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Bodegas Montecillo 2009 Rioja Gran Reserva

On occasion, I sit next to a normal at a wine conference.  After a few minutes of awkward conversation, they invariably ask me one question:“What is your favorite wine?”I don’t have an answer to that question. …

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Cune Gran Reserva Rioja 2009

Cune 2009 Rioja Gran Reserva

The wines of C.V.N.E. (or Cune) will always have a warm place in my heart. They are classical Rioja, and their Gran Reserva stands the test of time.  If you have …

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Redi 2009 Oroaio Toscano

Redi 2009 Orbaio Toscano

A beautiful balance of classic Tuscan Sangiovese and muscular Cabernet. Cocoa-dusted spice and lush dark fruit on the palate meld into tart cherry and mineral. Elements of anise and toast emerge …

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Erasmo 2009 Red Maule Valley

Erasmo 2009 Red, Maule Valley

Wine Review: Erasmo 2009 Red Mostly Cabernet Sauvignon, blended with Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and a percentage of Syrah. The Cabernet is clearly dominant here, with graphite and cedar aroma rising above the wildflower …

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Vall Llach 2009 “Idus” Priorat

Wine Review: Vall Llach 2009 “Idus” PrioratOn the nose, a giant whiff of wild fennel and fig confit. The palate is bursting with black fruit with sweet vanilla and balsamic. A …

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Bouchaine Pinot Noir 2009

Bouchaine 2009 Pinot Noir Carneros

Who are the Bouchaines?  It doesn’t really matter at this point. It was the maiden name of one of the original partners in this winery.The important question is, who are the …

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