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  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Petit Verdot

    History of the grape: It is thought Petit Verdot (“little green one”) predates Cabernet Sauvignon in Bordeaux, as far...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

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  • Lindeman, a lot of it depends on what the winemaker wants. If he wants a little ... out Garnacha.There's a bell pepper quality that you find in a lot of Merlot, Cab, Malbec, etc. Those grapes are all related and are part of the Carmenet family. They're all parents or siblings or cousins. You also get it in Sauvignon Blanc, which is part of the ... Read More

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  • Retired and looking to become more acquainted with wine products.  It seems like an vast array of confusion to me.  I only drink dark red wines, and the cheap kinds- as you might be able to tell by my username- but I love wine.  So let me get my many thoughts together and in some kind of order and I will get back.  Thank you community.  Read More

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  • Well, we went to the symphony, last night:London Symphony OrchestraMichael ... ... walking on stage wearing a bell-bottomed jump suit.  That is so unfair.  Her contribution to the Piano Concerto was magnificent, although, at times her piano was overpowered by the orchestra, especially, by the (no surprise, here) brass.I am going to minimize my... Read More

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  • I’m part Irish, but I’m not sure how much. I’m not Catholic ... ... profile with heavy green bell pepper and meaty aromas, elements of leather and coffee. This is the time to break out the good lamb chops and prepare a nice chimichurri sauce. Both lamb and Carménère have great earthy tones that will complement each other and provide a savory d... Read More

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  • I bailed with about 20 minutes to go. The feed was so choppy that I could not ... tobacco along with a hint of bell pepper. The palate was herbaceous red fruit, white pepper and fruit tannins. It needs a few years to unwind and really show its stuff. The Riserva Ducale Oro was hard as nails. Riper than the '11 Riserva but IMO not as interestin... Read More

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  • Depending on traffic, shipping grapes from up near Calistoga to Yountville ... ... facility nearer the source--Bell does this with wines they make from Oregon grapes.  No way they are driving those grapes down I-5.  I'm not sure what Adam Lee at Siduri does with all the grapes he contracts for out of the Central Coast,but they would have to go... Read More

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  • About eight years ago, I rented this house on Stinson Beach for a week from ... ... He left us a bottle of Bell Cab, which started me on my Bell fixation.  I read one of his books while we were there and he said of PS, "It survives.  Whether it improves is another question." Or words to that effect.  PS has so much tannin it might just be in ... Read More

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  • Made a trip to Pahrump Nevada today to play a round of golf with my friends at Mountain Falls GC. Amazing course! Rated #1 in Nevada and the #7 public course in America. Who would have thought a course that nice could be located smack dab in the middle of basically no-mans land.Because the trip is 45 minutes from Vegas, I decided to visit the wi... Read More

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  • Mellville Syrah Estate Verna's 2011


    Lots of light coming through the glass suggest, perhaps incorrectly, a ... of ... ... of a vegetative (green bell pepper or asparagus) and nutty (almond/walnut) nose. Initial mouth sensation supports the medium-body forecast. Then red cherry flavor with a thickness like caramel. After a few sips I realize that my disappointment with this wi... Read More

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  • Hi Robo! Like Mark said that Enkidu performs quite well on pop n pour but also ... ... tobacco, dark plum, some bell pepper and oak. Balanced palate toeing the line between black and red fruit but still pretty primary. Ample acidity and chewy tannins finish it off. Needs lots of time but in 10+ years this should put on quite show.Hey Montalcin... Read More

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