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 Idiots Grace Chardonnay White Salmon Vineyard (Columbia Gorge, WA)… $24.

Slightly challenged on the nose with slight apple and melon notes. Creamy on the palate with a little spice action going on along with notes of apple and melon. Nice balance of acidity and fruit with a slight bitter edge on the back-end, joined by a kiss of minerals. Good complexity and a semi-long finish. (B+)

2014 Memaloose Mistral Ranch Red (Columbia Valley, WA)… $21.

Aromas of dirt, coffee, plums and boysenberries, with hits of perfumed red flowers. Plush on the front of the palate with notes of plums, earth and coffee bean front to finish. Boysenberry notes lie underneath along with a little black raspberry. Nice depth and good balance. Dirty and delicious. 57% Syrah, 43% Grenache (B+/A-)

2014 Monte Zovo Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore (Valpolicella, Italy)… $20.

A little stink action on the nose, joined by bark and dirt with hits of cherries and black currants. Rich and light at the same time. Earth and currant notes blend nicely on the palate with a poopy element underneath and a little spice action. Spicy and fresh on the finish with a little raisin and black pepper sneaking in. Good structure and balance. (B+/A-)

2017 Passatempo Vinho Verde (Portugal)… $7.

A dried herb garden on the nose with a splash of melon. Sparkly melon and apple notes on the palate with a hint of Root Beer and apple skin. Simple and delicious. (C+)

2016 Longship Cellars “Gingerman” Syrah (Walla Walla Valley, WA)… $30.

Blueberries and vanilla on the nose with hits of coffee bean, chocolate and licorice. Loads of coffee bean on the palate joined by tobacco and roasted meats. Notes of blueberry lie underneath. Well-integrated bright, solid tannins that are smooth with a little edginess to them. Meaty finish with tobacco lingering. Jammy element tries to sneak out but is held in check. Very Saint-Joseph like. (A/A+)

2014 Thurston Wolfe JTW’S Blend (Horse Heaven Hills, WA)… $15.

Aromas of tobacco, black plums, blackberries and hits of dried bark and dark cherries. Big hit of ripe, black currants on the front of the palate, sprinkled with white and black pepper on smooth, sweet tannins. Bark and tobacco notes linger underneath leading into a spicy, long finish with currant notes lingering. A jam fest with a lot of savory thrown in. (B-/B)

2016 Pilota Hondarrabi Zuri (Getariako Txakolina, Spain)… $19.

Aromas of melon and wet stone with a touch of apple and a bit of stink action. Bright, stainless steel like acidity on the palate supports notes of lemon, green apple and kiwi front to finish. Laser sharp, crisp and vibrant into a long finish. Reminds me of a Champagne without the bubbles. (B+/A-)

2017 Barinas Rosado (Jumilla, Spain)… $12.

Light strawberry and plum notes on the nose with a little pie crust thrown in. Strawberry and watermelon notes on the palate, underscored by bright acidity and a kiss of citrus. Vibrant on the mid-palate with citrus and watermelon notes lingering on the finish. It grips the gums a bit. Made from Monastrell. (B-)

2015 For A Song Syrah (Columbia Valley, WA)… $16.

Deep boysenberry and dark cherry notes on the nose, mingled with licorice, dark flowers and a kiss of bacon fat. Dark cheery and boysenberry notes rest on tannins that have a little attitude. It goes meaty on the mid-palate with tobacco notes joining the palate party with a kiss of blueberry underneath on the finish. The is old school wine mixed with a little new world love. (B-/B)

2015 Bodegas Zugober Belezos Rioja Reserva (Spain)… $28.

Aromas of mint, currants, tar, violets, cinnamon and tobacco. Intensely wound up on the palate, with notes of blueberries, currants and raspberries on bright, almost minty acidity. Blueberries meet citrus and raspberry on the tight but long finish. This baby needs time in the bottle. (B+)

2013 Parusso Barolo (Piedmont, Italy)… $50.

Aromas of rust, strawberries, sweaty socks, crushed brick and wilted rose petals. Very savory on the palate with notes of fennel, caraway seed, crushed brick and rust with faint strawberry notes underneath. Caraway and crushed rock linger on the back-end with a little calamata olive sneaking in. This is what Barolo is all about. (B+/A-)

2014 Thurston Wolfe “Conglomerate” Cabernet Sauvignon Upland Vineyard (Snipes Mountain, WA)… ?

Savory on the nose with notes of meat marinate, currants, dried herbs and vanilla. Currant notes on the palate supported by sturdy tannins joined by a little spice action. Tobacco and BBQ spices join up on the mid-palate into the finish. Well-integrated acidity kicks up the fruit notes giving it brightness on the lingering tobacco and currant notes. (B/B+)

2017 Minuty Rose’ (Provence, France)… $20.

Aromas of strawberries, cherries, herbs and a hit of tangerine. Dried herbs, cherries, white pepper and a kiss of citrus on the palate. Minerality rolls in and out with watermelon joining up on the finish with hits of crushed rock. Dry and savory with solid acidity. (B/B+)

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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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