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12
2009
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Delectus Cabernet Sauvignon 1999, 87 points

Delectus Cabernet Sauvignon 1999 (USA, California, Napa Valley) Good wine but a touch overpriced at $60 per bottle.  The color was medium deep purple.  The nose was sharp and peppery with cigar and some bell pepper. This wine was sharp on the ...
Jan
04
2009
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Ladera Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain 2004, 91 points

2004 Ladera Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain (USA, California, Napa Valley, Howell Mountain) Soft and velvety with an explosion on the palate. Solid wine and is worth a try at 60 bucks a bottle.  Solid deep purple inky color. A few more ...
Dec
28
2008
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Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot 2004 , 90 points

2004 Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot (USA, California, Napa Valley) This Duckhorn Merlot 2004 was definitely more velvety and softer than the 05 and 03.  Nicely done on this one. Intense yet well balanced. Love the dark fruits and floral on the nose ...
Dec
14
2008
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E. Guigal Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2003, 89 points

2003 E. Guigal Châteauneuf-du-Pape (France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape) This wine was a little surprising in that it was one of the better rhones for the price. The nose had green pepper, cedar, cocoa, and a touch of floral lavender. Had a ...
Dec
10
2008
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Lancaster Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2005, 90 points

2005 Lancaster Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Sonoma County, Alexander Valley) This Lancaster was a serious contender.  Very solid and complex wine.  Strong earthy feel to it.  The color was deep purple hinting on brown.  The nose was very dark and ...
Dec
06
2008
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Sterling Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2001, 87 points

Medium color, off nose but good taste.  I'm not really a huge Sterling fan but the reserve is worth a try.  I found it a little off from a typical Cabernet in that it was more of a earthy and ...
Nov
01
2008
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Pahlmeyer Jayson 2004, 90 points

2004 Pahlmeyer Jayson (USA, California, Napa Valley) Nice wine overall right from the start. The Jayson Bordeaux bled red wine was dancing in every category. Although it is more of a new world red wine with a fruit explosion. The color was ...
Oct
30
2008
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ZD Reserve Pinot noir 2006 wine review, 88 points

2006 ZD Wines Pinot Noir Rosa Lee (USA, California, North Coast, Carneros) Tasted this Reserve Pinot Noir at the winery in Napa and this wine first hit me with "I want more." I felt it was a solid syrah and a better ...
Oct
10
2008
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Chateau Boswell Chardonnay Dutton Ranch/Sebastopol Vineyard 2005 – 88 points

2005 Château Boswell Chardonnay Dutton Ranch/Sebastopol Vineyard I'm not a huge chard fan but this wine was a good time. Has an old world feel to it and I feel overall this winery is all quality and produces nice tasting wines. ...
Sep
04
2008
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Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five 2004 – 87 points

Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five (USA, California, Napa Valley, Stags Leap District) This is a new world feeling wine with black fruits, berries with flowers, and chocolate. Rich and weighty on the palate with soft tannins and a touch of acidity. ...
Aug
26
2008
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Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2004, 88 points

2004 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley (USA, California, Napa Valley) 2004 was still a touch young but screamed of potential. A few more years and this Caymus will be right on. It was edging toward it's big brother Caymus Special select in ...
Aug
17
2008
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Chateau Branaire Duluc-Ducru 2004, 88 points

2004 Chateau Branaire (Duluc-Ducru) (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien) Decanted for about 30 minutes. Dark red color. Old world nose with floral and fruit. This Chateau Branaire wine tasting did not knock my socks off but it was balanced and a quality ...
Aug
14
2008
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Schramsberg Vineyards J Schram 2002 – 90 points

2002 Schramsberg Vineyards J Schram Schramsberg web site (USA, California, Napa Valley) I stopped in at the Schramsberg vineyards to do a wine tasting and a tour. I highly recommend a visit when in Napa Valley. Great tour of miles of caves ...
Aug
06
2008
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Duckhorn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2004, 86 points

1998 Duckhorn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley) Visited the winery in late June to do a tour and tasting. Deep red color. Strong nose of cedar, black currant and a hint of leather. Nose was more exciting than the palate. ...
Jul
29
2008
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2002 Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon Home Ranch, 89 points

2002 Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon Home Ranch (USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains) Deep purple in color with lots of Draper perfume. Good hints of cream and black currant, blackberry and blueberry on the nose. Liked this wine because it ...

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