Sam Enos Wine Reviews



 

 

2004 - Fuisse, Chateau Pouilly Fuisse Tete de Cru Chardonnay

Highly Recommended!

Sep 19, 2007
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
This is a killer white wine. Its color is a scintillating silvery gold. Melon, mineral, chalk, and citrus jump from the nose. On the palate it is just amazing. It is creamy and mouth filling with melon, more mineral and an incredibly long finish. In our tasting, I had to hold off on the next wine just because the flavors here were still lingering around so long. Top notch!
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2003 - Cascina Castlet Barbera d'Asti Passum Barbera

Modern Barbera

Sep 19, 2007
1 star 1 star 1 star
This is not an unfortunate Italian dirt bomb. Winemaking in Italy has improved tremendously and is ever more appealing to the American palate which this wine makes abundantly clear. Deep purple in color with a slightly brick colored rim, this wine clearly has depth even before taking a sniff. Once in the nose, deep, dark fruits are apparent with a nice hint of blueberry and minimal dusky tones. The palate is rich, ripe and big with a combination of red and black fruits. Strong tannin makes this a good food wine and also one you don't have to drink immediately - it has staying power.
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2004 - Yalumba Grenache Bushvine Grenache

Good Grenache

Sep 19, 2007
1 star 1 star 1 star
This wine has a deep purple core, fresh colors, and highlights of fuchsia on rim. The nose is also fresh, fruity, and slightly sweet with a combination of red and black fruits like raspberry and currant. It is lighter than one would expect on the palate but its freshness is undeniable. Decent tannin, more black fruits, and long finish suggest that it could be drunk with food or simply by itself.
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2005 - Mollydooker The Boxer Syrah

Another can't miss wine

Sep 14, 2007
1 star 1 star 1 star
Sparky and Sarah have done it again - excellent wine!
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2005 - Mollydooker Carnival of Love Syrah

Blockbuster red

Sep 10, 2007
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
This wine is absolutely huge. The color is inky black, the fruit is huge, immensely fresh, and it is barely balance by the fine, but strong tannins. Hints of chocolate, carob, and coffee add immediate interest to this mouthcoating wine. Highly, highly recommended! Also this wine should last for years and years if you want to put it down. Great now - probably sublime in 10.

A very similar wine is Mollydookers Two Left Feet. It is close to the same quality, is very similar stylistically, and is a $150 dollars less to purchase!
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2003 - Finca Luzon Altos de Luzon Proprietary Blend

Aug 30, 2007
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
This wine is simply fantastic. It is inky, purple/black in color. The last time I saw a wine with color like this was in a Kongsgaard Syrah which costs more than the down payment on most homes. Rich, deep plum fills the nose with chocolate, a touch a vanilla extract, and dark cherry. It is very well balanced with integrated tannins and an excellent, long finish. The body is a little lighter than I expected, however, the flavors remain quite rich.
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2004 - d'Arenberg The Laughing Magpie Shiraz / Viognier Syrah

Aug 30, 2007
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Wow, this one is huge. All the corresponding descriptors apply - thick, inky, purple, dense and concentrated. Loads of rich dark berry fruit integrate nicely with the sweet mature tannin and the touch of honeysuckle and white pepper on the nose. A truly bodacious wine, perfect for a nicely peppered steak and toasting the last days of summer and barbecue.
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2005 - Pillar Box  Red Proprietary Blend

In a word...Huge

Aug 30, 2007
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Subtlety is not a play here with this one. The color is an intensely dark purple with fuchsia highlights at the rim. Ripe, jammy fruit jumps from the glass and can be smelled from across the room. It is opulent, fresh, and huge. Tongue coating flavors of blackberry and currant linger on the palate with cigar box nuances. Excellent tannic structure with an enjoyable finish.
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2000 - Columbia Winery Syrah Red Willow Vineyard Signature Series Syrah

Aug 30, 2007
1 star 1 star 1 star
Without knowing before hand that this was a Washington wine it would have been difficult to pin down. In the nose, typical Australian Shiraz notes come through with dark fruits and a hint of mint and bramble. The palate however seems more old-world with some earthiness, more subdued dark fruit, and some baking chocolate. An excellent and interesting wine with a long, consistent finish.
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2004 - Janasse, Domaine de la Vdp Terre de Bussiere Proprietary Blend

Aug 30, 2007
1 star
This wine starts in the glass with a nice deep hue and a pinkly translucent rim. Fascinating aromas of warm berry, bramble, black currant, raisin and light baking chocolate jump from the glass. The lightness on the palate belies the nose a bit, but it is pleasant with a good mouth-feel and blueberry flavors. Best with food.
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2004 - Kilikanoon Shiraz Killerman's Run Syrah

Big, Booming Syrah!

Aug 30, 2007
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
This wine is huge and utterly pleasant from start to finish. The color is an opulent, royal purple with striking density. The nose is sweet and ripe without being cloying with minty eucalyptus and pleasing warmth. The palate is mouth coating with blackberry and a lingering finish. Perfect to drink now by itself or with food.
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2004 - Dona Paula Cabernet Sauvignon Los Cardos Cabernet Sauvignon

Aug 30, 2007
1 star 1 star
Aromas of dark fruits immediately appear in the nose with some eucalyptus, smokiness, and green pepper. It has a nice mouth-coating body with tight tannins and a longish finish. This is an excellent food wine and would complement any meat dish with a sauce that is on the sweet side. Think duck with a black currant sauce.
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2003 - Bouachon, Maison Chateauneuf du Pape la Tiare de Pape Proprietary Blend

Aug 30, 2007
1 star 1 star
his wine is has a vibrant, garnet color with a slightly brick colored rim. The nose is earthy with dried red fruit, coffee, and baking chocolate aromas. Medium bodied in the mouth, more dried red fruits show through with some caramel and nicely balanced tannins. This wine would go great with a portabella mushroom dish..
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2004 - Perrin Cotes du Rhone Reserve Blanc Proprietary Blend

Aug 30, 2007
1 star 1 star
This is a light, tight, and crisp wine. It starts with a nose of floral cream notes and with light citrus and stone fruit on the palate. There is something very slightly sweet here like candied green apple. Good finish. It would go well with salads with any type of vinaigrette.
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2005 - Thorn-Clarke Shiraz Milton Park Syrah

Aug 30, 2007
1 star 1 star
Thick, dark black and purple core with hints of fuchsia on the rim. The fruit is very ripe, sweet and jammy on the nose, with wild herb hints in the background. The wine is soft and sweet on the front of the palate, building to a full, lush mid-palate with full jammy blackberry, boysenberry and hints of oak that linger in to the finish.
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2003 - Mission Hill Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon Sauvignon Blanc

Canadian SB? good try...

Aug 30, 2007
1 star
This wine would be too light and crisp if it had not spent time in oak. However, as it is, the color has deepened and the wine has become round and soft while still retaining a light zing. The nose displays some green apple, pear, and a spicy herbality. Nicely mouth filling, more apple and stone fruit appears on the palate with a good finish that doesn't overstay its welcome.
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2003 - Mission Hill Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon Sauvignon Blanc

Canadian SB? good try...

Aug 30, 2007
1 star 1 star
This wine would be too light and crisp if it had not spent time in oak. However, as it is, the color has deepened and the wine has become round and soft while still retaining a light zing. The nose displays some green apple, pear, and a spicy herbality. Nicely mouth filling, more apple and stone fruit appears on the palate with a good finish that doesn't overstay its welcome.
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2005 - Ste Michelle, Chateau Indian Wells Riesling Riesling

Aug 30, 2007
1 star 1 star 1 star
Precious metals come to mind when pouring your glass - it is seemingly a liquid mix of bright gold and silver. Nice stone and tropical fruits come through on the palate with some mineral and a touch of dried apricot. As young wine, there is a touch of spritz immediately on the palate, followed by more dried apricot and tropical fruit. It's sweetness is not cloying but the acids fall a bit shy of balancing it perfectly. Over all, very well done. It would be excellent well-chilled on one of those glorious spring days we have all been waiting for.
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2006 - Wild Rock Cupids Arrow Pinot Noir Pinot Noir

NZ Pinot? Not bad...

Aug 30, 2007
1 star 1 star
In the glass, this wine shows nice bright red depth and a fresh light pink hue at the rim. It lacks some of the dusky hues often associated with some Pinot Noirs. The nose is surprisingly complex with dried cherry, sweet chocolate, light earthiness and bramble with a hint of hard fruit candy. On the palate, this wine is light, as suits a good Pinot, and shows off red fruits with a sweet edge, developed acid and tannins, and a consistent finish. This is a good wine to go with pork or duck dishes that are accompanied by fruit based sauces.
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2001 - Kidron Chardonnay Chardonnay

Summer Chiller

Aug 30, 2007
1 star
Stylistically, this wine is a `light' version of more typical Chardonnays. The color and intensity of the wine are subdued by design with the use of neutral oak barrels. These barrels are generally about 5 years old and do not impart the strong toast, oak, and cream character of Chardonnays stored in new oak. The result is a very pleasing, highly drinkable wine that would do well to be nicely chilled. The color is light silvery yellow and the nose has some stone fruit, light vanilla and a hint of green. The body is medium and more stone fruit, a hint of citrus, and a hint of cream come through on the palate. Medium finish. This wine is perfect for sharing on a hot spring day out on the porch.
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2001 - Rockbare Shiraz Syrah

Aug 30, 2007
1 star 1 star
This wine is vibrant red in the glass with a dark purple/red core. Warm, ripe, but subdued fruits come through in the nose with a hint of mint. Big bold fruits and a big body fill the mouth and the finish is juicy, long and consistent. Not a subtle wine but it is in line with a lot of what Australia is producing on the low end.
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2006 - Annie's Lane Riesling Riesling

Aug 30, 2007
1 star 1 star
Light golden yellow in the glass with silvery highlights, this wine is nicely fruity up front with citrus, mineral, and light melon. It is initially quite sweet on the palate but is later tempered by decent acidity. The palate has lime, light tropical fruits, and something that oddly reminds me of gummy bears. An excellent, well-chilled sipper.
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2004 - Montebuena Rioja Tempranillo

Rustic Red

Aug 30, 2007
1 star 1 star
This wine has a deep red core with hints of garnet and a light maroon rim. Aromas of very ripe cherry and cassis are present along with some rusticity and light white pepper. The body is rather light with tight acids, more cherry, and carob undertones. Consistent finish. This wine will go very well with stews and barbequed meats.
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2006 - Lageder Pinot Bianco Alto Adige Pinot Blanc

Aug 30, 2007
1 star 1 star 1 star
In the glass, this wine is a lovely scintillating silvery/gold. The nose is very fresh with stone and tropical fruits. Strong mineral and nickel come through on the palate with more fresh peach and melon. It is surprisingly mouth coating and balanced with enough acid to match any light chicken or fish meal. Great value.
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2002 - Faiveley Mercurey Croix Jacquelet Pinot Noir

Aug 30, 2007
1 star 1 star
This wine is very light in color showing red cherry and highlights of brick. The nose and palate are another matter though. The cherry is there throughout but the depth and concentration of flavors belies its pale profile. The nose not only shows red sweet cherry but also some nice smoke, spice, and a hint of white chocolate. In the mouth, this wine is medium bodied with full cherry flavors, hints of ripe fig, and a solid dose of tannin and acid. This is a good, consistent, balanced food wine with a long finish.
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2004 - Beaulieu Comtes de Tastes  Bordeaux Blend

Aug 30, 2007
1 star 1 star
This is a good Bordeaux for under 20 bucks.  It has a  vibrant red/purple in color with hints of light red brick. Charmingly smokey in the nose, this wine also displays ripe blackberry, currant and blueberry aromas. On the palate it is light bodied with more smokiness, black fruits and a short, but satisfying finish.
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2004 - Cosentino Winery Merlot Legends Merlot

Larry Bird's Surprise Shot

Aug 08, 2007
1 star 1 star 1 star
Cosentino Winery and Larry Bird teamed up to make a value priced Napa merlot. Here is what I thought of it:

"A nice deep core of dark red/brick is immediately visible is the glass. Ripe red cherry, a hint of pepper and poached plums come through on the nose. The palate is nicely balanced with fine, ripe tannins, a delicate spiciness, and velvety mouthfeel. More cherry complements the nose and follows through nicely on the finish."
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2001 - Marbuzet  Bordeaux Blend

Nice Value Bordeaux

Aug 08, 2007
1 star 1 star
Dark purple and maroon in the core surrounded by a bright maroon rim edged with brick highlights. The nose is full and rich with roasted coffee, toasted oak and light peat coming overtop bold dark rich cherries and raspberries, followed by a hint of dusty minerality. The wine enters the palate with a nice bold feel. Strong acids support a nice core of fruit. Dark cherry and plum are surrounded by toasty vanilla and earth, leading to a medium finish accented by notes of nickel.
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