Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Wine Reviews: Best of Fall 2016!

Tomorrow is the last day of fall! Since October was International Merlot Month and November was Market Vineyards Month, there was a lot of Merlot and Market Vineyards reviews on the blog. Here's the best of the wines that I reviewed for the season!

#5. Market Vineyards Dividend Syrah 2013

Market Vineyards Dividend Syrah 2013Region: Columbia Valley, Washington State
Review Release: November 13th, 2016


On the nose there's an overlaying minerality above aromas of lavender, raisins, chocolate (Raisinettes, anyone?) and pepper, with a slight note of anise. It smells very ripe and sticky. In the mouth it's rich and lush with soft tannin and just a little perk of acidity. That minerality on the nose is also on the palate with flavors of pomegranate, strawberry jam and baked earth. The most impressive feature of this wine is the finish! It's ridiculously long and lip smacking with pomegranate and baked earth.

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QUALITY VS PRICE RATING
Price: $39
Rating: 4.5/5 = Recommended / Highly Recommended (what does that mean?)


#4. Benziger Sonoma County Merlot 2013

Benziger Sonoma County Merlot 2013Region: Sonoma County, California
Review Release: October 30th, 2016

The nose just hits me right in the heart. If you love Merlot as much as I do then you'll see just what I mean. There's aromas of cinnamon, big juicy and ripe blueberry and blackberry, a hint of mint (hehe, that rhymes), and there's a fiery spiciness following it all up. I started this month with a Merlot that screams #MerlotMe on the nose and I'm finishing with one as well.

On the palate it echoes the flavor descriptors of the nose, it's medium to full bodied, has low acidity, medium and balanced tannin, and a mouthfeel that's as smooth as Luther Vandross. It finishes with blackberries, an uprise in tartness, and oak.

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QUALITY VS PRICE RATING
Price: $16
Rating: 5/5 = Highly Recommended (what does that mean?)


#3. Market Vineyards Red Mountain Alpha Merlot 2010

Market Vineyards Red Mountain Alpha Merlot 2010Region: Red Mountain, Columbia Valley, Washington State
Review Release: November 24th, 2016


The nose has juicy cherries, mocha, fresh bbq rosemary, vanilla and cinnamon. The way it all comes together makes me want to slam my Riedel onto the desk and shatter it. But a Riedel broke in the sink the other day and it was gutwrenching so I cannot, no -- WILL NOT, go through that pain again. Do you think you know grief and suffering? Because you do not, my friend.

On the midpalate it's medium bodied and smooth as velvet with soft tannin and very low acidity. Big, concentrated flavors of cherries and blackberries with cedar, cool moist sand and dark chocolate. The finish turns grainy in mouthfeel as the tannins kick up their game, and flavors of blackberries and dark chocolate last incredibly long.


QUALITY VS PRICE RATING
Price: $63
Rating: 5/5 = Highly Recommended (what does that mean?)


#2. Scott Family Estate Chardonnay 2014

Scott Family Estate Chardonnay 2014
Region: Arroyo Seco / Monterey, California
Review Release: November 1st, 2016 (Wine Pick of the Month)


The nose is outstanding with aromas of vanilla, carnations, pear, banana, ginger and dry stone. It's full bodied in the mouth and, again, creamy and buttery but with a lively acidity that keeps it all from going overboard. There's flavors of almonds, lemon, pear and ginger. Then it finishes dry with oak and banana.

It really is sensational all around and every Chardonnay lover should give it a try.

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QUALITY VS PRICE RATING
Price: $20
Rating: 5/5 = Highly Recommended (what does that mean?)


#1. Market Vineyards Red Mountain Acquisition Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Region: Red Mountain, Columbia Valley, Washington State
Review Release: November 27th, 2016


The color is a ruby garnet. Black licorice sucker-punches you right in the nose! There's also aromas of black current, cherry cola, vanilla and toffee. It just reels you right in!

Unlike MV's Arbitrage Cabernet, which needs some bottle aging, the Acquisition Cabernet is good to go right now. There's a refined, feminine elegance dancing around on the smooth mouthfeel, while still being full bodied with a burly and masculine richness. An assortment of cherries are on the palate, along with plums, driftwood and caraway. It finishes with a little visit from the tannin, but not overwhelming, and a higher acidity than you would expect; both aspects making it an excellent and versatile food wine.

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QUALITY VS PRICE RATING
Price: $52
Rating: 5/5 = Highly Recommended (what does that mean?)

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