I really appreciate all of you that are faithfully watching my episodes on Youtube. I will continue to post videos that I feel educate people on wine at a blue-collar level. No snobbery allowed. I would like to encourage you to take the time to watch a couple that I am very proud of. I would also like to let you know that I am on a mission to improve each episode, so they are not as prolific as in the past. Please continue to enjoy them, and if you haven’t subscribed to my Youtube channel yet, I encourage you to do so.

I hope you enjoy what you see and I look forward to doing many more educational videos like these.

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A boatload of wine

A boatload of wine

In a weeks time, I taste a boatload of wine (seriously). I lot of my friends think that I’m lucky. Well, they’re right, and I wouldn’t give this job up for the world. The only thing that makes my job hard, is my feeling of responsibility to taste the samples given to me as quickly as possible and to put my reviews either in my Moleskine, on my Youtube channel (Stan The Wine Man TV), or right here on Here for your reading pleasure, are thirteen wines that I have reviewed in my Moleskine (good or bad), this past week.

2011 Triton Tridente Mencia Vino De La Tierra (Castilla Y Leon, Spain)… $12.

Mencia is a grape I have become greatly interested in. In Rioja, they blend it with Tempranillo, but a few wineries have boldly put it out there as a single varietal. It shows rusticity and fruit, which makes it a nice cross-over wine for those breaking into the old world side of the wine world.

Notes of black currants, tobacco, rose petal, black plum and a touch of black olive come through on the nose. Currants, crushed rock, wet stone, tobacco and wilted rose petals hit on the front of the palate into the mid-palate finishing off with notes of forest floor, BBQ spices and new leather. Good structure and balance with a lot of old world attitude. (B/B+)

2012 O.S. Winery Cabernet Sauvignon (Yakima Valley, WA)… $20.

Aromas of asparagus, cherries, tobacco, and loads of black licorice. Smooth, polished tannins support notes of black currants with hits of white pepper. Tobacco notes sneak into the middle. Finishes with just a hint of green on the back-end. The tannins have a sweet edge to them. This cab has excellent structure and balance. (B+/A-)

2011 Ramos Pintos Duas Quintas Douro Red (Douro, Portugal)… $13.

Dark cherries and crushed red bricks hit the nose joined by notes of wet stone, earth, lilacs and rose petal. Intense dark fruit notes in the mouth meets wet stone and a solid backbone of acidity. The finish is clean and mineral driven. If you are looking to expand your palate, look to the Douro, where some excellent values are hitting the market. 45% Touriga Nacional, 35% Touriga Franca, 5% Tinta Da Barca, 5% Tinto Roriz and 4% Tinta Barroca. (B+)

2014 Leopard’s Leap Chenin Blanc (Western Cape, South Africa)… $9.

This varietal got a bum rap when big producers out of California put out jug whites made from Thompson Seedless grapes and tagged them Chenin Blanc. My friends, don’t give up on this very interesting white that has a done of character and is actually made from the grape, Chenin Blanc or Steen as they often call it in South Africa.

This white exhibits aromas of lemon and grape seeds with a splash of grapefruit, grass and apple. Solid acidity on the palate backs notes of grapefruit and grapefruit pith. Wet stone and grass notes join up on the mid-palate leading into a finish of white grapefruit, lemon and melon. A perfect white for shellfish or a warm summer day. The only element this Chenin is missing is that wonderful wet wool component that so many have. (B/B+)

2013 Burja Zelen (Slovenia)… $21.

This is made from 100% Zelen, which is a grape I am not very familiar with. Very challenged on the nose with just slight hits of dirt and wet stone. Hits of fresh-cut grass, Steel and wet stone with a little apple core thrown in leading into a stoney finish. I found this white to be very boring for the price. (C-)

2013 Pazo Blanco Nunez “Pazo de Marinan” (Monterrei, Spain)… $10.

A little candy-like on the nose with notes of tangerine, banana, melon and spice coming through. A touch creamy on the front of the palate with notes of mandarin and tangerine. It finishes dry and citrus driven with notes of lemon and tangerine lingering. I’m thinking roasted chicken, shellfish or sushi. 85% Godello, 10% Albarino and 5% Treixadura. (B+)

2012 La Motte Chardonnay (Franschhoek, South Africa)… $19.
Butter and toast, with a touch of pears on the nose. This chard is very fresh and clean on the palate with just a touch of butter in the background. Pineapple and apple notes come through with citrus notes (tangerine) on the finish. Nice balance of fruit and acidity…This is very much a food Chardonnay. (B+)

Non-Vintage Pithon-Paile “Grololo” (Loire Valley, France)… $21.

This blend of Grolleau and Gamay displays aromas of rusty red plums and cherries with a little baked earth, leather and red flowers. There is just a touch of old world stink underneath. This is a very earth driven red with notes of forest floor, gravel and a touch of funk. The earth notes are joined by red flowers, crushed red brick cherries and cranberries. Sweet, smooth tannins with a clean fresh finish. (B-)

2013 Vega de Tera Tempranillo (Vino De La Tierra De Castilla Y Leon, Spain)…. $14.

Stinky currants on the nose, joined by hits of red flowers, bittersweet cocoa powder and cinnamon. Earthy currant notes on the palate with a touch of chocolate and crushed rock with black olive notes on the back-end. Violets and cherries come through on the finish with a little cranberry and grip action. This red is defined by a strong backbone of acidity and earth notes. (B-)

2013 “Mon P’Tit” Rouge Cotes de Catalanes (Roussillon, France)… $18.

Aromas of plums and iron, with a backdrop of rose petal, black olive and currants. Sweet tannins back notes of plums and ripe strawberries with a touch licorice and mandarin orange coming through on the medium length finish. This wine has good balance and shows off it’s old world side with a good kiss of fruit. 66% Grenache & 34% Syrah. (B)

2012 Mas De Mas Saint Chinian (Languedoc, France)… $10.

A little stinky on the nose with hits of currants, bark, wilted rose petal and licorice. Very smooth on the palate with just a little gravel on the edges. Deep currant and forest floor notes come through with a touch of funk and some chocolate action. The finish is fresh and clean with notes of rose petal, chocolate, bark and tobacco making an appearance and lingering. 60% Syrah, 30% Carignan & 10% Grenache. (B+/A-)

2008 Bodegas Lan Rioja (Spain)… $18.

Classic Rioja aromas of wet stone, rose petal, tobacco and cherries with a touch of cinnamon and clove. Solid wine with excellent structure and balance. Mineral notes come through on the palate with currants, tobacco and a backdrop of worn leather. White pepper notes sneak in with a little violets and licorice. The finish is mouth-watering with notes of gravel, currants and red flowers. This is what Rioja is all about baby…Bring on the grilled meat! 80% Tempranillo, 10% Mazuelo & 10% Garnacha. (B+/A-)

2011 Leaf And Vine Cabernet Sauvignon “Snowslake” (Lake County, CA)… $22.

Red and black currants, roasted meats, red flowers and tobacco on the nose with a hit of veggies and mint. Nice intensity on the palate with notes of currants and red flowers coming through. Excellent balance of fruit, tannins and acidity. Fruit expands on the mid-palate with a little spice joining the party. There are some underlying leaf and lettuce notes that add to the complexity of this cab. The finish is long and delicious. (B+/A-)

Stan The Wine Man

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A boatload of wine

A boatload of wine

In a weeks time, I taste a boatload of wine (seriously). I lot of my friends think that I’m lucky. Well, they’re right, and I wouldn’t give this job up for the world. The only thing that makes my job hard, is my feeling of responsibility to taste the samples given to me as quickly as possible and to put my reviews either in my Moleskine, on my Youtube channel (Stan The Wine Man TV), or right here on Here for your reading pleasure, are thirteen wines that I have reviewed in my Moleskine (good or bad), this past week.

2013 I Stefanini Soave Il Selese (Veneto, Italy)… $13.

One thing about Italian and French wines is that it almost takes longer to spell out the name of the wine than it does to describe it. This Soave is bracing on the nose with notes of citrus, herbs, wet stone and a touch of honey. This white is steely on the palate with just a slightly creamy edge. Notes of lemon-lime zest, white flowers and crushed rock. Delicious with good balance leading into a steely finish. This is no Bolla my friends, give Soave a chance. (B-)

2013 Torre Di Luna Sauvignon (Tre Venezia, Italy)… $10.

Aromas of pine needles, grapefruit rind and petrol with a little cat pee and coconut on the back-end. Jazzy citrus and mineral notes on the palate (makes you forget about the cat pee). The acidity is in balance with notes of kiwi, lime and grapefruit joined on the finish by a touch of fresh-cut grass. Kiwi, grapefruit and grass notes linger. (B/B+)

2011 Fattoria del Cerro Rosso di Montepulciano (Montepulciano, Italy) … $13.

This little Sangiovese shows aromas of red brick, red cherries, violets and a slight currant component. Rust all day on the palate, joined by notes of crushed rock, beauty bark, red cherries and cranberries (this is Old World at it’s best). Forest floor notes are the under-belly of this wine with a rusty finish. Good balance of acidity, earth notes and fruit. (B-)

2012 Damilano Barbera d’Asti (Piedmont, Italy)… $18.

Forest floor, rust, red flowers, cranberry and cherry notes on the nose. Very soft and elegant in the mouth with notes of cranberries, under-ripe raspberries and cherries with a slight rust component underneath. There is a nice hit of ripe currants and minerals on the mid-palate. Red flower notes penetrate the palate front to finish. This is an excellent expression of Barbera with enough fruit to please a lot of palates. (B+)

2010 Cantele Salice Salentino (Puglia, Italy)… $13.

Aromas of strawberries, cherries and rose petal with an edge of wet stone and black olive (love it!) Polished tannins support notes of black olives and cherries with an edge of leather and minerals. Good balance with a beam of blackberries and red currants on the long finish. (B+)

2011 Castello di Meleto Chianti Classico (Tuscany, Italy)… $20.

Red flowers and red currants on the nose with underlying strawberry and wet stone notes. A nicely balanced Chianti with good acidity that is well-integrated with the fruit. Notes of red currants and forest floor with a rust component underneath and an interesting chocolate element that comes through. A beam of violets and minerals front to back. This Chianti is well-built and a great price for the quality. (B+/A-)

2010 Rocca di Frassinello Pogio Alla Guardia (Merrema, Italy)… $20.

Very interesting on the nose with notes of blood, rust, red cherries and red flowers with just a hint of vanilla. Smooth tannins with a boat-load of minerals joined by notes of currants, bark and leather. A little dirt action comes through leading into a mineral driven finish with notes of leather, red flowers and cherries lingering. (A-)

2012 Argiano NC Toscana Rosso (Tuscany, Italy)… $20.

Deep red cherry and red flower notes on the nose with a little black olive and dirt coming through on the back-end. Old bark, earth and currant notes rest on polished tannins. Nicely integrated acidity with a hit of raspberry on the mid-palate into the finish, joined by a healthy dose of minerals and a touch of grip-action. Interesting rust notes front to back. For twenty bucks, this is a great value. (B+/A-)

2012 Artazuri Garnache (Navarra, Spain)… $11.

Aromas of violets, cherries and licorice. Loads of minerals on the palate backed by notes of cherries and strawberries. There is a violet component underneath with licorice and white pepper notes on the finish with just a hint of rubber boot. (B)

2011 Clos Des Fous Cabernet Sauvignon Grillos Cantores (Valle Del Cachapoal, Chile)… $21.

Green Bell Pepper all day on the nose with a bloody iron element coming through blended with dark cherry notes. This is a virtual herb farm in the mouth, joined by notes of dark cherries and hits of oak. Good structure and balance with a nice core of acidity and sturdy tannins. Cherry and currant notes expand on the mid-palate into the finish with a little green salad thrown in. This baby will age nicely over the next 5+ years. (A-)

2013 Chateau Smith Cabernet Sauvignon (Washington State)… $20.

Very grapey on the nose with a cherry pie element coming through joined by notes of licorice and a backdrop of ripe currants. Currants and dark cherries up front with a grape fruit leather edge. Soft tannins and fairly simple, this cab is a touch thin on the palate. Fresh on the finish with just a hint of spice and tobacco. The 2013 vintage in Washington has been hit and miss for me so far…The jury is still out on how it will end up. This cab isn’t bad, but should be more in the twelve to fifteen dollar range for what you get (C+/B-)

2013 Vinateria Idilico Rosado (Washington State)… $7.

A lot of distributors are trying to sell off their ’13 vintage of Rose` to make room for the 14’s. As a consumer keep an eye out for some good deals as many of the 13’s are showing well. At least most of them.
this Grenache based version has a touch of watermelon on the nose with notes of strawberries and a hint of apple. Slightly creamy notes of watermelon rind on the palate joined by notes of strawberries and finishing with hits of apple. (C+/B-)

2011 O.S. Winery 16th Street Bridge Red (Columbia Valley, WA)… $12.

Aromas of plums, red bricks and green bell pepper with a back-drop of rose petals and violets. There is an intense brightness front to back on the palate. Notes of cranberries, blueberries and black licorice up front, flowing across the palate into a spicy finish joined by notes of green bell peppers and tobacco, with the fruit taking a dominate role. (B-/B)

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