Sunday, October 19, 2014

Review: *** $ Garcia Schwaderer Kimbao Sauvignon Blanc, Casablanca Valley, Chile, 2013 = GOOD VALUE

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Original tasting and review : This is Garcia Schwaderer Kimbao Sauvignon Blanc, Casablanca Valley, Chile, 2013, finished at 13% alcohol and first sampled one year from vintage date, in October, 2014.


In the glass: Clear light yellow.

On the nose: Poured at cold temperature and swirled vigorously, shows bright, sweet green grasses.  From the aroma, seems like this will be bright but also soft, sweet and creamy.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact bright and grassy with hints of sweetness, but less creaminess than anticipated.  Bright clean acids extend the sip, with a clean finish.

In summary: Overall, just touches three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  I'd come back to it again if invited to, but wouldn't have to.  Good value.

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Review: *** $ F. Stephen Millier Angel's Reserve Zinfandel, Lodi, California, 2013 = BEST VALUE

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Original tasting and review : This is F. Stephen Millier Angel's Reserve Zinfandel, Lodi, California, 2013, finished at 14.5% alcohol and first sampled one year from vintage date, in October, 2014.

In the glass: Medium red.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows shy, deep fruit, underlying spices.  From the aroma, seems like this will be big but still subtle.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact much as anticipated: subtle at the first sip, with a round mouth of dry fruit entering your palate, but then resolving into spices and dry, big blackberries.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, and is a best value at its bargain price point.

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Review: ***+ $ F. Stephen Millier Angel's Reserve Shiraz, Lodi, California, 2013 = BEST VALUE

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Original tasting and review : This is F. Stephen Millier Angel's Reserve Shiraz, Lodi, California, 2013, finished at 13.5% alcohol and first sampled years from vintage date, in October, 2014.

In the glass: Deep red and deep magenta.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows bright, savory red and black fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be full frontal with fruit and nice acids.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact soft, layered, spicy fruits, showing cinnamon and soft blackberries.  Settles out broadly on your palate, with light acids bringing the sip up into your cheeks, where blackberries settle for a long finish as they drip flavors into your mouth.  Nonetheless, very clean at the finish.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars with a big plus on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  Easy nominee as a best value.

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Review: **+ $ Jonathan Maltus Garagiste, Bordeaux, France, 2012

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Original tasting and review : This is Jonathan Maltus Garagiste, Bordeaux, France, 2012, finished at 13.5% alcohol and first sampled two years from vintage date, in October, 2014.  This is a blend of 90% merlot and- 10% cabernet sauvignon.

In the glass: Deep ruddy red.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows some funky, brambly wood on a red fruit base.  From the aroma, seems like this will be light, but with old school elements.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact old world red fruit with a light, bright touch, showing round raspberry and some charcoal.  Finish rushes with acids into your cheeks and settles clean and fast.

In summary: Overall, rates two stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus for a fresh grip.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Review: ***+ $ JC van Staden Cabernet Sauvignon, Lodi, California, 2013 = BEST VALUE

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Original tasting and review : This is JC van Staden Cabernet Sauvignon, Lodi, California, 2013, finished at 13.8% alcohol and first sampled one year from vintage date, in October, 2014.


In the glass: Deep ruddy red.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows deep, red fresh fruit with some mint and licorice.  From the aroma, seems like this will be fresh, deep and lively.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact clean, fresh, bold, deep but easy-going. Shows fresh furry red fruit, nice depth and bright palate.  Finish is brief but ends clean with savory spices.

In summary: Overall, rates very easy three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale. Best value status at its bargain price point.

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Review: **+ $ JC van Staden Malbec, Lodi, California, 2013 = GOOD VALUE

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Original tasting and review : This is JC van Staden Malbec, Lodi, California, 2013, finished at 13.8% alcohol and first sampled one year from vintage date, in October, 2014.

In the glass: Deep red with some purple.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows deep, charcoal tinged fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be rich, veined, deep and well-oaked.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact much as anticipated, though somewhat brighter and lighter, with a purple tone to the fruit, but soft oak surrounding the clean fruit.  Builds to a bright finish, but lingers with a slow, furry fade.

In summary: Overall, easy two plus star on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  I'd designate this a good value.

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