Posts Tagged ‘ $15-20 ’

Wine Blogging Wednesday 68: Got Gamay?

22 April 2010
By Tom Mansell
Wine Blogging Wednesday 68: Got Gamay?

This post is part of Wine Blogging Wednesday, the monthly event where bloggers across the internet drink similar stuff and write about it. This month’s theme: Gamay. Thanks to Frank Morgan at Drink What YOU Like for hosting this month. Sheldrake Point Gamay 2007 Appellation: Finger Lakes Grape: Gamay Noir ABV:12.5% RS: 0.1% Price...
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Chambourcin for my real friends, real boursin for my sham friends…?

20 February 2010
By Tom Mansell
Chambourcin for my real friends, real boursin for my sham friends…?

Pinnacle Ridge Winery Chambourcin Reserve 2007 Appellation: Lehigh Valley (Pennsylvania) Grape: Chambourcin (pronounced sham-bor-SAN with that uppity French nasal “in” sound) ABV: not determined (labeled “table wine”), but given Brix at harvest, I would guess around 13% Price Point: $16 Closure: Natural cork Technical Notes: {Brix} at harvest: 23.5-24. pH: 3.95, TA 6 g/L...
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Wine Blogging Wednesday 62: A grape by any other name…

16 October 2009
By Tom Mansell
Wine Blogging Wednesday 62: A grape by any other name…

This month, for Wine Blogging Wednesday, Boston wine bigwig Dale Cruse selected a very clever theme. The idea: drink wines called by their lesser-known synonyms. For example, if you like Zinfandel, have a Primitivo. This exercise is also interesting because regional names tend to denote regional winemaking styles. (Think about Syrah vs. Shiraz!) In...
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Monday matchup: Finger Lakes vs. Rheingau

13 May 2009
By Tom Mansell
Monday matchup: Finger Lakes vs. Rheingau

Yep, it’s still riesling month. I decided to put some FL riesling up against another famous riesling producer, Germany. This test was done blind, with identical ISO 9000 wine glasses. Both bottles were opened at the same time and not decanted. Wine was poured into the glasses from the bottle before the test began...
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A nose to remember, a palate to forget

1 May 2009
By Tom Mansell
A nose to remember, a palate to forget

Long Point Cabernet Franc 2007 Appellation: New York Variety: 100% Cabernet Franc ABV: 12.9% RS: dry Price Point: $15 Notes: Looks: very dark, with magenta around the edges Nose: Smells great. Fruity. Dark fruity, actually. With blackberry and blueberry. Vanilla, cedar Alcohol features prominently on the nose as well. Palate: Lot of acidity on...
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The Arist-rkats!

24 April 2009
By Tom Mansell
The Arist-rkats!

Dr. Konstantin Frank Rkatsiteli 2006 Appellation:Finger Lakes Variety: Rkatsiteli ABV: 11.4% RS: 0.75% (the website says 0.75 g/L, (0.075%) but that is bone-dry. probably a typo.) Price Point: $18 Notes: Looks: Lemon yellow with a tinge of green Nose: The floral notes remind me of both riesling and gewürztraminer. The biggest fruit in this...
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Lemberger time

14 April 2009
By Tom Mansell
Lemberger time

Damiani Wine Cellars Lemberger 2006 Appelation: Finger Lakes Varietal: Lemberger aka Blaufränkisch ABV: 12% Price Point: $16 Notes: Looks:  garnet in the glass Nose: not too intense on the nose, light earthy, cranberry, slight bit of oak Palate:  Decent {astringency} on the palate, but a little high in acidity. Sour cherry shows up, in...
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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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