Fetzer California Gewurztraminer 2012

by Ray on November 22, 2014

Recommendation: Not Recommended.

Winery/Producer:Fetzer Vineyards; Hopland, California

Grape Variety: Gewurztraminer.

Geographic Region, Appellation: California.

Vintage: 2013

Price: $6.28 [click to continue…]

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La Playa Pinot Noir 2013

by Ray on November 21, 2014


Recommendation: A superb value for a very good Pinot Noir.

Winery/Producer: Vina LaPlaya; Peralillo, Chile.

Grape Variety: Pinot Noir.

Geographic Region, Appellation: Limari Valley, Chile.

Vintage: 2013

Price: $12.60 (with a 10% discount) [click to continue…]

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Recommendation: Not Recommended1.

Paired With: Pasta with chicken and homemade marinara sauce; Caesar style salad.

Tasting:

    He said: Opened one hour before drinking. Dark ruby color. Very light cherry and plum aroma with hints of alcohol. Dry, dark fruit taste that ends in a dusty, smooth, dry finish with lots of mouth puckering acidity. Very drinkable Chianti and I would call it “not bad”; however, at this price point I would not recommend it. For this price it’s just not special and not even in the same ball game as the Caparsino Chianti Classico Riserva 2008 (which is about the same list price).

    She said: My first sniff was positive but when I tasted the wine with the marinara sauce I was very turned off. The wine was dreadful! But the marinara sauce was a bit sweet due to a pinch of sugar I had added to balance the acidity of the tomatoes. I was really down on the wine until I tasted it with the very lemony, acidic salad. I completely changed my overall opinion of the wine. It is not a great Chianti but it was very drinkable with the salad. Since the last tasting of this we have had better Chianti in this price range so I no longer recommend it.

    Comments: 1We have downgraded this Chianti from a Buy Recommendation to Not Recommended because we have had many better Chianti’s at this same price point since our first tasting of the La Castellina 2007 Chianti Classico.

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Castillo De Anna Tempranillo 2012

by Ray on November 16, 2014


Recommendation: Outstanding value for a good Spanish red wine in a box.

Winery/Producer: Anecoop.

Grape Variety: Tempranillo.

Geographic Region, Appellation: Velenca, Spain.

Vintage: 2012

Price: $18.80/3 leter box {or equivalent to $4.72/bottle) [click to continue…]

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Hacienda Villarta Besanas Crianza 2009

by Ray on November 13, 2014


Recommendation: An OUTSTANDING wine that’s a SUPER value for the price.

Winery/Producer: Agrovillarta; Toledo, Spain.

Grape Variety: Blend: Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.

Geographic Region, Appellation: Mentrida, Spain.

Vintage: 2009

Price: $9.90 [click to continue…]

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Momentos Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2012

by Ray on November 12, 2014


Recommendation: Not Bad for $8.00.

Winery/Producer:Vina Los Boldos; Requinoa, Chile.

Grape Variety:Sauvignbon Blanc.

Geographic Region, Appellation: Chile.

Vintage: 2012

Price: $8.00 (with a 20% discount) [click to continue…]

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Seven Hills Pinot Gris 2011 [Second Tasting]

by Ray on November 11, 2014

Recommendation: Not recommended.

Winery/Producer: Seven Hills Winery; Walla Walla, Washington.

Grape Variety: Pinot Gris.

Geographic Region, Appellation: Oregon.

Vintage: 2011

Price: $16.19 [click to continue…]

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Babich New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc 2012

by Ray on November 10, 2014

Recommendation: Not recommended.

Winery/Producer: Babich Wines; Auckland, New Zealand

Grape Variety: Sauvignon Blanc.

Geographic Region, Appellation: Marlborough, New Zealand.

Vintage: 2012

Price: $9.60 (with a 20% discount) [click to continue…]

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Torre Dei Gesuiti Puglia Sangiovese 2012

by Ray on November 8, 2014


Recommendation: An Italian red that’s a good value for this price range.

Winery/Producer: Bottled by Cantine Bonacchi; Quarrata, Italy.

Grape Variety: Sangiovese

Geographic Region, Appellation: Puglia, Italy.

Vintage: 2012

Price: $ 7.99 (with a 20% discount) [click to continue…]

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Recommendation: Great Rosé at a bargain price.

Winery/Producer: Quiot family; Domaine Houchart, Aix-en-Provence, France.

Grape Variety: Rosé blend: Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Cabernet Sauvignon and Mourvedre.

Geographic Region, Appellation: Cotes de Provence, France..

Vintage: 2013

Price: $11.70 (with 10% discount) [click to continue…]

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