Wines of Chile Terroir Master Class — Part 3: Carmenere

Welcome to Part 3 of this mini-series of posts on the Wines of Chile blogger tasting held back in October. Earlier posts covered the 3 Sauvignon Blancs and 3 Pinot Noirs. The final post, yet to come, will deal with the 3 Cabernet Sauvignons.

But today, dear reader, we focus on Carmenere. I won’t try […]

Wines of Chile Terroir Master Class – Part 1: Sauvignon Blanc

Recently, I participated in the Wines of Chile blogger tasting Terroir Master Class. Fred Dexheimer led the tasting from Chile while sitting with and chatting up the winemakers. We bloggers followed along via video, twitter and a chat tool. It was great fun.

There were 3 wines in each of 4 flights: Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot […]

VINEgeek VINstagram: The Stump Jump

Good supermarket red. I didn’t love the 2009, but the 2010 seems to be back in the groove of past vintages. #vinegeek #vinegeekapproved

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VINEgeek VINstagram: Samael 2009

A spicy, fruit-forward Montepulciano D’Abruzzo, with a cool label of archangel Samael. #vinegeekapproved #vinegeek

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Viña Cerron 2009

An interesting blend of grapes for Spain, from the Castilla region. The vintner seems to like round numbers: 25% Tempranillo, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Syrah and 25% Petit Verdot.

A loamy quality that I love on the nose. Dense, dark fruit, but not a bruiser. Fresh, slightly wild, full of spice and a bit of […]

Mourvèdre Monday #27: My New Favorite Monastrell

I originally declared 2010 to be the Year of Mourvèdre, but my love of the grape knows no bounds, calendrical or otherwise. Here in 2012, the posts don’t come as often as they used to, but in honor of my recent business trip to Spain, here’s a review of my new favorite Monastrell (the Spanish […]

Two Alex Elman Wines

Finally catching up on some old tasting notes. Here are a couple of wines from Alex Elman Wines, an importer who decided to create her own label, featuring wines from Argentina made from organic grapes. You may notice braille on the labels; that’s because Alex Elman lost her sight in her 20s. Read the full […]

A $12 Sicilian Red With Some Attitude

Here’s an inexpensive, widely-available wine that hits the sweet spot for my palate:

It’s worth noting that I found the 2006 a few weeks after tasting this 2007 and didn’t like it nearly as much. Look for the 2007.


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Bonny Doon 2009 Contra: Drinkable and Thinkable

Here’s Randall Grahm talking about the wine I’m drinking tonight: the 2009 Contra, an old-vines blend of 55% carignane, 16% grenache, 14% mourvèdre, 7% petite sirah 5% zinfandel and 3% syrah that finds that nice balance between drinkable and thinkable. A good value at around $14.00.

Worth a search.


Mourvedre Monday #26 (Tetra-Pak Edition): Y+B Monastrell

Welcome to the first tetra-pak edition of #MourvedreMonday. Yellow+Blue (Y+B) sells wine from organically grown grapes in environmentally-friendly 1-liter tetra-paks. (Yellow + Blue = Green. Get it?) They source wine from a number of locales, including Malbec and Torrontes from Argentina, Sauvignon Blanc from Chile, and this Monastrell from Spain. This is the first varietally-labeled […]

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