Colin C. Wine Reviews



 

 

2005 - Januik Red Wine  Proprietary Blend

Great for the Money!

Jun 11, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This wine was really exceptional for the price that asked for.  I thought it was well balanced and full of solid red fruit with a nice vanilla cover.  This is a very big fruit bomb from Washington, with big oak too, so if that's not your style - I would recommend walking away from this one.  Otherwise it is an excellent value.
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2005 - Januik Merlot Klipsun Vineyard Merlot

Very Good

Jun 11, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
The only problem I have with this wine, is that I liked it's little sister the regular merlot more and it's about $15 less than this bottle. Overall, it has big juicy strawberry and raspberry fruit with a nice mint chocolate kick on the finish.  This wine also has a little bit of chew at the end.  Still an excellent buy!
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2005 - Januik Merlot, Columbia Valley Merlot

Stunning

Jun 11, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
This merlot knocked my socks off.  Velvety, fruit forward, and full of sweet cedar and milk chocolate.  I could drink this wine all day everyday! The mouth feel is a medium to fuller body but it's just so smooth on the palate and such an amazing value!
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2005 - Januik Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon

Stunning Cab!

Jun 11, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
This has big beautiful ripened fruit with a nice kick of acidity and vanilla oak at the end.  This is overflowing with blueberries and rasperries with a nice orange peel lingering in the undertones. This is good and way beyond on the money on what it delivers.  This will last for a long time!
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2004 - Montes Malbec Malbec

Decent Table Wine

Jun 11, 2008
1 star 1 star
Good quaffer.  This wasn't anything exceptional, but again it's a decent table wine that offers enough complexity to enjoy with a simple meal.  Light cherry and tabacco with strong oak coming through on the palate.  A little too much alcohol and dirt but it's good for the price.
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2005 - Montes Malbec Malbec

Cheap and Easy

Jun 11, 2008
1 star 1 star
This was wine was light on the wallet and palate.  Light smoked cherry and dirt are the main things I'm picking up.  Some oak chip flavors are in there as well, but for the money I don't think anyone will be too disappointed.  Food helps!
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2002 - Souverain, Chateau Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon

Drink now

Jun 10, 2008
1 star 1 star
Another miss.  Mid-way it hits with quite a bit of acid and a lot of tannin, making you pucker up. I can tell this wine would go better with food, and will probably not age well either.  The fruit is almost gone and it was light dry cherry and currant to begin with.  Drink now or don't buy.
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2005 - Souverain, Chateau Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon

Better but not by much

Jun 10, 2008
1 star 1 star
This vintage has a little more fruit and the metalic finish is gone, but it's still lacking anything worth buying again. This vintage has an earthy smell with hints of bell pepper, chocolate, cocoa, and even a little egg. The taste is like oak and blackberry
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2004 - Souverain, Chateau Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon

Pass

Jun 10, 2008
1 star 1 star
Too boring to recommend and it has an odd finish. Sharp tannins that hit you fast and high on the palette. Spicey red fruits. Has that long steely finish. I am finding this is all pretty typical  of lower priced cali-cabs.
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2003 - Souverain, Chateau Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon

Ok

Jun 10, 2008
1 star 1 star
This wine was ok for the money.  The big oak and cherry flavors work well to compliment the peppery spice and currant flavorings. This is a decent Cab for the money but don't think you might get more than what you paid for.
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2003 - Delectus Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon

Loved it!

Jun 10, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
This was one of the best California Cabernets I had had in a long time. The wines taste is very warm, like black and bell pepper, with a very strong kick as the tannins set in. It's simple and enjoyable, and I like wines that kick, so it's a 5 for me. I can tell it would go great with food too.
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2001 - Tor Kenward Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Oak Knoll Clone 4 Cabernet Sauvignon

Great Wine

Jun 10, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
This is the best all around vintage so far. This wine smells like jam on warm toast, with bell pepper, chocolate, and spices... it's a very heady aroma that is easily noticed.  The finish is long and easy to enjoy. This is ready now, but another year or two in bottle wouldn't hurt.
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2002 - Tor Kenward Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Oak Knoll Clone 4 Cabernet Sauvignon

Solid cabernet!

Jun 10, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Just a solid cab. The wine is lead by some dark cocoa and some charcoal on the nose. Nice body. Nice fruit. Very drinkable on the second day. Tannins  mellowed a few hours after it was opened. Nothing amazingly special about this. . . a solid cabernet.
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2003 - Tor Kenward Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Oak Knoll Clone 4 Cabernet Sauvignon

Almost There

Jun 10, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This wine just misses coming together as an excellent wine at the end. It has a strong palate of black cherry, blackberry, cedar, sage, mint, and vanilla. Firm tannins and decent aciditiy. Close to being "well-balanced".
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2004 - Byron Chardonnay Chardonnay

Too short

Jun 10, 2008
1 star 1 star
The finish is too short and weak to give this anything more than two stars. This vintage is really buttery and smooth in your mouth and finishes with a bit of green apple. Not a very long or complex wine. It comes, hits you upside the head with some oak and says goodbye.
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2003 - Byron Chardonnay Chardonnay

more of the same

Jun 10, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This vintage is very similar to the previous two. It has an overall creaminess and butter to it. Tons of sweet vanilla and toasty oak on the nose that comes through even stronger on the palette.  Drink this one younger.
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2002 - Byron Chardonnay Chardonnay

Nice and Creamy

Jun 10, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This was a very creamy charddonay. The taste is full of oak, cream, butter, and vanilla, as well as a bit of green apple. There is a bit of warmth in it, but overall it reminds me of a cream puff. This would make a great food wine.
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2001 - Byron Chardonnay Chardonnay

Good chardonnay!

Jun 10, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Good chardonnay! This wine has a great golden yellow color. The smell is very toasty and buttery, you can really sense the oak in it and there is a hint of apple too.
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2000 - Hogue Syrah Columbia Valley Vineyard Selection Syrah

Better with Age

Jun 10, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star

Better with age indeed! This wine has a totally opaque red color. The aroma features pepper, spices, smoke, hickory, wood, truffles, and blackberries... it's like an aroma you would want in your house. The taste is very spicy, with black plums and berries. It's also very warm and dry and perfect for meat. This is a very fun wine that has softened with age and is ready for drinking

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2004 - Hogue Syrah Columbia Valley Vineyard Selection Syrah

Disappointed

Jun 10, 2008
1 star 1 star
Too many other wines like this one and this one really disappoints. This wine was all around disappointing. Not bad, just disappointing. On the nose, smells like red licorice. A lot. Can taste some strawberry, plum and lots of spice, but nothing extraordinary on the palate.  The taste couldn't deliver what the nose brought.
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1990 - Rieussec  Sauternes Blend

Good

Jun 09, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star

Pour this on vanilla ice cream and enjoy.  This had apricots and vanilla pear notes running through your palate and doing jumping jacks.  It's very thick on the palate, but the oak cuts into it a little bit and takes away from what would otherwise be 4+ stars.

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2003 - Moon Mountain Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Good but austere

Jun 09, 2008
1 star 1 star
When reading this review - remember that the wine turns very austere and that made it 2 stars.   This wine has a very clear red color. The aroma has pepper, oak, and spice. The taste features spice and wood, it's very dry and has a bit of blackberry. This one would definitely go well with cheese.  Drink now.
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2004 - Moon Mountain Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Solid Cabernet

Jun 09, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Big rounded cabernet from California with a little touch of bell pepper. This wine smells of cherries and black pepper, with a slight hint of eucalyptus. The taste is very strong, it has a lot of tannin and it's very warm. It's acidic too, with a good taste of black pepper and a bit of oak and vanilla.
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2004 - Catena Zapata, Bodegas Catena Malbec Malbec

Big Bold Cocoa

Jun 09, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
This wine was extremely rich and vevlety... I let this one breath for a few hours. It revealed dark cherry on the nose and hints of chocolate.  The cocoa is dry and flaked all over your palate- making it taste like you're drinking chocolate covered strawberries.
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2003 - Fife Syrah Alluvial Vineyard Syrah

Good if you like it...

Jun 09, 2008
1 star 1 star
I didn't.  Too green and lacking the fruit character that I enjoy in California Syrah. This wine smells of raisins and plums with a bit of herbs. The taste is thick and acidic, has a bit of plum and green pepper, as well as tannin. It's slightly sweet but still very dry. 
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2002 - Fife Merlot Merlot

Good Table Merlot

Jun 09, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This would be solid for an easy to drink table wine - if the price was slightly lower. It's a little hot but nice dark plum and prune like nose. Very smooth with a great full bodied mouthfeel. Finish is only medium length but smooth. I found it had an extra layer on the finish after it was opened a few hours.
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2004 - Pascual Toso Pascual Toso Malbec Malbec

Pass

Jun 09, 2008
1 star 1 star
Nothing like the 2005 - just all over the place and not in a good way at all. I will say that it was fairly well balanced. The finish tended towards acidic over time. An ok wine based on the price, but I would still say pass compared to the 2005.
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2005 - Pascual Toso Pascual Toso Malbec Malbec

Enjoyable Value

Jun 09, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Good for the price but not blowing me away. Nose is strong with alcohol-tinged, slightly overripe fruit. Relatively full-bodied for an Argentinian wine, with little of the mineral qualities that typically distinguish offerings from this region. Not unpleasant, but almost had more characteristics of a California Zinfandel than a Malbec from this region.
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2004 - Rosenblum Cellars Petite Sirah Rockpile Road Vineyard Petite Sirah

Good

Jun 09, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Much bigger than the 2001 - I rather enjoyed this inky petite syrah. Deep dark inky-purple color - maybe it's better to let this one breathe a few hours. Starts out indistinctly fruity in the mouth but quickly moves to tart, with a touch of dryness on the finish.
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2001 - Rosenblum Cellars Petite Sirah Rockpile Road Vineyard Petite Sirah

Ok

Jun 09, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This was a better than average petite syrah but I'm not sure if it lived up to the price. Very light aroma. It tried to be fruity but the acid overpowered. Some hints of black cherry. Mild dryness and aftertaste. Drink while it's young!
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2004 - Silver Oak Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Cedar and Cherries

Jun 09, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
That's what this wine is - cedar and cherries and you love it or hate it. This is my favorite wine to go with a big steak at any restauraunt if I have the company card.  It's also very ripe, with tannins and a soft hint of vanilla with caramel on the finish
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2004 - Girard Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Step it up!

Jun 09, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
This is the step up from Girards lower cabernet, and it is extremely enjoyable! This wine smells of black currant, cigars, cherry, and a bit of herbs. It also smells like band-aids, and a bit smoky too. The taste is thick with tannin and it sticks to the tongue, it's a bit dusty and smoky as well. I just plain liked it!
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2004 - Girard Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon

Good for Price

Jun 09, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
The price of this wine is very easy to swallow based on the quality. This was vert smooth, and palatable with slightly fruity, again, very good for the price. I would gladly serve this to guests on any occasion calling for a good red.
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2001 - Girard Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon

Interesting but Pass

Jun 09, 2008
1 star 1 star
This wine has some interesting qualities but none that my personal palate loved. Nice fruity aroma, slightly herby, very rich. Very slight acidity in the flavor, some fruit and citrus, definitely sweet and sour. Not a very strong flavor but decent.
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1999 - Sales, De  Bordeaux Blend

Ok

Jun 09, 2008
1 star 1 star
This was just ok. Not worth the $25 I paid for it. An ok Bordeaux maybe a year past it's prime, but still pairs nicely with most red meat.  Tough on the finish, the tannins are dry and rough.  The fruit was faded cherries and currant. Cedar also comes through.
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2001 - Chateau Gloria St. Julien Bordeaux Blend

Too mild for me

Jun 09, 2008
1 star 1 star
I prefered the 2003 and the 2004 - this one was a little too cool of a claret.  A little flat at first, this wine is well balanced and integrated and is a very nice, soft mild-bodied Bordeaux.The wine is mellowing and finishing with hints of oak and fennel with good length. The fruit is just too mild to give it anything more than 2 stars for me.  Some might love.
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2004 - Chateau Gloria St. Julien Bordeaux Blend

More Complex than 2003

Jun 09, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This vintage was a lot more complex than the fruit forward 2003. Color was a nice dark cranberry bordering on garnet. Nose of red fruit, clove, and coffee. It had a taste of pepper and leather, mushroom and green herbs.
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2003 - Chateau Gloria St. Julien Bordeaux Blend

Nice Bordeaux

Jun 09, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This is a much higher quality wine than what comes out of Napa at the same price.  This wine smells of oak, tobacco and cigars. The flavor is oaky, a bit warm, and peppery. There is a small amount of acid too. Definitely for food.
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2000 - Calon  Bordeaux Blend

Good Table Wine

Jun 09, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This is a good table wine bordeaux. It was very soft and smooth. Little setiment. Went perfectly with sirloin steak and even heavily spiced halibut. This isn't going to stay in the shape it's in for much longer.  Drink now.
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2004 - Lynch Bages  Bordeaux Blend

Worth trying!

Jun 09, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Solid bordeaux - it has a very nice fruity aroma, slightly herby, very rich. Very slight acidity in the flavor, some fruit and citrus, definitely sweet and sour. Not a very strong flavor but decent.
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2003 - Tour Carnet, La  Bordeaux Blend

Great Bordeaux

Jun 09, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
This was an exceptional Bordeaux! It smells of black currant and raspberries, very ripe. The flavor has oak with slight vanilla and black pepper, a bit fruity, very acidic and tangy, good tannin for a mild kick. Good energy in this one and very delicious.
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2003 - Sigalas Rabaud  Sauternes Blend

Good desert

Jun 09, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
This was another excellent desert wine. It smells of sweet nectar and honey. The taste is like nectar from heaven. There's strong honey and nectar flavors as well as peach and mango. It's creamy and delicious and I wish I could have more!
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2005 - Mollydooker Goose Bumps Sparkling Shiraz Syrah

Great Surprise

Jun 09, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

This is the only sparkling shiraz I've ever had but it was really good! It tastes like strawberries and blueberries, has a good texture, and leaves a bit of ginger in the aftertaste. The bubbles are great and as a whole it's very enjoyable. Pricey but worth every penny.

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9998 - Ferrer, Gloria Blanc de Noirs Proprietary Blend

Yum

Jun 09, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
It's yum in the tum as my Mom use to say. This wine has a peachy appearance, slightly pink but mostly yellow, with medium beads. It smells of sweet berries and has a cool, refreshing flavor with good acidity.
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9998 - Acacia Brut Sparkling Wine Proprietary Blend

Crisp

Jun 09, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This is a very crisp sparkler with good acidity. There's a smooth texture and it finishes clean. It's very pleasing and refreshing and I can see myself having this before an evening walk... or any other time of day.  Nice toast and citrus flavors on the palate.
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9998 - Fantinel Prosecco  Prosecco

Good Sparkler

Jun 09, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This is a good sparkling wine from Italy.  This wine has a light woodsy yellow appearance with tiny beads. It smells of apples and peaches. The taste is sour and tangy with good fruit development.
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9998 - Segura Viudas Brut Cava Aria NV Proprietary Blend

Good and Cheap!

Jun 09, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This is a great inexpensive sparkler! This wine has a golden/brass appearance and smells toasty. The taste is dry, crisp, and features good alcohol. It's yeasty and toasty with a bit of apple and pear. It's clean with a medium texture.
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9998 - Moet Chandon Brut Imperial Champagne Blend

Vino Lovers say Yes!

Jun 09, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This has straw/golden yellow appearance and crisp sour smell with peach and lime. The flavor has a strong, fruity attack and good, creamy, yeasty taste with definite mineral components as well as peach and berries. There is a smooth texture and a good effervesence.  Tasty!
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2005 - Olssens of Bannockburn Riesling Late Harvest Desert Gold Riesling

Very Nice!

Jun 09, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Nice vintage!  Melon overtones to this wine are not over-powering, and the wine comes off as pleasant. The wine is light, it drinks more like melon juice than wine, but it's good for light occasions or as a replacement for stronger wines.
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2004 - Olssens of Bannockburn Riesling Late Harvest Desert Gold Riesling

Delicious Desert!

Jun 09, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Great fter dinner wine! A delicious dessert wine for a summer afternoon. Smells like strawberries and tastes like them too, with hints of chocolate as well. Tastes great chilled and perfect for the price.
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