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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
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
19
2009
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Paradigm cabernet 2005, 93 points

Do you like Screaming Eagle?  Then you will love this wine at the price.  Wine maker Heidi Barrett brings this wine to you as one of the better Napa cult wines.  I call this the little brother of Screaming Eagle.  ...
May
11
2009
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E. Guigal Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2004, 88 points

2004 E. Guigal Chateauneuf-du-Pape (France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape) Just had the 2004. Love the nose on this because it is different.  Kind of like baby wipes with carnations definitely a baby diaper and flowers.  Little eucalyptus.  Very earthy.  The palate ...
Jan
12
2009
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Delectus Cabernet Sauvignon 1999, 87 points

Delectus Cabernet Sauvignon 1999 (USA, California, Napa Valley) Good wine but a touch overpriced at $60 per bottle.  The color was medium deep purple.  The nose was sharp and peppery with cigar and some bell pepper. This wine was sharp on the ...
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
04
2009
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Ladera Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain 2004, 91 points

2004 Ladera Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain (USA, California, Napa Valley, Howell Mountain) Soft and velvety with an explosion on the palate. Solid wine and is worth a try at 60 bucks a bottle.  Solid deep purple inky color. A few more ...
Dec
28
2008
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Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot 2004 , 90 points

2004 Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot (USA, California, Napa Valley) This Duckhorn Merlot 2004 was definitely more velvety and softer than the 05 and 03.  Nicely done on this one. Intense yet well balanced. Love the dark fruits and floral on the nose ...
Dec
23
2008
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Quintessa 2005, 90 points

2005 Quintessa (USA, California, Napa Valley, Rutherford) Really solid wine every time I have it.  Has an old world feel that I really like. I like the 04 a little better than the 05 just because the 04 was a touch smoother. Dark purple ...
Dec
20
2008
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Chateau Ausone 1995, 90 points

1995 Château Ausone (France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru) This Chateau Ausone was consistent for a St Emillion bordoux.  Quality wine and this 1995 was ready for drinking.  The color was on the brownish side. The palate started thin and was ...
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 ...
Dec
06
2008
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Sterling Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2001, 87 points

Medium color, off nose but good taste.  I'm not really a huge Sterling fan but the reserve is worth a try.  I found it a little off from a typical Cabernet in that it was more of a earthy and ...
Dec
04
2008
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Two Hands Shiraz Gnarly Dudes 2005, 87 points

2005 Two Hands Shiraz Gnarly Dudes Australia, South Australia, Barossa, Barossa Valley Black olives and dark fruits on the nose.  Very strong jammy feel. The color is a deep solid purple.  The taste is jammy on the start and has the taste ...
Dec
01
2008
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Rutherford Hill Merlot 2003, 86 points

2003 Rutherford Hill Merlot (USA, California, Napa Valley) Veggies throughout.  Deep purple in color and the color and body is decent.  The nose has loads of green pepper, black olive, plum and dark fruits.  The nose is better than the palate.  This ...
Nov
09
2008
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Palmaz Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Gaston 2002, 88 points

2002 Palmaz Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Gaston (USA, California, Napa Valley) Nice soft and balanced wine.  No one flavor or characteristic came out which made this feel like a real quality wine.  The nose was mild with light oak, floral and cherry. The ...

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