Jan
07
2009
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Terlato Vineyards Angels’ Peak 2003, 89 points

2003 Terlato Vineyards Angels' Peak (USA, California, Napa Valley) Quality wine. Smooth and had good balance with medium complexity. I think the 2003 will round out in a few more years. The color was a dark purple.  The nose was more like a ...
Jan
03
2009
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Markham Pinot Noir 2007, 85 points

2007 Markham Pinot Noir (USA, California, Napa Valley) This wine was uneventful.  Nice nose that is edgy and crisp with carnation and butter. The color is a dark garnet.  The start is boring and quickly transitions with a hard edge to the mid ...
Jan
01
2009
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Palazzo 2005, 90 points

2005 Palazzo (USA, California, Napa Valley) The best part of this wine is the nose.  Very complex dark fruits with oak and floral.  It was enjoyable sniffing and it lasted. Color was a medium purple.  The palate was good but not outstanding.  ...
Dec
17
2008
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Chateau de La Tour Clos Vougeot 1997, 87 points

1997 Chateau de La Tour Clos Vougeot (France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Clos Vougeot Grand Cru) This chateau was earthy. Color was on the brownish side from the age and producer.  Pretty typical burgundy that could probably use about 20 years.  ...
Dec
14
2008
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E. Guigal Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2003, 89 points

2003 E. Guigal Châteauneuf-du-Pape (France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape) This wine was a little surprising in that it was one of the better rhones for the price. The nose had green pepper, cedar, cocoa, and a touch of floral lavender. Had a ...
Dec
10
2008
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Lancaster Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2005, 90 points

2005 Lancaster Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Sonoma County, Alexander Valley) This Lancaster was a serious contender.  Very solid and complex wine.  Strong earthy feel to it.  The color was deep purple hinting on brown.  The nose was very dark and ...
Nov
20
2008
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Qupé Syrah Central Coast 2004, 86 points

2004 Qupé Syrah Central Coast   (USA, California, Central Coast) Ordered this Qupe Syrah in a tasting flight at a restaurant. The color was a typical Syrah. Dark in color with a touch of bright red around the edges. The nose was ...
Nov
17
2008
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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.  ...
Nov
01
2008
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Pahlmeyer Jayson 2004, 90 points

2004 Pahlmeyer Jayson (USA, California, Napa Valley) Nice wine overall right from the start. The Jayson Bordeaux bled red wine was dancing in every category. Although it is more of a new world red wine with a fruit explosion. The color was ...
Oct
30
2008
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ZD Reserve Pinot noir 2006 wine review, 88 points

2006 ZD Wines Pinot Noir Rosa Lee (USA, California, North Coast, Carneros) Tasted this Reserve Pinot Noir at the winery in Napa and this wine first hit me with "I want more." I felt it was a solid syrah and a better ...
Oct
15
2008
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Alvaro Palacios Priorat Les Terrasses 2004 – 89 points

2004 Alvaro Palacios Priorat Les Terrasses (Spain, Catalunya, Priorat) The nose has smoke, herbs, dark cherries and tobacco with some vanilla. Very deep purple in color. Balanced acidity. Smooth mouth feel. Seems a little smother a couple hours into the opening. The ...
Sep
11
2008
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Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Reserve 2004, 89 points

2004 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Reserve (USA, California, Napa Valley) While very good upon popping the cork and you could tell it's only going to get better. The nose had old world all over it with notes of ...
Sep
07
2008
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1997 Chateau Lynch-Bages, 85 points

1997 Chateau Lynch Bages (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac) We were in a Bordeaux mood and tried this beside a 91 Chateau Mouton Rothschild. The 1997 was another tough year for Bordeaux, Parker rated it 83 and the 1991 78. I have ...
Sep
04
2008
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Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five 2004 – 87 points

Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five (USA, California, Napa Valley, Stags Leap District) This is a new world feeling wine with black fruits, berries with flowers, and chocolate. Rich and weighty on the palate with soft tannins and a touch of acidity. ...
Aug
25
2008
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Lancaster Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2003, 89 points

2003 Lancaster Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Sonoma County, Alexander Valley) Nice wine for the money. I had a glass of this Lancaster Cabernet Sauvignon at the Ritz Carlton in San Francisco. The bottle was opened new at my table and poured ...

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