Saturday, March 4, 2017

Mollydooker 2005 Face Off *****: Boxer versus Two Left Feet - Australia

Original Review, both wines one year from vintage date, October, 2006: OK, here goes, a bit of an Australian brawl. Mollydooker's two 2005 shiraz-based wines, the 100% Boxer and the blend called Two Left Feet in a comparative tasting. The Boxer shows all purple and magenta; Two Left Feet full purple with just a hint of red wanting to peek through. The Boxer nose is full of cola cream and marshmallow; Two Left Feet adds just a hint of mineral and Cabernet varietal. The full, rich, round, finely tannin-ed flavor of The Boxer doesn't knock you out, but leaves you curled and happy on the mat for a long, long, long time; Two Left Feet brings you a little more smack of acid, not overpowering, but just a bit of edge to the creaminess. The Boxer is a meal unto itself, you can't even think about food when you're sipping it. Two Left Feet will let you dance your way, though slowly, to the buffet table. Two Left Feet is beautiful for a full frontal wine, splendid in a somewhat classical way. The Boxer though is a category unto itself. Still wine, for sure, but a wine of its very own devising. I won't say the fighter has trounced the dancers, but he's still throwing punches after they've called it an evening.

Updated review of Mollydooker Two Left Feet, 2005, now a whopping 12 years from vintage date, sampled in March, 2017:

Inspired by this wine:  Enveloped in a red-berry laced blanket sent by the gods, drifting off to a nap...

In the glass:  Deep muddy magenta, opaque from about a half inch off the edge.

On the nose:  Muddled blackberry compote with a sprinkle of cinnamon and cocoa.

On the palate:  Layers of deep berry, gliding across your upper and lower cheeks, bringing a continuous IV drip of flavors a full minute after you've finished your sip.  Clean after the lingering finish wraps.  Just touching five stars, and an awesome best value!

Review: *** $ Nguilleu Merlot, Valle Central, Chile, 2015 = BEST VALUE

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Original tasting and review : This is Nguilleu Merlot, Valle Central, Chile, 2015, finished at 13.5% alcohol and first sampled two years from vintage date, in March, 2017.

Inspired by this wine: At a summer picnic with good friends; the salads and fruits are just being served. 

In the glass: Ruddy, deep mid-red.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows soft, muted blackcurrant and blackberries.  From the aroma, seems like this will be solid but perhaps not distinctive.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact rousing crushed red berries, with depth and plenty of surrounding acids and tannins.  Sip moves softly into the background, for a somewhat surprisingly long finish.

In summary: Overall, rates an easy three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, and is a best value when purchased at sale prices.

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Review: *** $ Vivre Sa Vie Malbec et Merlot, France, 2015 = BEST VALUE

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Original tasting and review : This is Vivre Sa Vie Malbec et Merlot, France, 2015, finished at 13% alcohol and first sampled two years from vintage date, in March, 2017. Is is from producer Georges Vigouroux.

Inspired by this wine: Busy day at work, glad the factory bell is just now ringing at 5. 

In the glass: Deep magenta, almost opaque at the center.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows a brambly, blackberry-infused tautness. From the aroma, seems like this will be bright and perhaps challenging.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact bright and structured as expected, but with a rounder middle of solid mixed dark berry fruit.  Finishes clean and crisp.

In summary: Overall, just touches three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  Best value at bargain price point.


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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Review: *** $ Buscado Garnache (grenache), Spain, 2014 = BEST VALUE

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Original tasting and review : This is Buscado Garnache (grenache), Spain, 2014, finished at 13.5% alcohol and first sampled just one year from vintage date, in September, 2015.

Inspired by this wine: Slowly paddling down the even slower river on a hot summer's afternoon.

In the glass: Deep black currant.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows soft, furry red berry fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be lively and grounded.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact full of vibrant and racy red and black raspberries, with plenty of surrounding padding brought by finely chopped, fluffy tannins.  Whooshes into your cheeks and settles along your tongue for a leisurely finish.

In summary: Overall, rates an easy three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, almost touching a plus for its lively balance.  Best value when acquired at a bargain price point.
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Updated review, a year and half later, now three years from vintage date, February, 2017:  Softer and deeper furry red on the palate, still plenty of vibrancy supporting the fluffier core.  Earns a plus on its three stars!  Great value.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Review and Rating: ***+ $$ Harken Barrel Fermented Chardonnay, California, 2015 = GOOD VALUE

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Original tasting and review : This is Harken Barrel Fermented Chardonnay, California, 2015, finished at 13.5% alcohol and first sampled one year from vintage date, in September, 2016.  Harken with its barrel fermented chardonnay is aiming for an old school style, replete with oaky notes, butterscotch and the like... the sort of elements that lured many of to wines in the 1970's and 1980's, and which have been purged from many labels in the intervening decades.  Grapes are sources from the Arroyo Seco AVA of Salinas Valley, California, nestled between the Santa Lucia Mountains and Monterey Bay. Let's see how this chardonnay fares...

Inspired by this wine: Sitting and chatting comfortably, let's head up the hill for a campfire with a view!

In the glass: Medium deep golden, with tiny hints of olive green.

On the nose: Poured at chilled temperature and swirled vigorously, colleagues say this shows a light, sweet fruit with hints of citrus.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact recreating a sweet fruit tart with crispy crust and ripe but bright pears. The mid-palate brings bright fruit up into your cheeks, which holds for awhile and slowly fades towards a clean, wispy finish.  That experience is supported by a solid roundness in the texture.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, just touching a plus because of its sweet and lively essence.  In the context of its attractive price point, this rates as a good value on our scale.

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Reviews: DiGiorgio *** $ Frank Red and *** $ Frank White wines, Limestone Coast, South Australia

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By way of background:   The DiGiorgio family has been working the land in Australia for over 60 years and established their initial Lucindale vineyard in 1989.  Today, generations later, DiGiorgio Family Wines produces not only in Lucindale, but in Coonawarra and within the broader Limestone Coast. The wine label "Frank" is associated with entry-level, value-priced wines from the DiGiorgio Family line. Review wines were provided by the winery's representative.

Original tasting and review : This is Frank White,  Limestone Coast, South Australia, 2015, a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Semillon finished at 12.5% alcohol and first sampled one year from vintage date, in April, 2016.

Inspired by this wine:  Curling on the couch with your partner, ready to watch a lighthearted romantic comedy. 

In the glass: Clear with just the faintest tinges of yellow and green.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, colleagues agree this shows a somewhat shy,  slightly flinty nose with notes of grass and light peach.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact lightly sweet grapefruit and lemons, holding their brightness on the palate for quite a few seconds.  Sip slowly fades.

In summary: Overall, does rate three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, making this a best value because of the bargain price point!
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Original tasting and review : This is Frank Red,  Limestone Coast, South Australia, 2013, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot, finished at 14.5% alcohol and first sampled three years from vintage date, in April, 2016.

Inspired by this wine:  Waiting in line at the home store, picking up some necessities for those necessary repairs.

In the glass: Deep magenta, opaque from about an inch of the edge.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, colleagues agree this shows soft, bright, relatively undifferentiated black fruit.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact quite bright, almost sparky, crushed red/black berries.  The bright sip retains its character through the finish, closing consistent with its start.

In summary: Overall, just touches three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, but, because of its bargain price point, that is sufficient to concur best value status.

Updated notes, six months later, September, 2016:  Softer, deeper, cushioned palate now, with the red and black berries showing depth and some sweetness.  Moved as a full experience through the close, with some brightness and plenty of grip and depth.  Easy three stars now and an easy best value

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