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  • Dec 25, 2009 at 10:55am

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    jschmeling's Review:
    Added Feb 22, 2009 at 7:06pm
    Excellent example of Napa Syrah. The pepper is there, and the subtle mocha in the nose is a pleasant surprise. The mouth feel is smooth, balanced and the length is excellent at more than 45 seconds, with pepper and black fruit lingering on the side and front of the tongue. It's juicy and makes my mouth water.

  • Mar 1, 2009 at 5:36pm

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    jschmeling's Review:
    Added Mar 1, 2009 at 5:35pm
    OK, this is a wine I am hesitant to write about. Gorman Winery is a small venture with low production. He made 225 cases of it. I'll probably never find it again, and when it arrives I don't want anyone else to buy it instead of me! But, it was an outstanding Washington Syrah from Red Mountain. Dark red, but bright. Red fruit, velvety mouth-feel, pepper spice, maybe licorice. About $52 where I bought it. Tasted February 13, 2009.

  • Mar 1, 2009 at 5:30pm

    Previously available for $95.00



    jschmeling's Review:
    Added Mar 1, 2009 at 5:09pm
    This Zinfandel has spice, pepper, and a great nose of berries, cherries, and sage. Color is a nice red. Adobe Road is an interesting, small producer in Sonoma. They have several wines, and I've previously tasted the Cabernet Savignon. The website has tasting notes, the cork gives both the web address and the phone number. Spicy, red berries, pepper, licorice, typical Zin flavors. The wine was light to medium weight, went well with a grilled burger. Recommended, and I put two bottles in the celler. Only 950 cases were made, so I expect it to be hard to come by again. One oddity, two bottles had different mouth feels, though similar flavors - one was thinner than the other. Maybe different barrels? No idea why, but both were excellent. This is the third of their wines I've had, and I recommend that everyone leave them for me!

  • Mar 1, 2009 at 5:08pm

    Previously available for $46.00



    jschmeling's Review:
    Added Mar 1, 2009 at 5:07pm
    The Cadence is a great Washington wine Bordeaux varietal blend, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot, 12% Petit Verdot. It's from the Red Mountain Ciel du Cheval vineyard. It was a deep, dark, garnet red. It's nose was red fruit primarily, and the flavors were well integrated. It's interesting because there are many notes there, but they are so well integrated it was hard for me to pull any specific flavors out of the wine. It had a mouthfeel more typical of merlot, soft, mild tannins, and some structure but the structure took a backseat to the flavor. It was, to quote a friend's typical measure "yummy" and I think it's a great example of how Washington state is making wines comparable to French Bordeaux. I've had several wines recently from the Red Mountain district, and every one has been exceptional. This wine is about $62, but to get an equivalent Bordeaux would be about triple. Wine Spectator gave it a 93. There were only 415 cases made, so it's hard to find. The Wine House in Manlius is probably the only place outside of NYC and the west coast where you'll find the wine. Outstanding. Tasted February 27, 2009.

  • Mar 1, 2009 at 5:03pm
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    jschmeling's Review:
    Added Mar 1, 2009 at 5:02pm
    Outstanding example of a cab/mourvedre blend from Spain. Inky, dark, A prime example of what Jumilla can do, thought the Clio is a better value in my view.

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