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Intertwine Merlot 2013

Intertwine Merlot 2013
Oakville, CA
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This red wine blend from Bridget Raymond uses mostly merlot from Napa Valley. It needs aeration to come to its full potential. Running it through an oxidizer worked well enough for me, but a few hours out in the decanter would also be fine.

After that initial step, take a sip. It’s like biting into your first piece of dark chocolate. It’s so very different from milk chocolate that you’re not sure you like it….but you keep nibbling. Eventually, you’ll recognize bright cherry undertones and wonder what you did with your life before that first bite.

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It just barely eked out that rating with 61/100 on the Quini scale.

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Most notably, the coloring is not that appealing and without aeration, texture is grainy and pulpy. Let it breathe, and that mellows out with an intriguing finish. It’s worth drinking—I’m pretty sure I’m ordering more if it’s still available. If it is, you can pick it up at NakedWines.Com for $35.50. That’ll be only $15.00 if you sign up to become an Angel through that ad on the right side of this page. Click right here just to buy the bottle: Buy me!

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Robert Mondavi Private Selection Pinot Noir 2011

Robert Mondavi Private Selection Pinot Noir 2011
California

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From the label, it sounds as though this wine is a blend of pinot noir grapes from around the state. I know Mondavi is a huge name in the wine world, but I honestly haven’t tried much from their label, though I sold plenty of it when I worked in restaurants. This bottle was on a good discount at Safeway, taking it below $10 and thus right at my standard wine price range.

I smell tart cherries with a smooth eucalyptus. It’s thin-bodied. My first thought is that it’s too smooth in flavor, lacking character. But as I chew on it, I appreciate how mellow it is, a nice break from strong tannins. The main notes are vanilla, barely there açai berry, cherry, and a hint of chalky eucalyptus.

It works. It’s not at all memorable, but it works.

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Boeger Hangtown Red Lot 49

Boeger Hangtown Red El Dorado Red Wine Lot 49
Placerville, CA

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This wine’s label is quite descriptive, recalling the days when Placerville was called old Hangtown and the Wild West reigned supreme. The label claims the wine captures that spirit, but we’ll let my taste buds decide whether or not it deserves the noose.

The coloring is dusky red, closer to brown I’d say, and it appears unfiltered and thin. Minimal legs are present. Fruitcake notes of dense molasses and bursts of apricot, plum, and spiced bread dominate its aroma.

It’s much tastier than I expected based on appearances. The fruitcake notion holds up, though it’s closer to moist, spongy gingerbread with vanilla glaze and a lot of plum and candied cherry. It’s a pleasant, enjoyable wine, though it’s not quite as smooth as I’d like. Interestingly, I went to this winery when I was in Placerville last fall, but I didn’t realize the Hangtown was from Boeger until researching for other bloggers’ thoughts on the wine. It’s a great place to visit, so check it out sometime.

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Other Blogger’s Thoughts:

Lots of favorable mentions of this wine, but no complete reviews, per se.

Reviewed 28 Jan 14.

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