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 ...
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 ...
Oct
21
2009
4
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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
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 ...
Sep
03
2009
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Bravante Vineyards Trio 2005, 85 points

2005 Bravante Vineyards Trio (USA, California, Napa Valley, Howell Mountain) Nose is more on the veggies side with green pepper and spices.  Also some black olives and a little floral.  The nose is a little flat and not much fruit.  The palate ...
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
17
2009
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Loring Wine Company Pinot Noir Keefer Ranch Vineyard 2007, 90 points

2007 Loring Wine Company Pinot Noir Keefer Ranch Vineyard (USA, California, Sonoma County, Green Valley) Really nice pinot. The color was a thinner purple.  A step above the standards. Lots of berries on the start with spices and blackberry forward. The nose ...

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