Nov
16
2009
1

Rare Wine Company Heritage Madeira Boston Bual Special Reserve , 90 points

N.V. Rare Wine Company Heritage Madeira Boston Bual Special Reserve (Portugal, Madeira) Had this with dessert at Spaiggias in Chicago.  Very Interesting Maderia.  I found this to have a dynamic feel to it and a 4th dimension.  This was doing all kinds ...
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
1

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
17
2009
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Rusack Anacapa 2006, 90 points

2006 Rusack Anacapa (USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Barbara County) At Philip Wrigley's ranch on the north side of Avalon.  It is called El Rancho Escondido.  Found out they were secretly growing grapes there and sending them to Rusack in airplanes.  ...
Oct
15
2009
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Von Strasser Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Mountain 2004, 89 points

2004 Von Strasser Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Mountain (USA, California, Napa Valley, Diamond Mountain) Nice old world wine. The nose had blueberries and vanilla. Soft and velvety and this wine was going more toward a french Bordeaux  Deep purple on the color.  The ...
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
10
2009
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Darioush Cabernet Sauvignon 2006, 87 points

2006 Darioush Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley) At Steve's Steakhouse in Catalina with an 06 Darioush. The initial feel on this wine was mixed.  The nose had nice character with vanilla, cherry and cigar box.  Color was a darker purple.  Right ...
Oct
08
2009
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Testarossa Pinot Noir Sleepy Hollow 2007, 87 points

Testarossa Pinot Noir Sleepy Hollow (USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Lucia Highlands In California for a tasting. Opened an 07 Testarossa thinking it was going to be too young. Not so. You drink this right away as it was good right at opening. Nice complex ...
Oct
06
2009
0

Rudd Sauvignon Blanc 2007. 88 points

2007 Rudd Sauvignon Blanc (USA, California, Napa Valley) Nice color toward the golden range. Lots of pear and oak on the nose with some pineapple. Tropical, fresh and crisp.  The tannins are just right and give this oaky honey flavor just ...
Oct
05
2009
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Frank Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2006, 86 points

2006 Frank Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley) At the Casino in Avalon for a jazz concert and having the Frank Family Cab.  I was looking forward to this wine. The nose was kind of flat and subdued.  Not much ...
Oct
04
2009
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Schug Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2006, 88 points

2006 Schug Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast) Sipping this wine while at the Wrigley family private ranch on the back side of Catalina Island. Nice complex wine. Thin on color. Floral nose with some cinnamon and vanilla. ...
Oct
03
2009
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Morgan Pinot Noir Garys’ Vineyard 2006, 88 points

2006 Morgan Pinot Noir Garys' Vineyard (USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Lucia Highlands) Just had this wine while sitting on a bail of hay at a private jazz concert with Peter White on Catalina island. I think the full moon added to ...
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 ...

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