Location: Birmingham, AL

Hey, I am beginning to be quite the wine advocate/enthusiast/glutton. My preference does lean toward to "new age" big reds, full of alcohol, pepper, jam and oak. However, that doesn't mean I dislike those very mild wonderfully complexity of old world re

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  • Jan 23, 2010 at 12:30pm

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    Earthquake Zinfandel, Lodi- 2007- Color- black amethyst. Nose- Vanilla, jam dominates the nose and is peppered by, well, pepper. Maintains a slight heat, but this is to be expected of a 16% ABV wine. Taste- Vanilla and sweet California raisins decorate your mouth with an overwhelmingly heavy mouth feel. Very dark and sweet. Reminds everyone of a port...I mean it REALLY feels like port. Oak adds structure to the heavy wine but is not noticeable in the actual taste, Its like not seeing the I-beams in a building, you don't see it, but you know its there. The only presence the oak may have is letting on a leather note witch keeps the wine from losing its form and keeps the flavors focused. This wine I imagine is almost too big to go with any meal, but is an amazing specimen of what zinfandel is capable of. Score: 93

  • Jan 23, 2010 at 12:27pm

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    Catena Zapata Malbec 2007- Color-shadowed Ruby Nose- Raw spiced sausage, dried flowers and vegetation with surprisingly little oak. Has this whisper of black olives. Taste- Good measured oak, sausage remains for the time but fades through the glass. Good spices that compliment but do not overpower. No harsh tannins. Heavy thick blackberry and ripe plum (but not jammy or sweet) brings this wine to a head. Just very well balanced with a finish that lasts and lasts but doesn't change when compared to the initial mouth feel. Score: 91

  • Jan 23, 2010 at 12:25pm

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    Conde de Valdemar Gran Reserva Rioja 1995- Note* this bottle was aired significantly longer than the other bottles, letting set most likely 2 hrs before tasting. Color- subtle ruby, but cleared to burnt orange and tinges of brown. Nose- Pineapple, and brief notes of coconut, reminding the party of pina coladas, but balanced with well preserved oak. Taste- Very spicy and well structure oak with sustains the spice well into the considerable finish. Sweet raisin emerges after time in the glass yet maintains a dry feel. On the finish, the humidity maintains and drenches you in a satisfying sweet oak. Note* this wine most likely should have been double decanted as there was significant sediment, which most likely altered the flavor. Score: 91

  • Jan 23, 2010 at 12:24pm

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    Zenato Ripassa Valpolicella Superior 2007- Color- blackened amethyst. Nose-a nose of juicy raisin soft cheese, sandalwood, and slightly humid. Taste- Good strong yet balanced oak creates a slightly salty impression, but mixes well with a presence of blackberries and raisins. Powerful long finish with heavy and sustaining mouth feel. The finish brings in woody spices and hints of pepper among a vegetative undertone. My Score: 93

  • Jan 23, 2010 at 12:21pm

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    E Guigal Chateau D'Ampus Gigondas 2005- Color- crystal ruby. Nose- light, with grape laying overtop an oaky blanket bringing out subtle spices and pepper, along with hints of dried flowers and decomposing forest floor. Oddly, the spices remind me of steak seasoning (not steak/bbq aroma though). Unsurpassed smoothness with a pleasant mouth feel. Drying with Oak and spice yet maintains that humid presence. Not necessarily the best wine for a tasting, but would have been better with a meal to compliment. Very long and satisfying finish, but leaves a slight bitter tannin on the back palate. Still young and could stand to age. Note* after about an hour and a half of hair, the wine evolved to an odd mixture of mint sauce, cinnamon and woody (not necessarily oak) spices/notes. Score: 88

  • Dec 5, 2009 at 10:45pm

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    Added Dec 5, 2009 at 10:45pm
    Deep cheery, heavy spice, and medicinal notes on the nose. This wine is a live with personality. Palate is smooth with well structured tannins without overdone black pepper. Dark fruits light on the jam infiltrate across the mid palate. This is an exceptionally wonderful wine for the price.

  • Dec 5, 2009 at 4:30pm

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    Added Nov 4, 2009 at 11:07pm
    An intense noe of fruit. Apricot, honey, melon, opening later later with slight hints of green apples. The first glass brings about spicy twangs on the midpalate. Nectar, fruity tea, honey, nectar, notes of cinnamon and green apples with hints of more potent and livelier spice with undertones of violets. Leaves you reminiscing of summer with only the slightest hints of peach tea. Only down part is an odd acidity on the back palate. Makes me envision of quickly blossoming flowers cascading through my vision in every color or the sun. With the exception of the odd acidity, this is a very appealing wine and I can say is exceptionally well qualified riesling for anyone's palate.

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