Monthly Archives: February 2013

2011 Duboeuf Jean Descombes Morgon

People besmirch Duboeuf wine because he’s the nouveau king or whatever, but his Cru labeled wines are frequently great bargains. This Morgon, from the light and fresh 2011 vintage, is … light and fresh but exceptionally good. It’s not something … Continue reading

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2008 Anam Cara ‘Nicholas Estate’ Pinot Noir

This is very nice Oregon pinot. We visited this tasting room in Newberg last year, and had a nice time talking with the owner and enjoying the various bottles of excellent wine. This bottle, at just under $30, was a … Continue reading

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2010 Mercer Estates Riesling

Here’s an example of the kind of white wine North America does best at this price point. Clean, crisp riesling. This wine tastes like peaches and apples with a bit of powdered sugar and a whiff of petrol. It’s awesome, … Continue reading

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2010 Bodegas Breca Garnacha ‘Breca’

I’ll admit that I bought this wine almost entirely because the Wine Advocate called it something along the lines of the finest wine value in the history of the universe. (Seriously, it’s something stupid like that. Look it up.) And, … Continue reading

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2009 Chester Gap Viognier

I’ve often wondered if Virginia viognier could age, given the importance the state places on the grape. If this bottle of 4-year-old wine is any indication, the answer is “not so much.” When tasted at the winery a couple of … Continue reading

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2010 Borsao Tres Picos Garnacha

This is a pretty popular wine. You may have seen it at your wine store and better grocery stores. It’s not going to blow your mind, but it’s very enjoyable. Lighter than a lot of its Spanish brethren. It tastes … Continue reading

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2008 Syncline ‘Cuvee Elena’

This wine is flat-out delicious. While a lot of people associate quality Washington reds with a lot of oak and over-the-top fruit, this bottle from the Columbia Gorge’s Syncline Winery is light, bright and still incredibly fresh five years in. … Continue reading

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