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2007 Conn Creek- Red Blend- Napa  89.5 points. 11/2010

I liked this wine. I paired it with a steak, I know, shocking. I paid $17.00 for this wine, felt like it was worth 13.00. by:TR

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2005 Gordon Brothers- Tradition 94 points. 11/2010

Yum, Yum Yum.. What can I say accept this is a great bottle of wine. The problem its was $27.00. Its a good value at that price, but I can’t spend $10,000 a year on wine. This a great special occasion wine. Tasted like a $45.00 bottle. by:TR

2008 Kennedy Shah Red Wine

2008 Kennedy Shah Red Wine 88 points 12/2010

This was my daily drinker for a couple months. I remember it being better than tonight, not sure if the year is the same, but either the wine has changed, or I have.  Still a very nice wine and an exceptional value at $10.00.  by:TR

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Dumas Station 2007 Blend

2007 Dumas Station- Cow Catcher Red 93 points 12/2010

This is my favorite wine right now. Great flavors and a sure crowd pleaser. I paid $19.00, but it drinks like a $30.00 bottle of wine. Doesn’t need much time to breath, open it and enjoy. by:TR


2007 Quilceda Creek Red Wine 89 points. 12/2010 I have to admit I was so jazzed to receive this as a gift, but it was a huge let down. I admit it didn’t get to breath, so maybe it would have developed if I had more patience. I believe this runs about $50.00 bottle, but I would value it at about $20.00. Quilceda Creek has such a huge reputation, I just expected better. by TR


Six Prong Red Wine 89 points 12/2010

I really liked this wine, but I do not recall why. Time to grab another bottle, and I need to review in a more timely manner...

2008 The Jack Columbia Valley Red Wine 90 points

Domaine “La Garrigue” 2008 Cuvee Romaine Cotes Du Rhone

You may have noticed that French wines seldom identify the grape variety on the label. So instead of seeing Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot or Viognier, you’ll see Burgundy, Bordeaux or a long list of others. These names describe an AOC ( Appellation d'Origine Contr￴l←e ) which defines the varieties of grape that are permitted to go  into a wine of whatever name. If you are new to wine this confuses things greatly. You are just learning about what kinds of grapes you like and here is a whole nation of wines that don’t even tell you what they are. Take a deep breath. Relax. Like any wine proposition, do a little research, identify good representations of the variety or AOC as the case may be, try some, and decide what you like. Don’t let anyone tell you what a good wine is supposed to be. You know what you like. Find it and drink it. If it happens to be Beaujolais nouveau, keep it to yourself.

Cotes Du Rhone reds are typically made up of Grenache Noir, Syrah and Mourvedre, but may have any of 18 other varieties, many of which you have never heard of. These wines are typically full bodied with rich but smooth tannins. These are among my favorite French red wines because they typically offer nice complexity, reasonably full bodies and typically can be had for affordable prices. In other words, you can get something that doesn’t hit you over the head with a single flavor or impression, kind of makes you think about it a bit, and usually pairs well with foods I like.

The La Garrigue doesn’t disappoint. I drank this without decanting, and it is a reasonably complex wine with some nice fruit (raspberry, cherry and red licorice). It is not super full, and has some subtle earth and maybe a little tobacco. The wine is not overly acidic and has smooth tannins. Grapes come from 60-90 year old vines (!). This would pair nicely with roasted meats or just about anything from the grill. This is a pretty nice representation of a Cotes Du Rhone (even if previous years were reviewed better) and a solid pick for under $15. For the Cotes Du Rhone AOC, I’d give it a 90- I’d like to see just a little more fullness. Overall I’d give this wine a 91; you can (and I have many times) do far worse for your money.

Drink up.