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 27, 2010 at 4:57pm

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    Added Jul 27, 2010 at 4:57pm
    Tucked away on the shelves at Safeway and priced at about half that of a typical Vouvray, this wine is not one that for which I had high expectations. But it was a most pleasant surprise. Fresh and flavorful, with a texture not unlike that of a nice, very slightly off-dry German Riesling. Subtle aromas and flavors of citrus blossoms, honey, and bright white fruit that struck me as a cross between peach and orange; refreshingly lively feel. A nice wine to sip on its own, and it works well with spicy food.

  • Jul 27, 2010 at 4:50pm

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    Added Jul 27, 2010 at 4:50pm
    An impressive blend from three of Freestone's excellent cool-climate estate vineyards: Pasquale, Quarter Moon, Ferguson. Penetrating Pinot nose with dark cherry, pomegranate, charcoal, spice. Rich yet crisp and clean in the mouth, with an attractive fruity tartness. Treatment included aging in 60% new oak, but there are no intrusive oaky aromas or flavors. Appealingly "low" alcohol level and good balance.

  • Jul 27, 2010 at 4:49pm

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    Added Jul 27, 2010 at 4:49pm
    This is a Zinfandel that reminds you of why you love them. Big and full, with a multi-faceted flavor profile featuring ripe, briary blackberry fruit with strong traces of black cherry liqueur, Cassis, Grand Marnier, and red licorice. Wonderfully balanced and long, with the alcohol buried under layers of fruit. For all its richness, it's not top-heavy or overwhelming with food.

  • Jul 27, 2010 at 4:45pm

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    Added Jul 27, 2010 at 4:45pm
    Lovely Chardonnay, though in this tasting I didn't find it any more compelling than the lower-priced 2006 Verget "generic" St. Veran. Soft, suave texture and attractive flavors of citrus, buttered apple, sweet straw, and butterscotch. Nicely balanced, refreshing and untiring to the palate - the kind of Chardonnay you can drink every day.

  • Jul 27, 2010 at 4:42pm

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    Added Jul 27, 2010 at 4:42pm
    Classy and astonishingly well-priced Pinot Noir from New Zealand, this has instantly become one of my favorite 2 or 3 inexpensive wines. Light ruby in color, but chock full of flavorful Burgundian fruits - bing cherry, red raspberry, red currants. Subtle touches of white flowers and sweet herbs add complexity. Excellent purity. Extremely balanced, silky, and round in the mouth and lingering finish, with medium weight and rational alcohol level making it a good food wine.

  • Jul 27, 2010 at 4:41pm

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    Added Jul 27, 2010 at 4:41pm
    A Napa Cab for $5? Hard to believe it's possible, but we live in amazing times. For the price, this Trader Joe's product is actually quite acceptable - no really objectionable qualities such as you find in many inexpensive wines. (Also no particular depth or varietal purity or complexity or excitement that leads one to drink more expensive wines.) This one has simple cherry and currant flavors without the sweetness or medicinal nature of many cheap wines, and overall a nice quaffability. Open-knit, soft, fairly unstructured and uncomplicated, not bad for an everyday red.

  • Jul 27, 2010 at 4:31pm
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    Added Jul 27, 2010 at 4:31pm
    This wine is drinking beautifully right now (April 2010). Rich currant and dark berry flavors, full and ripe feeling in the mouth, and loaded (perhaps overloaded for some palates) with spicy oak. Very California-styled in its texture and flavors, easy to like. Drink it now - doesn't strike me as one to hold for long.

  • Jul 27, 2010 at 4:29pm

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    Added Jan 18, 2010 at 5:00pm
    (Review of November 2009.) We've tassted this wine on three occasions over the past two years, and it's been excellent eah time. Purchased for $40 at the winery during a nearly 1/2-off sale, this Cabernet had superb aromatics that reminded me of a top-flight St. Julien. Dark currants, cranberry, black cherry, and subtle violet-like floral notes highlight the complex nose. Structured very like a top Bordeaux - less weighty in the mouth and much less alcoholic than some of the bigger Conn Valley Eloge's of recent years. Perhaps it lacks a bit of grip compared to those bigger wines, but it is still a sensational Bordeaux-style blend, especially at about 1/2 the cost of current vintages. It's drinking great right now and will continue to do so for at least another 10 years.

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    Added Nov 14, 2009 at 2:49pm

  • Jul 27, 2010 at 4:25pm

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    Added Jul 27, 2010 at 4:25pm
    This bottle, tasted in April 2010, was still a youthful purple color and maintained a remarkable level of fruit and flavor for its age - but it was unquestionably past its prime. The fruit and structure of bygone days had evolved at age 26 into a soft, pleasant, eminently drinkable wine dominated by cedar and cranberry-like fruit, with touches of tomato and caramel. Open in texture and somewhat limited in the finish, this particular bottle had lost the class and structure that I'm sure it possessed 10 or 15 years ago. Still, remarkable to be holding together this well at age 26.

  • Jul 27, 2010 at 4:22pm
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    Average Price: $215.31



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    Added Jul 27, 2010 at 4:22pm
    The Ridge Geyserville Zin is about as close to a sure thing as you can find. The 2007 is again excellent, though it came across as an infant in this tasting (April 2010). Less Zin than usual in the blend, but it has the usual Geyserville combination of power and balance. Lots of briary, earthy, chewy dark berry fruit, tightly structured, but full and long. Will be even better in a couple of years when it cracks open.

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