil 2006
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    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
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    2011 vintage available for $11.99
    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
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    2013 vintage available for $15.99
    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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    (9/29/2010)
    Cantele Primitivo 2005
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    2011 vintage available for $11.99
    I was dissapointed on this one. I had been really looking forward to this wine and unbalanced is unfortunately the best way to describe it. It has an amazing dark purple color to it, so typical of southen Italy. I like my reds, so that's a plus. The smell was very alcoholic, but had hints of oak and earth. The taste reminded me of plums and beetroot; also very unbalanced and alcoholic. For $14 a bottle I expected a bit more. I believe this wine would do well with further bottle aging.
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    (9/29/2010)
    Santa Rita 120 Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
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    $7.99
    The Santa Rita 120 Cab Sav was given an 89 ranking from W&S, so I expected something better. I felt the price was unbelievable for a ranked wine and it was a bit too good to be true. This wine has yet to balance out which throws its flavors all over the shot. The first thing I tasted after a sip was a strong alchoholic kick and then some cherry, clove and vanilla from the oak. The smell was also very berry-like and sadly, also a bit alchoholic. If you store this wine for 2-3 years it should balance out ok, but it will never be a great wine. For the price you cannot really go wrong.
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    (9/29/2010)
    Columbia Winery Gewurztraminer 2005
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    $9.99
    This was a great wine. It is pretty sweet, so be forewarned! On the nose I picked up rose and lychee. It also had a really nice and complex taste. I tasted allspice, honeysuckle and kiwi. The touch of acidity at the end was perfect. Columbia Winery did a great job on this tough grape. I cannot wait to get my hands on the 2006!
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    (9/28/2010)
    Di Majo Norante Sangiovese 2005
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    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
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    2013 vintage available for $13.99
    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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