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Apothic Apothic Dark[USA]
Posted by Mike P. on 2014-09-14 21:35:06 [Show TN in Text Format]
Wine Name:Apothic Dark
Wine Score:80
Notes:Apothic Dark is the latest "limited edition" wine produced by what appears to be a rather substantive wine production conglomerate, the "Apothic" company.

I've previously appreciated the "Apothic Red" low-end wine that has permeated liquor stores and gas stations from coast to coast. While it's not in the same league as artesional wine, it's a far cry from the Mogen David and Blue Nuns of the past in pop wine culture.

Unfortunately, I get the impression "Apothic Dark" is more "chemically-crafted" than anything else. The wine emits noticeable scents of vanilla, but not the kind of vanilla that would be the product of classical aging in wood; more like the product of "vanilla extract" added to the primordial ooze in a stainless vat the size of Pasadena that this vintage was born within.

The same goes for the color and texture. It seems "chemically-crafted". It's dark, "rich tasting" but in a chemical kind of way. I feel less-sophisticated palets would most-certainly be fooled, but I feel like I'm drinking a out of a test tube than a goblet when I sample this wine.

Nice try, but there's something wholly unnatural about this wine that I can't condone.

Still, I hate to admit I'd prefer it to "two buck Chuck" any day of the week.
Tasting Date:2014-09-14
Price US$:9.00

1995 Tinto Pesquera Ribera Del Duero Reserva[Spain]
Posted by Mike P. on 2014-06-18 21:14:10 [Show TN in Text Format]
Chateau/Producer:Tinto Pesquera
Wine Name:Ribera Del Duero Reserva
State:Ribera Del Duero
AOC:Ribera Del Duero
Wine Score:99
Notes:Dark, dark color, cork was so saturated it could not be extracted and instead was pushed into the bottle with minimal pressure. Virtually no signs of age in the wine visually, although a bit cloudy. Nose of minerals, smoke, hint of diaper, prunes.. deep deep fruits... amazing front end explosion of scents that lead to a medium finish. Best wine ever from Spain I've tried
Tasting Date:2014-06-18

1998 Larose-Trintaudon Haut Medoc[Haut-Medoc]
[Bordeaux/Meritage-style blend]
Posted by Mike P. on 2012-09-13 20:58:56 [Show TN in Text Format]
Wine Name:Haut Medoc
Wine Score:94
Notes:Very dense and dark-looking wine that is starting to shed its tannins, but the good news is the nose is amazing -- let this baby breathe and she'll give you blueberries, raspberries, milk chocolate and mimeograph paper. Medium to light-bodied, a bit astringent and fighting for its life but the bouquet delivers
Tasting Date:2012-09-13

2000 Chateau Boyd-Cantenac Margaux[Margaux]
[Bordeaux/Meritage-style blend]
Posted by Mike P. on 2011-05-25 09:42:13 [Show TN in Text Format]
Chateau/Producer:Chateau Boyd-Cantenac
Wine Name:Margaux
Wine Score:92
Notes:Deep ruby red in color with just slight pink traces at the edge; light but noticeable legs. Nose of earth, wood, minerals and dark fruits that later gives way to an explosion of violets and subtle floral overtones after the wine has been left to breathe. 10 second finish, medium-bodied and well-balanced. This wine has aged very well.
Tasting Date:2011-05-25

2009 The Wine Shop at Home MCKENNA NORTH COAST SAUVIGNON BLANC[California]
[Sauvignon Blanc]
Posted by elizabeth on 2010-06-21 11:30:53 [Show TN in Text Format]
Chateau/Producer:The Wine Shop at Home
Wine Score:90
Notes:Pale hay color, weight light,taste is clean and refreshing with a light body. The aromas of citrus, apple, tropical fruit and a hint of pear and herbs. The wine was ages in stainless steel tanks
Tasting Date:2010-06-21
Production Notes:MCKENNA NORTH COAST SAUVIGNON BLANC was picked at the peak of ripeness. The grape were whole cluster pressed to minimize the amount of green character extracted from stems and skins. The juice was then fermented at around 55 degrees for around 3 weeks. The wine was aged entirely in stainless steel tanks. This wine should be consumed within 2 years of release.
Additional Notes:Enjoy this wine with grilled zucchini, BBQ shellfish, Chinese take out, lighter cheese such as mozzarella.

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