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USA, Red Blend (Zinfandel dominated), Cardinal Zin, Beastly Old Vines, Big House, Underdog Wine Merchants, Livermore, California, 2009


Red Blend of: 80% Zinfandel, 10% Mourvedre, 8% Carignane, and 2% Petite Sirah N/ Less jammy than I was expecting. Stewed cherry and plum. Wet, slightly stale, black pepper. Sour cherry. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Slightly chalky blackberries and plums. Soft closer. Winemaker = Georgetta Dane Price = $9.99 I’ve really enjoyed other Big House […]

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USA, Zinfandel (with Petite Sirah), Darcie Kent Vineyards, Livermore, California, 2007

Red blend of: 76% Zinfandel and 24% Petite Sirah. Let breathe one hour before enjoying. (Too tight and steely for first hour.) N/ Plums, clean rust, tight oaks, freshly baked bread, confectionary, light white pepper. Wet gunnysack. Game. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Quite clean and angular for a Zin. Raspberries and cranberries. Milk chocolate finish. Winemaker […]

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USA, Merlot, Darcie Kent Vineyards, “Crown Block”, Livermore, California, 2006

Decant and let breathe at least an hour. Has some reduced aromas that need to fly away. Once they do, a very nice wine emerges. N/ Currants. Sweet, ripe plums. Light candy. Oyster shells. Dry gunnysack. Black soil. Delightful!, except a tad hot. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. Medium clean. Black cherries. Peppered plum stew. […]

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