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J.W. Morris, 2007 Gewurztraminer, California- ($2.99 Trader Joes)


First Impression

  • Color- Straw Yellow
  • Nose- Not much on the smell, very light green apples.
  • Taste- Green apples, apricots, peaches, very light tannin
  • Body- Medium, silky mouth fell
  • Finish – Flavor stays with you for a bit.

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Mount Palomar Winery (Temecula, Ca)



2006 Viognier

  • Nose- bright and citrusy
  • Taste- Honey, apricot
  • Easy to drink? Very nice to drink  

2007 Dry Riesling

  • Nose- fruity
  • Taste- Almond and citrus flavor
  • Easy to drink? This is a good wine. Worth giving a try

2007 Castelletto Cortese

  • Nose- Very fruity- green apples, Kiwi
  • Taste- green apples
  • Easy to drink?  Great wine, this is definitelya wine to try

2005 Castelletto Sangiovese

  • Nose- dark fruit, spice,
  • Taste- light tannins, black fruit, Black cherries
  • Easy to drink? Good wine. Smooth, easy on the palate and interesting to drink   

2005 Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Nose- oak, black plum
  • Taste- Oaky, some fruit comes out. But this is a big oaky wine with a high amount of tannins
  • Easy to drink? This may be a tougher wine to drink; the oak and tannin are a little off putting

2004 Cloudbreak

  • Nose- Bright fruits, spices
  • Taste- red cherry, vanilla, brown spices
  • Easy to Drink- This is an ok wine, the cherry and spice comes together pretty well. This wine is worth giving a try

2004 Riesling

  • Nose- Crisp citrusy, floral aroma
  • Taste- peaches, apricots
  •  Easy to drink? Great wine, I think this wine is not only easy to drink but it’s a wine that you will go back for more very often.


2006 Solanus

  • Nose- Candy fruit
  • Taste- peaches, figs, honey
  • Easy to Drink? Ok, for being a dessert wine. Worth giving a try


Solera Cream Sherry

  • Nose- VERY strong sweet whisky smell
  • Taste- Sweet caramel, Hazel nut
  • Easy to drink? Yes, this wine can be off putting at the nose but it is very pleasing to the plate. Very Sweet great dessert wine.   

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Castiglioni, 2006 Chianti, Italy $13.99 (BevMo)

First Impression

  • Color – Nice bright Ruby- Beautiful in glass
  • Nose – Spice, Berries, Oak
  • Taste – Dry, Fruity, mid Tannin

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Trivento, 2005 Syrah, Argentina $9.99 (BevMo)

First Impression

  • Color – Sexy Ruby
  • Nose – Very interesting a lot going on
  • Taste – Fruity – Mid tannin (not to overwhelming), Leave mouth with a great taste

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HESS winery, 2005 Syrah, Monterey CA – $14.99 (BevMo price)

First Impression

  • Color – Deep and Dark, beautiful color
  • Nose – Nothing really jumps out. There were hints of berries
  • Taste – Pretty Good, Light tannins, again nothing really jumps out.

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Finca La Lande, 2007 Melbec, Argentina- ($16.99 BevMo)

 First Impression

  • Color- Brick Red
  • Nose- Burnt rubber, Dark fruit, Spices
  • Taste- Hot (Not heat hot or spice hot- more like alcohol hot), mid tannin, Spicy, Fruit is there but hard to pick out with the heat and tannin
  • Body- Medium
  • Finish – It really falls flat. Leaves the mouth wet with no lasting flavor (Maybe some spice and tannin have a short finish)  
  • Easy to drink? This wine is ok, the heat of the wine really takes from the wine (for me).  

 Additional reviews:

2nd taster- Did not like the wine, states that the dark brick red color was interesting but the wine is too hot, the nose is a little off putting, and the taste is bland and falls off.

3rd taster- Did like the wine, states the color is bright and clear, the burnt rubber nose is different but interesting, and taste dark cherries, black fruit, and spicy.

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Condes De Albarei, 2008 Albarino, Spain ($14.99 BevMo)

  • Color- Pale yellow green
  • Nose- green apples, Lemons, tart/sour aroma
  • Taste- Silky , bright/light sour green apples, Light tannins
  • Body- Medium
  • Easy to drink? Yes, I really like this. I think it is interesting and bright on the palate.
  • Finish- Pleasing, the sour apple flavor last for a bit

Additional reviews

2nd taster- Good wine, has a musky pear nose, pear and sour apple taste

3rd taster- Great wine, Musky nose, green apple flavor is pleasing to palate

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