John Contreras's Reviews

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    (4/8/2013)
    Finca Decero Malbec Remolinos Vineyard 2010
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    2011 vintage available for $15.99
    Style: Smooth & Supple
    Pair with: Pork > BBQ
    The Wine...Finco Decero Remolinos Vineyard 2010...The scene...Dinner at home with some grilling going on. Had a grilled rack of pork to go with this malbec that we ordered on the thinking the wife enjoyed a bottle of malbec that we picked up at Jewel food store a few weeks back. Sorry Wine.com but not all of my wines are brought online. Wow, try saying that three time real fast...and getting back to the wine. Deep smelling fruits right away. Had a smooth taste with very little aftertaste of pepper. I like and wife say it okay...Our first malbec of the year and I guess with spring in the air our next bottle will be a chardonnay.
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    (3/6/2013)
    Bodegas Volver Paso A Paso Tinto 2010
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    2012 vintage available for $9.99
    The Wine...Bodegas Volver Paso A Paso Tinto 2010...The scene...Family over for the Blackhawks game and chowing down on the wifes chili with a couple of wings to boot. Not really sure if the food pairing goes with this wine but I know for sure your not serving a white wine with wings and chili. Quite the wine expert we have become as we share this bottle. I had only a glass and loved the color, nice dark purple with a nice smell but the finish was a bit too dry for me. Another tempranillo that we have tried and on to the next bottle that we have ordered.
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    (2/28/2013)
    14 Hands Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
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    $13.99
    Style: Smooth & Supple
    The Wine...14 Hands Cabernet Sauvignon 2010...The Scene...Dinner at home. Wife and I tried the Chardonnay of 14 Hands and really liked it so the thinking was to try the red one so I placed the order, dinner on the table and opend the bottle and away we go. Very fragrant wine that I'm smelling through the nose and the taste was just right. Not too thin in the mouth and slight pepper taste on the the finish...I order another 14 Hands bottle, another red one and get a kick out of the name...Hot to Trot red blend.
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    (2/11/2013)
    Chateau Timberlay Bordeaux Superieur 2009
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    2010 vintage available for $22.99
    Style: Earthy & Spicy
    Pair with: Beef
    The Wine...Ch. Timberlay Bordeaux Superieur 2009...The Scene...dinner at the household with a beef roast that turned out perfect. Opened this bottle and poured into a wine decanter that we purchased for a bargain at one of the dollar stores. I've seen these decanters going for close to $75 dollars online and grabbed this one off the shelf after the wife pointed it out. I guess were getting better at this wine thing now that were letting it breathe. Very fragrant smelling wine...letting my nose hover around the opening of the decanter like a dog sniffing a bone. Liked the taste of the wine that had a plum, blackberry tase to it. Enjoyed this one more than the Bordeaux White Blend that we brought of the same winery. I would buy again...
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    (1/11/2013)
    Chateau Timberlay Blanc 2011
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    2012 vintage available for $22.99
    Style: Fruity & Smooth
    The Wine...Ch. Timberlay Bordeaux Blanc 2011...The scene...Christmas Eve at our house with the family. The wife made salmon for the evening with shrimp to munch on. I had a few beers before dinner so when we sat down and opened the wine I was a bit full and maybe thats why the wine wasn't sitting well with me...wife said she liked it but I'm not gonna lie here...I don't much remember the wine so I'll go with the wife's three stars rating. I did buy another bottle of this but the Bordeaux Red Blends was the choice so maybe I'll remember that one.
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    (12/19/2012)
    14 Hands Chardonnay 2010
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    2012 vintage available for $12.99
    Style: Rich & Creamy
    Pair with: Shrimp
    The Wine...14 Hands Chaardonnay 2010...The scene...dinner at home with shrimp fettuccine. This bottle will be my first four star rating. Lots of fruity taste with pinapple flavor that is just right. Very soft in the mouth. Our past wines have pretty much been red so we went with a white one this time and it goes to show when ya change it up at times you get a very nice surpise. Bottle went very well with dinner and the Christmas tunes added to the atmosphere of revelry gone awry!!!
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    (12/4/2012)
    Vina Eguia Reserva 2007
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    2009 vintage available for $15.99
    Style: Smooth & Supple
    The Wine...Vina Eguia Reserva 2007...The scene...dinner with the wife the boys. Pork tenderloin seared in olive oil and garlic for a bit and tossed in the oven to finish. Opened this bottle and let it breathe for about twenty minutes as that's what the wine enthusiasts say to do...does that make a difference? Hell if I know but poured a glass for the wife and I. Very nice...very smooth tasting and no bitter aftertaste that the wife liked. I would order this one again and again...
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    (11/25/2012)
    El Coto Crianza 2008
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    $14.99
    Style: Earthy & Spicy
    The Wine...El Coto Crianza 2008...The scene...Wife and I entertaing ourselves with a Tapas style party with cheese, olives, sardines and chorizo with fresh bread from Mariano's. Tempranillo wine was the suggested wine when indulging in a Tapas party setting and seeing this is a wine I enjoy it was a perfect choice. A bit dissapointed with the wine...a bit flat on taste but a spicy aftertaste that the wife did not like. Not sure that we would buy this one again
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    (11/19/2012)
    Mano a Mano La Mancha 2007
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    $9.29
    Style: Smooth & Supple
    Pair with: Beef
    The wine...Mano a Mano La Mancha 2007...The scene...Dinner...Wife and I and the son having dinner with a bottle of Mano a Mano. Wife not too crazy about the wine as I finish of the bottle. Wine was better as the meal went along. Liked the color and smell of the wine. Sent a bottle of this to my brother as a birthday gift.
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    (11/19/2012)
    Conde de Valdemar Rioja Reserva 2005
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    $19.99
    Style: Smooth & Supple
    Pair with: Beef
    The Wine...Conde de Valdmar Rioja Reserva 2005 The Scene...the wife and I celebrating our 24th wedding anniversay. Originally had plans to go out for dinner but that didn't work out so we planned a dinner at home with some grilling outdoors seeing that the weather was beautiful for the month of October. Wine had a lovely color to it and the taste and feel was very smooth. The wife enjoyed this one and my exploration with the Tempranillo is continuing with future purchases from the Rioja region.
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