Thursday, July 31, 2014

Review: ***+ $$ Amancaya Gran Reserva Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza, Argentina, 2011 = GOOD VALUE

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Original tasting and review : This is Amancaya Gran Reserva Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza, Argentina, 2011, finished at 15% alcohol and first sampled three years from vintage date, in July, 2014.  This is a blend of 70% malbec and 30% cabernet sauvignon, vinted in a partnership between well-known vignerons Barons de Rothschild and Nicolas Catena.

In the glass: Deep magenta, opaque from three-quarters inch from the edge.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows deep, purple ripe blackberry.  From the aroma, seems like this will be fleshy and bright.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact deep and black, lifting brambly balsam aromas up into your nose via a vigorous alcohol elevator.  But meanwhile, the sip sits deep and black in your cheeks as well.  The finish unfolds slowly, but with deep tannins and supporting acids.  Brawny and classic too.

In summary: Overall, rates three plus stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  Good value.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Review: **** $$ Dog Ridge Vineyard DV7 Shiraz, McLaren Vale, Australia, 2002 = BEST VALUE

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By way of background, opening thoughts: OK, everyone knows by now - I'm a sucker for McLaren Vale, Australia, shiraz.  Here's a really old one.


Original tasting and review : This is Dog Ridge Vineyard DV7 Shiraz, McLaren Vale, Australia, 2002, finished at 15% alcohol and first sampled a whopping 12 years from vintage date, in July, 2014.

In the glass: Deep magenta, black in the center and opaque from about a quarter inch from the edge.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows deep, thick, svelte eucalyptus and black fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be classic bold McLaren Vale shiraz, thick, creamy, rich and layered.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact just as anticipated, with plenty of full ripe blackberry surrounded by oak and deep eucalyptus.  Shows absolutely no signs of age.  Finish fades very slowly.

In summary: Overall, rates four stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale and is a screaming best value.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Review: *** $$ Vina Herminia Excelsus, Rioja, Spain, 2009

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Original tasting and review : This is Vina Herminia Excelsus, Rioja, Spain, 2009, finished at 14% alcohol and first sampled five years from vintage date, in July, 2014.  This is an equal mix of tempranillo and garnacha, cellar aged for eight months.

In the glass: Burgundy hued, opaque in the center.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows bright fruit, some tar and fresh laundry.  From the aroma, seems like this will be layered and balanced.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact full featured, with a broad, expansive mouthfeel, sweet purple fruits, solid tannins and plenty of acids that bring the deep sip up into your cheeks.  Slow, steady glide to the finish.

In summary: Overall, rates an easy three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.

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Review: *** $$ Celler de Capcanes Mas Donis Barrica Old Vines, Montsant, Spain, 2010

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Original tasting and review : This is Celler de Capcanes Mas Donis Barrica Old Vines, Montsant, Spain, 2010, finished at 14% alcohol and first sampled four years from vintage date, in July, 2014.  This is a blend of 85% grenache and 15% syrah, aged in a mix of French and American oak for nine months.

In the glass: Deep burgundy, opaque in the center.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows bold, rich blackberry fruit, with some blue ink.  From the aroma, seems like this will be mo
uth filling and rushing into your nose.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact soft, funky, light blackberry fruit, with soft tannins and light acids.  Creates an easy-going, light and bright dry summer sip, with soft but intriguing old world elements.  Clean finish.

In summary: Overall, totally pleasant experience rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Review: ***+ $$ Rancho Zabaco Sonoma Heritage Vines Zinfandel, Sonoma County, California, 2012 = GOOD VALUE

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By way of background, opening thoughts: I enjoyed this wine in the 2002 vintage a great deal.  Today, we'll sample a vintage from 10 years later, and sampled much younger.

Original tasting and review : This is Rancho Zabaco Sonoma Heritage Vines Zinfandel, Sonoma County, California, 2012, finished at 15.3% alcohol and sampled two years from vintage date, in July, 2014.

In the glass: Deep magenta, opaque from about three-quarter inch in.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows deep, young, black purple inky fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be tangy, bold and big.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact full, rich and layered purple in the mouth.   The full black plum and ripe blackberry fruit brings more apparent sweetness than acids or tannins.  It broadens out, though, with a full spectrum of acid helping the layer out the finish.  Befitting the bold style, clings to your tongue for quite awhile before fading to the wisp of a finish.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars with a plus for power and potency on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  Good value.

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Review: ***+ $$ Waterbrook Syrah, Columbia Valley, Washington, 2011 = GOOD VALUE

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Original tasting and review : This is Waterbrook Syrah, Columbia Valley, Washington, 2011, finished at 13.5% alcohol and first sampled three years from vintage date, in July, 2014.


In the glass: Deep magenta, opaque from about three-quarters inch in.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows deep, broad lavender and laundry with rich fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be full and fleshy, aromatic.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact flowing and generous with purple and lavender flavors across your palate, sweeping your tongue and cheeks with friendly, lightly sweet, lightly scented and lightly spices medium weight fruit.  Not a long finish, but impeccably clean.  Just enough acidity to make you thirsty for more.

In summary: Overall, rates and easy three plus stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale. Good value.

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