Ron Blachman's Reviews

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    (9/28/2014)
    Wild Horse Viognier 2012
    $15.99
    Pair with: Fowl, Pork, Hearty soups and stews, Caviar, Smoked fish or gravlax
    Good quality natural cork. Pale straw color with a hint of brass; light-to-medium body, leggy. Medium sized nose even when cold, grows as the wine warms; perfumed with pineapple, apple, sappiness, a bit floral with a shot of oak; lovely! The flavors are nice indeed; it is crisp but not small, good acid, fruit, it fills every part of the palate, additional scents come through when it is sipped; it has a nice, lingering finish. This is what I'm looking for in serious whites (and seldom find). I won't be able to afford this in ten years because this wine is going to get a reputation! At $16 this is a superb value. I think it will hold a few years, too although it does not need time; I'm grateful for the top quality, medium length cork. Janis sang my sentiments: "Get it while you can".
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    (9/28/2014)
    Melville Sta. Rita Hills Estate Pinot Noir 2012
    $35.99 $31.99
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    Rather disappointing; this lowers my view of recommendations from "stewards". Decent composite cork. Light ruby color, light-to-medium body, small legs form late. Medium sized nose, some berry, some pomegranate, a hint of pepper, but muddied, muted; too much alcohol in the nose. Flavors are pleasant, good enough acid but not generally notable and the alcohol comes through too much. There is nothing particularly fine about this wine, it lacks concentration. It is, in short, mediocre and overpriced.
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    (9/23/2014)
    Clos Pegase Mitsukos Vineyard Chardonnay 2010
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    2012 vintage available for $26.99
    Wine.com did not allow my completely reasonable review text.
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    (9/20/2014)
    Pazo de Barrantes Albarino 2012
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    $18.99
    Style: Light & Crisp
    Pair with: Delicately flavored seafood or fowl
    Good quality composite cork. Pale lemon-gold color, light-to-medium body leggy. The nose is smallish, especially for an Alberino: notes of Thompson seedless, lemon. Nice flavors on the tart side but with some fruit to back it up; a hint of desirable bitterness; a hint of priclke (CO2?); Crisp and pleasant. There are better Albarinos for less money than this one. It is a pleasant wine but lacking much scent.
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    (9/19/2014)
    Zind-Humbrecht Gewurztraminer 2012
    $25.99
    Style: Light & Crisp
    Pair with: Ham and smoked meats, Salmon, Dill-seasoned dishes
    Good cork. Pale lemon-straw, light-to-medium body, leggy. Medium sized nose, citrus and spice when still cold, a bit of apple as it warms up. Nice acid and good fruit to balance, dry but not austere; there is a hint of desirable bitterness and a lingering finish. There is just a tiny hint of CO2 and I don't know if this indicates a continuing fermentation in the bottle, ( the potential price of avoiding malo-lactic fermentation during primary fermentation). A lovely Gewurz, fresh and ready to drink but not to hold for long. I think it a bit expensive, though.
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    (9/15/2014)
    Charles Smith Lawrence Vineyard Viognier 2011
    $41.99
    Pair with: Roast fowl, Charcuterie, Sweetbreads
    Quality cork. Medium straw-gold, medium bodied, leggy. Nice nose, pretty good size even when a bit chilled: spiced apple, cinnamon, cedar, a hint of smoke, with a bit of riesling; exotic and very nice. Good flavors and balance, pretty big and mouth-filling; good acid with fruit to carry it off; a bit of a lingering finish. Nice to drink now, could hold up to five years (good cork helps!). I don't expect a lot of improvement with time but no decline, either. This is a lovely, luscious wine. You can find wines as good for less money but if you love variety and can afford it I strongly advise you give this a try. It's still less expensive than it's French counterparts. I had it with sweetbreads and chantrelles and it was perfect!
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    (9/13/2014)
    Condes de Albarei Albarino 2012
    $13.99
    Pair with: Veal Piccata or Marsala, Roast pig or boar, Paella, Tapas
    This is my second experience with Albarino from the Rias Baixas. This is firmer, less tropical than the Paco & Lola. The color is pale gold, medium bodied; legs form slowly; I think this has a high "total extract". The nose is medium sized, not a explosive as the P&L; notes of pear and spice, a bit riesling like but distinct. Big flavors, a dry balance with plenty of acidity but enough fruit to carry it. It is a big, firm wine, mouth filling with a long finish. this does not want to be overly chilled. This is, somehow a "serious" wine; I picture it being served by a tall, severe, slender woman of indeterminate years and impeccable posture dressed in black crinoline with a tall shell comb in her tightly coiled hair; she allows herself is only a glimmer of a smile when you try this with a nice, salty Jamon and olives. The style is not available on the pull-down menu, I'd call it big, stuffed but crisp. It might transform a bit with a few years in the bottle but it will be intersting at every point along the way.
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    (9/12/2014)
    Bernardus Rosella's Vineyard Chardonnay 2011
    $39.99
    Nice cork. Pretty straw-gold color, medium body, legs form slowly and are fine (suggesting a high extract-to-polyols ratio). The wine has almost no nose; if I cover the top of the glass and agitate I can find a bit of apple, some spice but even as it warms and aerates there's not much scent short of extraordinary techniques. The flavors and balance are wonderful; sappy, mouth filling, good tartness with fruit to carry it a bit of a nice finish, really nice and I think it could age a while. If it had a scent this could be a 4 or possibly 5 star wine but it just plain isn't - inexcusable in a $40 wine. "Professional" reviewers please note your delectation of the specific notes in scent is of no use if the amplitude is vanishingly small. The Wine Advocate, for example must have been drinking some other wine to go off about "gorgeous aromas". Bad guidance - don't waste my time and money!
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    (9/10/2014)
    La Merika Pinot Noir 2011
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    2012 vintage available for $11.99
    Not as good as the 2010. This hasn't the big, berrylike nose I liked in the previous vintage. Also the flavors are less balanced, there's good acid but not the fruit to carry it. Rather short. The price is quite reasonable but I can and have done better. Now I have one remarkably good experience with this producer's Pinot Noir and one somewhat disappointing one. I'll try another vintage in future but skip this one.
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    (9/9/2014)
    Veramonte Chardonnay 2012
    $12.00 $9.99
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    • white wine
    • screw cap wine
    • JS91
    (2)
    Style: Fruity & Smooth
    Pair with: Grilled seafood or chicken, Paella, Curries
    This is a solid three star wine and a four star value. Straw-gold color, medium body, leggy. When still chilled the nose is medium-small, as the wine warms it is medium sized: Apple, a hint of cinnamon, oak. Big flavors, mouth-filling; good acidity with ample fruit to balance it. Something of a nice finish; is there a hint of CO2 developing? The wine is secured with a screw-cap-closure and I regard these as unreliable and definitely not suitable for holding the wine for more than a year, still, at $10 it is a very good value for current consumption, better than three more expensive ones in this current tasting flight ($15, $15 and $25 wines).
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