Reviews in Category: USA (Clear Filter)

Cline Syrah 2007

Date March 10, 2008 | Chuck | Red Wine & Shiraz & USA

Coming from Sonoma, California this Syrah is an excellent value wine. The blueberry/blackberry is very forward but not overpowering of the spicy/peppery finish. The only critique I have with it is the slightly bitter finish which lessens as the wine breathes.
By the way, incase you were wondering: Shiraz, Syrah, potatoe, potato. But if you every find yourself in Australia or South Africa, say Shiraz. Otherwise, Syrah.
Tip: balloon glass
At a Glance
Taste blueberry, plum, leather
Smell blueberry, pepper
Food grilled meat
Sweetness dry
Price $12.85
LCBO# 733758

Tangley Oaks Merlot 2003

Date March 6, 2008 | Sean | Merlot & Red Wine & USA

I'm now convinced there might be such a thing as heaven. California makes a variety of wines at many price points. Good California wine is known for its price tag and the sky is the limit. At $17.95 a bottle this wine drinks like something double the price. This is simply awesome wine.
We always approach a bottle of Merlot with some caution, you never really know what your going to get. This is an incredibly well structured wine with amazing length and great earthy soft finish. Tonnes of flavors and smells to fill your glass.
Tip: Drink before 2011
At a Glance
Taste black cherry, dried fig, tea
Smell plum, berry jam, coffee
Food burger with caramelized onions and cheese
Sweetness dry
Price $17.95
LCBO# 68155
Tangley Oaks Metlot 2003

Ernest and Julio Gallo Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Date February 25, 2008 | Chuck | Cabernet Sauvignon & Red Wine & USA

E&J is a house-hold name in California wines, releases this medium body, slightly sweet cabernet sauvignon. I shouldn't be bias here, but I'm not a fan of sweet cabs, however I wasn't the only one at the table who wasn't a fan. I could however see myself gulping down this red in the summer heat when I'm thirsty.
I did however get a surprise I truly wasn't expecting with this mass produced wine, and that was sediment. At least it was strange to me, anyone else have this happen ?
Tip: balloon glass this wine and decant of yours has sediment too.
At a Glance
Taste strawberry, mixed berries
Smell berry, red liquorice, floral
Food medium cheeses
Sweetness medium sweet
Price $10.40
LCBO# 223552

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