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08
2010
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Chateau Landat 2005, 86 points

2005 Chateau Landat (France, Bordeaux, Medoc, Haut-Medoc) Mild Bordeaux blend. Darker in color and almost non see through. Intense color. The nose has musty leather with Cinnamon walnuts and dark blackberries. The palate starts soft and the tannins light with dark fruit ...
Apr
05
2010
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Chateau Bois Redon 2005, 85 points

2006 Chateau Bois Redon (France, Bordeaux, Bordeaux Superieur) This is a soft mild Bordeaux.  The nose has red cherry, anisette and some soft floral hints.  I get a little industrial feel in the nose. The color is more pinkish than I would ...
Apr
03
2010
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Chateau La Jorine 2006, 86 points

2006 Chateau La Jorine (France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Lussac-St. Emilion) Ruby Red color and hinging on some purple. Flower freshness on the nose. Kind of a carnation nose with a little green pepper.  I also get strong baby wipes on the nose.  Blackberry ...
Mar
25
2010
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Masi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Costasera 2005, 91 points

2005 Masi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Costasera (Italy, Veneto, Valpolicella, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico) Nice wine.  Balanced and quality.  The nose has vanilla and dark cherry. The palate has plum, dark red cherries with nice oak and black licorice.  Good solid transition ...
Mar
16
2010
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Sierra Vista Merlot Estate Bottled 2005, 88 points – Reserve

2005 Sierra Vista Merlot Estate Bottled - Reserve (USA, California, Sierra Foothills, El Dorado County) Very different Merlot.  Not a typical fruity Napa feel.  This Merlot is a softer more earthy feel.  The nose has cucumber, rose stems and a little baby ...
Mar
06
2010
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Antica (Antinori) Cabernet Sauvignon 2006, 90 points

2006 Antica (Antinori) Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley, Atlas Peak) Very soft but powerful wine. This Napa (Italian) Cabernet had some nice old world qualities to it. It was not overpowering with fruit like the big bold Napa cabs.  It had ...
Mar
04
2010
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Sierra Vista Cabernet Sauvignon El Dorado Estate Bottled 2005, 87 points

2005 Sierra Vista Cabernet Sauvignon El Dorado Estate Bottled (USA, California, Sierra Foothills, El Dorado) The nose is a little hot with alcohol on opening but it has some nice characteristics of walnuts, raisins, cinnamon and some anisette.  The nose reminds me ...
Feb
11
2010
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Beaucanon Cabernet Franc 2005, 86 points

2005 Beaucanon Cabernet Franc (USA, California, Napa Valley) The color is almost black. The nose has aromas that are dark and rich; black and blueberry fruit, cocoa, smoky tea and toasty oak. Definitely needs decanting and seems young. The palate was all over ...
Feb
06
2010
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Wilson Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon The Crusher Wilson Vineyard 2009, 89 points

2008 Wilson Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon The Crusher Wilson Vineyard (USA, California, Central Valley, Clarksburg) Went to The Capital Grille in Orlando with my friend Tom Beal.  Some amazing customer service there.  More on that after the wine.  We had the Wilson Vineyard ...
Feb
03
2010
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The Crossings Pinot Noir 2008, 86 points

2008 The Crossings Pinot Noir (New Zealand, South Island, Marlborough, Awatere Valley) Went to Smith & Wollensky and had this Pinot Noir. This is a new Zealand pinot. I felt this wine just just ok, but please read on. The color was ...
Jan
28
2010
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Sanford Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills – Sta. Rita Hills 2006, 88 points

Sanford Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills - Sta. Rita Hills (USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Rita Hills - Sta. Rita Hills) Had this wine at Blue Sea in the MGM Grand. This pinot went very well with some caviar on my ...
Jan
23
2010
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Betz Family Cabernet Sauvignon Père de Famille, 88 points

2006 Betz Family Cabernet Sauvignon Père de Famille (USA, Washington, Columbia Valley) Drank right at opening. Light purple and brownish on the edge. The nose was chocolate ganache and raspberries with vanilla and cedar. The nose petered away in about 20 min. ...
Jan
15
2010
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Chateau Changyu-Castel Cabernet Germischt 2003, 88 points

2003 Chateau Changyu-Castel Co. Ltd Beiyujia vineyard, Shandong Province (China, Yantai) A friend suggested this China Cabernet Germischt. I questioned it at first, but I was surprised. The color is a bright ruby red. Nice Bordeaux nose of black pepper, green peppers ...
Jan
11
2010
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Chateau Montet Cuvee Prestige 2003, 87 points

2003 Chateau Montet Cuvee Prestige (France, Bordeaux, Bordeaux Supérieur) Earthy wine.  The color is a dirty ruby red.  Typical bordeaux.  The nose has a nice floral undertone with black pepper and dark cherry.  I like the nose. Blackberry on the palate with ...
Jan
06
2010
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Allegrini La Grola Veronese IGT 2005, 87 points

2005 Allegrini La Grola Veronese IGT (Italy, Veneto, Veronese IGT) Inky in color. The nose had cedar, blackberry and violet.  This amarone was definitely more of a food wine and not a straight drinking wine.  It was balanced but not very lively.  ...

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