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2010 Luddite Wines Saboteur Cape South Coast Shiraz Blend, Syrah
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.
  • YWG Wine Guy commented:

    1/19/15, 4:12 PM - Could not have described this better myself! Totally agreed...

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2012 Napa Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
10/12/2014 - graemeg wrote:
"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.
  • YWG Wine Guy commented:

    11/11/14, 4:10 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
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.
  • YWG Wine Guy commented:

    11/2/14, 7:03 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! :)

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2012 Ego Bodegas Jumilla El Gorú Red Blend
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.
  • YWG Wine Guy commented:

    10/27/14, 5:24 PM - Appreciate the note, and my experience similar, but not as refined as your palate!

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2012 Ego Bodegas Jumilla El Gorú Red Blend
10/21/2014 - wineaficionado 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.
  • YWG Wine Guy commented:

    10/27/14, 5:23 PM - Appreciate the comments, my experience tonight very similar.

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2009 Sella & Mosca Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva
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.
  • YWG Wine Guy commented:

    4/24/14, 5:23 PM - Pretty spot on!

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2011 Bodegas Caro (Barons de Rothschild / Catena) Malbec Aruma Mendoza
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.
  • YWG Wine Guy commented:

    1/19/14, 5:47 PM - Well said, and agree!

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2012 Bodegas Atalaya Almansa Laya Red Blend
10/13/2013 - bretrooks wrote:
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.
  • YWG Wine Guy commented:

    11/22/13, 7:15 PM - Helpful review! Agree as well.

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2010 Descendientes de José Palacios Bierzo Pétalos Mencía
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
  • YWG Wine Guy commented:

    10/23/13, 5:25 PM - Like your comment and will quote your experience in mine! Cheers!

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2011 Seghesio Family Vineyards Zinfandel Sonoma County
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".
  • YWG Wine Guy commented:

    10/15/13, 6:39 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...:(

  • YWG Wine Guy commented:

    10/16/13, 6:32 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
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.
  • YWG Wine Guy commented:

    9/26/13, 7:34 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.

Red
2007 Agricole Vallone Salice Salentino Vereto Riserva Negroamaro
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.
  • YWG Wine Guy commented:

    8/20/13, 6:49 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 Estates Aconcagua Valley
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.
  • YWG Wine Guy commented:

    3/17/13, 5:25 PM - Ditto that! Nice style.

Red
2009 d'Arenberg Grenache The Custodian McLaren Vale
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.
  • YWG Wine Guy commented:

    3/12/13, 5:14 PM - Agree. Great QPR for this.

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2011 Bodegas Venta Morales Tempranillo La Mancha
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.
  • YWG Wine Guy commented:

    2/27/13, 4:52 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
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)
  • YWG Wine Guy commented:

    2/7/13, 8:42 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.

Red
2009 Andeluna Cellars (Familia Reina) Malbec Mendoza
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.
  • YWG Wine Guy commented:

    2/6/13, 7:03 PM - Ok, after some time in glass this is a tad more enjoyable/interesting such that I would suggest a solid buy!

Red
2010 Mitolo Cabernet Sauvignon Jester McLaren Vale
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.
  • YWG Wine Guy commented:

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

Red
2007 Terra d'Oro Winery Zinfandel Amador County
As per last note.
  • YWG Wine Guy commented:

    1/10/13, 5:26 PM - Important note, this is mislabeled on site. Very confusing. This is from producer Terra d'Oro. No appearent connection to Montevina.

Red
2009 Ghost Pines Cabernet Sauvignon Winemaker's Blend Napa / Sonoma
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.
  • YWG Wine Guy commented:

    11/19/12, 4:43 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
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.
  • YWG Wine Guy commented:

    10/26/12, 6:08 PM - Would agree...people need to appreciate the age in scoring somewhat I think.

Red
2007 Cooperativa Agricola do Távora Távora-Varosa Terras do Demo Reserva Red Blend
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).
  • YWG Wine Guy commented:

    6/30/12, 6:31 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...

Red
2009 Pio Cesare Barbera d'Alba
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.
  • YWG Wine Guy commented:

    1/28/12, 5:54 PM - Agreed

Red
2008 Bodega Catena Zapata Malbec High Mountain Vines Mendoza
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.
  • YWG Wine Guy commented:

    1/12/12, 5:25 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

Red
2008 Thirty Bench Red Thirty Bench Vineyard Beamsville Bench VQA Red Bordeaux Blend
12/11/2011 - MilesLP wrote:
89 points
Red currant, rasberry and vanilla, balanced and supple, light but not green, easy and enjoyable.
  • YWG Wine Guy commented:

    1/6/12, 7:13 PM - I tend to agree...keep a bottle for 2012 Christmas dinner?

White - Sparkling
N.V. Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne Brut Champagne Blend
12/23/2011 - Headless wrote:
80 points
Tasted at a retail tasting. The first nose was interesting; yeasty and cinnamon rolls but it blew off quickly and became rapidly dull. On the palate, this has quite fine mousse but the flavors are diluted, almost watery. Acidic and almost tart. Easily forgettable and if anybody drinks this as their first champagne and thinks this is representative, they will likely never come back to bubbles.
  • YWG Wine Guy commented:

    12/27/11, 6:40 PM - Good comment...agreed - has high reputation "value" and would tend to steer people away form Champagne per se, I would suggest. Sparkling wine is totally under appreciated outside this region! Cheers.

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2009 Trapiche Malbec Broquel Mendoza
11/6/2011 - Nairbski wrote:
84 points
None
  • YWG Wine Guy commented:

    12/12/11, 6:43 PM - Not sure how you can go from a 88 pt wine to a 82 pt wine in one day...in 5 diff. tastings...??

Red
2009 Layer Cake Shiraz South Australia
7/22/2011 - tourproto wrote:
80 points
Normally I like big, jammy wines (like Ridge) but this was way over the top. Way too thick/heavy on the palate, it overwhelms the taste buds. Not enjoyable at all.
  • YWG Wine Guy commented:

    11/28/11, 7:06 PM - Agreed!

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2010 Georges Dubœuf Fleurie Gamay
11/6/2011 - YWG Wine Guy Likes this wine:
86 points
Maybe 87 - keeping in mind the expected style and low price...my tasting note from the '08 is pretty darn similar - this is young still and may mellow of the next yr but is bright with fruit and acid...a touch off dry perhaps. Tasty, simple and nice enough.
  • YWG Wine Guy commented:

    11/6/11, 5:52 PM - Hey - just noticed this is my 1000 tasting note! Yikes!

Red
2009 Umani Ronchi Lacrima di Morro d'Alba Fonte del Re
17$ @ mlcc - new grape for me - Lacrima - not common. This style here is ooold school! Funky old world to say the least - nose its you like a ton of bricks with musty barnyard and some locker room? Palate has light tannin and acid and lots of that earth and must. Some hints of dark brambly berry perhaps. Smoky coffee notes on finish. This is kind of a unique taste - havent quite had this dramatic musty/earth experience in all my tasting memories! I am going to let this air out for 24 hrs and try again.

Otherwise, this is not something i would care to come back to...
  • YWG Wine Guy commented:

    10/29/11, 1:12 PM - One day later - still a lot of funky earth in there. More subdued perhaps and a little more brighter fruits, but just overwhelming.

Red
2007 Sartori di Verona Regolo Veronese IGT Corvina
12/17/2010 - honest bob wrote:
82 points
Have you heard the one about Ronald Macdonald, Walt Disney and Arbuck Macstarbucks getting together to start the ultimate wine bar franchise? No, I didn't think so, but it was worth a try. This is a completely inoffensive, neutered, sanitized, easy-iron version of Italian red wine. Yes, it is from Verona. No, it doesn't have the cheeky cherries of Valpolicella and if you are looking for tannins, balsamic characteristics or any characteristics at all other than a kind of soupy sweetish 13,5% alcopop, then you are in the wrong cinema, man, this is not arthouse. But there are no real faults, and it slips down without really offending... 82P
  • YWG Wine Guy commented:

    10/8/11, 6:11 PM - Well don't hold back there honest B...! How about pairing this with "Bridesmaids" the movie?

Red
2003 Bodegas Montecillo Rioja Gran Reserva Tempranillo
8/11/2011 - starbird wrote:
60 points
Fourth bottle. Even worse. I bought these bottles THREE different places. Montecillo: What the F is going on?
  • YWG Wine Guy commented:

    10/7/11, 7:08 PM - a comment to help you keep the faith! My first go at this - not bad by any stretch...is it worth 34$ CAN??? Don't think so - but clearly nowhere near flawed...

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2003 Campo Viejo Rioja Gran Reserva Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
8/28/2011 - bg3034 wrote:
87 points
PnP through Nuance Wine Finer. Dark purple color. On the nose, plums and heavy vanilla (I also got marshmallow?). On the palate, plums, dark berries and toffee. Light bodied with moderate tannins, but a pretty decent finish. Interesting wine. 87 pts. Aloha!
  • YWG Wine Guy commented:

    10/5/11, 5:24 PM - Aloha - liked the idea of marshmallow - but couldn't get it...first time i've come across that adjective!

Red
2008 Clayhouse Vineyard Adobe Red Paso Robles Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel
8/15/2011 - jvanasco wrote:
80 points
In NYC. This was on sale for $12 from $15. Nothing bad about it, but nothing great. Tasted a bit rough and hot, even after decanting for 90 minutes. I've had better wines for around $7. Someone here noted a comparison to the Prisoner - I don't get that at all.
  • YWG Wine Guy commented:

    10/2/11, 5:24 PM - Agreed...more so the last part...:)

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2008 Torres Ribera del Duero Céleste Crianza Tempranillo
5/28/2011 - pcarmich wrote:
89 points
The nose is tobacco layered with leather and cedar. The palate is a red fruit core surrounded by animal notes, tobacco, mushrooms and cedar. The finish has some fine, soft tannins balanced by acidity that brings sour cherries to mind. A good once a week wine, as you could get tired of this particular profile.
  • YWG Wine Guy commented:

    9/2/11, 6:28 PM - Nice summary and with more elegance, mirrors my experience! Great QPR.

Red
2009 Gnarly Head Old Vine Zinfandel Lodi
4/9/2011 - Xfactor wrote:
76 points
Not bad for $8, but too syurpy.
  • YWG Wine Guy commented:

    5/7/11, 5:01 PM - Ya, agree with the syrup factor. Perhaps didn't emphasize that part enough in my note. It was distracting for sure!

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2008 Viña Cornejo Costas Malbec don Rodolfo Cafayate
3/19/2011 - YWG Wine Guy Likes this wine:
88 points
I'm liking this one, nice pleasant fairly standard Malbec that represents the region! Nose has dark fruit. Palate has nice level of tannin and acid such that solo drinking is nice. Qualities of green pepper/vegetal notes are first on the palate then some coffee qualities, dark plums/berry notes. Finish with some smooth oak, but subtle. For the price, this is pretty good. I'd buy a couple more and try again in 6 months. I like the fact this isn't some berry fruit bomb.
  • YWG Wine Guy commented:

    3/20/11, 5:53 PM - The next day, this changes a little for the better if you are not into the green pepper thing...Way less vegatal notes and more fruit, perhaps approaching a very fruit forward wine.

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2009 Ruffino Orvieto Classico White Blend
3/18/2011 - YWG Wine Guy wrote:
85 points
$11 CAN @ MLCC - well get a little different expereince than others, reviewing notes from '09 and '08. For me, the nose is muted and subtle white floral notes and perhaps pears...palate is similar - pear and perhaps some apple quality - some acid and subtle sweetness - but rapidly transitions to a bitter mid and finish - like ?burnt almonds. Just not digging this.
  • YWG Wine Guy commented:

    3/19/11, 3:46 PM - Tried again the next day...improved enough that i felt i should add this. More aromatic on palate if i can say that....has opened up more and that bitter note has also mellowed such that i appreciated this style for more of what it is. Can see this much better as match with food. I would buy this again at this low entry level price point.

    Perhaps this expereience suggests this should sit on shelf for 6-12 months.

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2007 A Mano Primitivo Puglia IGT
3/12/2011 - YWG Wine Guy wrote:
85 points
My second go at this. Tried against Cali Zin for fun. This now has very muted and faint nose of some hints of dark berry fruit and dust. The palate is light bodied, some old world flavour notes and dark plum/berry notes. Finish is decent enough, but simple and not much else.

Average wine with little dimension. The Cali zin had a little more "something" to it...of course completely different style/winemaking - but always interesting how vastly different the same grape can turn out depending on the usual variables.
Cheers
  • YWG Wine Guy commented:

    3/12/11, 5:37 PM - Must admit this does improve enough with time and air that i should update the above. The nose is similar, but the palate has developed a deeper quality and is actually nice and pleasant with darker fruits and the finish is nice with a smooth quality. I would serve this with a good decant. Give it a 87'ish.

White - Sparkling
N.V. Finca Flichman Extra Brut Mendoza Chardonnay Blend, Chardonnay
8/24/2009 - winepog wrote:
88 points
Nice, easy to drink, good qpr...bubbles, yeast to say the least...a good value, nice golden color...cheers...
  • YWG Wine Guy commented:

    2/27/11, 4:41 PM - Cheers to that, totally agree.

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2007 Charles Smith Cabernet Sauvignon Chateau Smith Columbia Valley
2/4/2011 - jclements wrote:
50 points
Cherry, jammy, fruit forward, blah blah. Getting sick of these American, especially NW, reds with no backbone and a faceful of cherry candy sappy blech. Not worth it at $17. Sure, I suppose there's minerality and cedar in there somewhere.
  • YWG Wine Guy commented:

    2/8/11, 6:06 PM - Wow, harsh...but well said...agreed!

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2008 Marchesi de' Frescobaldi Tenuta di Castiglioni Toscana IGT SuperTuscan Blend
11/18/2010 - Jhcwine Does not like this wine:
88 points
See my prior tasting notes on this wine. This bottle had an insufficient backbone. There was sufficient fruit, but just about no tannin and no complexity. More like a juice than a wine. Not as good as the last bottle of this batch (I bought 6). This could have come from a bad batch. Overall, the 2006 was quite good (fabulous QPR), the 2007 good and the 2008 just barely a 90.
  • YWG Wine Guy commented:

    1/10/11, 6:16 PM - I wonder if this bottle got some age, it would be a little better for ya? I think it wil mellow a little with what get is a high level of acid/tartness and that sour cherry deal...I won't drink my other bottle for a good year.

Red
2006 Hedonist Wines Shiraz The Hedonist McLaren Vale
7/15/2009 - matherjo wrote:
88 points
The Hedonist, Shiraz, Mc Laren Vale Australia 2006 HK$168

Appearance:

deep purple, intense with very little rim variation

Nose:

Prunes, stewed black fruits, dark berry, black cherry and plum
clean with a medium plus intensity, warm climate fruit used

Palate:

Off Dry, dark fruit, tannins med minus to low acidity
black cherry, plum, pepper, spices, black pepper

Conclusions:

It is hard to argue with 91 points from Robert Parker. This is a well made wine from a very good producer. It also happens to be organic. I personally find it a bit lacking in the acidity and structure. While not as jammy as some of the warmer region Shiraz's, when tasted against a Crozes-Hermitage it seems sweet. I would serve this gladly with grilled meats and vegetables, spiced chicken or pork and some lamb dishes will accompany nicely.
  • YWG Wine Guy commented:

    12/16/10, 6:14 PM - Should be encouraged to argue with parker...! Each to his own palate, and Parker's is well known to gravitate to a certain style...and not everyone agrees with it. Trust your own as they say. Cheers!

Red
2006 Les Crêtes Torrette Vigne Les Toules Red Blend
12/16/2010 - 14Frimaire wrote:
flawed
@!##@@!@%%^^!!!! Corked. Dammit. Seemed beautiful. Hope the drain liked it.
  • YWG Wine Guy commented:

    12/16/10, 6:11 PM - :( sorry to hear...hard to find any more in my neck of the woods...maybe will get the '07's.

Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. Jansz Wine Company Premium Rosé Brut Tasmania Rosé Blend
12/14/2010 - YWG Wine Guy Likes this wine:
87 points
Respectable rose sparkling wine, but not sure if worth the price of 30$ CAN. It has light strawberry/floral component to palate with a subtle creamy quality. Very muted overall. Not much else. Pleasant for sipping no question.
  • YWG Wine Guy commented:

    12/15/10, 5:12 PM - Had pretty much whole bottle to try again next day...was going to make some braised christmas cabbage with it, but didn't. Drank a glass instead while watching Iron Chef - sparkling wine episode! I say this as it may have biased my renewed interest in this! Seemingly better than yesterday, and really liking this, but is semi-dry and that is something i don't look for. 88. ps: also goes well with season finale of the Apprentice.

White
2007 Chalone Vineyard Chardonnay Monterey County
8/8/2009 - Rob MacKay wrote:
84 points
Needed some Chardonnay for a recipe so I picked this up for $12 at a local grocery store and for that price, I was quite happy with this wine. There are some nice tropical fruits on the nose but the wine does lean toward what I call the traditional California style of oaky and buttery. Fans of these more oaky, buttery wines will certainly like this but if you don't care for that style then this might not be your wine.
  • YWG Wine Guy commented:

    12/15/10, 4:51 PM - Spot on Rob, at least my palate and little experience would tend to agree with you...

Red
2008 Apothic Red California Red Blend
10/19/2010 - bretrooks Does not like this wine:
75 points
A friend picked this up because he liked the label, and this evening we popped and poured to sip while playing a game. This drinks like unsweetened cherry juice with a little kick to it. We picked up slight salty and bitter aspects, but in the end this is very simple, smooth, fruit juicy wine with no structure. Not quite bad enough to dump out, but not really enjoyable, either.

Given the choice, we'd recommend buying cherry juice.
  • YWG Wine Guy commented:

    12/5/10, 5:51 PM - ditto that

Red
2008 Apothic Red California Red Blend
11/22/2010 - River Rat wrote:
The kids brought a bottle over last night. It unfortunately followed a 2009 Seghesio Sonoma County Zinfandel. I popped it, poured a taste, took a sip and made the sound of a bomb dropping from an airplane and then exploding on the ground. Plonk. Someone rolled the grape juice truck up, added some mega purple and bottled it as wine. Son said Gallo's target market is 25-35 year old women. Uh, yup. No nose, all fruit, no structure whatsoever no acidity, no tannins. RS had to be 4-5%. Great guzzling wine. Should have come in a 1 gallon jug with a thumb ring. Nice label, catchy name.
  • YWG Wine Guy commented:

    12/5/10, 5:50 PM - Cheers on that!

Red
2008 Apothic Red California Red Blend
9/29/2010 - crogers106 wrote:
60 points
Don't know if I got a bad bottle or what. Absolutely undrinkable. Poured down the drain.
  • YWG Wine Guy commented:

    12/5/10, 5:50 PM - yep, i had same instinct!

Red
2007 Bogle Vineyards Old Vine Zinfandel California
11/3/2010 - boldntannic wrote:
86 points
Decanted with the Vinturi and allowed to breathe for 60 minutes.
Nose: Good dark fruit initially and throughout the next 90 minutes.
Color: Garnet
Body: Full bodied, great legs and mouthfeel.
Taste: Strong dark fruit initially, followed by mild tannins. Not that much structure or complexity. Much closer to a fruit bomb than an oak bomb.
Finish: Nice length. Pleasant with no off notes.
Overall: Pleasant enough for $7.47 at Total Wine. Not a wowee wine, but a decent effort for this price point. Will continue to buy this wine while searching for an alternative that provides that wowee response.
  • YWG Wine Guy commented:

    11/30/10, 6:49 PM - I really would love to hear about some "wowee" follow up experiences! Like you (and perhaps most folks) I am on the same, seemingly virtual, mission!

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