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R Wines - Grenache Chateau Island
I WROTE: (Edit) 84 Points Monday, July 04, 2011 - July 4th at Kelly's (Mattatuck): This wine never really caught on with anybody. THe nose was the best thing about it -- deep rich fruit that unfortunately was overwhelmed by a blast of alcohol. From there it went down hill. The wine was simply a monolithic fruit bomb -- something you might add ice to and make it a wine cooler. Not sure what the alcohol level was on this, but was way too extracted for our taste. A reason why some Australian's have lost their popularity and why people question Jay's scores. But to each his own.
Oliverhill - Shiraz Jimmy Section
Tuesday, April 03, 2012 - A really nice bottle of wine. Pleasantly surprised.
Muga - Aro
Saturday, December 24, 2011 - This was an extraordinary bottle of wine. Like liquid silk. Dark ripe blackberry and black cherry on the nose. No hint of alcohol as some have noticed. The body was incredibly smooth. A hint of dutch cocoa and mocha well integrated into rich deep blackberry and dark fruit. The finish was relatively austere keeping it from the high nineties. We had this with home made falafels, hummus, and greek salads.
Martinelli - Zinfandel Jackass Vineyard
I LIKE THIS WINE: (Edit) 98 Points Sunday, May 08, 2011 - Wow. After reading on the label that this was 17.1%, we were a little nervous we might be headed into that rarified "rocket fuel" level. But, boy, were we wrong. The nose was an incredible melange of blackberry, raspberry, and rich earth. From the first sip to the last this was a near perfect wine - boysenberry, blackberry, black raspberry, and a hint of oak was in perfect balance with sweet tannins. The alcohol was way in the back without a hint of heat. The finish was layer after layer of deep fruit. An unbelievable wine. We had this with Jamaican BBQ chicken, Dad's homemade sausages, and grilled cheese fennel rolls.
Martinelli - Syrah Hop Barn Hill
Thursday, November 24, 2011 - We really surprised by the inadequacy of this wine. The nose was pinched and limited - no real distinctive qualities. The body was very monolithic - dark red fruits fully extracted with no layers or multiple flavors. Overall a disappointing both of wine for the scores and reviews.
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