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8.5% Sunday sipper! Love this wine, light, fresh, smooth. Goes with anything...especially grilled asparagus and hummus! Beautiful wine! — 10 months ago
Translucent light brick in color with a clear/colorless edge. Floral notes of roses with strawberries, bubble-gum and a slight ammonia under-scent on the nose…pleasant and not overpowering. This isn’t a “fruit forward” Pinot. I’ve been drinking alot of Pinot Noir this winter, something I typically leave for the summer…but the temperatures here in New England have warranted some “warm weather” wines (Not “Rose Weather”, mind you). This Carmel Road, 2013 from Monterey was kind of an “impulse buy”, as it cost me $20 US and I’ve been drinking alot of $10 a bottle pinots lately. Medium bodied with ALOT of hot spices and pepper on the palate, “warm leather” and “pipe smoke” underneath with the fruit of dark cherry and ripe apples. The finish is slightly tannic and lasting, leaving a dry grapefruit flavor. It’s a very nice wine, but I’m not so sure the value is there. I could certainly see paying $15 to $17 US for this, but at a $20 price point, I’ll probably not get it again. That’s not to say I don’t like it, as I said “it’s nice”. It’s like your high school prom date: she’s pretty, and she’s nice…but you really don’t have alot in common and she’s acting a little but too much like a “princess” for your liking. Sure, you have a fun night and you walk her to the door…but you pretty much just give her a kiss on the cheek and thank her for a “fun night”. Later, when your friends ask you about the dance…you tell them that you had a great time, and she’s a very sweet girl…but not really “your type”. Years later, at your 35th High School Reunion, you’ll find that she married Elon Musk and is still a really nice person. The bottom line here is that: this is a really nice Pinot and you really should try it: but it’s not a “fantastic $20 pinot”. I actually like Mark West Pinot better (it’s my “go to” Pinot). I’m scoring this an 85. — a year ago
Amazing Rose...light nose, strawberries and vanilla...soft acidity on the finish. A great summer wine! — 7 months ago
Navarre. A region in northern Spain bordering Basque, La Rioja and Aragon. It’s a place I’ve always wanted to visit. This wine brings me there. Let me tell you about the 2010 Otazu Premium Cuvee Senorio de Otazu. I want to break it down quickly and then opine on the wine specifically.
VISUAL: Clear, ruby on the edges fading to dark twilight deeper in.
NOSE: Slight cherry apple without O2, after a few swirls it opens up to sweet strawberry and banana scent. Very nice, not overpowering or too fruit forward.
PALATE: There’s oak in there, but only slight. Chocolate, barbecue, cherry, pistachio (barely). This is a wine that is sleek and sexy without being too obvious. It’s that girl at the beach who has no idea how beautiful she is, and just wants to throw the frisbee. The wine is NOT a tease, it’s just sweet, beautiful and very cool.
FINISH: No acidity, smooth finish with just a hint of tannins. It finishes without excessive echo.
AND NOW LET ME OPINE: I love this wine. It’s a perfect example of a quality Spanish wine: 50% Can Sauv, 30% Tempranillo, 20% Merlot. It’s a fantastic wine that I could see enjoying with a spicy curry, or even just on it’s own. Grab a bottle of this, a good frisbee disc and head out to the nearest beach for a game of Ultimate Frisbee. You will not be disappointed. My Parker Rating for this is a solid 90 points. — a year ago
Ruby on the darker side of red, this is a Pinot that goes easy on your nostrils. There's none of that typically sharp "fruit slice" that some Burgundians impose. I usually love that character, but on the nose...this one treads lightly, and I like that as well. You've got to really work the O2 into this before summoning any kind of cherry/orange-peel/rose petal scent. On the palate it's more involved. This 667 Pinot Noir is light to slightly medium bodied with medium acidity and a red pepper, green tomato spicy kind of flavor. This is a slick, good-natured car salesman who looks you in the eye, shakes your hand and tells it like it is: A hot salsa cherry bomb that will improve as it opens up...or so it seems (it did open up after an hour, but I had to decant it). So far, so good...I'm liking this wine alot...but lets talk about the finish. The first word that comes to mind is "sour". Not "damn, this wine is sour" but kinda like "hmmm...interesting sour note at the end". You only get that "sourness" for an instant as it quickly fades away, leaving the slightly tannic dry-leather cherry echo. Overall, this is a really good....not "great" Pinot Noir. I paid $10 US for it, and I'll definitely buy this again. Despite my mediocre review here, I would rate this a 90. — a year ago
One of the best Sauv Blancs I've tasted in a long time. Light grapefruit on the nose, but not overpowering...no slapping of the nostrils here just "Chillax dude" (the dude abides). The acidity is clear on the palate but it's a crisp citrus taste, again, very clean and fresh...again not overpowering. This is a great wine to enjoy with a sharp cheese...we had it with a truffle infused pecorino (Moliterno black truffle pecorino...amazing). This is a very refreshing Sauv Blanc, I highly recommend this...it's made me want to seek out more Chilean Sauv Blancs!! — 9 months ago
OH MY HOLY FLYING SPAGHETTI MONSTER!!! Here’s a spoiler for you: THIS IS AN EFFING AMAZING WINE!! deep dark inky red…blood red…almost BLUE it’s so red with a brick bright shine on the edges. On the nose this is a smokey leather chocolate dark cherry caress…it’s a a pleasure on the nose. This is a thick, creamy wine on the palate with a nice chalky hint of Cab Franc. The Grgich Hills Van Sauv, 2006 is an estate wine from Napa…and it’s a classic example as to why Napa Valley (and to some extend, Sonoma) have been challenging Bordeaux and the Rhone for so long. This is a “biodynamic” wine…which for me is usually a “red flag” meaning it’s all “Foo”…but not so. If I had to guess, the winemaker on this one cares ALOT about quality…and it shows. The finish is slightly tannic, but not in a bad way…the effect makes the finish fade slowly with some outstanding beefy-cocoa notes. At 14.5% alcohol this wine is on the “hot side” but this gives it a nice warm spicy-pepper flavor that wraps itself around your mouth and says “let’s party”. This is a wine for tasting, by the fire with a fine cigar not too far from your fingers. I would drink this any time of the year and can imagine it would be amazing with curry and Indian food. The 2006 Grgich Hills Estate Cab Sauv from Yountville. My wish for you is that you get to taste this awesome wine at some point in your life!! (THANK YOU CHIZ & ROB!!) — a year ago
Such a fantastic Cab Sauv! Deep, dark, rich but not overpowering. Leather, cherry/vanilla on the nose with a slight sharpness that isn’t acidic: it’s fruit forward without punching you in the face. Medium bodied with pronounced tannins but smooth. This is a very complex wine that; as it opens up, relaxes and yields chocolate/tobacco on the palate with a dry not too tannic finish that lasts until it turns a “sweet sour” at the very end before it mellows out. I realize this review is a little over the top, but I just spent the last week re-watching Mondovino and this is NOT a globalized “Mondavi" wine. Yes, it’s from Napa, but it really does stand on it’s own. No question in my mind that this is a 10!!! — a year ago