Archive for February, 2011

Rosemount Estates Diamond Label Shiraz 2007

Normally Saturday is a Pinot Noir night, but our group of friends were headed out to the local ski park to do some inter-tube sledding, I was making chili for later and Pinot Noir didn’t sound quite right. Instead I went shopping for a Shiraz/Syrah and ended up taking home Rosemount Estates 2007 Diamond Label […]


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Sterling Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Friday’s “over $10, under $20” Sauvignon Blanc category keeps going and going. This week it was Sterling Vineyards 2009 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc from California. As usual it was down to two and I picked the American one again (I’m a sucker for the USA). The color was decent and smelled of citrus and melon with a […]


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Under $10 2009 Sauvignon Blancs

It’s really been fun exploring the “under $10 2009 Sauvignon Blanc” category over the last 6 weeks. I have only 1 catch-up note: there’s a brand that I tried at the beginning that didn’t make it the list and for completeness I want to make note of it. My first Sauvignon Blanc in the “under $10” […]


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Sebeka Sauvignon Blanc 2009

This is probably my last “under $10” Sauvignon Blanc. I may find some others, but aside from some E & G and other under $6 brands there’s nothing more in my neck of the woods. In a way ending with the 2009 Sebeka Sauvignon Blanc was a good choice. It’s my one and only South […]


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Cavit Collection Pinot Noir 2008

The 2008 Cavit Collection Pinot Noir was a pleasant surprise. I picked this up on my shopping trip to Walmart for under $10. I expected a reasonable amount of tannins. I was wrong. This Pinot Noir had very soft tannins and great sour cherry and black berry on the nose which carried right over into the […]


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Rodney Strong Sauvignon Blanc Charlotte’s Home 2009

If the “under $10” Sauvignon Blanc category is getting thin, the “over $10, under $20” still has a lot of legs. There are a wide variety of choices in that range. I have a feeling I’ll be in this category of varietal well into the late spring and perhaps early summer. I picked up a […]


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Dancing Bull Sauvignon Blanc Winemaker’s Reserve 2009

I’ve been eyeing the 2009 Dancing Bull Sauvignon Blanc Winemaker’s Reserve from Rancho Zabaco in my local grocery stores for a few weeks now primarly due to it’s “under $10” price tag. That classification is getting in short supply in from my local wine shops, which may force me to starting looking at another varietal […]


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Robert Mondavi Pinot Noir Private Selection, 2008

Perhaps the Firesteed 2007 that I had on the cruise was atypical for a Pinot Noir. Perhaps it’s clouding my view of  others. So far I’ve not found one that has the smoothness and roundness of Firesteed. Despite that, the 2008 Robert Mondavi Private Selection Pinot Noir was pretty good. Lots of rich berry and subtle spices […]


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Monkey Bay Sauvignon Blanc, 2009

I have to admit that the label on the 2009 Monkey Bay Sauvignon Blanc caught my eye as I walked down the wine isle at the liquor store. So when I was trying to decide between it and another, the label won me over for my “over $10, under $20” Friday night beverage. It definitely not your […]


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Santa Rita Sauvignon Blanc 120 2009

Having spent a week with this Chilean wine I can honestly say that I enjoyed Santa Rita’s “120” Sauvignon Blanc. Crisp, light, fruity with a fair amount of green apple, citrus, and grass that came through on the nose as well as the palate. There was a slight mineral taste that was pleasing on the quick […]


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