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Fonseca Bin 27 PortoFresh& grapey, w/ plenty of grip & power behind dark plum, chocolate & berry flavors that feature slate & pepper notes.  Drink now through 2020  WS  90 pts

WS  90  Fresh & grapey, wi/plenty of grip & power behind dark plum, chocolate & berry flavors that feature slate & pepper notes.  Drink now through 2020

WE  88  Full, rich & fruity wine, enticingly aromatic, w/ strawberry fruits & an easy, just tannic edge.  The wine is soft, ripe, the fruits finely balanced w/ acidity

Winemaker Notes  Deep, youthful ruby color.  Intense rich fruity nose crammed w/ pure blackberry, cassis, cherry & plum aromas interwoven w/ notes of spice.  The palate full bodied & round, w/ a smooth velvety texture balanced by firm mouth filling tannins.  The juicy black fruit flavors linger into the rich luscious finish.  Perfect match for chocolate & berry fruit dishes.  Also excellent served after a meal, or any other relaxed occasion in a generously proportioned wine glass.

http://www.fonseca.pt/en/port/wood/ruby-port/fonseca-bin-27/

Aruma MalbecGrapy aromas of violet petals & chunky berry fruits filter into a blocky, full-bodied palate w/ commendable balance.   Flavor profile is dark & fruity, w/ spice, herb & berry flavors that finish peppery & briary.  WE  88 pts

WE  2011  88  Grapy aromas of violet petals & chunky berry fruits filter into a blocky, full-bodied palate w/ commendable balance.   Flavor profile is dark & fruity, w/ spice, herb & berry flavors that finish peppery & briary.

Winemaker Notes  Nose expresses notes of red fruit, plums, strawberries & violets combined w/ a subtle hint of vanilla.  Intense palate w/ silky, well-rounded tannins.  Long, delicate finish.  Good concentration & structure.

http://www.lafite.com/eng/Other-Estates/Bodegas-Caro/Aruma/2012

noveltyhillcabernetTasting:           Date: November 6, 2013

Varietal:         Cabernet Sauvignon

Country:         USA, Washington

Tasting Date Price:  $25.99

Rating: WS 90

Vineyard Website:http://www.noveltyhilljanuik.com/

 

WS 90 pts  Smooth, med-weight, w/ blueberry, plum & spice notes that persist to the finish.  Drink thru 2017.

From the veteran vitner Mike Januik.  Consistent 90 & above ratings on wines for the past 10 yrs.  Blend of 89% Cab Sauvignon, 5% Cab Franc, 4% Merlot, 2% Malbec

WS  90 pts  Smooth and inviting, this medium-weight charmer offers enticing blueberry, plum and gentle spice notes that persist onto the polished finish. Drink now through 2017. 5,894 cases made.

Winemaker Notes:  From the veteran vitner Mike Januik.  A blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, 4% Merlot, 2% Malbec.  Full bodied, & aromatic w/ layers of ripe, fresh fruit.  Deep & concentrated, w/ generous blackberry, cherry, & currant aromas & flavors.  The mid-palate is rich & textured leaving a balanced, generous impression that lasts.

M ChapoutierTasting:           Date: November 6, 2013

Varietal:        Syrah 

Country:       France, Northern Rhone

Tasting Date Price:  $24.99

Rating: WS 90

Vineyard Website:

http://www.chapoutier.com/crozes-hermitage-red,la-petite-ruche,wine,13.html?selection=appellation

Northern Rhone , France  WS 90 pts.  Sandalwood& tea notes frame a core of steeped cherry, white pepper & damson plum, w/ white pepper edge thru the finish.  Drink thru 2014.  Pair w/ all meats & poultry, pork, all cheeses

WS  90 pts.  Sandalwood & tea notes frame a subtle core of steeped cherry, white pepper & damson plum, w/ a white pepper edge lingering through the finish.  Drink now through 2014.

Winemaker Notes  Intense purplish red color.  Red berries, blackcurrant & raspberry on the nose.  Fresh & round in the mouth w/ a fruit finish.  Pair w/ all meats & poultry, pork, all cheeses.

A to Z Pinot NoirTasting:           Date: November 6, 2013

Varietal:         Pinot Noir

Country:         USA, Oregon

Tasting Date Price:  $19.99

Rating: WS 90

Vineyard Website:

http://www.atozwineworks.com/pnoir.html

 

 

WS 90 pts.  Layers of cherry, tobacco & cocoa flavors mingle against refined tannins, persisting on the finish.  Drink thru 2017.

**Spoiler Alert!!  You just may see this on Wine Spectator’s top 100 wines of 2013.**

Winemaker Notes: Elegant & complex aromas of bing cherries, cranberries, red currants, raspberries & strawberries, a combination of wild flowers & fresh forest berries that epitomize Oregon Pinot Noir.  The juicy red fruit flavors open the attack then evolve in the mouth to darker fruit flavors w/ spice & mineral overtones.  The wine shows ripe tannins & a succulent texture that give definition & lift to the surprisingly long finish.  Drink now.  Has the focus, balance & intensity to age& will become more complex over the next 5-10 years.

 

Blandy's MadeiraTasting Date: October 2, 2013

Varietal:          Tinta Negra Mole

Country:          Island of Mediera

Tasting Date Price:  $13.99

Alcohol Content:  18%

Vineyard Website:   http://www.blandys.com/

 

GRAPE VARIETIES: Tinta Negra Mole.

VINEYARDS: Various quality vineyards grown at between 300m and 400m on the north of the island near Sa?o Vicente. The vines are planted on terraced slopes with volcanic soil made up of dark clay and grit (Terra Grossa)and heavy clayey earth that does not drain water and cracks when dry (Massapez).

VINIFICATION: Blandy’s Rainwater underwent fermentation off the skins with natural yeast at between 24°C – 26°C C in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. After approximately 4 days, fortification with grape brandy takes place, arresting fermentation at the desired degree of sweetness.

MATURATION: Blandy’s Rainwater was transferred to ‘estufa’ tanks where the wine underwent a cyclic heating and cooling process between 45°C and 50°C over a period of 3 months. After ‘estufagem’ the wine was aged for three years in American oak casks and then

SERVING & CELLARAGE: Blandy’s Rainwater is fined and does not require decanting. It has been bottled when ready for drinking and will keep for several months after opening.

TASTING NOTES
Rainwater is a medium dry pale Madeira that is delicious taken chilled before meals but also goes well with dessert. It’s elegant and refined bouquet has made it a universal favourite.

Bricco MagnoTasting:           Date: October 2, 2013

Varietal:          Nebbiolo

Country:          Italy

Tasting Date Price:  $14.99

Alcohol Content:  13.5%

Vineyard Website:      http://www.villadoria.it/it/

WS  NV  85  Very ripe, almost raisiny red, w/ berry, leather & red meat character. Med-bodied, w/ soft, silky tannins.

Winemaker Notes  100% Nebbiolo.  Malolactic fermentation, then French oak barrels for 1 yr., then barrel aging for another two years.  Ruby red w/ garnet reflections.  Nose has hints of violet, rose, vanilla & cocoa.  Palate is warm, full, velvety, soft & persistent, & final is enveloping & harmonious.  Pairs w/ meats & matured cheeses.

Excelsior SyrahTasting:          Date: October 2, 2013

Varietal:         Syrah

Country:         South Africa

Tasting Date Price:  $9.99

Alcohol Content:  14.0%

Vineyard Website:      http://www.excelsior.co.za/

 WS  2011  86  Direct, w/ plum jam & raspberry flavors framed by a roasted vanilla bean note.  WE  2010  85  Best Buy  An herbal streak to the berry center, w/ just the faintest suggestion of mocha that unfolds on the finish.  Full texture & slightly creamy, w/ dusty tannins providing structure & balance.

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