My goal: to convince you that $$ and snobbiness do not make wine great. My tools: Two identical carafes and some Post-It notes. Proud of our California wines, but I'll talk your ear off about the Spanish if you let me.
Richard Foxall's Wines
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Nov 9, 2012 at 3:57pm
Added Nov 9, 2012 at 3:57pmI usually resist the siren call of the Trader Joe's endcap.But this amused me--a GSM called Pontificis, a play on the pope--think CdP--and pontificate. And not bad at all! Kind of big and international for a CdP, but that's the hotter Languedoc talking. Just a big swig of pleasure, a round mouthfeel with mild tannins, sweet fruit, tobacco, some earth and leather.
Jul 20, 2012 at 5:32pm
Added Jul 20, 2012 at 5:32pmThis is blockbuster stuff. Give it time to air. Not sharp as Barbera can be, bigger, more round, notes of cassis, light tannin, baked (in a good way) blackberries. Almost cab like but lacking in tannins. Delicious on its own and with food.
May 6, 2012 at 11:36pm
Added May 6, 2012 at 11:36pmLong time Weller fan, but the Buffalo Trace purchase meant that the Pappy Van Winkle bottlings got the best product. This tastes a bit like those vanilla caramels, the ones that are swirled light brown and white. Nothing overly complex here. Decent, but not a match for either the 107 Antiques of old or certainly the Centennial--best bourbon ever when it was made in Louisville.
Apr 24, 2012 at 10:51pmCompare and Buy
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Added Apr 24, 2012 at 10:51pmThis was a gift from a resort we stayed at, not surprisingly a short distance from the winery. We brought it home and it was delicious. Nice cherry cola notes without being overly sweet on impression. Clean and precise palate of baking spices, mostly cloves and allspice.
Apr 24, 2012 at 10:45pmCompare and Buy
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Added Apr 24, 2012 at 10:45pmWow, NY wines have come a long way since I was in college. This was pleasant, light on its feet. There was a little nutty presence and a lychee note, a little white peach and Asian pear. Enough fruit on the back end to give a sense of sweetness but not sweet--and just enough white gravel to give it a little minerality.
Mar 31, 2012 at 6:37pm
Added Mar 31, 2012 at 6:36pmI went to school in NY's Finger Lakes region, and this is the best NY wine I have ever tasted. My father might call that damning with faint praise, and it was almost 30 years ago, but this was nice. We finished it in one sitting--me, wife, babysitter, but I carried most of the burden.;-) VegasOenophile noted the sea air, which is a little Muscadet like. But I thought this was also subtle and layered. Dry as a bone, but nice white peach, floral aromas in the orange blossom range, flavors of slate and peach, tiny bit of kiwi. But dry as all get out, and with acid to cut through anything that would deaden the palate. This wine can help the non-sticky drinker like me appreciate riesling.
Feb 20, 2011 at 6:50pm
Added Feb 20, 2011 at 6:50pmI definitely get the stemmy that GDP noticed in the '07. That's a winemaking choice, and it adds a little without overwhelming. This is medium to light, fruity, easy entry wine. Strawberries predominated. The nose is sweet, a little bit of cherry lifesaver and roses. I enjoyed it, but would like a little more earthiness. Added a little depth the next night when we went back and finished it.
Oct 4, 2010 at 6:49pm
Hunter Valley Shiraz 2006
Added Oct 4, 2010 at 6:49pmSnooth says not available as of 10/4/10, but I found this at my discount grocery for 75% off. Which made it a really good daily drinker. Somewhere between Aussie Shiraz in style--not always my favorite thing, thanks--and a real Northern Rhone, albeit not at the really high end. Good enough for a repeat performance, but I won't need a case.
Sep 22, 2010 at 7:42pm
Added Sep 22, 2010 at 7:42pmI'm on my third bottle (not all at once--how would I type this!) of this, but I am paying a lot less than retail. How does $5 sound? If you can find this, and you like PS, you'll like it. Big firm tannins to peel the fat off your teeth. (Vegetarians might like it, but they won't really get the full effect.) Deep, dark fruit under a smoky, leathery front end. Not one for the ages, or necesarily for aging, but good now.
Sep 22, 2010 at 7:39pm
Added Sep 22, 2010 at 7:39pmThis was not typical petite sirah from Lodi. I opened it to have with lamb, as I like the fat-peeling tannins of PS with that meat. This was, in spite of its age (5 years), more fruity, with good acidity. Reminded me a little of tempranillo, oddly. I'll finish it later, but we opened another PS with those bold tannins and had that with our meal. Buy this and enjoy, but don't expect it to become your paradigm of petite sirah.