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USA, Pinot Noir, Bruliam Wines, Wildcat Mountain Vineyard, Sonoma Coast, California, 2010

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N/ Deep black cherries and plums. Musky spices, clean oak, and perfumed lavender delight. Pine needles stored in a cigar box. T/ Full mouthfeel. Acids are still dancing after a fair amount of bottle rest. Herbed, complex cherry and soft plum skin flavors. Elegant. Clean. Rich. Two years ago this wine was absolutely delicious… and she […]

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Winery & Vineyard Visits / Winemaker Focus / Cornerstone Cellars / Jeff Keene / Napa Valley, California & Oregon

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I had the privilege of sitting with winemaker Jeff Keene for an extended tasting of Cornerstone wines. The offerings were delicious, impressive, and showed a broad range of styles. The wine also importantly showed restraint in all the right places. Jeff was 100% delightful and explained his winemaking philosophy beautifully. Passion is an over-used word in the […]

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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pine Ridge, Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California, 2010

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Rated 45 minutes after opening the bottle, no decant necessary. Red blend of: 90% cabernet sauvignon, 8% petit verdot, 1% cabernet franc, and 1% merlot. N/ Deep notes of black cherry and rich cassis, with mature, and in this one case, delicious tomato leaf aromas. Black soil. Forest floor. Mesquite wood. Baker’s chocolate and slate. […]

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USA, Pinot Noir, Tendril Wine Cellars, Willamette Valley, Oregon, 2010

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N/ Fresh herbs dance on light cedar. A nice introduction to ample cherry, red apple skin, and red berry aromas. Black tea and pine needles. Dry forest floor. Delightful. Complex. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Warm cherry flavors framed by a nice acid presence. Her flavors linger and then finish with just a touch of cranberry pucker. […]

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USA, Petite Sirah, Crystal Basin Cellars, El Dorado Reserve, California, 2010

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N/ Potent, delightful, ripe fig aromas. Black fruits and dried plums. Brisk acid wafts. Wet leather. Moss on a old log. Crisp canvas. Fresh gunpowder and white pepper round her out. Nice and complex. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. A reduction of black fruit and red berries. A dusty cranberry pucker completes the fruit show. Pen ink. Chalk […]

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USA, Sangiovese, Acorn Winery, Alegría Vineyard, Russian River Valley, Healdsburg, Sonoma, California, 2010

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A single-vineyard field blend of 98% Sangiovese (7 different clones) with 1% Canaiolo and 1% Mammolo. N/ Clean, acidic blackberry, sharp plum skin, raspberries, and red apple dusted in light barrel room aromas. Pine needles and dry forest floor. Soft leather. Hint of white pepper. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Dancing cherry, black cherry, and plums. Spice and […]

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USA, Mourvedre, Crystal Basin Cellars, El Dorado Reserve, California, 2010

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N/ Sweet, steeped plum skins, deep leather and cigar box / maduro tobacco notes. Aged forest floor, cold cuts, wild herbs, dusty rich earth, and an unique hint of coconut. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. She fronts with an unexpected, but mouthwatering, acid pop that seams into currant, plum skins, blueberries, and a few tart cran/apple flavors. […]

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France, Malbec with Merlot, Cahors, Clos La Coutale, Philippe Bernède, 2010

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A red blend of 80% malbec and 20% merlot. N/ A faint hint of rubber tree slightly detracts for about 30 minutes but then burns off to reveal deep black fruits, fresh cedar, wild herbs, gunpowder and black cherries. Her ample fruits are sprinkled with a bit of brick and cement dust, in a nice way. […]

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USA, Zinfandel, Gary Farrell, Bradford Mountain Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley, California, 2010

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N/ If I were to wax a bit… she presented as a bright compote of lush red and black berries smeared across a sun bleached river rock. White pepper, copper, and orange zest also waft about. Seductive. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Bright acidic boysenberry triggers a mouthwatering introduction to raspberries, black cherries and a nice cranberry […]

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USA, Pinot Noir, Gary Farrell, Bien Nacido Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley, California, 2010

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N/ Smoky cedar and flint introduce nice black cherries and stewed red berries. Mesquite flamed pork. Crushed pine needles. Cherry taffy. Canvas. T/ Medium full to full mouthfeel. Stewed black cherries with light tobacco notes, cola, black tea and mouthwatering lime juice.  Clean lines of pleasant woody flavors. Delicious, yes, but I expected a bit […]

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Chile, Cabernet Sauvignon (with Carménère and Petit Verdot), Calcu, Colchagua Valley, 2010

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Whoa. This is like no other Chilean cabernet I’ve ever had. Her colors, big acid, and thin mouthfeel would not suggest cabernet sauvignon to me – if this was a bling tasting. Red blend of: 85% cabernet sauvignon, 10% carménère, and 5% petit verdot. N/ Eucalyptus delights. Fresh raspberries quech. Fresh leather intrigues. Flint and […]

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USA, Pinot Noir, Gary Farrell, Stiling Vineyard, Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California, 2010

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N/ Soft, clean, acid-kissed wafts introduce you to lightly smoked raspberries and red berries. Rhubarb. Cedar and hints of pine. Sage. Autumn leaves. Hints of tea. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. She starts softly, with similar mouthwatering acids like other Gary Farrell pinots I’ve recently had, but this time, she is decidedly more limey in taste. Nice […]

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USA, Pinot Noir, Gary Farrell, Carneros, Ramal Vineyard, Napa Valley, California, 2010

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N/ Yum. Clean, acidic, raspberries and cherries. Cedar and vanilla dance. Crushed leaves. Dry forest floor. Wild herbs. Hint of cardamom. Tangerine zest. T/ Medium full mouthfeel. She starts with mouthwatering acids and beautifully restrained bing and black cherries. Ripe, tart, cranberry also delights. Angular, but again mouthwatering, on her finish – she offers up […]

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USA, Chardonnay, Gary Farrell, Westside Farms, Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California, 2010

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N/ A light oak presence to start, but grows with time in the glass to become about 3 out of 10 on my California Chard oak scale. Well suited, I would assume, for most California Chard drinkers. In my opinion, higher levels tend to make the wine out of balance. Green and yellow apples.  Round, soft hay and […]

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Argentina and Chile, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon, Amancaya, Gran Reserva, Bodegas Caro, Les Domaines Barons De Rothschild (Lafite) (Chile) & Catena (Argentina), Mendoza, 2010

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Red blend of: 65% Malbec and 35% Cabernet Sauvignon. C/ Her color is deep, dark blueberry juice and squid inky with brick dust hues. Gorgeous. N/ She fronts with an intense flint, gunpowder, and mineral blast. Then comes a deep black fruits and blueberry stew with violets and more rock elements at play. A touch […]

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USA, Pinot Noir, Don Sebastiani & Sons, Sonoma Signature, Sonoma Coast, Carneros, California, 2010

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Best 1 hour or more after opening. A slight reduction needs to air off. N/ Great, classic New World pinot noir aromas, but with a bit more confection. Raspberry. Sandalwood and carmel. Very light hints of rubber tree and funk, but not enough to detract, and they both tame with time in glass. T/ Light […]

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Brasil, Sparkling Wine, Casa Valduga, Arte Tradicional, Elegance, Methode Traditionnelle, Demi Sec “Natural”, Vale dos Vinhedos, 2010

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60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir. N/ Lightly salted green apples. Excellent toast points. Hard minerals. Clean, fresh golden hay notes. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Nicely coating mouthfeel, but also popping lime zest and green apple flavors. Long, hay and toasty notes. A kiss of minerals on a nice finish. For the label of “Demi-sec” she certainly […]

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USA, Pinot Noir, DeLoach, O-F-S, Russian River Valley, California, 2010

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N/ First thing that hits you is a blast of smoky barbecue sauce. Quite surprising yes, but more pleasing than it may sound. That aroma quickly tames with time, to reveal wafts of cherry taffy. Also, hints of rubber tree – which thankfully also air off after just 10 minutes. Cola, bacon, and black tea […]

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Argentina, Cabernet Sauvignon, Casarena, Ramanegra, Reserva, Agrelo, Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza, 2010

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Best one hour+ post decant. A slight swampiness needs to dissipate. N/ Cloves, pepper, and dark chocolate. Spiced, deep plums and black fruits. A huge, huge nose. Rose petals, nutmeg, cedar, and oak. Freshly cracked flint. Herbs. More cloves on the end. Terrific. T/ Full mouthfeel. Really full. Cloves and caramelized sugars preside with a heavy […]

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Argentina, Cabernet Sauvignon, 34, Bodega Carelli, Mendoza, 2010

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Best two hours+ post decant. She starts off a tad green and tight. Good airing fixes this. N/ Herbs. Red and black berries. Smoked cassis. Cedar, and young oak. Leather. Light, black soil. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. Angular and semi-tart flavors of red berries and cranberry with a small pucker effect. Simple. No major […]

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