Wine Taste Off

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There seems to be no better way to learn about wine, develop your pallet, and find what you like than tasting multiple wines in one sitting (or so I like tell myself). I picked up 3 bottles of wine to do a little tasty taste! (I am a huge fan of Gary Vaynerchuk and Wine Library TV.)

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I opened all three bottles a few hours before tasting to let them breath. They were all tasted at room temperature.

Wine 1

Wine #1

2010 Wolf Blass Yellow Label Cabernet Sauvignon, South Australia

Picked this up at

World Liquors & Wines in North Olmsted

88 points from Wine Spectator

Tasting Notes

Smell: Dirt, Mushrooms, Worms, Chocolate. Taste: Fruit bomb, cherry slushy, peppermint. High acidity. I agree with Wine Spectator and give this an 88. It isn't overly sweet, but packs lots of fruit. Nicely balanced. The mushroom smell and cherry slushy taste was fun to experience.

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Wine #2

2009 Concannon Vineyard Conservancy Petite Sirah, Livermore Valley, USA

Picked this up at the Trader Joes at Crocker Park No known score

Tasting Notes

Smell: Oak, Spicy Men's Cologne. Taste: Oak, Pepper. Didn't love this one. It was too dry and over oaked for me. I give it an 85. Better used as a cologne maybe.

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Wine #3

2010 Michael-David Winery 6th Sense Syrah, Lodi, USA

Picked this up at

World Liquors & Wines in North Olmsted

88 points from Wine Enthusiast

Tasting Notes

Smell: Black Raspberry, Cinnamon, Vanilla. Taste: (Same) Black Raspberry, Cinnamon, Vanilla. This wine came off very well rounded and polished. I give this a 90+ and declare it the winner of this taste off! I like it so much I bought some more and took it to BYOB at Barroco. I am going to pick up some of the other Michael-David wines to try soon. This wine also had a fun little poem on the back label:

I smell with one nose, an ancient black rose, a memory lingering, briefly exposed. I see with two eyes, through shadows and lies, a secret revealing, wrapped in disguise. I hear with my ears, three fallen tears, echoing softly, heightening my fears. I taste with my tongue, my panics begun, four sides enclosed, melding as one. I touch with my hands, a sinister plan, five fingers discerning where I do stand. I sense with my mind, a thought so unkind, I'm trapped six feet under in a bottle of wine.