Monthly Archives: January 2011

Enlace by Liparita Cabernet Sauvignon

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Enlace Cabernet 2008 at Costco

So Lisa was curious what this amazing bottle cost [link]. It turns out this is not a bottle you can just Google for and the cute UPS guy shows up and pours you a glass next day.

Answer is that you can find these at the Costco in Westlake Village, California for $17.

Canard Sauvage Petite Syrah, 2009

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Canard Sauvage Petite Syrah2009
Sonoma County, California
Dry Creek Valley

So big, so firm, yet smooth, too…a noble savage is this. Inky black-red with some solid legs and a definite spice character. Cardamon, clove and blueberries in the nose, and jammy berries with a hint of smoky oak on the tongue. I liked that touch of tannin in the finish; it hasn’t been tamed into submission. I love me some wild duck.

Da Vinci Chianti, 2008

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Da Vinci Chianti2008
Italy

Ah, chianti…that unassuming pizza and pasta standard best drunk from an old fashioned glass. Well, break out the Riedel, because Da Vinci elevates the light and lively varietal to an impressive level of sophistication. Smells so good — berries and plums and spice. It’s a study in contrasts, too. Deep, dark red color…but light legs. Medium bodied…but chewy tannins and a dry, leathery finish. Lush with strawberry and bittersweet chocolate flavors. Surprisingly luscious and balanced. A Renaissance masterpiece!

Da Vinci 2006 Riserva Chianti – Sangiovese Red Wine Note, this is a different vintage.

Norton Bodega Malbec, 2010

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Norton Bodega Malbec2010
Mendoza, Argentina

Norton was my intro into South American wines years ago, and the label remains as reliable as an old pair of jeans. This malbec is a perfect pizza wine, and at just $8 a great value, too. It’s that smoky edge that makes it so special, I think — and a good foil for rich tomato sauce, pepperoni, sausage and mushrooms. Beautiful garnet color, plum and tobacco scented, dry, lingering oak finish that bites back…gently. A fantastic standard for everyday drinking.

Bodega Norton 2010 Malbec – Red Wine

Penfolds Rawson’s Retreat Shiraz-Cabernet, 2009

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Penfolds Rawson's Retreat Shiraz Cabernet2009
Australia

KO! The deep, inky red color is the first thing that you’ll notice with this heavyweight contendah. It’s got some stout legs, too. Plums and raspberries in the nose with a tickle of nutmeg. A great spicy-sweet beginning gives way to a berry-licious center and a long, lingering cocoa finish. Gives a one-two punch with Shiraz (60%) boldness and Cab (40%) jamminess. If you like ’em big, this is your champion!