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2009
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Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery Secolo, 86 points

2006 Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery Secolo  (USA, California, Sonoma County) Not a bad blend for 30 bucks. It's a blend of Cab Sav, Merlot, Cab Frank, Melbac, PV, and a little PS.  Color was a deep garnet color. The nose of ...
Dec
10
2009
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Chateau Boswell releases the 2007 Napa Cabernet, 93+ points

The new release 2007 Chateau Boswell Napa Cabernet. This Cabernet has been rated "Classic 96" points. I visited and did a tasting at this producers and I can say I totally agree with that rating. This wine is ...
Dec
08
2009
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Spellbound Petite Sirah Lodi 2006, 87 points

2006 Spellbound Petite Sirah Lodi (USA, California, Central Valley, Lodi) Nice deep nose of black olive, pipe tobacco and leather with hints of rose and darker fruits. Little inky, cloudy in color. The palate is full bodied and medium on the fruit ...
Dec
06
2009
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Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon Bosché Vineyard 2002, 89 points

2002 Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon Bosché Vineyard (USA, California, Napa Valley) The nose has dark fruits,cedar and floral scents. Very nice and was hinting toward old world. Decanted for 30 minutes and the dark fruits started to come out much more than ...
Nov
30
2009
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Neyers Zinfandel High Valley Vineyards 2006, 88 points

2006 Neyers Zinfandel High Valley Vineyards (USA, California, Napa Valley) Deep purple and more like a Cabernet. The nose has strong black currant, plum, green pepper and a little strong on the alcohol. Nice velvety zinfandel with a dark side. Lots of ...
Nov
26
2009
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Chateau Potelle Chardonnay VGS Mt. Veeder 1996, 86 points

1996 Chateau Potelle Chardonnay VGS Mt. Veeder (USA, California, Napa Valley, Mt. Veeder) Beautiful golden color hinting on bright yellow. The nose has lemon peel, melon and anisette.  The palate is a little hot and not real long.  Very jumpy for a ...
Nov
16
2009
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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 ...
Nov
08
2009
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Schramsberg Blanc De Noirs, 87 points

Almost clear in color with hints of cream.  Creamy taste with a hint of Carmel and vanilla.  Not as dry as the brut.  A little dark on the after taste.  The finish is short.  A nutty toasty offering with pronounced ...
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
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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 ...

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