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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, 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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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, Pinot Noir, Valdivieso, Reserva, Casablanca Valley, 2009

Note: more vibrant and balanced within one hour of opening. Don’t dally. N/ Crushed river rocks steeped in a light black tea. Clean, lean, bacon wafts. Solid, standard pinot cherry waftings. Crisp hay. Flint. Tiny hints of chlorine. T/ Medium mouthfeel.  Well balanced acid with ample red fruits and berries. No hard edges here, even […]

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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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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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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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USA, Chardonnay, Ghost Pines, Winemakers Blend, Monterey, Napa, and Sonoma, 2007

A 100% Chardonnay blend from multiple California AVA’s = 25% Sonoma, 35% Napa, and 40% Monterey. N/ Full yellows. Medium petrol wafts. Light granite. Light oaks. Slight spice. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Medium-high glycerol weight. Solid, dripping yellows. Light, dry hay infused spring water. Paired perfectly with a variety of finger foods – from savory meatballs […]

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Argentina, Malbec, Finca Algarve, Cinco Sentidos, Mendoza, 2005

Note: cork was crumbly, but intact, wine had only migrated 1/20 of the length, and no veins to surface. In short, suspect cork, but all seemed fine. Must try second bottle soon to check. N/ Warm, black fruits dusted with hot asphalt. Petrol painted barrel room. This is indeed a 5 year old Malbec (so a […]

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USA, Viogneir, Keswick Vineyards, Virginia, Montecillo, 2009

N/ River rocks, cedar and hard oaks, apricot and warm tropicals – similar to California Chardonnay in certain characteristics. Dry hay. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Warm, round apple and pears.  Medium high, delightful acidity. Perfectly titrated oaks. Delightful! Price $22 from http://www.keswickvineyards.com Brilliant. 91 This wine was a media sample kindly provided by the winery and […]

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USA, Zinfandel (with Petite Sirah), Darcie Kent Vineyards, Livermore, California, 2007

Red blend of: 76% Zinfandel and 24% Petite Sirah. Let breathe one hour before enjoying. (Too tight and steely for first hour.) N/ Plums, clean rust, tight oaks, freshly baked bread, confectionary, light white pepper. Wet gunnysack. Game. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Quite clean and angular for a Zin. Raspberries and cranberries. Milk chocolate finish. Winemaker […]

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USA, Chardonnay, Franciscan, Napa, 2008

N/ Buttery, oily, vanilla toasty signature CA chardonnay nose with extra puffs of river stones, herbals, and light, yeasty, Graham crackers. Lovely. T/ Medium full mouthfeel. Medium glycerol weight. Medium-high crispness/acid. Thick tropicals. Pear. White flower essesnce. Retail = $14 – $18 Fine winemaking here.  If you are are CA Chard lover, try this one. […]

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USA, Meritage, Juslyn, 2001

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A Meritage blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot, and 3% Cabernet Franc. N/ Nice barrel room. Fat plums. Smoke.  Cigar box. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Extra clean. Dry plum.  Tobacco. Very clean finish. Retail $58 Brilliant. 91

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France, Rhone Blend, Domaine Les Aphillanthes, 2007

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N/ Dripping plums. Fresh tortillas. Fresh leather. Green grass. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Clean. Smooth. Round, sweet plum sauce. Slight wine reduction sauce taste. Retail $24 Brilliant. 91

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Australia, White Blend, Shoofly, Buzz Cut, 2008

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White Blend of 37% Riesling, 32% Viognier, 21% Verdelho, 5% Chardonnay, and %5 Sauvignon Blanc.   Nice, I love to see these unique blends.   N/ The Riesling seems to dominate with the petroleum wafts, butalso nice bright yellow flowers and ripe yellow fruits and the signatureof a nice acid backbone. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. Lime […]

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South Africa, Pinotage, Hill and Dale, Stellenzicht, 2007

N/ Nice oaks.  Cherry. Clean cassis. Burlap. Light banana. T/ Medium mouthfeel.  Bright acid for a red. Black cherries, currants.  Slight tannic bite. Brilliant. 91

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USA, Syrah, Herman Story, “239 Days”, 2007

N/ Young, but rich, sherry.  Oxidized plums. Brooding waters. Waftings of a New Jersey bog where the Mob dumps “unneeded” bodies? La Brea tar pits? Chlorine hints. T/ Round blackness. Big mouthfeel. Hotness from 17.3% alcohol! Almost like a wine/port hybrid, but much, much cleaner lines and freshness than a port. Fascinating and totally unique. Note: about $35 retail. […]

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USA, Syrah, Herman Story, Nuts and Bolts, 2007

  N/ Lurid, nasty but tasty, tarn with hot vapors.  The Venus of wine noses.  Olds plums with fresh smoke. T/ Giant mouthfeel.  Big fat tannins, nut agreeable. Almost Grenache-like smoothness. Mole! 16.4% alcohol beat down. Totally unique.  Almost bizarre. Conversation ender and starter. Price = $35 Brilliant -. 91 This wine was provided by […]

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