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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Montes, NapaAngel, Napa Valley, California, 2008

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Suggest decanting and waiting at least two hours before enjoying this wine. N/ Deep barrel room aromas, black fruits like black currants and black cherry. Bell peppers and the smell of a freshly grilled steak. Black soil, forest floor, pine needles, freshly crushed granite, flint, and gunpowder oh my. T/ Moderate plus tannin and moderate […]

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USA, Cabernet Pfeffer, Kenneth Volk, San Benito County, California, 2008

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C/ Much lighter in appearance then one might assume grom the grape name. She presents almost like a gamay or light pinot noir. N/ Beguiling. At times crisp and full of light cherry wafts, and at other times she has sweet, almost candy-like aromas. Occasionally and really quite delightfully, she has the distinct aroma of oatmeal cookies. Really. Sun-dried […]

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USA, Syrah, Reckless Moment, Clavo Cellars, Paso Robles, California, 2008

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N/ Black cherry taffy. Manzanita and cedar. Black and white pepper. Strawberry balsamic. Sage and wild herbs. Lovely, but this nose took some time to blossom, very much suggest you decant and wait at least an hour, preferably  three, before enjoying. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Bracing acidity deftly leads into dark black cherries, black fruits, and ripe […]

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Winery & Vineyards Visits – Acorn Winery (Alegría Vineyard) in the Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California, USA

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Highlights The warm and knowledgable Betsy and Bill. True “Field blending” (40-50 different grape types on just 27 acres). Great wines. Excellent and down-to-earth atmosphere and wine making approach. Solid soil and cork learning tools on display in the tasting room. Learning without effort. 40-50 varietals = from A to Z, seriously. Madeline Angevine and […]

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(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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USA, Chardonnay, Sterling Vineyards, Reserve, Napa Valley, California, 2008

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Nose/ Pronounced California-style butterscotch signature. Adding to that, thankfully, are nice white flowers and a potent, delightful, incense. Light toast. Spring water. Taste/ Medium mouthfeel. Thick and coating yellow and tropical fruits, stewed with hay. Decent minerality and some good acid work. An overall soft structure, with a decidedly round finish. For the $50 price […]

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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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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malk Family Vineyards, Stags Leap District AVA, Napa Valley, California, 2008

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As I’ve stated before, I think Malk makes one of the best California Cabernet Sauvignons that one can buy under $500. And she only costs $72. N/ Violet and rose-petal reduction (truly flat out amazing). Clean, deep plum meat and blackberry jam. Flinty, dark soil. Aged cigar box. Sage. Light wafts of dry forest floor. […]

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USA, Zinfandel, Ravenswood, Teldeschi, Single Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley,California, 2008

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Red blend of: 75% Zinfandel, 20% Petite Sirah, 3% Carignane, and 2% Alicante Bouschet. N/ Oaky, spiced red berry and plum jam blast. Canvas and burlap, forest floor, and light confectionery. Chocolate infused tobacco. Orange peel, blood, and a light rust closer. Fantastic. T/ Full mouthfeel. Stewed plums and red berry bomb without being cloying. Clean, […]

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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Cellars, Napa Valley, California, 2008

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N/ Warm, sage-infused oaks. Barrel room. Thick, clean cassis and black cherries. Pencil shavings and flint. T/ Full mouthfeel. Thick, coating, black cherry and a cassis reduction sauce. Light glycerol feel. Vibrant acid, creating a lively amplification for the generous fruits. Delicious tobacco and earth mid palate. Delightfully long, acid-driven finish, with a slight tannic […]

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USA, Red Blend, Red Dirt Red, Kunde, Sonoma Valley, California, 2008

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Red blend of: 37% Barbera, 29% Syrah, 25% Zinfandel and 9% Sangiovese. Note: almost 15% alcohol but does not nose or drink “hot”. N/ Round, extremely sweet, ripe plums. Strawberry jam. Stewed oaks. Moss. Gardenias (lovely!). Hint of river rocks. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Full, ripe, plum reduction sauce. Coating, jammy, red berries and strawberries. Well integrated […]

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Chile, Carmenere, Santa Rita, Medalla Real Gran Reserva, Colchagua Valley, 2008

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N/ Slightly acidic, smoked, burlap and black cherries for first hour, giving way too less smoke and a more approachable nose two hours post-decant mark. Rust and blood. Granite dust. Stewed plums. T/ Full mouthfeel. Big, but coarsely grained, tannins. Plum and black cherry reduction sauce. High oak presence. Chalky finish. http://www.santarita.com/international/ Price = $19.99 Rating […]

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Chile, Carmenere, Montes Alpha, Colchagua Valley, 2008

Red blend of: 90% Carmenere and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. One hour post decant… N/ Sweet smoked BBQ! Creamy cassis and blackcherry. Soft river rock wafts and a nice minerality. Old leather. Warm cinnamon. Delightful. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Thick, smooth black cherry and black fruits. Sweet wood work. Medium high acid for the varietal. Dry, slight tannic, mineral […]

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Chile, Carmenere, Casa Silva, Los Lingues Gran Reserva, Colchagua Valley, 2008

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Note: best one to two hours+ after decant. N/ Burnt black cherries and burlap. Stewed violets. Pronounced minerality. Soft flint and granite. A nice touch of roses. T/ Full mouthfeel. Thick, coating black fruits and a rose petal reduction sauce. Medium-high acids. River rock juice. A few unfortunate green notes. http://www.casasilva.cl/ Price = $22 Rating = […]

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USA, Late Harvest Gewürztraminer, Castello di Amorosa, (Napa Valley, Anderson Valley, Mendocino County), 2008

N/ Beautiful botrytis signature waftings of thick, ripe, dried apricots and honey. White flower reduction sauce. Gardenias. Hint of citrus. T/ Full mouthfeel. Dripping honey-coated apricots and canned peach juice. White pear syrup. Acid work well integrated, but could use just a bit more. Long, coating, honey finish. Wonderful juice. http://www.castellodiamorosa.com Winemaker = Brooks Painter […]

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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon (with friends), Franciscan, Napa Valley, California, 2008

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Red Blend of: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 4% Syrah, 3% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot. N / Stewed cassis. Tobacco. River rocks. Sage. Light, candied oaks, and barrel room aromas. T / Medium mouthfeel. Slightly tight, but nice blackcherry and cranberry. Seems like an even distribution of round/soft vs. rough tannins (assume this will shift […]

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Argentina, Malbec, “Seleccion,” Catena Zapata, Alamos, Mendoza, Uco Valley, 2008

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Note: decant at least 45 minutes for best effect. N/ Lovely aromatics. Roses (deep, soft, and dark). Fat plums. Fresh leather. Crushed granite. Flint. This nose really could be called “Guns n’ Roses”. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Lovely weight. Slightly tight plum reduction. Extract of roses mixed into tarn water. Liquid cigar box and cedar. Winemaker […]

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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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USA, Petit Sirah, Bogle Vineyards, Clarksburg and Lodi, California, 2008

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N/ Smoked barrel room. Smoked plums. Black olives. Blackberries. Smoldering logs. Brick dust. Light game. Burnt sugar. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Plums and black olive stew. Big tannins, slightly rough, even on night two. Oak juice and light soy sauce finish. http://www.boglewinery.com/ Winemakers = Eric Aafedt and Chris Smith Price = $8 – $11 Rating = […]

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France, Sauvignon Blanc, Le Domaine Saget, Pouilly-Fume, Pouilly-sur-Loire, Loire Valley, 2008

N/ Crisp green apples and soft, green grasses. Tomato leaves. Grapefruit. Granite dust. T/ Bracing acidity that leads into marine/salt-kissed yellow fruits, white flowers, and light melon. Light honey.  Fruity closing with granite and minerals. Lovely. http://www.pasternakwines.com/_webapp_2839533/Guy_Saget Price =$30 Brilliant 91 This wine was a media sample kindly provided by the winery.  

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