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.

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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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2008 Luigi Bosca Malbec Reserva


Extremely balanced Argentine Malbec with a wholesome bouquet of wheat, leather, tree bark and perfume with wonderful flavors of blackberry, coffee and a hint of black licorice.  Accompanied by a sturdy finish of vanilla and faint musk, this wine is quite enjoyable and will be pleasing to all!    Keep Believing and Keep Drinking.

Cartlidge and Browne Chardonnay 2009


Had this California Chardonnay on a scorching Summer day right before I left Arizona and thought it was wonderful, especially for the price point.   Full of pear, honeysuckle and lemon zest with moderately crisp acidity, this Chardonnay is not overally oaked or Maloactic fermented and has a pleasant Burgundian undertone to it.   Keep Drinking and Keep Believing.

2006 Marsannay Louis Latour


There is lean and there is thin when it comes to Red Burgundies.  This wine is thin and very disappointing.

2007 Chateau Semonlon Haut-Medoc


Had this 50/50 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot i had bought back in October and thought it was decent but not great.  With rich flavors of red currant, cherry and a smidgen of cigarbox in the front and mid palate, this Left Bank Bordeaux was consistent, easy sipping with barely any tannin and did not have much of a finish.  Keep Believing and Keep Drinking.

2009 O’Reilly’s Pinot Noir


Had this bottle of Oregon Pinot Noir on Wednesday night when I landed in Boston and unfortunately don’t have much to say about it.   I realize for $20 you can’t expect much from a Pinot Noir, but I felt this wine once aerated was flat and uneventful.  😦

Published in: on July 3, 2011 at 8:32 pm  Leave a Comment  
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