Tag Archives: 2009

2009 Finca Sobreno Wine Review

This Spanish red wine definitely exceeded our expectations. It can be purchased for around $15 and it certainly worth a try.

Aged in oak barrels from grapes of the Tinto de Toro variety this is a very smooth spicy and oakey tasting wine as soon as you pull the cork. I would certainly recommend this wine when you can find it.

The XPRT wine review rating 92 out of 100.




2009 Chateau Maison Blanche Medoc

We found this French Red Bordeaux Wine at our local wine store for under $20.

This Bordeaux had a light and cherry flavor when opened. With a hint of chocolate and pepper on the first glass it was a smooth finish.

Definitely worth a try if you can find it for under $20.

The XPRT wine review rating of 88 out of 100.



2009 Vino Nobile di Montepilciano

Bought this at the local Total Wines and More on a hunch and wanted to try some more wines from Italy. It was under $20 and is 90% Sangiovese and 10% Canaiolo.

First off, open it and let it breath although that won’t help a lot it did help. Consider this a very basic red wine at an ok price. Pass on it if you see it.

The XPRT wine review rating 80 out of 100.



2009 Manzanita Creek Three Vines Zinfandel Wine Review

This one caught our attention at Costco. The sell sheet on the table indicated it scored 98 points! Wow, $12.99 a bottle and 98 points, gotta try this!?! Glad we did.

When you first open the bottle the peppery, plum aromas definitely come out, in fact I wondered how this could score a 98. We decanted it about 30-45 mins and it made a big difference. This cuvée from Sonoma County Zinfandels will not disappoint. While it would be hard pressed to score a 98 in my book it is a strong thexprt 92.

For $12.99 a bottle we will definitely be buying more than a few more bottles.

The XPRT wine review rating 92 out of 100.



2009 MontGras Reserva Carmenere

If you have not heard of the Carmenere grape varietal, you probably aren’t alone. The Carmenere is Chile’s own signature grape.

When I picked this up at the wine store it seemed like a good purchase, “had not heard of the vineyard and had not heard of the varietal” two things I love about wine.

This wine is fantastic. The varietal was introduced into Chili from France in the 1800’s and has now developed into the only significant source of this uncommon varietal grape.

This is a rich concentrated red wine with deep purple and spicy aromas. With a hint of mint and wild herbs in the initial glass. It finishes with subtle vanilla and toasty flavors.

This definitely ranks as one of the best wines under $20 we have had in a very long time!

Check out their website at MontGras Winery

TheXPRT wine review rating 92 out of 100.



2009 Newton Cabernet Sauvignon Napa County Wine Review

Probably won’t be buying another of the 2009 Newton Cabernet, very plain. Had a mild beginning and a very mild end. Certainly was hoping for more.

Definitely has the blackberry and hint of currant at the end but not worth waiting for it.

Will pass on this one the next time around and you should too.

TheXPRT wine review rating – 75 out of 100.

The winery’s website http://www.newtonvineyard.com.



2009 Kirkland Signature Series Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

We purchased this wine at our local Costco for $19 assuming since it said Signature Series it would be good and we were right.

As noted on the bottle this wine has a great structure. You definitely can taste the black cherry and dark chocolate that lead to a great finish.

We will definitely will be purchasing another bottle of the Cabernet and look for others in the Signature Series line. Be sure and pick a bottle up if you see it in the store.

TheXPRT Wine Rating – 91 out of 100



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