Apr
01
2009
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2004 Terlato Vineyards Dry Creek valley Syrah – 88 points

2004 Terlato Vineyards Dry Creek (USA, California, Napa Valley) I also tasted the 2003 Angels peak. I thought the 2003 needed more time.  Just tried the 2004 Dry Creek and felt this one was a little better than the Angels peak although ...
Mar
28
2009
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Domaine de Chevalier 2003, 88 points

2003 Domaine de Chevalier (France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan) Charred oak and coffee on the nose. Rich sweet blackish fruit on the palate with some slatey pencil notes. Has length. Initially seemed ready, but the tannin and acid soon enough came forward. Needs ...
Mar
13
2009
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Chateau Dauzac 2005, 88 points

2005 Chateau Dauzac (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux) Dark wine on the palate and somewhat boring. Medium bodied wine with floral, blackberry, and green pepper nose.  Little garden and greens on the nose.  Lots of acidity that hits the sides of the tongue ...
Mar
03
2009
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The Colonial Estate Emigre 2004, 91 points

2004 The Colonial Estate Emigre (Australia, South Australia, Barossa, Barossa Valley) Different than what I expected from Australia.  In a good way. Overall and explosion, loads of spice, molasses and sugar and cinnamon toast. Interesting wine and good quality.  The nose was ...
Jan
27
2009
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Vincent Arroyo Petite Syrah 2004, 87 points

Very dark purple color almost black. The nose was earthy. Lots of ripe, dark red fruits, with a dusty quality to it. This bottle drank exceptionally well but got much better overnight. Good complexity of blackberry, chocolate, and cream. It ...
Jan
15
2009
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Azzaro Vineyards Limited Reserve Zinfandel 2006 , 90 points

2006 Azzaro Vineyards Limited Reserve Zinfandel (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley) Big bold Zin.  Nice experience and a pleasant surprise.  I have never had this zinfandel before.  I am more of a fruity Napa Cabernet lover but this Zinfandel got my ...
Jan
07
2009
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Terlato Vineyards Angels’ Peak 2003, 89 points

2003 Terlato Vineyards Angels' Peak (USA, California, Napa Valley) Quality wine. Smooth and had good balance with medium complexity. I think the 2003 will round out in a few more years. The color was a dark purple.  The nose was more like a ...
Jan
01
2009
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Palazzo 2005, 90 points

2005 Palazzo (USA, California, Napa Valley) The best part of this wine is the nose.  Very complex dark fruits with oak and floral.  It was enjoyable sniffing and it lasted. Color was a medium purple.  The palate was good but not outstanding.  ...
Dec
12
2008
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Bennett Lane Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 – 88 points

2004 Bennett Lane Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley) Nose very dark and foggy. A little meaty and interesting and a step up from an everyday wine. A little minty on the tail end.  The palate was of good quality, this is ...
Dec
04
2008
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Two Hands Shiraz Gnarly Dudes 2005, 87 points

2005 Two Hands Shiraz Gnarly Dudes Australia, South Australia, Barossa, Barossa Valley Black olives and dark fruits on the nose.  Very strong jammy feel. The color is a deep solid purple.  The taste is jammy on the start and has the taste ...
Nov
13
2008
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Tenuta San Leonardo Merlot Villa Gresti 2003, 87 points

2003 Tenuta San Leonardo Merlot Villa Gresti (Italy, Trentino-Alto Adige) Had this wine at the Catalina Jazz fest a couple weeks ago and it was good but not great.  This wine was definitely more than a table wine, and was bordering ...
Nov
06
2008
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Opus One Overture 2001, 87 points

2001 Opus One Overture (USA, California, Napa Valley) Had the Opus little brother.  Definitely not Opus but I think Overture is a better value for 45 bucks than Opus is for 150.  The color of this wine was constant with Opus but ...
Oct
25
2008
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Tenute Silvio Nardi Brunello di Montalcino 2003, 86 points

Tenute Silvio Nardi Brunello di Montalcino (Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino) Had this wine out at the Catalina Jazz festival.  Color was medium dark purple and a little thin for a brunello.  The nose is complex and has some depth to ...
Sep
11
2008
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Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Reserve 2004, 89 points

2004 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Reserve (USA, California, Napa Valley) While very good upon popping the cork and you could tell it's only going to get better. The nose had old world all over it with notes of ...
Sep
07
2008
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1997 Chateau Lynch-Bages, 85 points

1997 Chateau Lynch Bages (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac) We were in a Bordeaux mood and tried this beside a 91 Chateau Mouton Rothschild. The 1997 was another tough year for Bordeaux, Parker rated it 83 and the 1991 78. I have ...

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