2009 Domaine Pouillon Pierre – McKinley Spring Vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills


This massive Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah blend from Alexis and Juliet Pouillon offers a deep plum hue while expressing an enthralling nose of wild blueberry jam, concentrated blackberry and a subliminal undertone of fresh herbs. Laced with a beautiful onslaught of the most perfectly executed dark, dusty fruit, faultless tannin and a clean finish; This Washington State wine makes me a true believer in Northwest wine finally getting its due. Keep Drinking and Keep Believing.  

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2011 Domaine Pouillon Savoir-Faire


This gorgeous white blend of 40% Grenache Blanc, 40% Picpoul Blanc and 20% Marsanne lends balanced flavors of lively lemon zest, refreshing grapefruit, a wisp of tea with bright acidity to boot; absolutely wonderful!  Keep Drinking and Keep Believing. 

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Trio Vintners 2009 Grenache- Far Away Vineyard


Happy Thursday to all and have been so excited to write about this Grenache from Trio Vintners.   From a “Far Away Vineyard” which sits at 1400 feet above the Yakima Valley floor of the Rattlesnake Hills Mountains, this 100% Grenache has a contemplative, Holiday bouquet of red delicious apples, raw clove, nutmeg and vanilla extract.  Filled with flavors of delectibly, scrumptious dark berries, candied apples and partnered with smooth mellow tannin, this Grenache is very avant garde and total opposite of what you would expect coming from Grenache, but nonetheless, a very enjoyable wine!  Keep Drinking and Keep Believing.

Col Solare Winery 2007 Columbia Valley Red Wine


With the exquisiteness of a gold medal performance, this Columbia Valley Meritage Blend offers magnificent mouthfeel and poetically refined flavors of buttery toffee, mocha, dill, faint fresh mushrooms, perfume and spice.  Glorious all the way through with a generous finish.  Keep Drinking and Keep Believing.

Trio Vintners 2008 Sangiovese


It has been quite the ride in a positive way tasting these series of wines by Trio Vintners and i was  curious to experience their take on the Tuscan trademarked treasure, Sangiovese.  Sourced exclusively from Walla Walla Valley, this mild, polished wine offers graceful layers of clove, musk, chocolate, red cherry and dried cranberries while lending a subtle, lengthy finish of vanilla laced perfume. Truly hit the spot with my boneless, lightly seasoned, pork sirloin chops and pasta dinner.  Keep Drinking and Keep Believing.

2008 Merlot – Desert Wind Winery


It has been some time since I have had Desert Wind Wines, and after having their Wahluke Slope Merlot last night; I realize it has been way too long.  This well-lined Merlot offers huge amounts of deep concentrated dark fruit accompanied by entrancing flavors of vanilla extract, smoke and tad of Bordeaux earthiness. Full and smooth, this gargantuan Merlot should be paired with wild game or a rich beef dishes. This is one of my favorite Merlots to date and can’t wait to taste all of Desert Wind’s awesome wines!  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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