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2005

USA, Petite Sirah, Scholium Project, Babylon, Tenbrink Vineyards, Suisin Valley, California, 2005

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N/ A clean rendition of Edgar Allan Poe’s tarn. Black cherry, rhubarb, and spice. Smoked game. Smoked herbs. Soft flint, tar, and river rocks. Swamp comes out after 30 mins. Delicious swamp. T/ Medium full mouthfeel (a tad surprising given the nose and color). Bright lime acids and a cranberry puker play amidst big blackberry, […]

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USA, Red Blend (Cabernet Sauvignon with a touch of Petite Verdot), Rubicon Estate, Francis Coppola, Napa, 2005

Red Blend of 98.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 1.5% Petit Verdot. N/ Huge blackberries and black fruits. Graham crackers, melting caramel, fat vanilla, raw vanilla bean. Deep, black soil. Light coconut. Light granite. WOW. T/ Full mouthfeel. Smooth, massively full, black fruits laced with giant, but tamed tannins. Slightly spiced melted chocolate. Long, fruit blast into […]

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USA, Merlot, Beaulieu Vineyards, Napa Valley, 2005

N/ Ripe plums, warm big oaks, warm granite, cherry cola, light taffy. Toasted hay. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. Huge, ripe plums. Warm oaks. Round minerality. Slightly chalky. Long, fruit-packed finish. Delivers, in spades, on fruits and well integrated, sweet, oaks – but it just a tad undefined for a higher rating. Price = $14 […]

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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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Argentina, Malbec, Finca Algarve, Cinco Sentidos, Mendoza, 2005

Note: cork was crumbly, but intact, wine had only migrated 1/20 of the length, and no veins to surface. In short, suspect cork, but all seemed fine. Must try second bottle soon to check. N/ Warm, black fruits dusted with hot asphalt. Petrol painted barrel room. This is indeed a 5 year old Malbec (so a […]

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Chile, Red Blend, Valdivieso, Eclat, Maule Valley, 2005

Red Blend of: 56% Carignan, 24% Mourvedre, and 20% Syrah Note: suggest that you wait at least one hour before enjoying. N/ Dishwater, smoked cherries, blackberries, cedar. T/ Medium, warm, cherries. Tad fuzzy. Needs more acid and structure, but quite gulpable and easy drinking. Perhaps a good “introduction to Chilean wine” for a newbie. Price […]

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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Villa Mt. Eden, Grand Reserve, Napa, 2005

Red blend of: 87% Cabernet Sauvignon,7% Cabernet Franc, 4% Merlot, and 2% Malbec N/ Cassis. Forest floor. Strawberry. Taffy. Flint. Granite. Round black pepper. Lovely. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Dripping blackberry, plums, and currant. Warm oakness. Only need for improvement is that the wine is a tad fuzzy. Winemaker = Michael McGrath Price = $17 http://villamteden.com/index.cfm […]

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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, B.R. Cohn, Olive Hill Estate, Sonoma, 2005

Note: be sure to wait at least an hour before enjoying, as reduced and even some barnyard aromas need to waft away. N/ Tight oaks. Tad hot. Smoky plums. Cassis. Mexican hot sauce. Graham crackers. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Clean. Chalky, deep plums. Blackberries. Mocha. Tad puckering. Price = I can’t recall exactly what I paid […]

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USA, Syrah, Skylite Cellars, Columbia Valley, Washington, 2005

N/ Warm cherry. Smooth, mature oaks. Blackcherries. Granite. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Medium clean. Tad tannic. Elegant “meatness”. Powerful, dark fruit well-integrated with oak.  Wonderful. Winemaker = Robert Smasne Price = $32. Astounding. 96 This wine was part of a “Syrah Smackdown” tasting event. This bottle kindly provided by @UCBeau

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USA, Red Blend, Meritage, “Medley”, Lorimar, Temecula, 2005

A Meritage Red Blend of: 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, and 9% Cabernet Franc. Decant and wait at least 2 hours. It is really worth the wait. N/ Dry forest floor. Ripe, soft cassis and plums. Cigar box. Flint. Mocha. Rosemary. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Cassis. Chocolate. Nice structure. Balance slightly effected by a tad too […]

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Spain, Red Blend, Bodegas Castano, Solanera, Vinas Viejas, Yecla, 2005

Red blend of 65% Monastrell, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 15% Tintorera. Suggestion: Decant and let breathe at least one, preferably two or more, hours. N/ Black pepper bomb. Old, wet oak. Granite. Slight port. Dry gunnysack. T/ Medium mouthfeel. High acid for a red. Dried cassis. Plum liqueur. Tobacco juice. Sharp woods. Slight chocolate. Retail […]

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Australia, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, Archetype, 2005

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Red blend of 74% Cabernet Sauvignon and 26% Shiraz. Decant and let sit a minimum of one hour before enjoying. N/ Enormous, striking, and aggressive. Plum reduction sauce. Smoked meats. Sizeable port-type wafts. Granite. Angry dirt. T/ Full, full, mouthfeel. Hey-zeus, this thing is a meal. Wood-infused plum sauce. Liquid smoke. Liquid meat. Mud that […]

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USA, Zinfandel, Stuart Cellars, Select Reserve, Unfiltered, 2005

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N/ Fresh barrel room, excellent! Plum and pepper. River stones. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Chalky. Dirt and old plums. Fairly one-dimensional. Retail $30 A great nose indicated great wet to come, but did not quite deliver as promised. Very Good+. 89

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USA, Cabernet Franc, Trefethen, Oak Knoll, Napa Valley, California, 2005

Red Blend of: 96% Cabernet Franc, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 1% Merlot. Note: Do NOT drink this until at least 2, preferably 3-4 hours after opening/decanting. The wait is WELL worth it… N/ Dried hardwoods and cedar. Red and black berries. Wet earth. Nice, bitter chocolate after 3 hours. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Dripping blackberries and […]

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USA, Syrah, Zaca Mesa, Santa Ynez Valley, 2005

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N/ Barrel room. Dark, brooding plums – just like I like ’em. Smoked black pepper. Slight game. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Clean, sharp edges. Slightly chalky. Very well balanced oaky, plummed-up delight. Excellent winemaking, especially for the price! Price = $17. Astounding. 96

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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Folie a Deux, Napa Valley, 2005

N/ Deep, ripe oaks. Sweet, dried plums. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Round, smooth, huge plums, cassis, and blackberries. Melted chocolate. Wow. I have no idea what the current release tastes like but this blew me away. Only fault was that it was slightly chalky. Perhaps the newer vintages are fined better and are cleaner? Or maybe […]

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Argentina, Cabernet Sauvignon, Luigi Bosca, Familia Arizu, Reserva, 2005

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N/ Cherry-centered chocolate bon-bon. Earth. River stones. Gunsmoke. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Dripping plums. Slightly dusty. Deep, but rounded tannins.  Nice wood work.  Long, blackberry finish. Retail about $30. Brilliant+. 94

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Argentina, Malbec, Reserva, Bodega Lurton, 2005

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N/ Warm, fat oaks. Blackberries. Wet earth. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Nice structure. Dripping, almost over-ripe plums. Long, wooded finish. Note: Died by next night – drink the whole bottle on first evening. Brilliant. 93

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USA, Zinfandel, Saxon Brown, Casa Santinamaria, Sonoma and Napa Valley, 2005

N/ Huge, candied barrel room. Ripe, ripe plums. Currants. Black fruits. T/ Full mouthfeel. Fat oaks. Elegant sweetness. Obese plum reduction sauce. Raspberries. Spice box. Only slight fault is a tad too sweet – maybe have at the end of your meal. Everything Jeff Gaffner makes shows extreme winemaking care, and this is no exception. Price: […]

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USA, Merlot, Pine Ridge, Crimson Creek, 2005

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N/ Round purple fruits and dry earth. Game. Raw meat. T/ Light mouthfeel. Ripe berries. Flint. Tart cranberry finish. Note: About $28 retail. Very Good. 87

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