Bodegas Ego 2014 “Marionette” Jumilla

Ego Bodegas 2014 Marionette Jumilla

Ego Bodegas 2014 Marionette Jumilla

  This is not the first time we’ve reviewed a wine from Bodegas Ego. They’ve been gracing us here in Philly with some seriously great wine over the last few years.  This bottle is their “go big or go home” wine. It’s a massive blueberry bomb with a wallop of fig newtons, drowned in a vat of creamy vanilla, and smacked around with a implosion of chocolate toast. Oh, and the finish gets a bit snappy with it’s cranberry sassiness. Buy a case. This is the wine you want for Texas-style bbq.  

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Vinography Unboxed: Week of July 16, 2017

bigstock-box-of-wine-on-the-plain-backg-26760620.jpgHello, and welcome to my periodic dig through the samples pile. I'm pleased to bring you the latest installment of Vinography Unboxed, where I highlight some of the better bottles that have crossed my doorstep recently. This week's wines included a number of gems, including a nice pair of French Colombards from the grape's leading proponent in California Yannick Rousseau. He offers two bottlings, one fermented in steel, the other fermented in wood, and both are interesting and worth checking out. Napa's best Riesling was also on offer this week, in the form of the annual bottling from Smith-Madrone on Spring Mountain. This vintage is particularly charming. I opened a clever bottle of Beaujolais this week, produced collectively by the village of Moulin-a-Vent as a way of demonstrating what their particular patch of Beaujolais tastes like. It's a nice bit of marketing, and one that some other regions of the ...
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Valentin Bianchi 2014 “Famiglia Bianchi” Malbec, Mendoza

Valentin Bianchi 2014 Famiglia Bianchi Malbec Mendoza

Valentin Bianchi 2014 Famiglia Bianchi Malbec Mendoza

Valentin Bianchi  is an old-school Argentinian winery that was founded in the 1920’s.  It’s one of the brands you see everywhere in Buenos Aires, but rarely outside the country. This is a different style of Argentinian malbec than you may be used to. It’s more muscular, wiry, and tannic; it’s a perfect companion for Argentine steak. The oak is powerful in this one: cinnamon, allspice, clove, nutmeg, toasted cedar rise out of the glass. Dark fruit, licorice, and burnt leather fold into a wildflower and hashish finish.  

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d’Arenberg 2015 The Hermit Crab McLaren Vale

d'Arenberg 2015 The Hermit Crab McLaren Vale

d’Arenberg 2015 The Hermit Crab McLaren Vale

  There is a long history of French influence on Aussie winemakers. This blend of Viognier and Marsanne is a paen to the classic white wines of the Rhone Valley.  The name “Hermit” is an homage to the northern Rhone region of Hermitage, where Marsanne is the king of white wines. There is a wonderful depth to this wine and a lushness that makes its all the more entertaining. Mango, pear, pineapple, and fennel with a finish that veers towards pine nuts. Medium to full bodied.  Serve this with grilled chicken with a peach salsa or maybe a fennel salad.  

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Vinography Unboxed: Week of July 2, 2017

bigstock-box-of-wine-on-the-plain-backg-26760620.jpgHello, and welcome to my periodic dig through the samples pile. I'm pleased to bring you the latest installment of Vinography Unboxed, where I highlight some of the better bottles that have crossed my doorstep recently. This week's wines included another gorgeous still wine from the Penedes region of Spain made by one of their top producers of sparkling wines Raventos i Blanc. Made from the same local grape used for Cava (Xarel lo) this bottling named "Extrem" is a crackling mineral mouthful of crispness. Don't miss it. Closer to home, Dry Creek Vineyard has a very nice Chardonnay on offer from Block 10 of their estate vineyard. Speaking of Chardonnay, lovers of the grape will doubtless enjoy the rendition from Capensis in South Africa. Before we move on to reds, Poggio al Tesoro's Vermentino is worth looking at, too, especially for anyone looking to expand their white wine horizons. ...
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Atalon 2014 Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley

Atalon 2014 Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley

Atalon 2014 Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley

  Does this winery even exist? If one drives up to it’s Calistoga address, you won’t see any signs or even any employees. The winery has been converted into a facility to entertain VIP guests of the Kendall-Jackson empire.  It seems all winemaking is now done at Cardinale Estate down the road. How can a winery exist without really existing anymore? They keep a small tank of wine on the property to keep the winery bond from expiring. How cheeky! If you are picking this up for under $14 –like we do in Philly– then this wine is worth picking up if you are a fan of Sauvignon Blanc. Varietally correct to a fault, this is grassier than most lawns. The grapefruit, a touch of sea salt, and a splash of fresh guava and your home free.  

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Vinography Unboxed: Week of June 25, 2017

bigstock-box-of-wine-on-the-plain-backg-26760620.jpgHello, and welcome to my periodic dig through the samples pile. I'm pleased to bring you the latest installment of Vinography Unboxed, where I highlight some of the better bottles that have crossed my doorstep recently. This week's wines included the current release of one of Spain's most distinctive wines, a still white made by one the Penedes region's top sparkling producer's Raventos i Blanc. They make two still white wines from the same primary grape used in their sparkling wine (Xarel lo) and both are excellent, though I think I give a slight edge to this "Silencis" bottling. Incidentally, at $21 it's a helluva deal if you're looking for something to go with your oysters. I've also got a very nice Chardonnay from Big Table Farm, a little biodynamic-focused family winery in Oregon's Willamette Valley. Moving into reds, I've got a couple of nicely restrained Pinots from the Carmel ...
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