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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
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 ...
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
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
12
2008
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Bennett Lane Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 – 88 points

2004 Bennett Lane Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley) Nose very dark and foggy. A little meaty and interesting and a step up from an everyday wine. A little minty on the tail end.  The palate was of good quality, this is ...
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 ...
Oct
25
2008
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Tenute Silvio Nardi Brunello di Montalcino 2003, 86 points

Tenute Silvio Nardi Brunello di Montalcino (Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino) Had this wine out at the Catalina Jazz festival.  Color was medium dark purple and a little thin for a brunello.  The nose is complex and has some depth to ...
Oct
21
2008
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Rosenblum Cellars Zinfandel Appellation Series San Francisco Bay 2004 , 88 points

2004 Rosenblum Cellars Zinfandel Appellation Series San Francisco Bay (USA, California, San Francisco Bay) Very enjoyable nose.  Plum, pear, strong musty ceder and black pepper.  Color is deep purple hinting on brown.  The palate is together and has a little hot bang ...
Sep
29
2008
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J. Lohr Cabernet Sauvignon Seven Oaks 2006, 87 points

2006 J. Lohr Cabernet Sauvignon Seven Oaks (USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles) Nice color, deep purple.  The nose was enjoyable big black berries with cedar, green peppers and black pepper.  The palate was a little hot and a dryer wine ...
Sep
19
2008
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2003 Bodegas Montecillo Rioja Crianza, 87 points

2003 Bodegas Montecillo Rioja Crianza (Spain, La Rioja, Rioja) This wine was edging toward the Brunello feel.  However the quality level was not there.  The color was deep purple and a hint of dark brown. The nose had some apple and pear.  ...
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 ...

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