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Petite Sirah is usually anything but petite, as confirmed by this bottle of Noble Family Wines 2006 High Valley Petite Sirah (SRP $42). It’s inky-dark to purple in color and robust with brooding dark fruits, black cherry, peppery spice, and hints of sweet oak and vanilla bean. The entry is full and round with firm, chalky tannins that fill the mid-palate and melt into the bold finish. This is a nice wine to enjoy with a well-marbled rib eye steak. Approximately 165 cases of this wine were produced. (ABV 14.8, barrel matured for 18 months, cork enclosure) —

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Trivento 2012 Reserve Malbec: This is one of several bottles of Argentinian Malbec I enjoyed yesterday for #WorldMalbecDay. The Trivento presents a deep color with pleasing, up-front blackberry and blueberry fruit flavors. It is medium bodied with furry tannins, good acid-balance, and a short-to-medium length finish. Overall, a solid $10 bottle to enjoy with grilled meats like burgers and sausage.

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Kaiken 2011 Ultra Malbec (SRP $25): This is a pretty tasty, deep colored Malbec that I had an opportunity to taste today during #SommChat. It offers inviting blackberry, ripe plum, and floral perfume aromas with underlying notes of brown baking spice. The aromas lead to a [fairly] full-bodied, fruit-forward (and focused) palate with soft round tannins, good depth, understated acidity, and a pleasant, medium-length finish. Overall, this is a nice, reasonably priced bottle to have on hand for spring and summertime get-togethers and backyard barbecues – grilled meats or portobello mushrooms would pair nicely. –
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Hall 2011 Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon (SRP $135): Medium-deep garnet in color, this wine offers an expressive melody of dark berry fruits and red plum aromas alongside savory herbs, brown spice, bitter cacao notes, and hints of rose petal. The aromas carry through on the palate and are balanced by a firm spine of acidity. While full-bodied, the wine is remarkably light on its feet with ripe tannins, a graceful yet velvety texture, and a pleasant, mineral-accented lingering finish. Overall, this wine expresses the coolness of the vintage in flavor profile — showing nuance, some restraint, and an overall brightness that’s a welcomed change-up from the more powerful, lush, and ripe — albeit delicious wines produced in normal years. As for food pairings, this Cabernet’s acidity lends itself to a wide range of dishes including herbes de Provence-crusted lamb chops, pan seared duck breast, and red wine-braised short bibs. Region: Diamond Mountain District, California. –

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Good to see @TotalWine installing “Education Centers” in some of their larger stores. With just about any subject, the more you learn and discover, the more you’re likely to appreciate and enjoy it. Springfield, Virginia. #wine

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