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2010 Luddite Wines Saboteur

Western Cape Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend more

8/2/2014 - Amjn Likes this wine: 92 points

Oh my. Fantastic South African Blend. Not normally fond of Shiraz-Cabernet blending but the Mourvedre has really filled a hole that is normally in Shiraz-Cabernet blends. On the nose typical South African shiraz notes, somewhere between Australia and France, closer to Washington. Worn leather, spice, ink and cola. On the Palate creamy game and oak meets blueberry streusel, meaty fruit, rustic spice and thick mouth coating tannins. Big wine. Love Luddite. for $30 CAD Great QPR for South Africa.

  • Comment posted by YWG Wine Guy:

    1/19/2015 4:12:00 PM - Could not have described this better myself! Totally agreed...

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2012 Napa Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley more

10/12/2014 - graemeg wrote: NR

"2015" Sydney International Wine Show - stewarding notes; 10/11/2014-10/16/2014 (Blue Mountains, NSW): {cork, 13.9%} Not an expensive wine in the US; imported to Oz by Angove’s, but I see no evidence of retail sales anywhere. Wonder what the asking price is here? It’s a plush and fruity cabernet, with plum and mulberry flavour with a touch of blackcurrant. The restrained oak treatment and balanced alcohol save it from wearing the “Napa Cab from Central Casting’ tag to some degree, although there’s plenty of sweet black fruit and liquorice on the palate. It’s full-bodied, with medium/high dusty tannins and very reticent acid, but it’s mostly let down by a rather short finish which rather ruins all that rich flavour. Oh well. For the short term.

  • Comment posted by YWG Wine Guy:

    11/11/2014 4:10:00 PM - Graemeg - in CAN - is around 23$ which is kind of slightly above the average "entry level" vino's in my Province.

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2009 Marqués de Cáceres Rioja Reserva

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

7/21/2014 - YWG Wine Guy Likes this wine: 90 points

So - gave this a go 3 months after initial experience. Pricey for me to buy ~30$ CAN in MB. I think this is worth it now looking back in retrospect. My last note rings true today, and is nicely complex and drinks well with BBQ fare on a very hot and humid day. Like the higher acid level this has that gives this needed backbone. Read the the first couple of notes and I think you would agree. You should give this a try, but not sure if will really improve a whole lot over next 4 yrs, but will clearly hold over that same time frame.

  • Comment posted by YWG Wine Guy:

    11/2/2014 7:03:00 PM - To Mulligan452 - Ben C gave a pretty detailed response, and he is more educated than me, and would agree - but not sure if i would wait till 2020! I would give this a solid 4 years to improve but after that may hold just fine for longer...The reason I say that, is that it drinks great now, and not sure what further I would what to improve? Like Ben said, geez now i have to do the same and store at least 3 till then. I will make sure i post comments, if CT is still around! :)

Red

2012 Ego bodegas Jumilla Gorú

Red Blend more

6/29/2014 - Genghis88 Likes this wine: 87 points

Wagner's off to Europe

Deep, dark purple, royal rim
Full bodied, Some wet hay, vanilla, cloves, oak off the nose
Dry, tannic, a little woody, dark fruit, medium (+) finish. A little thin.

This wine exemplifies once again why the Spanish wines are doing so well. The QPR is excellent, and wine is very drinkable. Make no mistake, this is not something that is going to get much better with age, but it can be quaffed now in an enjoyable state.

  • Comment posted by YWG Wine Guy:

    10/27/2014 5:24:00 PM - Appreciate the note, and my experience similar, but not as refined as your palate!

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2012 Ego bodegas Jumilla Gorú

Red Blend more

10/21/2014 - Valentin Gasser Likes this wine: 90 points

Nose: Quite perfumy. Spices like curry. Red berries. Mouth: Consistent with the nose. Off the beaten path. A "real" wine. Neither devised nor adapted to the mainstream. The first impression is a little bit thin but I prefer real wines before sticky oak monsters with no soul. Monastrell 50%/Syrah 30%/Petit Verdot 20%. 14.5% vol. alc. but well hidden. Slightly bitter finish.

  • Comment posted by YWG Wine Guy:

    10/27/2014 5:23:00 PM - Appreciate the comments, my experience tonight very similar.

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2009 Sella & Mosca Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva

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3/24/2014 - millerarner wrote: 86 points

Quite rustic, as others have mentioned. Mixed in with the earth, barnyard and leather that predominate, is the floral aroma that seems to be my marker for grenache, although in this case it's more of a dried version like from an aerosole spray.

  • Comment posted by YWG Wine Guy:

    4/24/2014 5:23:00 PM - Pretty spot on!

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2011 Bodegas Caro (Barons de Rothschild / Catena) Malbec Aruma

Mendoza more

12/21/2013 - NineteenEightyTwo Likes this wine: 88 points

Bright berries and warm oak smells fill the nose. Deeper sniffing draws out a pronounced stony aroma, but also a somewhat green and twiggy note. The palate is smooth, with rich, ripe blackberry flavors and a hint of pepper and nutmeg. In total this is interesting enough and drinks pleasantly; at a low-teens price point it represents compelling value and would be a good option for larger parties. Drinking well now, no need to wait.

  • Comment posted by YWG Wine Guy:

    1/19/2014 5:47:00 PM - Well said, and agree!

Red

2012 Bodegas Atalaya Almansa Laya

Red Blend more

10/13/2013 - bretrooks wrote: NR

Not decanted, consumed over ~3 hours. A big, fleshy, fruit-forward red with dense dark cherry/grapey fruit, a bit of oak treatment, maybe a hint of baking spice towards the end. Not much tannin, but just enough acid to keep it from seeming totally flat. Possibly a little RS, but I'm not sure...could be just very ripe fruit. 14.5% alc. didn't show through much.

We don't always mind big wines, but this one isn't interesting enough for us to go back to. However, if you're a fan of jammy, crowd-pleasing New World wines, it's worth a try - this could be a good QPR choice for you at ~$8. Scorewise, maybe somewhere in the low 80's.

  • Comment posted by YWG Wine Guy:

    11/22/2013 7:15:00 PM - Helpful review! Agree as well.

Red

2010 Descendientes de José Palacios Bierzo Pétalos

Mencía more

10/13/2013 - Matches Likes this wine: 90 points

Great structure, briar patch, underbrush, rose petal, and a bit of that fun grenache grapeyness

Will buy again

  • Comment posted by YWG Wine Guy:

    10/23/2013 5:25:00 PM - Like your comment and will quote your experience in mine! Cheers!

Red

2011 Seghesio Family Vineyards Zinfandel Sonoma County

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10/7/2013 - YWG Wine Guy Likes this wine: 89 points

In MB - a little pricey for style (32$), but comes off very nice and balanced Zin. Solid producer. Notes are similar to my take on this, most folks suggesting this is "refreshingly" more restrained than other, over the top type styles. Will hold well for a few years.

Medium bodied experience with light nose of berry fruit. Palate has nice level of acid and light tannin. Finish is med+ and similar, not overly complex. Would be willing to buy a couple of bottles and sample in 2015+. Search out some other Cali Zin's for 20$ range that are as good, but maybe a little more "wild and crazy".

  • Comment posted by YWG Wine Guy:

    10/15/2013 6:39:00 PM - Well, in CAN - this is going to be 32$ +/- 5$ in different provinces. We can't buy any ETOH at Cosco (or local connivence stores for that matter!) in Canada, only Provincial (State) controlled stores or private wine stores. Rare to come across any great bargains related to wine/beer...Some say our liqueur laws are archaic, but things are changing, slowly! In my area an "entry level" wine is 14-18$. Above average price starts in high 20's and 30's. Most everything else tends to be overpriced for style...:(

  • Comment posted by YWG Wine Guy:

    10/16/2013 6:32:00 PM - Becoming a topical discussion! So it does vary a little in Canada, but am 99% sure that no one can order from the US. I can only order from 1 wine society that is across canada - Opimium. I can't order wine online from within Canada! (and ship to my province). This latter law does vary from Province to Province. I have ordered some wine from next door Ontario, but have to pick it up there. (by law i can't bring across the provincial border, but NO ONE would ever be stopped/checked for that, so not a valid concern) See what i mean as "archaic"...still, all good though. Makes it all the more "exciting" to buy some vino down South when i visit! Cheers.

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2008 Errazuriz Pinot Noir Wild Ferment

Casablanca Valley more

10/22/2010 - YWG Wine Guy wrote: 86 points

This is light in glass, light nose of some light musty fruit. The palate is harsh on acid and light on tannin. Light bodied. Majority of palate is earthy type notes and some cherry fruit. Perhaps some complex tasting components in there, but not coming at me. Maybe will mellow in a year or two, but for $30 CAN, this is not worth the QPR for sure.

  • Comment posted by YWG Wine Guy:

    9/26/2013 7:34:00 AM - I think it is safe to say that in CAN, wine is generally more expensive than US or in UK - but its all relative i guess. For what it's worth, 11 pounds is like 24$ CAN. Pretty much standard "entry level" prices around here are 15-20$ for a decent vino.

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2007 Agricole Vallone Salice Salentino Vereto Riserva

Negroamaro more

6/1/2013 - Robert Pavlovich wrote: NR

The fruit has seemed to have started fading into the limelight at this point, though there remains plenty of acidic freshness, along with some bitter, earthy flavors. Strictly a food wine at this point, and while an interesting try at the price, it's not one I'd recommend seeking out.

  • Comment posted by YWG Wine Guy:

    8/20/2013 6:49:00 PM - Yep, pulled out the last bottle from cellar - my first note stands, but would totally agree with Robert here. Drink up and look for 2008.

Red

2010 Errazuriz Carménère Single Vineyard Max Reserva Estate Aconcagua Valley

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2/26/2013 - riskun Likes this wine: 90 points

Nose fairly closed but opened over time to a sweet dark cherry and heavy pomegranate. A bit of must on the nose that cleaned up over time. Nice entry and very fruity and flavourful mid-mouth. A bit candyish with quite primary fruit. Finishes with a nice touch of pepper and very light tannins. A touch of leafiness on the finish as well. Clearly a new world concoction with the sweet primary fruit and very light wood complexity; well balanced and tasty overall.

  • Comment posted by YWG Wine Guy:

    3/17/2013 5:25:00 PM - Ditto that! Nice style.

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2009 d'Arenberg Grenache The Custodian

McLaren Vale more

9/23/2012 - cheetadad wrote: 89 points

- Brick color - Smell of white pepper and cherries. First taste was cherries, some tannins and a lingering pepper finish, more reminiscent of a zin. Let it set and the signature "barnyard" typical in a CDP does break thru. Not too bad - will hang on to the rest.

  • Comment posted by YWG Wine Guy:

    3/12/2013 5:14:00 PM - Agree. Great QPR for this.

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2011 Bodegas Morales Tempranillo La Mancha Venta Morales

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5/10/2012 - Mike Kopanski wrote: 83 points

Aside from Nouveau Beaujolais, I think this my first Northern Hemisphere red wine fro the 2011 vintage. It very much reminds me of Beaujolais. We have that soft easy drinking fruit from whole cluster fermentation and carbonic maceration. Don't think they broke the skins. All stainless fermentation and settling. Not all bad, this wine is very simple. Designed to drink immediately. Light purple color. Very expressive fresh, spicy, and earthy, blueberry and cherry nose. The palate leans more toward ripe plum and soft blueberry. Not even medium bodied. Tasted blind I would have trouble identifying this as 100% Tempranillo. Not much mid palate. Silky little tannins are persistent on the palate and finish. Probably did not get full malo lactic, as there is some of that sour milk acidity. Stains the glass purple. The 14% alcohol is very well hidden. The finish is more plum skins. This is not my style of red wine, these grapes could have been used to make a more conventional and desirable wine, I'm sure others may disagree.

  • Comment posted by YWG Wine Guy:

    2/27/2013 4:52:00 PM - Hey - very insightful comments and while I don't have quite the experience to echo some technical comments, I otherwise totally agree! Really is like nice and simple juicy BJN...

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2009 Brancaia Tre Toscana IGT

SuperTuscan Blend more

10/15/2012 - monkeypants wrote: 87 points

Color: Crimson glory plus a bit of brick.
Aroma: Tart red cherry, strawberry, tar, some spice.
Taste: Lighter in body compared to many other Super Tuscans maybe due to the higher percentage of Sangiovese. Medium to high acidity. The Cabernet and Merlot take a backseat to the Sangiovese. Sour cherry, strawberry, floral and juicy. Low tannins. Not at all oakey. Nothing too complex but very easy to drink and very enjoyable. Went well with chicken parmesan but I enjoyed it even more by itself.
($8.99 on sale at Binny's Beverage Depot)

  • Comment posted by YWG Wine Guy:

    2/7/2013 8:42:00 PM - 9$!!! Lucky you. The average price here in wpg is 29$ CAN!
    Not sure what is behind the Canadian wine prices in my province. Given the comments, don't know this meets any kind of QPR...will need to crack a bottle myself here before storing any for future.

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2009 Andeluna Cellars (Familia Reina) Malbec

Mendoza more

2/6/2013 - YWG Wine Guy Likes this wine: 87 points

Searching out new producer's at private wine store...good value here, and nice profile drinking well now and likely onto 2yrs+...almost want to give this 88

Perhaps nothing outstandish, but nice hearty red with interesting experience that pairs best with the typical red food pairings. So, nose is dark, juicy and oaky/vanilla covered dark berry fruit. Palate is rich, med to full bodied, with nice acid/tannin level that comes off fairly smooth. That quality on nose is similar on palate. Finish is oaky/vanilla which overall is in balance, as i am sensitive to the oak monster...I would buy again, and would try over next 2 yrs for sure.

  • Comment posted by YWG Wine Guy:

    2/6/2013 7:03:00 PM - Ok, after some time in glass this is a tad more enjoyable/interesting such that I would suggest a solid buy!

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2010 Mitolo Cabernet Sauvignon Jester

McLaren Vale more

1/20/2013 - Bumbanian wrote: 88 points

Med ruby-black. N: vegetal and herbal, blackberry, char, and a bit of tire rubber. P: good acidity and intensity on the entry. Aggressive and taught black and blueberry. Bit of a hole on the mid-palate, then re-emerges with caramel and pine needles. Good length on the finish. Medium weight. I like a lot of things about this but the overall package is a bit awkward at this point. Reasonably good value.

  • Comment posted by YWG Wine Guy:

    1/23/2013 5:13:00 PM - Nice summary, jives with a taste I had again recently. Comes off a little on the more "manufactured" side for me today. Cheers.

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2007 Montevina Zinfandel Terra d'Oro

Amador County more

3/27/2011 - YWG Wine Guy Likes this wine: NR

As per last note.

  • Comment posted by YWG Wine Guy:

    1/10/2013 5:26:00 PM - Important note, this is mislabeled on site. Very confusing. This is from producer Terra d'Oro. No appearent connection to Montevina.

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2009 Ghost Pines Cabernet Sauvignon Winemaker's Blend

Napa / Sonoma more

10/9/2012 - YWG Wine Guy Likes this wine: 88 points

Ya, i like this, great low price and hence perfect QPR. Reminded that this is lighter style than i expected. Nice balance of fruit/tannin/acid, but perhaps is lacking a little backbone. Fruit is nice and subtly complex. Great without food and mix with variety of fare. Drinking fine just now, would be nice house wine, but would not cellar any. Will likely last at least 2-5 more years, but again is smooth and drinks fine now.

  • Comment posted by YWG Wine Guy:

    11/19/2012 4:43:00 PM - Glad to see that my palate is not to far out there...about price and QPR...I'm from Canada - so in CAN $ - and the price here for us in Manitoba is just a hair above "entry level"...wine in canada is I think a distinct "notch" up in price for same south of border. So given that, this isnt to bad...but agree with the whole QPR thing.

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2010 Alvaro Palacios Priorat Camins del Priorat

Grenache Blend, Grenache more

9/16/2012 - oyvihle wrote: 91 points

Love this wine, albeit it is too young and needs a lot of air to open up. Medium bodied, and very dense. Cherry, plums, toffee, herbal and mineral. I'll get a few boxes and let is sit for 4-8 more years.

  • Comment posted by YWG Wine Guy:

    10/26/2012 6:08:00 PM - Would agree...people need to appreciate the age in scoring somewhat I think.

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2007 Cooperativa Agricola do Távora Terras do Demo Reserva Távora-Varosa D.O.C.

Portugal Red Blend more

6/12/2012 - Tarrant wrote: 91 points

Not sure if I'm blinded by the fact that I'm loving Portoguese wines at the moment, or that I've stumbled on the best Opimian bottle we've ever had - Dark, full bodied with a nose of extreme plum, raisin, cherry, spice and vanilla, very nicely structured and balanced, complex, sweet, very smooth on the palate with terrific length, awesome! (91 Points).

  • Comment posted by YWG Wine Guy:

    6/30/2012 6:31:00 PM - Don't think you are blinded...i to am trying to find good Portugese wines, but agree this one kind of "overdelivers" for price...

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2009 Pio Cesare Barbera d'Alba

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12/30/2011 - mreinitz wrote: 87 points

A pleasant simple fruity barbera. Red cherry is the main flavor with a hint of licorice and enough acid to keep it interesting.I didn't get any of the barnyard that another reviewer referred to.

  • Comment posted by YWG Wine Guy:

    1/28/2012 5:54:00 PM - Agreed

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2008 Bodega Catena Zapata Malbec

Mendoza more

1/11/2012 - YWG Wine Guy Likes this wine: 87 points

Not feeling the love as others - pushing 87 here - decent, but higher price. Overall expereience is one of a average, perhaps still young, green'ish malbec. Just nothing i want to get back to...the other Malbec's that Zapata puts out are much better, at least the ones i've had.

  • Comment posted by YWG Wine Guy:

    1/12/2012 5:25:00 PM - 24 hrs later - similar - kind of musty/cardboard on nose - palate is lacking a significant acidity as others have mentioned - some dark fruit, ?smokey textures...kind of dark and broody...underlying musty quality. Score would stand

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