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Our 10th Anniversary!

12/31/2014 16:36:00 PM

Today we are celebrating our 10th anniversary here at The Wine Cask Blog! Over the past 10 years, we've posted around 3,000 reviews that span varietals, vintages, continents, and styles. We hope these have been enjoyable and useful to you.The ...

LeCole #41 Chenin Blanc wine review by (PB)

12/15/2014 15:48:00 PM

Pale gold with aromas of creamy tropical fruit and a light citrus beam; slight nuance of pear and golden apple.Palate--Lively acidity, with tropical fruit flavors of ripe pineapple, lemon, mouth watering and a hint of vanilla. Finish leaves ...

Cambria Pinot Noir "Julia's Vineyard" 2012 Wine Review by (PB)

12/14/2014 16:42:00 PM

Lighter cherry hue with aromas of strawberry and cream.Palate--silky with cocoa/strawberry, straight forward and uncomplicated; This Santa Maria Valley AVA is pure pinot that is easy drinking and delicious. I paid $21 for this at the Spasso ...

Waterbrook Columbia Valley Merlot 2011 Wine Review (NW)

12/13/2014 08:51:00 AM

Tasting notes:Black cherry, dark chocolate, and aromatic oak on the noseFull bodied on the palateCedar, eucalyptus, and raspberry layers on the finishSummary:This Merlot from the Columbia Valley in Washington shows interesting layers on the ...

Badia Coltibuono RS Chianti Classico 2011 Wine Review (NW)

12/06/2014 17:54:00 PM

Tasting notes:Elegant beam of sweet cherry and red berry with fragrant herbs on the nose Medium bodied on the palateSilky texture on the finish, good length, with cherry, soft woody notes, and spice Summary:This is a nice wine. What really drives ...

Petite Petit 2012 wine review by (PB)

12/01/2014 16:30:00 PM

Deeply pigmented blackberry hue with aromas of jammy earthy blackberry with a hint of blueberry with the slightest suggestion of mocha and nice spice.Full fruit bomb presence with big plump berry flavor with a finish of clear milk chocolate. ...

Pietra Santa Zinfandel 2008 wine review by (PB)

11/30/2014 20:27:00 PM

Garnet hue with aromas of robust spiciness with a unique odor that I can't pin down that seems to dissipate leaving light blackberry notes remainingPalate--tightly wound with staid fruit which I think just needs some time to open up and warm ...

Block Nine Caiden's Vineyard California Pinot Noir 2013 Wine Review (NW)

11/30/2014 20:18:00 PM

Tasting notes:Cherry and red berries with spice

2012 Educated Guess Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

11/30/2014 17:00:00 PM

Nose: Vanilla and young fruity berriesPalate: strong interplay of tannin and acid. Not bad but not subtle.Finish: Lovely finish of blueberry and cherry notes.Overall: we tasted this at a friend's house. They paid $24 for it at a local wine store. ...

2011 Bruno Giacosa Barbera Casa Vinicola wine review by Billy

11/29/2014 12:18:00 PM

Nose: Young plum, spice and clovePalate: strong warm tannins,

Pierre Usseglio & Fils Chateauneuf du Pape 2003 wine review by (PB)

11/27/2014 14:36:00 PM

Prune juice hue with aromas of cigar box, and a touch of cedar. Nuanced cherry fruit underneath.Palate--Mature beyond peak, subdued cherry berry fruit, rustic undertones, finishes sharply.Our 2nd wine opened for Thanksgiving which surprisingly ...

Chateau Malescot St. Exupery 2006 wine review by (PB)

11/27/2014 13:09:00 PM

Dark black cherry hue showing some age; Bouquet--sweet, stewed brandied blackberries,a hint of licorice or spice;Palate--Mature wine going over the hill but characteristic, mature fruit flavors of dark berries and spices with an earthy touch. ...

What Thanksgiving wine to serve?

11/26/2014 17:07:00 PM

A Thanksgiving Day meal with friends and family provides a perfect opportunity to enjoy nice wine. Because so much fuss is made over food and wine pairings in general, I find people get a little stressed out about what to serve guest on this ...

Geyser Peak Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 wine review by (PB)

11/26/2014 17:05:00 PM

Black cherry hue with an off putting aroma at first sniff like "cheap" fruit. I know that's not very helpful but it just reminds me of a $3 wine which is made up of whatever the maker could find.Palate--Very steely, fruity front with juicy ...

Cotes Du Rhone 2010 E. Guigal wine review by (PB)

11/26/2014 17:05:00 PM

Slightly browning on presentation; with aromas of mature cherry with a tinge of aged bouquet.Palate--Mature, juicy acidity, with fruit that is starting to head south. Older cherry notes with a touch of spice and wood.I am surprised that this ...

OZV (Old Zin Vines) 2012 Sponsored wine review--by (PB)

11/24/2014 17:45:00 PM

This Zin presents with an eye catching crystalline ruby/garnet hue.Aroma--Cinnamon "red hots" candy over cocoa and the more gentle, strawberry, Bing cherry fruit. Under neath it all there's a creamy vanilla nuance.Palate--Almost silky mouth ...

Antigal "Uno" Malbec 2010 wine review by (PB)

11/24/2014 17:19:00 PM

Nice black cherry hie deeply pigmented right to the rim:Aromas of robust, blackberry and dark berry aromas with cigar box and vanilla touches. Really beautiful herbal spicy bouquet that is finessed and borders on elegant.Palate--Big, rich berry ...

Concha Y Toro Marques Casa Concha Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Wine Review (NW)

11/23/2014 19:23:00 PM

Tasting notes:Black currant and coffee on the noseFull bodied on the palate Dense finish with dark chocolate, coffee, sage, and blackberry Summary:This wine is always good, year in and year out. The 2012 drinks like a polished Cabernet that ...

Laurent Tibes Les Camuizelles Carignan 2004 Wine Review (NW)

11/23/2014 19:17:00 PM

Tasting notes:Rich and concentrated nose with spicy red currant and black cherry Full bodied on the palate Finish fades a bit with plum, spice, and sage Summary:I picked this up on an excellent closeout sale for just $5, as it normally runs ...

Jean-Francois Merieau Le Bois Jacou Gamay 2012 wine review by (PB)

11/18/2014 16:47:00 PM

Daffodil, lots of spices, white pepper hint, with big "tequila" aroma, with cherry,strawberry fruit, and grapefruit! (unique)Palate--subdued fruit with big white pepper and spice flavor, on a steely finish.Wow--this "Touraine" Gamay I would ...

Beaujolais Nouveau is coming!!! wine alert by (PB)

11/17/2014 16:46:00 PM

Remember this Thursday (Nov. 20) Beaujolais Nouveau is released all over the world. Nouveau is made from the Gamay grape and sent to market only 6 weeks after harvest! It is fresh, straightforward, and simple wine drinking at its best. In France, ...

Buehler Chardonnay (Russian River) 2012 wine review by (PB)

11/17/2014 15:54:00 PM

Pale gold hue with aromas of apple and pear, melon and creme brulee with sweet vanilla bean.Palate--a citrus beam runs right down the middle with mouth watering acidity, tropical fruit, vanilla ; made in the oakey style. The finish of this ...

Chusclan "Les Genets" 2012 wine review by (PB)

11/16/2014 18:32:00 PM

Cranberry jelly hue with aromas that are rustic, with a touch of forest floor, fresh cherry and cherry cream.Palate--Lively mouth feel with vibrant acidity that makes my mouth watering, leaving a moderate wake of tart red fruit and a fleeting ...

Bogle Pinot Noir 2012 wine review by (PB)

11/16/2014 17:51:00 PM

Light raspberry bouquet with gentle spices and a touch of chocolate covered cherries.Palate--Understated, fruit flavors, with an overly acidic foundation, a fleeting finish of faded fruit leaves my mouth underwhelmed.Bogle has been producing ...

Sierra Batuco Pinot Noir Reserva 2011 wine review by (PB)

11/15/2014 16:56:00 PM

Lighter ruby hue with aromas of spicy and bright raspberry/cherry Palate--Initial impression of band aids with subdued tart, acidic red fruit with a slight band aid finish. Who! This is not a good beginning but since it is Pinot Noir I have ...

Ghost Pines Red Blend 2012 wine review by (PB)

11/10/2014 16:46:00 PM

Deep black cherry hue with aromas of chocolate covered red fruit, with loads of red berry and blueberry hints, plenty of rustic spice, tart red raspberry.Palate--Supple texture solid structure, bold, full bodied, berry fruit with hints of cocoa, ...

Columbia Crest Grand Estates Columbia Valley Chardonnay 2012 Wine Review (NW)

11/09/2014 19:38:00 PM

Tasting notes:Tropical fruit bouquet with coconut and limeFull bodied on the palateFinishes with melon, citrus notes, and some creamy oak Summary:Here's a rich, round style of Chardonnay from Columbia Crest in their highly reliable Grand Estates ...

Perez Cruz Carmenere Limited Edition 2012 wine review by Billy

11/09/2014 18:41:00 PM

Nose: light notes of plum, cherry and a hint of mushroomPalate: Firm tannins and moderate acids play with each other until the tannins win. Strong characteristics of loam and charcoal. Pleasant dry mouth feel.Finish: Vegetal and long but su ...

Concha Y Toro Serie Riberas Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 wine review by (PB)

11/09/2014 16:16:00 PM

Substantially pigmented rich, dark cranberry jelly hue with aromas of over the top vegetal bouquet on opening that gives way to big, dark fruit, ripe plum, baker's chocolate. loads of forest floor and cedar with more fruit behind.Palate--Bold, ...

Oreana Petit Merlot 2010 wine review by (PB)

11/07/2014 16:35:00 PM

Hefty pigmented deep black garnet hue with great bouquet of ripe plums, rich blackberries, licorice, forest floor, and and edge of cocoa. Wow!Palate--Big bold fruity, ripe blackberry, black cherry laced with a mocha edge and spices galore with ...

Ravenswood "Besieged" (Sonoma County) 2013 wine review by (PB)

11/07/2014 16:25:00 PM

Pigmented, dark garnet with aromas of deep pomegranate, blackberry, Plum, blueberry, Palate-- Big, 30 megaton fruit bomb with rich, deep black berry and dark plum with heavy flavors and plenty of wood; big spicy flavors and black tar.This is ...

Dr. Loosen Riesling 2012 wine review by (PB)

11/03/2014 16:50:00 PM

Pale lemon hue with aromas of creamy sweet mandarin orange,tropical fruit galore with a powdery creme brulee and sweet pie spices abounding.Powerful assaulting tropical fruit compote with a moderate acidic foundation leaving a thickish cream ...

Marchese di Frescobaldi Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva 2010 Wine Review (NW)

11/01/2014 10:29:00 AM

Tasting notes:Opens with backberry and black cherry on the nose with hints of tobacco Full bodied on the palateBlack currant, balsamic, and dense spicy notes on the finishSummary:This is very good wine, dense and interesting. I've sampled most ...

Condes de Albarei Rias Baixes Albarino 2013 Wine Review (NW)

11/01/2014 10:21:00 AM

Tasting notes:Citrus and hints of apple on the noseLight bodied on the palateAbbreviated finish with citrus notes Summary:There's a lot of good Albarino out there from the Rias Baixes region of Spain, but this one is a bit flat. It doesn't have ...

Sierra Batuco Carmenere "Reserva" 2011 wine review by (PB)

10/30/2014 17:21:00 PM

Intense deep garnet hue with aromas of over the top herbal, green bouquet that overwhelms the sweet raspberry and and dark berry fruit.Palate--Supple tannins with peppery big berry fruit on an immature foundation that will benefit from another ...

Truchard Zinfandel (Carneros) 2011 wine review by (PB)

10/30/2014 16:54:00 PM

Opaque ruby hue with solidly spiced out berry aromas with spicy, peppery tomato jelly. Palate--black pepper notes on the front, with spicy red berry and plum fruit on a hefty structure. Finishes with a bit of charred oak and smoke.This is the ...

Banfi Centine Toscana 2011 wine review by (PB)

10/28/2014 18:10:00 PM

Opaquish garnet with aromas of spicy red cherry-berry fruit with a hint of cocoa.Palate--Mouth watering acidity with edgy, eye opening structure, short lived tart berry flavor and a fleeting finish. This Tuscan is a blend of 20% Merlot and 20% ...

Z 52 Zinfandel 2010 wine review by (PB)

10/28/2014 18:08:00 PM

Black cherry hue with Zinfandel brambly aromas of ripe raspberry and dark berry.Palate--classic Zin profile with easy to drink structure, nice full flavor and balanced presentation with a subtle cocoa finish. This Lodi sourced Zin is a nice ...

Banfi Chianti Classico 2011 wine reivew by (PB)

10/23/2014 16:51:00 PM

Purple hue with aromas of sweet spiced apple rings and cherry fruit with cigar box bouquet.Palate--Slight stewed tomato front with chewy tannins and rigid acidity. Salty foundation with dried cherries underlying it all. Finishes quickly with ...

Santa Julia Reserva Malbec 2012 Wine Review by Billy

10/20/2014 20:45:00 PM

Nose: Fig, Plum and Smoky TarPalate: Plush tannins and medium acid make a delightful front-of-mouth play like a new lover's kiss; all exploration and some fumbling around to find the right fit.Finish: More fleshy plum and prune flavors on the ...

Mariana Vineyards "Sierra Foothills" Cabernet Franc 2010 wine review by (PB)

10/20/2014 17:25:00 PM

Dark garnet hue with aromas of sweet tobacco, cigar box notes, with candied dark berry fruit with solid notes of cedar and black licorice.Palate--dark blackberry cream suggestion on a foundation that will benefit from another 4 years of cellaring. ...

La Merika Pinot Noir (Central Coast) 2012 wine review by (PB)

10/20/2014 17:11:00 PM

Very light pale watermelon juice red hue with aromas of Candied apple hard cherry coating aroma with strawberry with gentle spice and a touch of bright fresh cherry.Palate--A burst of wood before the fruit, then woody, spicy thin strawberry ...

Chateau Lestage Listrac-Medoc 1982 Wine Review (NW)

10/13/2014 17:53:00 PM

Tasting notes:Cigar box aromas, mushrooms, and earthy

Foris Pinot Gris "Rogue Valley" 2012 wine review by (PB)

10/13/2014 17:11:00 PM

This Oregon state white has a bouquet that knocks your socks off full of tropical fruit, with a a hint of vanilla cream pushing apple, melon notes.Palate--Out of the gate super flavorful with a velvety texture which separates this from lower ...

Porcupine Ridge Syrah 2012 wine review by (PB)

10/12/2014 20:27:00 PM

Medium black cherry hue with a bouquet of spicy, almost cedary, with subtle fudgey notes at the edges of the glass. Big berry nose setting off the fruit potential fruit bomb.Palate--Big bold presence on the palate with big gobby dark berries, ...

Sebastiani Merlot 2010 wine review by (PB)

10/10/2014 17:58:00 PM

Lovely garnet hue with impressive aromas of bold red berries, a clear beam of dill with some smoke and spicy black cherry with strawberry fruit. Palate--Mouth watering acidity with integrated structure, and a perfumy mid-palate with a very ...

Girasole Vineyards Zinfandel 2010 wine review by (PB)

10/06/2014 16:59:00 PM

Light hue of cherry juice with a nice bouquet of cranberry, pomegranate, sweet cocoa and brambly/spicy notes with complicated fennel/licorice and dried cherries. One of the best Zin bouquets I have smelled in ages!Palate--Relaxed presentation ...

L'Oca Cuica Brunello di Montalcino 2006 Wine Review (NW)

10/05/2014 19:08:00 PM

Tasting notes:Expressive nose of cherry, earth, and licorice Full bodied on the palateLong finish with currants, forest floor, and spice Summary:This Brunello is very good, with a lot of density to the flavors that are still emerging at eight ...

Symington "Altano" (Douro) 2011 wine review by (PB)

10/05/2014 17:50:00 PM

Heavily pigmented black cherry and garnet hue with aromas of rich, sweet "port-like" suggestions accompanied by rich dark berry and raisin and a subtle stewed tomato influence.Palate--Nice rich flavors of slightly tart and balanced ripe berries ...

Barone Ricasoli Brolio Chianti Classico 2009 wine review by (PB)

10/03/2014 17:30:00 PM

Black cherry hue with wonderful bouquet of slightly spiced cherries, dried tomatoes, fresh cherries above the glass, rustic overtones and a hint of fennel.Palate--Fruity stewed tomato hints with bright cherry and forest floor notes with spices ...

Cristom Willamette Valley Mt. Jefferson Cuvee 2011 Wine Review (NW)

09/28/2014 19:10:00 PM

Tasting notes:Smoky cherry and plum on the noseMedium bodied on the palateFinishes with raspberry, dried herbs, and more smoky notes that provide complexity Summary:This wine is always intriguing and enjoyable. It consistently has an alluring ...

Chateau Machorre 2005 wine review by (PB)

09/28/2014 18:48:00 PM

Nice vibrant garnet hue with some opacity.Aromas--Rich dark berries with a subtle note of age combined with ample rustic spices and cigar box notes.Palate--refined tannins, nice berry foundation with intense, lively foundation with a solid beam ...

La Granja 360 Verdejo-Viura 2013 wine review by (PB)

09/25/2014 18:16:00 PM

Straw hue with ample aromas of sweet apple, vanilla and loads of tropical fruit.Palate--Very steely front with nice mouth feel with cleansing acidity and more minerals with subdued green apple, ,melon, and citrus notes.This is a blend of these ...

Beaulieu Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2011 wine review by (PB)

09/22/2014 17:47:00 PM

Black Cherry hue with aromas of bold,stinky dark berries and some funky, off aromas of damp basement. There is a slight suggestion of pomegranate and musty cigar box.Palate--Unique first impression of inky, solid fruit with nice chocolate tinged ...

Vigne A Porrona "Toscana Rosso" 2011 wine review by (PB)

09/22/2014 17:12:00 PM

Medium garnet hue with aromas of forest floor, bright cherry, menthol and cigar box.Palate--True Tuscan, rustic, flavors of sturdy Sangiovese with steally notes and a touch of dark berry. Finishes with graphite.This is a blend of Sangiovese, ...

San Felice Chianti Classico 2010 Wine Review (NW)

09/21/2014 08:48:00 AM

Tasting notes:Nose opens with cherry accompanied by earthy notesFull bodied on the palateDecent depth on the finish with cherry, red currant, and herbs Summary:This is a fairly straight-forward Chianti Classico at a reasonable price of $15 or ...

Santa Barbara Winery "Petite Sirah" 2010 (Santa Barbara County) wine review by (PB)

09/17/2014 19:27:00 PM

Youngish looking deeply pigmented cranberry jelly colored hue;Aromas--sweet berries out of the glass, big, robust, dark berry fruit with licorice note and a rustic, cigar box, forest floor in the swirl.Palate--Engulfing, fruit bomb that assaults ...

Joseph Drouhin Chorey-les-Beaune 2007 Wine Review (NW)

09/01/2014 20:28:00 PM

The four wines below were served by PB this past weekend as part of an incredible wine dinner. Best meal of the year!Tasting notes:Red currants with spicy notes on the noseMedium bodied on the palateFinishes with red berries, dry earth, and ...

Hugel & Fils "Gentil" Alsace 2012 Wine Review (NW)

09/01/2014 20:20:00 PM

Tasting notes:Bouquet of Asian pear with honey accents Medium bodied on the palateSilky finish of stone fruit, floral notes, and good acidity Summary:It's seems this wine is always good and easily approachable. It's well balanced and has a nice ...

Chateau Leoville-Barton St. Julien 2002 Wine Review (NW)

09/01/2014 20:15:00 PM

Tasting notes:Opens with a beautiful nose of berries and tobacco Full bodied on the palateRich and intense finish of black currant, spices, and tobacco with good length Summary:Excellent wine, and one of my favorite reds from Bordeaux! It's ...

Dow's Vintage Port 2007 Wine Review (NW)

09/01/2014 20:09:00 PM

Tasting notes:The nose opens up with layers of pepper, plum sauce, and hints of charcoal The palate is full bodied and denseThe finish is

Trimbach Pinot Blanc 2012 wine review by (PB)

09/01/2014 16:31:00 PM

Pale straw with aromas of vanilla, sweet apple pie and pie spice, with a tangy citrus beam.Palate--A mouth full of lemon lime with spicy notes and vanilla on the finish,. An Acidic structure that is razor sharp and will perfect with our Labor ...

Robert Hall Syrah (Paso Robles) 2011 wine review by (PB)

09/01/2014 16:25:00 PM

Black Cherry hue with aromas of mulled blackberries with Christmas spice, and a touch of cherry cream.Palate--Tightly wound at the moment with woody smokey presence and austere plum and dark berry fruit.I don't remember what I paid for this ...

Fetzer Crimson Pinot Noir 2011 wine review by (PB)

08/28/2014 18:05:00 PM

Ruby hue with tantalizing aromas of sweet raspberry syrup, candy apple coating, sweet spices, Palate--Steely front with vigorous light cherry and raspberry with a palate scraping acidity and a gentle finish of light red berries.I don't remember ...

Hacienda Lopez de Haro Rioja Reserva 2005 Wine Review (NW)

08/26/2014 19:54:00 PM

Tasting notes:Spicy plum and berries with hints of earth on the noseFull bodied on the palate Rich finish of dark berries, currants, and some savory, earthy tones with good length Summary:Here's a very good, rich and well knit Rioja from Spain. ...

Frei Bros. Zinfandel Reserve "Dry Creek" Sonoma 2012 wine review by (PB)

08/26/2014 18:41:00 PM

Black cherry hue with nice aromas of understated wild blackberry with rustic spices and sweet dark fruit.Palate--Dried dark berries on top of lively wild blackberries with solid Zin flavors that keeps you pouring the bottle empty.I think I paid ...

Lofthouse Vineyard Bay and Barnes Block Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013

08/25/2014 20:20:00 PM

Tasting notes:Lemon-lime and quince on the noseMedium bodied with bright acidity on the palateFresh, acidic finish of grapefruit, lime, and herbal notes Summary:Add this one to the rotation! It's the first time I've had this wine, and I was ...

Serie Riberas Concha Y Toro "Gran Reserva" Cabernaet Sauvignon 2012 wine review by (PB)

08/25/2014 16:01:00 PM

Deeply pigmented Black cheery garnet hue with aromas green peppers, sweet ripe blackberries, and plum with a touch of blueberry and cedary spice.Palate--Foundational varietal dark fruit berry flavor with anise, vanilla cherry cream, and finishes ...

Bodegas Francos-Espanolas Rioja Bordon Reserva 2008 Wine Review (NW)

08/22/2014 20:10:00 PM

Tasting notes:Spicy currant and aromatic, woody balsamic notes on the bouquetMedium bodied on the palateRed fruit, dry earth, and moderately tannic on the finish Summary:This is a nice wine. It's a bit more woody than a typical Rioja from Spain, ...

Campogiovanni Brunello di Montalcino 2006 Wine Review (NW)

08/22/2014 19:58:00 PM

Tasting notes:Gorgeous sweet cherry and spice on the noseFull bodied on the palateDense finish that's earthy with red berries, tobacco, and spice Summary:Excellent wine! I could have waited longer with this one, but it didn't disappoint with ...

19 Crimes 2012 "Red Wine" wine review by (PB)

08/22/2014 17:09:00 PM

Brilliant ruby hue with aromas of dark berry, ripe plum, cigar box, and sweet spice with a touch of chocolate cake.Palate--Light mouth feel, sturdy construction with forth right flavors of sharp black berry, blue berry, and cocoa nuances.This ...

Chateau St. Jean Le Petite Etoile Vineyard Fume Blanc 2012 wine review by (PB)

08/18/2014 17:16:00 PM

Pale straw hue with big bouquet of grassy perfumy, lemony citrusy, sweet pineappley, hard candy!Palate--Like a thick flannel comforter on the tongue this Sauvignon Blanc from the Russian River (single vineyard) has finessed but pronounced varietal ...

Spalletti Chianti Classico Riserva 2010 wine review by (PB)

08/15/2014 17:03:00 PM

Medium garnet hue with aromas of rustic red berry with fresh wild cherry underneath though subtle with a touch of mint.Palate--Nice Sangiovese varietal flavors of forest floor, tart cherry, and a finish of oak.I paid $15 for this on sale from ...

Bodegas Ordonez Triton Tinto de Toro 2011 Wine Review (NW)

08/14/2014 19:59:00 PM

Tasting notes:Bouquet that's bold with dark berries and cocoa Full bodied on the palateJuicy dark berry finish, slightly tannic, with coffee and spice Summary:This is a lot of wine for $14-a value Tinto de Toro for sure. Made from Tempranillo, ...

Castle Rock Pinot Noir (Sonoma) 2010 wine review by (PB)

08/13/2014 16:20:00 PM

Slightly aged but brilliant garnet hue with aromas brimming with bright red strawberry/raspberry/cherry fruit! Subtle cherry cream and hints of spice finish off this classic Pinot bouquet.Palate--Plush textured, and full of Pinot flavor with ...

Truchard Zinfandel Carneros (NAPA) 2010 wine review by (PB)

08/11/2014 16:43:00 PM

Black cherry hue with Blackberry aroma and a nice touch of sage, and a gentle touch of mint on the edge. Palate--This is a bold Zin with a sturdy foundation to carry the big rustic blackberry flavors with a smokey finish.I paid $15 for this ...

Snoqualmie Riesling Winemaker's Select 2012 wine review by (PB)

08/08/2014 16:57:00 PM

Pale gold hue with nice aromas of tropical fruits with an "oily" note that I find typical of many Rieslings and Gruners with vanilla cream and a touch of wood.Palate--Zippy acidic foundation, off dry and fruit filled with lite stone fruit and ...

Beaulieu Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford (Napa Valley) 2006 wine review by (PB)

08/04/2014 16:19:00 PM

Sturdy magenta hue with slight opacity:Aromas--Fresh ripe berry rising from the glass; black berry, and mint with twinges of black licorice, an under layer that is subtle but awesome cherry cream with dark fruit with rustic berries and a touch ...

Domaine de la Chanade "Les Rials" Loin de l'Oeil Sur Lie Vin de Pays des Cotes du Tarn 2012 Wine Review (NW)

08/03/2014 19:53:00 PM

Tasting notes:Fragrant floral notes and pear intertwined on the bouquetMedium bodied on the palateLightly sweet fruit finish with honey and floral notes balanced by just enough aciditySummary:Without a doubt, this is my wine of the Summer! It's ...

Terra D'Alige Tatone MontePulciano D' Bruzzo 2010 wine review by (PB)

07/31/2014 17:35:00 PM

Nice black cherry hue with some heft to the pigmentation. Aromas of a deep, intense melange of spices, deep licorice and fruit with forest floor and more evergreen--WOW!Palate--supple tannins with delicious dark berries, rich textured with a ...

Rancho Zabaco Heritage Vines (Sonoma Co) Zinfandel 2012 wine review by (PB)

07/28/2014 16:18:00 PM

Cranberry hue with aromas of brambly fruit somewhat subdued.Palate--A subtle touch of licorice, under somewhat subdued rustic blackberry.I have had some really stellar value productions of this wine in past years but this one seems off a bit. ...

Chakalaka "Spice Route" 2010 wine review by (PB)

07/28/2014 14:50:00 PM

Deeply pigmented opaque black cherry hue with aromas of deep blackberry, tar, spices and dark fruit.Palate--Weighty presentation with loads of luxuriant dark fruit and a prominent charred wood presence. Finishes with more charred wood. Seems ...

Rodney Strong Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Wine Review (NW)

07/27/2014 19:59:00 PM

Tasting notes:Black cherry and dark berries on the noseFull bodied

Vina Alberdi 2005 Rioja Wine Review by Billy

07/26/2014 12:38:00 PM

Nose: deep and lovely tobacco and cherryPalate: easy drinking even balance of warm tannins and black cherryFinish: warm and long with tea, tobacco and cherry through and throughOverall: this is a lovely 2005 100% Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain. ...

Thomas Goss Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 McLaren Vale wine review by (PB)

07/25/2014 17:47:00 PM

Young purple hue with aromas of fresh dark berry fruit away from the glass changing to spicy dark berry with cedar notes and green overtones and some tarry hints.Palate--Hefty on the palate--big, somewhat harsh with solid fruit, a nice beam ...

Mittelbach Tegernseerhof Rose 2013 wine review by (PB)

07/23/2014 17:23:00 PM

This Austrian Rose has a bright bouquet of subdued red melon and a touch of raspberry.Palate--Nice burst of "zippy" fruit with a peachy aftertaste and a palate cleansing acidity.I paid $15 for this Austrian rose which is about $5 too much. ...

Rocca Delle Macie "SaSyr" 2011 wine review by (PB)

07/21/2014 17:03:00 PM

Purple to cranberry hue with aromas giving the classic Sangiovese bouquet on first whiff but then there is a blast of fresh fruit like candy apple cherry (the hard red coating on candied apples) with a rear guard of sweet herbs. This is a ...

Gascon Colosal "red blend" 2012 wine review by (PB)

07/16/2014 16:49:00 PM

Intensely pigmented with a dark tomatoey red, opaque hue.Aromas of gigantic black fruit and loads of "stuff" going on! Tar, bold evergreen and spice, cigar box and more ripe berry fruit lurking underneath it all. Wow!Palate--Again, gigantic ...

Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva 2006 Wine Review (NW)

07/12/2014 19:31:00 PM

Tasting notes:Big nose with dark berries, roasted notes, and cedar Full bodied on the palateLong, layered finish, complex with dark berries and earthy notes Summary:If you have this wine stashed away, open it and enjoy! It's drinking beautifully ...

Famille Perrin Cotes du Rhone Reserve 2011 Wine Review (NW)

07/12/2014 19:06:00 PM

Tasting notes:Wild berries and bramble on the noseFull bodied and well textured on the palateDark berries, dried herbs, and resinous notes on the finishSummary:Here's a widely available wine that's a great value and versatile with food. I found ...

Bridlewood Monterey County Pinot Noir 2012 Wine Review (NW)

06/29/2014 21:01:00 PM

Tasting notes:Fragrant red fruit bouquet on the noseMedium bodied on the palateSilky texture on the finish with red fruit, spice, and caramel notes Summary:Here's a nice, elegant Pinot Noir at a good price. It's a relatively simple style, but ...

Hedges CMS Columbia Valley Red Wine 2011 Wine Review (NW)

06/29/2014 20:55:00 PM

Tasting notes:Mixed berry notes on the noseFull bodied and rustic

Wine tasting and the impact of medications by (PB)

06/16/2014 09:38:00 AM

If you visit our blog frequently you see that I have not posted very much if at all for some time. The reason being I am on medication for an issue and the particular medication messes up my ability to "taste" properly. It's important to note ...

Carmen Reguengos Alentejo 2012 Wine Review (NW)

06/09/2014 20:50:00 PM

Tasting notes:Nose opens with red currant and raspberry Medium bodied on the palateDry finish with red berries and herbs Summary:From Portugal, this Alentejo is a pleasant, dry food wine. It shows good fruit backed by just the right amount of ...

Domaine Du Salvard Cheverny 2011 wine review by (PB)

06/05/2014 18:01:00 PM

Hue is a very pale nearly rose looking, with an orange tinge to it.Bouquet--Just beneath the tightly wound raspberry fruit is a note of asparagus green and ash. Underneath that is a layer of sweet spice though gentle.Palate--Finessed structure ...

Paco & Lola Albarino 2011 Wine Review (NW)

06/03/2014 19:58:00 PM

Tasting notes:Apple and citrus on the noseMedium bodied on the palateFloral and apple with light acidity on the finishSummary:Albarino is a great Summer white. From the Rias Baixes region of Spain, it delivers full flavor and good acidity. This ...

Bonterra Zinfandel (Mendocino) 2011 wine review by (PB)

06/02/2014 19:11:00 PM

Nice garnet hue with a staunch vanilla bean beam in the nose with blackberry fruit.Palate-- Integrated with decent structure, wild blackberry flavors, a hint of that vanilla and some rustic touches.Grilled BBQ'd chicken with it, finishes quickly ...

Chappellet (Napa Valley) Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 wine review by (PB)

05/26/2014 19:42:00 PM

Dark purple to black cherry hue with big aromas of fresh blackberry, blueberry and ripe plum. Suggestion of menthol, cedar.Palate--Supple tannins, mouth filling extracted dark berry fruit with mid layer of tar, and more plum with a touch of ...

Girard Napa Valley Petite Sirah 2012 Wine Review (NW)

05/25/2014 21:12:00 PM

Tasting notes:Wild berries, bramble, and smoky notes on the noseFull bodied and denseDark plum, black tea, and herbs layered on the finishSummary:I always enjoy finding a good Petite Sirah. When made well, it's a varietal that shows incredible ...