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2014 Emiliana Sauvignon Blanc Natura

Casablanca Valley more

5/25/2015 - Mike Kopanski wrote: 87 points

From one of my favorite Chilean producers, we have tried this Sauvignon Blanc for many vintages now, and it always hits just the right tasting points. Pretty dark golden color for a Sauvignon. Noticeable grassy aromas, but also some honeysuckle and citrus on the nose. Pure Sauvignon Blanc lemon lime, gooseberry and grapefruit flavors with a touch of typical Chilean earthy mineral tasting funk. Just the right amount of balancing acidity. A little rustic on the finish with qa scuppernong skin flavor with citrus and something spicy.

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2012 Domaines Sarrail Cité de Carcassonne Esprit de Sarrail

Sauvignon Blanc more

5/24/2015 - Mike Kopanski wrote: 87 points

Like the 2011, this 2012 is also 70% Sauvignon Blanc and 30% Colombard. The Colombard brings just a hint of the typical Souhwest France rustic, mineral laden, lemon lime flavor that only enhances the moderate grassy herbaceousness of the Sauvignon. With a little air and time in the glass, the initial tart, leafy flavor diminishes and smoothes out. This 2012 is probably on it's downward spiral, having lost it's initial freshness and now is time to drink up. The bottle age has civilized the acid. The finish is surprisingly smooth and mature with a nice sensation of fresh squeezed lime all across the palate.

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2012 Joullian Zinfandel

Carmel Valley more

4/3/2015 - Mike Kopanski wrote: 91 points

This is what Zinfandel is supposed to taste like. Made in the traditional method of co-fermenting a kitchen sink blend of Zinfandel clones with tradition field blend varieties like Petit Sirah, Syrah, Carignan, Alicante and many others. Rich, creamy and fruit forward without being flabby, actually quite elegant if you can say that about a Zin. The nose is incredibly expressive fresh plum raspberry and cranberry. The palate is a Zin lovers paradise. Big bramble fruit with all kinds of red and dark fruit. Nicely aged for about a year in oak. Balanced and integrated but still young with at least 10 years of aging potential. Super long, lingering plum and boysenberry finish.

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NV Stellina di Notte Prosecco

Colli Trevigiani IGT more

5/2/2015 - Mike Kopanski wrote: 86 points

This is what Procecco is designed to be. It is soft and refreshing without being overly expressive. Clearish color. Clean, moderate lemon lime and white apple fruit. A touch of nuttiness. Very crisp and mouth cleansing. A bit if lemon seed bitterness on the finish.

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2014 Château d'Esclans Whispering Angel

Côtes de Provence Rosé Blend more

5/2/2015 - Mike Kopanski wrote: 90 points

Very nice rendition of Provencal rose. Complete, refined and structured but still elegant. Light pink color. Fairly light on the palate for a wine with this much structure. The overall flavor profile is more spicy, earthy and minerals than fruity. The nose has strong strawberry and red raspberry with wet stones. Mouth coating and lingering. Just the right amount of crispness.

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2012 Turn Key Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Pillar Heights

Paso Robles more

5/9/2015 - Mike Kopanski wrote: 82 points

A little to much residual sugar to be considered a serious wine. When you wine shop at Aldi you never know what to expect. For every undiscovered gem, there is one of these whose label gives no indication this wine is for amateurs. There is some indication of typical to Paso Robles, red fruit first on the Cabernet. Not enough acid, tannin or oak. These were probably decent grapes sacrificed to make a crowd pleasing, affordable red wine. Big disappointment.

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2014 My Essential

France Grenache Blend, Grenache more

5/2/2015 - Mike Kopanski wrote: 87 points

Tasty rose with a color much deeper and richer red than typical. Cranberry and strawberry on the nose. Big strawberry and red raspberry fruit. Young and crisp with big malic acid, but still balanced and soft on the finish.

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2014 Alamos Chardonnay

Mendoza more

5/8/2015 - Mike Kopanski wrote: 85 points

This is light bodied for a Chardonnay. It does taste pretty good. I can easily envision the typical non Chardonnay drinker at least giving this wine a chance. The nose is mildly Chardonneyesque with citrus, pear and apple aromas. Not as viscous as expected, more like a Chenin or Sauvignon Blanc. A little weak in the fruit department, but the available fruit is fresh crushed grapefruit, white apple and pear. Moderate plus malic acid. Somewhat simple, but very clean and well made.

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2013 Blackstone Winery Pinot Noir California

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5/7/2015 - Mike Kopanski wrote: 87 points

Fairly surprised at how good this tastes. Pretty complete and very well balanced, although there may be a small amount of residual sugar. This is one of those Pinot's that tastes like the canopy was designed to get plenty of sunshine to the clusters. Nice medium magenta color. Slightly candied nose with violets and strawberry. Not complex, but also not simple across the palate with decent fruit acid and tannins. As we drink down the glass, and get toward the finish the sugar and still very young tannis are more pronounced, but this is still a very decent grocery store Pinot.

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2011 Hedges Family Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain Limited

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5/7/2015 - Mike Kopanski wrote: 91 points

This is one of the more enjoyable wines I have tasted in a while. It is just a slight bit of concentration away from being a mid 90 something point wine. This 2011 seems to be their current release. For a mid $20 wine, this is a real mouth full of flavor. The nose has an expressive, vibrant, rich, spicy, cranberry, mocha, menthol. blueberry, blackberry and smoke aroma. The palate sports a spicy, brooding deep plum and black cherry fruitiness. Secondary flavors of licorice, lead pencil, vanilla, charcoal and cocoa bean. Really nice integration of plenty of oak and tannin. Balanced, maturing acidity. Some rhubarb and concentrated blackberry preserves on the finish.

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2013 Cline Cellars Zinfandel

Lodi more

5/5/2015 - Mike Kopanski wrote: 79 points

From one of my favorite tasting rooms to visit, way over 20 times, I have to give a disappointing review of this Zin. Reduction is the problem. Rubber and diesel from nose to finish. Been swirling like crazy and might have to pour this in the drain. Industrial cleaner, chemicals, manipulated. This winery has been hit or miss for almost a decade now. When we get a good one "hooray Cline is back", but not this time.

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2013 Black Mountain Vineyard Pinot Noir

California more

5/5/2015 - Mike Kopanski wrote: 83 points

I hate to do so, but I gotta be sour grapes about this wine. There isn't any "there", there because almost all the good stuff was filtered out before bottling. What survives is a candied, listless, uninteresting red wine hard to distinguish as Pinot. About the only thing correct is the color, and possibly the tannins. There isn't anything wrong, and I am trying to give it a chance, but we need something to describe.

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NV Mad Duck Sauvignon Blanc

California more

4/4/2015 - Mike Kopanski wrote: 86 points

Think this may be a total Wine exclusive. Unusual for them, this one seems to have attained a little price inflation. A NV, basically run of the mill California Sauvignon Blanc for $11? It does taste pretty good, and probably has a decent pedigree. The flavor profile hits all the right spots with just a touch of herbal grassiness, orchard and citrus fruit, solid balancing acidity and a spicy, lingering finish.

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2011 Oenoforos Roditis Asprolithi

Patras more

4/18/2015 - Mike Kopanski wrote: 89 points

This was a very pleasant surprise. Very close to breaking the 90 point glass ceiling with layers of complexity. From nose to finish, every characteristic that crosses our senses is quite commendable for a $10 wine. Evidently this one really benefited from a little extra bottle age as this 2011 is close to 3.5 years off the vine. The color is dark yelllowish golden. The nose is a vibrant and expressive combination of stone fruit, apple skin, pear and citrus. The palate has some nice weight and richness, and the whole package just seems to be a step up in concentration. The fruit wants to jump out of the glass. The acid is precise and perfectly appropriate. Really enjoyable.

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2014 Pasqua Pinot Grigio Villa Borghetti Grigio Luna

Veneto IGT more

3/23/2015 - Mike Kopanski wrote: 86 points

Another affordable, approachable, decent Pinot Grigio from Trader Joe's. This one has a solid mouth feel with a bit of that taste of lanolin, possibly from some lees interaction. Soft apple and pear fruit with just enough citrus for some backbone. Not overly acidic. A little bitter on the finish.

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NV Iron Oaks Vineyards Pinot Noir jk (just kidding)

Lodi more

3/16/2015 - Mike Kopanski wrote: 85 points

Did Not realize this was NV when it jumped from the display at our favorite local retailer into my basket. There is nothing really wrong with this one, it tastes like Pinot, and has a pretty decent fruit profile, but it also tastes manipulated and manufactured. The viscosity is considerably heavier than expected and has some of that leesy, vanilla taste. Quite ripe and fruit forward. Enough earthy, barnyard flavors to identify it as Pinot.

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2014 Picton Bay Pinot Noir

Marlborough more

5/3/2015 - Mike Kopanski wrote: 87 points

I think I like this even more than I did the 2013. On the roof of the mouth is a lingering cherry, red raspberry sweet tart flavor that is very appealing. For not very much money we have a totally acceptable, basically regionally typical New Zealand Pinot. It is very young, and the acid influence is considerable from lips to finish, barely letting the fruit emerge and do it's thing.With a little bit of air and time in the glass,b ehind the mid palate and towards the finish, the red raspberry and cherry fruit bring flavor and enjoyment way beyond the modest price point.

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2012 Companhia Geral da Agricultura das Vinhas do Alto Carvalhas

Portugal Red Blend more

5/3/2015 - Mike Kopanski wrote: 87 points

Another $10 gem from our friends at Total Wine. Though not necessarily big, bold and rich, this is a medium bodied mouth full of "Old World" style steely earthiness meets brooding dark fruit. We waited an overnight with the wine in the bottle, expecting the fruit to emerge a little more, which it did. It still stays a little understated, fighting for tasting space on the palate with some cola, charcoal and big young acid. A bit of cocoa powder and graphite. Blackberry preserves finally emerge from the steely structural stuff on the finish.

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2013 Underwood Cellars Pinot Noir

Oregon more

5/2/2015 - Mike Kopanski wrote: 86 points

They made this as a crowd pleasing type of statewide blend of many diverse vineyards. It is very smooth, without any rough edges, overt rusticity, or overwhelming acidity. Nicely done, pretty strong dose of mostly red fruit like red raspberry and cherry. Medium bodied. Easy to consume alone, or with food.

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2013 Finca El Portillo (Bodegas Salentein) Malbec

Mendoza more

3/12/2015 - Mike Kopanski wrote: 85 points

As Argentinian Malbec's go, this one is not quite as fruity and has a little less weight and body. As with most wines I've tasted from this producer, there is a woody, sappy, earthy quality to the fruit. Not really very fruity, what we do get is red raspberry with mulberry. A bit rustic and tannnic. A touch of vanilla with charcoal with the fruit on the finish.

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2013 Concha y Toro Carménère Casillero del Diablo

Casablanca Valley more

3/26/2015 - Mike Kopanski wrote: 87 points

This is really pretty good for an under $10 bottle of Carmenere. Like most other Carmenere's I've tasted lately, this one is sort of toned down with the distinctive, spicy, herbal, green pepper and tree sap flavors. It still maintains an easily discernible Carmenere flavor profile with cocoa bean, graphite, evergreen and charcoal flavors enhancing the blackberry, mulberry and cherry fruit. A little more than medium bodied. Proper tannins and acid. Cedar and eucalyptus with red fruit on the finish.

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2011 Provenance Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford

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5/1/2015 - Mike Kopanski wrote: 89 points

A really complete mouth full of Napa Valley style ripe red and dark fruit with plenty of enhancing secondary flavors. The nose has some cedar, menthol and smoke with intense blackberry and black cherry. Dark but not overly opaque color. Nice concentration and mouth coating viscosity on the palate. Rich, brambly, black cherry, blackberry, plum and cassis fruit from lips to finish. Lots of just now integrating medium heavy toast oak leaves the impression of cocoa and vanilla. Serious but civilized tannins. My only disappointment was how much the structure seemed to diminish and dissipate after sitting overnight.

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2014 Barnard Griffin Sangiovese Rosé of Sangiovese

Washington more

4/26/2015 - Mike Kopanski wrote: 88 points

This has as much or more "wow" factor as the 2012 version of this wine we previously tasted. Like any good Sangiovese, there is lots of upfront, super fresh maraschino cherry. Superb ripeness. Just the right amount of contact with the skins. The color is a lot like a light cherry juice. Fresh cherry, strawberry and raspberry fruit. So much indicative of it's Washington State origins, it is not as sharp and crisp as a Provencal rose, but more on the soft and elegant side. Lingering cherry and strawberry finish.

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2013 Don Sebastiani & Sons Chardonnay Simple Life

California more

4/26/2015 - Mike Kopanski wrote: 87 points

I'm going to be a little critical, and also complimentary at the same time. The critical side of me thinks this wine tastes manipulated and manufactured. The complimentary side says it tastes pretty good. They used enough, or possibly all, malo lactic fermentation to soften the edges of the acid. There is some really nice, almost orange juice like, juicy, fresh citrus and orchard fruit. Judicious use of oak. Not quite enough balancing acid. Commendable, affordable effort that gets a solid 87 and accomplishes what it was designed to do.

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2012 Bodegas San Alejandro Garnacha Calatayud Las Rocas

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4/30/2015 - Mike Kopanski wrote: 87 points

This is the epitome of what an 87 point wine should taste like. It bares it's soul. You can immediately smell and taste it's considerable good qualities, and just as quickly notice the reasons it does not score higher. Pouring into the decanter, a super fresh and vibrant, crushed strawberry and cranberry with roses jumps out and fills the immediate environment. The color is rich dark red, but surprisingly not opaque. My first impression across the palate was a touch of residual sugar, which explains it's crowd pleasing credentials. The fruit though somewhat simple, is at first quick hitting plum, cranberry and strawberry that unfortunately fades pretty quick. Has the viscosity of a wine with some sugar. Some medium heavy toast, possibly American oak. Mildly deficient in the acid department. Some oak driven tannins. A little disappointing on the finish, almost wish we did not decant, with plum skin, charcoal and fading fruit. Still a nice bottle of wine for around 10 to 12 bucks.

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