Posts Tagged ‘ $25-35 ’

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: Cabernet Franc/Noiret blends

13 October 2009
By Tom Mansell
Monday matchup:  Cabernet Franc/Noiret blends

I haven’t reviewed a wine in a while, so here are two! It’s not every day you see a comparison of blends of Cabernet Franc and Noiret, a relatively new hybrid grape developed by Cornell. But this isn’t really your everyday wine blog. Note: I tasted these two wines together, blind, in identical ISO...
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Unfiltered critique

24 September 2009
By Tom Mansell
Unfiltered critique

Damiani Wine Cellars Pinot Noir Reserve 2007 Appellation: Finger Lakes Grape: Pinot Noir ABV: 13% Price Point: $32 Closure: Natural cork Technical Notes: from the website, “Our favorite 4 barrels of 2007 Pinot, this unfiltered, unfined wine is sourced all from the Davis vineyard, Dijon clone 115.” Emphasis mine. Hedonic Notes: It’s got an...
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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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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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Craic one open

17 March 2009
By Tom Mansell
Craic one open

Jameson Irish Whiskey ABV: 40% Malt: Blended Price Point $28 for 750 mL Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I figured as a little sidebar on this day, I’d taste some whiskey. Yes, I know Jameson is on the low end of the Irish whiskey spectrum and mass-marketed, but, like its beer counterpart Guinness, it has...
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