June 2016 Notes

2015 Hanna Winery Sauvignon Blancpale. white flowers, white peach, grapefruit, lemon grass. $15 2014 Clos Floridene Graveswhite flowers, lime, asparagus, white peach, citrus peel, mineral. tangy acid. $20 2013 Rodney Strong Estate Pinot Noirtart cherry, cranberry, raspberry, cinnamon stick. acid: med+ warm finish. 2012 Davis Bynum Pinot Noircherry, raspberry, cranberry, smoked forest, pepper. lasting finish […]

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May 2016 Notes

2015 Husch Vineyards Chenin Blanclight straw. floral, honey, apricot, lemon, nuts. acid: med+ $12 2013 Ortas Rasteaudark ruby. strawberry, raspberry, earth, tar, leather, coffee, leather, spice. $18 2014 Hahn SLH Pinot Noircrimson. cherry filling, raspberry, fresh earth, cinnamon stick. $22 2013 Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Noirruby. dark cherry, raspberry, herbal, milk chocolate. tangy acid. $25 […]

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April 2016 Notes

2005 Sonnenberg Spatburgunder Ahrlight ruby. dried raspberry, tangy cherry, dried earth. savory finish acid: med 2014 Leitz Rüdesheimer Riesling Trocken light straw color. floral, citrus, mineral, saline. nice finish acid: med+ $19 Champalou Vouvray Pétillant Brutlight gold color. pear, lemon, savory, chalk, mineral. long finish $20 2014 Kung Fu Girl Riesling light straw color. peach, […]

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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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