Monthly Archives: December 2011

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Torres, Sangre de Toro, 2009 Red Wine, Catalunya, Spain. Garnacha and Cariñena blend, 13.5% ABV. $11.99.

This wine was recommended by one of our readers, so when I opened it, decanted it, and found the first scents and tastes to be young, rangy, and slightly funky, I thought, “Oh-oh. Hope I don’t have to disappoint someone, … Continue reading

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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: 2008 Brampton Shiraz by Rustenberg Wines. Stellenbosch, South Africa. 14.5% ABV. $11.95.

Cloves, oak, just a delicious big fat boy. LABEL NOTES: Matured in oak for 14 months. Characteristics of cloves, white pepper, black cherries, and hints of dark chocolate will compement game meat, stews and fine cheeses. Enjoy now or within … Continue reading

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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Sterling Vintner’s Collection 2009 Meritage. Central Coast, CA. 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 7% Malbec, 3% Petit Verdot. $12.99. 13.5% ABV.

Delicious! Oak, vanilla, and cinnamon. A first impression of brown sugar and jam gave way to a dry, beautiful wine. This is a wonderful, versatile everyday (i.e. inexpensive) blend that’s good enough for a dinner party. Delicious and classy, made … Continue reading

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RECOMMENDED: 2009 William Knuttel Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County. 13.9% ABV. $19.99.

Delicious, smooth, elegant Cabernet Sauvignon. It was blended with Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot, which explains why it is more of a Bordeaux-style red than a fruit bomb. It’s big but not in-your-face, and beautifully aromatic. It hasn’t been super-easy to … Continue reading

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WINE TASTING. Two strong recommendations, lots of education.

On November 19, we attended a wine tasting hosted by Cuvée, Ocala’s wine bar and bistro (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED). The wines were presented by Tom Tiley, wine consultant with Coastal Wine & Spirits. Tom’s background includes 15 years as a Level … Continue reading

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