Wine Reviews

Passopisciaro Franchetti Sicily 2005

Esbrown posted a review:

Last but not least was the 2005 Passopisciaro Franchetti. A blend of Petite Verdot and Cesanese, as far as I am concerned this is the benchmark for Sicilian wines. Too often wine lovers think of Sicily and immediately think Nero d’Avola, but here is proof that incredible things can be created from this jewel of an isle. Dark and brooding, yet lithe and elegant, this wine seemed to provide a new sensation at every turn. Aromas of blueberries and blackberry jam wafted from the glass with ease and determination. The palate was rich and complex, with notes of fresh black raspberries, an earthen grip and a little barrel spice on the finish. There were plenty of tannins on the very long finish, but already they were well-integrated and chewy despite the very young age of this masterpiece.

Rating: 4.60 / 5.00
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Passopisciaro Sicily 2005

Esbrown posted a review:

The 2005 Passopisciaro was crafted from 60-100 year-old Nerello Mascalese vines that are grown at very high elevations. This indigenous grape variety is like an uncut gem just waiting for the masterful hand of Mr. Franchetti to hone it and reveal its true brilliance. The wine and the estate derive their name from local town, which in turn received its name for the local fish-monger’s road Similar in weight to a Pinot Noir, the wine opened with a rush of red cherry and orange blossom on the nose followed by deeper more ethereal notes of dry earth and a gamey, animal note. The palate was as smooth as silk and seemed to caress my cheeks with gentle tannins not unlike the sort found in a well-aged Bordeaux. Full and present, but not obtrusive, this is is an amazing and thought-provoking wine.

Rating: 4.35 / 5.00
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Tenuta di Trinoro Tuscany 2006

Esbrown posted a review:

I was lucky enough to sample the 2005 Tenuta di Trinoro about a year ago and I found it to be amazing. The 2006 Tenuta di Trinoro may be even better! A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petite Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon, this is as close as heaven and Bordeaux can get to southern Tuscany. A rich frame of power, tannin and grace was given flesh by a sea of dark fruits, earthen spices and a touch of mineral nuance. The aromas positively leapt from the glass, and the finish went on for what seemed like an eternity. Truly an extraordinary wine.

Rating: 4.40 / 5.00
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Tenuta di Trinoro Le Cupole Tuscany 2005

Esbrown posted a review:

Starting with the 2005 Tenuta di Trinoro Le Cupole, which is a blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot with splashes of Cesanese, Petite Verdot and Uva de Troia. Though technically the second wine of Trinoro, this is a first-rate Tuscan red. The Cabernet Franc provides a haunting perfume on the nose that swings from blackberry essence to violets and finishes with hints of mocha and dark earth. The palate is rich, round, plush and more concentrated than most anything else hailing from Tuscany, but it stays light on the tongue with a balance of natural acidity on the finish.

Rating: 4.00 / 5.00
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Passopisciaro Guardiola Sicily 2007

Esbrown posted a review:

This was a Chardonnay unlike any other I have ever sampled. Incredible waves of pineapple, peaches and mandarin orange crashed against my palate with a richness that begged for attention. At first I feared the wine might be too much show and not enough substance, but nuances of white flowers, salty minerality and a crisp finish proved that this is a wine of immense quality and depth, and not just another Chardonnay show-pony. It helps that it is truly a unique wine grown on a volcano out of ancient lava. Pretty cool, indeed.

Rating: 4.35 / 5.00
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La Spinetta Moscato d’Asti Biancospina 2005

G8ergal posted a review:

I really like this wine, too. It is very tasty and a great Moscato d’Asti. I tasted the fruity notes the previous reviewer stated. I bought it on sale for $15.99 at a wine warehouse in my city, but they guarantee to have prices under retail. Try it if you like Moscato’s, it’s a good one.

Rating: 4.15 / 5.00
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Rose Bank Winery

1 of 5 stars – The wines on offer are almost uniformly terrible. What’s worse is, by contractual agreement, one is restricted to serving only wines of the Rose Bank label at events hosted at the winery. The contract for renting the facilities also indicates that arrangements may be made to have Rose Bank obtain permits from Newtown Township for tents and canopies. However, after the contract was signed, the proprietor of the winery contradicted the terms of the contract by stating that permits aren’t needed because they no longer allow tents or canopies! When this obvious contradiction of terms was brought to his attention, he couldn’t have been more unhelpful, and he made no attempt at offering an explanation for this sudden, and gross, breach of contract.

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Jelly Roll Syrah Santa Ynez Valley 2006

Chateaume posted a review:

If you like a Syrah that might just bite you back well then I have the perfect wine…Oh yeah it’s Jelly Roll as in, “Jelly Roll Morton”. The wine maker Jim Knight loves Jazz or so I am guessing… The aromas jump out of the glass ready to send you into a state of a total animalistic orgasmic state from which it is so sad to return. Black ripe earth brings you in as you do the same to it. You become one in this berry festival that is now your mouth….Drink up young warriors for this will be the day you fight! Oh my I think I went overboard, oh well just try it and see what I mean. With a steak!

Rating: 4.40 / 5.00
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Gelisi Antonio

3 of 5 stars -

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Penley Estate “Phoenix” Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

I noticed that Penley Estate’s “Phoenix” Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 has been getting some good press as a great value for money red with a little cellaring potential in its back pocket. Armed with this information I picked up a bottle to review at the thrifty price of $17. Very drinkable for a young cabernet, showing aromas [...]

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Auto Glass Replace or Repair?

So where do I start? How about the basics. You already know them? Tough luck. I was a teacher in a previous birth. We always start with the basics. That’s how we teachers roll.

Odds are you own a motor vehicle. If you don’t, you reading this is pretty pointless. The windshield was conceptualized to protect the drivers. With more modern and sporty vehicles, it was designed to add to the vehicles aerodynamics. Auto glass used to be made with simply window glass. Surprise, surprise, that wasn’t a good idea. This led to the development of the material itself. Then came toughened window glass, laminated glass and finally laminated safety glass. What is laminated safety glass? Just safety glass laminated( it’s simple English man) bonded onto the frame of the vehicle. They also absorb most of the UV rays which pass through. There are slight variations to the this standard. Motorbikes use high impact acrylic plastic. What is that you ask? Fancy see through plastic (polymer for all the o-chem nerds out there).

Now that we’ve the boring stuff that out of the way, it’s time to get to the subject at hand. You need information on auto glass replacement and auto glass repair. There’s a difference? Yes, there is. There are limits to damage and the extent of damage which can be repaired. There is a threshold which the auto glass can withstand. As long as the windshield is within this threshold, it is considered that to repair this would be not unsafe.

So what is this threshold that I keep speaking of? I am sorry if I built it up but, really, there isn’t much science to it. It is all intuition. Most safety associations and organized associations agree that stone damage can be successfully repaired. Linear crevices, circular bulls-eye star shaped crevices and all kinds of combinations of the above, in twos or in threes ( I am no mathematician or anything of the sort).

So what are the things you should factor in while choosing auto glass repair over auto glass replacement? As I’ve pointed out, extent of damage is a factor. Money obviously is (we’ll get to that later). If you plan on doing it yourself, then one other factor comes into play-how easy is replacing a windshield to repairing one. Let me shoot that down right away before you get your hopes up for the cheapest fix ever. I’d highly recommend you not do it yourself at your garage and get it done by professionals. The odds of you owning one of the specialist tools to get a windshield repaired are lesser than that of you winning the lottery (the most clichéd comparison, I know, I know. But I can’t help it. I genuinely believe there is not a single person on the planet who does not want to win the lottery). Modern day windshield repair technology is amazing (yes that is a field of technology). There are people who can repair up to a sixteen inch long crevice.
So you think you can replace the windshield yourself? Though luck again. bonding the windshield back to the frame is a very very very very cumbersome job (I repeat for emphasis). Let’s just assume that you have somehow managed to handle the windshield without dropping it. You should now bond it to the frame which can be deemed safe by safety authorities and regulatory bodies. There are specific quality checks (SDAT and MDAT to name a couple) which are very difficult for amateurs to pass. It would be so much better (and safer) if you just leave it to the professionals.

Now the big question. Money. First and foremost, auto glass Memphis is almost always insured along with your automobile. In the case that it is not, you will have to ask yourself the big question-how much are you willing to part ways with your hard-earned money for your safety? I know the question sounds stupid, but trust me when I say this, there have been so many hours of contemplation over this.

Long story short, you are (absolutely) advised to get it fixed at a workshop or done by professionals. Too lazy? Don’t blame you. So am I. mobile auto glass repair! They will come to your house, or wherever you need them to come to, and take care of it for you. As simple as that! Make sure the vehicle is under shelter so that they can avoid any inclement weather.

You simply cannot put a price on safety my friend.

by: Edward Quincy – Auto Glass Installer at http://www.autoglass-atlanta.com