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Argentina, Cabernet Sauvignon, Lattitud 33, 2008

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N/ Cassis. Cigar box. Crushed rock. Light smoke. T/ Medium, elegant, mouthfeel. French, old-world fruit restraint.  Wonderful earthy, mineral body. Long, earthy finish. Hard to believe this is a Cab Sav from Argentina, and even harder to comprehend the price! One of the best under $20 Cab Savs I’ve ever had. Retail = around $10 !! […]

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Argentina, Malbec, Layer Cake, 2008

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N/ Elegant blackberries and violets.  Clean, perfumed purple fruits. A total delight. T/ Clean, medium mouthfeel. Dripping raspberries.  Blackberries. A sauce made from violets. Big and wet. Almost seems like a trace of residual sugar. Mouth-coating. Zero tannic bite. Wowzers. $16.99 at BevMo, screw cap. Note 1: I heard some buzz about this one, and usually that […]

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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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