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Domaine la Barroche Chateaunuf du Pape 2007

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This is a very impressive wine, from a benchmark producer and a good vintage.  The wine showed very good structure and composition; it is texturally awesome, having a weighty and viscous palate but at the same time great acidity and big tannins which pushed through and gave the wine a nice lightness.  The palate has […]

Domaine de la Quilla 2009 Muscadet Sevre & Maine

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This wine earned its spot because it is so charming and well made that we couldn’t say no.   The weight and texture are absolutely top notch. NOTES: It has nice aromatics, is subtle, clean and is begging for shellfish.  The nose is colored with hints of fresh clover and honey but is predominantly a mineral […]

Boroli ‘Anna’ 2008, Langhe, Italy

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This is one of the single greatest opportunities to drink Nebbiolo from the Langhe region without paying Barolo prices.  If this were classified as a Barolo, it would literally cost 3 or 4 times as much.  While it has Barbera and Merlot in the blend, the profile is predominately Nebbiolo. NOTES: The wine has a […]

Villa Cafaggio Cortaccio CS 2004

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This wine is like a ballerina; delicate and pretty but at the same time it possesses tremendous strength.  The nose is sleek and sophisticated, showing red fruits like rhubarb and raspberries and blue fruits like cassis and blackberries.  This is a layered wine which has creme de meure and toffee amongst the fruits.  Great bottle […]

2009 Cantina Tollo, Pecorino, Abruzzo

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I know what you are thinking; what is this guy talking about?  The title doesn’t give too much away.  The producer is Cantina Tollo, the grape varietal is Pecorino, and the region is Abruzzo.  Now for the second part of the question, isn’t Pecorino a cheese?  Yes.  It is also a variety of grapes that […]

2008 Elena Walsh, Lagrien, Alto Adige DOC

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Here is our real palate exploring wine of the group.  This is a great producer, a good region and an interesting grape varietal.  Alto Adige has a cooler growing season, being located in the north of Italy, which manifests itself as a rounder, softer wine that is spectacularly fun to drink. NOTES: Darker and richer […]

2006 Casa de la Ermita Crianza, Jumilla, Spain

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What an interesting wine!  This is a blend of (60%) 60 year old Monastrell and (40%) Petit Verdot from the southeast of Spain. There are several different classifications for wines from Spain, which we should touch on.  For wines that are aged for more than one year there are three classifications; Crianza, Reserva, and Gran […]

Vidal Fleury Cotes du Rhone 2007

This is a fruit forward and showy blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre and Carignan; classic Rhone.  The 2007 vintage produced more fruit forward wines and this is no exception. The Vidal-Fleury CDR is a wine that I tasted side by side with a $50+ bottle of Chateauneuf du Pape, and thought that it was quite […]

Domaine du Tariquet Classic 2009

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Put simply, it is impossible not to like this wine.  It has a little residual sugar which normally turns me off, but there is something that makes it hard to stop drinking this wine; it is clean, has decent balance and is simply delightful.  Nothing complicated here, this is a wine to start the evening […]

J. Vidal Chateauneuf du Pape 2006

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NOTES: This wine has an elegant cherry cola nose and a brick-ish color.  This Rhone classic is soft on the palate and shows darker fruits with good minerality and bright acidity that play out in a balanced and well organized way.  There are nuances of cedar and tobacco leaf in the back of the palate, […]

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