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Sunday, June 23, 2013

2006 Filippo Gallino Barbera d'Alba

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This wine is from Medford's sister city in Italy, Alba.  This wine is dark with a big nose of dark cherry, old wood, graphite, tar, and esters. The palate shows a full body with generous fruit and a substantial tannic finish both numbing and long.  The wine is delightful and would love to be served with big bold dishes.  You can drink this now or hold for five or more years each year the flavors will mellow and become smoother and more rounded. Decant and give it a chance to breath for best results.

 


Score: 90
Cost: $ 20
Wine Type: Barbera, Italy, Piedmont, Alba
Posted By: Ted Weldon & Tim Morton @ 1:52:58 PM

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Tuesday, April 09, 2013

2003 Sanguineti Brunello di Montalcino

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This well-aged Sangiovese is a light red with a slightly orange brown tinged edge.  The nose is deep and rich with dried cherry, mushrooms, caramel and esters.  The wine needs to breathe and take the air before enjoying.  The mouth feel is medium with a generous fruit.  The wine is layered nicely through the middle with a long numbing tannic finish.

 



 


Score: 88
Cost: $ 44
Wine Type: Sangiovese, Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
Posted By: Ted Weldon & Tim Morton @ 11:56:18 AM

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Sunday, August 05, 2012

2006 Bodegas LAN Rioja Crianza

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Ruby red color hints at depth and the nose fulfills the promise with plum and fig, spicy white pepper, and dark caramel. It’s a wonderful nose that keeps you coming back for more.  The taste is very traditional Rioja, softer than the nose would leave you to believe but nicely balanced. It has a soft fruity start with a very spicy middle that matches the nose then a long subtle growing, surprisingly soft tannic finish. This is a very approachable, very well done wine. This is one of the best Riojas I've had it is available at Harry and David Country Store now.

Drink now through 2013.

 



Score: 90
Cost: $ 10
Wine Type: Tempranillo, Spain, La Rioja, Rioja
Posted By: Tim Morton @ 5:50:20 PM

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

2010 Bodegas Castaño Monastrell Yecla

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This wine is a Spanish varietal estate bottled by the family Castano.  This Spanish mourvedre has a nose of black fruit, black olive, cranberry, and tobacco.  The palate is a light to medium with a sweet fruit acidic middle and a tart finish.  A very nice Mourvedre indeed. 


Score: 89
Cost: $ 10
Wine Type: Mourvedre, Spain, Yelca
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Monday, December 19, 2011

2008 Brezza Santa Rosalin Barbera d'alba

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This wine has a color dark strawberry color opaque.  Subtle nose of cherry and slight floral notes Fruit forward with a hint of sandalwood and cedar and a quiet, subtle tannin that lingers politely.  A tasty wine that stands alone or pairs with Italians dishes wonderfully.


Score: 88
Cost: $ 19
Wine Type: Barbera, Italy, Piedmont, Alba
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Friday, August 26, 2011

2009 Poderi Luigi Einaudi Dolcetto di Dogliani

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This was our 2nd place winner in a mini blind 3 wine Dolcetto tasting,   A dark opaque wine with a nose of Strawberry/blackberry, mint, toasted sesame seeds and floral wisps.  The fruit is rather reserved but with a round medium body and very supple tart tannin.


Score: 85
Cost: $ 22
Wine Type: Dolcetto, Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Dolcetto di Dogliani
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Monday, August 08, 2011

2004 Clos Dady Sauternes

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A lovely golden colored sauternes with its distinctive sweet almond and peach pit nose.  The mouth feel is thick and well bodied a sweet fruit, crisp with well-defined layers of honey, vanilla, almond, and fruit in varying degrees of sweetness.  Well aged and tasty this will continue to improve through the next 5 to 15 years becoming darker, nuttier through 2025.


Score: 92
Cost: $ 30
Wine Type: White Dessert, France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes
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Monday, August 08, 2011

2005 Bodegas Beronia Rioja Reserva

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This is a very dark ruby colored Tempranillo blend from Spain.  It has a splendid nose, berry, leather, cigar wrapper, and light esters.  The wine is full bodied on the palate, a sweet round fruit with a very supple tannin and smooth lasting finish.  This is a really good value in Tempranillo for under $20.  Buy several bottles and save them for Taco and Enchilada night.


Score: 88
Cost: $ 15
Wine Type: Tempranillo Blend, Spain, La Roija, Rioja
Posted By: Ted Weldon @ 6:38:55 PM

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Wednesday, May 04, 2011

2006 Paseo Carménère Reserve

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A gift from my wife from her sister for her birthday, this is a Chilean varietal of Carmenere.  The  wine is dark and well legged.  The nose is slightly closed, but shows black fruit, tobacco and smoke.  The taste is a rich fruit and longish tannin.  Not overly complex or structured, but a good solid example of the varietal.


Score: 84
Cost: $ 15
Wine Type: Carménère, Chile, Central Valley, Maule Valley, Valle del Maule
Posted By: Ted Weldon @ 5:10:53 PM

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Saturday, April 23, 2011

2006 Valdicava Rosso di Montalcino

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This is a still young Sangiovese based red, it really needs to breath for some time before it can be appreciated, up to several hours to fully open.  We're having this today in honor of my daughter Rachel who is spending her University of Washington spring term in Rome, and my wife who is on her way tomorrow to join her for 10 days.  The color of this wine is a fine ruby red, but with enough body as not to be transparent.  After waiting the nose has cherry and tobacco, a slight barnyard when first opened that quickly fads.  In the mouth this wine is well balance with a medium boy mouth feel.  The cherry fruit is on front with a multiple layers of acid and tannin into the very long finish.  This is very tasty and could go for many more years getting mellower all the time.  91 really quite good, cellar or drink 2011-2020.


Score: 91
Cost: $ 34
Wine Type: Sangiovese, Italt,Tuscany, Montalcino
Posted By: Ted Weldon @ 2:19:56 PM

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