Give me some skin

9 April 2009
By Tom Mansell
Give me some skin

Channing Daughters Meditazione 2006 Appellation: Long Island Varieties: Tocai Friulano 36%, Pinot Grigio 25%, Sauvignon Blanc 17%, Chardonnay 10.3%, Muscat Ottonel 9.5%, Viognier 1.2%, Malvasia Bianca 1%. Yeah, a bunch of grapes, so to speak. ABV: 13% Price Point: $40 Notes: Looks: Bold, deep golden color with a tinge of orange, somewhat like Sauternes....
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Frankly, my dear, I give it a “damn good”

6 April 2009
By Tom Mansell
Frankly, my dear, I give it a “damn good”

Chateau Frank Blanc de Noirs 2002 Appelation: Finger Lakes Champagne (now, before you get all grumpy, let me assure you that this sparkling wine is legally allowed to be called “champagne” in the U.S., see this article for more details.) Varietal: Pinot Noir 95% Pinot Meunier 5% ABV: 11.1% (marked 12% on the bottle,...
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Smoke on the wine

2 April 2009
By Tom Mansell
Smoke on the wine

Americana Vineyards Cabernet Franc (N/V) Grape:Cabernet Franc, Baco Noir?? ABV: not labeled, (“table wine”) is it that hard to get your alcohol measured?! Price Point: $18 Notes: Looks: reddish-violet, pretty intense Nose: Smoky*, vanilla oak on the nose. Toasty, chocolatey, I am smelling a lot of oak and not much wine. Kind of smells...
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Monday matchup: Bold statements

30 March 2009
By Tom Mansell
Monday matchup:  Bold statements

I follow a lot of wine people on Twitter. This post is a response to a tweet from the winemaker at Silver Springs Winery on Seneca Lake. In addition to an eponymous label, Silver Springs also makes Don Giovanni wines, their premium label. The tweet in question was as such: DonGiovanniWine: my 2005 Bold...
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Cab Suave

26 March 2009
By Tom Mansell
Cab Suave

Sheldrake Point Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 (PRE-RELEASE!) Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon 96% Cabernet Franc 4% ABV: 12.5% RS: 0.3% (Dry) Price Point $N/A (yet!) will update on release. Notes: Looks: Great color. Deep red hinting towards purple. Nose: Ripe blackberry & raspberry with a bit of an herbal note (mint-ish), and how about this one? pretzels!...
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Palate-friendly hybrid

23 March 2009
By Tom Mansell
Palate-friendly hybrid

Six Mile Creek Vignoles 2007 Varietal: Vignoles (also known as Ravat 51) ABV: designated as “table wine” so between 7-14% Price Point $9.75 Notes: Looks: Mild yellow, kind of like a light vegetable oil Nose: Right away there’s pear and creamy component kind of like baby food (like mashed bananas or something). Perfumey floral...
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