Woodinville Wine Cellars 2009 Indomitable, Columbia Valley


This classic Bordeaux-style blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and a 20% Cabernet Franc lends a fresh nose of perfume and sweet cedar, venturing into flavors of crushed black peppercorns, massive dark fruit, black licorice and baking spice; this full bodied wine screams to be paired with rich, fatty beef dishes with its higher acidity.  Keep Drinking and Keep Believing.

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Chateau Verdignan Haut Medoc 2005


This Cru Bourgeois Superior classified Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc blend from the upper-Medoc has a beautiful plum-blood red hue and a nose of vanilla wafer, tobacco and musk, but disappoints with a flat offering of cranberry and raspberry on the palate. Keep Drinking and Keep Believing.

2007 Ash Hollow Nine Mile


Ash Hollow strikes again with this estate blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 10% Malbec and 10% of Petit Verdot with a gripping bouquet of perfume, fresh cut grass, blackberries, blueberry and a hint of both juicy fruit and rugged earth.  With a mouth full of seeping dark fruit, tobacco, oak and a sturdy finish of faint black licorice and vanilla extract; this wine is hauntingly captivating and yummy!  Keep Drinking and Keep Believing.

2006 Cliff Creek Claret


Big Bordeaux blended with 43% Cabernet Franc, 39% Cabernet Sauvignon and 18% Merlot, revealing a deep dark plum on the verge of black ink hue and expressing a contemplative bouquet of dill, black pepper, smoke and ash.  With wonderful mouthfeel, big tannin that occupys the entire mouth and well rounded flavors of dark fruit, thick raspberry, dark chocolate and a tinge of herbaceousness, this wine is structured more towards having with a bigger meal rather than sipping alone.  Keep Drinking and Keep Believing.

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.

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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Easton Amador County Zinfandel 2007


Adequately rounded Zin with a moderate amount of jaminess and a bouquet of perfume, clove, toasted vanilla, musk and spectrum of red fruit.  With flavors of cranberry, eucalyptus, accompanied by a hint of spice, this wine besides lacking a sturdy finish is a decent buy at under $15. Keep Drinking and Keep Believing.

Published in: on August 17, 2011 at 8:57 pm  Comments (2)  
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Casa Lapostolle 2009 Carmenere


Chile has taken this forgotten Bordeaux blending grape often mislabeled as Merlot and turned it into a very quaffable, easy sipping wine.  With a deep tar hue and a bouquet of green pepper, wheat and rich fruit this wine is a good value at $10 and has consistent flavors of sweet berries and earth. Keep Drinking and Keep Believing.

Published in: on August 15, 2011 at 2:58 pm  Leave a Comment  
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