Apr
18
2009
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Sipping 1998 Staglin Cabernet with Gary Vaynerchuk, 92 points

Sipping Staglin Cabernet with Gary Vaynerchuk 1998 In Ft Lauderdale today with Gary Vaynerchuk for meetings.  We opened up a 1998 Staglin and I was a little surprised how earthy the 98 was.  As Gary said, "really Stinky",  that's kind of in ...
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
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
03
2009
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The Colonial Estate Emigre 2004, 91 points

2004 The Colonial Estate Emigre (Australia, South Australia, Barossa, Barossa Valley) Different than what I expected from Australia.  In a good way. Overall and explosion, loads of spice, molasses and sugar and cinnamon toast. Interesting wine and good quality.  The nose was ...
Jan
27
2009
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Vincent Arroyo Petite Syrah 2004, 87 points

Very dark purple color almost black. The nose was earthy. Lots of ripe, dark red fruits, with a dusty quality to it. This bottle drank exceptionally well but got much better overnight. Good complexity of blackberry, chocolate, and cream. It ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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
08
2008
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Jakes Fault Winery Shiraz 2005, 85 points

2005 Jakes Fault Winery Shiraz (USA, California, Sonoma County) I try and try on the 10 dollar wines but very rare to hit one.  This wine was no different.  This wine is very industrial to me and feels fake.  The nose ...

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