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2015 Evans & Tate Breathing Space Sauvignon Blanc

Pale in color with a nice grassy nose. On the mid paalte the wine displays some nice grassy notes to match the nose. On the medium length finish there’s some nice citrus and grapefruit notes with crisp acidity. This is … Continue reading

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Stags’ Leap Winery Petite Sirah 2013

Dark in color with a nice black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays black berries to match the nose. On the medium length finish there’s some nice smooth tannins along with some nice dryness. I would give … Continue reading

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De Chanceny Cremant de Loire Rose Brut mini review

Pale rose in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine is a nice crisp dry bubbly with nice fine bubbles. I was surprisingly impressed. I don’t often go for Roses and only bubbly some times. The … Continue reading

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2014 Kacaba Cab Franc Mini review

Dark in color with a nice varietal nose. On the mid palate the wine’s lovely fruit is expressive and varietal. Cab franc done right! On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice firmness without being aggressive. A beautiful … Continue reading

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2013 Kacaba Cab Sauv mini review

Dark color nice red cherry nose. On the mid palate you get some nice red cherries to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice lively acidity along with some mild pepper and tannins. There’s … Continue reading

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Sivas-Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 mini review

Dark color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice dark berries. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice tannins and some noticeably hot acidity. I would give it an 88 or … Continue reading

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Ca’ Momi Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Dark in color with a nice red cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice juicy red cherries to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some firm tannins and lively acidity. It’s … Continue reading

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2015 Trius Sauvignon Blanc

Pale in color with a nice citrus nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice smooth citrus notes. It’s a softer gentler sauv blanc. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice food friendly acidity … Continue reading

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Chateau Ste. Michelle Syrah 2013

Ok quizzie time … what’s the difference between a Syrah and a Shiraz … insert Vanna White tune … Answer … Style. The grape is the same. Dark in color with a nice earth tone on the nose. On the … Continue reading

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Bernard-Massard Brut Cuvée de L’Écusson mini review

This wine is non-vintage (meaning they blend grapes from different years to achieve a consistent flavor). It’s 50% chard, 30% pinot blanc, 10% Pinot noir and 10% Reisling. Pale color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine … Continue reading

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2013 Stags’ Leap Cab Sauv mini review

Dark in color with a nice red berry nose. On the mid palate this is a big rich juicy red cherry fruit forward cab. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice pepper and spice along with some … Continue reading

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2014 Saint Clair Family Estate Chardonnay

Pale in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some varietal apple/pear. On the medium length finish the wine displays some mild oak notes. This is a lightly oaked chard with some nice fruit. It’s … Continue reading

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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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