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El Dorado County

USA, Red Blend, (Rhone Style – Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre), Crystal Basin Cellars, “Victorie”, El Dorado County, 2007

Rhone-style Red Blend of 40% Grenache, 40% Syrah, and 20% Mourvedre. Note: Let breathe at least 1 hour, or preferably 2-3 hours, before enjoying. N/ Brick dust. Sweet, ripe cassis and currants. Confectionary. Black pepper. Light granite wafts. Tobacco. Deep oaks. Oyster shells. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Medium clean. Fat, ripe black and blueberries. Big, but […]

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USA, Cabernet Franc, Crystal Basin Cellars, El Dorado Reserve, El Dorado County, 2007

N/ Fat leather. Dried currants. Dry earth. Hardwoods. Crushed granite. Plums. Violets. Musk. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Chalky for first two hours. Fuzzy plums. Pleasant tobacco. Note: suggest you wait about 2 hours after decanting to enjoy. Price = $25 from http://www.crystalbasin.com/ Good+. 84 This wine was a media sample kindly provided by the winery.

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USA, Mourvedre, Crystal Basin Cellars, El Dorado, Reserve, El Dorado County, California, 2008

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N/ Massively spicy, about as big as as it gets. Deep gamey notes. Seriously spiced cigar box. Stash of candies wrapped in a dry gunnysack. Leather and earth. LOVE this nose. T/ Full mouthfeel. Spicy, spicy, spicy! Huge tannins and meat, but so soft at the same time. Light oiliness, that serves to coat ones […]

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