2005 Chateau Coufran Haut-Medoc


Massive, thick, Left Bank Bordeaux with a captivating color of ruby red fused with plum purple, lending a enriched bouquet of toasted oak, dark cherry, damp gravel and leaves.  This wine is definitely structured to be paired with a hearty main course offering thick dark red fruit, rich soil, unsweetened baking chocolate and nutmeg on the palate.  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.

Skylite Cellars 2007 Merlot Walla Walla


Let me start by saying that I am a huge Merlot fan when it is done right and this Walla Walla Merlot produced by Skylite Cellars is one of my favorites!  With a hypnotic bouquet of hedonistic, fleshy, dark fruit and an undertone of refined thick earth that seduces you into the glass, this Merlot is dense, powerful and majestic.  Once in the mouth, this gargantuan wine is unrelenting with flavors of tobacco, strawberry, luscious plum and blackberry that is so thick and flavorful it makes me lick my lips relentlessly with joy. I am truly astonished by the fact that this full bodied wine is so balanced with sleek, long tannin and a fairytale finish that makes me smile openly without regret. Keep Drinking and Keep Believing.

Pedroncelli 2009 Three Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon


Medium bodied with a seductive, captivating, deep dark hue, this Cabernet Sauvignon is beautifully aromatic with expressive amounts of Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Accompanied by smooth tannin and pristine balance, this Cabernet offers generous flavors of black cherry, plum, mulberry and red currant.  Absolutely one of my favorite California Cabs!!   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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