WineborkDotCom

Transformed in 70's from beer-drinking grad student to wine enthusiast by a religious experience with a fine Margaux. Still relish the occasional bone-jarring Zinfandel, however. Now living in Russian River area. See my wine reviews at www.winebork.com.

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  • Jul 30, 2010 at 6:12pm
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    Added Jul 30, 2010 at 6:12pm
    Morelli Lane Vineyard is a tiny turn-of-the-century vineyard just outside Occidental - territory more typically devoted to Pinot Noir than Zinfandel. But this low-yielding dry-farmed vineyard produces intense yet elegant Zinfandels with moderate alcohol levels. The 2008 is still an infant, but it's already delicious. While the wine's label suggests that raspberry aromas are a classic Morelli feature, the nose in this tasting struck me more like perfumed liquified plums and sweet dark currants. In the mouth, wonderfully rich, balanced, and full of berry fruit and spiciness. Silky, refined, and almost Pinot-like texture and "low" alcohol keep it from overpowering food.

  • Jul 27, 2010 at 6:00pm
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    Added Jul 27, 2010 at 6:00pm
    Really disappointing in light of the vintage and this normally excellent winery. Dull and underendowed Zinfandel that is bettered by many if not most Zins in this price range. Claret-like structure with straightforward, slightly herbal berry and currant fruit. Not much zip in the aromas, flavors or finish. Certainly OK wine, just not at this price level. Utterly outclassed by an outstanding Hartford Russian River Zin tasted the day before.

  • Jul 27, 2010 at 5:57pm

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    Added Jul 27, 2010 at 5:57pm
    This may be Hartford's best non-single-vineyard Zin ever. Rich and mouth-filling, with spicy, jammy red and black berry fruits caressing the nose and taste buds, excellent grip and power in the mouth, yet with all its components in balance - nothing raisiny or overblown about it. Shares with the best Russian River Zinfandels a sense of brightness and energy in the fruitiness as opposed to mere weighiness. Drinking beautifully right now.

  • Jul 27, 2010 at 5:53pm

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    Added Jul 27, 2010 at 5:53pm
    A straight-ahead, plump, flavorful Bordeaux that's showing well at age 7 (tasted July 2010). In our recent tasting, this deep purple wine evolved considerably over time. When first opened it was hard to identify as a Bordeaux - it had lots of chocolate and earthy tones and a chunky texture on top of funky Carignan-like fruit. But over time it became much more classic, as cassis and cherry notes took over. The earthiness was still there, however, along with a distinct smoking oak component. Satisfying Bordeaux that, even in current vintages, is reasonably priced.

  • Jul 27, 2010 at 5:52pm

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    Added Jul 27, 2010 at 5:52pm
    I think this is the equal of the outstanding 2005 McDougall. It shares with that wine the beautifully forward, complex aromatics of deep cherry, plum, charcoal, Asian spice, roses, and white flowers. As in 2005, it seems more floral than the other Dutton-Goldfield single-vineyard Pinots. It is still youthful (July 2010 tasting) with some tannin to resolve, but it's already showing great elegance and length. As it was with the 2005's, it's a tough pick at this point among the 2007 Dutton-Goldfield Pinot Noirs.

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    Added Jul 27, 2010 at 5:45pm
    The 2007 Freestone Hill Vineyard Pinot is a step up from the excellent 2006, and nearly the equal of the sensational 2005. Very forward and youthful nose at this point, caressing the nasal passages with a complex mix of black cherry, raspberry, pomegranate, rose hips, and spice. Beautifully balanced despite its richness, which is a Dutton-Goldfield trademark. Long, lovely finish.

  • Jul 27, 2010 at 5:49pm

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    WineborkDotCom's Review:
    Added Jul 27, 2010 at 5:49pm
    The 2010 release of the 2005 Laughlin Zinfandel comes at a time when a lot of other '05 Zins have already lost their zip. This one is fresh as a daisy, though it's potency is anything but daisy-like. While dry and possessing nearly a percent more alcohol than the '04, the '05 Laughlin has an aromatic profile quite reminiscent of the port-like '04, which was made in a sweet, late-harvest style. The '05 displays concentrated black cherry, black raspberry, prune, and super-ripe fig fruit on top of a deep, dark core of earthy chocolate, espresso, and subtle oaky spiciness. There is a bit of heat from the alcohol, but the texture is mouth-filling and the finish long and rich. A muscular, charmingly idiosyncratic Zin from a great vineyard.

  • Jul 27, 2010 at 5:47pm
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    Average Price: $49.23



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    Added Jul 27, 2010 at 5:47pm
    The Seghesio Cortina Zins have always struck me as fairly tough-textured early in life, but the '06 has softened nicely at age 4 (tasted July 2010). Beautifully balanced mix of deep red and black fruit (especially blackberry and blueberry), acid, oak, spice. Full-bodied, mouth-filling, and long, yet totally in control and focused. As with virtually all the Seghesio Zinfandels, this one is muscular and completely satisfying on the testosterone front, but also restrained enough to be good with food or cheese without dominating.

  • Jul 27, 2010 at 5:41pm

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    WineborkDotCom's Review:
    Added Jul 27, 2010 at 5:41pm
    One of the better Pinot Noir bargains on the market. It's not clear who Banchee gets their wine from (I gather they're a negociant of sorts), but this Pinot reminds me of a good Siduri Pinot Noir - very rich in the mouth and overflowing with velvety cherry- and plum-laced Pinot fruit. Not especially complex, and definitely not of a Burgundian lean-and-mean style, but a pleasure to drink with red meat or pasta.

  • Jul 27, 2010 at 5:36pm
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    Average Price: $44.00



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    Added Jul 27, 2010 at 5:36pm
    Purchased on sale during the Barrel Tasting weekend, this wine shows the usual remarkable Siduri fruit density, with bing cherry and plum fruit on top of a strong chocolate/charcoal core. Silky in texture, very ripe feeling in the mouth and finish. Plenty of muscle to deal with grilled beef off the barbecue.

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    Added Jul 27, 2010 at 5:18pm
    One of the many excellent Siduri appellation wines, this Pinot was a steal when purchased at the winery during the Barrel Tasting Weekend. Good black cherry/raspberry fruit density accompanied by notes of dried flowerss, smoke, and a Dr. Pepper-like spiciness. Nicely balanced and full, though a year or so additional age will probably round out the slight austeriy found in the texture.

  • Jul 27, 2010 at 5:35pm

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    Added Jul 27, 2010 at 5:35pm
    This magnificent white is a Rhone-ranger blend of Roussanne and Viognier, and it shows both off beautifully. Lovely nose of honeysuckle, peaches, apricots, and a myriad of spices. Despite the gracefulness of the aromas, the fruit flavors tweaking the taste buds are remarkably rich and forceful. Yet the wine does not feel heavy or overdone in any way. Harmonious from start to finish.

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