Archive for March, 2011

The MD House of Delegates passed a bill ‘allowing’ shipping of wine from wineries directly to consumers in Maryland.

The bill requires wineries pay $200 for the ‘privilege’ of shipping wine to MD, and consumers can only have 18 cases sent per year.  Still didn’t get all the way there, allowing for retailers to also ship into the state and eliminating the case limit, but I guess a partial win is a win in this state.

On a totally unrelated note, got 3 wines the other day from a winery in California (one of the very few who are willing to try to get around the current law by using a third party to ship something I already own.)


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2008 Deep Creek Cellars Studio 42

Appellation: Friendsville, Maryland

Tasting Notes: 65% Vidal, 25% Pinot Gris, 7% Seyval, 3% Cabernet Franc.  12% ABV.  Really pretty golden color, deep and rich. Nose is smoke, with some sweetness, honey, citrus, and some floral notes. Almost no fruit, which is interesting.  This is really different.  Some melon, more honey, citrus, and more smokiness.  Full bodied, rich mouthfeel, yet crisp and clean.  Good acid, good minerality, makes my mouth water.  This is a wine geek’s kind of wine, but with a delicious factor that would make it a crowd pleaser.  Cries out for some rich food. This is great stuff, and does Maryland winemaking proud.

Rating: 4/5

Price: Unknown.  I don’t know where I got this, I think it was in a mixed case; regardless, if you can find it, buy it.

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2009 Château Tour Bonnet Andre Lurton

Appellation: Entre-Deux-Mers (Bordeaux)

Tasting Notes: 50% Sauvignon Blanc, 40% Semillon, 10% Muscadelle.  12% ABV.  Color is pale gold.  Nose is really pretty, some citrus, melon, and honey.  Fresh, citrus, flowers, nice acid, some minerals.  Full body, lingering lemon zip finish. Very good wine!

Rating: 4/5

Price: $12.99 at Beltway Fine Wine

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2006 Moccagatta Barbera d’Alba

Appellation: Barbera d’Alba

Tasting Notes: 100% Barbera.  13.5% ABV.  Very pretty dark violet.  Nose is rich!  Big fruit, some cedar.  Not fake fruit, real fruit.  Wonderful!  Balanced, some acid, which will keep it food friendly, medium body, medium finish.  Great mouthfeel, red fruit attack, and a Skittles (fruit and sour notes) on the finish.  Has that delicious factor, really great stuff, and a very good value.  I love this style of wine, and this is an outstanding example.

Rating: 4/5

Price: $24.99 at Beltway Fine Wine

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Domaine de la Noblaie « Les Chiens-Chiens » Chinon 2003
Tasting Notes : 13.5% vol. Dark purple in the glass. An elegant, complex and floral nose, displaying notes of blackberry, raspberry, game, and sweet spices, particularly thyme. Smooth in the mouth with great balance and a refreshing acidity. There are flavors of black olives, dark chocolate, rich and ripe black and red berries and black cherries. The finish is fresh and juicy, showing more dark chocolate and black fruits.
Rating : 16/20 (91/100)
Price : US$13.99 @ Winelibrary.com

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