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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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Abancay Mascara del Sol 2010 Crianza

Abancay Mascara del Sol 2010 Crianza
Spain

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This is a Spanish wine blend of 70% tempranillo and 30% merlot. The nose offers up mild alcohol heat with prune, vanilla, and clove notes. It tastes strong, both in alcohol and in its flavors being bottled up tightly together, so I’d recommend letting it breathe. Clove and tamarind stick out, and a citrus corona rises as I swallow it down.

Oxidizing a second glass dulled the alcohol heat, allowing allspice and morello cherry notes to stand out from the tamarind and clove. It would do quite well with heavier Mexican or Indian dishes.  The wine is better when oxidized, pleasant even, but still not especially memorable.

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