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15 February, 2012

Napa River Napa County Merlot 2008

Posted in : Merlot, Red Wine on by : becca
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Napa River Napa County Merlot 2008 Napa Valley, CA I can’t pick anything up from the nose of this merlot, but I’m not complaining. It’s a delicious wine. It’s thin-bodied, very smooth, and just to the right of dry. The prominent berry flavors are present in equal parts of cherry, raspberry, and strawberry like a
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21 September, 2011

Cinco Joses Old Vines Grenache 2008

Posted in : Garnacha / Grenache, Red Wine on by : becca
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Cinco Joses Old Vines Grenache 2008 Campo de Borga, Spain [insert picture that I lost in my hard drive failure here. Le sigh.] Do yourself a favor and do NOT read the horrible explanation of who each Joe is on the label. It’s ten seconds I really need back in my life, including an extra
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2 March, 2011

Shannon Ridge Ranch Collection Zinfandel 2008

Posted in : Primitivo / Zinfandel, Red Wine on by : becca
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Shannon Ridge 2008 Ranch Collection Zinfandel Lake County, CA This red wine has a strong nose of super ripe blackberries and red licorice. Spice rises to the forefront when sipped, wrapped in just enough fruit to tame it. It’s delicious. Anise, mild cinnamon, and a depth to it that I’m calling sandalwood. The fruit combines
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5 November, 2010

Arrogant Frog 2008 Lily Pad Red

Posted in : Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Red Wine on by : becca
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Arrogant Frog 2008 Lily Pad Red Langeoudoc, France The Lily Pad Red is a mix of cabernet sauvignon and merlot, both perfectly good wines for blending but I appreciate best on their own. It smells of beef jerky and cherries. The cherries are more prominent than expected when sipping. There’s not much going on in
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27 October, 2010

Placido Chianti 2008

Comments : 3 Posted in : Chianti, Red Wine on by : becca
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Placido Chianti 2008 Tuscany, Italy This chianti tastes pungent, and not in a good way. Unripened blackberries, nectarines, apples, mild chocolate, and herbs—dried thyme, mostly—are the notes I taste. Those don’t make for a great combination. I’m not spitting it out, but it’s not really worth drinking, either.

18 August, 2010

Novella Synergy 2008

Posted in : Other Red Blends, Red Wine on by : becca
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Novella Synergy 2008 Paso Robles, CA This is a very smooth blend of bunches of varietals. The nose smells richly of ripe strawberries and blueberries. There’s a hint of spice. It’s a lightweight wine and easy to drink. Tannins are light, and the strawberry is in full effect when sipping, with a small amount of
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27 May, 2010

Blue Fin Chardonnay 2008

Posted in : Chardonnay, White Wine on by : becca
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Blue Fin Chardonnay 2008 Napa, California This wine is bland on first sip, but then a note of eucalyptus chimes in. It’s just a fleeting note, though, so bland still wins the day for me. It might be a stretch, but I think I taste pineapple and light brown sugar. It’s quite sweet for a
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13 May, 2010

McWilliams Hanwood Estates Shiraz 2008

Comments : 1 Posted in : Red Wine, Shiraz / Syrah on by : becca
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McWilliams Hanwood Estates Shiraz 2008 Southeastern Australia Curry leaves and pepper come forward in the nose. The taste is interesting: cherry, not fully ripe, is foremost on the palate, but with a spicy tone that actually reminds me a lot of Trader Joe’s Cherry Cider. I can down a jug of that beverage in no
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1 April, 2010

La Granja 360 Tempranillo 2008—Wine Review

Comments : 3 Posted in : Red Wine, Tempranillo on by : becca
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La Granja 360 Tempranillo 2008 Carinena, Spain My first impression on drinking: This is not a great wine. Both the nose and first sip were of wet cigarettes. But other flavors worked their way in slowly, some tart raspberry, earth, leaves, and then clove, lots of clove. By the end, a layer of dark chocolate
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8 January, 2010

Lindemans’ Bin 75 Riesling 2008 — Wine Review

Comments : 3 Posted in : Riesling, White Wine on by : becca
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Wine: Lindemans’ Bin 75 Riesling 2008 Region: Australia On first sip, I like it. A lot. There’s a mild sweetness that contrasts with its acidity. Fresh honeydew and tangerine notes linger. There’s some flower in the party, too — perhaps lavender, but I’m no expert at guessing floral notes.