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The wine itself is a deep purple color in the glass, and the nose is just a beautiful combination of ripe berries and cassis, leather, dried herbs and just the faintest hint of mint. The taste is just Merlot joy! I know it has a bad reputation thanks...
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History of the grape: The grape has been traced as far back as the 3rd century in the Aragon province in Spain. The A...
“King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...
History of the grape: Modern day French oenologist Pierre Galet states Chenin Blanc has been in France at least since...
The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...
“With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...
The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...
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Blacksmith Cellars on Snooth
Had a great first full day here in south central California. Started off with a very good breakfast at the ForFriends B&B in Santa Ynez. Too early for any of the tasting rooms to be open so we headed down to Jalama beach for some salt air and scenery. Beautiful beach with some interesting campsites and about a half dozen surfers enjoying some mo... Read More
2010 Blacksmith Merlot, the second label from Forgeron Cellars in Walla Walla, so yummy on a cool rainy night! Read More
The wine itself is a deep purple color in the glass, and the nose is just a beautiful combination of ripe berries and cassis, leather, dried herbs and just the faintest hint of mint. The taste is just Merlot joy! I know it has a bad reputation thanks to that idiot movie, but for those of us who appreciate a nice Merlot, it can be such a pleasu... Read More
This wine had a lovely dark color, and rich aromas of ripe black fruit and spice. The taste was wonderfully fruit forward with tastes of blackberry and tart cherry, that gave way to some tar and cedar midpalate. The bright tannins made for a long, tight finish that will likely improve with a little time in the bottle. But overall, I felt this... Read More
The hot days and cool nights of the Columbia Valley produce grapes of exceptional flavor -- the hot days inspire the development of complex sugars while the cool nights yield crispness and acidity. Rated Excellent/Exceptional by the Washington Wine Report, this blend of 94% Chardonnay, 6% Orange Muscat, aged in a blend of new and used French oak... Read More
Outside of the pricey boutique wineries, who do you think consistently produces good wine year-after-year and represents good value? I'm thinking of the "larger" more established wine makers, who try and bring their A-game across the spectrum of their varietals.To me the sign of a good wine maker and overall brand is someone who you can trust ev... Read More
This came up in another thread and I thought it would be an interesting new topic.Have you ever done a blind tasting for friends? Which wines did you choose? Was there a theme? Did you have food?What were the results? Did anything surprising happen?I've done this several times and had fun with it, and would love to hear other people's experi... Read More
I am hosting a Schreiner's Winers tasting Saturday and we're covering zins. I was wondering what some Snooth favorites are. I am looking to get 6-9 bottles from various areas and price ranges. I already have a 2007 Plungerhead. I was thinking something from Ridge? Robert Biale? Renwood, Ravenswood or Cosentino. Thoughts? Read More