Capezzana Barco Reale di Carmignano 2006


Carmignano is an Italian wine region located in the Tuscany region and centered around the city of Carmignano, about 10 miles (16 kilometers) northwest of Florence and were know for creating “Super Tuscan” wines before they became en vouge.   I was so excited to try this wine from this special region.

I am making an assumption that this wine could have been a little corked judging by the continuous dank flavor in the mid palate venturing all the way through the finish, but this wine as a whole was extremely unbalanced and had a rugged tannin that was very unpleasant.  On a good note, this wine did have a nice bouquet of musk and violets and some rich flavors of dark chocolate, tobacco and toasted oak, but for the most part, this wine was extremely disappointing.  Keep Drinking and Keep Believing.

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Published in: on August 23, 2011 at 3:40 pm  Comments (1)  
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Pedroncelli Dry Creek Valley Merlot Bench Vineyards 2009


Soft, easy sipping with wonderfully balanced flavors of vanilla, ripe red raspberries and cherries with a hint of nutmeg.  Paired absolutely perfect with our grilled Balsamic Vinaigrette marinated chicken breasts and a magnificent buy for $15.  Keep Drinking and Keep Believing.

Published in: on August 23, 2011 at 11:12 am  Comments (2)  
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2 up Shiraz 2004


Medium bodied with flavors of rustic earth, gunflint, plum, dark plump cherries, dark chocolate and a huge clay component, this Australian Shiraz has a lengthy finish of toasted oak and red apple. A very good value at $10.99.   Keep Drinking and Keep Believing.

Published in: on August 22, 2011 at 2:54 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Chime Cellars Sonoma County 2009 Pinot Noir


Saw this Pinot Noir on sale for $16.99 and noticed it had gotten “91 points” in The Wine Enthusiast,  which says to me that it was a very good value, or they spent alot of money in advertising.

From the moment I opened this wine, I loved the nose, as it lent wonderful aromas of ripe red cherries and raspberries, crisp juicy fruit, mint with a slight undertone of milk chocolate.  With a nice moderately lean mouthfeel and not overly thick like some California Pinots; I thought this wine was well on it’s way to being the ultimate steal, but was disappointed how thin the wine became after 15 minutes of being aerated.   Keep Drinking and Keep Believing.

Published in: on August 19, 2011 at 2:24 pm  Leave a Comment  
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The Prisoner from Orin Swift


Happy Friday to all and hope everyone has wonderful plans for the Weekend!  I am writing this excerpt to give my 2 cents on a wine they call “The Prisoner” by Orin Swift.   This is the second time I have been conned into buying this wine after person after person, who have all somehow been brainwashed by Extraterrestrial beings, are convinced “The Prisoner” is the second coming;  I am going to cut to the chase on this topic.   “The Prisoner” is a nauseating fruit bomb that has so much infested oak influence that it reeks like a big block of rancid wood.   Why so much oak?  What does “The Prisoner” have to hide?

This is absolutely the most overrated wine on the market at almost $40 a bottle, but if you do chose to try Orin Swift wines, try his Saldo Zinfandel for the same price point.  It is absolutely an awesome, rich, full bodied Zin and will not disappoint.  Keep Believing and Keep Drinking.

Published in: on July 29, 2011 at 4:43 pm  Comments (7)  
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Herederos Del Marques De Riscal Rioja Reserva 2005


Had this Rioja Reserva on Friday night and was pleasantly surprised being that i am typically not a huge Tempranillo fan.  This medium body Spanish Red had a refined bouquet of musk, lavender, clay, wheat and sweet oak with a mild undertone of vanilla, black licorice.    With a gracious amount of balanced red and dark fruit and a mild toasty finish, this wine would be perfect with a massive grilled sirloin and portobello mushroom not overally seasoned.  Keep Believin and Keep Drinkin.

Published in: on July 17, 2011 at 5:56 pm  Comments (4)  
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Delas Cotes-Du-Ventoux 2009


Picked up this Southern Rhone blend at Trader Joe’s for $9 and thought it was a good buy offering light flavors of dark fruit with faint aromas of damp earth, nutmeg and cinnamon.  Nothing magical here but easy sipping and a good value.  Keep Believing and Keep Drinking.

Published in: on July 14, 2011 at 4:52 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Dennis Martin 2005 Sanctuary Cabernet Sauvignon


Purchased this wine for $20 on sale and was really excited to see what it had to offer being that it is from one of my favorite areas of Napa Valley, Rutherford.  I have to say that my favorite part of this Cabernet was the nose which was well balanced with aromas of lite menthol, red currant and cassis; but besides the pleasant aromas, I was disappointed and felt that this wine was one dimensional and a tad thin; Glad I only paid $20 for this wine rather than the suggested retail of $30.   Keep Drinking and Keep Believing.

Published in: on July 11, 2011 at 10:57 am  Leave a Comment  
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Orin Swift Saldo 2008 Zinfandel


Have to say that Zinfandel is not one of my favorite varietals, but was excited to try this wine by renowned winemaker Orin Swift, creator of  the immensely popular “The Prisoner”.   At first this wine comes off extremely vegetal but once it opens up for about 30 minutes it settles down and has a lovely bouquet of sweet red and dark berries, clove with a touch of vanilla wafer.  With wholesome body and rich flavors of fig and tobacco this rich Zinfandel finishes with a dash of creaminess and spice.   Love the fact that this Zin is not just one big over the top jammy fruitboom that most Zinfandal prodcuers are so guilty of releasing.  Keep Believing and Keep Drinking.

Published in: on July 9, 2011 at 5:47 pm  Leave a Comment  
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2008 Spellbound Cabernet Sauvignon


Very good value wine.

Published in: on July 6, 2011 at 9:41 pm  Leave a Comment  
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