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The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey 2009 Reserve Merlot

Experience One with The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey was memorable for the wrong reasons (evaluating a sweet, tasting room wines just isn’t my thing). So it was a pleasant surprise during my first visit to the gorgeous Canon City winery to learn that this style of red as just the toasting on an oak stave, so to speak.

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Desert Moon Vineyards 2009 Shiver

Here’s the deal. Usually, when a wine is done in a short-cut style of a tradition, it’s not as good. Carbonated sparkling wine compared to the stuff done in Champagne method, for example. So it was with a little apprehension that I tasted the Shiver from Desert Moon Vineyards in Centennial.

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Bookcliff Vineyards 2009 Petite Sirah

The tragic thing about this review is the timing. It took us too long to get our hands on a bottle of the Bookcliff Vineyards 2009 Petit Sirah. So we are about to tell you about a great wine that is pretty much sold out.

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Gruet Winery Brut Rosé (NV)

There’s just something so lovely about a classically made brut rosé. It screams summer. For those who don’t know their sparkling wine terms, brut is the second driest classification. So there’s usually just a touch of residual sugar in the bottle you just popped.

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Canyon Wind Cellars 2006 Merlot

When you taste a 2006 Colorado wine and it still feels young, a giddiness takes over. A wine meant to last? It’s such a rarity in the local business (which is not necessarily a bad thing; most wines should be made to drink within a few years of bottling) and showcases the potential for true, [...]

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Alfred Eames Cellars 2008 Carmena

It’s not easy introducing new grapes to the market. Consumers love their Cabernet (Sauvignon), Merlot and Chardonnay even if those grapes aren’t always perfect for the regions they come from. Carmine is a grape that was formed by crossing Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Carignane. It was thought to be an alternative for California vintners on [...]

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Boulder Creek Winery 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon

If I were to ask Jackie Thompson to name one wine she could not live without, my guess is she would say a Bordeaux. That’s just a hunch based on more than a few tastings of her Boulder Creek Winery wines. She loves the grapes from one of the most famous wine regions in the [...]

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Snowy Peaks 2008 Orange Muscat

The family of grapes that is Muscat is considered to be the oldest domesticated grape varietal. That conclusion comes from its incredible diversity of styles grown all over the world. It’s a truly diverse and surprising grape, regardless of form, and Colorado is certainly getting to know it pretty well. The Muscats lend themselves to [...]

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Two Rivers Winery 2007 Vintner’s Blend

When a bottle of wine carries a label such as vintner’s blend, the assumption is the wine is a top-rate mix of the best juice available from that vintage, according to the winemaker. So it should be good. That theory goes only as far as the talents of said vintner. Well, we are starting to [...]

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Boulder Creek Winery 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon

There’s something about a top-rate Cabernet Sauvignon that can take wine drinking to an entire new level. It has flavors that linger and layers that confuse and excite. In California, one need not look much further than a well-respected producer to find such an example. In Colorado, it’s not that easy. There are plenty of [...]

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