Posts Tagged 80

NV Camelot Pinot Noir, California

Neon pink cherry color. Aromas of cherries found in canned fruit cocktail, along with strawberry candy. The wine picks up a silty earthiness in the mouth. Sweet and simple — like a cartoon version of Pinot Noir. For a wine newbie, this is a good... Read more

2008 Chateau de Lisennes ‘Cuvee Tradition’ Bordeaux Superieur Rouge, France

Transparent light ruby in color, this wine has a light vinegar quality in the nose, joined by an impression of sweet molasses. In the mouth, it’s quite different — much more mellow and slaty, but with hardly any noticeable fruit — and then a... Read more

2011 Pepi Chenin Blanc-Viognier, California

There was a time when the Robert Pepi name was known for excellent, crisp white wines. Sadly, this isn’t one of them. The nose is simple, with light floral and canned fruit cocktail notes. These impressions follow through in the mouth, where the... Read more

2009 Alma Rosa “Clone 115” Pinot Noir, La Encantada Vineyard, Santa Rita Hills

Lightly sherried and candied red fruits. A good sense of weight on the palate, showing an earthy finish. Bottle open too long? MSRP: $43 (August 2012) Wine Lines rating:... Read more

2009 Smoking Loon Cabernet Sauvignon, California

Dark berry fruits with a candied edge lead to Grape Kool-Aid-like and menthol high notes. Sweet in the mouth, it finishes short and sharp. Not very varietal, but an easy quaffer. MSRP: $9 (October 2011) Wine Lines rating:... Read more

2010 Seneca Shore ‘Amulet’ Riesling, Finger Lakes, New York

This wine is lightly effervescent with a musty note in the nose; it smells like a wine cellar. Moderate ripe peach and tangerine flavors are joined by a pine needle note. Serve chilled with a fruit and cheese plate. MSRP: $11.99 (September... Read more

2005 Woodbridge Merlot, California

The aromatics include candied red fruits, dill and a hint of cinnamon. Medium in body, with a sharp note in the mouth. Simple and easy drinking. MSRP: $9 (July 2007) Wine Lines rating:... Read more

2004 Benton Lane Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley

Light nose of wild strawberry and green peppercorn, vanilla and orange rind. Sharp, drying finish. MSRP: $21.99 (November 2006) Wine Lines rating: 80 Group:... Read more

2005 Dr. Heyden Rosé, Germany

Muted nose and flavors of baked rhubarb and strawberry pie filling. Pleasantly spritzy in the mouth. A perfect wine for a picnic. MSRP: $8.99 (September 2006) Wine Lines rating: 80 Group:... Read more

2005 Fetzer Gewürztraminer, California

Aromas and flavors of canned fruit cocktail. Sweet and east to gulp. MSRP: $6.99 (May 2006) Wine Lines rating: 80 Group:... Read more