Sunday, April 20, 2014

A Caribbean cruise full of GREAT WINE!

...and some not so great....but mostly, very positive.

Col Solare 2007 ($100)

A Bordeaux style blend from Washington State, this beautiful wine features notes of black cherry and ripe blackberries with a hint of vanilla on the nose. On the palate, this full-bodied wine is rich with flavors of cherries, plums, chocolate and a touch of coconut. Long, silky finish. 94.

Stag's Leap 2010 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($65)

Cherries and blueberries on an inviting nose, with some grassy notes joining the fruit and tobacco on the palate. Tannins were a bit sharp, suggesting this could have improved with a little more time in the bottle. 85.

Nobilo 2012 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc ($17)

 Ripe passion fruit and pineapple with some subtle hints of lime. Refreshing and dry. 82.

Beringer Vineyards 2012 Founders Estate Pinot Noir ($19)

Some raspberry and cherry on the nose and palate. Light and fruity, not a bad entry level California Pinot. 83.

Villa Sandi Prosecco Brut ($14)

Intense notes of minerals and citrus. Full-bodied and slightly off-dry, with flavors of citrus and herbs. 84.

Isabel Mondavi 2010 Pinot Noir ($45)

Elegant aromas of violets and fruit with a hint of caramel. Strawberry and cranberries shine through on the palate with a tiny bit of sweetness. Bright flavors of cherries on the finish. 86.

Torres 2010 Celeste Crianza Tempranillo ($27.99)

Ripe plums and other dark fruits with just a hint of spice on the nose. The spice shines through on the palate with the fruit. Very tasty. 89.

Robert Mondavi 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon ($40)

Black current and blackberries dominate the nose, and they continue on the palate, joined by some cherry and a touch of black pepper. Finishes long and smooth. 89.

Beringer California Collection White Zinfandel ($10)

My new favorite "cheapie", this rose is light, fruity, and downright quaffable. For that price, it's a steal. 83.

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