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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
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
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
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 ...
Jul
27
2009
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Fire Block Shiraz Old Vine 2004, 86 points

2004 Fire Block Shiraz Old Vine (Australia, South Australia, Mount Lofty Ranges, Clare Valley) Good dark color and a nice dirty nose.  However it stops there.  This wine was a best seller at Total Wine so I thought I would bring it ...
Jul
15
2009
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Montebelli Monteregio di Massa Maritima Fabula Riserva Vigneto dello Zampinaio 2006, 87 points

2006 Montebelli Monteregio di Massa Maritima Fabula Riserva Vigneto dello Zampinaio (Italy, Tuscany, Monteregio di Massa Maritima) The color on this wine was a bright ruby red, medium. The nose is veggies with green pepper prominent, a little cherry and cinnamon.  The ...
Mar
28
2009
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Domaine de Chevalier 2003, 88 points

2003 Domaine de Chevalier (France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan) Charred oak and coffee on the nose. Rich sweet blackish fruit on the palate with some slatey pencil notes. Has length. Initially seemed ready, but the tannin and acid soon enough came forward. Needs ...
Jan
08
2009
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Napa Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 , 88 points

2004 Napa Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley) Wow this was a surprise based on the price.  This Napa Cellars Cabernet is way under priced.  You can buy from their site at $29.00 but in my opinion this is a ...
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Paul Hobbs Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard 2004, 90 points

Paul Hobbs Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard (USA, California, Napa Valley, Oakville) Had this wine at the Venetian in Vegas. Tasted side by side with Staglin Cabernet.  Great experience. Very strong nose of dark fruits, blackberry, raspberry and some dried roses.  ...

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