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2004

Germany, Riesling, Auslese, Cochemer Nikolausberg, Dr. Zenzen, Mosel, 2004

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C/ Dark yellow. N/ Potently honeyed. Heavy petroleum oil wafts. River rocks and flint with a dash of lemon soap. Granite dust. (Perhaps this rested a bit too long in bottle). T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Medium oily. Thick nectar of peaches, apricots, and orange liquer. A hint of cranberry and apple pucker. White pear juice finish […]

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Italy, Aglianico, De Falco Vini, Taurasi, DOCG, Campania, Garantita, 2004

Note 1: part of another wonderful meal at A16 in San Francisco (food to be posted soon). Note 2: first bottle we ordered came out and was spent / ox’ed. The wise Sommelier agreed, and brought us another bottle – a world of difference. N/ Upfront she has an acidic granite snap, but that intro […]

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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Franciscan, Winemaker’s Reserve, Napa, California, 2004

Note: suggest waiting one hour post decant as some of the more angular elements and spiky tannins need the air. N/ Lovely, fat oaks. Complex spice. White pepper dusted plums. Cigar box, old leather, soft earth, and forest floor. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Fat, ripe plums. Deep, aged cassis. Velvety rich, elegant mouthfeel. Deep earth and […]

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Sparkling Wine / Champagne / Cava / Cremant / Prosecco = “Sparkling Spectacular”

This following wines were part of blind tasting by the #SDWM (twitter hashtag) group – our “Sparkling Spectacular”. We were fortunate enough to have bottles of bubbles from all over the world, a dozen of which I found interesting enough to write up. The results were quite surprising.  Flat-out amazing deals exist in the sparkling […]

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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Robert Sinskey Vineyards, Vandal Vineyard, Los Carneros, Napa Valley, 2004

Note: I’m a huge fan of RSV’s Pinots and their whites.  I was hoping this would be as wonderful.  Given the price tag, the experience was not as great as I had hoped for. N/ Sharp cassis. Angular, sweet oaks. Dry forest floor. Leather. Distinct  and beautiful barrel room wafts after three hours. T/ Medium […]

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USA, Syrah, Hedges Estate Vineyards, “Matthews”, Red Mountain, Washington, 2004

N/ Dry leaves. Clean cherries. Tight oaks. Light rubber. Dry soil. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Clean. Warm plums. Clean, black pepper juice. Great wood-work and structure. Price = $45 Given that I’ve previously written that Hedges makes one of the best under $25 reds I’ve had, I was hoping for more from this offering.  A solid […]

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USA, Syrah, Terra Blanca, Reserve, Winemaker’s Barrel Select, Red Mountain AVA, Washington, 2004

N/ Light candy. White and black pepper. Dry soil. Cherries. Light cement. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. Medium clean. A tad light on the fruit for a Syrah, but what is there is very nice raspberries and blackberries. Great wood work and integration. High acid feel for a Syrah, which is nice. Slightly restrained, but […]

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USA, Syrah, Terra Blanca, Block 8, Red Mountain AVA, Washington, 2004

N/ Hardwoods. Flat cherry. Tad hot. Dry leaves. Pleasant pond water. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Figs. Ripe, stewed plums. Big, round, and easy to drink. Price = $42 Brilliant-. 9o This wine was part of a “Syrah Smackdown” tasting event. This bottle kindly provided by the winery as a media sample, via the darling @WineHarlots

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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Long Meadow Ranch, 2004

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97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc. N/ Dry dirt, sharp cassis, and big warm graphite.  Fantastic nose. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Quite Bordeaux in style.  Giant dusty plums, graphite, granite, and wonderfulearth.  Clean, long finish. Holy crap, great winemaking here. Retail $40-50. Astounding.95

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Argentina, Malbec, Telteca, Anta, Reserve, 2004

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C/ Quite cloudy for a Malbec, perhaps not fined much? N/ Very floral with nice violets and roses. Extremely feminine and pretty.Eucalyptus too. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Dry, but packed with ripe red berry fruits. Woodwork good, but understated, leaving a tad off-balance to an otherwisesolid effort. Especially for the price (I picked up for $10 at CostCo), […]

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Argentina, Malbec, Telteca, Antá, Maipú & Valle de Uco, 2004

C/ Quite cloudy for a malbec, perhaps not fined or racked much? N/ Very floral with nice violets and roses. Extremely feminine and pretty. Eucalyptus too. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Dry, but packed with ripe red berry fruits. Wood work solid, but understated, leaving a tad off balance to an otherwise solid effort. Especially for the […]

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Argentina, Malbec, Brandsen, 2004

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N/ Light, but what is there consists of nice blackberries, coffee, and vanilla from the oak. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Smooth plums. Berries. A tad lacking in layers, but lovely nonetheless. Retail only $8! A phenomenal Malbec for the price! Astounding. 96

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