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(9/29/2010)
A to Z Pinot Noir 2006
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My notes (collective summary of 6 wine tasters' notes at a dinner party. Food paring: cheese and cold cuts appetizer, pig-in-a-blanket, primavera pasta, clam Rockefeller, Korean style BBQ bone-in beef, and Thai style fried rice): Color: Nice red color Bouquet: Good bouquet of berries, soil, and spices but has an undertone of stifled air that detracts from it. Taste: Again, the berries, spices, and earth are there but something is stifling the taste. It is almost as if they bottled a bit of the damp foggy air.
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(9/28/2010)
Yalumba Y Series Sangiovese Rose 2006
(this vintage is sold out)
Price: $10.29
Save your money and instead buy a $2 bottle of wine. That's what this wine taste like. It reminded me of the original Gallo box wine I drank in college but not as sweet. It is dry with light flavor but due to its harsh initial taste and chemical-like aftertaste, I recommend staying away from this.
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(9/28/2010)
Smoking Loon Syrah 2006
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For a wine under $10, this wine is delightfully drinkable. However, it is like other well made California wine: good with Chinese takeout but not memorable.
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(9/28/2010)
My notes (collective summary of 6 wine tasters' notes at a dinner party. Food paring: cheese and cold cuts appetizer, pig-in-a-blanket, primavera pasta, clam Rockefeller, Korean style BBQ bone-in beef, and Thai style fried rice): Color: Nice red, not as deep as one would like but pleasing Bouquet: Bit on the light side but one could find berries, aromatic herbs, and a bit of the soil. Taste: light to medium weight but compliments the foods well. The light berry and aromatic herb tastes are easily overwhelmed by a bit of spice. The finish was just a short light note. Again, with spicier food, the wine gets lost. Best with light tasting food. Great to substitute with this wine when deciding to pair foods that typically goes well with white wine.
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(9/28/2010)
Innocent Bystander Pinot Noir 2006
(this vintage is sold out)
Price: $21.99
My notes (collective summary of 6 wine tasters' notes at a dinner party. Food paring: cheese and cold cuts appetizer, pig-in-a-blanket, primavera pasta, clam Rockefeller, Korean style BBQ bone-in beef, and Thai style fried rice): Color: very light red Bouquet: light flowery aroma that does not last long, quickly dissipates. If you can smell the flowery aroma on the 3rd try, then you really have a sensitive nose. Taste: unimpressive; cannot detect its taste when paired with food. Alone, one can taste a bit of the fruit, earth, and licorice.
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(9/27/2010)
Smoking Loon Syrah 2006
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For a wine under $10, this wine is delightfully drinkable. However, it is like other well made California wine: good with Chinese takeout but not memorable. Lacks depth of flavor; not complex. Very spicy food will overpower this wine.
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(9/27/2010)
My notes (collective summary of 6 wine tasters' notes at a dinner party. Food paring: cheese and cold cuts appetizer, pig-in-a-blanket, primavera pasta, clam Rockefeller, Korean style BBQ bone-in beef, and Thai style fried rice): Color: very light red, bordering on rose color Bouquet: light flowery aroma that dissipated quickly, followed by a wine cooler like flavor - very light, no depth, no mid or lasting taste. Could not taste the "Black cherry / raspberry aromas and rounded fruit flavors lifted by an attractive acidity." that the Winery noted anywhere in the bottle that we drank. Taste: light fruit, unimpressive finish, if you can even detect it. NOT RECOMMENDED
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(9/27/2010)
Marquis Philips Shiraz 2006
(this vintage is sold out)
Price: $21.99
First off, it is a good wine. Since it is still young, leaving it open for a while will help tame the taste. However, when you compare the price, there is a better Shiraz out there: Annie's Lane 2004 Shiraz. When I compared this wine with Annie's Lane 2004 Shiraz, there was no comparison. Annies won out on taste, flavor, bouquet, and price. Perhaps they saved the better grapes to make the S9, which costs around $45.
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(9/27/2010)
d'Arenberg d'Arrys Original Shiraz/Grenache 2005
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Perhaps the previous years' productions were better but the 2005 had a very unrefined taste from beginning to end. We tried the wine with pasta and spiced pork. Along with this wine, we also tried Pillar Box 2006 Padthaway Red and Annie's Lane 2004 Shiraz. Both the Pillar Box and Annies were better than this wine with Annies being the best of the three. Save your money and go for Annie's Lane 2004 Shiraz, if you can find it. It seems that all wine shops in the NYC area are sold out of it.
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(9/27/2010)
Pillar Box Padthaway Red 2006
(this vintage is sold out)
Price: $24.99
This is a good drinkable wine that can hold its own against more expensive wines (those up to $40 range). While this wine is not as good as the Pillar Box 2005 Padthaway Red, it is still a good drinking wine with most regular food. It stands up to all types of spicy and dense foods while retaining its flavor. It is slightly sweet and not as dry as I would like but for the money, it is a good buy.
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