Monthly Archives: August 2005

Columbia Crest Cabernet Sauvignon 2001 Grand Estates (PB)

This is another review of a value wine earning the Wine Spectator rating of 89 points.It is deep and dark in the glass with raisiny and ripe blackberry aromas. Flavors are quite large with prunes and ripe fruit though hot on opening. A nice chocolate finish gives this $9 wine a shot at greatness. With…

Selaks Marlborough Ice Wine 2004 (PB)

I bought this bottle from a nice little wine shop at Boston’s famed “North End” the Italian district. We had just finished a great dinner at one of the many fine Italian eateries and stepped outside to be greeted by a cacophony of firecrackers being exploded in honor of St. Agrippina whose festival filled the…

Sideshow “The Contortionist” 2004 (PB)

This is the second in a line of strangely named wines with bizarre copy on the labels. In spite of their somewhat cheesy uniqueness the folks at Sideshow are putting out some interesting wines of various origins. The last one I reviewed was from Argentinian grapes and this one is from S.E. Australia. The blend…

The Heritage of Meritage (NW)

When you see the word Meritage on a wine label, don’t bring out your best old-world French pronunciation. Contrary to what you hear, this is not an ancient viticultural term passed down through the generations in the Medoc. Nor is it a catch-all term for any red blend. This is actually a word created in…