Sunday, April 26, 2015

Review: ***+ $$ Callaway Hybrid Red Blend, North Coast, California, 2013 = GOOD VALUE

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Original tasting and review : This is Callaway Hybrid Red Blend, North Coast, California, 2013, finished at 14.3% alcohol and first sampled 2 years from vintage date, in April, 2015.  It is a blend of 46% zinfandel, 39% syrah and 15% tempranillo.

In the glass: Deep red with some burgundy, almost opaque in the very center.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows red and black berries with some green twigginess.   From the aroma, seems like this will be friendly and perhaps generic.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact soft oaky, silky red and black berries.  Aromatic and friendly.  Coats your palate and settles for a modest but clean finish.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars with a plus for friendliness on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  Good value at bargain price point.

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Reserve: **** $$ Frei Brothers Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California, 2012 = BEST VALUE

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Original tasting and review : This is Frei Brothers Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California, 2012, finished at 14.2% alcohol and first sampled 3 years from vintage date, in April, 2015.  I sampled the 2012 Frei Brothers Reserve Merlot a short time ago and liked it a great deal.

In the glass: Purple black magenta, opaque from an inch in.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows clean, fresh, purple berries.  From the aroma, seems like this will be bright, aromatic yet light.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact soft, rich, full of cinnamon and ripe blackberry.  Soft tannins that bring milk chocolate along to a languorous finish.

In summary: Overall, just touches four stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, and becomes a best value.

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Review: *** $$ d'Arenberg The Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier, McLaren Vale, Australia, 2005

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Original tasting and review : This is d'Arenberg The Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier, McLaren Vale, Australia, 2005, finished at 15% alcohol and first sampled 10 years from vintage date, in April, 2015.  The blend is 94% shiraz and 6% viognier.  I liked the 2006 version of Laughing Magpie, but didn't love it when I sampled it some six months ago.  This one is a little bit older in heritage and a little bit further aged.

In the glass: Black magenta, opaque from near the edge of the glass.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows sweet and succulent black fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be thick and aromatic.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact big and balanced between sweet fruit, vivacious acidity and aromatic berries, with the slightest hint of old world twang.  Plenty of alcoholic legs that carry along the fruit.  The finish crawls into your cheeks and pulls the sip along to a slow fade.

In summary: Overall, rates an easy three stars - almost but not quite touches a plus for potency - on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.

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Review: ***+ $$$$ Buoncristiani Malbec, Napa Valley, California, 2012

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Original tasting and review : This is Buoncristiani Malbec, Napa Valley, California, 2012.  Fleshy and bold.  Rates three plus stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.

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Review: ***+ $$$$ Buoncristiani OPC Proprietary Red, Napa Valley, California, 2011

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Original tasting and review : This is Buoncristiani OPC Proprietary Red, Napa Valley, California, 2011.  Friendly and balanced California-styled red.  Rates three plus stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.

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Review: ***+ $$$$$ Buoncristiani Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California, 2012

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Original tasting and review : This is Buoncristiani Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California, 2012.  Sleek and flush.  Rates three plus stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.

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