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2006

(Winery & Vineyard Visits), Castello di Amorosa, Calistoga, Napa Valley, California, USA

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Castello di Amorosa crafts some great wines, as I’ve reviewed in the past.  So when I was planning my most recent Napa and Sonoma tour, Castello was high on my hit list of places to visit. I also had another motivation to see the castle, as I wanted to finally meet, in person, my friend […]

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(Winery & Vineyard Visits), A wonderful visit to Tulocay!, Coombsville AVA, Napa Valley, California, USA // Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah

What a winery visit this was!  Fantastically engaging winemaker / owner (Bill Cadman), lovely, laid-back, completely off any beaten touristy wine path Coombsville vibe, fantastic scenery, cute as all get out wine doggy, a ceremonial plate of (oddly mostly Risky Business style) sunglasses left over from forgetful wine enthusiasts, and, most importantly…..wonderful wines at epic […]

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(Winery & Vineyard Visits), Ceja Vineyards, Napa Valley, Califorina, USA

Ceja Vineyards Wine Passion Babbling Section If you are reading this it is almost certainly because you are a member of the club of people that believe in wine.  Now when I say “believe”, I mean to imply that you view wine as an entity that can be far more than simply the sum of […]

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Chile, Syrah, Loma Larga, Casablanca Valley, 2006

N/ Brick dust. Massive, carmelized black fruits. Flint. Barnyard, rope, and burlap. Pencil shavings, and crushed rocks, oh my. Lovely.  T/ Medium-full mouthfeel.  Surprisingly clean given the earthy nose. Massive tannins. Big, dripping black fruits. Savory mushrooms. Mineral and long, fruit bomb finish. Winemaker = Cedric Nicolle http://www.lomalarga.com/site/?page_id=28 Price = $29 Brilliant. 92 / 93 […]

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France, Tasting Event, Planet Bordeaux, Affordable Red Bordeaux Blends, 2006, 2007, 2008, & 2009 Vintages

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This was a TasteLive event, organized by Planet Bordeaux (http://usa.planet-bordeaux.com/) and Balzac Communications (http://balzac.com/) All wines, below,  were media samples kindly provided by the winery. Note: our tasting group (#SDWM on Twitter) was fortunate enough to have 2 sets of the wines – so we opened one when the event began and one 3 hours […]

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USA, Syrah, Skylite Cellars, Columbia Valley, Washington, 2006

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N/ Bright and clean. Lightly smoked mint. Nutmeg. Eucalyptus. White pepper. Balsa wood. Lush violets. Blackcherries. Crushed granite. Off the charts amazing. One of my favorite noses of last few years. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Clean, but huge, blackcherries stewed in white pepper. Fantastic layers of minerality dancing on a bed of seriously mouthwatering acid. One […]

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Argentina, Malbec, Bodega Norton, Barrel Select, Mendoza, 2006

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Bottle one (enjoyed in 2009) N/ Sparklingly clean, big red fruits, toasty oak, cassis and prunes. T/ Ultimate smooth mouthfeel. Great acid and structure. Deep, but not long tannins. Big ripe red fruits. A- Bottle two (enjoyed at end of 2010) Note: let breathe at least an hour after opening for best effect. N/ Smoked violets. […]

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USA, Petite Sirah, EOS Estates, Paso Robles, California, 2006

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Note: let breathe at least 30 minutes. My bottle had a slight reduction that needed to burn off. N/ Black peppered confectionary. Sweet plums. Clean, warm oaks. Soft graphite. Game. Orange zest. Acidic sandalwood. Lovely! T/ Medium full mouthfeel. Plum, cherry, dark chocolate. Perfectly integrated wood work. Wonderful. Winemaker = Brian Strohmeyer Price = Just […]

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Chile, Red Blend (Syrah dominated), Maquis Lien, Colchagua Valley, 2006

Red Blend of: 42% Syrah, 30% Carmenere, 12% Cabernet Franc, 9% Petit Verdot, and 7% Malbec N/ Tad hot. Dry earth. Cherry. Light game. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Elegant cherry. Ripe, dripping, blackberries. Nice acid pop. Slight pucker. Price = $19 Very Good 88 This wine was part of a “Wines of Chile” tasting event… the […]

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Chile, Red Blend (Malbec dominated), De Martino, “Single Vineyard, Old Bush Vines”, “Las Cruces”, Cachapoal Valley, 2006

Red Blend of: 66% Malbec and 34% Carmenere N/ Reduced hard cherries, plum, leather, light rubber / tar. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Big ripe, musky, plum bomb. Nice wood-driven back end. Long, cherry and plum love finish. Price = $45 (tad high in my opinion) Brilliant- 90 This wine was part of a “Wines of Chile” […]

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USA, Merlot, Darcie Kent Vineyards, “Crown Block”, Livermore, California, 2006

Decant and let breathe at least an hour. Has some reduced aromas that need to fly away. Once they do, a very nice wine emerges. N/ Currants. Sweet, ripe plums. Light candy. Oyster shells. Dry gunnysack. Black soil. Delightful!, except a tad hot. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. Medium clean. Black cherries. Peppered plum stew. […]

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USA, Syrah, Vina Robles, Syree, Paso Robles, California, 2006

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NOTE: This seems another clear case of dreaded bottle variation. I suspect bottle number one had a slight closure issue which affected the wine.  Bottle two was what they intended. Fabulous. First Bottle Red Blend with 84% Syrah and 16% Petite Sirah N/ Lightly smoked plums. Hardwoods. Spring water. Slight dark chocolate. Slightly reduced. T/ […]

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USA, Syrah, Desert Wind Vineyard, Columbia Valley, Washington, 2006

N/ Taffy. Young leather. Dry river stones. Grass. Rosemary. Light rust. Very unique for a Syrah. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. Medium steel. Round, thick, blackberries. Long finish. Price = $20-$26 Brilliant. 92 This wine was part of a “Syrah Smackdown” tasting evet. This bottle kindly provided by the winery as a media sample.

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USA, Red Blend (Sangiovese, Cabernet, and Merlot), Tesoro Winery, Trinita, Temecula, 2006

A red blend of: 67% Sangiovese, 22% Cabernet, and 11% Merlot Temecula winery, Paso Robles grapes. Note: No need to wait long after opening. Ready to enjoy in just 10 minutes. N/ Massive fruit bomb of strawberries and cherries. Warm oaks. Lovely barrel room. Lavender. Fresh leather. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Lightly candied cherries and plums. […]

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USA, Zinfandel, Story Winery, Picnic Hill Vineyard, Old Vines, Amador County, 2006

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C/ Light for a California Zinfandel. N/ Clean, but laced with brooding dark purple fruits. Exceptional balance, with very nice wood work. Dried casiss. Black pepper – but the clean and sharp variety. T/ Clean. High acid feel / crispness for a California Zinfandel. Fat plums. Dry soil. Great layering and structure. Angular finish. Excellent […]

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USA, Red Blend, Merlot, Hedges, Red Mountain, Three Vineyards, 2006

N/ Truly turned elegant about 60-90 minutes after opening. Luscious, ripe black cherry, plums, and red berries. White pepper. Hardwoods. Light rust. Green grass ending. T/ Medium full mouthfeel. Elegant. Clean. Dripping dark fruits, but without the typical sugared backbone that haunts big fruit flavor. Liquid graphite. Great structure and layers for any price point, but for this […]

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USA, Zinfandel, Joel Gott, Amador County, Dillian Ranch, 2006

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N/ Huge, ripe, barrel room. Giant plums and blackberry. Black pepper. Lovely hay. Absolutely seductive and gorgeous.T/ Medium mouthfeel. Dripping plums and berries.  Lovely, mature liquid oak. Great acid, tannins, and structure. Complex and yes, even amorous. Interesting that some of the elements that strike me as seductive in this wine are shared by a totally different wine, one of […]

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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malk Family Vineyards, Stags Leap District AVA, Napa Valley, California, 2006

N/ Black currant, cassis, cigar box, flint, wet earth, black pepper. Amazingly, quite akin to a full, massive, Bordeaux blend. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Medium clean. Big smokey plums, black fruits, damp black Earth. Dripping blackberry juice. http://www.malkfamilyvineyards.com/ Winemaker = Robbie Meyer Fabulous. Retail = $65. WELL worth it. Astounding 96

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USA, Syrah, Thornton, 2006

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N/ Beautiful aromatics fill the glass right after opening. Gorgeous and floral.  Quite unique for a Syrah. Barrel room, violets, rosemary and pepper. Beautiful. T/ Medium full mouthfeel. Dripping red berriesmarinated in black pepper. Solid wood-work.  Luscious. Notes – Even after 3 hours, no loss of fruit or any signs offlattening. – Unlike many big reds, was no […]

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USA, Merlot, Robert Sinskey, Carneros, 2006

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N/ Dense plum. Barrel room. Bitter chocolate. Tight oaks.  Only off smells are some stale water wafts. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Big, dripping, dried red fruitsand black cherries.  Nice structure and wood use. Retail $22-25. Brilliant. 92

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