April 2016 Notes

2014 Porvenir Amauta Torrontes light straw. lemon, white peach, lavender, spice, minerals. acid: med+ $14 2013 Blau Frankisch Burgenland Moricdark ruby. tart berry, forest floor, white pepper, spice, burnt paper. $28 2014 Decoy Sonoma Chardonnay light straw. white flowers, banana, pineapple, pear, butter, oak. acid: m+ $18 2014 Domaine Dugois Ploussard Arboislight ruby. cherry, cranberry, […]

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March 2016 Notes

1976 Ridge York Creek Petite Sirahdried black fruit, cherry, dried earth. mild acid. treat! 1982 & 1983 Ridge Esola Zinfandel1982 was good, 1983 simply remarkable. dried red fruit, tea, spice. med acid. 2007 Hall Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignonblackberry, plum, earth, tobacco, chocolate. med acid. still needs a decade. 1999 Ridge Vineyards Montebelloruby. blackberry, black cherry, […]

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the 50th Tasting

Here we are, tasting number 50. In true Affordable Collector practice, we are tasting wines from a region that doesn’t get much attention, though it does produce over 50 million cases a wine each year. Located in Southern France along the Mediterranean Sea, this region focuses in on Rhone Valley varietals, Grenache, Syrah, Carignane, Mourvedre, […]

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February 2016 Notes

1996 Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignondeep ruby color. blackberry, currants, cedar, wet earth, young, long finish. 1977 Clos Du Val Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon brick red color. dried tart cranberry and cherry, faded leather, yet still alive, 4 hours later. 1997 Penfolds RWT Shiraz dark ruby. cherry, blackberry, earth, mint, coffee, cedar. silky tannins. long […]

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January 2016 Notes

2012 Kilikanoon Covenant Shiraz ruby & vibrant red, raspberry, plum, blackberry, anise, clove, spice. acid: med+ $24 2013 Calera Winery Chardonnay light straw color. floral,peach, apricot, honey, lemon zest, spices. med+ acid. $15 2014 Seghesio Vineyards Sonoma Zinfandel purple, red, in the color, cranberry, raspberry, cherry, black pepper. 375ml. $13 2006 Kathryn Kennedy Lateralgarnet color. […]

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2003 Northern Rhone Syrah

Group picked the Domaine Belle Hermitage. I chose the Guigal Hermitage. 2003 Northern Rhone Syrah Top Pick: 2003 Guigal, Crozes-Hermitage Competition: 2003 Les Vins de Vienne (Cuilleron-Gaillard-Villard) “L’Arzelle”, St Joseph 2003 Guigal “Vignes de Hospice – Lieu-Dit”, St Joseph 2003 Guigal, Hermitage 2003 Yann Chave, Hermitage 2003 Domaine Belle, Hermitage 2003 Guigal “Cotes Blondes et […]

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2005 Sonoma Coast & Russian River Pinot Noir

2005 Pinot Noir tasting. Zepaltas “Suacci Vineyard” took home favorite of the night followed closely by Siduri AmberRidge and Kosta Browne Miron Vineyard. 2005 Pinot Noir Top Pick: 2005 Zepaltas “Suacci Vineyard” Sonoma Coast Competition: 2005 Kistler “Occidental Station Vineyard – Cuvee Catherine” Sonoma Coast 2005 Williams Selyem “Coastlands Vineyard” Sonoma Coast 2005 Siduri “Terra […]

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