Monthly Archives: October 2012

RECOMMENDED: 2010 Cryptic, California red blend. 14.5% ABV, $18 SRT; available for less.

If you haven’t decided on your Halloween wine yet, here’s a quick recommendation: the 2010 Cryptic red blend. It is delicious, inexpensive, and fun, with backwards lettering and scramble puzzles on the label that you must decipher in order to … Continue reading

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RECOMMENDED: Insomnia White Wine Blend, California. Around $10.

As we approach Halloween, I’ll report on a couple of finds that would be fun to enjoy on that dark and spooky night. The Insomnia is a good place to start: it seems to be readily available (in our area, … Continue reading

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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Bricco Dei Tati 2008 Barbera, DOC Piemonte, Italy. 12.5% ABV, $9 and up.

Just delicious. This fresh, off-the-beaten-path red started out with some funky barnyard on the nose, but opened up quickly and gave way to dust, lively black fruits, and some spice. Medium-bodied but full-flavored, it tastes a lot more expensive than … Continue reading

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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Pappas Wine Co. 2010 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley. 13.4% ABV, $18.99.

Beautiful light- to medium-ruby color with luscious pink edges. Gorgeous nose of strawberry, baking spices, cigar box—and an occasional whiff of dust and blood because of the volcanic soil in the area. Juicy and succulent, balanced, lively, just wonderful. It … Continue reading

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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Manos Negras 2009 Carménère, Colchagua, Chile. 14% ABV, $15.

Well, folks, this is going to be brief. That’s because I took hardly any tasting notes and haven’t been able to find another bottle locally. This wine is just delicious, but only 1,000 cases were made—if you can find it, … Continue reading

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