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USA, Zinfandel, Gnarly Head, Old Vine, Lodi, California, 2012

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N/ Nutmeg, coconut, and clove on her start. Red berries, taffy, and a hint of rock. Crushed bricks. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Pronounced red berries and red fruits. While the fruit payload is clearly dominating, there is a light backbone of minerals, and a decent acid pop that lends some balance. This is one of those […]

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USA, Red Blend, Zinfandel Dominated, Pandemonium, Lodi & Clarksburg, California, 2009

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Red blend of: Zinfandel, Malbec, Merlot, and Petit Verdot. (I like the creative blending here). N/ Her nose is a tad light, but dominated by Zinfandel-like wafts such as red berry jam and some deep plum notes. Black pepper and dark chocolate. She also shows light leather, gunnysack, and a nice punch of boysenberry. T/ […]

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USA, Zinfandel (with supporting cast), The Verdict, Evidence Wines, Lodi and Napa, California, 2009

Red blend of: 90% Zinfandel, 5% Sangiovese, and 5% Sauzao. N/ Lightly smoked cassis and blackcherries. Confectionery dusted, warm, lush oaks. Gentle white pepper. Cigar box. Dark chocolate. Oh my! Wonderfully complex nose for a Zinfandel – devoid of flabby jam notes – just pure, delicious aroma layers. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Big acid pop for a […]

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USA, Red Blend (Zinfandel dominated), Unorthodox, Evidence Wines, Lodi and Napa, California, 2009

Red blend of: 70% Zinfandel, 10% Sangiovese, 5% Sauzao, 5% Tempranillo, 5% Syrah, and 5% of my friend Tannat. Note: she started out, as the winemaker wisely warned me – a tad tight due to very recent bottling. However, 45 – 60 minutes after decant, she began to really shine… N/ Elegantly restrained and clean for a Zinfandel based blend. […]

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USA, Chenin Blanc & Viognier, Pine Ridge in Napa Valley, (Clarksburg, Lodi, & Napa grapes), California, 2010

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The Chenin Blanc is sourced from Clarksburg and the Viognier from Lodi. N/ Bright, acidic crisp hay. Clean burlap. If you allow me to wax…. ripe yellow fruits juiced over river stones in the midday sun. Lime zest. White flowers. Granite and cement, in a good way. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Dripping yellow fruits and lime. […]

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USA, Merlot, Bogle Vineyards, (Clarksburg, Lodi, Monterey), California, 2009

Grapes from Clarksburg, Lodi and Monterey. N/ Blackberry, smoked plums, earth, barrel room, confectionery. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Medium-high acid. Soft, full, and smoked plums. Red berries and cranberries. Extended finish for the price point. I think some of their past Petite Sirah vintages have been excellent, so was hoping for just a wee bit more […]

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USA, Moscato (White Blend of), Mondavi, Woodbridge, Lodi, California, 2010

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A white blend of: 40% Muscat Canelli, 34% Muscat Orange, 10% Muscat Alexander, 8% Gewürztraminer, and 8% “aromatic white varietals”. N/ Fresh rain, fresh cream, caramelized green apple, round minerality. Cotton candy. T/ Full mouthfeel. Sweet, dripping ripe and caramelized yellows. Soft, confectionery laden, stewed hay. Winemaker = Todd Ziemann http://www.robertmondavi.com/woodbridge Price = $7.99 Rating = […]

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USA, Petit Sirah, Bogle Vineyards, Clarksburg and Lodi, California, 2008

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N/ Smoked barrel room. Smoked plums. Black olives. Blackberries. Smoldering logs. Brick dust. Light game. Burnt sugar. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Plums and black olive stew. Big tannins, slightly rough, even on night two. Oak juice and light soy sauce finish. http://www.boglewinery.com/ Winemakers = Eric Aafedt and Chris Smith Price = $8 – $11 Rating = […]

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USA, Red Blend (60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot), Mondavi, Woodbridge, Lodi, 2009

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N/ Pronounced vegetal and bell pepper (lessened by vigorous swirling). Stale plums and brick dust. Neither balanced, nor attractive. T/ Medium-full to full mouthfeel. Chalky plum stew. Wet, black earth juice. The finish is surprisingly pleasant, given the sub par body. It is a sort of rhubarb stew with some woody notes. Much improved on […]

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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Morro Bay, Pasternak, Lange Family Grapes, Lodi, Acampo, 2008

N/ Clean plum. Mocha. Lavender. Confectionery laced cassis. Clean cloves. Tobacco. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Soft. Round. Slightly chalky plum bomb. Very gulpable. Might be a excellent party wine – for broad appeal and great price point. Winemaker = David Akiyoshi Price = $10 – $12 Very Good + / Brilliant -. 89 / 90 This […]

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USA, Rose, Sangiovese, Lange Twins, Lodi, 2010

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C/ Absolutely gorgeous. N/ Wonderful river stones, clean strawberry and cherry, cotton candy, fresh leather, dry earth, gunnysack. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. Perfectly weighted glycerol feel. Clean, soft, red berries and strawberries. Long, cranberry and mineral kissed finish. Love this Rose! http://www.langetwins.com/index.html Winemaker = David Akiyoshi Price = JUST $13 ! Brilliant / Brilliant+. […]

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