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Morlet Family - Pinot Noir Joli Coeur
Dark in the glass with deep aromas and flavors of vanilla, oak and berries. Smooth and full bodied with true elegance and great integration of the tannins and fruit to yield a regal wine with a long finish. However, when in the glass it seemed to loose some of its smooth character after an hour. We'll see how this evolves and changes.
Roberto Ferraris - Barbera d'Asti La Cricca
Nice flavors but for me it is past its prime. I prefer Barbera when it is young. Drink up.
Fox Creek - Shiraz/Cabernet Franc JSM
This wine is outstanding. Had many bottles when it was younger, and this is the oldest Australian shiraz I've ever had. Wish I had more... Dark color and dark fruits with mild tannins. Not as thick as I recall but probably related to its age. I suspect this will keep several more years but why wait.
Estancia - Merlot Central Coast
I've been exploring some low priced wines... The 2009 Estancia Merlot is a light to mediun bodied wine similar to the 2010 Cabernet but lighter. Nice fresh bright fruit with light tannin with a hint of crushed pepper. A remarkably nice value at about $10 per bottle.
Estancia - Cabernet Sauvignon Proprietor Grown
Moderately overpriced in a restaurant but a good value. Ripe fruit - cherries and slight blueberry tastes. Some tannin that creates a nice balance with medium body. An exceptionally nice value if priced appropriately.