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Paul W. Giese
Paul W. Giese
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Paul W. Giese

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Wine Reviews

Edna Valley 'Paragon' Syrah

Vintage Reviewed: 2009; Classification: Red; Smell: Herbacious; Taste: Spicy; Body: Medium-Full; Finish: Long;

Delicious aromas and flavors of plums, figs, currants, and cherries emerge from this straightforward but earthy, spicy, soft, herb-tinged, Syrah.

reviewed 5 years 8 months 16 days ago

Taittinger 'La Francaise' Brut

Classification: Sparkling (White); Smell: Floral; Taste: Fruity; Body: Medium-Full; Finish: Dry;

A great wine for celebrations. This wine is full of all that is good with French Champagne! The nose fills with floral and yeast aromas. On the palate this dry wine shines with crisp fruit flavors.... Read more

reviewed 6 years 17 days ago

Graffigna Centenario Malbec

Vintage Reviewed: 2010; Classification: Red; Smell: Spicy; Taste: Fruity; Body: Medium; Finish: Medium;

A very nice Malbec, this is full of red fruit flavors and has a nice tannic grip. Not overly firm, the finish softens and makes for an enjoyable wine. We paired this wine with some great dark chocola... Read more

reviewed 6 years 1 months 2 days ago

Bogle Chardonnay

Vintage Reviewed: 2010; Classification: White; Smell: Fruity; Taste: Fruity; Body: Medium-Full; Finish: Medium;

A good food wine for under $10. Nice ripe fruit flavors of pear and apple. Hints of butter.

reviewed 6 years 1 months 2 days ago

Liberty Creek Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintage Reviewed: 2011; Classification: Red; Smell: Earthy; Taste: Fruity; Body: Medium; Finish: Quick;

This was a very light bodied Cabernet that has a lot of fruit flavor. Not a bad wine for the money. Great for parties and any time you need a 1.5L bottle. Paired well with blue cheese and dark choco... Read more

reviewed 6 years 1 months 2 days ago

Jacuzzi Pinot Noir

Vintage Reviewed: 2010; Classification: Red; Smell: Fruity; Taste: Fruity; Body: Medium; Finish: Medium;

Gave this to my mom as a Mothers Day Gift. It was highly recommended by the Sommelier at a local wine shop.

reviewed 6 years 1 months 11 days ago

Tetra Red

Vintage Reviewed: 2008; Classification: Red; Smell: Fruity; Taste: Earthy; Body: Full; Finish: Bold;

So very good, 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 23% Petit Verdot, 4% Cabernet Franc. Delicious and luscious, but not a fruit bomb. It has the tannic-acidic structure and dryness to make it refined,... Read more

reviewed 6 years 1 months 22 days ago

Andrew Rich Pinot Noir

Vintage Reviewed: 2011; Classification: Red; Body: Light-Medium; Finish: Long;

A local wine shop manager tells me this is one they get a lot of requests for each year. Very popular around the holiday seasons the wine is light and fragrant, this deftly balanced red is juicy with... Read more

reviewed 6 years 1 months 22 days ago

Shannon Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintage Reviewed: 2010; Classification: Red; Smell: Fruity; Body: Full; Finish: Bold;

This wine will have you saying 'YUM' as it is an approachable cab that is deep garnet in color, with aromas of ripe bing cherry, dark berry and vanilla. The mouth fills with blackberry, cherry and la... Read more

reviewed 6 years 1 months 22 days ago

Domaine Eden Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintage Reviewed: 2009; Classification: Red; Smell: Spicy; Taste: Fruity; Body: Medium-Full; Finish: Fruity;

Love this bottle of wine, it is so sexy! A classic Bordeaux blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec. The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon has layers of expres... Read more

reviewed 6 years 1 months 22 days ago

Zolo Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintage Reviewed: 2010; Classification: Red; Smell: Fruity; Taste: Earthy; Body: Full; Finish: Bold;

This is a classy Cabernet! The 2010 estate grown, sustainably farmed, high altitude Reserva has a sedate, well-defined bouquet of kirsch, cranberry, raspberry and a note of gravel. The palate is full... Read more

reviewed 6 years 1 months 22 days ago

Ritual Pinot Noir

Vintage Reviewed: 2011; Classification: Red; Smell: Fruity; Taste: Fruity; Body: Medium; Finish: Long;

The wine is round, soft and elegant, with flavors of raspberry, cherry and plums. With soft tannins and fresh acidity this wine is mouthfilling with great length. Beautiful and classy this wine is o... Read more

reviewed 6 years 1 months 22 days ago

The Crossings Sauvignon Blanc

Vintage Reviewed: 2012; Classification: White; Smell: Herbacious; Taste: Fruity; Body: Medium; Finish: Medium;

The Crossings Sauvignon Blanc is one of my personal favorites. It gives New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc a great name. Straw Yellow in color, the wine quickly fills the nose with tropical fruits of pineapp... Read more

reviewed 6 years 1 months 25 days ago

SeaGlass Sauvignon Blanc

A very good Sauv Blanc

Classification: Red; Smell: Fruity; Taste: Fruity; Body: Light; Finish: Quick;

From California comes this wonderful and tropical Sauv Blanc. Paired this wine with a wonderful white fish (Grouper) and really enjoyed the citrus in the wine as it played nicely on the palate. More... Read more

reviewed 6 years 2 months 7 days ago

Dante Reserve Chardonnay

Nice Chardonnay

Classification: Red; Smell: Fruity; Taste: Fruity; Body: Light; Finish: Quick;

The Dante Reserve was the house chardonnay at a wonderful restaurant on Sanibel Island, FL called Traders. This restaurant is very well known in the area for chef Mike Patnode's White Gazpacho. The ... Read more

reviewed 6 years 2 months 7 days ago

Piattelli 'Premium' Malbec

Vintage Reviewed: 2010; Classification: Red; Smell: Fruity; Taste: Fruity; Body: Medium; Finish: Medium;

Malbec lovers rejoice! This is a great wine. The wine is strikingly beautiful in color and your nose fills with cherry and blackberry notes. The palate fills with ripe red and black fruits. The wine ... Read more

reviewed 6 years 2 months 17 days ago

Yellow Tail Shiraz

Classification: Red; Smell: Fruity; Taste: Fruity; Body: Medium; Finish: Sweet;

This wine aged well for almost four years. This is a good wine for the money if you enjoy a sweeter tasting style. Lots of baked cherry flavors and hints of spice while finishing with a touch of swe... Read more

reviewed 6 years 3 months 5 days ago

Klinker Brick 'Old Vine' Zinfandel

Classification: Red; Smell: Spicy; Taste: Earthy; Body: Medium-Full; Finish: Bold;

This is an excellent old vine Zin! Spicy on the nose and earthy on the palate. This dark red beauty has a very pleasing but bold finish. I would love to have this with a big juicy burger, flank stea... Read more

reviewed 6 years 3 months 10 days ago

Chalone Pinot Noir Monterey

Classification: Red; Smell: Fruity; Taste: Fruity; Body: Light-Medium; Finish: Medium;

Vintage 2010. This PN from Monteray is a very nice style of California Pinot. The nose fills with cherry, oak, and a hint of chocolate. This wine is lush on the palate as the velvety smooth finish ca... Read more

reviewed 6 years 3 months 13 days ago

Alexander Valley Vineyards 'Temptation' Zinfandel

Classification: Red; Smell: Earthy; Taste: Fruity; Body: Medium-Full; Finish: Medium;

Vintage 2009. Nose fills with oak, chocolate, baked red fruit, and a hint of dust. On the palate the zin is fruit forward full of warm cherry flavors and a kiss of oak. The balance is in line and the ... Read more

reviewed 6 years 3 months 13 days ago

Charles de Fere 'Jean-Louis Cuvee' Blanc de Blancs

Classification: Sparkling (White); Smell: Floral; Taste: Fruity; Body: Light-Medium; Finish: Medium;

This was a great sparkling wine for the money. Champagne taste without the price. I strongly recommend this as an alternative if you are looking for value. The nose is full of floral notes and not a ... Read more

reviewed 6 years 3 months 17 days ago

Wild Women Wine Sangiovese

Pair this wine with a chocolare truffle for a taste sensation you will be blown away by.

reviewed 6 years 3 months 18 days ago

Wild Women Wine Black Diamond

Classification: Red; Smell: Fruity; Taste: Fruity; Body: Light; Finish: Sweet;

Sweet wine lovers this is your dream come true. If you are a fan of sweet red wines with a fruity punch this is a must. Mild and fruity, this wine packs a punch with it merlot base and blackberry fl... Read more

reviewed 6 years 3 months 20 days ago

Boutari Moschofilero

Classification: White; Smell: Fruity; Taste: Fruity; Body: Light-Medium; Finish: Dry;

This is a great white wine from Greece. Full of tropical fruit flavor the wine has a nice crisp and clean finish that is not overly acidic. I paired this wine and a Ahi Tuna chopped salad with a chi... Read more

reviewed 6 years 3 months 23 days ago

Paco & Lola Albarino

Classification: White; Smell: Fruity; Taste: Fruity; Body: Medium; Finish: Long;

This was a great wine. Medium bodied, the mouth feel was wonderful and the fruit on the wine came through with a punch. I enjoyed it with a Salmon Salad with capers, red onions, and field greens. Th... Read more

reviewed 6 years 3 months 26 days ago

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