Bordeaux Pessac-Leognan Chateau Mancedre 2012 Reviewed

Sorry I haven’t been updating the wine reviews as often.  I did just get back from a trip to Napa so I have some amazing new ones to share and a couple so-so options.  This Bordeaux came from the previous month so I have a short backlog of wines to review for you.

I opened this bottle on the night of the democratic debate before the NY primaries.  It was absolutely the perfect bottle to drink while I watched.  It has everything you could want and more while you drink and watch the debate.

This wine is a 60% Cabernet and 50% Merlot mix.  It gives a nice small bite but finishes smooth and washes down perfectly.  You can drink it with dinner and carry it over to watch tv or talk with friends, but I don’t recommend starting with it if you haven’t had something peppery or meaty to start your pallet.

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Nugan Estates Petit Sirah Review

The other day I was making a korean bbq shortrib for a friend and he asked what wine to bring.  I told him either a Petit Sirah or an old world vine cab.  I thought he would do something like a Staggs Leap Winery Petit Sirah or Bogle, but instead he came with one I hadn’t heard of.  It is the Nugan Estate bottle and it was really interesting.

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Ross Andrew 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Reviewed

Continuing with my new wines month idea, I decided to continue through March as well.  The most recent new vineyard I discovered is Ross Andrew out of Washington State.  The first bottle I bought from them is the 2013 cabernet sauvignon.  I’m always nervous when I try cabs that don’t come from Napa, so when you’re spending over $20 and sometimes closer to the $50 and $70 per bottle, you have to keep your fingers crossed.

So is this wine worth the money?

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A Tale of Two Reds – Very Different Wine Experiences

I’m still on my month of new wines and will probably stick with it through March.  The two wines that I have been drinking this week and last are the I Balzini White Label Super Tuscan 2012 and Long Meadow Ranch 2014 Rutherford Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve.  Below you’ll find my review and if they’re worth buying, at what price and what/how to pair them.

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Michel Schlumbergur Art Series Cabernet Reviewed

As part of my month of new wines I bought a bottle of the Michel Schlumbergur Cabernet Sauvignon when I found it on sale.  This 2013 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah ended up being a really nice surprise.  Michel is an established wine maker so when I found the art series on sale for aboutu $30, I had to try it.  That’s roughly 50% off retail price.  So how did it taste and should you buy it?Michel-Schlumbergur cabarnet art series review [Read more…]

Marina Cvetic S. Martino Rosso 2010 Reviewed

If you’re looking for a deep rich and dark fruity red, the Masciarelli Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Marina Cvetic S. Martino Rosso 2010 will not disappoint you.  Full of deep blackberry and blueberry flavors, this Italian red wine is going to pair perfectly with chocolates and dessert.  Since it’s superbowl sunday, we’re making shortribs and taking a risk by using this wine as the base.  After pouring a glass and seeing the dark purple colors, I had to drink it and hope they left enough for dessert.  Thank god we do have enough for two glasses left.
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the D’Amare 2007 Red Blend Reviewed

So I’m addicted to this new site introducing me to a million new vineyards that I haven’t heard of before.  Unfortunately you cannot read real customer reviews on it, but you can get good wines for cheap.  In honor of my new found addiction, I’m going to be doing a review of each bottle here.  Once I’ve heard back from the owner of the site, I’ll see if I can do a promotion for all of you and be able to share their service.  So let’s start.  The first bottle I’m reviewing is the 2007 D’Amare red blend (Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot).

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2012 Black Stallion Cabernet Reviewed

2012 black stallion cabarnet

If you’re looking for a dark, rich and oaky napa red, the 2012 black stallion Cabernet Sauvignon is the perfect varietal for you.  I origignally found this bottle at Costco when I was shopping and decided to give it a try.  I normally buy the Duckhorn  Cabernet from them since it’s about $15 below retail or the Decoy Merlot because it is roughly $15 as opposed to the $20 at Safeway or $25 – $40 at Harris Teeter and wine stores.

The Black Stallion Cabernet from 2012 isn’t something I would drink alone.  I bought it because it said it was rich in deep flavors with cocoa and dark fruits which is perfect for a TV night when I’m snacking and trying to relax.  This wine however did not meet those requirements, instead it gave me a different profile..   [Read more…]