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Thursday, May 23, 2013

2009 Louis Barruol Crozes-Hermitage Tiercerolles

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This Rhone is blended by Kermit Lynch with a dark red shade and a nose of dark fruit, graphite, barn yard, and smoked meat.  The palate shows big fruit and very firm long tannin on the finish.  This is a tasty Rhone blend and a good value as well.

 


 


Score: 88
Cost: $ 30
Wine Type: Rhone Blend, French, Crozes-Hermatage
Posted By: Tim Morton & Ted Weldon @ 10:33:43 AM

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

2010 Orin Swift Shatter, Grenache

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This is a Grenache made from French grapes by Orin Swift it’s a very dark Grenache of ruby red with a huge nose.  The nose starts with loam and barnyard but moves swiftly to black candied fruit, cedar, and leather, which is earthy and comforting.  The wine is full bodied on the palate with a wonderful mouth feel that coats you palate.  The fruit is forward and lovely with acidic layers in the middle then a lovely medium tannin but long finish lasting up to a several minutes.  Must have more of this.

 


Score: 94
Cost: $ 30
Wine Type: Grenache, France,
Posted By: Ted Weldon @ 9:31:42 PM

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Wednesday, August 08, 2012

1998 E. Guigal Cote-Rotie Brune ET Blonde

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This well-aged Cote Rote is still a wonderful ruby red.  The nose is huge with layered chocolate candied black fruit, then leather, peppercorn, then black olive.  The body is full with glycerin, and lovely soft fruit with acid and a layered tannic finish.  It’s an exceedingly vibrant wine after 14 years in bottle.  Decant and wait for the nose to appear before drinking.  It is at the point where to should be consumed.

 

 


Score: 96
Cost: $ 129
Wine Type: Syrah, France, Northern Rhone,Brune ET Blonde
Posted By: Ted Weldon & Tim Morton @ 8:35:42 AM

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

2000 E. Guigal Hermitage

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Once in awhile the OWG crew finds a rare gem put away in a wine shop this bottle was in Grants Pass and we had it with lunch today. A very deep dark red wine with a layered nose of bacon, black olives, floral, sun dried tomatoes, and herb garden.  This wine requires many sniffs to find all of nuances of its nose. It has a soft fruit with flavor of dark fruit, sweetness, tartness and spicy through the mid palate.  A soft tannic finish which lingers and lingers will make you remember this wine.  Take your time with this wine is deserves it.

 

 


Score: 95
Cost: $ 70
Wine Type: Rhone Blend, France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage
Posted By: Ted Weldon & Tim Morton @ 5:25:18 PM

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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Red and White Burgundy and more at 38 Central

We sampled the following wines at 38 Central on Friday May 18th.  Thanks to David at 38 for the lovely selections he saved for us from a cooperage tasting the night before.  These are all exceptional wines with scores and two short tasting notes. 

Cheers, Ted and Tim

Garvey-Chambertin 2009 Pinot  91

Bonnie's Mares 2006 Pinot 92

Charmes-Chambertin 2005 94 This burgundy has great nose a dark and rich wine, a little barnyard with leather, vanilla wafer and maple which is ever changing.  The barnyard will fade in a few minutes.  The palate is exquisite with velvet smooth fruit and wonderful supple tannin.

Chateau moulin saint georges 2005 grand cru 89
Chateau Grand Larose 2008 saint-julien 93
Long Gamma Sonoma 2007 Zin and Syrah 94
Chassagne Montrachet 2006  89
Corton-Charlenagne 2009 93


Ellero Pinot noir Blanc central otago new Zealand 2009 Pisa Terrace 96 This wine cannot be had in the US but I wish it could be.  A clear silvery color with a nose of apples and floral hints.  The palate shows a lovely fruit with a wonderful balanced acidity and is perfection.  Please someone import this Pinot Blanc.

Porto 1997 Quinta do Tedo  93

 


Wine Type: multiple tasting
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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

1998 Domaine Du Pegau Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Reservee

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This Chateauneuf was brought to use by a friend of OWG.  It's been decanted and allowed to breath for 10 minutes.  The wine is dark garnet with a brown and orange tint to the edge.  It has aged remarkable well the nose is alive and fresh, very dark fruit, green olive, very floral.  When first opened it will be quite barnyard, but upon breathing settles into the nose described. The mouth feel is light to medium with dark cherry, layering of acids and tannin to a very long finish.  Wonderful if not enough to describe it but the best I can say.


Score: 94
Cost: $ 80
Wine Type: Chateauneuf Du Pape, France, Rhone, Southern Rhone
Posted By: Tim Morton & Ted Weldon @ 3:46:56 PM

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Saturday, November 05, 2011

2006 Christian Moueix Pomerol

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Christian Moueix makes this blend from the very small Pomerol area in Bourdeaux it is a primarily a Merlot based wine.  A dark red wine with a very musty nose it improves with a little air so let this wine breath a bit or aerate it.  The rest of the nose shows a nice black fruit, pine needles, and cherry hard candy.  The palate is medium to full with a semi-sweet fruit, soft but slightly bitter middle and tannic finish.


Score: 83
Cost: $ 16
Wine Type: Right Bank Boreaux Blend, France,Bordeaux, Libournais,Pomerol
Posted By: Ted Weldon @ 6:49:37 PM

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

2010 Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Grande Reserve

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A pale gold Sancerre, very clear and served very cold.  The nose shows apricot, pear, baled hay, and lemon zest.  The palate is citrus, sweet quick fruit with a long acidic dry finish.  Very-tasty with the Thai food at Bambu restaurant in Medford.


Score: 90
Cost: $ 22
Wine Type: Sauvignon Blanc, France, Loire Valley, Upper Loire, Sancerre
Posted By: Ted Weldon & Tim Morton @ 6:54:53 PM

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

1990 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron

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An outstanding clear ruby wine with a hint of silver that announces itself as an elder statesman and something very special.

It has excellent French nose that is subtle, elegant, without any rough edges, that as we let it sit in the decanter it changed, and grew more complex and wonderful.

The French nose leads with mushroom, and a touch of loam and fruit that just teases with cranberry that just begs for another sniff.

Once you bring yourself to taste this perfectly balanced amazing blend of dark fruit, mid palette spice and orange peel, the finish warms softly, a finish fit for royalty. I just couldn’t help but have another sip. Entire meals can be wrapped around this wine.  For full enjoyment decant and spend the time to let this great wine breathe.


Score: 95
Cost: $ 161
Wine Type: Red Bordeaux Blend
Posted By: Tim Morton @ 3:29:52 PM

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Sunday, September 18, 2011

2008 Château Haut-Bages Libéral

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This Chateau is a fifth growth Cru from Bordeaux, it's bordered by of Château Lynch-Bages, Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande and Château Latour.   A wonderful ruby red wine with a black fruit, pepper and charcoal. The taste is spot on left bank bordeaux, black fruit, cherry to blackberry in character and complexity with a nice soft tannic structure. Young but very drinkable a young wine. Drink it now though 2012. 


Score: 89
Cost: $ 31
Wine Type: Left Bank Bordeaux Blend, France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
Posted By: Ted Weldon @ 6:22:43 PM

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