Bodega Y Vinedos Ilurce “Rio Madre” Rioja 2010

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This Rioja is a rich, mineral driven and medium bodied wine.  I found the notes that the International Wine Cellar produced are great and more eloquent than mine.  Definitely decant it for a little while, ...

Turley Cinsault 2010 El Porron

What this wine lacks in esotericness, it makes up for in the glass.  The Cinsault grape is one of the staples of the Languedoc-Rouissillon region in the southern France and is quite often blended with Carignan and Grenache.  If you asked me, I would have said that it was a ...

2009 Olivier Leflaive Bourgogne Les Setilles

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White Burgundy.  Leflaive.

This is a benchmark example of what Chardonnay can do when in the right hands.  This is a wine to be served just shy of room temperature (57 - 62 degrees).

Nose has a smell like the ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 rare Pinot worth the dough; Clifford Bay 09 Pinot Noir

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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 ...

The New Norm in grape growing; wine making.

The wine industry, like many others, has been forced to adapt during the recession of 2008.  There are many moving parts that can be adjusted when needed; restaurants can lower the price point of their menus and wine list, and distributors can shift their inventory so that they carry less ...

Carter Coliseum Block 07 Cabernet

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This is a big point, thoroughly hyped wine.  I think that Wine Spectator dedicated an entire issue to making sure that everybody in the US knows the Carter name and how exceptional the wines are.  With that much press, there isn't much room for error.  Not even marginal performance.

Port houses trying to cypher 2009

Decanter recently ran an article on which houses will be declaring vintage wines.  Somewhat unusually, it looks like there is a split with Fladgate (owners of Taylor's, Croft and Fonseca) saying that they will release 09 vintage port, and Symington Family Estates, (owners of Graham’s, Warre’s, Dow’s, Gould Campbell amongst ...

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