benjamindehoog

Hello. I work at On the Rocks, Lawrence, KS, USA. I am a level I Sommelier, preparing for my level II. I also enjoy whisk(e)y.

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  • Mar 26, 2013 at 10:06pm

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    benjamindehoog's Review:
    Added Mar 26, 2013 at 10:06pm
    Very good. Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Mauzac, Pinot Noir. Dry but I can tell there is some residual sugar. Enough to highten the fruit. Very refreshing.

  • Mar 23, 2013 at 9:25pm

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    benjamindehoog's Review:
    Added Mar 23, 2013 at 9:25pm
    straw yellow. papaya, guava, pineapple core, peach, a bit of lee. all fresh fruit, clean with a bit of gelato or light cream. mango. taste is crisp, refreshing, medium bodied, easy likeability, some mid palate minerality.

  • Mar 23, 2013 at 6:44pm

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    benjamindehoog's Review:
    Added Mar 23, 2013 at 6:43pm
    Dark color. Smell is all merlot, surprisingly. Black plum. Mellow toasted oakiness, some light but persistant feral smells but relatively clean (like muddy black dirt) and well proportioned. very lightly smokey. Taste is fresh wild blueberries! black cherry and mild raspberry. Braised blood sausages. Some red currant, mild to medium tannins (fine grained). Surprisingly well proportioned for 14.5% abv.

  • Mar 7, 2013 at 2:50am

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    benjamindehoog's Review:
    Added Mar 7, 2013 at 2:50am
    3/7/13. Smells like..sweet riesling. Maybe just a glimmer of kerosene. Tastes like red delicious, Bartlett pear, minor suggestion of tropical fruit like guava or mango. Not really getting any citrus fruit flavors. Simple but well balanced albeit sweet. A bit of Thompson seedless. I like it. Inexpensive. $8.99 Would be good with Thai or Vietnamese food. 86+

  • Mar 5, 2013 at 10:48pm

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    benjamindehoog's Review:
    Added Mar 5, 2013 at 10:47pm
    Not a fruit bomb! Thank god. French oak. Decently strong aroma (Franc). Nice bit of damp fresh black soil from compost, slight truffle, slight violet/rose. Taste raspberry, cassis, methoxypyrazine, black cherry, tobacco, coffee bean, slightly less than fully ripe grape. stem and barrel wood with counteracting ripe fruit and minute tannin. not overly alcoholic. really solid not a disappointment.

  • Mar 5, 2013 at 10:30pm
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    benjamindehoog's Review:
    Added Mar 4, 2013 at 1:42am
    3/4/13 Glad to finally try this..quite a lot of aromatics..like 2-3 feet or more away (viognier?) light and floral. Dark brown red color. Very low note, savoury, smoky cooked fruit but multi dimensional with the minor top notes. Bacon and red earth. Alcohol definitely creeping through and dominates the end of the smell. BBQ sauce? def. french oak.taste is fine grain, charred black strap molasses brisket and dark plum. semi sweet bright red cherry liqueur. alcohol is out of whack. i would say major pass except for with..smoked brisket! rather go with a comparatively priced Cotes du Rhone. Makes me think of a light sprinkling of fine ground, old pepper. hot! I taste the mourvedre the most (7/12), syrah, (4/12) and then viognier (1/12). Honestly kind of makes me sick to my stomach. Maybe would be better younger? I'm gonna stick with steen.

  • Mar 5, 2013 at 10:29pm
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    benjamindehoog's Review:
    Added Mar 5, 2013 at 10:14pm
    3/5/13 Fairly aromatic..lemon cream, tropical fruit (pineapple, banana), antiseptic, conventional grocery store edible multicolored and white flowers. Tastes like pear, 1% milk consistency (would be higher but has light but fresh acidity). Banana leaf tea, semi old almond, honestly kind of flabby. Good fresh fruit front to mid palate but no residual sugar. Powdered lemonade concentrate very watered down and slightly sweetened with honey background flavors. I say 86+ but very easy appeal. Would be nice with spicy food no question or as a quaff able semi rich food(s) wine.

  • Mar 5, 2013 at 10:25pm

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    benjamindehoog's Review:
    Added Feb 15, 2013 at 10:55pm
    A good wine but I am not the worlds largest Grenache fan. A touch hot. Fairly full bodied and rather dry although definitely has dark fruit flavors. Quality is good, no off flavors. A little anise, black berry, a bit of a mineral structure. Price is great $8.99

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    benjamindehoog's Review:
    Added Feb 16, 2013 at 3:19am
    Very dark color. fruity aroma. taste is black cherry, blueberry, sloeberry, concord grape, a bit of tar, a bit of wood, graphite, candied black licorice. very good and good concentration. 14% abv. but easy drinking. mild bitter chocolate. delicious and worth the experience.

  • Mar 4, 2013 at 1:24am

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    benjamindehoog's Review:
    Added Mar 4, 2013 at 12:54am
    Let's see..not the biggest pinot noir fan..especially California..bought this on clearance for $5. Expressive nose, lots of stewed fruit and black earth. Minor barrel spice. Um..cumin? Black cherry, background plum and a touch of spice with sweet vanillin. Bottom shelf old grocery store americano coffee. Skim not overly sweet milk chocolate and a bit of carob. Moderately cooked tomato! Doesn't seem to get any better in the glass, overall well balanced even with fairly low acidity. Moderately short finish. Holding up decently several years on. See through and light body. Minor alcohol in the nose. Drinkable for sure but awkwardly sweet from the oak and way too cooked. Decent.

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