Poldark Maximus' Wines
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Jul 3, 2012 at 8:51pm
Borsao Tres Picos 2010Compare and Buy
Average Price: $15.99
Nov 3, 2011 at 4:56pm
Layer Cake Primitivo 2011Compare and Buy
Average Price: $13.99
Added Nov 3, 2011 at 4:56pmthe 2008's are shipped and drinking every bit the flesh-bucket and consequently flying off the shelves. Of the Layer Cake stable, the Primitivo simply barks in Italian and reminds of the stories told by my grandfather who made jugwine in the bath tub from Zinfandel grapes bought by the box car from California in the 1920's. Except this stuff is just a hilarious celebration of Zin fruit and a winemaker's presence of mind. Pass the carciofi, please.
Added Oct 28, 2010 at 2:12pm
Oct 22, 2010 at 6:37pmCompare and Buy
Average Price: $9.99
Added Oct 22, 2010 at 6:37pmA delightful introduction to the Carmenere grape as the dominant varietal. 2 bottles tasted in October 2010 --- agree that another 1-2 years minimum should be allowed for this wine to approach drinking age. It continues to round its mid-palette notes of lavender --- does that come from the Carmenere? Worthy investment for Autumnal fare.
Apr 15, 2010 at 8:01amCompare and Buy
Average Price: $64.99
Added Apr 15, 2010 at 8:00amThe '07 has toned down its tropical fruits over this last year of cellaring and renders a lovely "pear and green apple" duo of flavor. All this only ties even better to the marvelous dry, round front and mid palette. The viognier has its day in this wine. Simply lovely and a welcome surprise from the Rhone.
Apr 14, 2010 at 8:52pmCompare and Buy
Average Price: $234.20
Added Apr 14, 2010 at 8:51pmOpened a well maintained bottle from my own cellar of the '90 vintage (believe this to be a factor on this huge, long-lived wine -- it simply keeps going). Tasted it over five hours: the longer it sat the more pronounced the jammy blueberries and black-olive residue on the side of the tongue. Tannins started and remained round and smooth. Very complex nose. Still red on the rim. The vintage has been colossal over its life and can be consumed with impunity for the next 5-7 years. I think I will finish this vintage over the next year or two. The 1990 was a difficult wine for its first ten years and simply needed time. hence the comment on good cellaring.
Apr 14, 2010 at 11:17amCompare and Buy
Average Price: $10.49
Added Apr 14, 2010 at 11:17amPriced right but disappointing. Lacking the finesse promised by the dry opening. Procencal color derived from a cabernet sauvignon grape. Pleasing and best paired with summer soups (i.e. cold soups such as gazpacho or vichyssoise or even a cucumber soup). That's it, it needs food. Not a wine to sip on its own merits.
Apr 14, 2010 at 11:10am
Added Apr 14, 2010 at 11:10amSamplings from two cases (same merchant, random selection from 150 cases) left this taster tongue-tied (literally). First sip from a freshly unscrewed capsule was a vegetal nose with barnyard on the tip of the tongue. One would normally associate such tastes with unclean fermentation tanks, possibly even trace fecal matter in the pressings. But then that all seemed to subside two hours into the open bottle with a most intriguing layering of typical syrah fruits without being overly fat and a balance that seemed impossible just a few hours earlier. The wine would rate anywhere from a harsh 7/10 to 8.8/10 depending on your ability to work both mind and taste buds past the foxy greeting.
Apr 11, 2010 at 9:12pm
Added Apr 11, 2010 at 9:12pmMarvelous rose' from Susana Balbo and yet another lesson on the flexibility of the Malbec grape. The dominant fruit is strawberries, not cherries. Perhaps we are so used to invoking cherries and red currants in our reviews of this useful grape that we forget to look for the more subtle fruits that emerge from the process of making rose's. When I asked one of my favorite wine merchants (Rick Lewis of the Madison CTWine shop) to name some of his favorite rose's, his selection was overweighted toward Provence. He included Balbo's Rose' and we marveled at the colour and accessibility on the palate. And then the strawberries. What a mistake to exclude Rose's from the well rounded cellar. Include this one.
Feb 23, 2010 at 10:05amCompare and Buy
Average Price: $46.84
Added Feb 14, 2010 at 5:39pmTorbreck's mid-flight wines --and here I would include the 2005 Struie -- define the Barossa Valley's ability to sustain magnificent wines consistently across vintages. We will be measuring future Torbreck Struie vintages against '05 and '06 in the same way 1990 1995 and 2000 are used to define Bordeaux wines in a manner which requires no further explanation. If there is any danger to be encountered here it is the frequent reference to blueberry notes in Barossa Syrahs. Forget grapes for a second and let's talk blueberries. Have you ever eaten a blueberry fresh from the bush that one week - and for one week only - exhibits a perfect richness of fruit, only to taste watery a week later? OK, syrah grapes are not blueberries, but in a rock-paper-scissors world of fruit notes, blueberries lose to cherries, leather, smoke and just about anything else. Torbreck Struie 2005 is a pacesetter for itself and for Barossa going forward. Let's tastes, let's see.
Feb 15, 2010 at 10:59am
Added Feb 15, 2010 at 10:59amFour star rating applies to the 2006 vintage of Tait's jammy wine monikered The Ballbuster. I'm hearing that the '07 is a delightful vintage falling only marginally short of the 2006. Tait's syrahs will find you knee deep in leather-vatted plums and cherries while never denying that the notes come from grapes. Tait gives a lesson with the 2006 that should not be missed. If you have a choice among vintages, pay the extra $15 and learn why those claiming Australian syrahs to be "loud elevator music" are better off taking the stairs. Get out of my elevator.