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White
1/18/2015 - markbona wrote:
85 points
Served with Sunday supper of Pasta Alla Olio and Eggplant Parmigianino in an Eisch wineglass. Smooth starts with a nice hint of tart grass and then rounds to a hint of grapefruit. Certainly worth the price of admission, strong enough to hold up to the garlic in the Pasta Alla Olio.
Red
11/3/2014 - markbona wrote:
83 points
Surprisingly dry for a Merlot. chewy on the palette with an starts out with hints of rotted, tart fruit and transitions to pine nuts and resin - not at all typical of a Merlot.
Red
9/1/2014 - markbona wrote:
90 points
big tart fruit - lots of acidity- Classic Brunello.
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White
9/1/2014 - markbona wrote:
85 points
Wow - truly exceeded our expectations - served it with a simple Salmon Dinner that was accompanied by a nice spicy Tomato and Jalapeño salsa that Chris concocted "on the fly" to accompany the fish. Originally I was afraid the fish and salsa would simply overpower this wine but it did not. The wine:
- lovely honeysuckle yellow hue with relatively thin legs in the glass;
- a mix of white grape, tart pear and green apple with just a hint of oak on the nose;
- on the palate it starts out by showing you the green apple and then the tart pear before whatever sweetness was there become a lovely clean "spicy" light oak aftertaste that simply made sure the wine was not at all modulated by the wild salmon or the jalapeño - tomato salsa we had it with.

Now I wish I had bought more than just this one bottle - a couple of these would be awesome for a Bahamas Fishing Trip dinner ... oh well on to the next vintage and bottle but I will look for more from this producer!
White
8/24/2014 - markbona wrote:
83 points
Pretty good even though we kept is past it's prime it aged well; thin legs, nice golden color in the glass. Minimal on the nose - mainly alcohol and oak on the nose but the palette is tart apple and American oak - drier than most Viognier but still a good wine.
Red
8/3/2014 - markbona wrote:
83 points
Lovely purple/blood red in the glass; thin legs in the glass as well. Nose and palette of mild oak, no complexity of note on the tongue but a nice if unremarkable wine.
White - Off-dry
8/1/2014 - markbona wrote:
92 points
Lovely light yellow color in the glass with a medium nose of sweet pear and light honey a truly delightful Spatlese and one of the best Rieslings I've ever had.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2005 Château Doisy-Védrines Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
8/16/2014 - markbona wrote:
91 points
Beautiful golden honey color and large bouquet of overripe fruit; medium legs, silky texture on the tongue starts with a sweet lychee taste on the tongue rounding to honey mixed with overripe peach ending with just a little pinch of the tongue.
Red
11/10/2013 - markbona wrote:
82 points
Aerated and decanted for 4+ hours... A bit thin but not ugly, initially a fair amount of oak and alcohol on the nose and palate then "rounds" like a bumpy tire to a mix of sour berries and tar... nit really a favorite but I think I cellared this for a couple years too long....
Red
10/29/2013 - markbona wrote:
85 points
My wife loved this wine - I found it a bit schizophrenic as I felt like I could distinctly taste both the Syrah and the Sangiovese grapes ... but to each his own for the price to have found a red wine my wife really likes means I'll "put up" with the schizophrenia with high end pizza and good red gravy on a pasta dish with this wine....
Red
4/27/2013 - markbona wrote:
92 points
Awesome - Big Fruit, mild oak; lots of tart cherry and plum but very dry so that when you have your second glass it's all still awesome but also your tongue feels like sandpaper. Complimented our surf and turf (cajun blakened ribeye) excellently!
Red
2002 Puriri Hills Clevedon North Island Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/9/2013 - markbona Likes this wine:
87 points
Oaky nose. Nice oak. Good acid not too much but some hints of alchohol, good now, some fruit but not alot left on the pallete. hints of cassis and spice but not overly complex or very layered in its presentation. Reasonably pleasant finish of sour/tart fruit.
Red
3/3/2013 - markbona wrote:
88 points
Solid Cotes de Rhone - smooth, lots of fruit, with a nice tanin finish
White - Sweet/Dessert
2008 Gadino Cellars Dolce Sofia Rappahannock County White Blend (view label images)
2/23/2013 - markbona wrote:
85 points
Nose of citrus and honey; lovely hone gold color with nice legs in the glass. On the pallette there are hints of sweet grass mixed with honey and slight citrus (sweet red grapfruit?) - a nice value for a solid, fun desert wine and while there is some complexity, there are no layers - everything hits the pallette pretty much at once and the finish is unexceptional.
Red
2008 Puriri Hills Pope North Island Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/22/2013 - markbona wrote:
98 points
Best wine I have ever tasted - it is everything you read about in all the reviews. Starts out with awesome color in the glass; and a big, spicey, complex nose that then translates and includes a hint of rough dark choclate as well as all that and more on the pallette and the finish just keeps going and going and going. Truly wonderful, layered complex heaven in a bottle!
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Red
2005 Château Lanessan Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/18/2013 - markbona wrote:
86 points
Ruby in the glass, nice nose, very closed and tannic initially (after decanting for an hour or so) then rounded somewhat but still tannic, someone else's earlier review mentioned the hint of tabbacco and in this bottle I found that to be true, though somewaht more than a hint. Nice earthy Bordeaux, though for some reason I couldn't shake the fact that because of the nose, I kept expecting something bigger and more complex on my pallate and this wine never delievered anything like that. Pleaseant and very good with the beef dish we served it with (Beef Burgandy), held up to those foods and complimentented well but not sure it would hold up well with game like venison.
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White
1/23/2013 - markbona wrote:
88 points
Opened, and then chilled and decanted for 3+ hours. Lovely color in the glass, - lots of fruit and citrus on the nose. Starts out full and even slightly buttery on the pallete and then finishes with a fair amount of grass and citrus on the tongue. A great bottle of wine for the the price given I forgot about it and left it in my cellar for a couple years longer than I intended. Will go lovely with tonights pepercorn tilapia filets.
Red
1/18/2013 - markbona wrote:
80 points
Solid wine - though held too long, it still has some tart fruit left, subtle hints of oak and good nose. Finishes a little chalky on the pallette.
Red
1/13/2013 - markbona wrote:
89 points
Wow - still a fair amount of tannin; wine has great legs and a deep almost purple color in the glass. Good bouquet but still a fair amount of alchohol on the nose. Wine starts out chewy and then grabs your tongue and leaves if "leathery" on the finish. Had it with medium seasoned steak and heavily garliced green beans and kale. This wine stood up to all that and then some. Really surprised it was as good as it was...
Red
11/25/2012 - markbona wrote:
87 points
Deep, deep purple with reasonable legs in the glass. Earthy fruit on the nose. Lots of tannin but almost no oak at all on the palette, the earthiness rounds to a sour, tart plums and cherries with no sweetness left at all.
Red
11/22/2012 - markbona wrote:
87 points
A bit sweeter than when we tasted at the store but still very fruity and good with our Thanksgiving Turkey. Not complex, just a straightforward (all fruit forward) sweeter than average red wine. Likely better paired with chocolates after dinner than as a wine with turkey but it was an experiment I wanted to try.
Red
11/12/2012 - markbona wrote:
92 points
The color is almost purple in the glass, awesome bouquet on the nose - starts on the pallette with Big fruit! and rounds to a really tasty sour plum finish - awesome with spiced skirt steak.
Red
2009 Château Poitevin Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/11/2012 - markbona wrote:
88 points
Nice complexity - starts out as tart blackberry, then on comes the spice then leaves the pallette with excellent tannins and chewy flavors.
Red
2000 Château Les Baziliques St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/4/2012 - markbona wrote:
76 points
Unremarkable, thin no real complexity, some spice but pretty quickly turned to oak.
Red
11/3/2012 - markbona wrote:
75 points
Pretty in the glass but unremarkable on the palette. No complexity at all but at least it's pleasant and for the price one can't complain...
Red
10/30/2012 - markbona wrote:
80 points
Nothing special but nothing bad either... not really that memorable but passable with weeknight speghetti and meatballs.
White
10/27/2012 - markbona wrote:
88 points
Not much nose and very short legs, clear and crisp in the glass as well as on the palette - balanced with good acidity ofsetting citrus and finishes with a hint of not overly tart grapefruit and grass.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2000 Château Rieussec Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
10/15/2012 - markbona wrote:
90 points
Deep golden color with a slight orange tint. Expressive cotton candy nose. Not very complex, lovely smooth feel on the tongue. Mostly honeysuckle and over-ripe peach on the palate.
Red
10/6/2012 - markbona wrote:
89 points
Excellent chateauneuf-du-pape, decanted using the aerator and served with a regular dinner Saturday at home - grilled ribeye with a Mediterranean rub; brussel sprouts in butter sauce and shoepeg corn niblets. This wine complimented the meal excellently and wasn't overpowered by the steak. The wine starts off slightly spicy and then moves to roasted red pepper flavors, the finish has some tannins but is relatively simple though enjoyable.
Red
8/26/2012 - markbona wrote:
91 points
Classic Malbec that got much better after two hours of decanting in the bottle, blood red color in the glass, long sexy legs, spicy and musky bouquet, big but bitingly dry, like rough leather - grabs and holds your tongue and then plenty of tannin, fruit and mild spice finish the after-taste. Paired awesomely with Sunday dinner of NY Strip (bone-in) on the grill, fresh tomato and olive salad, and potato salad.
White
8/5/2012 - markbona wrote:
90 points
As was already said, I hesitate to rate a 10 dollar bottle of wine a 90, but this was delicious. Just the right amount of sweetness (very subtle) and acidity. It was so good on a hot summer day and it had enough structure and acid/apricot that it isn't overpowered by food nor is it so sweet that it's annoying. Excellent value wish I'd bought more.
Red
7/8/2012 - markbona wrote:
88 points
Wow! For the price I originally paid for this wine which has now been in my cellar for going on 7 years this wine was superb! Had it with steaks on the grill - ran it through the aerator into a carafe and poured it straightaway. Lots of fruit left and lots of flavor. Not much if any oak at all but still some tannins present on the finish. Like a nice Beaujolais or Cotes' de Rhone but even better.
Red
2003 Château Villars Fronsac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/13/2012 - markbona wrote:
88 points
Very good - a fairly big wine that grabs the tongue and squeezes it on your palette then rounds to a chewy spicy bordeaux. Will let the other bottle in our cellar age another year or two but this is a very, very drinkable wine right now, IMO. Lots of spice but still a fair amount of tannin and fruit, it could also cellar another couple of years as well.
White
6/3/2012 - markbona wrote:
88 points
Lovely, buttery Chardonnay, started out a little musty but turned as it decanted into a lovely Chardonnay without too much oak. Mild ambiguous nuttiness then turned to a buttery dry white wine = perfect pairong for a fish entree.
Red
6/8/2012 - markbona wrote:
87 points
Lovely nice dry cabernet - grabbed our tongues and made a perfect accompaniment to our dinner of Grilled NY Strips on a lovely Friday evening in Northern VA - mild oak rounding to a leathery after taste on the palette with mild tannins - if you have this wione, I'd drink it soon, not much fruit left in it.
Red - Sweet/Dessert
6/8/2012 - markbona wrote:
85 points
EXACTLY AS ADVERTISED - Sweet Shiraz - excellent after dinner wine, had it with our salad course of tomato and mozzarella following a large grilled NY Strip dinner -= superb, slight sweet cherry on the palette.
White
6/2/2012 - markbona wrote:
82 points
Past it's prime but reasonably good. Musty, smokey tints on a buttery chardonnay with hints of sour orange and tart lemon.
White - Sweet/Dessert
6/2/2012 - markbona wrote:
79 points
Too much alcohol in the taste, past it's prime little to no almond or nuttiness left no fruit.
Red
5/20/2012 - markbona wrote:
88 points
Aerated and decanted for 1/2 hour; big nose, lovely color and bouquet; chewy, little to no tannins but enough to hold my tongue and then slightly claw it's way down my throat. Very good, this wine aged surprisingly well.
White
5/4/2012 - markbona wrote:
85 points
Nice light wine, solid fruit flavor (mainly pear). Went well with the Cod fish we served it with.
Red
4/14/2012 - markbona wrote:
85 points
Nice color in the glass, spicy and chewy, held my tongue well and rounded reasonably nicely though very little grape left in this wine, glad we crank it now.
Fruit/Vegetable Wine
4/4/2012 - markbona wrote:
82 points
Nice fruit wine - fun to drink and enjoy well chilled
Red
3/3/2012 - markbona wrote:
89 points
Pretty darn good! Nice nose, great color in the glass. Between leathery and chewy on my tongue think tart plum then going to really good tannins.
White
1/8/2012 - markbona wrote:
90 points
Lovely lots of citrus, especially grapefruit under-ripe pineapple, also a tangy under-ripe pear lovely in the glass and on the palette even if it's a little light in consistency.
Red - Fortified
1/3/2012 - markbona wrote:
90 points
Awesome, smooth, great flavor all the way through
Red
2008 Bogle Vineyards Phantom California Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
12/31/2011 - markbona wrote:
84 points
Sour fruit, oak and tannin. Not very complex for a Zin based blend, maybe I had too high of an expectation after reading other tasting notes but this wine really isn't my cup of tea.
Red
2008 Bogle Vineyards Phantom California Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
12/31/2011 - markbona wrote:
76 points
After it opened up a little really couldn't taste any complexity because it's all totally overpowered by OAK.... not at all to my preference but some might enjoy it...
White
12/29/2011 - markbona wrote:
80 points
Unremarkable but fairly good..
Red
2000 Château La Papeterie Montagne-St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/24/2011 - markbona wrote:
86 points
Decanted for 4 hours; Beautiful color and nice legs in the glass; starts on the nose and pallatte and nose with slight alcohol tang then there's a little rotted berry and it's chewy and finishes by rounding to a strong spice after taste that lingers nicely.
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