Monthly Archives: December 2012

2008 Cantele Salice Salentino Riserva

This inexpensive Italian wine has been sitting on my shelf for more than a year, waiting for me to remember why I bought it. Cracked it last night because I didn’t want to commit to something pricey if I wasn’t … Continue reading

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2011 Domaine Depeuble Beaujolais

Is there a bottle of wine that delivers more than this for $15? If there is, I’m not sure what it would be. Here’s a classic, cranberry-tart but sweetly fruity Bojo that overperforms in a big way. I’m not the … Continue reading

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2007 Saxon-Brown Parmalee-Hill Owl Block

I picked up a three pack of Saxon-Brown on a sweet discount from wine.woot, and this is the second of the three. I do like this wine, but it’s very, very big, and in my older age I find myself … Continue reading

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2011 Domaine Ricard ‘Le Petiot’

I had been wanting to try this Loire Sauvignon Blanc for awhile. The Garagiste guy raves about it once a year, and a fellow at a local wine shop confirmed that it was always a great value (at $15). I … Continue reading

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2007 Moss Roxx Ancient Vines Zinfandel

I like Zinfandel, I really do. All I ask is a little bit of balance and maybe some earthiness to go with all that fruit. By those standards, this is a dud. What started with some classic, brambly Zin character … Continue reading

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2010 Eyrie Vineyards Pinot Gris

I admit that I was jonesing to try this wine primarily because Wine Enthusiast claimed it “set a new standard” for Oregon Pinot Gris (or something along those lines). I believe the word “thrilling” was also used. Well, as usual, … Continue reading

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2009 Clos Du Mont-Olivet ‘Varene’

I’ve always liked the “regular” Mont-Olivet CDR, so was eager to try this particular cuvee, labeled ‘Varene.’ A syrah-dominant blend, this wine offers the sort of rustic fruit wallop that only Europe can do at this price point. For something … Continue reading

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