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USA, Petite Sirah, Ravenswood, Vintner’s Blend, California, 2009.

N/ Smoked and massively deep plums laced with a slight touch of confectionery. Massive cigar box, aged tobacco, and tomato leaf. Big, juicy, and brooding. Pretty awesome. T/ Full mouthfeel. Slightly tannic, but this is overrun by a huge black fruits and plum machine gunning. Impressive acid and balance for the price point. A flinty, […]

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USA, Chardonnay, Kunde, Sonoma Valley, California, 2010

N/ Nice, clean yellow fruits.Candied pop corn. Toast points. River rocks. Acid-kissed, wet cement. T/ Medium mouthfeel. First thing that hits you is a crisp, acidic backbone with bold minerality and clean granite. Next comes a restrained payload of clean yellow fruits and spicy, stewed hay flavors. A touch of butterscotch is in there for […]

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Chile, Carmenere, Concha y Toro, Marques de Casa Concha, Rapel Valley, 2009

N/ Round, stewed fruits, black plums, black cherry. Acidic wafts of wood and burlap. A violet reduction / infusion, sprinkled with granite dust. Game notes. T/ Full mouthfeel. Acid looms large over concentrated rose petal juice, black fruits, and rare beef. Thick with minerality and dark soil flavors. While I was not eating one I can imagine […]

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Chile, Carmenere, Montes Alpha, Colchagua Valley, 2008

Red blend of: 90% Carmenere and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. One hour post decant… N/ Sweet smoked BBQ! Creamy cassis and blackcherry. Soft river rock wafts and a nice minerality. Old leather. Warm cinnamon. Delightful. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Thick, smooth black cherry and black fruits. Sweet wood work. Medium high acid for the varietal. Dry, slight tannic, mineral […]

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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Dead Man’s Hand, Napa Valley, California, 2009

N/ Violets and deep florals. Clean cassis. Game, leather, cigar box, and lightly smoked forest floor. Bakers chocolate, slate and flint. Just a hint of cooked bell peppers. Delicious! T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Almost pillowy soft. Bracing acid for a Cabernet, and beautifully integrated with the deep cassis and black cherry notes. Thick with minerality. Another fantastic wine […]

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USA, Sangiovese, Castello di Amorosa, Napa, 2007

A red blend of 82% Sangiovese, 8% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2% Cabernet Franc. N/ Clean, acidic, blackberry. Light cassis reduction. Forest floor. Black earth. Light spice and confectionery. Leather. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Slightly candied stewed, juicy, plums with sweet oaks. Just a tad tannic. Slight chalk and a touch of steel. Her nose […]

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Spain, Tempranillo, Artero, Bodega Munoz, La Mancha, 2007

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N/ Brick dust. Round oaks. Freshly dried hay. Blood. River rocks and flint. Wonderful. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Medium high cleanliness. Round, sexy. Clean plums. Red berries and cranberries. Still a tad invasive tannic bite, that simply more bottle aging will likely address. (Although even simpler decanting and swirling took care of this after about the 30 minute mark). […]

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USA, Riesling, Flip Flop, Underdog Wine Merchants, Washington, 2010

Note: a truly “feel good wine”, not just from the yeast output, as “for every bottle of flipflop wine purchased, Soles4Souls will distribute a pair of shoes to someone in need”. Very pleasant packaging as well… bright, vibrant, summer beach shorts and bikini cool.   Note cute little flip flops on top of screw cap. Each […]

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Chile, Cabernet, Los Vascos, Domaines Barons de Rothschild, Lafite, Colchagua Valley, 2009

Note: this wine was decanted a full two hours before rating, I’d suggest you do the same. N/ High acid signature leading to black currant, cassis, crisp leather, green grasses, light white pepper, and a nice granite closer. T/ Medium to medium-full mouth feel. Smooth, but powerful cassis and blackcherries.  Slight to low tannic bite […]

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Chile, Syrah, Loma Larga, Casablanca Valley, 2006

N/ Brick dust. Massive, carmelized black fruits. Flint. Barnyard, rope, and burlap. Pencil shavings, and crushed rocks, oh my. Lovely.  T/ Medium-full mouthfeel.  Surprisingly clean given the earthy nose. Massive tannins. Big, dripping black fruits. Savory mushrooms. Mineral and long, fruit bomb finish. Winemaker = Cedric Nicolle http://www.lomalarga.com/site/?page_id=28 Price = $29 Brilliant. 92 / 93 […]

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Chile, Chardonnay, Los Vascos, Domaines Barons de Rothschild, Lafite, Colchagua & Casablanca Valley fruit, 2010

N/ Freshly steeped hay. River rocks. Passion fruit, grapefruit, and yellow fruits. For first 10 minutes the acid blast is off the charts – then it subsides. T/ Medium mouth feel. Medium oil and glycerol weight. Smooth, yellow fruit bomb followed by crisp minerality. Finish is long and mildly fruity – with an end note […]

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USA, Sauvignon Blanc, Franciscan, Napa Valley, 2009

N/ Fresh, zingy limes. Clean, fresh hay. Touch of grapefruit.  Slightest wafts of new leather. Like the 2008, thankfully  light on the Sauv Blanc signature cat pee / harsh herbals. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. Low weight. Excellent acid pop followed by medium-strong, delightful, minerals.Followed by crisp, ripe lime and lemon. The 2008 lacked, just […]

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USA, Chardonnay, Foppiano, Russian River Valley, 2009

N/ Wet hay. Huge minerality. Clean, angular, yellow fruits and apples. Classic Chardonnay nose displaying great structure and nicely layered with touches, not boatloads, of oak. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Acid in totally harmony with glycerol weight. Clean, crisp, but not remotely thin. Reminiscent of one of my favorite Chardonnay producers, Far Niente. This is classy, […]

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USA, Zinfandel, Terlato, The Federalist, Visionary, Dry Creek Valley, 2008

Fruit bomb lovers and structured wine aficionados can be together in harmony on this one…. N/ Started with pen ink, then transformed into luscious, dripping, ripe plums dusted with black pepper. Light flint and granite. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Huge, but round and massively juicy plum and fig jam. Long, satisfying jammy finish kissed with a […]

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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Franciscan, Winemaker’s Reserve, Napa, California, 2004

Note: suggest waiting one hour post decant as some of the more angular elements and spiky tannins need the air. N/ Lovely, fat oaks. Complex spice. White pepper dusted plums. Cigar box, old leather, soft earth, and forest floor. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Fat, ripe plums. Deep, aged cassis. Velvety rich, elegant mouthfeel. Deep earth and […]

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Spain, Tempranillo, Rioja, Montecillo, Reserva, 2003

Note: Potent barnyard aromas performed full frontal assault upon opening of this bottle.  They needed at least an hour to burn down to a pleasant level. N/ Absolutely massive barnyard which subsided over time to reveal fig jam, raw game, blood, black earth, and mushrooms. Incredibly dynamic with varied swirling and time in the glass.  […]

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USA, Red Blend (Cabernet Sauvignon dominated), 22 Black, JAQK Cellars, Napa Valley, California, 2007

Red Blend of: 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, and 2% Syrah. Note: decant and let breathe at least one hour before enjoying. A slightly reduced state (at least in the bottle I tried) needs to oxidize down a bit. Another year or two of bottle again might obtain same result, and this wine will be […]

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USA, Syrah, Soldiers of Fortune, JAQK Cellars, Napa Valley, California, 2007

Note: decanted one hour before rating. N/ Round. Warm Graham crackers. Massive black fruits. Stewed black pepper. River stones. Cedar. Confectionery. Wonderful. T/ Surprisingly clean and crisp given the nose. Medium mouthfeel. Mellow, but full, spices. Pepper soaked plums and black fruits. Chocolate and coffee. Massive minerality for a Syrah. Elegant structure and balance. Wonderful […]

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USA, Red Blend (Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Barbera), Folie a Deux, Amador County, 2008

Red Blend of: 80% Zinfandel, 15% Petite Sirah, and 5% Barbera N/ Warm spice. Confectionery. Graham crackers. Stewed plums. Ripe berry jam. Chocolate. Delightful! T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. Big, but clean jammy plums. Pepper stewed blackberries. Light clove. Great juice! Price = $18 Brilliant. 93 This wine was a media sample kindly provide by […]

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Australia, White Blend (Viongier and Marsanne), d’Arenberg, “The Hermit Crab”, McLaren Vale, Adelaide, 2008

White Blend of: 72% Viognier and 28% Marsanne. Note 1: Another case of bottle variation… I had this many months ago, lost my tasting notes, but recollected a significant fondness for it… so I bought two new bottles last week.. bottle number one was reduced and had VA / nail polish aromas that all but […]

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