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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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Jim Olsen Fair Angel 2012

Jim Olsen Fair Angel 2012

As I wrote last month, I’m advertising NakedWines.Com on my website and testing out how good of a value that $100 off an order is as well as their Angels program. Frankly, I wouldn’t feel comfortable advertising them without trying out the service for myself! So I’m also reviewing their wines as I drink them.

This red wine blend was one of the few red wines included in my first shipment from NakedWines.Com. The blend is 50% zinfandel, 30% syrah, and 20% carignane, which is the first I’ve heard of that last grape! Thought I’d share that tidbit in case you need a reminder that I’m just a consumer, not a wine educator.

The Fair Angel 2012 reminded me of a fair holiday pudding. Rich, stewed fruits and warming spices but more smoky than a dessert should be. I could imagine a chef making it that way because she hates preparing desserts and just has to experiment with the savory side of cuisine. In other words, the balance was not as smooth as it might have been, but it was still an enjoyable wine.

On the Quini scale, I gave it a 67/100. On my scale, that’s just high enough to earn an


Here’s the Quini profile:

jim olsen quini
And Other Bloggers’ Thoughts:

The Wit is Out

Both the aroma and flavor was dominated by black cherry – a real strong black cherry. It was difficult for me to pick out anything else but the black cherry. However, given enough time I was able to detect a bit of blackberry on the nose, nothing more on the palate though. I had this stand alone and the following day it did seem to have a bit more body and flavor but not much….This wine leaned toward the semi-sweet scale rather than a semi-dry red wine.

Reverse Wine Snob

It opens with aromas of black cherry, a little black pepper, a hint of mint and some pleasant earthy notes. Tasting reveals a medium-bodied wine with more black cherry, a good dose of cola, and hints of anise. The wine is a bit rough around the edges (it reminds me of a good Chianti in that way) but is nevertheless quite tasty and will pair nicely with a wide range of foods. It ends dry and surprisingly long with peppery, oaky spice and more sour black cherry flavors. Highly Recommended!

I drank what?

It shows a bit darker red than a Pinot Noir, but had a similar nose. Rich dark stone fruit, a silky texture, extraordinary clarity and a soft finish fooled me. This blend hits some great high notes and would be a terrific red blend for people usually averse to drier Cabs. A great starter wine that should pair well with food.

Want to purchase Jim Olsen’s 2012 Fair Angel? It’s $25 for non-Angels and $11.00 for Angels right here:

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But if you want at least 6 bottles anyway, make sure you get your hands on that $100 off voucher by clicking through to NakedWines.Com below:

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Reviewed 28 September 2014.

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