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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

2010 Miner Sangiovese Gibson Ranch Mendocino

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This Californian Sangiovese is a lighter colored ruby with a sharp raspberry nose, loam and esters. The wine sits lightly on the palate with a tart cherry fruit, acidic middle and a long tannin on huge finish. This wine should match nicely to lighter fair and pastas.



Score: 87
Cost: $ 28
Wine Type: Sangiovese, California, Mendocino
Posted By: Ted Weldon @ 6:25:12 PM

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

2009 Copain Pinot Noir Tours Ensemble Anderson Valley

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This is a quite dark Pinot from Anderson valley in Sonoma it is a darker garnet colored Pinot with a nose of raspberry, forest floor, vanilla and mint. This wine in the mouth is of medium body with a sweet layered fruit then a touch of acid and tannin on the finish. The wine sits lovely on the palate and is really tasty. This is a little gem of a Pinot.




Score: 91
Cost: $ 27
Wine Type: Pinot Noir, California, Sonoma, Anderson Valley
Posted By: Ted Weldon @ 6:20:23 PM

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

2011 Simple Machine Grenache

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2011 Simple Machine GrenachThis is a light garnet red made from Rogue Valley fruit. The nose is pleasant with dark fruit, smoke and black olive. The mouth feel is medium with a semi-sweet fruit, a layer of acid in the mid palate and a slight tannic finish. This is a well-priced very drinkable Oregon wine.



Score: 88
Cost: $ 25
Wine Type: Grenache, Southern Oregon, Rogue Valley
Posted By: Ted Weldon @ 6:09:03 PM

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

2011 Merrill Cellars Merrilltage

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This is the first Merrilltage that I know of a spicy red blend. This wine gives the appearance of a lighter ruby color with a nose of dark berries, smoke, and esters. The palate reveals a medium bodied blend with a tart fruit and lingering tannin. The wine is well balanced and quite quaffable. This should go well with both lighter fare as well as pork, chicken.
 

 

 


Score: 89
Wine Type: Red Blend, Southern Oregon, Rogue Valley
Posted By: Ted Weldon @ 11:43:22 AM

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

2012 Merrill Cellars Viognier

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This Viognier from Merrill Cellars is a light straw color wine with a nose of fresh pears, citrus, and cardamom. The mouth feel of wine is medium with a sweet fruit leading to a tart acidic middle. The finish is soft and subtle but lasting.  Let this wine warm up from being chilled for best results.  This is one to add to your table.

 


 


Score: 93
Cost: $ 25
Wine Type: Viognier, Southern Oregon, Rogue Valley
Posted By: Ted Weldon & Tim Morton @ 2:07:14 PM

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

2009 Rendarrio Syrah

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This Syrah from the Central Coast is a dark and inky red, keep this off the white carpet.  The nose of this wine reminds you of a Cote Rotie with bit of barnyard, black olives, and a touch musty.  The palate shows a heavy wine with deep earthy fruit with a bitter middle and long tannic finish.  This is a powerful wine maybe a bit much for those who look for a softer Syrah.  It may become a better wine with even more age.

 

 


Score: 89
Cost: $ 25
Wine Type: Syrah, California, Central Coast, Santa Lucia Highlands
Posted By: Tim Morton & Ted Weldon @ 2:01:09 PM

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

2012 Rendarrio Chardonnay

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This Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay is golden with a nose of green apple, citrus, and a touch of butter.  The mouth feel is medium with a tart fruit and acidic finish.  The wine has a nice mineral content and is refreshing.  This should blend well with food, white sauces, buttery seafood, lighter pasta, and pesto.

 

 


Score: 88
Cost: $ 30
Wine Type: Chardonnay, California, Central Coast, Santa Lucia Highlands
Posted By: Tim Morton & Ted Weldon @ 1:54:27 PM

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

2009 Caprice Cabernet Sauvignon

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This Cabernet from Caprice is dark red with a wonderful nose of dark smoky black fruit, vanilla and smoked meat.  The palate shows a full bodied wine with a big fruit leading to an acidic and still quite tannic finish.  This will improve with some bottle aging over the next couple of years. 

 


Score: 89
Cost: $ 30
Wine Type: Cabernet Sauvignon, Southern Oregon, Rogue Valley
Posted By: Ted Weldon  & Tim Morton @ 1:35:06 PM

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

2011 Elk Cove Vineyards La Sirene Pinot Noir

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The Elk Cove Vineyards is just a short distance from Beaverton and is worth a visit if you are up that way.  This Pinot might best be described as a cuvée.  The color is a light ruby and is translucent with a nose of soft raspberry, citrus, and a slight mint.  The palate shows a medium bodied Pinot with a delicious fruit leading to an acidic and tannic finish.  A really wonderful Oregon Pinot that should go for about 5 years in your cellar.

 

 


Score: 91
Cost: $ 20
Wine Type: Pinot Noir, Oregon, Willamette Valley
Posted By: Ted Weldon &Tim Morton @ 2:45:30 PM

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

2010 Chronic Cellars Purple Paradise

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This wine is always a fun blend from Paso Robles, 70% Zinfandel and the rest Petite Sirah.  The wine shows a dark red color with a nose of black fruit, white pepper, vanilla and is very spicy.  The mouth feel is full body with a sweet generous fruit, layers of flavor throughout the middle to a firm tannic finish.  It's drinking wonderfully drink it now you'll be glad you did.  This a big wine for your enjoyment at a great price.

 


Score: 88
Cost: $ 15
Wine Type: Red Blend, California, Paso Robles
Posted By: Ted Weldon &Tim Morton @ 2:15:19 PM

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