Craig Bilodeau

Location: Plano, TX

Plano area guy using wine as a vehicle for his mid-life crisis. I thought that this would be cheaper than fast cars and hot women (or is it hot cars and fast women?), but that is not turning out to be the case... ;-)

Favorites

Rank Wine Rating Price
1 Aveleda Follies Cab. Sauvignon ./tour.nacional Portugal (2005)
Comments: Very nice, complex wine with flavors of red berry, black plum, and dried prunes. Well structured.
Previously available for $17.99
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2 Fronteira Tinto Douro (2007)
Comments: Earthy with notes of chocolate and cherry with a tight tannic center.
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3 Valsanzo "T Sanzo" (2007)
Comments: A delightful, high-toned Tempranillo that delivers a mouthful of luscious fruit.
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4 Cottin Freres Bourgogne Rouge Appellation Bourgogne Controlee Pinot Noir (2010)
Comments: I found this to be a delightful Pinot Noir. One of my favorites.
Previously available for $9.95
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5 Palmina Dolcetto Santa Barbara California Only 18 Left! (2010)
Comments: Vibrant wine from Santa Barbara is high-toned and wonderfully acidic with spice notes and boysenberry.
Average price: $20.95 from 3 stores
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6 Domaine Chandon Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley (2009)
Comments: This is a beautiful Cab. Notes of mocha and cherry are followed by herbal aromas of tobacco and bay leaf. Balanced on the palate throughout with an even and satisfying weight. Loved it!
Average price: $31.99 from 2 stores
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7 Evening Land Vineyards Pinot Noir California (2010)
Comments: This is a smooth, juicy, and wonderful Pinot Noir that ventures more into the darker fruits with mouthfuls of blackberry and black raspberry. Thoroughly enjoyed it and would highly recommend.
Previously available for $34.49
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8 Vini Menhir N Negroamaro (2008)
Comments: Bottle opened up with earthy, funky, barnyard aromas. Not string, but definitely there. There were also notes of dark fruit, cassis, and bramble berry. Nice weight on the pallet with red raspberry, blackberry, and licorice. Open the wine had time to open up, there was a nice black pepper on the finish.
Previously available for $17.00
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9 Piedrasassi Syrah Central Coast (2010)
Comments: Red raspberry in the nose. Soft tannins accompany a spicy finish.
Average price: $39.99 from 1 store
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10 Santa Lucia Castel del Monte Vigna del Melograno (2008)
Comments: Very deep and concentrated with lots of black fruits and spice. Very enjoyable.
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11 Y.et C. Contat-Grangé Bourgogne (2010)
Comments: A wonderful wine that drinks much better than your typical village-level Burgundy. Lots of red cherry and current. Well balanced with a good amount of depth and soft tannins. Very enjoyable.
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12 Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon Knights Valley Reserve (2009)
Comments: Aromas if blackberry and cassis with a hint of tobacco and licorice. Strong tannic core and medium finish.
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