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 ...
Jul
07
2009
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Cambria Pinot Noir Julia’s Vineyard 2006, 88 points

2006 Cambria Pinot Noir Julia's Vineyard (USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Maria Valley) Soft and sweet nose. The nose had an interesting carmel scotch to it with blackberry.  Little perfume. Little thin on color with hints of brown.  The palate was a ...
Jul
01
2009
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Orin Swift Papillon 2006, 90 points

2006 Orin Swift Papillon (USA, California, Napa Valley) This is a nice wine with very good structure.  A friend brought this bottle to a dinner in LA.  The balance, structure and quality hit me instantly.  Dark fruits and lots of blueberry ...
Jun
29
2009
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San Luigi Chianti 2005, 89 points

2005 San Luigi Chianti (Italy, Tuscany, Chianti) Color was purple hinting on the brownish side.  The nose was very floral with lilacs, roses and with hints of red fruit.  Very nice smell to this wine and initially felt serene. The palate was ...
Jun
27
2009
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14 Hands Cabernet Sauvignon 2006, 86 points

2006 14 Hands Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, Washington) Loads of butter, cherry and vanilla on the nose as well as some dark berries. Nice start and could not wait to jump into the tasting. The color was a real deep violet. The palate ...
Jun
24
2009
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Greg Norman Estates Cabernet-Merlot 2006, 88 points

2006 Greg Norman Estates Cabernet-Merlot (Australia, South Australia, Limestone Coast) Blackberry and very soft on the nose.  You can tell the tannins are present in the smell. The palate is velvety and balanced.  Softer on the start though.  Not a bang.  Has ...
Jun
22
2009
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Tintara Shiraz 2005, 90 points

2005 Tintara Shiraz (Australia, South Australia, Fleurieu, McLaren Vale) In Redondo Beach LA for meetings and ate at Baleen in the Portofino hotel.  Great meal and had the Tinara Shiraz in a flight of 4.  This one was clearly the best with ...
May
05
2009
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Charles Shaw Cabernet Sauvignon 2004, 83 points

2004 Charles Shaw Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California) A good friend asked me to rate this wine.  2-buck-chuck as they call it, it was very industrial.  Overall not much character.  The nose had lots of cherry and chocolate but it was hinting toward ...
Apr
25
2009
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Hess Collection Cabernet Sauvignon Allomi 2005, 88 points

2005 The Hess Collection Cabernet Sauvignon Allomi (USA, California, Napa Valley) Smooth wine. Deep red-purple color. Out of the bottle the nose was a little tight and hot. Immediately got chocolate and cinnamon with some fresh peppers. Palate was similar, with lots ...
Apr
14
2009
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Red Rock Merlot 2005, 82 points

Red Rock Merlot 2005,  82 points Simple would be the word for this wine. Definitely not overbearing.  I'm being sarcastic because this is by far a table wine at best.  New world, tank feel. The nose has cedar, plum, with some ...
Apr
12
2009
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McManis Family Vineyards Merlot 2007, 85 points

McManis Family Vineyards Merlot (USA, California) The color was a thin light purple.  The nose was just ok with darker fruits and tobacco.  The alcohol was very prevalent.  This wine was very short with just a little fruit on the palate, cherry ...
Apr
09
2009
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Beringer Stone Cellars Merlot 2006 – 86 points

2006 Beringer Stone Cellars Merlot (USA, California, Napa Valley) Not bad for 8 bones. This wine had some depth to it, but overall it was not dynamic or exciting.  Got hints of sour cherry and darker fruits on the start.  The nose ...
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 ...
Mar
13
2009
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Chateau Dauzac 2005, 88 points

2005 Chateau Dauzac (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux) Dark wine on the palate and somewhat boring. Medium bodied wine with floral, blackberry, and green pepper nose.  Little garden and greens on the nose.  Lots of acidity that hits the sides of the tongue ...
Jan
15
2009
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Azzaro Vineyards Limited Reserve Zinfandel 2006 , 90 points

2006 Azzaro Vineyards Limited Reserve Zinfandel (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley) Big bold Zin.  Nice experience and a pleasant surprise.  I have never had this zinfandel before.  I am more of a fruity Napa Cabernet lover but this Zinfandel got my ...

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