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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Beaulieu Vineyard (BV Wines), Napa Valley, Rutherford Appellation, California, 1998.

C/ Brown brick dust. N/ Deep, amazingly clean plum and cassis for the age of this wine. Signature “Rutherford dust”, but such a deeper note of it than normal. Awesome. Blackcherries and flint steeped in old leather and tobacco leaves.  Surfboard wax. Light wafts of tomato leaf, which normally isn’t a plus, but in this case […]

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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, Petite Sirah, Beaulieu, Napa Valley, Maestro Collection, 2005


N/ Candied barrel room. Earth.  Light chocolate. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Lush, ripe cherries. Warm oak flavors. Cassis and plums.  Complex. Retail = $32 Note: Had again, and it was exactly the same great bottle of wine. Go get one of these! Astounding. 96

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Know Your – Napa Grapes!

The Whites Chardonnay By volume she is the world’s most favorite wine. Some of her United States versions are fairly neutral in smell, taste, and soul.  Not really much to delve into, or reflect upon.  A vodka among white wines, unless done right.  Rare that be, domestically.  If you choose generic Chard over all else, […]

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