2011 Kabang Red (Stratus) mini review

Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid pallet the wine displays some nice red berries. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice dryness, some firm tannins and some earth notes. Not a bad wine at all. I would give it an 88-89.

From the LCBO web site:
Vintages Release Date:July 24, 2014 Alcohol/Vol 14.8% Made in:Ontario, Canada By:Stratus Vineyards Sugar Content:7 g/L Sweetness Descriptor :XD – Extra Dry Style:Full-bodied & Firm Varietal:Red Blend This is a VQA wine $19.95

From the Stratus web site: An assemblage of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec.
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2012 Grüner Veltliner

We just returned from our first trip to the Finger Lakes in New York. They have a well established wine region with over 90 wineries in the area. I’ve often commented on here about the fact the I like Grüners. It’s always perplexed me that no one in Niagara is planting them. Well in the Finger Lakes they are starting to experiment. Two wineries have their first wines from Grüners and apparently more are to come! I digress from the point at hand. Well that never happens now does it :)

We stopped by Ki my favorite sushi restaurant in downtown Toronto and I was thrilled to see this one on the by the glass list! Pale in color with a nice dry minerally nose. On the mid pallet the wine is nice and dry, crisp, with some mild peach and stone fruits along with some minerality. The wine is medium in length with some mild citrus notes lingering along with some nice dryness. I would give this one a 89. A lovely varietal Grüners. Sadly not in the LCBO. Yumm …

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Rodney Strong Merlot 2011

Dark in color with a mild nose of red berries. On the mid pallet the wine displays some red berries and some mild plum notes. The wine is medium in length with some smooth tannin. This is a nice wine but definitely not a fruit forward merlot. Almost more cab like. I would give ti an 88-89.

From the LCBO web site:
Rodney Strong Merlot 2011—VINTAGES#: 497933
STYLE – Full-bodied & Smooth
Rodney Strong was Sonoma’s 13th bonded winery back in 1959, and the Klein family has owned it ever since 1989. They strive for sustainable agriculture and thus became Sonoma County’s first carbon-neutral winery. There’s terrific balance, structure, supple texture and length on the finish of this wine. Alluring aromas of mocha-coffee on the nose along with rich black fruit. Pleasantly surprising vibrant acidity for food. Plush black plums and coffee on the finish. Try is with braised beef. This warm-climate Merlot finishes with vanilla spice, dark berry and fig. Pair with: beef, cheese, poultry, borsch (beet soup), quesadillas. Drink: 2014-2018. Score – 91. (Natalie MacLean, nataliemaclean.com, March 17, 2014) $22.95

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Kilikanoon Killerman’s Run Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Inky dark in color with a nose of red and black berries. On the mid pallet the wine matches the nose with mostly black berries and some red berries along with some mocha coming through. Not to the point of say a blueberry. On the medium length finish the wine displays some fine tannins and some acidity. Not a bad cab. I would give it an 88-89. Not bad at all!

From the LCBO web site:
Kilikanoon Killerman’s Run Cabernet Sauvignon 2012—VINTAGES#: 675223
STYLE – Full-bodied & Smooth
Smooth and generous with dark blackberry and blackcurrant fruit along with touches of smoky coffee and chocolate. Ripe and inviting in the mouth with good bright acidity and gentle tannins, and a sprinkling of mocha spice on the finish. A bonzer choice for barbecued burgers with your favourite toppings – for an authentic Aussie experience, top ‘em with grilled beetroot or pineapple rings. (VINTAGES panel, April 2014)
$19.95

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2014 Two Oceans Sauv Blanc

Two Oceans are rebranding their wines and recently held a kick off of the new brand. I had the pleasure of attending! This one is pale in color with mild nose of citrus notes coming through. On the mid pallet the wine displays some nice lemon and a bit of zest. On the medium length finish the acidity lingers nicely showing some nice mouth grip. This is a smoother lighter sauv blanc, and is a very food friendly wine. I would give it an 88 or so, which for $10.25 is a bargoooon!

From the LCBO web site:
TWO OCEANS SAUVIGNON BLANC LCBO 340380 | 750 mL bottle Price $ 10.25
Made in: Region Not Specified, South Africa By: Distillers Corporation Limited
12.0% Alcohol/Vol. Style: Light & Crisp Sugar Content: 7 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry

Tasting Note
Pale straw colour; gooseberry, herbaceous, grassy, pink grapefruit & fresh lemon aromas; dry, light-medium bodied, easy drinking with soft lingering citrus & gooseberry flavours.

Serving Suggestion
Asparagus omelet, lemon chicken, vegetable stir fry, light fish dishes.
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JACOB’S CREEK 2012 RESERVE CHARDONNAY ADELAIDE HILLS mini review

Pale in color with a lovely varietal chard nose. On the mid pallet the wine displays varietal chard flavors such as apple, some vanilla and some butteryness. The wine is subtle and builds nicely in the mouth. This is a well made chard for the price. I would give it an 88-89.

From the LCBO web site:
JACOB’S CREEK RESERVE CHARDONNAY ADELAIDE HILLS LCBO 270017 | 750 mL bottle Price $ 14.95
Made in: South Australia, Australia By: Orlando Wines Pty. Ltd.
13.0% Alcohol/Vol. Style: Full-bodied & Rich Sugar Content: 6 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry

Tasting Note
Medium lemon colour; subtle aromas of ripe apple, butter, vanilla and citrus; dry, medium to full-bodied and balanced acidity; apple fruit, oak spice and pear flavours; medium finish

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2012 Franciscan cuvee sauvage Chardonnay

Pale in color with a lovely varietal chard nose. On the mid pallet the wine is a lovely bold rich chard. Some apple and buttery notes coming through. The wine is on the lighter side of medium in length on the finish. 89-90 yummy. This particular one is not in the LCBO sadly. $40 US at the winery.

From the winery’s web site

WINEMAKER: Janet Myers
APPELLATION: Carneros, Napa Valley
BRIX AT HARVEST: 23.5°–24.5°
VARIETAL COMPOSITION: 100% Chardonnay
FERMENTATION: 100% barrel fermented, sur lie aged
AGING: 100% French oak, 86% new, 14 months
COOPERS: Dargaud & Jaegle, François Frere and Boutes
pH: 3.35
TA: 6.9g/L
ALCOHOL: 14.5%
RELEASE DATE: August 2011
CASES PRODUCED: 3,500

Sensory Evaluation:
Appearance: Delicate lemon yellow
Aromas: An opulent, complex bouquet of honeyed Fuji apple, ripe pear, honeysuckle, vanilla, and a hint of fresh citrus wafts out of the glass with creamy undertones of melon and minerality.
Flavors: Full bodied, yet elegant and graceful, it offers an irresistible counterpoint of rich, creamy flavors impeccably balanced by bright, citrusy freshness. Opening with sweet ripe pear, honeysuckle, and vanilla bean, it evolves into lush layers of baked apple, crème brûlée, honey, and citrus on a foundation of minerality, fresh cream, and crisp acidity. Persistent, rich, citrus-infused finish.

Winemaker’s notes:
Franciscan was the first Napa Valley winery to produce a wild yeast fermented Chardonnay, starting in 1987. Following traditional Burgundian techniques, yeast is not added to the juice, but instead we let the native yeast that live on the grapes perform the fermentation. Unlike cultured yeasts, wild yeast comes in many strains, reflective of the vineyard terroir. They work in a relay, and as one strain finishes, another starts, each adding its own personality to the wine, giving layers of complexity – which is why we go to the extra effort of “going wild.”

For Cuvée Sauvage, we use exclusively our finest lots from cool Carneros, with the heart of the blend coming from our estate Larsen Vineyard. The Dijon clones planted provide concentrated fruit character, and give minerality, vibrancy, and complexity to Cuvée Sauvage, with consistency year to year of the wild yeast expression.

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Firestone Santa Ynez Sauv Blanc

Pale in color, with a mild nose with some citrus coming through. On the mid pallet the wine matches the nose with some citrus coming through. This is a milder sauv blanc. I forgot to take note of the year of the wine, I was at a restaurant. I would give it an 87-88. Not at the LCBO.

From the winery`s web site:
2012 Firestone Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, Santa Ynez Valley
A palate full of bright tropical fruits, citrus, and melon. The wine offers a bright acidity and a lingering mineral finish. $14

Winemaker Notes
100% estate fruit, our 2012 Sauvignon Blanc is stainless steel fermented and aged to allow the natural characteristics of the fruit shine through. Aromas of passion fruit, grapefruit, lemon and lime zest introduce a palate full of bright tropical fruits, citrus, and melon. The wine offers a bright acidity and a lingering mineral finish.

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Rabl Lengenlois Grüner Veltliner 2012

I enjoy Grüners. They are unique dry crisp food friendly wines. This one is pale in color with a mild nose reminding me of Riesling. On the mid pallet the wine displays some nice Riesling like notes, honeysuckle and even a little pear along with some nice dryness and minerality. The wine is medium in length on the finish with the minerality and some fresh acidity lingering. This is a very food friendly wine. If you’ve not tried a Grüner before this is a good one to try. I would give it an 88-89 Very nice. A good deal for $16.95 as Grüners always are!

From the LCBO web site:
Rabl Lengenlois Grüner Veltliner 2012 —VINTAGES#: 377457
Style – Aromatic & Flavourful  ›

Rabl has been perfecting their craft since 1750, cultivating many of the very best sites in Kamptal for generations. Their 2012 Grüner Veltliner offers clearly delineated pear, citrus, grapefruit, mineral and pepper spice on the nose. The palate is crisp and dry with great replays and wonderful length. (VINTAGES panel, Nov. 2013) $16.95

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Bernard Defaix Chablis Burgundy, France

Pale in color with a mild nose with some apricot and the like coming through. On the mid pallet the wine is light with some apricots coming through. The wine kind of reminds me more of a crisp Riesling. The finish is on the lighter side of medium. This is an odd taste for a Chablis. I would give it an 87-88. Not thrilling. Not available at the LCBO. I sadly did not get the year of the wine.

From the Winery`s web site:
Chardonnay 100%
Our vines on the appellation Chablis spread over 12 hectares, situated at the heart of the Chablisian vineyard. This wine is aged in stainless steel tanks so as to respect the typicity of the appellation. Our Chablis are characterised by their freshness, power and tenacity.
Their bouquet displays a dominance of mineral notes, which are often associated with delicate touches of citrus fruit (lemon and grapefruit).
This wine can be enjoyed within 2 years, an excellent match for seafood or fish.

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Milbrandt Traditions Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Dark in color with a nose of black berries. On the mid pallet the wine displays some deep rich black berries more reminiscent of a Shiraz, almost blueberries. Some cassis coming through as well. On the medium length finish the wine displays some smooth tannins, some nice acidity along with some peppery notes. There’s some noticeable alcohol but that will pass quickly. The wine has some lovely complexity. I would give it an 89-90. Yummy

From the LCBO web site:
Milbrandt Traditions Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 —VINTAGES#: 237784
Style – Full-bodied & Smooth  ›
Nice complexity on the nose, with raspberry, black fruit, smoke and vanilla notes joining the cassis. The palate is fruit driven and suggests both dark and red fruits along with a dash of spice. The finish is consistent and long. This is a great wine for barbecue steak, especially with a spicy rub. (VINTAGES panel, Nov. 2013
WAS$18.95 Now $17.95

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CHÂTEAU MANON LA LAGUNE 2010

Dark in color with a lovely nose of dark berries. On the mid pallet the wine matches the nose with some nice black berries coming through along with some nice chocolate and mocha. On the medium length finsih the wine displays some nice tannins, dryness and peppery notes. I would give this wine a 90. it`s a varietal Bordeaux at a good price.

By the way if you hate the new LCBO search function like I do. You can use the old site info from the old link.

From the LCBO web site:
CHÂTEAU MANON LA LAGUNE 2010 VINTAGES 365890 | 750 mL bottle Price $ 21.95
Made in: Bordeaux, France By: Chateau Bertinerie
Release Date: Jun 7, 2014
13.5% Alcohol/Vol. Style: Medium-bodied & Fruity Varietal: Bordeaux Red
Sugar Content: 7 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry

Tasting Note
A big, ripe and juicy wine packed with black fruit notes and laced with acidity. The tannins offer a contrast to the fruitiness, bringing balance and structure. This is an impressive wine, the smoky aftertaste bringing out the wood aging. Special Designation: Editor’s Choice. Score – 91. (Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, May 2013)

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2010 St. Clement Oroppas Napa Valley

Dark in color with a mild nose of red berries coming through along with some earthy notes and some wood. On the mid pallet the wine displays some mild cherries to match the nose along with some earthy notes and wood to go right along with the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some mild tannins and very noticeable alcohol. I would give this wine an 87-88. Not a great wine to my tastes. I expected better. Not at the LCBO.

From the winery`s web site:
Rich, ripe and juicy, the 2010 Oroppas is driven by classic aromas of plum, quince, black cherry and black currant, and accented with inviting dark chocolate and cinnamon notes. The palate generously showcases a concentrated and elegant structure with flavors of fresh blackberry and sweet mocha. This vintage displays the signature Oroppas characteristics with an intense fruit core, smooth tannins and balanced acidity.
$55 US at the winery

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Villa Sandi Prosecco

Pale in color with a lovely crisp citrus nose. On the mid pallet the wine is a lovely crisp prosecco perfectly matching the nose. There some nice minerality to go along with the citrus notes along with some nice fine bubbles. This is a crisp, dry wine that is very food friendly. I would give it an 89 or so. Another great prosecco. Perfect for the patio. We paired it with roast chicken and fettuccine alfredo and it went very well. Yumm. At $14.95 you can`t go wrong with this one! Spot on varietal!

From the LCBO web site:
Villa Sandi Prosecco Doc — LCBO#: 249722 STYLE – Light & Fruity
Clear, pale lemon yellow colour; clean aromas with intense mineral mineral and citrus notes; off-dry, light bodied, with citrus and herbs, with a vigorous mousse $14.45

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Frei Brothers Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Dark in color with a lovely mild nose of red berries. On the mid pallet the wine displays some lovely red cherries along with some cassis. The wine has some smooth tannins on it’s medium length finish. We paired it with a rack of lamb and it went perfectly. I would give the wine a solid 89. Yumm. I would consider this a drink now wine.

From the LCBO web site:
Aromas of cassis, cola and woodsmoke with an herbal undertone. Unabashedly Californian, it is round and generous with big fruit and a sensual touch of spice on the close. This calls for some superior cuts of meat, prepared the way God intended – grilled on a barbecue while wearing a Stetson. All joking aside, this is another stellar wine from Frei. (VINTAGES panel, April 2014)

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Oyster Bay 2013 Merlot

Dark in color with a mild nose of plums coming through. On the mid pallet the wine displays some plum along with red cherries (think cab sauv). On the medium length finish the wine has some mild pepper along with some tannins. Not a bad Merlot. I would give it an 88 or so …

From the LCBO web site:
Oyster Bay Merlot 2012 Merlot—VINTAGES#: 692343 Style – Medium-bodied & Fruity  ›
Bright and brimming with fruit, this Merlot delights with plum, dark cherry, gentle wood smoke and notions of chocolate cake. Zippy acidity gives nice delineation to this juicy, elegant wine. Tuck it away for up to three years, or enjoy it tonight with rare roast beef. (VINTAGES panel, Feb. 2013) $18.95

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Viña Herminia Excelsus 2009

I enjoy my tempranillos big with lots of finish to them … This one is dark in color with a nice nose of red berries along with some wood and some alcohol. On the mid pallet the wine displays lovely varietal tempranillo fruit, red berries but this wine lives in the medium length finish that has some nice bite, some nice dryness and some firm tannins. This isn’t a bruiser but it’s a big tempranillo for sure. Especially without food. As the wine opened up there was noticeable eucalyptus coming through. I paired it with a lasagna and it went very well I would give it an 88. If you like your tempranillos soft and smooth look elsewhere …

From the LCBO web site:
Viña Herminia Excelsus 2009 Tempranillo —VINTAGES#: 50567 Style – Medium-bodied & Fruity  ›

This focused red shows good density, a restrained character and solid depth, offering plum, espresso, tobacco and mineral flavors that are harmonious and long. Not showy, but solid. Drink now through 2022. Score – 93. (Thomas Matthews, winespectator.com, Oct. 15, 2013)

$21.95

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Two Oceans Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc Sparkling

Pale in color with a nice citrussy nose along with some minerality coming through. On the mid pallet the wine matches the nose with some nice citrus notes coming through and living on into a medium length finish. The bubbles are definitely noticeable, a little more so than say a prosecco which this wine will unavoidably be compared to. This is a very food friendly wine. I would give it an 88 or so, which for $12.95 is not a bad deal!

From the LCBO web site:
Two Oceans Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc Sparkling
LCBO#: 216705 Two Oceans Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc STYLE – Light & Fruity
Clear, pale straw colour; aromas of citrus, guava and hints of pineapple; crisp, tangy and mouth-watering with fine bubbles sparkles into a fruity, clean finish. $12.95

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2014 Two Oceans Pinot Grigio

Pale in color with a lovely nose of stone fruits. On the mid pallet the wine displays stone fruit to match the nose, some pear, and a hint of peach. The wine is on the lighted side of medium in length on the finish with some acidity finishing off. I would give it an 88-89. Not a bad Pinot Grigio at all and another bargain at $10.25.

From the LCBO web site:
TWO OCEANS PINOT GRIGIO LCBO 295022 | 750 mL bottle Price $ 10.25
Made in: Region Not Specified, South Africa By: Distillers Corporation Limited
12.0% Alcohol/Vol. Style: Light & Crisp Sugar Content: 8 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: D – Dry

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2012 The Show Malbec

Dark in color with a mild nose of black berries. On the mid pallet the wine displays some black berries to match the nose backed quickly by some firm acidity and tannins. The wine is medium in length on the finish with some black berries lingering without food. The texture on the mid pallet is jammy. I would give it an 88-89. Not a bad Malbec.

From the LCBO web site:
Americans Charles Bieler, Roger Scommegna and Joel Gott are the 3 Thieves Wine Company and the folks behind The Show Malbec. The fruit is all high-altitude from Lujan de Cuyo and the Uco Valley and in 2012, it looks as if they have abandoned the sweet oaky style for something much more interesting. Let us hope they don’t go back. Drier, more savoury red fruit with good acidity and texture. Far more food-friendly and, while it doesn’t really matter, a sensational label. The classic match, steak, is the fit. Score – 89. (Anthony Gismondi, The Vancouver Sun, April 11, 2014) $17.95

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Chaoteau La Gorce 2005 AOC Medoc

I bought this one back in 2009. Dark in color with a lovely inviting nose of dark berries. On the mid pallet the wine displays black cherries to match the nose. The wine has some lovely chocolate notes. The wine has a smooth medium length finish with some smooth tannins. This is a beautiful wine that has aged well I would give it a solid 90. Yummmy.

From the LCBO web site at the time when I bought it:
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc Merlot and Petit Verdot it’s a knock-out from the get-go. There are gorgeous notes of coffee spice pepper violet and floral perfume. Full bodied and firmly structured there’s a good backbone of acidity alongside 13.5% alcohol and flavours of red cherry cassis blackberry nutmeg and clove. At under $20 this is a no-brainera€”load up the trunk! (LG) Rha´ne Valley (0091397) $19.95

Not in the LCBO right now.

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2010 Mirassou Pinot noir

Garnet in color with a nose of red berries. On the mid pallet the wine displays some strawberry and raspberry to match the nose. The wine is one the lighter side of medium in length on the finish with some mild tannins. The sweetness lingers for a bit in the mouth. Not a bad wine but definitely on the fruit forward side of things with not a whole lot of complexity on the finish. I would give it an 87-88.

From the LCBO web site:
MIRASSOU PINOT NOIR LCBO 185249 | 750 mL bottle Price $ 13.95
Made in: California, USA By: Mirassou Vineyards
13.5% Alcohol/Vol. Style: Light-bodied & Fruity Sugar Content: 14 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: D – Dry

Tasting Note
pale ruby colour; raspberry, sour cherry and touch of vanilla in the nose; dry light to medium body; soft cherry and cranberry flavours, soft, smooth finish.

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HASELGROVE FIRST CUT SHIRAZ 2010

Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid pallet this wine is sweet with lots of black berries coming through. On the medium length finish the wine displays some mild tannins and acidity. This is definitely a fruit forward Shiraz. I would give it an 87-88. A far cry from the 91 James Halliday gave it, but that’s nothing new. I rarely align to his tastes. I will be returning the ones I have. I also have a hard time imagining this lasting very long. I would say it’s definitely a drink now wine.

From the LCBO web site:
HASELGROVE FIRST CUT SHIRAZ 2010 VINTAGES 367425 | 750 mL bottle Price $ 18.95
Made in: South Australia, Australia By: Haselgrove Wines Pty Ltd
Release Date: Jun 7, 2014
14.0% Alcohol/Vol. Style: Full-bodied & Smooth Sugar Content: 6 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry

Tasting Note
Medium red-purple; a generous, soft yet full-bodied McLaren Vale shiraz, filled with blackberry fruit, dark chocolate and a hint of vanilla; the tannins are precisely where they should be. Drink [until] 2018. Score – 91. (James Halliday, winecompanion.com.au, July 17, 2012)

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2004 Ojai Vineyard “Bien Nacido” Syrah

Anyone who travels through San Francisco airport (SFO) and has 30 minutes to kill has probably perused one of the wine stores that dot themselves throughout. This bottle was purchased on one of those days back in March of 2010. Like I am apt to do, I put this in the cellar and figured it would come out at some later date. So out it came last night after I returned from, surprise, California (with a few bottles of Petite Syrah from Turley, but that is for another day). Ojai is a small city just north of Los Angeles and only a few miles east of Santa Barbara. While not known as a foremost wine region, Ojai Vineyards has produced some great wines over the years. The vineyard produces up to 8 single vineyard Syrahs (depending on the year) and this one in particular comes from the Bien Nacido vineyard. Bien Nacido is much closer to the ocean (West of Ojai) than Ojai, this allows for both good summer heat and cooler winds than their more eastern vineyards. This type of climate allows the varietal to grow similar to old world Rhone Syrahs. So how does this taste? Read on.

This inky wine is showing hints of rust as it is now 10 years old. The nose is plum and smoke with hints of spice. The initial sips show good fruit and even tannins. As you get deeper into the wine the balance remains, the tannins are firm but not overwhelming and the fruit is constant. Plum and and sweet berries (raspberry and blueberry) are distinctive but there is a hint of pepper. Overall this wine is ready to go and if you have had the patience to cellar it till now I do recommend opening and enjoying it as this ready to go. A good solid wine worth the original $40 spent.

The CWG Subjective Rating is 89 out of 100.

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Robert Biale 2012 Founders Farmers Zinfandel mini review

This wine comes from older vineyards in small lots, 400-500 cases. It’s a field blend of 10-12 different vines. It’s milder on the nose with some light red berries along with some wood coming through. On the mid pallet this is a rounder, smoother wine with red berries coming through. The medium length finish displays some acidity along with some alcohol. There’s also some herbal minty notes going along for the ride. I would give the wine an 89-90. Very nice Zin. Available in cases of 6 at $51.97 from Barrel Select. Winery’s Web site.

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