Archive for August 2011

La Fiera Montepulciano D’Abruzzo 2009

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Let’s cover a factioid first; there are two wines that have Montepulciano in the name.  Montepulciano D’Abruzzo wines come from the Abruzzo region of Italy and are made from the Montepulciano grape.  Abruzzo is east of Rome, and about 40 miles from the eastern coast.  In other words, in the lower calf region of the […]

J. Wilkes Pinot 01

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This is a wine that hails from one of the best vineyard sources in Santa Barbara County; the Bien Nacido Vineyard.  Specifically, Block Q.  It has 10 years of age on it and is showing really well.  The winemaker, Jeff Wilkes passed away in December of 2010, after spending almost 20 years in the wine […]

Quercus Rebula Ribolla Gialla 2008

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Sometimes a wine starts of as delicate and light, and then turns the other cheek to reveal its true self; big and powerful.  The Quercus Rebula Ribolla Gialla defines this category.  It has a pale straw color, similar to a dry Riesling, and the nose has a cucumber, lemon, hay overtone that is backed up […]

A rare Pinot worth the dough; Clifford Bay 09 Pinot Noir

Thumbnail : A rare Pinot worth the dough; Clifford Bay 09 Pinot Noir

It is tough to find a Pinot that doesn’t break the bank, suck, or taste like Syrah.  The Clifford Bay is something I picked up at BevMo-yes BevMo-for 1/2 price on a whim, and it paid off.  The irony of their sale is that BevMo marks the wines way up for the buy one for […]

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