Freelance writer & editor for Snooth and The Spirit, among others. Old loves: Bonarda, gin, bottles that remind me of Borges. New loves: Central Coast Syrah, bourbon, bottles that remind me of Steinbeck.
Carly Wray's Wines
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Mar 24, 2010 at 7:14pm
Added Mar 24, 2010 at 7:14pmLively tropical nose. A slice of lemon-lime, a bit of honey dew sweetness, but just as an afterthought, a footnote. Cheap and cheerful.
Mar 23, 2010 at 8:46pmCompare and Buy
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Added Mar 23, 2010 at 7:50pmSo, it turns out I'm in love with Hidden Ridge Slope Cabernet Sauvignon. I know. It just happened, but it's the real thing. The 2006 is softer, more subtle than the 2005, and very nearly its mirror image: more striking fruit up front; dusty, clinging, dark chocolate on the end. Spicy throughout. Hey, Hidden Ridge? Til death do us part.
Mar 23, 2010 at 7:11pm
Added Mar 23, 2010 at 7:04pmPepper and dust, blackberry preserves and chocolate: melted squares of several types. There's milk on the back of the tongue, then something darker, smoothing over ever surface. Black fruit takes the wheel at the end for the very long drive back home.
Mar 19, 2010 at 7:06pmCompare and Buy
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Added Mar 19, 2010 at 7:06pmIt has a cheetah-spotted synthetic cork; I respect such whimsy. At 6-some-odd dollars, what were you hoping for? It's refreshing, with citrus fruit notes backed by some peppery action and a hint of seashore. I've spent $6 on it before, and by God, I'd do it again. Pack it for the beach.
Mar 19, 2010 at 7:01pm
Added Mar 19, 2010 at 7:01pmThe nose is a bit feisty; it's a roasted, vaguely candied smell, the exhaust from a roasted nut vendor on a winter's night. Thick and toasty and strange in the mouth: dried flowers, almonds, shriveled apricots. I feel like I shouldn't love you, but I do.
Mar 19, 2010 at 6:55pm
Added Mar 19, 2010 at 6:55pmTons of tropical fruit and tall grass on the nose, a bit of fuzzy peach riding a long tail of bright, very nearly zippy, acidity.
Mar 12, 2010 at 5:56pm
Added Mar 12, 2010 at 5:56pmHoly zaftig Chard! Sturdy oak on the nose, downright luscious in the mouth. Tropical notes peek out over buttered toast and juicy pear.
Mar 11, 2010 at 7:11pm
Added Mar 11, 2010 at 7:10pmStraw and orange-confection up front, chalky minerality on deck, practicing its swing. Wait for the banana cream note: it slips down the center, while the prominent - but not pushy - fig & honey flavors cling to the edges of the tongue.
Mar 11, 2010 at 7:03pm
Added Mar 11, 2010 at 7:01pmBark, butter, and bright blackberries on the nose, a punch of dust and drying tannins on the tongue. It's the second act that sells me: darker fruit, raked leaves, and warmed chocolate that goes creamy on the finish.
Mar 10, 2010 at 7:01pm
Added Mar 10, 2010 at 6:59pmCrisp linens, fresh flowers, clean air on the nose; it's a modest little cottage, freshly prepped for guests. Citrus-and-flint notes throughout, twisty acidity on the finish.