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  • awa54 - Middlebury, VT (read all my reviews)

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    (8/29/2013)
    Domaine Lafage Vin du Pays Cote d'Est 2011
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    $12.00
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    (11/17/2012)
    Yalumba Museum Reserve Muscat (375ML half-bottle)
    $18.99
    This wine comes off as a cross between a 20 year tawny Porto and a well aged Sauterne, if you like either of those wines you will probably like this one. Great length and depth of fruit for only $20/375ml.
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    (11/17/2012)
    Santi Valpolicella Solane 2008
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    $16.99
    Style: Light & Fruity
    This Valpollicella ripasso is a bit of a disappointment in that most wines in this style are deeper and richer... Having said that, it is a very nice wine with good smooth fruit, just a bit simpler and lighter than I had hoped for given its designation and the RP review.
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    (11/17/2012)
    Guillaume Gros El Nino Loco Vin de Pays 2009
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    $17.00
    Style: Earthy & Spicy
    This surprisingly complex wine starts out with fairly bright almost sweet tasting fruit, then progresses to a deep, dry mouth filling blast of dark fruitiness, after which dry but not at all astringent tannin comes up, the finish is quite long for a wine in this price range. Worth the retail of $17, but an astounding deal at $8!!
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    (10/16/2012)
    Beringer Red Moscato 2011
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    0 vintage available for $7.99
    Style: Light & Fruity
    Now I know why Moscato is usually made as a white wine only... The slight gain in body and hint of tannin that this rose (not really a true red IMO) realizes over similarly priced white Moscato only serves to mask the smoothness and subtlety that the more conventional version possesses. Not a bad wine at all, but nothing special either.
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  • awa54 - Middlebury, VT (read all my reviews)

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    (5/5/2011)
    Achaia Clauss Mavrodaphne
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    $14.99
    Never having had this wine before I wasn't sure what to expect. I'd describe it as somewhere between a ruby Port, an Oloroso Sherry and desert Zinfandel. The first impression I get is a hint of smokiness, followed by dried fruit and then a rich/dry savory finish. I like the lighter body of this wine, not as heavy as any of the wines I compared it with and the sweetness is fairly subdued, especially since that sweetness is nicely balanced by the slightly tart acidity and earthy tannin that come on after the initial flavors. A very unique wine, probably not for everyone...but if you are looking for a new dessert/digestive offering, then it's well worth investigating. At $12 a bottle I rate it a very good value as well.
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  • awa54 - Middlebury, VT (read all my reviews)

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    (3/2/2011)
    Weinert Carrascal Tinto 2005
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    $15.00
    A tremendous $15 bottle of red Bordeaux...oh wait, wrong country...no, wrong continent! But seriously this is better than most $20-$25 French bottles, not quite the same flavor profile as any one region in Bordeaux, but close enough to satisfy "the itch" for an Haut Medoc, Fronsac or St. Emilion. Medium body, great basic flavor, enough complexity to be interesting and nicely rounded edges. Finish is fairly long, but not very complex, nice smooth slightly astringent tannins, but fairly simple nose. I would think this wine is about at it's peak, but haven't tasted younger/older vintages, so that's only supposition.
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