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2006 Bodega Melipal

Appellation: Mendoza, Argentina

Tasting Notes: 100% Malbec  14% AVB.  Very dark purple, looks rich.  Nose is red fruit, some plum, some berry, a little jammy, and some smoke.  Taste is a lot of plum, some red fruit, and some pepper/spiciness, smooth at first, then the mid palate gets a little weak, and the back end is all tannins.  At first they are sweet, but quickly get a little too bitter. Finish is dominated by tannins, but there is some strawberry and cherry in there, kinda nice once the bitterness subsides.  Once the wine opens up a bit, the bitterness subsides, so I would highly suggest a decant.  A bit disjointed. Some heat on the back end, too.  Probably won’t go running out to buy this, but I’m certainly going to drink it.  Might actually be a nice match with a strongly spiced beef.

Rating: 2/5, 12/20, 81/100

Price: ~$18 according to Snooth

A note on ratings:  I use the 100 point rating for Cellartracker, even though my palate is still developing.  As a statistics geek, I know that the variability in scores works itself out as the number of scores increases.  However, my score may not be yours, or Robert Parker’s.  I much prefer to use a 5 point (or star, or whatever you want to call it) scale, as it more represents my reaction to wine, which is more simple than a 100 point scale represents.  I like the 20 point scale as the more detailed score.   On this site, I will provide all three, although the most meaningful are the 5 and 20 point ratings.

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2008 Les Galopieres Pouilly-Fuissé

Appellation: Pouilly-Fuissé

Tasting Notes: 13% AVB.  Straw colored. Subtle nose, some melon, pear, green apple, a hint of butter.  Apple, pear, melon, and citrus all on the palate along with a nutty flavor, very smooth, complex flavors, everything works together without any one standing out.  I had a lot of trouble coming up with what the flavors even are, they all work so well together.  Excellent acid.  Mouth watering.  Long finish.  Very subtle and pleasant oak.  Wonderful wine.

Rating: 4/5, 16/20, 91/100

Price: $19.99 Beltway Fine Wine

A note on ratings:  I use the 100 point rating for Cellartracker, even though my palate is still developing.  As a statistics geek, I know that the variability in scores works itself out as the number of scores increases.  However, my score may not be yours, or Robert Parker’s.  I much prefer to use a 5 point (or star, or whatever you want to call it) scale, as it more represents my reaction to wine, which is more simple than a 100 point scale represents.  I like the 20 point scale as the more detailed score.   On this site, I will provide all three, although the most meaningful are the 5 and 20 point ratings.

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Hosting a wine tasting is a fantastic theme for a party.  You can make it as formal or casual as you like.  It gives you an opportunity to share your passion for wine with friends and family (possibly inspiring a new oenophile),  an opportunity to collect the opinions of a variety of people, and an excuse to get people together to drink. 

We’ve thrown a couple of wine inspired parties at Chez Stagg, these are two ideas we’ve used. (more…)

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2009 Vina y Bordegas Estacion Chardonnay

Appelation: Pamilla – Cochagua Valley, Chile

Tasting Notes: 100% Chardonnay.  14% ABV.  Light gold color.  Nose is butter, some oak, lemon, and an unidentifiable herb or floral component, not much but there’s something there.  Nice fruit, with some melon along with the citrus.  Good acid, hot on the back end, you can also taste the oak, but it’s not too much for my palate, some herbal flavors.  Complex, there are lots of flavors, but none really stand out.  Nice mouthfeel, lingering finish.  The heat on the back end is a little unpleasant, but not horrible.  Some food will calm it down, I think some sautéed chicken with risotto will work nicely.  Pretty good stuff. I wouldn’t expect this to be ageworthy, but maybe some time would cut the heat back a bit. Pretty good value.

Rating: 3/5, 13/20, 85/100

Price: $8.99 at Bin 604

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