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2013 Chalk Hill Chardonnay Sonoma Coast
3/20/2015 - Racer117 wrote:
88 points
Quite light color; strong aromas of cotton candy, buttered popcorn, greeness, alcohol; pungent flavors of lemon, apple, metal and plenty of heat. The strong acidity keeps this balanced. Full throttled CA chardonnay but no simple butter bomb. This should please the whole range of wine drinkers: on one end you've got your great aunt Ida and on the other is Dieter the bespectacled odd wine snob from the IT dept. Aunt Ida, "This is really good honey, could you get me a couple of ice cubes?" Dieter, "Das Californians fall very short of a 2007 1er Cru Puligny-Montrachet Les Caillert but I vill still drink this."
  • winedupe commented:

    12/2/17, 5:35 PM - Racer, ROTFL! I have been working through a case of the 2013, and have tried one bottle of the 2016, which seems similar (restrained, but good). Have you tried the 2016? Given your spot on analysis of the 2013, I would value your take on the 2016. Thanks - Winedupe

2013 Chakana Estate Selection Red Blend Lujan de Cuyo Malbec Blend, Malbec
4/4/2016 - CWilliam wrote:
87 points
My sister really enjoyed but I'm not a fan.

Dark purple color. Bell pepper (pyrazines), black cherry on nose. Blackberry, black cherry fruit primary palate with some herbal undertones - Medium+ body, medium- acidity and medium finish. I had a hard time getting over the nose on this wine. Would not purchase. 87+ for my palate.
  • winedupe commented:

    2/7/17, 8:47 PM - CWILLIAM, Bell pepper compound is a pyrazine, not pyrizine. Ironically, I smell it often in red wines from Chile, for example Santa Rita Carmenere 120 and Cabernet. I am curious as to why grapes are expressing a pepper compound. The two plants probably diverged hundreds of millions of years ago... For me this is a serious defect in a wine. I like bell peppers in my salad, and chili peppers in my chile, but not in my wine.. -Winedupe

2012 Bodegas Castaño Yecla Solanera Viñas Viejas Mourvèdre Blend, Mourvèdre
5/7/2015 - Ed85 wrote:
84 points
purple fast legs, mild cassis aroma, dark fruit and toast, moderate acid, little tannin, tart finish, one dimensional, fair value @ $11, 83-86 (best on day 3)
  • winedupe commented:

    6/25/15, 9:14 PM - ED85,
    Pray tell where you bought this for $11. My local discount wine shop (Woburn, MA) sells it for $17. I would love to get it for $11. Thanks
    - winedupe

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