Oct
13
2010
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Surh Luchtel Cabernet Sauvignon Stagecoach Vineyard 2005, 90 points

2005 Surh Luchtel Cabernet Sauvignon Stagecoach Vineyard (USA, California, Napa Valley) Sweet oak and vanilla aromas jump out of the bottle upon opening, though the fruit characteristics are slow to emerge without ample aeration. Cedar dominates the nose, followed by hints of ...
Jun
07
2010
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Feudi di San Gregorio Serpico 2001, 89 points

2001 Feudi di San Gregorio Serpico Campania IGT (Italy, Campania, Campania IGT) Had this Serpico with some chicken catchatori and spinach ravioli. We decanted the wine for 30 minutes.  The nose was pleasant and kind of soft.  Had blackberries at first ...
May
17
2010
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Gaja Langhe Nebbiolo Sorì San Lorenzo 2001, 90 points

2001 Gaja Langhe Nebbiolo Sorì San Lorenzo (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Langhe DOC) Complex wine and had some nice old world characteristics but i was expecting more. The nose was pleasant with dusty earth, dark cherries a hint of blueberries and some ...
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
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
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
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 ...
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
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 ...

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