Monthly Archives: January 2013

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Sebastiani Merlot 2007

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  John wine Snob says:   Ms wine Snob and I were with her parents celebrating birthdays at Ruth’s Chris Steak house in Scottsdale a few days ago. It was a rare very rainy evening creating a nice and cozy … Continue reading

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Don Simon Tempranillo

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  John Wine Snob says:   Recently I reviewed the Don Simon Shiraz. At the same time I bought a don simon Tempranillo also for $3.99. Pretty good for $3.99.  All the same thoughts about quality apply to this one … Continue reading

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Chalone Pinot Noir 2006

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I’ve always enjoyed Chalone..it was one of my favorite wines when I lived in Manhattan beach, CA in the early 80’s…It was great… that is until In 2005, The Chalone Wine Group was purchased by beverage giant Diageo. I’ve always thought that … Continue reading

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Vieux Clocher Gigondas 2009

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A dark colored southern Rhone blend with pretty high alcohol ( 14.5 ) percent  definitely needed decanting to smooth out the first rough edges . After 45 minutes it mellowed to show the earthy terroir with toasted oak and dark … Continue reading

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La Valentina Montepulciano D’Abruzzo 2009

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Lovely Montepulciano D’Abruzzo…I just want to say that name over and over! I’ve always liked these wines made from the Montepulciano grape .They remind me of driving around Tuscany and staying at local villas. Well I tried this La Valentina … Continue reading

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Beaucol Red Blend 2011

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Organic Red blend from Gaillac, France. This wine has a very unusual front end with flavors that are hard to describe…Herby salted chocolate that’s been stored next to a can of mineral spirits? It tastes fairly smooth , kinda like … Continue reading

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Don Simon Shiraz

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  John Wine Snob says:   I walked by it several times giving it a furtive look. It was a $2.99 bottle of Don Simon Shiraz from Spain with no vintage. Never heard of it. Yes, I am a Cheap … Continue reading

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Shoestring Red Blend 2007

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  John Wine Snob says:   I love wine. I also love my friend Susan. When she came to visit me and Mrs. Wine Snob from L.A. we were overjoyed, and we had an incredible reunion here in Phoenix. She … Continue reading

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St. Somewhere Malbec 2011

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Well..I have to disagree with John about this wine. It tasted like a vanilla bean wrapped in  grape juice!  That overwhelming taste of new oak  drove me crazy with this wine…Did they add a vanilla bean to the oak cask? … Continue reading

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Bitch Red Blend 2009

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  John Wine Snob says:   Hey, Beeatch!!!!I took a bottle of Bitch 09 over to Jeff Wine Snob’s house. I got it at AJ’s Supermarket in Phoenix for about $15. It is a California blend thatI thought was very … Continue reading