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Blind Tasteapalooza #1 Cabs and Gruet Non-Vintage Blanc de Noirs

Blind Tasteapalooza #1 Cabs and Gruet Non-Vintage Blanc de Noirs
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Gruet Non-Vintage Blanc de Noirs (New Mexico)

Gruet Non-Vintage Blanc de Noirs (New Mexico)Price: Suggested retail is $14.00 (I’ve seen this one for $11.00-13.00)

Impressions: Attractive golden color with yeast, pear, and apricot on the nose. Light to medium-bodied with a shade of sweetness and a steady, lingering finish. An absolute killer deal at this price.

Score: 19/20


Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County, 2009

Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County, 2009Price: Retails for around $17.00 (I’ve seen this one as low as $12.00)

Impressions: Toasted coconut and ripe, dark berries with notes of sweet spice on the nose. Fruit and oak blend together seamlessly with this wine.

Score: 18/20


B. R. Cohn Cabernet Sauvignon, North Coast, Silver Label, 2008

B. R. Cohn Cabernet Sauvignon, North Coast, Silver LabelPrice: Retails for around $20.00 (I’ve often seen this one in the $14.00-16.00 range)

Impressions: Aroma of red cherries, followed by tar and tobacco. One of the lighter-bodied cabs that I can recall, with generous acidity. A very interesting and distinctive wine.

Score: 17/20


Gnarly Head Cabernet Sauvignon, California, 2010

Gnarly Head Cabernet SauvignonPrice: Retails for around $12.00 (commonly priced around $10.00)

Impressions: Strong tea leaf aroma dominates the nose, with bing cherry and freshly chopped wood in the mouth. Heavy and lacking in acidity.

Note: Wine 3 from Blind Tasteapalooza #1

Score: 13/20