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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Robert Mondavi, Napa Valley, 2009

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Red blend of: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 2% Syrah, 1% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec. Note: one of the few Cabernet that you will encounter that are actually better right after opening the bottle, rather than waiting my normal 1 to 2 hours post decant. N/ Barrel room, crisp leather, clean black […]

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Chile, Carmenere, Carmen, Gran Reserva, Apalta Valley, 2009

N/ Started off with typical Carmenere blackcherry / slightly reduced / smokey wafts … but those dissipated and blackcherry, game, blood, and brooding red and purple fruit slowly emerged after extended airing and swirling. T / Full mouthfeel. Clean. Slightly puckering tannins. Massive smoked blackcherries and red berry jam. Burlap closer with acid still going […]

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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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USA, Red Blend (Zinfandel dominated), Quivira, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma, 2009

Red Blend of: 83% Zinfandel, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petite Sirah, and 2% Grenache. N/ First impressions were not jammy, which I very much appreciate in a Zinfandel. Black plum, boysenberry, and, interestingly, some warm and dark cassis. Flint, dry earth and tanned leather. Just a tad hot. T/ Full mouthfeel. Clean, plum and light […]

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USA, Chardonnay (with supporting cast), Vin Parfait, California, 2009

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White Blend of: 95% Chardonnay, 3% Riesling, and 2% Muscat. N / Another unmistakeable California-signature chard nose with butter bath, thick oaks, vanilla, and butterscotch. Trying to compete with such is a slight minerality, stewed hay, and rope – all in a nice way. Nose rating = Good  = 81 / 82 T / Medium-full […]

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USA, Pinot Grigio, Cupcake Vineyards, DOC Trentino, Italy, 2010

N/ Honeysuckle. Crisp hay. Soft grasses. Soft, river rock aromas. Citrus. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Ripe cantaloupe and white pear. Medium-high acid pop. Solid mineral backbone. Soft, fruit full finish. http://www.cupcakevineyard.com Winemaker = Adam Richardson Price =$14 Great Q2PR again from the Cupcakers! Very Good. 87 / 88 This wine was a media sample kindly provided […]

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USA, Zinfandel, Red Blend, Ravenswood, Vintner’s Blend, California, 2009

Past vintages were Zinfandel red bends with Petite Sirah, Carignane, etc. I can’t find the varietal composition on this one after a reasonable internet search. Note: Let breathe at least a hour before enjoying. N/ Blackcherries. Fat, stewed oaks with white pepper touches. Flint. Game. Candied soil. T/ Medium-full to full mouthfeel.  Spiced blackcherry and […]

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USA, Pinot Grigio, Flip Flop, Underdog Wine Merchants, California, 2010

Note: these are truly “feel good wines” because “for every bottle of flipflop wine purchased, Soles4Souls will distribute a pair of shoes to someone in need”. I love the handy little visual guide on each bottle. N/ Hay. Bright yellow fruits. Crushed rocks. Wet cement. Light saltiness. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Dripping. Round, yellow fruits. Dry […]

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USA, Sangiovese, Two Mile, Polesky-Lentz Vineyards, Dry Creek Valley, 2007

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N/ Rich, clean, confectionery dusted plum. Blackcurrant. Dry burlap. Earthy. Lightly gamey. Slight barnyard. T/ Full mouthfeel.  Quite clean and vibrant acids, especially for the fruit payload. Blackcherries. Plums stewed with light licorice. Clean, angular, long, and fruit-packed finish. www.twomilewines.com Price = $38 Very Good / Very Good+. 88 / 89 This wine was a […]

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USA, Red blend (Zinfandel, Syrah, and Merlot), Apothic Red, 2009

N/ Massive jam bomb exploding inside a vat of more jam. Wet, black earth. Stewed, black pepper. Light wafts of river rock. T/ Full mouthfeel. Soft, fat, pillows of gigantic plum jam. Sweet, round, and plush. Incredibly easy drinking. Not elegant, but amazingly gulpable. One of the best under $20 red “party wines” I’ve ever rated […]

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France, Bordeaux Red Blend (Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon), Chateau La Freynelle, Gran Vin de Bordeaux, 2008

Note: suggest decanting, and then waiting 2 hours before enjoying. N/ Distinctly Bordeaux – aged cassis, flint, sharp graphite, leather, and burlap. Slightly medicinal. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Chalky plum and cherry. Both rough and round tannins. Slight pucker. Hard oaks. Angular, mineral finish with a final end note of cassis. Interesting, and very well crafted […]

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USA, Red Blend (Merlot & Cabernet Sauvignon), Folie a Deux, Napa Valley, 2007

Red Blend of: 86% Merlot and 14%Cabernet Sauvignon. N/ Plummy, medium oaks, dry earth. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Medium clean plum and purple fruits. Medium body and complexity. Easy, good drinking. Understated wood work. Probably a good “intro to Merlot” wine as not too complex and no hard edges… but does round out the fruit and […]

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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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USA, Syrah, Tre, Tre Cellars, Guglielmo Winery, 2007

Syrah plus 4% Cabernet Sauvignon. Suggestion: Drink right away, no need to decant and let breath. N/ Started out big fat plums and barrel room. Light black pepper. Later, barrel room faded and she picked up dry earth and hardwood aromas. T/ Light mouthfeel. Red berries. Black tea. Cranberry. Quite light for a syrah. Retail […]

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Argentina, Malbec, Telteca, Antá, Maipú & Valle de Uco, 2004

C/ Quite cloudy for a malbec, perhaps not fined or racked much? N/ Very floral with nice violets and roses. Extremely feminine and pretty. Eucalyptus too. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Dry, but packed with ripe red berry fruits. Wood work solid, but understated, leaving a tad off balance to an otherwise solid effort. Especially for the […]

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Chile, Sauvignon Blanc, Gato Negro, San Pedro, 2006

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N/ Green grass. Slight chlorine and petrol wiffs. Tropical fruits. Nicely void of typical SB cat piss smell. Oddly though, some faint smoke. T/ Light, but very smooth tropical fruits. Medium acid. A tad salty. Simple but quite quaffable. Very Good. 88

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Argentina, Malbec, Valentin, 2008

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C/ Light for a Malbec.   N/ Graham crackers. Not joking.  Stewed cherries, river stones, moss, candied smoke.  Note: I drink a lot of Malbec, and this nose is a significant outlier for the varietal. T/ Medium mouthfeel.  Slight tannic and acid bite.  Huh.  You can feel these flavors fighting to please you, but they […]

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USA, Pinot Noir, Napa Cellars, Napa Valley Pinot Noir, 2007

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N/ Subdued but elegant. Round stale cherries. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Cherries. Dry earth. Clean and elegant, but a tad lacking on structure. Note: About $27 retail. Very Good. 88

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