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Red

2009 Kirkland Signature Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa County more

11/17/2011 - dayoff53 Likes this wine: 89 points

I opened a bottle of this wine and immediately splashed it into a glass. The first thing I noticed was the inky, almost black color, followed by the dark fruit blast in my nose. The CellarTracker scores I had seen left me with low expectations for this wine, but I was very pleasantly surprised. I found it a rich, succulent cab that hit all the right notes of ripe dark fruit, spice, and chocolate, with hints of eucalyptus and anise. It is full-bodied and has good tannins resulting in a nice, long finish.
Appearance: It is too dark to be called brilliant, but is a beautiful, rich color that won't allow me to score it less than 2.
Color: Deep purple-red, so dark it looks black in dinner lighting - a solid 2.
Aroma and Bouquet: Intense dark fruit with spice, chocolate and hints of anise and eucalyptus - slight herbal notes, but no detectable green pepper; 3.5 points.
Volatile Acidity: None - 2.
Total Acidity: There is little acidity to this wine, and little is wanted - 1.5.
Sweetness/sugar: This wine is fully dry, but the fruitiness gives a sensation of a hint of sweet; very nice - 1.
Body: Full-bodied and luscious in the mouth, despite the 14.3% alcohol - 1.
Flavor: The flavor echoes the nose and is luscious and full; fruity in that California way that is lovely but leaves me wanting just a little more complexity - 1.5.
Astringency: The tannins are perhaps a little rough and I think another year in the bottle will tame it so that it suits the mainstream tastes a bit more, but I like it - 1.5.
General Quality: For me, this is a top notch wine, especially at this price point. I would gladly accept this at $45 in a restaurant and would pay $20 or $25 in a grocery store - 1.5.
That makes it 17.5 points on my U.C. Davis calculation. I give it 89 points on a 100-point scale (though I'm tempted to give it a 98 to counter the lame, unsupported 75 someone gave it).

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Red

2008 Kirkland Signature Meritage

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

9/12/2011 - dayoff53 wrote: 88 points

I won't go into a lot of detail on this right now other than to say that I found it a very good Bordeaux blend - big California fruit up front; nice full, round mouth feel and moderately long finish. Not fantastic, but very good and outstanding QPR. I'd expect this to keep nicely for another 4 or 5 years and I'll be looking for more on my next Costco run.

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Red

2009 Kirkland Signature Côtes du Rhône Villages

Red Rhone Blend more

5/14/2011 - dayoff53 wrote: 90 points

Well, as promised, I picked up a case of this after drinking one of my first 3-bottle purchase. Tonight, I barbecued a leg of lamb marinated in grape jelly, rosemary, garlic, soy sauce and some other herbs and spices. This wine was perfect with the lamb and I would not change my score based on my first impression at all. I can't say it is a GREAT wine - even I have better in my meager cellar - but it is a VERY GOOD wine at a phenomenal price. There were less than 3 cases left at my Costco after I picked up a case yesterday. If they have it again next time I'm there, I'm getting another case!

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Red

2008 Kirkland Signature Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley

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5/13/2011 - dayoff53 Likes this wine: 87 points

I'm going to have to take issue with the 77 point score give this wine by markIn50266. While this is not a classic cabernet for the ages, it is a pretty good wine and an outstanding value at $9 per bottle.
I opened this bottle about 45 minutes before it was served and poured it straight out of the bottle. We had several friends over for burgers and this was the wine I opened. I didn't really give much thought to what I was drinking at the time - I was just enjoying the evening, the food and the company. Afterward, though, I thought, "that wine was pretty darn good with the burgers." It was a nice pairing that enhanced the entire experience. Now, I am sitting with a bottle in front of me (and NOT a frontal lobotomy) and thinking about what I am drinking. Here are my more detailed thoughts.
This wine is clear but not brilliant (1) and is a deep ruby color (2). It has a nice, full nose, redolent of red cherry, plums and blackberries, as well as spices and vanilla - the petit verdot and syrah really help round out the bouquet (4). There is no noticeable inappropriate volatile acidity (2) and the overall acidity is appropriate for the variety - round and full, with no sharpness (2). The wine is distinctly fruity in the modern California style, but not at all sweet (1). It is medium-full bodied and, at 13.6%, not overly alcoholic, giving it a good mouth feel (1). The flavor is consistent with the nose and quite fruity - a little too much so for my taste, but very nice with the burgers and appealing to less experienced tastes (1.5). This wine has a nice, round astringency but a relatively short finish (1.5). I think the overall quality is quite good buy not excellent (1.5). On a UC Davis 20 point scale, I would rate it 17.5. On a 100 point scale, I give it an 87.
Definitely worth the price, and then some!

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Red

2009 Kirkland Signature Côtes du Rhône Villages

Red Rhone Blend more

5/11/2011 - dayoff53 Likes this wine: 90 points

I enjoy southern Rhone wines and couldn't pass this up at $6.99 (plus tax) a bottle, so I bought 3 bottles at Costco today. I pulled the cork on one shortly after getting it home and have been sipping it for a couple hours. I quite like it! Following are my initial impressions:
It has a deep maroon/purple color (2) that is clear but not sparkling (1). The bouquet is relatively light, but fruity - blackberries come through strongest, but with strawberry and some spiciness - I suggest decanting to help it open up to the nose (3). There is no unwanted volatile acidity (2) and the total acidity is pleasant and appropriate to the wine (2). The wine seems fully dry and there is no noticeable sweetness, though the fruitiness is marked (1). This is a full-bodied wine with a very nice mouth feel (1). The flavor, as noted, is fruity and appropriate to the southern Rhone GSM blend - ripe blackberries are prominent with some red berries, spice, black pepper, cassis and floral notes (2). There are fine tannins that give the wine a robust, long finish that is very nice (2). I find the overall quality of the wine to be very good and the value to be truly outstanding (2).
On the UC Davis 20-point scale, I give this wine an 18. On a 100-point scale, I rate it a 90. In terms of value, this has to be about as great as wine gets. Even if it is a little fruity for your taste, anyone would agree it is a high-80s. For $7 bucks, I'm getting a case this weekend!

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Red

2003 Mandolina Toccata Riserva

Santa Barbara County SuperTuscan Blend more

1/11/2011 - dayoff53 wrote: 93 points

This had been sitting in the cellar since I purchased it in a mixed case of Lucas and Lewellen wines from Wine.woot. I had long ago forgotten anything I had read about the wine when I bought it and had no expectations of it. I pulled it from the cellar and popped the cork for casual sipping. After pouring a glass, I let it sit for 15 or 20 minutes to warm up a bit, then took a sip. I was wowed! This is a wine that just hit what I like in a red wine. Full-bodied, lots of fruit and spicy aromas echoed in the taste. Pleasant oakiness. A nice, long finish leaving me wanting more - much more. I know that my rating is well above the average on Cellar Tracker, but this is my kind of wine and I am enjoying it a lot.
Just for grins, I tried the "Tasting Note Assistant" in Cellar Tracker and came up with the following.
The wine looks Garnet colored.
The legs are Slow.
It smells like Blackberry, Black currant (cassis), Prune, Light toast, Black Pepper, Clove, and Plum.
It tastes like Blackberry, Black currant (cassis), Prune, Plum, Black Pepper, and Clove.
The body is Medium/Full.
The wine is textured Round.
The wine finishes Long.

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Red

2006 Wellington Vineyards Merlot

Sonoma Valley more

9/9/2010 - dayoff53 Likes this wine: 90 points

Let it rest in the cellar for a few hours on the day it was delivered, then couldn't resist popping the cork on one. I tasted it with a nice macaroni and cheese - rather sharp cheddar.
Clarity/appearance: the wine is bright and clear with no hint of haziness. 1.5.
Color: a beautiful dark garnet with a hint of purple. 1
Aroma/bouquet: the aroma is somewhat fruity, with a distinct smell of black cherries and, dare I say it?, grape as well as a little plum. There is a spiciness that reminds me of allspice and mace. I may be influenced by the wine.woot blog, but chocolate and tea also come through. Very nice. 3
Total acidity: this wine is nicely balanced, with the acidity setting off the fruitiness very well. 2
Sweetness: this wine is appropriately dry, though the fruitiness lends and impression of a hint of sweet. Overall, very appropriate for a nice Merlot. 1
Body/texture: this is a full-bodied red table wine and is appropriate to the varietal. 2
Taste/flavor: very nice. The cherries and plums come through, but so do dark spices and chocolate. A full, round, satisfying taste. 2
Bitterness: there is no inappropriate bitterness or other off flavors. 1
Finish/astringency: this wine has a moderately long finish with substantial tannic astringency that is, again, appropriate for a good merlot. 1
General quality: a fine, charming merlot that drinks well by itself and stands up well to strong-flavored food. Not the best I've had, but one I would not hesitate to recommend. 3
Total score: 17.5/20 on UC Davis scare. 90/100. Excellent wine.

Using the GrapeStories Tasting Note Assistant, I got the following:
The wine looks Garnet colored.
The legs are Slow.
It smells like Plum, Cherry, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Tea, Chocolate, and Black currant (cassis).
It tastes like Black currant (cassis), Plum, Cherry, Black Pepper, Nutmeg, Tea, Tobacco, and Chocolate.
The body is Medium/Full.
The wine is textured Round.
The wine finishes Medium.

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White

2009 Woot Cellars Albino Rhino Monterey

Albariño more

6/16/2010 - dayoff53 Likes this wine: 91 points

Refrigerated for a couple hours on the day the truck dropped it off, then opened and immediately served with fried chicken and boiled potatoes with cream gravy.
Appearance - brilliant, free of any dullness, murkiness, cloudiness or sediment. 2 points.
Color very pleasing light yellow color. 1 point.
Aroma and bouquet - medium-intensity nose of citrus (white grapefruit) and pineapple. Lesser notes of apricot and pear. Light and crisp smell. Very pleasing. 4 points.
Volatile acidity - no vinegary or unpleasant acidic smells of any sort. 1 point.
Total acidity - crisp, bright acidity enhances the essence of grapefruit and pineapple. Not in any way sharp or unpleasant, but the acid is clearly apparent. 1 point.
Sweetness - this wine is fully dry with no detectable sweetness. What residual sugar there is perfectly balances the acidity to make a well-balanced crisp white wine. 1 point.
Body/Texture - Feels nice in the mouth. Definitely not "thin", despite its 13.7% alcohol content, but neither is it viscous like a desert wine. 2 points.
Taste/Flavor - The same citrus, pineapple apricot and pear as in the nose. No "off" or distracting notes of any sort. No yeastiness or chemical notes. The flavor is appropriate to my understanding of the Albarino grape and is good to drink alone but definitely holds up to food 2 points.
Bitterness/Astringency - Of course, this is not a tannic wine. There is a very slight and appropriate bitterness that helps evoke the grapefruit. 2 points.
General quality - this is a damn fine white wine. Probably not a classic, but I'm glad I bought it and I'll be sorry when it's gone. 3 points.

19 points on the UC Davis 20-point scale. I'm going with a 91 on a 100-point scale.

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Red

NV Carmela "Yes We Can" Zen Red

Idaho Red Bordeaux Blend more

3/23/2010 - dayoff53 wrote: 82 points

With President Obama having signed the historic (if somewhat disappointing) health care reform bill into law today, this seemed an appropriate time to open this bottle of wine decorated with his image.
This is fruity and has a pleasant "zing", but isn't a particularly outstanding example of a meritage blend (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. It has a very dark ruby color and a fruity and spicy nose, echoed in the mouth. There is a medium-long finish with a distinct spiciness as the final note. The more I drank of it, the better I liked it - but I never got the impression that is a classic. Just a decent every-day red.

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Rosť

2007 Doña Paula Malbec Rosé Los Cardos

Lujan de Cuyo more

3/18/2010 - dayoff53 Likes this wine: 88 points

On pop-and-pour, this wine is sparkling clear and bright with a light garnet or raspberry color. It has a pleasant berry nose - raspberry, strawberry and cranberry - with a hint of pink grapefruit. On tasting, I get strawberry first, followed by raspberry and a hint of fig. It has enough acidity to be crisp and refreshing without being tart. It is fully dry, but with enough fruit to give a sweet sensation. The body is light and the texture is bright and fun. For a rosé, it has a pleasant finish with a bit of citrus rind coming through at the end. I find this wine to be a very pleasant easy-drinking wine and give it a rating of 88 out of 100.

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White - Sparkling

NV Martini & Rossi Asti Spumante

Moscato Blanco, Muscat more

3/13/2010 - dayoff53 Likes this wine: 85 points

This bottle had been in my cellar for about three years and I had not tasted it since I have begun developing my wine palate. I took it to a friend's retirement party, where it was very well received - it disappeared a lot faster than the extra dry sparkly I also took. This was sweeter than I remembered it - and that is certainly due to my greater experience with dry wines in the years since I last tried it. Nonetheless, I found the Asti very tasty - citrus and peach on the tongue with a very pleasant tingle. Not a particularly complex wine - certainly not pretentious - but a good, fun wine for parties, and at a great price.

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Red

2008 Villa Farnia di Farnese Montepulciano d'Abruzzo

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3/3/2010 - dayoff53 Likes this wine: 91 points

I opened this for casual consumption while sitting at the computer and watching TV. These are my first impressions on pop-and-pour.
The wine was bright and clear in the glass and had a beautiful deep, rich color (2). I found the nose also very rich - primarily dark fruit, but some spiciness and earthiness that made it more interesting. This may be the second Montepulciano d'Abruzzo I have ever tasted, and the first I have tasted critically, so I'm not sure what I SHOULD be noting, but what I smell, I like (4). The acidity was nice - sufficient to hold up to a meal; not at all too tart (2). While fruity, the wine was definitely dry - no inappropriate sweetness (1). The body was medium to full and very pleasant in the mouth (2). I got fruitiness, but also something darker and earthy in the taste - an interesting complexity (2), plus a bit of nice kirsch bitterness - nothing overwhelming (1). There were pleasant, soft tannins and a moderately long finish (1). On the whole, I found this wine surprisingly good. I rate the overall quality 3.5, giving it an 18.5 on the UC Davis 20-point scale. I give it a 91 on a 100-point scale, which is significantly better than I anticipated.

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Red

2007 Days Delight Shiraz "Tomorrow"

South Eastern more

2/22/2010 - dayoff53 wrote: 70 points

I have previously consumed several bottles of this wine, though haven't tasted it for a few months. I have never enjoyed it very much, but have also not previously attempted to describe it. The color is quite nice - deep purple and clear, though not sparkling (2.5). The aroma is a little "off" to my nose - there is a fruit smell, but it reminds me of the fake cherry in cough syrup and there is a bit of a chemical smell - almost of rubber (1.5). The acid balance seems appropriate to me (2). There is a little fruitiness to the taste, but it is fully dry - not sweet (1). The body is a bit thinner than I think is appropriate for a good shiraz (1.5). The primary taste is of blackberry - but a bit under-ripe. There is also a chemical taste that echoes the rubber in the nose. Not horrible; certainly not good (1). There is no inappropriate bitterness (1). The finish is surprisingly long with nice tannins (1). There is nothing exceptional about this wine. The overall quality is mediocre at best (1). 12.5 points on the UC Davis scale. I would score it 70 on a 100 point scale.

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Red

2007 Burley Fox Shiraz South Eastern

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2/18/2010 - dayoff53 wrote: 90 points

Well! I was very pleasantly surprised by this shiraz, especially after reading other unflattering reviews. It was a full-bodied, full-flavored wine that was very pleasant to drink. It was bright and clear (1.5) and had a great dark red color (1). The nose was full and complex, with blackberries, leather, smoke and tobacco - it was everything you would want in a South Eastern Australia Shiraz (4). The acidity was proper for the wine - it certainly was not flabby (2) and, while it was distinctly fruity, there was no inappropriate sweetness (1). The full body and mouth feel were very pleasant in the mouth (2). While fruit was the predominant flavor - ripe, sweet blackberries - there were pleasant complexities that definitely made this a cut above an average shiraz (2). There was no inappropriate bitterness (1) and the firm tannins gave it a nice astringency (1). The overall quality was very good (3). I score it 18.5 on the UC Davis scale and give it a score of 90 on a 100-point scale. I would certainly buy this again at an under-$20 price point. One of the better wines from my 4 Seasons shipments.

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Red

2007 Days Delight Pinot Noir Chilean

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2/18/2010 - dayoff53 wrote: 80 points

This wine was poured immediately after opening. It was bright and clear (1.5) and had a nice ruby color appropriate for the variety (). There was quite a distinctive nose with notable leather and hints of mushroom, along with the expected raspberry and cherry smells (3). The acid balance was good (2) but there was a hint more sweetness than I would find ideal (.5). The body and mouth feel were good (2). The flavor was good, but a bit more fruity than I would prefer, though this makes it a very easy-drinking wine (1.5). There is no discernible bitterness (1) but the tannins could be firmer (.5). This wine has overall taste characteristics appropriate for a Pinot Noir (2). I score it 15 on the UC Davis scale, 80 points on a 100-point scale. (Note: edited and score reduced slightly after second glass.)

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Red

2007 Days Delight Cabernet Sauvignon "Surf's Up" California Reserve

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2/14/2010 - dayoff53 wrote: 82 points

This is a wine I made from a Cellar Craft kit. It was bottled on January 19, 2009. While it is clearly not an exceptional wine, I have been very pleased with the quality of this wine for the cost. My total cost, including labels, corks, toppers, etc. (but without prorating the cost of equipment) was $3.69 per bottle.
It has a very nice dark red color, but the nose is not strong - what there is smells of dark fruit, tobacco and perhaps a little chocolate. It has enough tannins to be pleasant and a nice overall mouth feel. The flavors, like the nose, are not strong, but are of black cherries, black currants, chocolate and tobacco. Of the wines I have made, it is one of the best and I score it 82 points.

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Red

2006 Days Delight Cabernet Sauvignon Woodbridge Lodi Ranch 11

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2/10/2010 - dayoff53 wrote: 79 points

The very last bottle of this wine did not have the "off" notes I smelled and tasted in the previous bottle. It was fruity - mostly dark fruits, but also some pie cherry - and fairly tart, but with very mild tannins. Enjoyable enough for drinking while reading a book; not so great for a heavy meal.

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Red

2006 Havens Wine Cellars Merlot

Napa Valley more

1/28/2010 - dayoff53 wrote: 86 points

I received a case of this from K&L today and was having a group of friends over for "movie night", so decided to pop the cork on a new bottle. I aerated it and decanted it into a nice decanter about 1 1/2 hours before serving. It had a rich red color and a pleasant, if not particularly strong, nose after decanting. The taste was pretty much as I remembered it from my last (Woot) bottle, though my perception was that it was a little more complex with nicely developed tannins. I still think this is a pretty decent wine and I still think it will improve with a couple more years of age. My score (86) remains the same.

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Red

2006 Days Delight Chianti

Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese more

1/26/2010 - dayoff53 wrote: 74 points

Not bad. Not quite up to the standards I would expect in a wine I was buying, but definitely drinkable. Fruity with mild and soft tannins. Enough acidity to not be too flabby. Easy drinking; not for fine dining.

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Red

2005 Two Hands Shiraz Bella's Garden

Barossa Valley more

1/20/2008 - dayoff53 wrote: 95 points

I'm not going to do a detailed note because it was more than 2 years ago that I last tasted this. This was the wine that is most directly responsible for my current love of wine. I first tried this at a wine tasting at the (now defunct) 8th Street Wine Company in Boise in the fall of 2007. At that time, it was newly released and still quite young. It was decanted a couple hours before tasting. I had not tried very many good wines at the time and didn't have the experience or language to describe it, except to be very certain that it was the best wine I had ever tried. I ended up buying a bottle and, unknown to me, my lovely bride bought two more bottles for me for Christmas. We took one bottle with us on vacation in January, 2008 to celebrate a friend's 60th birthday - it was still absolutely fabulous.
I have tried a lot more wines since and have acquired a few hundred bottles in my cellar. My memory of this wine is still that it is the best wine I have had. My two remaining bottles of 2005 Bella's Garden are quietly awaiting my retirement party, which I expect to be around July, 2015. I hope to be able to provide a more useful tasting note at that time.

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Red

2007 Days Delight Amarone della Valpolicella Italian Amarone

Corvina Blend, Corvina more

1/22/2010 - dayoff53 wrote: 79 points

This wine is not much like a good amarone, but it is pleasantly fruity in taste and very easy-drinking. It doesn't have the structure to hold up to much of a meal, but can be enjoyed by itself or with a light snack. I had hoped it would have better tannins than it has. While it is a drinkable wine, there is no reason to believe it will improve with age and I will revise the drinking window to indicate it should be consumed by 2011.

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Red

2007 Days Delight Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma Valley

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1/21/2010 - dayoff53 wrote: flawed

I tasted a bottle of this on 1/18/10 and found it quite bad. It had a distinctly "off" smell that was a little musty with a tang of some petroleum product. The taste was not as bad as the smell, but still distinctly "off" and unpleasant. I left it for a couple days, hoping the odor would dissipate, but it did not. I dumped that bottle out and tried another bottle that was identical. Unfortunately, it is clear that something went wrong with this batch of wine and I threw it all away.

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Red

2005 Marchesi de' Frescobaldi Chianti Rùfina Nipozzano Riserva

Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese more

1/15/2010 - dayoff53 wrote: 84 points

This wine was decanted, aerated, then poured back in the bottle for serving. It had a nice ruby color and a good nose of dark fruit - plum and dark cherry - as well as a hint of spice. To my palate, it was a bit thin and a little more tart than I expected. It had a medium length finish and nice, soft tannins. This was served along with a 2002 La Massa Toscana super Tuscan at a dinner of spaghetti and spicy Italian sausage. While it complemented the dinner nicely, it was not nearly so good as the La Massa.

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Red

2002 La Massa Toscana IGT

SuperTuscan Blend more

1/15/2010 - dayoff53 wrote: 91 points

I aerated this wine, then returned it to the bottle well before serving. It was a deep red color and had a fully, fruity nose redolent of ripe black fruit. On the palate, it was very well balanced, with pleasant soft tannins, lots of fruit and a nice tartness. It had a long finish. The wine was served with spicy meat appetizers, then a dinner of spaghetti and spicy Italian sausage. It went very well with the meal.

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Red

2008 Folie à Deux Ménage à Trois Red

California Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel more

1/15/2010 - dayoff53 wrote: 82 points

This was a pleasant, fruity, inoffensive red wine. Both the nose and taste were primarily of red berry - raspberry and strawberry - with a bit of cocoa. It was not particularly memorable but certainly easy drinking.

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