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Argentina, Cabernet Sauvignon, Bodega Septima, Valle de Uco, Tunuyán, Mendoza, 2008

Note: decant and let breath at least one hour before enjoying. In the glass practice aggressive swirling. C/ Black, deep purple. Light penetrates not. N/ Round black pepper. Black soil. Stewed black cherries and cassis. Graham cracker. River stones. T/ Medium-full to full mouthfeel. Stewed, white peppered plums with an acid finish. Wood work big […]

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Australia, Red Blend (Shiraz/Merlot/Cabernet), Mollydooker, Two Left Feet, 2008

Red blend of: 68% Shiraz, 17% Merlot, and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon N/ Fat oaks with a tinge of burnt sugar. Delicious! Plums and black fruits. Stewed black pepper. Damp barrel room. Sandalwood. Game. Lovely. T/ Medium full to full mouthfeel. Giant, dripping black peppered plum stew. Almost port-like in body. Clean for such a massive […]

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USA, Pinot Noir, La Follette, Sonoma Coast, 2008

N/ Perfumed tea. Bacon. Warm soft oaks. Light herbs. Soft, dry soil. Confectionary. Forest floor. Simply fantastic. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Silky elegance. Fat, red full berries leading to a cranberry finish. Wood work elegant and perfectly integrated. Wow. This is great winemaking, especially for the price point.  An absolute delight. Winemaker = Greg La Follette […]

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Mexico, Cabernet Sauvignon, Monte Xanic, Valle de Guadalupe, 1997

N/ Massive brick dust, lovely crushed granite, wet stones, graphite, dry earth, cherry. Lovely medium, but smooth, oaks. Eucalyptus. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Still lively and nice acid pop for such an oldie. Tad fuzzy, but still nice structure and wood integration. Gamey. Restrained, smoked plums. Long, elegant, stone-kissed finish. Price = not sure, bought so […]

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USA, Syrah, Terra Blanca, Reserve, Winemaker’s Barrel Select, Red Mountain AVA, Washington, 2004

N/ Light candy. White and black pepper. Dry soil. Cherries. Light cement. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. Medium clean. A tad light on the fruit for a Syrah, but what is there is very nice raspberries and blackberries. Great wood work and integration. High acid feel for a Syrah, which is nice. Slightly restrained, but […]

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USA, Zinfandel, Red Blend, Ravenswood, Vintner’s Blend, 2008

Zinfandel red bend of: 77% Zinfandel, 18% Petite Sirah and 5% Carignane Note: Let breathe at least a hour. Before that a slightly off-putting chlorinated smell might taint the nice experience. N/ Crushed, ripe black pepper. Gunnysack. Earth. Berries. Spice box. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Big, corpulent, blackberries. Great structure and complexity for the price point. […]

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USA, Malbec, Stuart Cellars, Limited Reserve, 2007

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N/ Big fat blackberries, dried cherries, violets, dry earth – but wet cedar.  Barrel room. Maybe even a touch of sandalwood or incense. Very complex, interesting, and pleasing. T/ Medium-full to full mouthfeel. Fruit bomb of nice mixed berries. Damp, fresh, dark soil. Exceptionally smooth and round. Wow. This is a great Malbec.  Given that many high […]

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Australia, Viognier, Yalumba, 2008

N/ Steamed, round hay. Ripe yellow fruits and apricots. Light, wet river stones. Crushed granite sprinkled in melted butter. T/ Medium full mouthfeel. Round. Slightly chlorinated water. Green apples. Soft structure. Steel, crisp finish. Price = Just $9.99 at BevMo! Astounding-. 95

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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Long Meadow Ranch, 2004

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97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc. N/ Dry dirt, sharp cassis, and big warm graphite.  Fantastic nose. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Quite Bordeaux in style.  Giant dusty plums, graphite, granite, and wonderfulearth.  Clean, long finish. Holy crap, great winemaking here. Retail $40-50. Astounding.95

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USA, Zinfandel, Blackstone, Winemaker’s Select, 2008

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A red blend of 85% Zinfandel, 8% Petite Syrah, and 5% Syrah. N/ Huge black cherry and raspberry. Earth and pepper. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Dripping berries, sweet cranberries.  Gulpable, yet also has a refined edge.  Long mouthwatering, berry finish. 20 mins after opening was great. No need to wait. For 12$ this is an absolute delight. […]

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USA, Riesling, Mondavi, Private Selection, 2008

N/ Big petroleum wafts for first hour, which subsided a bit, and then were gradually edged out by beautiful florals and sweet chamomile. T/ Medium to medium-full mouthfeel. Fantastic balance of ripe yellow fruits, acid, and crispness. Honey and hay. Delightful. Price = only $8-10. A true bargain! Amazing deal for what is in the bottle. Astounding-. 95 […]

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USA, Italy, Zinfandel aka Primitivo, Layer Cake, 2006

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A label that teaches you that Primitivo is, in fact, Zinfandel.N/ Warm woods but slightly maderized. Sweet plum. Cherry. T/ Medium full mouthfeel. Creamy. Raspberries andred apples.   Tart acid pop, a bit unique for a big Zin like this. Dark soil. Retail 13$ Note: I’m a huge fan of Layer Cake as they have verymuch impressed me […]

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USA, Pinot Noir, Torii Mor, Chehalem Mountains Select, 2007

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C/ Quite light, but, in this case, does not mean weak on flavor or aromatics. N/ Started off with nice, sweet blood and dry earth, but transformed over30 minutes into a brilliant floral bouquet. Clean spring water and lovelyoaks. Elegant cherries. Light cigar box. Absolutely lovely – and evolving – like a great Pinot should. T/ […]

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USA, Thornton, Viognier, 2007, Bottle Variations, Closures

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This is an absolutely wonderful, if not downright fascinating Viognier.It is also a decent example of a far-too-common challenge facedby winemakers…In the fantastic book “To Cork or not to Cork” by Gorger Taber (which I will post a full review on later) many examples are given that detail bottle-to-bottle variations.The scenes generally play out like this… a […]

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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Far Niente, Napa Valley, Oakville, California, 1998

Red blend of: Cabernet Sauvignon with 15% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc. N/ Barrel room. Deep rose petals. Elegant cassis and blackcherry. No other way to say it… just plain wonderful soil and earth aromas. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Elegant, restrained puple fruits, with dustings of light
 graphite. Dark soil. Multi-layers and a long, long finish. Bordeaux […]

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Chile, Pinot Noir, Cono Sur, Ocio, Casablanca Valley, 2006

N/ Burnt cherries. Dirt. Earth. Clove. Spice box. Nutmeg. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Amazingly clean. Huge berries. Damp earth. Price =  $40-50 retail. Astounding-. 95 Note: The 2007 version of this wine remains one of my favorite wines, at any price.

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France, Champagne, Perrier-Jouet, Grand Brut

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N/ Light toast, hay, citrus, river stones, stale water.T/ Crisp green apples, under-ripe peaches, limes, bread.Extremely dry, like I like my champagne. Long finish.Note: Amazingly was a better drink on night two.  I vaccu-vinedafter one glass on night one, and, of course, the bottle slowlyfills up with CO2 after you do that to a champagne.  Generallythey […]

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(Winery & Vineyard Visits), Achaval Ferrer, Mendoza, Argentina, South America

Bodega Achaval Ferrer is a do-not-miss.  AF has three different vineyards noted by their very different altitudes.  Mirador is at 600 meters, Bella Vista at 800, and Altamira resides at 1,400 meters above sea level.    Some of their wines use 1 plant for one bottle, while their amazing “Quimera” blends use 2, and some of their […]

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Chile, Cabernet Sauvignon, Old Vines, Doña Dominga, 2007

C/ Incredible depth of color with tinge of Malbec-looking purple. N/ Deep purple velvet, overipe plums, sugared cassis, earth, dead water. T/ Round glycerol purple and black fruits, excellent structure, explodes with fruit and a long cherry finish. Price = 8$?! Astounding. 95 / 96

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