Posts Tagged ‘ $5-10 ’

The soul of Witte

4 November 2009
By Tom Mansell
The soul of Witte

Brewery Ommegang Witte Style: Belgian-style Wheat Ale with Traditional Spices Color (light, amber, or dark): Light ABV: 5.1% Price Point: $7.50/750 mL bottle Closure: Cork with cage. The yeast sediment in the bottom is a clue that this bottle’s carbonation comes from a fermentation in the bottle, thus the need for the extra pressure...
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Far above Cayuga wine

29 October 2009
By Tom Mansell
Far above Cayuga wine

Lucas Vineyards Cayuga White 2008 Appellation: Finger Lakes Grape: Cayuga White ABV: 11% RS: 2.4% (wow, it’s been a while since I reviewed a non-dry wine, eh?) Price Point: $9 Closure: Extruded synthetic (boo! If you’re going synthetic, then I much prefer molded to extruded, aesthetically speaking) Technical Notes: Machine-harvested, crushed and destemmed. 19...
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Even van der Merwe would love this one

15 September 2009
By Tom Mansell
Even van der Merwe would love this one

Indaba Chardonnay 2008 Appellation: South Africa Grape: Chardonnay ABV: 12.5% Price Point: $17 in a restaurant, so probably $8-10 in the store. Closure: Screwcap Technical Notes: (from importer’s website) Partially aged in oak, “left on its {lees} for several months to develop further in complexity” More information can be found here (I love this!...
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Great estate

19 May 2009
By Tom Mansell
Great estate

Lamoreaux Landing Estate White (N/V) Appellation: Finger Lakes Varieties: 55% Riesling 45% gewürztraminer ABV: 12.8% RS: 1.75% Price Point: $10 Notes: Looks: Lemony-green Nose: Intense nose of flowers, peach, and lychee (What’s a lychee, anyway? I can only find them in cans, but they’re pretty good! Check the Asian section of the local market)...
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Megapost: Wine Blogging Wednesday #56: "Fine" Kosher Wines

15 April 2009
By Tom Mansell
Megapost: Wine Blogging Wednesday #56:  "Fine" Kosher Wines

I am new to the internet wine community, but if you start searching out wine blogs, something that comes up consistently is “Wine Blogging Wednesday.” The phenomenon was dreamed up by the king of New York State wine bloggers, Lenn Thompson of LENNDEVOURS and the monthly endeavor is now managed by Lenn and many...
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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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Rogue’s gallery

12 March 2009
By Tom Mansell
Rogue’s gallery

JanKris Picaro 2004 Varietal: 50% Zinfandel 25% Merlot 25% Cabernet ABV: 13.8% Appelation: Paso Robles, CA Price point: $8 (bought a 5-pack from wine.woot for $40 plus $5 shipping) Notes: Looks: The label. It is so purple!  And gold!  Plus, it looks like the Girl Scouts logo.  It probably doesn’t go too well with...
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Beaujolais it on me

11 March 2009
By Tom Mansell
Beaujolais it on me

Louis Jadot Beaujolais 2007 Varietal: Gamay noir, the Beaujolais grape Alcohol by volume: 12.5% Residual Sugar: Dry Appelation: Beaujolais Price point: $10 Notes: Looks: nice cranberry-sauce color (I mean the purple stuff in the can) Nose: cherry* on the nose and the slightest hint of vanilla, not altogether complex. Palate: nice acidity, it’s definitely...
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This cider house rules!

14 January 2009
By Tom Mansell
This cider house rules!

Bellwether Original Hard Cider Varietal: Apples! Apparently they use around 7 varieties for their original, probably including Liberty, Northern Spy, Tompkins King, Baldwin, English and French cider apples. Price Point: $9.50 Alcohol by volume: 6.5% Residual Sugar: unknown, but my guess is about 2-3%. Notes: Looks: Nice golden color.  This sparkling cider has a...
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