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Friday, September 23, 2011

2008 Longoria Pinot Noir Fe Ciega Vineyard

Decanted for approximately 50 minutes prior to tasting.  Dark ruby red in the glass with aromas of cherries and herbs on the nose.  Some sweet baking spices were also noted after the decanting period and with swirling.  In the mouth is a very rich and slightly sweet wine that presents flavors of black cherry, truffle, vanilla and the smallest amount of sweet smoked meat.  This wine is incredibly smooth and glides effortlessly across the palate to a long and satisfying retreat.  This wine has a very long life ahead of it.

About Longoria Wines:
Rick Longoria is a well respected and award winning wine maker.  You can connect with Longoria Wines on Facebook by clicking HERE.

ABV:  14.2%
Appellation:  California
Cases Produced:  616
Retail Price:  $48.00
Score:  92

2006 R&B Cellars Metronome Merlot

The 2006 Metronome Merlot from R&B Cellars is a tasty and unforgettable every day drinker for the Merlot lover.  You get a lot in this bottle - a California Merlot, low production, great taste and fantastic price!  This medium red wine is fruit forward and provides the nose with aromas of black cherry, black raspberry, spice and chocolate.  The medium weight feel on the palate is enhanced with the flavors of the dark fruits, milk chocolate, a pinch of peppery spices and seemlessly integrated lightly toasted oak.  This is a solid California Merlot and has a good 3 - 5 years of enjoyment left.

About R&B Cellars:
R&B Cellars is global!  They now have wines not only in the US, but also in Hong Kong, the US Embassy in Thailand and in 20 western European countries.

ABV:  14.0%
Appellation:  California
Cases Produced:  163
Retail Price:  $18.00
Score:  89

2008 R&B Cellars Pizzicato Petite Sirah

Here's another delicious wine from the music-themed winery of R&B Cellars.  The 2008 Petite Sirah is a dark garnet wine with lifting aromas of red raspberry, boysenberry, oak and hints of smoked meats.  In the palate is a soft and sexy medium bodied wine that coats the mouth wine fine and well rounded tannins.  Flavors of red and black fruit, smoky oak, dried herb and just a touch of mineral combine for a delightful tasting experience that will reward you with a solid and memorable finish.

About R&B Cellars:
Visit R&B Celllars' web site to find out more about them and their incredible award winning wines.  You can also click HERE to follow their blog.

ABV:  14.7%
AVA:  Napa Valley
Cases Produced:  270
Retail Price:  $28.00
Score:  92

2008 Agate Ridge Vineyard Primitivo

The 2008 Primitivo from Oregon's Agate Ridge Vineyard is a food-friendly medium purple wine with aromas of lavender and dark red fruits pursuing your noise.  The same red fruits and floral notes are in the flavor profile, accompanied by vanilla and lightly toasted cedar.  The wine is well framed and has a nice solid finish.

About Agate Ridge Vineyard:
You can keep in contact with Agate Ridge Vineyard by following them on Twitter.  Click HERE to connect with them.

ABV:  13.9%
AVA:  Rogue Valley
Cases Produced:  236
Retail Price:  $21.00
Score:  87

2010 Dry Creek Vineyard Fume Blanc

The 2010 Fume Blanc from Dry Creek Vineyards is a nearly colorless, faintly golden wine with bountiful aromas of lemon zest, lime, wild grasses and mineral.  Distinctly acidic and lively on the palate, citrus flavors are married with mineral, apples and grass to provide a crisp and tasty profile that dances in the mouth.  This style of Fume Blanc is dry and delicious and will pair wonderfully with many styles of lighter food.  You should consider this for your Thanksgiving dinner.

About Dry Creek Vineyard:
Dry Creek Vineyard of Sonoma County, California has been making their hand crafted wines since 1972.  Fume Blanc is their flagship wine and the 2010 vintage has incorporated QR coding on the back of the label.

ABV:  13.5%
AVA:  Sonoma County
Cases Produced:  30,000
Retail Price:  $11.99
Score:  89