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2007 Cantina Zaccagnini Montepulciano

The 2007 Cantina Zaccagnini Montepulciano started with earthy aromas of char, light brett-like notes and a hint of cherry. These persisted into the next day with fruit becoming a bit fleshier. Cherry/cranberry flavors lay on a structure of grippy, drying tannins with a dusty texture, a hint of bitterness, and juicy lasting acidity. A very long finish of cherry and cranberry ended with some heat. Nice food companion that does not compete with truffle and mushroom pizza and pairs well with blackened salmon. (13% ABV. 2 bottles tasted).
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2007 Château La Caussade

Interesting, and a terrific bargain. Lemon curd leads in the attack, followed by honeyed oak and white flowers. Leafy spices appear on the finish, marjoram and a touch of sage. The finish is more tart than the palate, the acids giving it a solid backbone. His would be very nice with scallops, and even better with a salty ham. Recommended for taste and value.
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Palate Press Wine of the Week: 2007 Ortman Cuvee Eddy, 02 Series

Red Rhône blend. Dark red/purple color. Nose of blueberry, black fruit, touch of smoke, and meat. Bright red berry fruit on the palate. There are times when I want something layered and complex, to pull apart and mull over. Other times I want a wine I can just open, quaff and enjoy. Pleasant, fruit expressive, enjoyable red blend that goes down quite nicely alone, sitting on the couch with a book or a movie. Straightforward, easy to drink, and balanced. Its versatility would pair it well with most meats, many pastas, or even a burger or BBQ. Read the extended review on Simple Hedonisms.
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2007 Merryvale Pinot Noir

Dark cherries, cola, a touch of cranberries, and some mushrooms are on the palate, all with a background of spice, wood, and a teriyaki-like umami. Tannins are fine and sweet. It does not offer delicacy or flow with multiple layers of complexity, just gives you a whack of sweet fruit right in the face. Drink it with a grilled double-thick stuffed pork chop.
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2007 Ortman Cuvee Eddy, 02 Series

Red Rhône blend. Dark red/purple color. Nose of blueberry, black fruit, touch of smoke, and meat. Bright red berry fruit on the palate. There are times when I want something layered and complex, to pull apart and mull over. Other times I want a wine I can just open, quaff and enjoy. Pleasant, fruit expressive, enjoyable red blend that goes down quite nicely alone, sitting on the couch with a book or a movie. Straightforward, easy to drink, and balanced. Its versatility would pair it well with most meats, many pastas, or even a burger or BBQ.
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2007 Bolen Merlot

Gorgeous. Spicy on the nose with big heavy dark fruits and a hint of oak. The word for this wine is lush (although Parker has flayed that word into overuse). Maybe also rich. Finish lingers for minutes with layers of mocha and awesome... well, just lots of awesome. No wimpy food with this bad boy.
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Palate Press Wine of the Week (Jan 24-28): 2007 Domaine La Bastide Syrah

This is a real Old World Syrah, dark garnet in color and notes of earthiness, leather, and smoked game. On the attack the fruit is all blackberry, but it softens into raspberry and cherries on the mid-palate. The finish has a lingering smokiness. There is a very slight off-putting mothball odor on the nose, but it does not translate to the palate. It may blow off over time ... and it did. Very interesting. Drink with a thick, rare, sloppy burger.