Sep
16
2010
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2007 Hahn Estates Pinot Noir, 89 points

2007 Hahn Estates Pinot Noir (USA, California, Central Coast, Monterey County) Nice Pinot. Bolder than most pinot noirs. The color was a deep purple. Solid Chery and Cinnamon on the nose with some red bell pepper. Not a ton of fruit ...
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
21
2010
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Chateau Marjosse 2003, 86 points

2003 Chateau Marjosse (France, Bordeaux, Bordeaux Controlee) Medium purple. The nose has some bubble gum, veggies and pepper. Little strange in the nose because I get a little industrial sweetness coming through.  The start on the palate is a little weak.  Not ...
Apr
17
2010
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Le Macchiole Bolgheri Rosso 2003, 90 points

2003 Le Macchiole Bolgheri Rosso (Italy, Tuscany, Bolgheri) Deep dark fruit, plumbs and leather on the nose with strong ceder.  Lots of character in this wine. Deep purple color hinting toward brownish.  The palate is powerful at the start with chocolate, blackberries, ...
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
25
2010
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Masi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Costasera 2005, 91 points

2005 Masi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Costasera (Italy, Veneto, Valpolicella, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico) Nice wine.  Balanced and quality.  The nose has vanilla and dark cherry. The palate has plum, dark red cherries with nice oak and black licorice.  Good solid transition ...
Mar
16
2010
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Sierra Vista Merlot Estate Bottled 2005, 88 points – Reserve

2005 Sierra Vista Merlot Estate Bottled - Reserve (USA, California, Sierra Foothills, El Dorado County) Very different Merlot.  Not a typical fruity Napa feel.  This Merlot is a softer more earthy feel.  The nose has cucumber, rose stems and a little baby ...
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 ...
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
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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