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2012

USA, Pinot Noir, Anaba, Sonoma Coast, California, 2012

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N/ Cherry, raspberry, roses, cedar, a touch of white pepper, and cracked flint. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. Clean cherry and raspberry flavors with nice wood tones. Mineral and acid presence very well balanced with the fruit. She closes with a pleasant lingering spice note. Very nice Sonoma Coast pinot example with an attractive price point. Alcohol […]

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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, 2012

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Red blend of: 60-70% Malbec and 30-40% Cabernet Sauvignon. Rated two hours after decanting. N/ Plum skins, complex spices, red berries, wet rocks, gunpowder, forest floor, warm cherry pie, wild herbs and lavender. Wow! T/ Medium full to full mouth feel. Deep flavors of liquid plum skins, black fruits, blackberries, and blueberries. Matured and solid […]

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Chile, Carmenere, Montes Alpha, Colchagua Valley, 2012

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Red blend of: 90% carmenere and 10% cabernet sauvignon. Color/ Simply amazing. Almost black. Squid ink pomegranate juice and black soil came together as one deep, dark, brooding color. N/ Wonderfully void of some of the reduced aromas that are unfortunately associated with some low priced Chilean wines – especially upon first opening. Deep notes of ripe […]

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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Faust, Napa Valley, Coombsville, California, 2012

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Red blend of: 80% cabernet sauvignon, 16% merlot, 2% cabernet franc, and 2% petit verdot. Note: over 50% of the fruit for this vintage came from the 110-acre Faust Vineyard in the Coombsville district, which is the highest percentage that has ever made it into the final blend for this wine. I’ve enjoyed almost every wine I’ve had from Coombsville. […]

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Chile, Chardonnay, Cocha y Toro, Serie Riberas, Gran Reserva, Colchagua Valley, 2012

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N/ 4 out of 10 on the butterscotch scale. Very agreeable and pronounced wafts of sun bleached rock. Outside of the actual tea, this is an amazing mimic of the aroma of chamomile. Sea spray, and a hint of iodine/kelp. Really, really nice. One of the nicer Chilean chardonnay noses I’ve encountered. T/ Medium full […]

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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, 14 Hands, Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley, Washington, 2012

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Recommend decanting. This can be easily accomplished by pouring into a clean glass pitcher, if you do not have a “proper” decanter. Wait at least 30 minutes, preferably one hour before enjoying this. N/ Deep notes of slightly smoked plums skins dominate her nose. Ripe currant. Crushed fall leaves. Forest floor. Taffy. Suntan lotion. T/ […]

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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Parducci, True Grit, Reserve, Mendocino, California, 2012

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Red blend of 80% cabernet sauvignon, 15% merlot, and 5% syrah. N/ Dusty plums, boysenberries, rhubarb, paprika, redwood sawdust, and slate. T/ Medium mouthfeel. She starts with a tart pucker leading to clean lines of black fruits, ripe cranberry, and red berries. Nice mineral notes, light tobacco flavors, and some sandy tannins close her out. […]

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Italy, Red Blend (Merlot, Syrah and Sangiovese), Liberta, Collazzi Vineyards, Toscana, 2012

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N/ Cellar room, sage, crushed rose petals, cassis, light confection, sweet woods, forest floor, and rhubarb. Complex and delightful. T/ Light to medium mouth feel. Silky but bouncing with acidity. Clean, mineral driven cassis and red berries, with a cranberry tartness that tamed with time in the glass. A perfect food wine that worked seamlessly with […]

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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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New Zealand, Pinot Noir, Goldwater, Wairau Valley, Marlborough, 2012

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N/ Spice, nutmeg, BBQ smoke, and rock dust hover over cherry and black cherry notes. Hint of forest floor. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Medium acid work… was hoping for just a bit more dance. Warm cherry and black cherry notes. Smoked meats and wood. Mouthwatering, extended mineral and cherry finish. http://www.pasternakwine.com/ Alcohol = 13.5% Price = […]

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USA, Gewürztraminer, Snoqualmie, ECO, Columbia Valley, Washington State, 2012

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N/ Pine needles, lime zest, and light wafts of vaseline. The latter being a bit surprising as one typically finds those in riesling, not gewürztraminer.   She also has an interesting herbal and spice note that I frankly cannot quite put my finger on, my best guess is some mashup of tarragon and nutmeg, but it […]

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USA, Red Blend, Whistle Stop, Snoqualmie, Columbia Valley, Washington, 2012

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Red blend of: 70% cabernet sauvignon and 30% merlot N/ Deep and dusty plum jam wafts, mesquite wood, paprika, black, wet soil. T/ Medium-full to full mouthfeel. Round, black fruit flavors with a touch of barbecue spices. While she has an ample fruit payload, she also has some nice, clean lines of minerals and wood. […]

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USA, Chardonnay, Wente, Riva Ranch, Heritage Block, Arroyo Seco, Monterey, California, 2012

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N/ Rich and full. Wonderful butterscotch and oil waft well for the fans of such, but restrained in such a manner that even those of us who are not partial that profile can really enjoy this nose. Luscious yellow fruits, clean notes of oak, and slate. T/ Full mouthfeel. Wow, this one is huge. In […]

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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mandolin, Central Coast AVA, Hames Valley, Paso Robles, California, 2012

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N/ Round wafts of black cherry and cassis. Old, wet wood, forest floor, and granite. Hints of tomato leaf and paprika.T/ Medium full to full mouthfeel. Big, bold flavors of plum skin, black cherry, chocolate, and cassis. A few untamed, tannic, bites, but multiple layers and luscious fruits. She also, thankfully, has some clean lines […]

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Italy, Garganega, Soave, ReMidas, Cantina di Soave, Soave DOC, 2012

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N/ Honeysuckle, lime zest, yellow flowers, light Vaseline. Fresh rain on cement. Cream Brulé and toast points. Lovely.T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. A very nice balance between a lightly  coating mouthfeel, and ample, lime zested acid work. Yellow apples, honeydew, and pineapples. Medium long finish with a touch of mouthwatering lime. http://www.cantinasoaveusa.com/re-midas-soave.php Price = a […]

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USA, Sauvignon Blanc, Gallegos, St. Helena, Somerston Estate, Napa Valley, California, 2012

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N/ Thankfully, no cat aromas whatsoever. Fresh rain, pears, wet concrete and crisp, dried hay. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. Clean, acid dancing, layers of light yellow fruits, soft hay notes, and hints of pineapple. An extended lime juice and light mineral close. Very impressive, this would be absolutely perfect on a warm sunny day, […]

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USA, Zinfandel, Gnarly Head, Old Vine, Lodi, California, 2012

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N/ Nutmeg, coconut, and clove on her start. Red berries, taffy, and a hint of rock. Crushed bricks. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Pronounced red berries and red fruits. While the fruit payload is clearly dominating, there is a light backbone of minerals, and a decent acid pop that lends some balance. This is one of those […]

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USA, Rosé, Mourvèdre, Stinson Vineyards, Monticello, Virginia, 2012

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100% mourvèdre N/ Suggest you wait at least 20 to 30 minutes after opening this bottle as some reduced aromas needed to escape, at least from the bottle I had. After the short wait, she delivers nice Rosé hallmarks of fresh bracing fruit and raspberries, with a very nice mineral and rock presence. T/ Medium mouthfeel. […]

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USA, Gewürztraminer (Medium Dry), Bellangelo, Finger Lakes, Dundee, New York, 2012

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Gewürztraminer is pronounced (guh-VURTS-trah-mee-ner). N/ Thick, but soft, aromas of ripe peaches and pears. Gardenias delight. Green apples tartness. Fresh hay and spring water. Hint of nutmeg. Very agreeable. T/ Medium-full to full mouthfeel. Bursting with lightly sugared flavors of quality canned peaches and pears.  The acid work is just a tad low, and hence […]

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Italy, Garganega, Soave Classico, Rocca Sveva, Cantina di Soave, 2012

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Grape pronunciation: garganega (gar-GAH-nay-gah) N/ I excitedly and spontaneously excluded that her nose was “citrus, nutmeg, carmel, toasty yeast, passion fruit and and wet cement – oh my!” Meaning, I loved it. T/ Oh wow, delivery here as well. Medium mouthfeel. Pineapple, apples, and passion fruit deliciousness with ample acids to keep your mouth watering. […]

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