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Joe Shirley

USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Cellars, Stagecoach Vineyard, Napa Valley, California, 2009

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N/ Pronounced earth and black soil. Rusty dirt. Flinty, thick blood. Rust and granite. Cedar and hardwoods. Graphite. Deep, brooding black fruits. Light forest floor. Blasts of freshly split flint on the close of the nose. Hints of wet concrete. Teases of funk. Surprisingly left bank Bordeaux in character. Delightful, complex, and perhaps best suited […]

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USA, Red Blend, Zinfandel (with Petite Sirah), Napa Cellars, Napa Valley, California, 2009

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Red blend of 88% Zinfandel and 12% Petite Sirah. N/ White pepper, powdered flint, gunpowder, black fruits, granite, and taffy. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Slightly angular, but rich black fruits and red berries. A truly complex minerality, especially for Zinfandel and this price point. Even though she closes fairly fast, she has a lingering light pucker […]

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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Cellars, Napa Valley, California, 2008

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N/ Warm, sage-infused oaks. Barrel room. Thick, clean cassis and black cherries. Pencil shavings and flint. T/ Full mouthfeel. Thick, coating, black cherry and a cassis reduction sauce. Light glycerol feel. Vibrant acid, creating a lively amplification for the generous fruits. Delicious tobacco and earth mid palate. Delightfully long, acid-driven finish, with a slight tannic […]

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USA, Merlot, Napa Cellars, Napa Valley, California, 2009

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Note: upon first opening she had luscious, round and rich oak aromas that were quite captivating. After about 30 minutes, however, the integration of those sweet oaks with the fruit aromas became less harmonious. This is one of those rare red wine’s that I suggest drinking immediately upon opening. N/ As stated, the nice warm, […]

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USA, Chardonnay, Napa Cellars, Napa Valley, California, 2010

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N/ Rich, opulent, butterscotch and oaked nose in the California Chardonnay tradition. However, enough minerality and wafts of crisp acid to please both old and New World style fans. Suntan lotion and surfboard wax aromas that develop with time also delight. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Nicely balanced acid and fruit, with a tad bit of that […]

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USA, Red Blend (Zinfandel dominated), Folie a Deux, Amador County, California, 2008

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Red Blend of: 80 % Zinfandel, 15% Petite Sirah, and 5% Barbera. N/ Nice barrel room, fat plums, stewed violets, black pepper, touch of dry cloves.  Light wafts of vinyl and rubber. T/ Medium-full to full mouth feel. Plums stewed with white and black pepper. Medium-high acid pop that cuts through, and balances, most of […]

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