Jun
24
2009
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Greg Norman Estates Cabernet-Merlot 2006, 88 points

2006 Greg Norman Estates Cabernet-Merlot (Australia, South Australia, Limestone Coast) Blackberry and very soft on the nose.  You can tell the tannins are present in the smell. The palate is velvety and balanced.  Softer on the start though.  Not a bang.  Has ...
Jun
22
2009
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Tintara Shiraz 2005, 90 points

2005 Tintara Shiraz (Australia, South Australia, Fleurieu, McLaren Vale) In Redondo Beach LA for meetings and ate at Baleen in the Portofino hotel.  Great meal and had the Tinara Shiraz in a flight of 4.  This one was clearly the best with ...
May
07
2009
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Concannon Vineyard Petite Sirah Limited Release 2004, 85 points

2004 Concannon Vineyard Petite Sirah Limited Release  (USA, California, Central Coast) Color was very deep red/purple.  Can't even see through it.  The nose at open had blackberry,  a little cherry and alcohol, and a very unique smell that smells like a perm ...
May
05
2009
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Charles Shaw Cabernet Sauvignon 2004, 83 points

2004 Charles Shaw Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California) A good friend asked me to rate this wine.  2-buck-chuck as they call it, it was very industrial.  Overall not much character.  The nose had lots of cherry and chocolate but it was hinting toward ...
Apr
14
2009
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Red Rock Merlot 2005, 82 points

Red Rock Merlot 2005,  82 points Simple would be the word for this wine. Definitely not overbearing.  I'm being sarcastic because this is by far a table wine at best.  New world, tank feel. The nose has cedar, plum, with some ...
Apr
12
2009
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McManis Family Vineyards Merlot 2007, 85 points

McManis Family Vineyards Merlot (USA, California) The color was a thin light purple.  The nose was just ok with darker fruits and tobacco.  The alcohol was very prevalent.  This wine was very short with just a little fruit on the palate, cherry ...
Apr
09
2009
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Beringer Stone Cellars Merlot 2006 – 86 points

2006 Beringer Stone Cellars Merlot (USA, California, Napa Valley) Not bad for 8 bones. This wine had some depth to it, but overall it was not dynamic or exciting.  Got hints of sour cherry and darker fruits on the start.  The nose ...
Jan
08
2009
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Napa Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 , 88 points

2004 Napa Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley) Wow this was a surprise based on the price.  This Napa Cellars Cabernet is way under priced.  You can buy from their site at $29.00 but in my opinion this is a ...
Jan
03
2009
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Markham Pinot Noir 2007, 85 points

2007 Markham Pinot Noir (USA, California, Napa Valley) This wine was uneventful.  Nice nose that is edgy and crisp with carnation and butter. The color is a dark garnet.  The start is boring and quickly transitions with a hard edge to the mid ...
Dec
08
2008
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Jakes Fault Winery Shiraz 2005, 85 points

2005 Jakes Fault Winery Shiraz (USA, California, Sonoma County) I try and try on the 10 dollar wines but very rare to hit one.  This wine was no different.  This wine is very industrial to me and feels fake.  The nose ...
Dec
01
2008
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Rutherford Hill Merlot 2003, 86 points

2003 Rutherford Hill Merlot (USA, California, Napa Valley) Veggies throughout.  Deep purple in color and the color and body is decent.  The nose has loads of green pepper, black olive, plum and dark fruits.  The nose is better than the palate.  This ...
Nov
20
2008
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Qupé Syrah Central Coast 2004, 86 points

2004 Qupé Syrah Central Coast   (USA, California, Central Coast) Ordered this Qupe Syrah in a tasting flight at a restaurant. The color was a typical Syrah. Dark in color with a touch of bright red around the edges. The nose was ...
Oct
21
2008
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Rosenblum Cellars Zinfandel Appellation Series San Francisco Bay 2004 , 88 points

2004 Rosenblum Cellars Zinfandel Appellation Series San Francisco Bay (USA, California, San Francisco Bay) Very enjoyable nose.  Plum, pear, strong musty ceder and black pepper.  Color is deep purple hinting on brown.  The palate is together and has a little hot bang ...
Oct
15
2008
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Alvaro Palacios Priorat Les Terrasses 2004 – 89 points

2004 Alvaro Palacios Priorat Les Terrasses (Spain, Catalunya, Priorat) The nose has smoke, herbs, dark cherries and tobacco with some vanilla. Very deep purple in color. Balanced acidity. Smooth mouth feel. Seems a little smother a couple hours into the opening. The ...
Sep
29
2008
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J. Lohr Cabernet Sauvignon Seven Oaks 2006, 87 points

2006 J. Lohr Cabernet Sauvignon Seven Oaks (USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles) Nice color, deep purple.  The nose was enjoyable big black berries with cedar, green peppers and black pepper.  The palate was a little hot and a dryer wine ...

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