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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.

 

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