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Sin Fronteras Dos Mujeres 2013

Sin Fronteras Dos Mujeres 2013

Sin Fronteras

Drinking this blend of albarino and grenache blanc from winemaker Macario Montoya brought to mind scraggly bushes laden with berries and rooted in the thin, loamy soil of a cliffside or sandy hill—manzanita, maybe. Whatever it is, the slightest breeze threatens to uproot it, but the bush holds tight and doesn’t let go.

Which is to say the minerality of this wine comes through strong in the finish, but it still needs more depth of flavor. My Quini profile:

Sin Fronteras quini

My rating:


Other Winos’ Thoughts

Alfredo Wang, Naked Wines Angel

Light, fruity, and refreshing. Faintly sweet, goes well with or without food. Very nice.

Debbie Dunn-Boysen, Naked Wines Angel

Loved this one. Light, but had some body. Little dry and grassy, but not too much. Great with summer food. Love the screw top. Will be looking forward to more from this winemaker.

Robin Teague, Vivino User

Big citrus notes, a touch of pear, then as it opens a wink of vanilla. Found it to be a nice summer sipper.

This is another NakedWines.Com bottle, but it’s no longer available for sale. I’m looking forward to trying Montoya’s red wines soon, though. And just because you can’t purchase this wine doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of NakedWines.Com’s $100 off voucher!

Receive $100 Off a $160 Order of 6 or More 750ml Bottles of Wine. First Time Customers Only.

I just made my first purchase as an Angel with NakedWines.Com, and let me tell you, between the two free bottles I received in my second shipment of wine and that I only paid 60 additional dollars for a case with the funds I’d already banked, it does feel like a deal. Not sure that it genuinely is yet or not, but tasting my way through all these new reds will help me determine that. I’ve had worse tasks.

If you’re interested in becoming an Angel regardless of my end result, click away and sign up here! Miss my post on what being an Angel is exactly? It’s right here. I’ve been an Angel for approximately 30 days now and that case I just mentioned was my first purchase as one. And yes, if you make a purchase through those ads, I’ll make a commission, but all the funds I’m spending on NakedWines.Com are my own (obligatory disclosure).

Reviewed 9 October 2014.

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Akiyoshi 2013 Sangiovese Rosé

Akiyoshi 2013 Sangiovese Rosé
Lodi, California


Drink this light rosé and be reminded of playing grown-up with your mother’s make-up collection. She’ll probably yell at you, but she’ll give you a new berry lipstick balm of your very own the next morning. She’s sorry, but please don’t do it again.


On the Quini scale, I gave the Akiyoshi 2013 Sangiovese Rosé a 69/100.

quini rose akiyoshi

My full profile is as follows:

Akiyoshi quini profile

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Maryhill Proprietor’s Reserve 2011 Tavola Rosso

Maryhill Proprietor’s Reserve 2011 Tavola Rosso
Columbia Valley, WA


Last time I reviewed a Maryhill wine, I pledged to have my pictures edited from our winery visit before the next one. I am happy to say I completed that mission!

Click 2x for the panoramic view.

Click 2x for the panoramic view.

And wow, Maryhill is a breathtaking winery (9774 Hwy 14, WA). It’s hard not to be right on the Columbia River Gorge. I honestly think being there on a stormy, foggy day added a whole other level of beauty to the location.


Of course, my friend Cassie, who works at Maryhill, also ups the pretty factor.

Cassie and I looking adorable, if I do so say myself.

Cassie and I looking adorable, if I do so say myself.

We met at the 2014 Wine Bloggers Conference, and she graciously guided my husband and I through the tasting then strong-armed me into buying a few of Maryhill’s wines reserved for wine club members, the first of which I reviewed last month for you.

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