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For under $20, you’d be hard pressed to find an American syrah that is better.  Blackberry on the palate. Fruity (juicy, not jammy) with a little meatiness, this paired nicely with sausage pizza.   Copain is choosing to pick earlier and this bottle proves that you can reduce alcohol levels without sacrificing flavor.   By the way, is your pizza stone old and a little dirty?  Use parchment paper on top of the  stone, great crust and none of the mess.

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Amber ridgeThis wine is yummy. On the nose I first smelled white pepper, followed by boysenberry, very jammy. Then the vanilla appeared. I could smell this wine all day. On the palate the wine is lush with black fruits and vanilla. The wine lost some of its fruit after about one and a half hours. It paired very well with dinner which was paella. You can read the wine makers notes here.

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carlisle-2005-sonoma-country-syrah1Opened and sipped. There was a streak of acidity so we aired the wine in the glass for 30 minutes. Color is deep dark purple verging on black. On the nose I smelled blackberry and vanilla. The acid calmed down. On the palate I tasted oak, vanilla and dark red fruits. There is white pepper on the finish. This wine is rich and mouth filling. The wine remains beautifully balanced even with 15.1% alcohol. The wine maker’s notes can be viewed at Carlisle 2005 Syrah, Sonoma County.

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100_2120The W. H. Smith 2007 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast was good but not great.  The fruit was tasty but lost it’s intensity over the evening.  When I poured this wine I was very impressed by the wine’s beautiful, ruby-like color.  On the nose I smelled ripe cherry.  After reading the wine makers notes and returning to the wine I did smell light rose petal.  Early, the wine tasted of bright cherry and cherry cola.  Over time the cherry cola became less prevalent.

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Dark Night, Black Kite

100_2038I lost my favorite taste testers today when I lost my job.  Dring explained the upside, “{n}ow you can concentrate on the blog.”  You can guess that I was very sad.  Less about the job and more about the people.  My husband made my favorite dinner (smokey chicken chipolte cream pasta).  After dinner we opened a bottle of the 2006 Black Kite Cellars Anderson Valley Kite’s Rest Pinot Noir.

Good ripe fruit.  The nose was muted primarily because we served the wine too cold.  But there was an undertone of rose.  This wine has mouth smacking acidity.  The wine is plush.  This is a dark wine for a Pinot.  The wine tastes of rich deep fruits.  Mostly plumb.  It was a good way to wind down on a bad day.  And tomorrow I will be one day closer to the barkery.

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I love good Rosé and I love this wine.  I was reminded of my childhood when I smelled the nose of this wine – Fanta Strawberry Cream Soda.  On the palate I tasted strawberry and watermelon.  This is a fabulous Sunday afternoon wine.  View the wine makers notes here – Rosé of Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast.

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We consumed this bottle of the 2006 Bohan Dillon on Oct. 12, 2008.  I have liked this wine since the first time I tasted it in a Pinot Noir flight at Willi’s Wine Bar in Santa Rosa, CA.  The next day, when we went to Bottle Barn we picked up several bottles.  It was reasonably priced and is a good everyday drinking Pinot Noir.  We decanted the wine for an hour and a half before tasting.  This wine is one dimensional and that is OK.  The primary note on the nose was mineral.  On the palate there is slightly sour red fruit with flavors of raspberry and red cherry.

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