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Review: 2011 Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc

South Africa is world renown for its quality Chenin Blanc and this little gem from Mulderbosch proves to bolster that reputation. For well under $15, you’d be hard pressed to find a better one – let’s get into it. Residual Sugar 4.3 g/l Total Extract 22.4 g/l pH 3.38 Alcohol 13.92 % Total Acid 5.6 […]

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Review: 2010 Smasne Cellars Ancient Rocks red wine

Winery website: www.smasnecellars.com Robert Smasne has made a name for himself in the Northwest for producing wines that show good character, varietal integrity and body. This 2010 “Ancient Stones” blend is no different. A Rhone-style blend, it is a wine that can easily tame everything from a pot-roast to lamb shank to wild game. A good-drinking […]

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Review: A pair of Matua Wines from New Zealand

Winery website: http://www.matua.co.nz Matua is a wine brand that hails from New Zealand and its mission is to deliver affordable, tasty vino from the best fruit it can get. With its first bottling in 1974, it’s been around the “block a few times” and has a loyal following of wine lovers. These two, affordable offerings have […]

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Review: Three Paul Mas Wines

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.paulmas.com/index-fr.php Most wine lovers know of Bordeaux, Burgundy and Rhone but France’s Languedoc region hasn’t been too high on the radar for many. Located in the southeast portion of the country, it grows some fabulous grapes under the Languedoc AOC body there. If you enjoy old-world-style wines at new-world prices, then […]

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Review: 2011 Kennedy Shaw Riesling

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: www.thewoodhousewineestates.com For winemaker, Jean Claude Beck, making old-world style wine is in his DNA. Born in the Alsace region of France, Jean’s obvious influence of the area he grew up in comes to life in this Riesling. Easily, one of the best, if not the best Riesling’s I’ve had from Washington […]

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Review: 2010 Gifford Hirlinger Estate Tempranillo

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: www.giffordhirlinger.com Gifford Hirlinger is one of the many family-run, family-owned wineries you’ll find in the Walla Walla area. It produces wines from the estate vineyard around the winery and has won quite a bit of acclaim for its efforts. This tasty Tempranillo is a good example of how good this […]

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Review: 2010 Double Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://doublecanyon.com Double Canyon is a new winery in the state of Washington whose initial release is a Cabernet Sauvignon. It sources fruit from the prized Horse Heaven Hills AVA, which is home to some of Washington’s better vineyards as well. Using land that was originally owned by Don and Linda Mercer, […]

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Review: 2010 Beringer Quantum

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.beringer.com Easily one of the most recognizable names in the Napa Valley, Beringer is a long-time favorite producer of wine lovers around the globe. Although some of its lower-priced wines may lose their way among the “wine snobs”, its higher-end wines are widely sought after. This 2010 Quantum is a red […]

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Review: 2011 MontGras Quatro

Review: 2011 MontGras Quatro

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.montgras.cl/english/montgras.htm Chile produces some incredible wine values and as this 2011 Quatro proves, however, some of them need more time. Primarily a Bordeaux-style blend (with only 10% Syrah thrown into the mix), this is a well-priced bottle which carries good acidity and fruit. It’s produced by Vina MontGras, located in Chile’s […]

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Review: 2013 Buty Winery Line-up

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.butywinery.com Nina Buty’s winery that bears her name has gained a great deal of momentum over the past couple of years because of it’s wine quality. That quality squarely lands on winemaker, Chris Dowsett and his crew. He does a great job of producing approachable wines that should also age gracefully, […]

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Review: 2010 Jordan Chardonnay

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: jordanwinery.com Jordan winery has been a California favorite for decades. It offers wines of varying price points, made with the most popular varietals that California offers: Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Technical Data:  Varietal:100% Chardonnay Appellation: 100% Russian River Valley Alcohol: 13.79% T.A.: 0.74g/100mL pH: 3.31 R.S.: 0.04% Bottling Dates: July 15–August […]

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Review: 2012 Cono Sur Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.conosur.com Cono Sur is one of the larger wineries I visited on my trip to Chile back in May and I couldn’t help but be impressed by its commitment to both organic farming and releasing value wines. This Reserva-class Cab represents – in many ways – why I think so many […]

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Review: 2010 Waterbrook Merlot

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.waterbrook.com/ As one of Walla Walla’s oldest wineries, Waterbrook has been laser-focused in on value for a long time now and this 2010 Merlot is no exception. It offers a good deal of complexity, finish and finesse. Technical Data: Varietal blend: 100% Merlot Appellation: Columbia Valley pH: 3.61 TA: 0.62 RS: None Alcohol: 14.31% Vineyards: Canyon Ranch, Canoe […]

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Review: 2011 Array Chardonnay

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: www.arraycellars.com For Array Cellars, Chardonnay is much more than the world’s most popular white varietal to work with, it’s a passion and makes up for the entire business model. All it does is produce Chardonnay and works with some of Washington State’s top vineyard sites to source its fruit from. This […]

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Consider Greek Wine – a pair of Whites

By Duane Pemberton One hundred-twenty miles off the coast of Greece is the island of Santorini, an island that’s left over remains from a volcanic explosion around 1640 B.C.  There are three indigenous white grapes grown here – Assyrtiko, Athiri and Aidani. I was super excited to try these two whites from Santorini and after […]

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Review: 2009 Andrew Will Two Blondes

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.andrewwill.com   Located on Vashon Island, Andrew Will Winery has been a local favorite by wine lovers and sommeliers for over a decade. Its winemaker, Chris Camarda, is a long-time veteran in knowing how to work well with Washington Fruit that nearly always translates into very expressive wines. Technical Data:  Composition: 38% […]

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Review: 2010 Manu Propria Ex Animo Cab

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.manupropriawinery.com Taken from the Italian meaning of “by my own hand”, Manu Propria is a very small winery located in Woodinville Washington that is owned by Mike and Rachel Macmorran. They produced only 70 cases of this exceptional wine and the only way to get future releases is to sign-up on […]

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Review: 2011 Stags’ Leap Viognier

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://stagsleap.com While California has never been really known for “killer Viognier” there  are a few producers in that state which seem to do a pretty good job with it. This 2011 Stags’ Leap does a good job of combing fruit, acid and some minerality. Technical Data:  Vineyard sources: Oak Knoll and […]

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Review: 2010 Greg Norman Shiraz

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.gregnormanestateswine.com/ The “Great White Shark”, Greg Norman – pro golfer turned wine lover back in the 1970s has been having wines produced under his name for quite awhile now. This particular Shiraz is from the Limestone Coast of Australia and would pair quite well with grilled meats. Technical Data: Appellation Limestone […]

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Review: Emiliana Novas Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.emiliana.cl/ Novas is a brand of wine that’s produced by Chilean producer of Biodynamic wine, Emiliana. It tends to be a very good quality-to-price ratio label – let’s find out if this Cab holds up. Technical Data: Valley:Maipo Valley Composition: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot Vinification Facility: Las Palmeras Alcohol: 14.2° […]

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