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18 July, 2014

WBC 14: Best Wines

WBC 14: Best Wines
Comments : 3 Posted in : Chardonnay, Events, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz / Syrah, Teroldego, Touriga Nacional, Wine, Wine Bloggers Conference 2014 on by : The Gourmez
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This is the first of several posts covering my experience at the Wine Bloggers Conference (WBC14) held in Buellton, CA, last weekend. I’ll feature one per week, likely through August, and why not start with what’s most important to me? Naturally, that’s the wines themselves. Over the course of the conference, I tasted around 70
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21 March, 2012

Alexander Valley Rendition Zinfandel 2009

Posted in : Primitivo / Zinfandel, Red Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Alexander Valley Rendition Zinfandel 2009 Sonoma Country, CA Strawberry and nectarine simmered with nutmeg are the most prominent smells from this leathery red wine. It smells sharp, full-bodied, and young.  Strawberry remains when drinking it, but the spice is more akin to allspice. It tastes a lot lighter than it smells, and eucalyptus and brown
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2 November, 2011

Bogle Merlot 2009

Comments : 1 Posted in : Merlot, Red Wine, Uncategorized on by : The Gourmez
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Bogle Merlot 2009 Graton, CA   This wine strikes me as smooth right away. It’s full of bright fruit, but not tart fruit like so many bottle I drank over the past two months. The main notes are strawberry and a juicy, juicy plum with subtle spice and vanilla.   I enjoy how unobtrusive and
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1 July, 2011

Argiolas Costamolino 2009

Posted in : Vermentino, White Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Argiolas Costamolino 2009 Sardinia, Italy This Italian white wine made with the vermentino grape smells of orange blossoms and vanilla. It is very stony with herbal qualities like tarragon or majoram (though that may be the majoram butter from the corn on the cob I had for dinner talking). Banana, vanilla, and lemon notes abound,
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15 June, 2011

Tempra Tantrum 2009

Posted in : Red Wine, Tempranillo, Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Tempra Tantrum 2009 Bodegas, Spain This wine with a moderately amusing name is a tempranillo and cabernet sauvignon blend. You’d think they’d go all tempranillo with the name, but trust me—they did well with the blend. They also sell a tempranillo and shiraz blend under the same name, just in case you get confused! The
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11 May, 2011

Terrenal Macabeo and Chardonnay 2009

Comments : 2 Posted in : Chardonnay, Macabeo / Viura, White Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Terrenal Macabeo and Chardonnay 2009 Carinena, Spain The nose of this wine reminds me of donut peaches and a certain friend from the produce department at Safeway that used to always cut me samples of them. The taste is not nearly as exciting as that whiff or that memory. This is my first experience with
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4 May, 2011

Terrenal Tempranillo and Garnacha 2009

Comments : 5 Posted in : Garnacha / Grenache, Red Wine, Tempranillo on by : The Gourmez
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Terrenal Tempranillo and Garnacha 2009 Carinena, Spain Oh, this is so very thin and unappealing. My word, I haven’t had a wine this uninspired in a while. It tastes metallic, with thin strawberry and fig flavors. There’s a little bit of greenery involved that reminds me of eucalyptus. It’s okay, but there are so many
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6 April, 2011

Little Black Dress Pinot Grigio 2009

Posted in : Pinot Grigio / Pinot Gris, White Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Little Black Dress 2009 Pinot Grigio California This is bitter! That doesn’t happen often with white wines. It’s also herbal, but I did eat a bite of rosemary just before digging in, so I may be biased. I don’t taste rosemary, though, but more oregano or marjoram. There is the typical green apple I taste
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