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Erath Oregon Pinot Noir 2015 Wine Review (NW)

Tasting notes: Cherry, red currant, and spice on the nose Medium bodied on the palate Elegant finish with cherry and herbs Summary: This is consistently good wine from year to year, and the 2015 is no exception. For $16 or so, you get a real sense of Oregon Pinot Noir with its elegance and finesse.…
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Arpa Brunello di Montalcino 2007 Wine Review (NW)

Tasting notes: Fragrant cherry on the nose accented by sweet spice notes Full bodied on the palate Finishes with more cherry, pomegranate, herbs, and spice Summary: This wine fooled us. Tasted blind, it passed for a Nebbiolo with its elegant and nuanced bouquet. It’s not a classic, powerful Brunello but a rather graceful wine that…
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Rainstorm Oregon Pinot Noir 2013 Wine Review (NW)

Tasting notes: Rose and cherry notes on the nose Medium bodied on the palate Graceful finish with pomegranate and cherry layers Summary: This pinot noir has a good flavor profile and a graceful finish, making it easy to enjoy. I recommend it. It’s versatile with food and has a nice, velvety texture. Expect to pay…
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Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone 2015 Wine Review (NW)

Tasting notes: Blueberry and blackberry on the nose Full bodied on the palate Dark fruit, graphite, leather, and spice on the finish Summary: Nicely made with depth and focus, this Cotes-du-Rhone is 100% Syrah. Saint Cosme produces a number of very good wines and this is one you’ll like find on shelves as it has…
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Seghesio Sonoma County Zinfandel 2014 Wine Review (NW)

  Tasting notes: Rich raspberry, blackberry, and spice on the nose Full bodied and richly textured on the palate Finishes with berries accented by caramel and peppery notes Summary: This is one of the most reliably good Zinfandels year after year, and the 2014 stands out. It has nicely woven layers and is richly textured.…
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Kono Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Wine Review (NW)

Tasting notes: Bright citrus on the nose Lively and light-bodied Citrus, passionfruit, and fresh acidity on the finish Summary: Bright and lively seem to sum up this wine’s character. It’s another nicely made New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough region, and retails for around $12. I recommend it with fish, veggies, or on its…
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Our 12th Anniversary Posting Wine Reviews!

Time flies, we all know that! It’s hard to believe, but we’re celebrating our 12th anniversary today here at The Wine Cask Blog. We’ve posted thousands of wine reviews over the years, especially focusing on easy-to-find, moderately priced wines that you’re likely to encounter in wine shops and restaurants. Of course, we encounter some treasures…
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Torrebruna Toscana Sangiovese 2013 Wine Review (NW)

Tasting notes: Red fruit, violets, and spice on the nose Medium bodied on the palate Soft berries and cherry with a touch of tobacco on the finish Summary: This wine’s an excellent value, typically priced under $10. It shows nice red fruit and Tuscan character. I grabbed a few bottles at $8 and have served…
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Ten Thanksgiving Wine Rules (NW)

There really aren’t any rules Remember wine is a fun and relaxing beverage Wine compliments a good meal Have some red and white on hand Offer guests a choice Stick with all American wines for the all-American holiday As host, “host” the wine because you can’t rely on what guests bring If guests bring wine,…
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Bodega Norton Privada Mendoza 2012 Wine Review (NW)

Tasting notes: Expressive dark plum and mocha notes on the nose Full bodied and richly textured on the palate Finishes with dark berries and espresso richly layered Summary: Here’s a very good wine made in a rich and modern style. It’s not a fruit bomb, but rather has nice layers and great texture to match.…
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Tasting notes: Rich blackberry and plum sauce open up on the nose Full bodied and richly textured on the palate Rich, jammy finish with dark berries, mocha, and velvety tannins Summary: I always liked this wine years ago when it was an Orin Swift brand, but it’s been a few years since I’ve had it…
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Ramon Bilbao Rias Baixes Albarino 2014 Wine Review (NW)

Tasting notes: Fragrant pear and lychee on the nose Medium bodied on the palate Nectarine, pineapple, and floral notes on the finish Summary: Nicely made, with good flavor and body! This wine is typically good from year to year, and I recommend it. I’m often asked for a white wine recommendation that’s off the beaten…
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Robert Hall Paso Robles Syrah 2013 Wine Review (NW)

Tasting notes: Ripe blackberry and spice on the nose Full bodied and full textured on the palate Finishes with spicy dark berries that taper nicely Summary: Textbook Paso Robles Syrah! It’s dense, flavorful, and harmonious. And best of all, I found it on sale for $13 even though it has a typical price of $19…
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Kenwood Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Wine Review (NW)

Tasting notes: Raspberry, black currant, and sage on the nose Full bodied on the palate Finishes with more dark berries along with vanilla and nutmeg Summary: Here’s a good, well crafted Cabernet from Sonoma County. It’s actually pretty good every year, and this one shows nice berry notes with other interesting layers. The retail price…
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Stephane Aviron Beaujolais Villages 2013 Wine Review (NW)

Tasting notes: Smoky note on the nose with raspberry and red currant Medium bodied and lively on the palate Cherry finish, with herbal and earthy accents Summary: This is a bright, flavorful wine that also shows nuances of smoky and earthy notes. It runs $11 or so, which is a good value. In fact, just…
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Castle Rock California Cuvee Pinot Noir 2012 Wine Review (NW)

Tasting notes: Nose shows pomegranate, tea, and spice Medium bodied on the palate Finishes with cherry, plum, and spice This has become a really good value Pinot Noir, often available for under $10. The 2012 tastes great with flavors that glide along nicely, but you’ll probably find a more recent vintage on shelves. It used…
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Tolaini Tenuta S. Giovanni Valdisanti Toscana 2006 Wine Review (NW)

  Tasting notes: Big nose of spicy black cherry, blackberry, and leather aromas Full bodied on the palate Layered finish of dark berries, tobacco, aromatic eucalyptus, and mulling spices Summary: This wine is aging exceptionally well. Made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, and Cabernet Franc as a “Super Tuscan”, it has all the stuffing you’d expect…
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Excelsior Robertson Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Wine Review (NW)

Tasting notes: Nose shows mixed berries and black currant with herbal accents Full bodied on the palate Youthful, juicy finish of berries, plum, and spices Summary: The Wine Cask Blog has been reviewing this wine for ten years. The reason is that it’s a widely available and value-priced red from South Africa which is worth having…
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Chateau le Thibaut Monbazillac 2009 Wine Review (NW)

  Tasting notes: Nose rich with fragrant apricot Full bodied and creamy on the palate Long finish of honey, lychee, and lingering tropical fruit Summary: Here’s a very good dessert wine at a reasonable price. I paid just $12 for a 375mL bottle. Monbazillac wines are over shadowed by Sauternes, Cadillac, and others, but deliver…
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Renwood Sierra Foothills Syrah 2008 Wine Review (NW)

  Tasting notes: Plum and cherry notes dominate the nose with some pepper Full bodied and silky on the palate Fine-grained tannins drive the red currant and spice finish Summary: This wine likely tastes quite different than it did on release 5 or so years ago. It has a very relaxed feel, but not tired…
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Ruffino Orvieto Classico 2013 Wine Review (NW)

  Tasting notes: Pear and fragrant white flowers on the nose Light bodied Pear and apple on a soft, fruity finish Summary: Here’s a nice Summer sipper! It has inviting fruit flavors, is light bodied, and tastes great fully chilled down on a warm evening. I started buying magnums of this to have around, paying…
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Pira Serralunga Barolo 2008 Wine Review (NW)

Tasting notes: Cherry and strawberry note slow to emerge on the nose Full bodied on the palate Earthy, strawberry, and cherry layers on the finish with moderate tannins Summary: This is classic Barolo. A word of advice, give it plenty of air because it’s slow to open up. It can be decanted hours before serving…
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Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Wine Review (NW)

Tasting notes: Dark berries and tar aromas on the nose Full bodied on the palate Black currant and herbal notes on the finish Summary: This is a nicely made wine these days. It represents South Africa well in the value Cabernet aisle. In years past, it often had a lingering plastic taste on the finish…
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Bridlewood Monterrey County Pinot Noir 2012 Wine Review (NW)

Tasting notes: Nose shows raspberry and floral notes Medium bodied on the palate Finishes with pomegranate and raspberry with some toffee Summary: Bridlewood makes nice, simple wines in their basic line that are easy to drink, and this is no exception. It shows good fruit and floral notes, making it easy to pair with a…
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Benovia Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2011 Wine Review (NW)

Tasting notes: Aromatic nose of pomegranate, cherry, and chocolate Medium bodied and silky on the palate Long finish of cherry, earth, and spice layers Summary: Here’s a very good Russian River Valley Pinot Noir that’s rich and layered. It’s well made and shows a polished finish that’s nicely layered. Expect to pay around $40 for…
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Martinez Lacuesta Rioja Blanco 2013 Wine Review NW

Tasting notes: Nice notes of lemon, peach, and almonds on the nose Medium bodied on the palate Fresh tropical fruit layered with more almond accents on the finish Summary: Made from Viura grapes, this white Rioja from Spain is a terrific wine and a nice value at $12. It has rich fruit with almond accents…
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Laurent Tibes Les Camuizelles Carignan 2004 Wine Review (NW)

Tasting notes:Rich and concentrated nose with spicy red currant and black cherry Full bodied on the palate Finish fades a bit with plum, spice, and sage Summary:I picked this up on an excellent closeout sale for just $5, as it normally runs around $20. It’s drinking nicely, although just beginning to fade a bit. Carignan…
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Condes de Albarei Rias Baixes Albarino 2013 Wine Review (NW)

Tasting notes:Citrus and hints of apple on the noseLight bodied on the palateAbbreviated finish with citrus notes Summary:There’s a lot of good Albarino out there from the Rias Baixes region of Spain, but this one is a bit flat. It doesn’t have the brightness and full flavor palate that has come to characterize these wines.…
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Chateau Lestage Listrac-Medoc 1982 Wine Review (NW)

Tasting notes:Cigar box aromas, mushrooms, and earthy notes on the noseMedium bodied on the palate Finishes with silky texture, showing faded currant and ash notes Summary:A good friend and neighbor arrived for dinner with this already decanted and ready to pour. It was a surprise for sure and a real treat to revisit the 1982 Bordeaux…
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L’Oca Cuica Brunello di Montalcino 2006 Wine Review (NW)

Tasting notes:Expressive nose of cherry, earth, and licorice Full bodied on the palateLong finish with currants, forest floor, and spice Summary:This Brunello is very good, with a lot of density to the flavors that are still emerging at eight years of age. Made from 100% Sangiovese, it shows a nice balance of fruit and earthy…
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Cristom Willamette Valley Mt. Jefferson Cuvee 2011 Wine Review (NW)

Tasting notes:Smoky cherry and plum on the noseMedium bodied on the palateFinishes with raspberry, dried herbs, and more smoky notes that provide complexity Summary:This wine is always intriguing and enjoyable. It consistently has an alluring smokiness that gives it complexity along with the red fruit and herb core. The 2011 tastes great now and will…
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San Felice Chianti Classico 2010 Wine Review (NW)

Tasting notes:Nose opens with cherry accompanied by earthy notesFull bodied on the palateDecent depth on the finish with cherry, red currant, and herbs Summary:This is a fairly straight-forward Chianti Classico at a reasonable price of $15 or so. It has a profile of red fruit with some savory notes that create depth and richness. In…
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