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2012 Murphy Goode Cab Sauv Mini review

I last wrote about the 2010 vintage of this wine and enjoyed it. This one is Dark in color with lovely fruit forward nose of red cherries coming up to greet you. On the mid palate the wine matches the … Continue reading

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2012 Benzinger Chard mini review

Pale in color with a lovely varietal chard nose. Lots of pear/apple. On the mid palate the wine displays some beautiful fruit to match the nose, nice pear and apple coming through. On the medium length finish the wine is … Continue reading

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2003 Devil’s Lair Red

This wine is Bordeaux style blend of 67% Cab Sauv, 25% Merlot and 8% cab franc. Dark in color with a nice mild nose of red berries. On the mid palate the wine displays red cherries and Cassis to match … Continue reading

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Ruppertsberger 2012 Pinot Noir

I had the pleasure of attending a Next Generation Germany wine event last night and learned lots. As well as the usual assortments of Riesling and Gewurztraminer they had a number of Pinot Noirs there. I had never had a … Continue reading

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Francis Ford Coppola 2013 Cab Sauv mini review

Dark in color with a lovely red cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some nice red cherries and cassis. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice acidity and tannins along with … Continue reading

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Kacaba 2013 Barrel fermented Chardonnay

Golden in color with a lovely nose of pear and vanilla. On the mid palate the wine displays pear and vanilla to match the nose. The wine is a well made California style chard. On the medium length finish the … Continue reading

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2012 Murphy Goode Pinot Noir mini review

Garnet in color with a beautiful soft light red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays soft light red berries to match the nose. Strawberries and raspberries along with some nice rustic notes. There’s a hint of sweetness. … Continue reading

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Ca’ Momi Chardonnay 2013

Pale in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some apple along with some honeysuckle and a bit of sweetness. Think almost Riesling like. On the medium length finish the wine displays some spicy notes … Continue reading

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Zenato San Benedetto Lugana 2013

Pale in color with a mild nose with some peach coming through. On the mid palate the wine displays some strong peach notes along with some nice acidity and minerality. On the medium length finish the wine displays some firm … Continue reading

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Managing your cellar

If you are going to start keeping a cellar you need the right tools. It is important to keep information about the wines in your cellar. Tasting notes, when you bought it, how much you paid, when it should be … Continue reading

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Seresin Sauvignon Blanc 2013

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

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2011 Pearl Morissette Cabernet Franc Cuvée Persephone mini review

Dark in color with a nice smooth varietal cab franc nose of dark berries. On the mid palate the wine displays lovely cab franc dark berries to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice … Continue reading

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Sister’s Run Epiphany Shiraz 2012

Inky dark in color with a lovely nose of dark berries. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely rich blackberries to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some acidity, alcohol and tannins. They … Continue reading

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Nobilo Regional Collection 2014 Sauv Blanc mini review

Pale in color with a nice smooth nose of grapefruit. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some nice smooth grapefruit and citrus notes coming through. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice crisp … Continue reading

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Dierberg 2012 Pinot noir mini review

Garnet in color with a lovely rustic nose varietal for a pinot. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely fruit forward rustic notes and strawberry to match the nose. On the finish the wine is a smooth pinot … Continue reading

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Ara Pathway 2014 Sauv Blanc

I love Sauv Blancs, so food friendly and versatile. Great and refreshing in the summer, goes great in the winter. This one is pale in color with an expressive nose that leaps up at you when you first pour it. … Continue reading

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Marietta Christo Lot 2 NV mini review

This wine is Non-Vintage meaning that they blend grapes from different years to hand craft the taste of the wine. This particular wine is 69% Syrah 18% Grenache 12% Petite Sirah 1% Viognier according to the Lifford listing for it. … Continue reading

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Asylum 2012 Zinfandel mini review

Lots of people only know Zinfandel as the pink inexpensive summer sippers, but Zinfandels can also be nice fruit forward wines (think Merlot like, sorta kinda not really) or even big wines. In Italy the same grape is called the … Continue reading

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De Loach Russian River 2012 Pinot Noir mini review

Garnet in color with a lovely inviting nose of light red berries. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with lovely light red berries, strawberries and the like along with some nice classic rustic notes. This is a … Continue reading

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Tools to take wine tasting notes with

While not a tasting note for wine, I thought this blog post might be useful to some folks. For years I attended wine events, structured tasting and the like and taken paper notes. I have a drawer of them. They … Continue reading

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Fielding Estate Bottled Chardonnay 2012

I’ve written up a number of Fielding wines in the past and enjoy them. The are great wines at reasonable prices. I often stop by Fieling when in Niagara. This one is pale in color with a lovely, varietal milder … Continue reading

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Duck Pond Cellars Pinot Gris 2013

Pale in color with a nice crisp nose of minerality and citrus notes. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice peach notes along with some minerality to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays … Continue reading

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2013 The Show Cab Sauv

I last reviewed the 2011 release of this wine and enjoyed it, so when I saw this one I grabbed it. Dark in color with a nice nose of black berries. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely … Continue reading

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Vistalba Corte Malbec/Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Dark in color with a nice nose of dark berries. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with dark berries coming through in spades. The wine is medium in length with some nice firm tannins and some nice … Continue reading

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Nk’Mip Qwam Qwmt Chardonnay 2012

Hot on the heals of the tremendous Cab sauv from this winery I decided to take a flyer and buy the chard. Pale in color with a lovely rich varietal chard nose that jumps up at you from the glass. … Continue reading

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