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2013 Columbia Crest Grand Estates Red Blend

Columbia Valley more

1/8/2016 - Mike Kopanski wrote: 85 points

This is a totally serviceable red blend from Washington State, especially considering it's very appealing $7.99 price tag. This is not a big powerful, blow you away wine. It has serious dark color and a fruity nose. The weight on the palate is only OK. Solid if not overwhelming combination of mostly red fruit that harmonize together. Clean red fruit finish with a touch of oak.

  • Comment posted by Mike Kopanski:

    1/20/2016 4:28:00 PM - Thanks for the note. Tentatively scheduling a trip for ZAP, my tenth. Will contact

White

2014 Simonette Vin de Pays des Côtes de Gascogne Colombard Sauvignon Comte Tolosan IGP

White Blend more

9/12/2015 - Mike Kopanski wrote: 86 points

Another value gem from Aldi. For $7 we get a crisp, refreshing, solidly balanced white wine. Not necessarily all that fruity. Green apple with lemon and grapefruit. Fairly moderate acid compared to a lot we get from Cotes de Gascogne. Does not have real big finish, but really pretty tasty.

  • Comment posted by Mike Kopanski:

    1/10/2016 5:52:00 PM - At our Aldi it was $6.99. My palate picked up more of it's tart side with green apple. Did not get the mango. Need to go back and give it another try.

Red

2007 Bodegas Valdemar Rioja Conde de Valdemar Crianza

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

5/31/2014 - kbcadeponei wrote: 87 points

Beautiful initial attack with fresh american oak, cranberries, strawberries and spices. Huge first impression after a long finish. I was thinking i hit jackpot, but, after breathing, this wine turned to be a tough drinking one, with an uncomfortable heat at every sip. Dark red with orange glow. Nose with lots of raspberrry, american oak, leather. Something excessively citric. Always present alcohol. Light to medium body, hardly sustaining its intensity. Too much heat going on. The flavours are its main quality. Typical Rioja crianza woodlike base, ripe fruit, nice vanila and salty spices compose its palate. Finishes long, spicy. A good wine, typically tempranillo, but not an easy drink.

  • Comment posted by Mike Kopanski:

    10/14/2015 6:55:00 PM - Nice job picking out the big American oak.

Red

2014 Two Hands Cabernet Sauvignon Sexy Beast

McLaren Vale more

9/26/2015 - Mike Kopanski wrote: 91 points

The first thing to note, this is a Cabernet, not a Shiraz from McLaren Vale. By what we taste, it seems the terroir is very well suited to Cabernet. It still exhibits the big, fruit forward, rotary fermentor soft approachability we expect from the Aussie's. Deep purple color. Rich, yet elegant, super ripe blueberry and cherry. A little to ripe to have developed an overpowering acidity. The alcohol, tannins and oak are already commendably integrated for a red wine so young. Very smooth rotary fermentation finish with vanilla enhancing the considerable dark fruit profile.

  • Comment posted by Mike Kopanski:

    10/10/2015 7:22:00 AM - Ben, really appreciate your thoughtful and informative comment. I am always ready to learn, and now that I know how the wine was made, think I am going to modify my review. Really enjoyed the wine. Could feel the amount of love, care, and attention in the glass.

White

2013 Terra d'Oro Winery Chenin Blanc Viognier

Clarksburg White Blend more

6/5/2015 - Mike Kopanski wrote: 86 points

Long a fan of a similar offering from Pine Ridge Winery, had to give this a try. Very satisfied with my choice. Though I often contemplate "why not just individual Chenin and Viognier" have to admit this blend has some merit. The combination of the Viognier bringing some body and richness, and the Chenin bringing some crisp acidity, the result is a taste and flavor profile neither could achieve alone. A wide range of fruit from melon, papaya, mango, pear, peach and apricot to citrus and pineapple. Maybe a tiny bit flabby, and probably best served at close to room temperature.

  • Comment posted by Mike Kopanski:

    6/20/2015 8:32:00 PM - Thanks Wine-Strategies and to Buzzzoff, tasting, listening, reading, researching but most importantly sharing is what us wine lovers do, thanks for your comment

Red

2012 Jacob's Creek/Orlando Classic Shiraz Cabernet

South Australia Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend more

2/11/2015 - Mike Kopanski wrote: 83 points

This is the first time we have tried this relatively new to us, "Classic" label Shiraz Cabernet blend. Bought it a Kroger for almost twice we pay for the regular label, were expecting a step above in flavor and concentration, but were disappointed. Though mildly fruity, and mostly characteristic to these 2 noble red varietals, the overall impression was basically thin and washed out. The color was Aussie Shiraz purple. The nose was somewhat industrial not necessarily fruity. There is some rotary fermented style red and dark fruit, but it just lacks any real concentration. A little air and time in the glass helped, but still pretty thin and boring.

  • Comment posted by Mike Kopanski:

    2/12/2015 1:37:00 PM - Have almost given up on Kroger as a valid wine destination in my home town. Columbia. SC one because of their typically higher prices and two they are within blocks of Morganelli's and Trader Joes. Gave them a chance while visiting in Georgia where the selection is twice we have at home.

  • Comment posted by Mike Kopanski:

    2/12/2015 2:17:00 PM - Have not heard of WTSO usually like to shop in person and attend every tasting I can in person. Look me up in Columbia would love to meet you

Red

2011 Les Portes de Bordeaux Montagne-St. Émilion

Red Bordeaux Blend more

11/4/2013 - Mike Kopanski wrote: 86 points

We opened this yesterday, took a small taste and decided to decant and drink the next day. Upon opening, flavor was hard to find. It tasted very rough and unforgiving. So here we are 24 hours later, and it is showing some promise, but still considerably rough. The best characteristic is the finish. When you get past the rusticity, the finish has a lead pencil meets orange peel flavor this works. Not really a fruity wine. The fruit we do get is a fine tuned, almost maraschino, style of cherry. The color has that Merlot magenta. There is some considerable French oak, which may not yet, like the fruit be ready. This is one for the vinturi, decanter and the cellar.

  • Comment posted by Mike Kopanski:

    1/31/2015 12:45:00 PM - In response to mulligan452, Tim, trying to be intelligent and logical. My guess is that for a wine of this caliber, an over night decant is equal to approximately 1 and half years of bottle age. This review is 15 months old, and one night just barely opened it up, so a does a drinking window in late 2015 through 2016 seem unreasonable?

Red

2010 Cupcake Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Central Valley

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2/10/2013 - Mike Kopanski wrote: 89 points

They certainly produced and imported this for the American palate. There is no doubt about its Chilean origins with some of those black tea and tree bark flavors, but they have been toned down a little. Upon opening, there was a big hit of new oak. The nose has that smell of a winery barrel room with blackberry preserves, dark cherry and heavy toast barrels. There is a very nice creamy richness to the super black fruit across the palate. There are almost enough layers of complexity to cross the 90 point glass ceiling. Nice job with the oak integration. The acid is a little raw, and may be able to age a few years. The glass staining finish is black cherry skins with plum, and light dry tannins, that lasts for minutes.

  • Comment posted by Mike Kopanski:

    1/26/2014 2:08:00 PM - This is a steak wine with the acid and smoky black tea flavors

Red

2008 Robert Keenan Winery Merlot Napa Valley

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12/17/2012 - kietkopelli wrote: 88 points

This wine is like cotton candy at the county fair. Delicious? Yes. Original and exciting? NO. The nose fully of super ripe black fruits with just hint of eucalyptus. In the mouth it’s nothing but chocolate covered cherries. Tannins are still a bit chewy so I’m sure this could benefit from a few years of bottle aging but I really don’t see the need to wait for this wine when there are so many other age worthy wines in the $40 range.

This typical and somewhat oring of CA Merlot acting like Cab Sauv. Great drink at about $30 but not worth seeking.

Remember you don’t drink the label.

  • Comment posted by Mike Kopanski:

    4/29/2013 7:25:00 PM - Keenan's are original mountain grown. If they made them ready to drink their long list of patrons would rebel

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