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Craig MacLean

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, Red Blend (Merlot dominated), Bonedance, JAQK Cellars, Napa Valley, California, 2007

Red Blend of: 75% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Syrah, and 1% Cabernet Franc. N/ Clean blackcherry and purple fruits. Brick dust, river rocks, light confectionery. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Clean, angular blackcherry and red berries. Touch tannic, but nicely mixed with some sweetness. Long, nice, earthy finish. Smooth and full. Only fault – lacking just […]

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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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