2009 Jasci & Marchesani Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Review

I decided to be adventurous and try a new wine the other day from a vineyard I had never heard of.  The retail price of the 2009 Jasci & Marchesani Montepulciano d’Abruzzo ‘Janu’ is around $65, but I found it for roughly $30 so I figured why not.  When you see a fine wine and it has a pretty bottle over 50% off…you go for it.  So what did we think?  Scroll below to find out.

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2010 Casalforno Chianti Classica Riserva Review

This Chianti is holy crap amazing.  From the minute you open it and smell the aroma to the first taste with a huge bite, you’ll be in love.  It’s rare that I love a wine that normally needs to breath at a first sip, but this one does not disappoint.  It does start to open more as it breathes, but you don’t need to wait.  Pour, drink and get ready to open the next bottle.

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Campo alla Sughera Arnione Rosso Bolgheri Superiore 2009

At $75 per bottle (retail value), you need to know if the Campo alla Sughera Arnione Rosso Bolgheri Superiore 2009 is going to be worth the money.  You could buy a bottle of Duckhorn and Decoy for close to that.  You could do my favorite Stagecoach Merlot from Miner Family and have enough for cheese and meats.  At $75, well you’re taking a risk if you haven’t had the wine before.  That’s why we’re here to help.

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Adalie 2014 Cabernet Reviewed

I love napa cabernets.  From the big flavors to the way they make you smile, you cannot ask for something more delicious from the region, except for big wines like the Miner Family Stagecoach Merlot.  When I saw this one show up on sale at one of my favorite wine stores, especially since I had never heard of it before, I figured why not.  It’s under $20 so lets give it a shot.  If you’re thinking of buying the Adalie Cabernet from Napa, you’ll want to read this.

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B Side Napa Cabernet Reveiew

Here’s the thing.  I’m not paid and I don’t get paid to review wines and I don’t get free tours and tastings.  That’s what is nice about getting to review things.  You get honest feedback that isn’t restricted by a PR company, lawyers or anyone else.  I starting this post with this because I have very mixed feelings and am looking for your feedback on the B Side Napa Cabernet.

I had my first bottle of it last week and it was delicious.  I bought another bottle this week because I enjoyed it and it was the exact opposite.  For a bottle in the $15 to $25 range, that’s fine if it isn’t good, but when it’s not palatable, that’s when you need to make sure you have a back up bottle ready to go…luckily I did for tonight.

This post is broken out into three parts.  The first bottle which I enjoyed, the second bottle from today and what I recommend.

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Miner Family Petite Sirah Review – Napa Valley

It’s always tempting to try a less expensive and mass produced petite sirah like Boggle Vineyards.  They’re mass produced so you can expect consistency and they’re extremely affordable which is even more appealing.  If you want to be more cautious and not try anything new, go for it.  It’s delicious.  However, if you want something that is crafted by an expert wine maker, that also means you have to spend more.  Coming in at $46 per bottle (according to their website today), the Miner Family Petite Sirah is one you’ll want to know about before you buy.

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is the Damilano Lecinquevigne Barolo Worth Buying?

My friends are moving back to Romania so we decided to have a going away party for them.  They love wine but didn’t know what to order since the restaurant was out of their favorite bottle, so they handed me the menu and asked me to select.   Oddly enough my favorite bottle was also sold out but they had the Damilano Lecinquevigne Barolo on the menu.

I remembered this wine by name for some reason but couldn’t place if I liked it or not.  Luckily there is almost never a bad barolo so it’s a pretty safe bet that it’ll be delicious.  However, when you’re spending upwards of $40 per bottle ($80 at a restaurant) surprises aren’t good, especially because there aren’t many places that sell Barolos by the glass…this restaurant included.  So what did we think?  Read below.

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2013 Staggs Leap Artemis Merlot

When you’re buying wine and the bottle costs over $40, you want to know if it’s good or not.  I’ve spent $75 on a bottle and been disappointed and have also spent $12 and loved it.  However, when your wine is reaching the higher price points you need an honest opinion.  You won’t find it when you read the wine snob blogs or the distributor sites, especially when it comes to large vineyards like Staggs Leap.  That’s why I don’t let them sponsor me.  I can say exactly what I think.

With that said, here’s my review of the 2013 Staggs Leap Artemis Merlot.

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Robert Sinskey Vineyards Red Blend Review

Last night I had the neighbors over to start binge watching a new tv show.  Although the show wasn’t a new one, we were watching Dynasty from the 80’s, the red blend we were drinking from Robert Sinskey vineyards in Napa Valley was.  I love their Abraxas white wines and they make a late harvest that could easily beat the NY and Canadian competitors so I had high hopes for their organic red blend.

Unfortunately the wine had either spoiled or it was not what I remembered from the tasting we did there.  Read more below.

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Miner Family Stagecoach Merlot – Napa Valley

When you cross the $30 and $40 per bottle price tag, buying wine becomes a question of if it’s worth it and worth the risk.  When you buy estate wines, it’s not just one bottle, you have to buy multiple to make it worthwhile shipping wise so your $40 investment just become a few hundred.  The same goes for the Miner Family Wineries Stagecoach Merlot.

Below you’ll find an honest review of the bottle once I got home, not while I was at the winery enjoying the view and the wines.  I’ve already talked about their big yeast chardonnay which I love, but this Merlot is a bit different.

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2009 Di Aire California Petite Sirah Reviewed

If you’ve read any of the wine reviews lately you’ll notice that I’ve left my merlot for the petite sirah.  I also recently left napa valley for a new one I found from Shenandoah Valley California called Di Arie.  I always though that Shenandoah Valley was only in Virginia and was confused to see a Petite Sirah from there, but hey, I’m not one to judge a wine until I’ve dranken it so I gave it a shot.

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Sylla Sebaste Bussia Barolo 2010 Review

I love Barolos so when I saw the Sylla Sebaste Bussia Barolo 2010 on sale I had to buy and try it.  Barolos come from a small region in italy and have everything you love about italian foods in them.  Espresso flavors, dark fruits like plums and they can be medium bodies but taste lite or heavy on your palette.  That’s why I was excited to buy this one at the price I found it at.

My friend came over for drinks and movies which is when we decided to open it.  He hates white wines and had never had Barolo before which is why we went with this one.  So how was it?

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