Jan
04
2010
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Vina Requingua Cabernet Sauvignon Toro de Piedra 2003, 86 points

2003 Vina Requingua Cabernet Sauvignon Toro de Piedra (Chile, Central Valley, Curico Valley) Boysenberry, black currant and cinnamon with red pepper on the nose.  Not much fruit on the palate.  This wine was more of an earthy dark wine.  It has some ...
Dec
08
2009
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Spellbound Petite Sirah Lodi 2006, 87 points

2006 Spellbound Petite Sirah Lodi (USA, California, Central Valley, Lodi) Nice deep nose of black olive, pipe tobacco and leather with hints of rose and darker fruits. Little inky, cloudy in color. The palate is full bodied and medium on the fruit ...
Oct
21
2009
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Parducci Pinot Noir 2005, 85 points

2005 Parducci Pinot Noir (USA, California) Very buttery with black currant and black licorice. Softer pinot on the start with a strong cigar finish. Getting a little lacquer on the finish. Worth a try for 10 bones a bottle.
Oct
19
2009
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Foris Merlot 2003, 85 points

2003 Foris Merlot (USA, Oregon, Southern Oregon, Rogue Valley) On American Airlines first class sipping this wine.  Chocolate and green pepper on the nose with a hint of sweet cherry. The palate is full flavored and well balanced with lilacs.  The floral ...
Oct
13
2009
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Rusack Sauvignon Blanc 2007, 89 points

Rusack Sauvignon Blanc (USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Ynez Valley) Great Nose of pear and pineapple.  The color is a light yellow.  The beginning on the palate is very fruity and the tannins are soft.  Good balance.  Long finish and a strong green ...
Oct
01
2009
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Murphy Goode Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 2004, 85 points

2004 Murphy-Goode Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley (USA, California, Sonoma County, Alexander Valley) Dark purple. Nose musty with currant, plum, vegetal  and strong stainless steel.  Palate is black fruits, mostly blackberry but the intense vegetable flavors like bell pepper and then chocolate ...
Sep
30
2009
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Buena Vista Pinot Noir Carneros 2006, 84 points

2006 Buena Vista Pinot Noir Carneros (USA, California, Sonoma County, Carneros) Ruby red color. A little diapery and musty smell on the nose with some minerals. Ripe cherry flavors with some light spice and earthy veggie notes. Little dark on the ...
Sep
16
2009
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Solaire Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2006, 88 points

2006 Solaire Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Central Coast)Better than I expected for a 20 dollar Mondavi wine.  Other than a few vintages of Opus One I am not a huge Mondavi fan. I feel that overall he is ...
Sep
03
2009
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Bravante Vineyards Trio 2005, 85 points

2005 Bravante Vineyards Trio (USA, California, Napa Valley, Howell Mountain) Nose is more on the veggies side with green pepper and spices.  Also some black olives and a little floral.  The nose is a little flat and not much fruit.  The palate ...
Jul
27
2009
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Fire Block Shiraz Old Vine 2004, 86 points

2004 Fire Block Shiraz Old Vine (Australia, South Australia, Mount Lofty Ranges, Clare Valley) Good dark color and a nice dirty nose.  However it stops there.  This wine was a best seller at Total Wine so I thought I would bring it ...
Jul
15
2009
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Montebelli Monteregio di Massa Maritima Fabula Riserva Vigneto dello Zampinaio 2006, 87 points

2006 Montebelli Monteregio di Massa Maritima Fabula Riserva Vigneto dello Zampinaio (Italy, Tuscany, Monteregio di Massa Maritima) The color on this wine was a bright ruby red, medium. The nose is veggies with green pepper prominent, a little cherry and cinnamon.  The ...
Jul
13
2009
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Masi Masianco 2007, 88 points

2007 Masi Masianco Venezie IGT (Italy, Veneto, Venezie IGT) Carmel color.  This wine sways more to a sparkling wine feel.  Kind of like a Blanc de Nois Schramsberg.  Good tang to this wine and the fruit is present but not overwhelming.  The ...
Jul
10
2009
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Caymus Conundrum White Wine 2007, 87 points

2007 Caymus Conundrum  White  Wine (USA, California) Medium golden color. Great bouquet of  banana, mango and apricot. The palate has good fruit, very vibrant; pears, papaya, very tropical on the mouthfeel.  Feels a little sugary.  It is a soft wine on the ...
Jun
29
2009
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San Luigi Chianti 2005, 89 points

2005 San Luigi Chianti (Italy, Tuscany, Chianti) Color was purple hinting on the brownish side.  The nose was very floral with lilacs, roses and with hints of red fruit.  Very nice smell to this wine and initially felt serene. The palate was ...
Jun
27
2009
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14 Hands Cabernet Sauvignon 2006, 86 points

2006 14 Hands Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, Washington) Loads of butter, cherry and vanilla on the nose as well as some dark berries. Nice start and could not wait to jump into the tasting. The color was a real deep violet. The palate ...

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