Mike Supple Wine Reviews



 

 

2004 - Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet Proprietary Blend

Jan 12, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star
Dark purple/ruby core with a ruby rim. Fresh black cherry aromas backed by anise, cassis and a hint of spicy herbs. Easy entry on the palate with lush black cherry over wet stone, cassis and raspberry. Nice juicy finish.
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2005 - Poesia Pasodoble Proprietary Blend

Jan 09, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Dark ruby core with a lighter pink rim. Sweet blackberry and cherry aromas up front are surrounded by smoke, soy sauce, dried anise and a hint of barbeque ribs. Medium bodied in the mouth with ripe fruit flavors of blueberry, black cherry and raspberry. The tannins are fairly small and ripe, making this an approachable wine that is ready to drink (but with enough oomph to last another 2 - 4 years). Nice lingering finish with a touch of Good & Plenty candy licorice.
Argentina strikes again by bringing one of the best values to the wine world. A blend of 34% Cabernet Sauvignon (for red fruit and structure), 33% Malbec (for spice and acidity) and 33% Syrah (for rich, dark flavors and body). All this fruit and power needs balance to keep the wine from going over the top, and the acid in the Malbec does the trick.
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2007 - Delas Freres Cotes du Rhone St Esprit Proprietary Blend

Jan 09, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Intense, dark purple core with a ruby and purple rim. The aromas are bright and rich with plum and blackberry fruits surrounded by toasted hazelnut, a smack of white pepper and a hint of scorched earth. Fruity and lush on the palate with intense wild blueberry surrounded by earth and white pepper. Medium bodied with great balance of fruit, acid and tannins. This is an incredibly easy wine to drink with a velvety smooth feel and a long, lingering finish with a flair of vanilla.
Delas has done it again, hands down producing one of the best values from France in years! 2007 is an outstanding vintage for the Rhone, and this is an impressively complex wine that packs a ton of flavors. Despite the complexity, it is restrained enough to sip by itself or match up with all kinds of foods from cheeses to pastas to a big juicy burger. The Delas Cotes du Rhone is always a great wine, but they have clearly outdone themselves this year. Grab several bottles now to have on hand for yourself and to impress any winos that may be coming to dinner. (If you buy a bottle, drop me a line and I'll be there tomorrow!)
A blend of 75% Syrah and 25% Grenache. This just started to hit the country, so if you don't see it in your local shop right away, ask for it and come back. They make a lot, so there's plenty to go around!
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2007 - Smith Wines, W H Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Jan 09, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Medium ruby core with a lighter rim. Ripe black cherry and wild strawberry fruit aromas all surrounded by cooler notes of wet earth and spicy cola. Very round on the entry into the mouth; smooth and silky. Hints of game surround tons of ripe strawberry with a touch of charcoal and dark earth on the finish. Great balance making this an easy drinking, smooth Pinot all the way down. Finding value in Pinot seems to get harder every year, but W.H. Smith has put together a Sonoma Coast Pinot in 2007 that over delivers for your dollar. Made with grapes from four different vineyards in the Sonoma Coast, this is a fantastic bottle. At about half the price of W. H. Smith's single vineyard wines, this combines fruit and spice in an easy-to-drink, smooth, elegant and delicious wine. This also happens to be the perfect accompaniment to the foods on your table at Thanksgiving!
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2006 - R Wines Marquis Philips Roogle, Shiraz Syrah

Jan 09, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star
Dark ruby core with a lighter pinkish/garnet rim. Spicy and medicinal on the nose with some black fruits. Very fruity on the palate. A touch of heat leading to a jammy, somewhat cloying sweet spicy finish.
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2006 - Hijos de Juan Gil, Bodegas Juan Gil Proprietary Blend

Jan 09, 2009
1 star 1 star
Dark purple core with a pink rim. Cranberry, tea and blackberry aromas with a hint of sulfur and some toasty oak. Thin on the palate (in flavor) with rather big tannins. Burnt licorice and black fruit flavors. Finishes gummy.
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2007 - Prinz, Fred Hallgartener Jungfer Riesling Kabinett Riesling

Jan 09, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Pale lemon green in the glass. Ripe young apricot aromas with very fresh and light notes of lime, wet stone and cantaloupe. Nice sweet burst on the front of the palate that is quickly backed by great acid and a tart lemon rush. Very crisp with just a hint of sparkle showing how young it is. Nice minerality through to the finish with lots of sweet and sour lemon/lime. If you're not familiar with German Rieslings, go grab a bottle of this immediately and see what you're missing. It's the perfect pairing for Thanksgiving foods. Just a hint of sweetness to the wine works perfectly with the rich and sweet cranberry sauce, turkey, mashed potatoes, et al. It's important to note that this is not a heavy, sweet wine. The light sweetness on the front of the mouth is quickly balanced by acid, and this is a very crisp, refreshing and delicious
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2006 - Trapiche Broquel, Malbec Malbec

Jan 09, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Dark purple core with a fuchsia rim. Alluring, complex and spicy aromas of nutmeg, plum and black cherry around a hint of dark earth. Very easy entry on the palate. Plush and medium bodied with black cherry flavors accented by smoke, wet stone and blackberries. Medium acidity balancing out the rich fruit with a lingering dusty cocoa finish. Throw a rack of lamb on the grill (yes, buy some lamb at your local grocery store, it's delicious) and pour a tall glass of this wine. Rich, smooth and easy drinking with a good dose of spice and smoke makes this the perfect companion to grilled meats. A Portobello cheeseburger would stand up very well too, and the acid of the Malbec will cut right through the fat in the gooey swiss cheese that should be melting off it.
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2007 - Souverain, Chateau Chardonnay Chardonnay

Jan 09, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Medium lemon-green core with a bright, clear rim. Huge aromatics in the glass. Lots of ripe green and yellow pear with a tropical pineapple hint are all surrounded by plenty of toast, nutmeg and wet slate. Toasty on the front palate with lots of new oak and cream. A dense core of fruit reveals yellow apple, pear and bold lemon. Rich and full bodied with great acidity and a spicy nutmeg and cream finish. If you have $16 and love California Chardonnay then you simply don't need to look any further. Tons of ripe fruit and lots of great spicy oak. Easy to drink and sure to be a crowd pleaser in any social situation, making the recent release perfect timing for holiday gatherings.
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2005 - Petit Bocq  Bordeaux Blend

Jan 09, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Medium ruby core with a bright rim. Charcoal and slate aromas over dusty roses, rich black cherry and a spicy touch of eucalyptus. Big tannins from the front all the way through the back palate. Dark cherry, plum and cassis are underscored by smoky charcoal. Coffee lingers on the finish. Still young and evolving; could get even better with age. This is a blockbuster of a hidden gem that has managed to fly under the radar thus far. Complex enough to impress any Bordeaux connoisseur, yet priced right for just showing off in front of a few friends. A well made wine that is built to hold up for a while and will keep improving for a decade. Given the hype around the 2005 vintage for Bordeaux, many of the wines have skyrocketed in price, well beyond the value for what they deliver. Fortunately a few, like this one, remain accessible (for now...).
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9998 - Heidsieck Monopole NV Brut Blue Top Champagne Blend

Jan 09, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Golden yellow hues with lots of small to medium sized bubbles. Toasty and rich aromas with hints of caramel and biscuit around yellow apple, pear and a touch of lemon. Fresh and bright on the palate with a nice mix of toast and fruit. Apple fruit is surrounded by lighter toasty oak spices and a touch of white flowers, leading to a lingering hint of butterscotch on the finish. The perfect way to start any holiday party. Very balanced flavors make this easy to drink and a sure crowd pleaser for anyone who likes bubbly. Dry and crisp - perfect to drink before dinner, but with enough body to stand up to fish, shellfish, white meat and pastas with cream sauce. Heidsieck & Co Monopole is one of the oldest Champagne producers in France, and their decades of experience really come through in this well made and well priced (for traditional Champagne) bottle. A blend of approximately 70% Pinot Noir, 20% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Meunier.
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9998 - Schramsberg Mirabelle, Sparkling Rose Proprietary Blend

Jan 09, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
A pale salmon color in the glass, producing very pink foam. Strawberry and toast surrounded by yeast, coconut and gummy peach candy with a wild brine hint. Rich on the palate with aggressive mousse and nice bold acidity. Candied strawberries backed by dark raspberry lead to red delicious apples and a hint of caramel on the finish. There is no better New Year's resolution than to drink more sparkling wine - it is not only for special occasions! Finding a rose produced in the traditional method perfected in Champagne at this price is almost unheard of. A delicious, complex and rich sparkling wine that is, most importantly, affordable. 52% Chardonnay, 48% Pinot Noir.
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2005 - Passopisciaro  Nerello Mascalese

Jun 27, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Bold ruby red core with a slightly lighter ruby rim. Fresh aromas of raspberries, milk chocolate, orange zest with a touch of white flowers, dusty slate and caramel. Amazing entry and mouthfeel. Silky doesn't really even begin to describe it. Fantastic acidity is balanced very well by the fruit and ripe tannins. This wine has the smooth feel of a well-made Pinot Noir. Raspberry and cherry fruits with a touch of fresh anise, black truffle and orange zest. Long, smooth finish.
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2005 - Dona Paula Malbec Seleccion de Bodega Malbec

Stunning; and I've had a lot of Malbec!

Jun 27, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Black core with a vibrant purple and fuchsia rim. The nose overflows with creme de cassis, blueberry syrup, black cherries, sweet vanilla & cedar spice, all surrounded by lighter floral notes and a touch of sandalwood. The entry onto the palate is bright and fruit full of lush raspberries, red and black cherries over a hint of sweet tea, dark chocolate and cinnamon. Full bodied with round tannins that are very well integrated. This wine is young and will continue to improve for another 5 or so years, but it is beautiful now as well.
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2004 - Terrabianca Campaccio IGT Proprietary Blend

Mar 26, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Dark ruby on the core with a lighter pink rim. Sweet cocoa powder surrounds bright red cherries, plum and strawberries on the nose with a darker leather and dried mint note leading to a touch of sweet tobacco and blueberries. Very smooth entry on the palate. Round, ripe fruit tannins on the mid-palate. Good overall balance with black cherry, leather and truffle flavors backed by dark toasted oak. The wood tannins build on the back palate leading to a lingering finish of cherry and spicy vanilla."
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2002 - Fernandez, Alejandro El Vinculo Crianza Proprietary Blend

Mar 18, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Dark black and ruby in the core with a thinner pink rim. Plum, black cherries, sweet tobacco, mushroom and heavy black licorice on the nose. Smooth, with a lush entry and mouthfeel. Sweet dark plum and blueberry are supported by a nice touch of wet earth. There is a nice build of tannins and acid on the finish that would make this wine stand up very well to hearty, meaty dishes.14% ABV
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2002 - Colonial Estate, The Semillon Expatrie Semillon

Mar 18, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

Medium gold color with a bright rim. Rich aromas of yellow pear with a sweet beeswax and honey note around vanilla and lemon. Very round, mellow and approachable on the palate. Great balance of fruit and acidity. Lush pears and golden delicious apples with a hint of honeycomb. Long, lingering finish.13% ABV

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2006 - Marquis Philips Sarah's Blend Proprietary Blend

Mar 14, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Purple core with bright ruby notes in the rim. Brambly dark fruit aromas and bold earthy accents make this very rich and full of fruit. On the palate there is a hint of caramel coming in behind the dark fruits and spicy white pepper. Medium-bodied with good balance and a lot of rich, powerful fruit lead to a very long finish supported by the spice and touch of oak.
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2005 - Aromes de Pavie  Bordeaux Blend

Mar 12, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Dark ruby in the core, intense and almost black in the middle; bright ruby red rim. A full, rich nose of orange zest, blueberry, wet clay, black licorice, black cherries, cassis and a nice hint of slate. The palate entry is powerful: the fruits are impressively soft for such a young wine, and the bold ripe tannins build through the mid-palate. Blueberry and red cherry flavors circle around dark earthy notes. Starting to be approachable now, and should build in complexity over the next 5 - 7 years
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2006 - Panarroz Red Proprietary Blend

Mar 12, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Black and purple core with a raspberry red rim. Smoky on the nose with some bright rustic qualities; salty and briny like the beginning of a waning tide. The fruit is a little reductive, with aromas of baby powder, roses and black cherry underneath. Dark plum and cherry on the front palate with a metallic nickel and earthy note. Fairly high acidity and medium to full bodied. The briny aromas disappear completely on the palate, leaving the baby powder and thick jammy fruit
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