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Our 10th Anniversary!

Today we are celebrating our 10th anniversary here at The Wine Cask Blog! Over the past 10 years, we've posted around 3,000 reviews that span varietals, vintages, continents, and styles. We hope these have been enjoyable and useful to you.

The world of wine continues to evolve and present new and exciting opportunities. We're excited to continue exploring and sharing our impressions with you. We are far from finished. In fact, we're working on a fresh new look and feel for our site, along with enhanced archive and search functionality. Stay tuned as we enter the next chapter, and the next 10 years. Raise a glass!

LeCole #41 Chenin Blanc wine review by (PB)

Pale gold with aromas of creamy tropical fruit and a light citrus beam; slight nuance of pear and golden apple.

Palate--Lively acidity, with tropical fruit flavors of ripe pineapple, lemon, mouth watering and a hint of vanilla. Finish leaves you with a hint of pear.

This is a Columbia Valley (Washington state) wine and LeCole is one of the top performers in this vibrant (relatively new) wine region.

I paid $13 for this, will pair it with my French Onion Soup for dinner. Raise a glass!

Cambria Pinot Noir "Julia’s Vineyard" 2012 Wine Review by (PB)

Lighter cherry hue with aromas of strawberry and cream.

Palate--silky with cocoa/strawberry, straight forward and uncomplicated;

This Santa Maria Valley AVA is pure pinot that is easy drinking and delicious. I paid $21 for this at the Spasso restaurant in Minnetonka, Mn. Raise a glass and be sure to read my entry on this unique restaurant; would that ALL restaurants were as consumer conscious as this restaurant when it comes to wine pricing! Raise a glass.

Waterbrook Columbia Valley Merlot 2011 Wine Review (NW)

Tasting notes:

Black cherry, dark chocolate, and aromatic oak on the nose

Full bodied on the palate

Cedar, eucalyptus, and raspberry layers on the finish


This Merlot from the Columbia Valley in Washington shows interesting layers on the nose and finish, bordering on exotic. There's density and richness along with good texture. Expect to pay around $15 or so, and raise a glass!

Badia Coltibuono RS Chianti Classico 2011 Wine Review (NW)

Tasting notes:

Elegant beam of sweet cherry and red berry with fragrant herbs on the nose

Medium bodied on the palate

Silky texture on the finish, good length, with cherry, soft woody notes, and spice


This is a nice wine. What really drives it is the perfumed nose of cherry and berry notes that are elegant and distinctive of well made Sangiovese. It's an excellent value at $15 for an expressive Chianti Classico that drinks well now but can probably also cellar for a few years. Make some home made Bolognese and raise a glass!

Petite Petit 2012 wine review by (PB)

Deeply pigmented blackberry hue with aromas of jammy earthy blackberry with a hint of blueberry with the slightest suggestion of mocha and nice spice.

Full fruit bomb presence with big plump berry flavor with a finish of clear milk chocolate. Lingering finish that reminds you of fresh blackberries bursting in your mouth.

This wine from the Michael David Winery with the unique name is not a typo; it is comprised of 85% Petite Sirah and 15% Petit Verdot (both spelled properly) with Lodi fruit.

My wife grabbed this because she was looking for a clown label and this was as close as she could come. At $15 it's a decent fruit bomb kind of wine which if in the right mood is just good drinking.
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Pietra Santa Zinfandel 2008 wine review by (PB)

Garnet hue with aromas of robust spiciness with a unique odor that I can't pin down that seems to dissipate leaving light blackberry notes remaining

Palate--tightly wound with staid fruit which I think just needs some time to open up and warm up; my cellar this time of year is right around 54 degrees which is perfect storage temp but I find a bit too cold to appreciate the nuances in a wine.

After breathing and warming up the bouquet remains pretty much as reviewed but the unique odor has dissipated. The palate is bigger than initial tasting. There is a clear beam of cocoa underneath the fruit and a finish that lingers for sometime.

This is my first experience with Cienega Valley Zin. My wife paid $16 for it which is a fair price for the wine so raise a glass!

Block Nine Caiden’s Vineyard California Pinot Noir 2013 Wine Review (NW)

Tasting notes:

Cherry and red berries with spice  on the nose

Light bodied on the palate

Pomegranate, cherry, spice, and herbal tea layers on the finish


Here's a nicely made Pinot Noir at a value price of $12. It has a beautiful color and shows well integrated layers throughout. Pair with lighter fare, and raise a glass!

2012 Educated Guess Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Nose: Vanilla and young fruity berries
Palate: strong interplay of tannin and acid. Not bad but not subtle.
Finish: Lovely finish of blueberry and cherry notes.
Overall: we tasted this at a friend's house. They paid $24 for it at a local wine store. It is overpriced at this price point.

2011 Bruno Giacosa Barbera Casa Vinicola wine review by Billy

Nose: Young plum, spice and clove
Palate: strong warm tannins,  playful acids. Good construction that promotes the tannic structure
Finish: red stonefruit notes and coffee. Hints of cherry.
Overall: Let it breathe. Air softens the strong tannins and lets the structure support the wine.

Pierre Usseglio & Fils Chateauneuf du Pape 2003 wine review by (PB)

Prune juice hue with aromas of cigar box, and a touch of cedar. Nuanced cherry fruit underneath.

Palate--Mature beyond peak, subdued cherry berry fruit, rustic undertones, finishes sharply.

Our 2nd wine opened for Thanksgiving which surprisingly is also showing its age. Old world style wines go with food better than by themselves as a very general rule so this will again pair well with our bounty.

At the $50 and up price point, this needs to be drank NOW!

Chateau Malescot St. Exupery 2006 wine review by (PB)

Dark black cherry hue showing some age;

Bouquet--sweet, stewed brandied blackberries,a hint of licorice or spice;

Palate--Mature wine going over the hill but characteristic, mature fruit flavors of dark berries and spices with an earthy touch. Finish lingers with a gentle reminder of mature Margaux Grand Cru Classe.

Chicago guest brought this for Thanksgiving and it will be a wonderful pairing. It is ready NOW and needs to be drunk immediately so don't tarry! Expect to pay over $50 if you can even find it. A perfect Thanksgiving pairing!

A nice treat to highlight a nice day of giving thanks to the One from whom all blessings flow.

Geyser Peak Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 wine review by (PB)

Black cherry hue with an off putting aroma at first sniff like "cheap" fruit. I know that's not very helpful but it just reminds me of a $3 wine which is made up of whatever the maker could find.

Palate--Very steely, fruity front with juicy berry flavor. Fleeting finish.

I can't figure out why I bought this in the first place but I paid $13 for it which was about $8 too much. Look for something else.

Cotes Du Rhone 2010 E. Guigal wine review by (PB)

Slightly browning on presentation; with aromas of mature cherry with a tinge of aged bouquet.

Palate--Mature, juicy acidity, with fruit that is starting to head south. Older cherry notes with a touch of spice and wood.

I am surprised that this is heading south but it is a good quaff at the moment. If you have a bottle laying around it is time to raise a glass!

OZV (Old Zin Vines) 2012 Sponsored wine review–by (PB)

This Zin presents with an eye catching crystalline ruby/garnet hue.

Aroma--Cinnamon "red hots" candy over cocoa and the more gentle, strawberry, Bing cherry fruit. Under neath it all there's a creamy vanilla nuance.

Palate--Almost silky mouth feel, with relaxed tannins and loads of cocoa on top of the gentle, vanilla laced, juicy red fruit.

This is not what I expect when I taste a zin because the characteristic, wild or brambly fruit foundation is not there. Meaning what? Meaning this is a mind blowingly different Zin that is more refined than ghetto.

I've visited Lodi on my wine explorations and it is an up and coming AVA in California just starting to come into its own. This wine is made from Zinfandel grapes grown on 50-100 year old vines which according to those who know, lends a special "something" to the fruit produced from such aged vines. (Blended with a touch (4%) of Petite Sirah)

Bottom line--would I buy it again? Absolutely; Zinfandel is my specialty grape and I love unique! This fits the bill as a big "tasty," "juicy" and easy drinking quaff so raise a glass!

Antigal "Uno" Malbec 2010 wine review by (PB)

Nice black cherry hie deeply pigmented right to the rim:

Aromas of robust, blackberry and dark berry aromas with cigar box and vanilla touches. Really beautiful herbal spicy bouquet that is finessed and borders on elegant.

Palate--Big, rich berry flavors with a touch of licorice. Finish is rather short but well done construction.

2010 was a great vintage for Malbec and the Mendoza region of Argentina if my memory serves me right. I am not a big fan of Malbec but I could become so with this wine! This is a classy, NICE wine and at $14 a great value so raise a glass. This bad boy will be hanging for years to come!

Concha Y Toro Marques Casa Concha Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Wine Review (NW)

Tasting notes:

Black currant and coffee on the nose

Full bodied on the palate

Dense finish with dark chocolate, coffee, sage, and blackberry


This wine is always good, year in and year out. The 2012 drinks like a polished Cabernet that costs much more than the $20 you'll likely pay for this. Chile is still a value, for sure. It has dense fruit and integrated layers that give it depth and persistence. Pair with meat dishes and enjoy. Raise a glass!