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USA, Red Blend, Zinfandel (with Petite Sirah), Napa Cellars, Napa Valley, California, 2009

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Red blend of 88% Zinfandel and 12% Petite Sirah. N/ White pepper, powdered flint, gunpowder, black fruits, granite, and taffy. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Slightly angular, but rich black fruits and red berries. A truly complex minerality, especially for Zinfandel and this price point. Even though she closes fairly fast, she has a lingering light pucker […]

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France, Gewurztraminer, Lucien Albrecht, Reserve, Alsace, 2010

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N/ Pine needles steeped in rose petals. Clean, stewed hay. Clean, yellow fruits. River rocks and light granite dust. Slight spice, accompanied by nice and lively acid wafts. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Delightful balance of clean yellow fruits, slightly oiled body, and crisp acids. Melon and honeysuckle steeped with just a slight amount of nutmeg. A […]

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USA, Red Blend, Crimson and Clover, Concannon, Conservancy, Livermore Valley, California, 2009

Red blend of: 50% Petite Sirah, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15%Syrah, and 10% Zinfandel. N/ Ripe plum, slightly smoked. Strawberry jam. Broth of river rocks and dried grasses. Touches of confectionery, cigar box, and cedar. T/ Full mouthfeel. Thick, red berries and plum jam. Displays many good aspects of classically made Zinfandel that appear to be […]

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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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Germany and USA, Riesling, Cupcake Vineyards, Mosel Valley grapes, 2010

N/ Honeysuckle. Crushed granite. Clean, stewed hay. Lemon zest. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Medium acid pop. Nice weight to acid balance and thankfully not too sweet. Lemon and white pear juice. Acid presence from first sip to finish, very nicely done for this price point. Just a tad flabby on the close, but persistent lemon zesting […]

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Australia, Shiraz, Cumulus Wines, Anthropology, “Pure Estate”, Central Ranges, 2009

N/ Smoked plum jam. Gunnysack. Acidic granite dust. Light game. Leather. T/ Full mouthfeel. Thick plum and dark berry jam, almost like a Zinfandel. Game and blood. Long, fruity, tarny, gamey, and oaky finish. Winemaker = Debbie Lauritz Winemaker tasting notes…. http://www.cumuluswines.com.au/ssl/CMS2/assets/2009_Anthropology_Shiraz_TastingNote_USA.pdf Price =$13-15, found on special for $9. Very Good + / Brilliant -. […]

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USA, Rose of Pinot Noir, Patton Valley Vineyard, Willamette Valley, Oregon, 2010

N/ Cantaloupe and honeydew melon. Soft aromas of river rocks. Rose petals. Light tropicals and cranberry. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Very nicely weighted. Lush, but not sugary, cantalopue, green melon, and watermelon. This is a melon party! Acid is good, but just a tad low, lending to a soft and round experience. If you like wine, […]

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New Zealand, Sauvignon Blanc, Goldwater, Wairau Valley, Marlborough, 2010

N/ Medium-high ammonia, gooseberries. Powerful green grasses, grapefruit, sharp gunflint.  (B / B+) T/ Medium mouthfeel. Nice acid pop, mouthwatering. Green, crisp grasses steeped with passion fruit juice and citrus. A delightful minerality, one of those “licking a wet river rock” tastes. Long finish, almost too long… getting into “aftertaste” zone… (A-) Too much ammonia […]

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France, Sauvignon Blanc, Chateau de Jau, Vignobles Dauré, Le Jaja de Jau, Cotes de Gascogne, Languedoc, 2010

A very unique, and eye-catching wine label. N/ Pronounced, acidic, river rocks. Medium-high green grasses and medium ammonia. Fresh flowers and clean leather. Lime zest and granite. Alive. T/ Huge acid pop right off, parting to a medium-full mouthfeel. Then, out comes crisp, clean, stewed hay and grasses. A lingering slight yellow fruit sweetness comes […]

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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Envy Wines, Napa, 2007

N/ Fat, lush, barrell room. Clean, thick, cassis and plum. Slight smoke. White and black pepper. Tiny waft of licorice. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Clean, pine-laced, stewed blackcherries and plums. Only fault is a tad chalky. Mineral and flint closer. http://www.envywines.com/ Winemaker = Nils Venge Price = $48 Brilliant-. 90 This wine was generously shared by […]

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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Morro Bay, Pasternak, Lange Family Grapes, Lodi, Acampo, 2008

N/ Clean plum. Mocha. Lavender. Confectionery laced cassis. Clean cloves. Tobacco. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Soft. Round. Slightly chalky plum bomb. Very gulpable. Might be a excellent party wine – for broad appeal and great price point. Winemaker = David Akiyoshi Price = $10 – $12 Very Good + / Brilliant -. 89 / 90 This […]

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Chile, Syrah, Undurraga, T.H., Leyda Valley, 2009

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N/ Huge confectionery stewed oak staves. Barrel room. Stewed plums with a light dust of white pepper. Wet steel. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Massive ripe plums and berries stewed in oak and pepper. Smooth, with slight acid pucker and chalk. Long, fruit bomb, mouthwatering finish. Night two (vaccu-vinned and refrigerated overnight): N/ Much improved. Sage-kissed barrel […]

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Chile, Pinot Noir, Vina Casablanca, Nimbus Estate, Single Vineyard, Casablanca Valley, 2009

N/ First thing that hits you is a very pleasant, earth- and incense-driven perfume. Sandalwood. Crushed, acidic, river rocks. Black fruits and black tea. Lovely. Note: after I finalized my own rating I noted that other tasters of this wine had experienced some vegetal and plastic aromas.  I have experienced those traits in a number […]

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Chile, Sauvignon Blanc, Los Vascos, Les Domaines Baron de Rothschild, Lafite, Casblanca Valley & Curicó, 2010

N/ Pronounced green grass, raw asparagus, and hard herbals. Round, yellow fruits boxed in on all sides by crushed granite and minerals. Slight ammonia wafts. This is a muscular nose for the varietal. T/ Medium mouthfeel.  Unexpected glycerol weight lends power and coating to the ripe yellow fruits, lychee, and stewed hay flavors. Very refreshing […]

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USA, Sauvignon Blanc, Tin Barn, Carneros, Sonoma, 2009

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N/ Damp hay.  Spring water with light lime zest. Clean, green grasses. Crushed river stones. T/ Full and round mouthfeel. Glycerol weight high enough that it slightly beats out the acid pop – so just slightly unbalanced to the soft side.  Thick, ripe yellow fruits stewed with fresh hay.  Extended, mineral-kissed finish. New world fruity […]

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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Bremer Family, Howell Mountain, Napa, 2003

Note: this is a study in how patience after taking the cork out can pay off. Wait at least two hours post decanting before enjoying this. Prior to the two hour mark, the wine is a disappointment, but after two hours she is elegant. N/ Clean cassis. Warm, dry hay. Warm granite, flint, and cedar. […]

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Australia, Pinot Noir, Innocent Bystander, Victoria, Yarra Valley, 2009

C/ Tad cloudy. N/ Lightly smoked earth and cherries. Strong black tea. Wild herbs. Interestingly some light wafts of black olive. Clean leather and cigar box. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Slight chalkiness. Nice, bracing acid leading to a healthy payload of red and blue berries. Black tea. Cranberry finish. Winemaker = Steve Flamsteed Price = Current […]

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Australia, Pinot Gris, Innocent Bystander, Victoria, Yarra Valley, 2009

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N/ Honeysuckle, crisp hay, crushed river stones, light confectionery with some rounded woods. Touch of pear on the ending. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel.  Very pleasant acid kick which rushes you into to restrained, but ripe, tropical fruits. Her crisp minerality is nicely balanced with a mouth-watering acidity. Even better when served colder than normal […]

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France, Rose, Bordeaux, Chateau Garrineau Envie d’ete, 2009

N/ Tad flat. Crisp. Clean river stones. Stewed rhubarb. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. Clean, granite kissed red berries and red apples. Very different than the rest of the Rose wines had during the #SDWM Rose Rumble event. Price = just $10! Very Good + / Brilliant -. 89 – 90 This wine was a […]

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USA, Merlot, Beaulieu Vineyards, Napa Valley, 2005

N/ Ripe plums, warm big oaks, warm granite, cherry cola, light taffy. Toasted hay. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. Huge, ripe plums. Warm oaks. Round minerality. Slightly chalky. Long, fruit-packed finish. Delivers, in spades, on fruits and well integrated, sweet, oaks – but it just a tad undefined for a higher rating. Price = $14 […]

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