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 ...
Jan
15
2010
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Chateau Changyu-Castel Cabernet Germischt 2003, 88 points

2003 Chateau Changyu-Castel Co. Ltd Beiyujia vineyard, Shandong Province (China, Yantai) A friend suggested this China Cabernet Germischt. I questioned it at first, but I was surprised. The color is a bright ruby red. Nice Bordeaux nose of black pepper, green peppers ...
Jan
11
2010
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Chateau Montet Cuvee Prestige 2003, 87 points

2003 Chateau Montet Cuvee Prestige (France, Bordeaux, Bordeaux Supérieur) Earthy wine.  The color is a dirty ruby red.  Typical bordeaux.  The nose has a nice floral undertone with black pepper and dark cherry.  I like the nose. Blackberry on the palate with ...
Jan
09
2010
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Ramey Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2007, 90 points

2007 Ramey Chardonnay Russian River Valley (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley) I enjoyed this wine very much and the experience was different.  The color was a nice golden yellow.  The nose had green apple, pear and some pineapple and mellon.  ...
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
21
2009
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Giuseppe Quintarelli Amarone della Valpolicella 1998, 97 points

1998 Giuseppe Quintarelli Amarone della Valpolicella (Italy, Veneto, Valpolicella, Amarone della Valpolicella) Flawless outstanding producer. I opened this wine up by accident and then went to my list to find it was about 450 bucks a bottle. Well... the good thing ...
Dec
18
2009
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WOW! Staglin Family Cabernet Sauvignon Estate 2004, 94 points…

2004 Staglin Family Cabernet Sauvignon Estate (USA, California, Napa Valley, Rutherford) At the Ritz Carlton in Las Vegas with my friend Spike.  We are sipping this Staglin overlooking the beautiful Lake Las Vegas which adds to the great experience. This 2004 Staglin ...
Dec
16
2009
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Michael-David Cabernet Sauvignon Rapture, 90 points

2004 Michael-David Cabernet Sauvignon Rapture (USA, California, Central Valley, Lodi) Veggies on the nose with sour cherries, burnt log and cocoa.  Great deep purple color.  The palate is huge in complexity with chocolate, plum, cherries, and a good dose of cedar.  ...
Dec
10
2009
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Chateau Boswell releases the 2007 Napa Cabernet, 93+ points

The new release 2007 Chateau Boswell Napa Cabernet. This Cabernet has been rated "Classic 96" points. I visited and did a tasting at this producers and I can say I totally agree with that rating. This wine is ...
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 ...
Nov
20
2008
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Qupé Syrah Central Coast 2004, 86 points

2004 Qupé Syrah Central Coast   (USA, California, Central Coast) Ordered this Qupe Syrah in a tasting flight at a restaurant. The color was a typical Syrah. Dark in color with a touch of bright red around the edges. The nose was ...
Aug
25
2008
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Lancaster Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2003, 89 points

2003 Lancaster Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Sonoma County, Alexander Valley) Nice wine for the money. I had a glass of this Lancaster Cabernet Sauvignon at the Ritz Carlton in San Francisco. The bottle was opened new at my table and poured ...

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