Monday, July 6, 2009

Wine Tasting Notes - Still Can't Be Shipped

The 2004 Bink Vineyard Pinot Noir had a “cherry”, “plum” or “ruby” red color with a little “transparence.” Its aroma was very “fruity,” full of cherry and blackberry flavors while it had a “light to medium” body and a certain “sharpness” to it. The wine was “spicy,” “tart,” “dry,” or as one reviewer called it, “masculine” in taste. The “long, nice smooth” finish led one reviewer to conclude “Good for summer grilling.”

The 2004 Spann Vineyards Mojo Proprietary Blend (50% Sangiovese, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Syrah, 3% Cabernet Franc & 2% Malbec) was a “deep red,” “dark”, almost “eggplant” color with a “tart cherry” and “oaky” aroma. The wine was definitely “wet” on the palate, “medium-“ to “full-bodied” and “spicy at first.” The Mojo was slightly “medicinal” in flavor with “peppery” and “raspberry” flavors coming through and a “loooong,” “smooth,” “velvety” finish. “Send me cases” of this “fruit bomb” said a reviewer.

Paradise Ridge’s 2005 Hoenselaars Vineyard Zinfandel was characteristically “dark red,” “plum” and “purple” in color. It had a “musky” “fruitiness” with a “light aroma.” The taste, however, was anything but light. Its “medium body” “made my mouth pucker” with a “multi-layered spice” “kick.” The “long lasting” flavor “started sweet but finished tart.” “The bottle grew on me” as this complex wine evolved in the glass.

As always, none of these wines can be legally shipped to you in Maryland until we change the laws!

1 comment:

  1. Guys and Gals, seriously! There is NO reason other than protectionist and agenda lobbying to keep the dormant commerce clause assigned to wineries-only. If you are going to fight, fight to win the entire deal to include retailers or don't fight at all. State sales taxes can and should be collected on both winery and retailer shipments in-state. FIGHT to insure that the main argument against interstate shipping "protecting minors from gaining access" is addressed with adult signature requirements AND sufficient product liability insurance requirements. This will keep honest and legitimate retailers doing the right things and fly by night operators out of the picture.


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