Oct
03
2009
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Morgan Pinot Noir Garys’ Vineyard 2006, 88 points

2006 Morgan Pinot Noir Garys' Vineyard (USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Lucia Highlands) Just had this wine while sitting on a bail of hay at a private jazz concert with Peter White on Catalina island. I think the full moon added to ...
Oct
01
2009
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Murphy Goode Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 2004, 85 points

2004 Murphy-Goode Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley (USA, California, Sonoma County, Alexander Valley) Dark purple. Nose musty with currant, plum, vegetal  and strong stainless steel.  Palate is black fruits, mostly blackberry but the intense vegetable flavors like bell pepper and then chocolate ...
Jul
27
2009
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Fire Block Shiraz Old Vine 2004, 86 points

2004 Fire Block Shiraz Old Vine (Australia, South Australia, Mount Lofty Ranges, Clare Valley) Good dark color and a nice dirty nose.  However it stops there.  This wine was a best seller at Total Wine so I thought I would bring it ...
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
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 ...
May
26
2009
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2006 Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot,

2006 Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot (USA, California, Napa Valley) OK...  the 06 was very disappointing.  Duckhorn Merlot has been one of my favorite Merlot until the 06.  This wine got thin and industrial with little character. I put my 04 and 05 reviews ...
May
07
2009
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Concannon Vineyard Petite Sirah Limited Release 2004, 85 points

2004 Concannon Vineyard Petite Sirah Limited Release  (USA, California, Central Coast) Color was very deep red/purple.  Can't even see through it.  The nose at open had blackberry,  a little cherry and alcohol, and a very unique smell that smells like a perm ...
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
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
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
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 ...

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