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 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.

2014 Capezzana Barco Reale di Carmignano (Italy)… $17.

Aromas of blueberries, strawberries, cherries, cola and hits of red flowers and worn leather. Solid acidity supports notes of cranberries, under-ripe blueberries and cherries. Tobacco notes join up on the mid-palate leading into a leather driven finish with a kiss of citrus. (C+/B-)

2008 Trefiano Riserva (Carmignano, Italy)… $40.

Meat marinade on the nose joined by dark cherries, currants, red flowers and hits of worn leather. Aromas of licorice and dried herbs lie underneath. Crushed rock on the palate, joined by notes of red flowers and red currants that “pop” on the palate backed by solid acidity. Licorice and earth notes lie underneath. Tobacco and leather notes join up on the long-ass finish that has a kiss of white pepper. Nice complexity and a little old world funk. (A)

2006 Villa di Capezzana (Carmignano, Italy)… $53.

Aromas of crushed rock and leather soaked im raspberries and blueberries with hits of wilted violets and rose petal with a little currant action. Chocolate notes hit on the front of the palate working into black currants and a solid core of acidity. Almost meaty with notes of tobacco, dirt and leather joining the palate party. Currant notes on the long dirty finish. This has a nice funk to it, that you might expect from this area of Tuscany. (A)

2015 Pico Maccario Villa Della Rosa Barbera D’Asti (Piedmont, Italy) … $11.

Earthy on the nose with notes of dirt and crushed red bricks, joined by notes of perfumed cherries and strawberries with strong hits of violets and licorice. A little on the tart side in the mouth, with notes of bright red cherries and red flowers with a touch of rust underneath. Underlying notes of under-ripe strawberries and blueberries with slight hits of licorice leading into a bright, crunchy finish. This baby needs food. (C+/B-)

2015 Marques De Caceres Rose` (Rioja, Spain)… $10.

Aromas of strawberries and watermelon with hits of red plum. Round fruit notes on the palate with underlying wet stone and celery. Strawberry, blueberry and cherry notes join the palate party with a kiss of watermelon and wet stone on the finish. It dries up nicely on the back-end. (B-)

2015 Dusted Valley “Boomtown” Pinot Gris (Washington State)… ?

Honeyed apple and lemon-lime on the nose. Clean apple and honey notes on the palate with a touch of sweetness on the mid-palate leading into the finish where a little apple skin component sneaks in. Very clean and delicious but a touch on the simple side. (C+/B-)

2015 Bonterra Sauvignon Blanc (55% Mendocino/45% Lake County, CA)… ?

Apples on the nose with a pinch of grapefruit and grass. Apple notes blended with melon and grass notes on the palate with a touch of sweetness underneath. Wet stone notes join the palate party on the clean finish. (B-)

2016 Casasmith Vin Rose’ (Columbia Valley, WA)…?

Aromas of watermelon, cherries and apple with a touch of bubblegum action. Round watermelon and apple notes on the front of the palate, but then goes to lean and dry on the mid-palate into a cherry driven finish with a kiss of grapefruit. (B/B+)

2016 Barnard Griffin Albarino (Columbia Valley, WA)…?

Juicy Fruit gum, lemon-lime flavored on the nose with a boat-load of apple. Lemon-lime and tangerine front to finish on the palate with a mineral/white pepper edge. Nice and dry and good balance with a fresh, tropical fruit finish. Very lively on the palate. (B)

2014 Torres Verdeo Verdejo (Rueda, Spain)… ?

Oily and diesel driven on the nose complimented by notes of banana, fig and melon. Oily on the palate with notes of melon and slight peach coming through with a little apple thrown in. Finishes with notes of apple skin and fig in the mix as it cleans up nicely on the back-end. Very interesting and quirky Verdejo. (B-/B)

2016 Sokol Blosser Rose’ of Pinot Noir (Dundee Hills, Oregon)… ?

Stinky notes of watermelon and grapefruit on the nose. Watermelon soaked in grapefruit on the palate complimented by bracing acidity that doesn’t go mouth-puckering on you. Totally citrus driving with watermelon notes crouching underneath. This baby is linear, clean and delicious. (A-)

2014 Bergevin Lane “Linen” Red (Columbia Valley, WA)… $13.

Aromas of raspberries and blackberries with an underscore of licorice and red flowers. Chocolate covered blackberries on chalky, structured tannins. A solid bed of acidity makes the fruit notes “pop” on the palate. Licorice notes sneak in on the mid-palate leading into the finish where notes of raspberries join the party. Raspberry, blackberry and licorice linger with a bright edge. (B+/A-)

Non-Vintage Delahaie Cru Champagne Rose’ (Champagne, France)… $35.

Aromas of strawberries, cherries, yeast and a touch of almond. Laser sharp acidity supports notes of cherries and strawberries joined by a touch of yeast, almonds and rose petal. Bone dry and mouth-watering with vibrant fruit notes lingering. (A)

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About Stan The Wine Man

I am a blue collar wine guy who has been in the biz for over twenty years. I work at a store in a tourist destination stop. I work hard at finding the best wine for the money. I love the challenge of learning my customer's palate so I can find the best wine for them, whether it is Petrus or white zinfandel. Cheers!
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