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SIMI CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2013 mini review

Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some mild cherries. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice dry tannins along with some nice complexity in the mouth. This wine is … Continue reading

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2013 Kacaba Cab Franc

Niagara cab francs are some of my fav wines. They have really gone through a fabulous evolution of the years. For a long time they were edgy tannic monsters you didn’t dare approach for 5-10 years. Over time the wineries … Continue reading

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2007 Closson Chase South Clos Chardonnay

When people think of ageable wines most think of red wines. I submit this one for your consideration. It’s not my first oak aged chard I have aged and been very happy with the result. Slightly golden in color with … Continue reading

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Lungarotti Rubesco Sangiovese/Colorino 2012

Dark in color with a mild red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice red berries and dried fruits to match the nose. There’s some noticeable oak present as well. On the medium length finish the … Continue reading

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COLUMBIA CREST H3 MERLOT 2013 mini review

Inky dark in color with a dark berry nose with a hint of plum coming through. On the mid palate the wine displays some rich dark cherries and a hint of plum. On the medium length finish there’s some nice … Continue reading

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BEST’S BIN NO. 1 SHIRAZ 2013 mini review

Inky dark in color with a mild nose of black fruit. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice black fruit to match the nose, blueberries and the like. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice … Continue reading

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2016 Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc

I’ve had this one over many different vintages and it is consistently good. Pale in color with a mild grassy nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some lovely rich grassy notes along with some nice … Continue reading

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Alejandro Fernández Dehesa La Granja 2008 Tempranillo

Inky dark in color with a nice nose of dark berries and oak. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice dark berries, oaky notes and some nice chocolate and coffee. On the medium length finish the wine displays … Continue reading

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2015 Anselmi San Vincenzo

Things have been a bit busy in life lately, sorry for being a sparse on the reviews. This one is pale in color with a slightly floral nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some floral notes to match … Continue reading

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Maetierra Atlantis Albariño 2015

Pale in color with a crisp minerally nose along with a hint of petrol. On the mid palate there is slight honeysuckle note (very faint but there) along with some nice crisp citrus notes. On the medium length finish the … Continue reading

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2012 Kacaba Merlot Reserve

Inky dark in color with nice dark berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice rich dark berries along with some nice chocolate and mocha. On the long finish the displays some firm tannins and some nice … Continue reading

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2009 Peninsula Ridge Estates Chardonnay Reserve Beal Vineyards

Slightly golden in color with a mild nose of pear and apple. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some nice pear and apple. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice vanilla and butterscotch. … Continue reading

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Franschhoek Cellar Statue de Femme Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Pale in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice grassy notes along with some citrus. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice acidity and the green grassy notes linger nicely … Continue reading

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2012 Meridian Cab sauv

Dark in color with a nice red cherry nose. On the mid palate this is a fruit forward cab displays lots of nice red cherries. On the medium length finish the wine displays some soft tannins and acidity. Definitely a … Continue reading

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2015 Ara Pathway Sauv Blanc

Sauv Blancs are best enjoyed why the fruits are vibrant and young. Ara Pathway has consistently been a very good Sauv Blanc for a number of years, it is a general list product so readily available. This is my first … Continue reading

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2014 Kacaba Jennifer’s Pinot Gris

Ok, quizzie time … what’s the difference between a red wine and a white wine (or Rose for that matter)? In the case of the Pinot Gris, and many others, the outside of the grape is red and the inside … Continue reading

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2014 Henri Bourgeois Les Baronnes Sancerre

Sancerre is a region in France where the white grape is 100% Sauv Blanc. No country is as legislated as France. Their laws are the tightest ranging all the way from controlling grape production all the way to labelling of … Continue reading

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2013 Wismer Vineyard Peninsula Ridge Sauv Blanc

Pale in color with a nice crisp/dry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice crisp citrus notes to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice food friendly acidity and a hint … Continue reading

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Bruna Maje Bianco Riviera Ligure di Ponente Pigato 2014

Italy is one of those places that have a positively dizzying array of unique grapes. A number of them are only grown in a very specific area of Italy. A number of them are never grown anywhere else. Interestingly enough, … Continue reading

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Two Sisters 20111 Eleventh Post mini review

Inky dark in color with a nice nose of dark fruits. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice dark fruit to match the nose. On the long finish this is another big wine from this new winery. There’s … Continue reading

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2015 Saint Clair Sauv Blanc mini review

Another one from the general list. Pale in color with a nice grassy nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely green tartness to match the nose along with some nice pink grapefruit notes. On the medium length … Continue reading

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2005 Château Beauregard

This is a merlot/Cab franc blend. It’s dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some deep rich fruit, plum is coming through (from the merlot) as well as some nice dark berries (from … Continue reading

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2013 Chateau St Jean Cab Sauv mini review

Dark in color with a nice red cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely rich red cherries to match the nose. This is a typical fruit forward juicy California cab. On the medium length finish the … Continue reading

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2013 Luiano Chianti Classico Reserva mini review

Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely rich red berries along with some oak. On the medium length finish the wine is nice and smooth with some nice tannins and acidity. … Continue reading

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Sugar Loaf Sauvignon Blanc 2014 mini review

Pale in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice grassy notes along with some nice citrus. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice acidity along with some nice mouth grip, … Continue reading

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