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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
25
2010
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Dow Porto Late Bottled Vintage 1963, 94 points

1963 Dow Porto Late Bottled Vintage (Portugal, Douro, Porto) A very rich ruby color. On the nose complex and with great purity of style. Intense fruit aromas, are complemented with hints of spices and violets. On the palate fresh and balanced, ...
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
09
2010
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Ramey Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2007, 90 points

2007 Ramey Chardonnay Russian River Valley (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley) I enjoyed this wine very much and the experience was different.  The color was a nice golden yellow.  The nose had green apple, pear and some pineapple and mellon.  ...
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.  ...
Jan
04
2010
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Vina Requingua Cabernet Sauvignon Toro de Piedra 2003, 86 points

2003 Vina Requingua Cabernet Sauvignon Toro de Piedra (Chile, Central Valley, Curico Valley) Boysenberry, black currant and cinnamon with red pepper on the nose.  Not much fruit on the palate.  This wine was more of an earthy dark wine.  It has some ...
Jan
01
2010
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Inniskillin Vidal Sparkling Icewine 2007, 90 points

2007 Inniskillin Vidal Sparkling Icewine (Canada, Ontario, Niagara Peninsula, Niagara Peninsula VQA) Went to Capital Grille in Boca Raton to have desert and wine.  Decided on the Inniskillin Vidal Sparkling ice wine. I've never had the sparkling version of the vidal before.  $135 for ...
Dec
30
2009
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Fisher Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Unity 2006, 89 points

Fisher Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Unity (USA, California, Napa Valley) At the Capital Grille in Boca Raton for dinner and had this great Cab. The nose was very pleasant and soft with butter, caramel and a soft cherry. The palate was a very subdued with ...
Dec
25
2009
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La Sirena Moscato Azul 2008, 87 points

2008 La Sirena Moscato Azul (USA, California, Napa Valley) Highly rated from my friend Gary Vaynerchuk so I wanted to try. The 2008 Moscato is a little over rated thus far to me. The color is almost clear with a hint ...
Dec
21
2009
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Giuseppe Quintarelli Amarone della Valpolicella 1998, 97 points

1998 Giuseppe Quintarelli Amarone della Valpolicella (Italy, Veneto, Valpolicella, Amarone della Valpolicella) Flawless outstanding producer. I opened this wine up by accident and then went to my list to find it was about 450 bucks a bottle. Well... the good thing ...
Dec
18
2009
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WOW! Staglin Family Cabernet Sauvignon Estate 2004, 94 points…

2004 Staglin Family Cabernet Sauvignon Estate (USA, California, Napa Valley, Rutherford) At the Ritz Carlton in Las Vegas with my friend Spike.  We are sipping this Staglin overlooking the beautiful Lake Las Vegas which adds to the great experience. This 2004 Staglin ...
Dec
16
2009
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Michael-David Cabernet Sauvignon Rapture, 90 points

2004 Michael-David Cabernet Sauvignon Rapture (USA, California, Central Valley, Lodi) Veggies on the nose with sour cherries, burnt log and cocoa.  Great deep purple color.  The palate is huge in complexity with chocolate, plum, cherries, and a good dose of cedar.  ...

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