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USA, Rose of Petite Sirah and Pinot Noir, Foppiano, Russian River Valley, 2009

Foppiano’s Estate bottled Rose. Blend of 55% Petite Sirah and 45% Pinot Noir. N/ Strawberry. Elegant florals. The aromas of the earth after a fresh spring rain. Seriously. Touch of smoke . One of the best Rose noses I’ve ever encountered. Almost magical. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Perfectly balanced. Nice acid throughout her entire delivery. Elegant […]

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USA, Zinfandel, Joel Gott, Amador County, Dillian Ranch, 2006

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N/ Huge, ripe, barrel room. Giant plums and blackberry. Black pepper. Lovely hay. Absolutely seductive and gorgeous.T/ Medium mouthfeel. Dripping plums and berries.  Lovely, mature liquid oak. Great acid, tannins, and structure. Complex and yes, even amorous. Interesting that some of the elements that strike me as seductive in this wine are shared by a totally different wine, one of […]

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USA, Riesling, Firestone, Central Coast, 2008

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I got this for $6.99.  You’ve got to be kidding me ! N/ Fresh yellow fruits. Light petrol. Light candy. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Nice glycerol weight. HUGE acid pop. Multiple layers and long finish.  Sweetness almost perfect (just a tad high). Retail $6.99-$12 The winemaking effort that went into such an affordable wine – well, […]

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USA, Syrah, Pax, Cuvee Keltie, 2003

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C/ Dark chocolate. N/ Spicy woods. Burnt cherries. Gunpowder. Cigar box. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Deep leathered juice. Seared earth. Slight chalk. Absolutely lovely. Note: Drink within first 3 hours after opening as this bottle developed some aggressive smokey and BBQ aromas after the 3 hour mark. Retail $55-150, so shop carefully. Pax was named for the […]

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Chile, Carmenere, Santa Carolina, “Reservado”, 2009

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N/ Smoldering sweet campfire logs. Dusty, ripe plums. Gunpowder. Flint. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Dripping plums and cherries. Elegant woods. Nice structure. Long, chocolate finish. Note: About $8 retail! Astounding. 97

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Chile, Red Blend, Domaines Barons de Rothschild, Los Vascos, Le Dix, Lafite, Colchagua Valley, 2006

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A red blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Carmenere, and 5% Syrah. N/ Smoked cherries. Coffee. Flint. Graphite. Clean. T/ Medium to full mouthfeel. Fantastic oaks. Multiple layers. Elegant ripe black and purple fruits. Perfect forest floor. Wow. Note: I’m a huge fan of Lafite’s French Bordeaux – basically like many folks are.. and I’ve […]

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Argentina, Malbec, La Casa del Rey, Alta Vista, 2008

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N/ Restrained nose, but what is there includes plums,violets, and blackberries. Dry, but rich, soil.T/ Medium-full mouthfeel.  Super clean.  Bright.Great structure.  Solid red fruits, but clean all theway through. Proper oak presence.Delightful.Note 1: If you want to introduce someone to Ms. Malbec,this would be a fantastic choice.Note 2: Unlike many wines, this one does not get […]

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USA, Chardonnay, Far Niente, 2006

The 2006 Estate Chard was what Chards can, and should, be. T/ Weight that coats your entire mouth for minutes on end, so round, so full, basically unreal when compared to most Chards. Note: The 2004 “cave collection” Chard was even deeper. Note 2: About 50$ retail. These are must-try Chardonnays. Astounding. 97

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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon (with a dash of Merlot), Pine Ridge, Rutherford, 2005

N/ Amazingly deep. Barrel room, stewed figs, nutmeg, dark plum, vanilla, sweet fresh hay – the last a bit unique for a Cab. T/ Deep, otherworldly, round voluptuous femininity. Dirty, ripe, dripping plums.  Damn good grass. After two hours transcended more toward a Bordeaux profile but did not, oddly lose, fruit forwardness. Noteworthy: distinct smell of cornhusks developed […]

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USA, Pinot Noir, Doctor’s Vineyard, Bruliam, Santa Lucia Highlands, 2008

From http://www.bruliamwines.com/ “The 2008 Doctor’s Vineyard Pinot Noir is a big, bold pinot and a true reflection of the terroir of the Santa Lucia Highlands. With a nose of dark fruit and subtle leather and all-spice undertones.” Brainwines.com take… N/ Crisp, plum-steeped, spring water. Elegant leathers. Light lavender. Violets. Candy. T/ Clean, amazingly so. Smooth […]

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Argentina, Carmenere, Alcance, Calina, 2007

N/ Elegant. Warm oaks. Clean barell room. Big black and purple fruits promises. Carmenere signature smoldering campfire, but more refined. T/ Incredible structure and mouthfeel. Minerals surround the deep blackberries. Earth. Meat. Violets on steroids. Clean. Crisp but full.   What Carmenere can, and should, be. Astounding. 97 This was a sample courtesy of Kendall-Jackson

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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malk Family Vineyards, Stags Leap AVA, Napa, California, 2005

N / Beautiful, unique – but elegantly explosive like the established Napa powerhouse Cabs. Aromas of a sweet cassis reduction sauce, dark red fruits, black cherries, earth and forest floor. Multiple layers of matured oak. T/ Full mouthfeel, round but generous tannins, and beautiful structure. Long, meaningful, finish. http://www.malkfamilyvineyards.com/ Winemaker = Robbie Meyer Retail = $65.  WELL worth it. Astounding. […]

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Argentina, Torrontes, Late Harvest, La Yunta, “Torrontes Tardio”, 2005

N/ Golden sugar-infused hay. Fresh stone and mineral rich stream water. Freshly cured dates. Over-ripe melons. T/ Massively suave honey bomb. Long lasting full mouth feel that is so big it is shocking for this grape and region. Almost olive oil feel. Brilliant depth and power. Apricot peaches bliss. Astounding. 97.

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USA, Red Blend, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, 55/45, Laird. Jillian’s blend, 2005

Did not decant. N/ Barrell room. Fat but angular plum explosion. Ripe multiple purple fruit infused oaks. A fantastic medley of sexyness. T/ Multiple layers of purple and black sex. This wine teaches your mouth a lesson in passion. The woods have relations with the fruit skins while you are scandalously watching them. Astounding. 97.

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Argentina, Malbec (Port Style), Malamado, Familia Zuccardi, 2008

This is a “Port” style Malbec that is truly excellent. Has all that is great in a Port, but no cloying sweetness, and no rotten wood undertones. Usually with a Port, two glasses is all I can handle before the sweet factor bars me from further imbibes. Not so with Malamado. Did not try, but […]

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