Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Review: ***+ $$ La Cova dels Vins Ombra Montsant, Barrica, Spain, 2006 = GOOD VALUE

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Original tasting and review : This is La Cova dels Vins Ombra Montsant, Barrica, Spain, 2006, finished at 14% alcohol and first sampled eight years from vintage date, in November, 2014.

In the glass: Deep magenta with plenty of brick at this stage, opaque from an inch in.

On the nose: Poured at cool room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows buckets of old-world brett. From top to bottom, room-filling horse manure.  From the aroma, seems like this will be rich once you plow through the old-world must.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact bold, substantial, earthy - full of black, bright fruit and gritty tannins.  Delivers a robust, full-throttle, classic old world red wine experience.

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

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Review: **** $$ Casa Silva Quinta Generacion, Colchagua Valley, Chile, 2002 = BEST VALUE

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Original tasting and review : This is Casa Silva Quinta Generacion, Colchagua Valley, Chile, 2002, finished at 14% alcohol and first sampled 12 years from vintage date, in November, 2014.  It is a red blend of 50% cabernet sauvignon, 30% carmenere, 10% shiraz and 10% petit verdot selected from multiple plots in three estates.


In the glass: Deep black cherry magenta, opaque from a half inch from the edge.

On the nose: Poured at cool room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows bold, slightly
medicinal black cherry fruit with some black currant elements that sear your nostrils.  From the aroma, seems like this will be bold, vivacious and memorable.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact layered with deep black cherries.   The bold black juice glides gently over your palate, sleek and still full of layered tannins.  Black currants, lavender and hints of tobacco add to the flavor elements.  Fades relatively quickly, but on a sleek curtain of mineralized layers.  Quite impressed after more than a decade.

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

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Tuesday, November 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.

Updated review, a month or so later, carries the subtlety, but brings along bold, big, furry fruit, definitely deserving of a plus.

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Review: *** $$ Cascabel Compose Mourvedre Syrah, McLaren Vale, Australia, 2011

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Original tasting and review : This is Cascabel Compose Mourvedre Syrah, McLaren Vale, Australia, 2011, finished at 14% alcohol and first sampled three years from vintage date, in November, 2014.

In the glass: Deep brick red and magenta, opaque in the center.

On the nose: Poured at cool room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows soft, red and lightly eucalyptus fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be gentle and soft fruity.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact somewhat as expected, with soft red berry fruit prominent, robed with some gentle tannins and plush fabric.  Finish lifts up to red berries and settles clean.

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

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Review: ***+ $ Nugan Estate Frasca's Lane Vineyard Chardonnay, King Valley, Australia, 2010 = BEST VALUE

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Original tasting and review : This is Nugan Estate Frasca's Lane Vineyard Chardonnay, King Valley, Australia, 2010, finished at 13.5% alcohol and first sampled four years from vintage date, in November, 2014.

In the glass: Light yellow gold.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows clean bright grasses and some creaminess.  From the aroma, seems like this will be lightly sweet, full and layered.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact first showing a toasty coconut creaminess, like the roasted insides from an Almond Joy.  That coats your palate and slowly fades to a bright, lightly acid wash.

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

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Review: **** $$ Nugan Estate Parish Vineyard Shiraz, McLaren Vale, Australia, 2008 = BEST VALUE

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Original tasting and review : This is Nugan Estate Parish Vineyard Shiraz, McLaren Vale, Australia, 2008, finished at 14.5% alcohol and first sampled six years from vintage date, in November, 2014.


In the glass: Deep mahogany, opaque from a half inch in.

On the nose: Poured at cool room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows soft, furry deep black fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be fat and yet fresh.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact showing round, red and black berries, awesomely fat, rich and luxurious, bringing furry grit around the sweet edges and showing a soft, lazy finish.

In summary: Overall, rates a rare four stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, making this an easy call as a best value.

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