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Albariño, The Other White Grape

If I asked you what the world’s most popular white variety is, how would you respond? You guessed, it, Chardonnay – unless, of course you live in Spain, where Albariño ranks as the signature white that captures everyone’s heart. Read the full story

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Spring Wine Releases Worthy of Attention

I tried another wine from the Rosa D’ Oro winery down in Lake County California last night and low and behold folks we have another winner! The 2005 Primitivo (a close relative to the Zinfandel grape) was fabulous; deep woodsy aromas with
big, juicy, luscious flavors with intense fruit flavors. These folks are making some of the best Italian varietals I have tasted in a decade.

Speaking of new releases (well if we weren’t we are now) there are quite a few from our neighborhood scheduled for Read the full story

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Enobytes Top 25 Wines of 2007

To commemorate a great year we’ve released our top 25 wines for 2007. The list showcases the best wines we tasted with a particular emphasis on quality products that represent outstanding values. Making the list for 2007 are the following wines, which scored a 90+ rating based on a 100-point scale in order of points received.

PREVAIL Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
Prevail Designation: West Face
Vineyard: LookOut Mountain
Region: California – Sonoma
Value: $50
Score: 94
The PreVail Mountain Estate Winery, Alexander Valley (Sonoma County, California) “West Face” 2003 is a wine that flows effortlessly through all sensory aspects. It has a wonderful deep garnet color with a complex ripe black currant, blackberry and raspberry bouquet that impersonates the scent of the sweetest ripe fruit found at any berry patch field during strong windy gusts on a late summer day. Beautifully constructed, this wine displays intense blackberry, dried cherry and licorice flavors that harmonize with earthy flavors of clove, cedar, black pepper and spice; a full-bodied wine with great balance and a superb, intoxicating midpalate. The tantalizing spicy and robust finish complemented with dusty tannins will have you screaming for more.

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Enobytes Top Wine Surprises for 2007

We’ve released our top wine surprises for 2007. These wines may or may not still be available for purchase. If you laid some of these down for consumption later, you are a savvy enophile.

AMAICHA Torrontes 2005
Amaicha Designation: N/A
Vineyard: N/A
Region: Mendoza
Value: $5.00
Score: 87
This wine blew our socks off and was as economical as it was good.

Big floral notes on the aroma mingled with honeysuckle, tropical flavors and spice assault the palate; sensual texture rewards all the way through the finish. Then the temperature rises during consumption and this wine evolves again and again. Complex and alluring, the culinary pairings are extensive with Roasted Turkey being a the first thing that springs to mind and nutty cheeses such as Comete, Mancheco and Iberico.


MARYHILL WINERY “Winemakers Blend” 2004
Maryhill Designation: N/A
Vineyard: N/A
Region: Washington
Value: $15
Score: 94
Huge flavors in a package that pleases. One of the fullest flavored blends I’ve ever tasted.

Maryhill has been making some awesome products these days and this is certainly one of them. This HUGE flavored “Winemakers Blend” of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc had me screaming for more. Bordeaux style with oomph is a good way to describe this muscular wine with refined characteristics. The pronounced fruit is highlighted through and through riding on the exceptionally large and well balanced structure. Generous chocolate and subtle smoky tobacco flavors cascade across the palate with a silky texture and end with a deliciously long finish usually only showcased by wines costing four times as much. Maryhill Winery has set their sites on being a destination for wine, food and entertainment and with products this good the Columbia Gorge will be a well traveled road.


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