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Continuing the write-up of Wine Blogging Wednesday #7.

We couldn't have a Wine Blogging Wednesday without a contribution from Lenn (the originator of this blog-happening). On his Lenndevours website he enthuses about the Canning Daughters Blaufrankish 2002, Long Island, New York noting how the 'wine's aromas are beyond unique and inviting' and going on to say how he 'really, REALLY enjoy this wine. In fact,' he says, 'we joined their wine club largely to have access to the 178 cases made, since most of last year's release sold out just to club members.' Sadly Long Island wines are as scarce as hen's teeth in the UK so I doubt I will ever get to try this marvel.

Another Blaufrankish was put forward by the Confabulist the TFXTa�kira Blaufr�nkish 2002 hails from Austria and was 'full of bing cherries and unfamiliar fruits. Nice, food-friendly acids, but this wine can't be described as "tart". This is good, as I have a limited tolerance for "tart" wines.'

But Orion the Confabulist's second wine did not go down too well as it had a finish which was 'like licking sandpaper. I kid you not. We're talking 150 grit tannins here.'

The hugely popular Vivi's Wine Journal also embraces the theme with gusto and provided our only Spanish wine - Solanera Monastrell 2002, Yecla, Spain. As many will know Monastrell is the Spanish name for Mourvedre (which just happens to be one of my favourite varieties). They thought the wine had a 'beautiful chocolate strawberry nose that reminds you of those great chocolate shops where the proprietors dip strawberries right in front of the window to attract customers.' Their chum Serge popped in with the thumbs up stating this wine is now 'Our new choice for every day wine.' This must be on all our must-try lists after these recommendations!

A second wine from the Journal sees us back in Italy with Planeta Santa Cecilia, 2002, Sicily, Italy. 'Perfect example of Nero D'Avola at it's best.'

Basic Juice - screen shot of his WBW entryBill Wilson was another early contributor. Via his site we have the Ridge Carignane, Buchignani Ranch, 2000 'This wine was juicy, bright, full of fruit flavors, with a healthy dose of tannins to keep it all in check.' and, boosting the American entrants still further the Bonny Doon Il Circo Montelpulciano 'Il Domatore di Leoni 2002, California. This they describe as 'big. Really big. It is more along the lines of a dark, brooding Syrah than anything else. The good folks at Bonny Doon say that the wine "reveals a still burly core of juicy, peppery, licorice fruit." I didn't pick up the licorice, but there's no doubt that this wine is juicy and peppery. At $12.00 MSRP, it's a steal, and it comes with a Stelvin enclosure so there should be no risk of tainted corks.' Sounds superb for the price. You can read about these via these two links - here and here

A fascinating entry from 'first time participant' The Caveman. Christian Chaussard Patapon 2002, Loire, France is a blend of Chenin Noir aka Pineau d'Aunis with a splash of Gamay. He writes 'is a black berried grape grown mostly in the Anjou-Saumur area of the Eastern Loire. Apparently it is being pulled up in favor of Cabernet Franc, so leave it to the Vin Nature gang to recognize its worth and exploit its potential. Served slightly chilled, it has Gamay style fruit but with soft tannins and a spicier finish. A shame there is no picture of the label 'label befits the wine like no label I have ever seen; the scribbled name 'Patapon' and a drawing of this disturbing 'Jack Nicholsonesque' smiling clown.

One illustrated entry was provided by Becks and Posh. I cant possibly describe the post � you just have to go over and read about Fritz! (Fritz Carignane, 2002, Mendocino County, California).

We find Potential Gold living in Italy; his choice is made from the Teroldego grape. Foradori Granato 1998, Italy. was 'very soft and velvety in the mouth with a balanced taste although without food, maybe a bit on the acidic side.'

It is back across the Atlantic for Derricks entry via Obsession With Food. The variety is a terribly obscure 'oddball' Cynthiana aka Norton. Derrick writes that the Augusta Winery Cynthiana, 2000, Missouri has �soft tannins and a modest acidity, with flavors that briefly suggest dusty vanilla and raspberries before being swept away by the taste of cooked beef which is in turn masked by a long finish of hickory smoke.� Another wine I am unlikely to find down my local Tescos!

I selected a Greek wine for my entry. I almost purchased the same wine as Basic Juice - Boutari Naoussa 2002, Macedonia, Greece. While it might have been fun to compare our notes I still feel underwhelmed by the wines emanating from Greece. Despite the likes of Oddbins in the UK championing the country they fail to excite me I am afraid. Beau, at Basic Juice, had trouble matching the Xinomavro grape with food 'this wine was tasty by itself, but was obstinate when it came to food pairing. I imagine it could handle grilled chicken or something of the like. Think of it as a simple Beaujolais minus the brambly quality.' Perhaps I was better off in the end with my Creta Olympias Mirambelo, 2002, Crete although I didn't really rate it very highly.

I have just noticed how long this post is turning out to be - there will just have to be a Part 3 as I still have six websites to report on!
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