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USA, Pinot Noir, Gallegos, Boekenoogen Vineyards, Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey County, California, 2011

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N/ A juicy cherry blast with some expected black tea aromatics starts you out. She is intensely aromatic. Wonderful cherry and red berry payload is framed by wet cement and clean mineral notes. Smoke and spice. Powerful. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Bursting with black cherry, cherry, and red berry flavors. Absolutely bursting I tell you. A […]

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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, Chardonnay, Ghost Pines, Winemakers Blend, Monterey, Napa, and Sonoma, 2007

A 100% Chardonnay blend from multiple California AVA’s = 25% Sonoma, 35% Napa, and 40% Monterey. N/ Full yellows. Medium petrol wafts. Light granite. Light oaks. Slight spice. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Medium-high glycerol weight. Solid, dripping yellows. Light, dry hay infused spring water. Paired perfectly with a variety of finger foods – from savory meatballs […]

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USA, Pinot Noir (Red Blend), Blackstone, Winemaker’s Select, Monterey County, 2009

Red Blend of: 83% Pinot Noir, 15% Syrah, and 2% Petite Syrah California AVAs in the bottle = 70% Monterey, 12% Valley South, 9% North Coast, and 9% San Benito County Note: I’ve had almost the full line of “Winemaker’s Select” from Blackstone.  I’m very impressed with the series – as it offers significant value […]

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USA, Chardonnay (with splashes of MB and WR), Blackstone, Winemaker’s Select, Monterrey County, 2009

A white blend of: 93% Chardonnay, 5% Malvasia Bianca, and 2% White Riesling. Note: After 30 minutes she nicely blossomed, in a way that was surprising for the price range. N/ Medium-high oak. Round, yellow fruits. Light hay. Light riverstones. Light confectionary. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Very nice balance of sweetness, acid, and wood work (especially […]

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USA, Gruner Veltliner, Darcie Kent Vineyards, Rava Blackjack Vineyard, Monterey County, California, 2009

N/ Fresh hay, hardwoods, soft steel wool, light citrus. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. Round, fresh lime juice and zest. Nice structure. Winemaker = Julian Halasz Price = $18 Very Good+. 89 This wine was a media sample kindly provided by the winery.

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USA, Chardonnay, Tre, Tre Cellars, Guglielmo Winery, Monterey County, 2008

N/ Chlorinated water. Crisp pear. Dry hay. Hardwoods. Grass. Butter. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Pear. Pineapple. Stewed hay. Medium salt. Peanut gallery insisted it tasted like unripe strawberries. Retail =$9.95 Very Good -. 85 This wine was a media sample kindly provided by the winery.

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