Vanessa W. Wine Reviews



 

 

2003 - Penfolds Chardonnay Thomas Hyland Chardonnay

Too Fake!

May 29, 2008
1 star 1 star
The oak kills this over oaked, fake fruit, and too much alcohol.  This wine really shows its terroir, or at least that it came from a hot Australian summer!  This isn't a wine that will make you try to get your money back, but you probably won't be buying a second bottle.
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2000 - Shafer Vineyards Chardonnay Chardonnay

Pass

May 29, 2008
1 star 1 star
I got this in a closeout for $10 - amazing I know! And for that price it was a steal, but at its normal price tag, I would say pass on this vintage. This was just too oaky, and this wine more than anything has passed its prime.  It's getting flabby and lacks the fruit it needs to be enjoyable.
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2005 - Schug Cellars Pinot Noir Sonoma Pinot Noir

Good Pinot

May 29, 2008
1 star 1 star
This was a fine pinot, compared to other pinots in this price range, but overall I feel like there are a lot of other wines under $20 that will bring you more bang for your buck.  Strawberries, velvety tannins, almost sweet on the palate.
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2004 - Truchard Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon

Great Value - Kind Of

May 29, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
We openned this last night and we were amazed at the quality that this wine had to offer for the price.  Not uber cheap, but cheap in terms of California Cabernet.  This was a more refined and stylish styled Cabernet and didn't beat your palate with tannins.  The overall fruit is well rounded and has hints of mint in the far background.  Enjoy over the next 5 years for maximum flavor.
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2001 - De Loach Zinfandel Papera Ranch Zinfandel

Decent Zinfandel

May 29, 2008
1 star 1 star
i wouldn't buy a case of this stuff but if someone was pouring it, like the party I was at where someone was pouring it, then yeah I would stick my glass out for a refill.  The alcohol is the main concern, showing itself too much on the midpalate and finish.  The big currants and red fruit are the highlights.
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2003 - Amisfield Pinot Noir Pinot Noir

NEW ZEALAND SAYS HELLO!

May 29, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
I really enjoyed this pinot from the Kiwi's.  Overall it had a wonderful structure and good balance to the wine.  The earthy undertones carry the strawberry and raspberry fruit all the way down your throat.  Earthier style will either make you love this wine or hate it. I loved it as a nice change of pace! Decant for at least an hour.
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2001 - Shooting Star Merlot Merlot

Basically Weird

May 29, 2008
1 star 1 star
Soft vanilla oak, strong milk chocolate and light cigarette butt are the best way to decribe this wine.  I know that sounds weird, but this wine is kind of weird.  The nose comes off as a basic California merlot, but then the palate is all over the place.  Best to pass on this one.
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2004 - Willamette Valley Chardonnay Chardonnay

Enjoyable

May 29, 2008
1 star 1 star
This is not a complicated wine, not an exciting wine, but it is an enjoyable wine.  Basic fruit of apples and lime come through on the palate, covered in light butter and oak.  If you love oak bombs - this wine isn't for you.
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2004 - Scarlatta Pinot Grigio Pinot Gris

Good with Food

May 29, 2008
1 star 1 star
Crisp clean pinot grigio with light undertones of lime and citrus fruit.  Any oak seems to be hiding pretty well, and that makes this a much more refreshing and enjoyable wine.  This wine still needs food to reach its full expression.
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2001 - Boscarelli De Ferrari (Sangiovese) Sangiovese

Not For Me

May 29, 2008
1 star 1 star
This was a little too earthy and mushroomy (if that's a word) for my tastes.  I talk it with a grain of salt that Italian wines need food to be enjoyable, but for me, this wine needs a lot more than a great meal.  Tannins are rough and the alcohol sticks out too much. Pass.
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2004 - Castano Hecula Proprietary Blend

Horid

May 29, 2008
1 star
Tastes like donkey dung covered in alcohol.  How Parkers group gave this wine 90 points is beyond me.  This is like drinking bad grappa with cool-aid flavored wine mixed in.  PASS!
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2006 - Massolino Dolcetto d'Alba Dolcetto

Good by Itself

May 29, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
I thought this was one of the few Italian wines that I've had that could be enjoyed by itself.  It does need about an hour to breath first, but then watch out! The strawberries and carmelized mushroom flavors pour down your throat screaming: "Drink More!".  And you will!
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2004 - Mondavi, Robert Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville  Cabernet Sauvignon

Great Stuff

May 29, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
The vanilla oak is the drinving force of this wine, but it's not over-the-top or in your face like a lot of other cabernets.  The wine has velvety tannins and covers your whole palate with cherries and tobacco notes.  This is wine that will age for a good 10+ years.
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2005 - Mcprice Meyers Wine Co Grenache Grenache

EXCELLENT!

May 29, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
This wine blew me away.  At $30 a bottle - buy every bottle you can get your hands on.  I only bought 2 and it was sold out by the time I went for seconds.  The blueberry fruit explodes into your mouth and is so obvious, its like drinking blueberry juice!  The wine is medium to full bodied, and delivers an excllent length after swallowing.  This wine is meant for immediate consumption but should last 6+ years easily.
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2003 - Jones, Trevor Cabernet / Merlot Proprietary Blend

Good Blend

May 29, 2008
1 star 1 star
The merlot does a good job of evening out this cab/merlot blend wine, and gives it a little bit of smoothness that would otherwise be lacking.  The medium body and unexpected acidity are a nice surprise.  This wine is still fruit forward, but has some elegance as well.
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2003 - Fetish Wines Playmates (Shiraz/Grenache/Mourvedre) Proprietary Blend

Sexy But Not that Sexy

May 29, 2008
1 star 1 star
This Playmate isn't quite as good looking as she thinks she is.  The label is neat but the wine is just ok.  The fruit is typical Australian Shiraz fruit bomb and spice but this wine gives into the oak too much and is a little flabby on the midpalate.  Good Producer though.
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2004 - Fife Merlot Merlot

Table Wine

May 29, 2008
1 star 1 star
This was a very basic merlot that delivers enough cherry and cocoa flavors to make it worth drinking as an everyday quaffer.  The oak is a little too evident and the alcohol kicks in on your midpalate.  Finish doesn't last too long, which I actually was happy about with this wine.
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2000 - Carlisle Winery Syrah Syrah

Wonderful Syrah

May 29, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
The deep fruit and beautiful light smokiness of this wine is what draws you in! Also the perfect ruby red color doesn't hurt either.  The smoothness of this wine is what impressed me the most.  Bottle age has been good to this wine.  Excellent syrah for an off vintage.
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9998 - Ballentine Vineyards Zinfandel Old Vines Estate Zinfandel

Predictable

May 29, 2008
1 star 1 star
This zinfandel was predictable in that it delivered all of the fake california flavors you would expect, high alcohol and nothing that would make you remember this wine.Big Pass for me.
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1998 - Elderton Shiraz Command Syrah

Good Stuff

May 29, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star

This is Eldertons more basic line, and it delivered extreme value in this exceptional Australian vintage.  The spice and dark fruits rip through your tongue and stick around for a solid minute.  This is one of the best values I had in a long time.  Wish it was still around. 

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2005 - Source Napa Heritage Sites Proprietary Blend

Big Bold Wine

May 29, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star

This is a big boy wine with a young mans personality.  The structure of the fruit and the roundness of the wine make it seem mature and easily able to age.  The fruit flavors of strawberry, raspberry and currant are a nice start to your meal.  This wine is fresh and ready to drink.

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2002 - Cimicky, Charles Gnarled Vine Grenache Grenache

Delicious Grenache

May 29, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This was an unexpected flavor buster for me.  I figured it would be fruit forward, but this wine explodes in your mouth with jobs of blueberries and dark rich black berries.  Enjoy with a big juicy steak.
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1997 - Penfolds Grange Syrah

Well....

May 28, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
it was an amazing experience, and I wouldn't have ever told the person who poured it for us, but this was just ok.  It was a complex wine, and certainly one of the most complex Australian wines I have ever had, but overall it didn't blow me away like I thought it would.  Pass for the money.  The dark red fruit was wrapped around a strong core of pepper and smoke.
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2004 - Gemtree Vineyards Shiraz Syrah

Value

May 28, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
I enjoyed this wine based on the price range.  This would be an easy wine to recommend to others to use as an introductory wine to expand their palate for a small amount of coin. Its a little bit over the top but it keeps itself in check with a nice amount of acidity.
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2004 - Gemtree Vineyards Shiraz Bloodstone Syrah

Yum

May 28, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This wine was clean and fruity. It wasn't too jammy like another wine of theirs I've sampled, but it did have good smooth berry fruit.  The oak takes it down a notch for me, but overall it delivers enough fruit that you can forget about the flaws. 
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2002 - Gemtree Vineyards Shiraz Paragon Syrah

Too Jammy

May 28, 2008
1 star 1 star
This wine takes the fruit and alcohol a little too far.  I think even most fruit bomb lovers (including myself) will be off put by the big jaminess and warmth of this wine.  This would be hard to pair with anything that wasn't heavily seasoned.
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2003 - Batailley  Bordeaux Blend

Excellent

May 28, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
This is another fruit forward, almost fruit bomb from the warm 2003 vintage of bordeaux.  The cherry and cassis stand out on the palate and the terroir shines in the background on the finish of this wine.  The best part is its ready to drink now after decanting for a couple of hours.
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2004 - Silverado Vineyards Chardonnay Chardonnay

Typical

May 28, 2008
1 star 1 star
This is yet another typical California Chardonnay, so I can't recommend it.  However, the oak and apple flavors work slightly better than most, yet the price difference knocks it back down.  The butter is still too much but overall the fruit does shine through.
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2004 - Silverado Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Limited Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Excellent!

May 28, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Silverado gets a gold medal for this wine.  It has everything that you would want from a high end Cabernet - the fruit is big and set to last, the tannins are tight but ease after a couple hours of decanting, and the vanilla oak is well integrated into the wine.  Price will scare some away, but it delivers in my opinion. 
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2004 - Silverado Vineyards Merlot Merlot

Not their best wine

May 28, 2008
1 star 1 star

This is a good wine, but I have enjoyed so many of Silverado's other wines better.  The red berries and milk chocolate are softer than I would have excpeted based on the stronger nose, but still good.  Some might argue this is a 3 star wine, to me the price knocks it down a notch.

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2003 - William Hill Cabernet Sauvignon Silver Label Cabernet Sauvignon

Silver Medal

May 28, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This wine surprised me with its nice currant flavors and floral aroma.  It smelled like a garden of hundreds of flowers, yet it still had the strength of a big boy Cabernet.  It was more medium bodied overall, but its an interesting wine that will surprise you taste buds.
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2001 - Silverado Vineyards Sangiovese Sangiovese

Why?

May 28, 2008
1 star 1 star
Why grow Sangiovese in California is my first question. It just has never made any sense to me.  Also no one seems to do it well.  This wine is no exception.  The wine is ok as a table wine for pizza but its not as good as so many Italian wines that are less expensive and more interesting.
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2002 - Signorello Vineyards Chardonnay Founder's Reserve Unfiltered Chardonnay

Salmon Wine

May 28, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This was a nice match with the Salmon and asparagus we had.  The seasoning on the salmon was a strong lemon zest and the chardonnays bright fruit and oak was  a nice contrast to that.
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2002 - Green Point Shiraz Syrah

Excellent Wine

May 28, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
This wine wins value of the year! (Well back when it was released anyway) The dark fruits of blueberries, raspberries, and fully ripened strawberry come across the palate smooth in a blanket of sweet smoke and premium nuts. This is a wine to impress your friends. 
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2000 - Iron Horse Chardonnay Cuvee Joy Green Valley Chardonnay

Good?

May 28, 2008
1 star 1 star
My old tasting notes say that this was an exciting wine but wouldn't be in about 3 years.  So that means this wine was probably peaking when I pop'd it and its time has passed.  Notes say good structure, sweet melon. apple and pear on nose. 
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2004 - Santa Barbara Winery Pinot Noir Reserve Pinot Noir

Bad Compared to Others

May 28, 2008
1 star 1 star
This was one of the better wines they made in my opinion, when we tasted at the winery.  However there are hundreds of other Santa Barbara wines that I would choose over this one.  The fruit is a little too light for my taste and the wine disappears as soon as you drink it.
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2006 - Santa Carolina Sauvignon Blanc Reserva Sauvignon Blanc

Best of the Bunch

May 28, 2008
1 star 1 star
This was my favorite of the Santa Carolina wines I tasted at a tasting their distributor put on at my local wine shop.  I would still say that this was a pass, but not as big a miss as the other wines of this vintage.  Somewhat refreshing on the palate is the biggest plus.
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2004 - Santa Barbara Winery Sauvignon Blanc Reserve Musque Sauvignon Blanc

Pass

May 28, 2008
1 star 1 star
This is somewhat better than the chardonnay that they produce, but still not worth your time.  The fruit is weak pineapple and grapefruit, smoothered with fake vanilla oak.  Alcohol too high as well.
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9998 - Santa Carolina Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon

Mass Produced Junk

May 28, 2008
1 star
Not for my tastes.  I hate to bash a producer but this wine was simply awful.  It lacked any sense of structure or balance and just tasted like alcoholic cool-aid  that had been drenched in oak barrels.
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2004 - Santa Barbara Winery Chardonnay Chardonnay

Tasted at Winery

May 28, 2008
1 star

I tasted this wine at the winery and it was still disgusting.  Mass produced and lighter than water, it had no fruit to speak of, and only some oak chips that hit the backend of your palate. Big Pass.

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2006 - Santa Carolina Chardonnay Chardonnay

Pass

May 28, 2008
1 star 1 star
This wine barely gets 2 stars.  This is a newer wine that is being promoted like crazy in all of the publications.  The chardonnay is barely there with butter and oak dominating the palate of the masses. 
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2003 - Lagrange St Julien Bordeaux Blend

Great Wine

May 28, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Excellent structure on this fruit forward Bordeaux.  The fruit really explodes on this wine, which is uncommon for this producer and bordeaux in general - must be the warmer weather for the vintage.  Enjoy over the next 10 years - after that I'm not sure it won't fall apart. 
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2002 - Lynch Bages  Bordeaux Blend

Good Wine - Off Year

May 28, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This is another example of a steal in Bordeaux.  The other reviewers but this at 4+ stars, which I can understand, but previous vintages of this wine are better.  However, for 2002, this is great quality and the expression of cedar, plum, and stone really come through on this wine. 
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2001 - Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico Roberto Stucchi Sangiovese

Good For Pizza

May 28, 2008
1 star 1 star
This was a very nice and acidic wine that needs food desperately to work for your enjoyment.  I guess I harp on Italian wines, and there are some great ones out there, but again they all need food to really enjoy.  Strawberries and chalky tannins stand out.
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2006 - Cline Cellars Red Truck Red Proprietary Blend

Not Bad

May 28, 2008
1 star 1 star
The cherry and and warm strawberry jam flavors are on the nose and palate.  This is a candy wine with extremely fake fruit that lets your palate know this is just an everyday wine, not for serious consumption.
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2000 - Groote Post Sauvignon blanc Sauvignon Blanc

Dry Sav

May 28, 2008
1 star 1 star
This was a very dry Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa.  The fruit is very light and somewhat submissive to the dried oak flavors.  This wine is a miss for me as a whole, except that it would be good to cool down with on a summer night.
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1999 - Cypress Merlot Merlot

Junk Wine

May 28, 2008
1 star
Mass produced and hideous.  Tasted like "The back of an LA school bus".  This was really terrible even for the money.  Skip this wine despite any urge to give it a chance!
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2004 - Gavilan (Chalone) Pinot Noir Estate Pinot Noir

Smooth

May 28, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
I liked this Chalone pinot more than I have enjoyed other vintages of this particular wine. Strawberries and cinammon stick out on the palate and smooth velvet tannins are a welcome surprise.
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2006 - Sea Smoke Cellars Pinot Noir Ten Pinot Noir

Great Stuff!

May 28, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Just got a bottle of this two days ago and I couldn't wait to taste it!  The fruit was so silky and yet fills your mouth and gives amazing complexity.  This wine will continue to develop over the next 20+ years. But I say enjoy it now!!
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2003 - Summers Petite Sirah Petite Sirah

Plum Wine!

May 28, 2008
1 star 1 star
This wine was as dark as a wine could get, and the plum flavors dominate the palate.  I don't mind plum, but as a dominate flavor it's a little bit much for me.  The oak is subtle and there is some blackberry notes but still too much plum for me.
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2006 - R Winery The Bitch Grenache Grenache

Bitching!

May 28, 2008
1 star 1 star
While this is a fun wine to give as a gift (Funny or Mean), the wine itself is pretty solid for the price.  It's a very basic grenache with pretty high alcohol and lots of fake dark fruit - think blueberry and plums but more like candies in the shapes of plums and blueberrys. 
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2002 - Smith Wines, W H Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Awesome Value

May 28, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This is an excellent value for a California Pinot Noir!  This is a high end producer of pinot noir, and their wine is almost at a cult status.  The fruit is clean and cool over the palate with a little bit of a blast on the finish.  Drink Now.
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2003 - Hess Collection Chardonnay Monterey Chardonnay

What Can I say - It's Monterey!

May 28, 2008
1 star 1 star
This wine does a good job of display its terroir.  Unfortunately I'm not a big Monterey fan.  However, if you like a smokier chardonnay with a good amount of oak and cooler fruit flavors - then this is a chardonnay for you!
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2006 - Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc Sauvignon Blanc

Excellent!

May 28, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
It's sooooo over the top, but I still love it.  The wine has beautiful fruit that covers your entire palate with melons, grapefruit, starfruit, lemon, and even some hints of pineapple.  This will turn a lot of people away for being to over the top on the fruit and coming across as sweet - but I love it!
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2003 - Hess Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon

Good Value

May 28, 2008
1 star 1 star
The wine is ok, not great but certainly pleasing enough for the price point.  I enjoyed this wine on past vintages, but 2003 was a rough year for California cabernet and its reflected in this wine.  The nose is nice with warm fruit hitting your nose, but the palate is a little too oaky for me.  Good for the money though.
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2006 - Pepperwood Grove Viognier Viognier

No Character

May 28, 2008
1 star
I have to disagree with previous comments.  This wine to me just fell flat on its face.  Maybe I had a bad bottle, but the fruit was so thin that it was almost like flavored water.  The wine itself was som weak that any acidity or crispness it had was gone in seconds.  Pass.
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9998 - Moon Mountain Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Too Green

May 27, 2008
1 star
The cab franc is really green but its suppose to be.- this wine is not suppose ro be this green.  The fruit is lacking to the point that I can't even discern the rest of the wine.  Too much oak is just one more reason to not enjoy it.
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2000 - Moon Mountain Vineyard Cabernet Franc Cabernet Franc

Green Winw

May 27, 2008
1 star 1 star
Green bell pepper, and slight jalepeno flavors dominate the palate, this is certainly not a wine for everyone.  Overall the fruit is ok but plays second fiddle to the green flavors. 
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2004 - Firestone Gewurztraminer Gewurztraminer

Joke

May 27, 2008
1 star
This wine was bad in just about every way it could be, but some might enjoy it as a wedding wine.  The price is too high and the wine is to average to write anymore.
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2004 - Novy Family Wines Syrah Santa Lucia Highlands Syrah

Novy is Groovy

May 27, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Wonderful syrah, a big boy of a wine that packs a significant amount of punch.  This wine has the big red fruit and tannins that may scare some people away, but I enjoyed it.
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2004 - Produttori di Barbaresco Barbaresco Montestris Nebbiolo

Mushrooms

May 27, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Exotic Mushrooms are stout on the nose with a beautiful aroma of freshly cut strawberries and dried apricots.  The wine is a little bit chewy on the finish but overall it was a nice surprise. 
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2000 - Spinifex Indigene Proprietary Blend

Too Expensive

May 27, 2008
1 star 1 star
The fruit explosion of cherries, plum and more plum.  Sounds good but its just ok.  This wine falls flat on the finish, and the fruit gets soft after about 2 hours.  Too expensive.
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2004 - Gainey Chardonnay Limited Selection Unfiltered Chardonnay

Pass

May 27, 2008
1 star 1 star

Buttery and a little bit flabby.  This wine is not a shinning example of this producer.  Other vintages of this wine have proven to be cleaner and more fruit expressive.

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2001 - St Jean, Chateau Cinq Cepages Cabernet Sauvignon

Awesome

May 27, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

This was another great year for Caymus, the big bold fruit is just as powerful on your nose as it is on the palate.  The cherries and and raspberries are wrapped in vanilla. 

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2003 - Guenoc Langtry Meritage Proprietary Blend

Decent

May 27, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
The oak is a little dominate in this wine as well, compared to the white blend of the same producer.  But this wine has a little more character than the white and more than that, the fruit is fresher and more abduntant. 
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2003 - Guenoc Langtry Meritage White Wine Proprietary Blend

Nothing Special

May 27, 2008
1 star 1 star
Had this paired up next to the red wine blend of the same producer about a month ago.  A friend of mine is a big fan of their wines but I've never been blown away.  The white was crisp but lacked the overall fruit flavor that it needed to balance out the oak.
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2003 - Dunham Cellars Trutina Proprietary Blend

Solid Wine Great Price

May 27, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
This is an excellent value from Washington.  This is another example of why I love Dunham Cellars.  The fruit is again darker and fuller than most california blend wines.  It stops you right in your tracks with its ripeness and power - drink with a big steak!
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2003 - Dunham Cellars Three Legged Red Proprietary Blend

Good Vino

May 27, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Good vino is almost assured when it comes out of Dunham Cellars, a bold statement yes, but overall it delivers dark rich fruit, plum, cedar, and olive.  The wine is all over your mouth and makes you pucker.
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2001 - Artesa Pinot Noir Pinot Noir

OK

May 27, 2008
1 star 1 star

Skip this pinot in my opinion.  Artesa makes a lot of solid wine, but this pinot is too middle of the road for anyone to enjoy it!  The fruit is too fake and covered in smoke that seems to be used to cover other defects of the wine - over oaked, rough fruit, too much alcohol.

 

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2004 - Artesa Chardonnay Los Carneros Chardonnay

Good Chard with a Bite

May 27, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This lovely Carneros Chardonnay has a bit of a bite to it.  The earthy undertones of this wine really make it a force to be reconciled with.  The crisp fruit of apple and apricot really come through on the palate. 
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9998 - Jones, Trevor Jonesy Tawny Port Port

Good and Creamy

May 27, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Very Creamy Port wine that delivers a delicious Root Beer Float like flavor on the palate.  Much lighter than I expected but overall good structure and a great buy for the money.
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2001 - Conn Creek Merlot Merlot

Good

May 27, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Nice Merlot - nothing exceptional about it, but it has a good balance and nice acidity for a California Merlot.  Dink with a nice chicken dish and enjoy the earthy tones and good medium body.
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2001 - Bel Air, Margaux  Bordeaux Blend

Duplicate

May 27, 2008
1 star 1 star
This taste just like the 2000 vintage. Not Impressive, and its eerily the same as the 2000 wine.  Dry fruit high tannins, very light bordeaux wine that can't stand up to a big steak.
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2000 - Bel Air, Margaux  Bordeaux Blend

Good For Price

May 27, 2008
1 star 1 star
Basic flavors and a little too green and light for my tastes.  The tannins hit your palate in a very unpleasant way.  Try with a steak that isn't too heavily seasoned and this wine should do ok.  Better wines in this vintage.
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2005 - Hahn Estates Cabernet Franc Cabernet Franc

Good Fruit

May 26, 2008
1 star 1 star
I like this wine a lot for the price but just a little bit in general.  Hahn continues to produce value driven wines in my opinion and this one is no exception.  The bell pepper and smoke laced with cherries and dirt really come through over a smoky delivery. Drink now.
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2005 - Wachau, Domane Riesling Smaragd Trocken Weisskirchner Prager Riesling

Delicious

May 26, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
How do you say delicious in German? Wachau, Domane Riesling Smaragd Trocken Weisskirchner Prager Riesling - that's how silly! Nice fruit of apricot, peach and apple with pear undertones all pour through your mouth with a nice crisp feel!
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2003 - Bonny Doon Muscat California Vin de Glaciere Muscat

Pass

May 26, 2008
1 star 1 star
This isn't a bad wine, it once again is just ok and flat as well.  It doesn't stick around on your palate and it doesn't give you any flavors that would make you reach for a second glass.
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2003 - Sebastopol Pinot Noir Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir

Yum

May 26, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Delicious pinot that packs a punch at the end.  The length on this pinot is my favorite aspect.  This starts off with very light strawberries and raspberries and then at the end explodes on the back of your throat. Drink Young.
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2004 - Hangtime Chardonnay Edna Valley Chardonnay

OK

May 26, 2008
1 star 1 star
Not good - not bad - just the same as every other California Chardonnay.  The main fault with this wine is that it's boring and doesn't have any originality in its style.  Pass for something more unique.
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2006 - Hangtime Pinot Noir Arroyo Seco Pinot Noir

Pair with meats

May 26, 2008
1 star 1 star
This pinot packs a punch.  It has wonderful strawberry flavors surrounded by earthy undertones and nice nut flavors on the finish.  This is a big pinot that is better suited for a light meat than a fish dish.
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2003 - Talley Estate Estate Chardonnay Chardonnay

Pass

May 26, 2008
1 star 1 star
The price makes this vintage a big pass in my opinion. This wine went too far into the dark side of California Chardonnay with the oak, butter and alcohol.  Try the following vintage for a better showing.
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2004 - Talley Estate Estate Chardonnay Chardonnay

Big Chardonnay

May 26, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
I expected this wine to be a little more on the softer side but it was a full throttle chardonnay.  Overall the fruit is solid and not overshadowed by any oak flavors.  Apple, pears and more apple dominate the palate.
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2003 - Taz Vineyards Syrah Goat Rock Vineyard Syrah

Good Syrah

May 26, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This wine is a little bit hard to remember because I had so long ago, but it was overall a very solid effort and it would compare well with any other cali syrah in the $40 and under category.  The fruit was solid and the vanilla oak complimented this wine very well.
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2005 - Brooks Pinot Noir Pinot Noir

Lighter Pinot

May 26, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Maybe lean is a better description than light, very mineral and dried cherry flavor on the palate. This is an earthier pinot than most I've had in Oregon, but it delivers good fruit and a very reasonable price.
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2005 - Taz Vineyards Pinot Noir Fiddlestix Vineyard Pinot Noir

Interesting Pinot

May 26, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This pinot tasted like black cherry cola to me, minus the carbonation.  The acidity is pretty high on this pinot but the darker fruit stands up to it pretty well. Drink over the next 6 years. This wine will prove to be more interesting while it's younger.
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2005 - Londer Vineyards Pinot Noir Paraboll Vineyard Pinot Noir

Nice Pinot

May 26, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This is a generous pinot blend wine from Anderson Valley which I enjoyed immensely at a dinner party.  The fruit is more earthy and raw on the palate - followed by some mint and even a tiny amount of chocolate.  Priced slightly higher than I hoped but not too much.
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2003 - Andrew Will Syrah Annie Camarda Syrah

Good

May 26, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Good Syrah - slightly oaky for my taste but overall a very good wine.  This is the type of wine that I wouldn't recommend due to the price but I had to try out of curiosity.  The biggest shortcoming is the price tag.
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2004 - Carter Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Excellent

May 26, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Wonderful bottleof California Cabernet, that will benefit from some extra bottle age. I would have to say the cherries on this wine are so delicious and obvious, that everything else seems tame in comparison.
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2001 - Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Old School Cali Cab

May 26, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This wine reminds me more of the traditional way of making California Cabernet with lower alcohol levels and a more rustic mouth feel.  The wine itself is good with nice red fruit and earth but the main attraction is the mouthfeel and somewhat old world flavors this wine produces.
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2002 - Vall-Llach, Celler Vall Llach Proprietary Blend

Best of Spain

May 26, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
This wine was exceptionally delicious and delivered amazing complexity to the palate.  This high end Spanish wine was a steal at closeout at my local wine shop, but at the normal price you would still get your moneys worth.  Beautiful vanilla and strawberry and cherries and tobacco on the finish.
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2005 - Mollydooker The Violinist Verdelho

Pass

May 26, 2008
1 star 1 star
For the money I would skip this Mollydooker.  Overall, it just wasn't up to par with the red wines that they make.  It was over oaked and the alcohol cuts the tongue too much.
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2005 - Mollydooker The Scooter Merlot

Good

May 26, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
A little higher alcohol coming through on the palate compare to the other Mollydooker wines, but still a solid effort that is worth seeking out.  Just make sure you get the shiraz first.
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2006 - Mollydooker The Boxer Syrah

Excellent

May 26, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Fruit Bomb City just got a new mayor.  This wine has all the fruit you would need to last a lifetime worth of wine.  Its over the top and it doesn't care.  Pair this with any red meat or highly seasoned chicken. 
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2006 - Mollydooker Goose Bumps Sparkling Shiraz Syrah

Beautiful and Unique

May 26, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
This wine really blew me away and it was an amazing experience.  The fruit was outstanding, the crispness of this wine made it extremely easy to enjoy surrounded by beautiful strawberries and carmel. 
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2005 - Mollydooker Two Left Feet Proprietary Blend

Great Blend

May 26, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Smooth wine that covers your palate with gobs of fruit.  The oak and fruit might be too much for some.  This wine is a little bit smoother than the shiraz that they produce, and slightly more refined.
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2004 - Arrowood Gewurztraminer Saralee's Vineyard Gewurztraminer

Easy to Drink

May 26, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Goes down smooth, with a nice fruit forward flavor that almost comes across almost as a sweet light desert wine.  This wine has great acidity and balance.  This should be enjoyed on a warm summers night.
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2004 - Four Vines Winery Syrah Lock Vineyard Syrah

Great Wine

May 25, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Another hit by one of the top up and coming producers of Paso Robles.  The zinfandels may be the main show but Four Vines syrahs are slowly stepping up in stature.  This wine has wonderful fruit and good length to let you enjoy it for a long time. 
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2005 - Four Vines Winery Anarchy Proprietary Blend

Great Wine

May 25, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
This wine was an explosion of dark fruit and complex earth tones.  This is a fun wine more than anything else that doesn't take itself too seriously and yet its a wine that you should take serious considerartion in buying a case. 
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1999 - Ladera Cabernet Sauvignon Lone Canyon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Good Wine

May 25, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Solid effort from Ladera.  This is a big boy wine with a velvety texture, and cherries with hints of mint chocolate.  This wine isn't quite as solid as later vintages but its still a pretty darn good bottle. 
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1999 - Merryvale Vineyards Profile Proprietary Red Wine Proprietary Blend

Solid Blend

May 25, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Excellent wine built up as a bordeaux style blend that delivers a big punch.  The fruit and tannins are well integrated together.  This should last 15+ years easily and will probably bring out more nuttiness along the way.
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2003 - Ambullneo Vineyards Pinot Noir Bulldog Reserve Pinot Noir

Pricey but Good

May 25, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
I bought this bottle on sale with my jjbuckley gift card, and it was a good buy.  However, I wish I had cellared this for another 3 years minimum or at least decanted it for 6+ hours.  The fruit is wonderful but still very tight. 
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2004 - Tapestry Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon

Good Not Great

May 25, 2008
1 star 1 star
Over oaked and lacking the character that I would hope for on a Cabernet.  This wine is a little too hot and it wouldn't pair well with most foods.  Drink now.
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2003 - Serene, Domaine Pinot Noir Yamhill Cuvee Pinot Noir

Good Wine

May 25, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Smooth yet plentiful on the tongue.  This is a very well made and easy to enjoy pinot noir.  Overall I would highly recommend this as a "bump up" wine going from $15 to $35 a bottle.  This is well structured pinot with meat and jam.
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2004 - Evans and Tate Chardonnay Chardonnay

Step Backwards

May 25, 2008
1 star 1 star
The 2003 vintage of this wine was much more refreshing and smoother with the fruit and oak.  The oak just dominates this wine way too much.  It doesn't have the refinement of previous vintages which made it stand out. 
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2000 - Phelps, Joseph Insignia Proprietary Red Wine Proprietary Blend

Good but Overpriced

May 25, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Great fruit from this exceptional blend wine.  The vanilla oak is also exceptional and well integrated into the wine and not dominating. This wine does shine in an off vintage but its still way overpriced.
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2004 - Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Amber Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir

Another Home Run

May 25, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
This was the second Kosta Browne wine I had the privalage of tasting at a wine party and it was just as good as the first.  The fruit pours over your tongue, striking it with strawberry jam and wonderful hints of cinammon and chocolate. 
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2004 - Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Gary's Vineyard Pinot Noir

Big and Beautiful

May 25, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
This is a fruit bomb of a pinot noir and some might hate this style, but I love it.  The structure of this wine should turn the minds of old world style pinot to at least appreciate the complexity of this wine. 
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2003 - Kosta Browne Syrah Amber Ridge Vineyard Syrah

Good

May 25, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
The Pinots are amazing, this syrah is good but its not a Kosta Browne pinot.  Very nice job overall - strong syrah, good fruit but overall its just overpriced for what it is. 
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2005 - Altesino Rosso di Altesino Sangiovese

Better Than Prior Vintages

May 25, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
THe strawberries come through stronger on this vintage and the mushroom aroma is much more aromatic.  Overall this a much easier wine to consume than the previous vintage.
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2004 - Turkey Flat Vineyards Rose Proprietary Blend

Good Rose

May 25, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This was another solid vintage of Rose wine from Turkey Flat. Again this is a very dry styled rose that would work great with barbeque on a summer night.  The watermelon and cherry fruit dominate the palate.  Very crisp.
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2005 - K Vintners Syrah Millbrandt  Syrah

Great Wine

May 25, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
I love K Syrah's and this one is no exception.  Blueberry and raspberry flavors come through in gobs, but it still has wonderful acidity for a wine with this much going on fruit wise.   Enjoy over the next 10 years.
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2004 - Glen Carlou Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon

Nice Cabernet

May 25, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Good structure and length out of this value priced cabernet.  Outside of the US there are still lots of value cabernets and this is one of them.  Perfect with a steak, the tannins melt away after decanting and the earth and fruit pour over the palate.
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2004 - Glen Carlou Chardonnay Reserve Chardonnay

Crisp

May 25, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Nice crisp wine that will work well with most foods. I am a big fan of Glen Clarou and the wines they produce.  This wine is easy on the palate - light fruit and not over oaked.
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9998 - Gruet Brut Rose Proprietary Blend

Not Bad For Pink Sparkling

May 24, 2008
1 star 1 star
This isn't as good as the blanc de blanc but its still pretty solid for the price, especially since pink sparklers are typically more expensive.  The alcohol is little to obvious and the fruit could be a little more round on your palate, but good effort.
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9998 - Gruet Brut Blanc de Blancs Proprietary Blend

Crisp Va;ue

May 24, 2008
1 star 1 star
This wine was a nice value that I would recommend to friends.  It's not the best wine I've ever had but for a value sparkling wine its reliable and it has a good expression of fruit and sourdough.
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2004 - Concannon Petite Sirah Limited Release Petite Sirah

Better Than Expected

May 24, 2008
1 star 1 star
Pair with a steak or wild game with a lot of spice.  This was better than the following years 2005 performance but still  not an unbelievable performance.  Dark plum and olive oil dominate the palate.
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9998 - Foxen Vineyard Pinot Noir Seasmoke Vineyard Blocks Q And U Pinot Noir

MMMMM

May 24, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Very well made wine with a nice kick at the end. This is a very unique pinot from Foxen.  The nuttiness and strawberry flavors pour out on the nose.  The palate is smooth and earthy at the same time.  This is an old world lovers wine.
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2004 - Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon  Cabernet Sauvignon

Wish I could Buy More

May 24, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
The price tag makes it hard to get more than one bottle, but I wish I could.  The fruit and earth in this wine are amazing.  The vanilla oak is a perfect compliment. This wine will last for 15+ years.
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9998 - Torbreck The Steading Proprietary Blend

Great

May 24, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
The only reason this didn't get four stars was the price.  Now, I don't know if there are wines in the lower price category that match the quality of this one, but still its an expensive bottle.  Dark fruit and smokey herb.
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2005 - Pascual Toso Pascual Toso Malbec Malbec

Good Value

May 24, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Pair this with a steak and thank the winery for producing a wine that is as good as your steak and costs the same.  The nice dark fruit and plum flavors go over very well on the tongue.  Thick wine, but again with a steak its great. 
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2003 - Copain Wines Syrah Broken Leg Vineyard Syrah

Off wine from Copain

May 24, 2008
1 star 1 star
Great producer, less than stellar wine.  The fruit is lacking and dominated by smoke and tar flavors.  The length is gone right after you taste the wine.  This wine has nice color and that's about it.  Pass for the price.
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2004 - Renwood Zinfandel Old Vine Zinfandel

Pass

May 24, 2008
1 star 1 star
This wine is fine but there are other Zinfandels that I would much rather buy.  The jammy furit and the oak don't mesh well and the alcohol is all over your palate.  Try Ridge or Rosenblun wines instead. 
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2003 - Penfolds Bin 138 Proprietary Blend

Value Driven

May 24, 2008
1 star 1 star
Basic and very fake but overall it delivers the $10 you spend on it.  Its not a great wine, and of course you could find other wines that delivers the basic red fruit flavors - but Penfolds is easy to find.
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2002 - Hobbs, Paul Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Good Wine

May 24, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
The dark plum and chocolate flavors shine in this wine.  It may be a bit too powerful for some, but overall it is well balanced and pairs excellent with a steak! Very terroir driven.
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9998 - Montes Alpha M Proprietary Blend

Overpriced

May 24, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Sorry but Chile doesn't produce wines that should command this price.  None that I've had anyway.  The oak and cherries and dirt are all too familiar with every other wine from Chile.  This one will just last longer.
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2000 - Merryvale Vineyards Chardonnay Silhouette Chardonnay

Nice Wine

May 24, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Smooth vanilla and light earth are my favorite characteristics of this high end California chardonnay.  The alcohol is noticeable but not overbearing.  However I would drink this wine now, as it may become flabby later on.
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2006 - Smith Wines, W H Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Smooth

May 24, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Smooth fruit flavors on this very hard to find pinot.  This is an unbelievable bottle of wine for $25 - especially for pinot noir.  Cool wine with unbelievable acidity for the price. 
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2005 - Massena Shiraz Epsilon Syrah

Good But overpriced

May 24, 2008
1 star 1 star
You can find this exact same shiraz in the $15 and under price range of Australian shiraz.  Its less of a fruit bomb than most, but still fruit forward with nice pepper.  Drink over the next 5 years.
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2004 - Provenance Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Excellent

May 24, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Wonderful bottle of wine.  The fruit is very well balanced with the vanilla oak and tight tannins.  This wine will improve over the next decade, and will be interesting to see what other complex flavors come out. 
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2004 - Schrader Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Original Tokalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Perfect

May 24, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
It isn't cheap but its worth every penny.  Beautiful wine, the structure, the balance, the fruit, the oak, the tannins - everything comes together perfect.  If you can find this wine and can afford it - buy it. 
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2003 - Lake Breeze Grenache Grenache

Overpriced

May 23, 2008
1 star 1 star
This wine is a fine example of Australian styled Grenache with a little extra earth and meat.  However, its not anything special and would only be worth recommending if it was a value.
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2005 - Elk Cove Pinot Gris Pinot Gris

Pass

May 23, 2008
1 star 1 star
I saw 5 stars and I had to laugh.  There's nothing really wrong with this wine, but its just your average pinot gris.  Everyone has their own palate and this would work well with most lighter foods, but its lemon, grass and alcohol.  And not much else. 
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1995 - Simi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Beautiful Wine

May 23, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
This wine blew me away with its complexity after aging 10+ years.  The tannins were as smooth as they can get and the cedar notes had integrated perfectly with this wine.  Wish I had 10 cases! Wish all wine aged like this. 
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2004 - Bodegas Borsao Garnacha Tres Picos Grenache

Disappointed

May 23, 2008
1 star 1 star
I thought that based on Parkers 91 points, that this wine would be a steal, but it fell way short of my expectations.  Plum and sweet cherries are the high points, but the oak and alcohol ruin this wine for me.  Still delivers for the price point.
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1999 - Moet Chandon Dom Perignon Champagne Blend

Creamy

May 23, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This seemed to be a more creamy Dom than what I've had in the past.  Overall, I thought this brought more crispness than prior vintages.  The orange flavors mentioned in other reviews is right on the money and not something I've tasted before in Dom. 
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2006 - Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Nice and Crisp

May 23, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
The biggest surprise of the wines I was tasting two weeks ago was this wine.  It was expected to be a NZ fruit bomb and instead it was crisp and drier than expected.  The fruit is lovely, just not punching your throat like other NZ sav blancs.
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2002 - Provenance Merlot Merlot

Buy the 2001

May 23, 2008
1 star 1 star
This was a disappointing step down from the 2001 vintage of this wine,  The Carneros fruit was still there and the meatiness showed up again, but overall it was out of balance and a little too high on the alcohol flavors.
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2005 - Gnarly Head Old Vine Zinfandel  Zinfandel

Value - Kind of

May 23, 2008
1 star 1 star
Well its an inexpensive California Zinfandel and it delivers what every other wine in this price range delivers, and better than the cabs and merlots.  However, its just a little to oaky and fake fruit to recommend.
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2004 - Bodegas Borsao Tres Picos (Tempranillo) Tempranillo

Great Value

May 23, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
The fruit on this wine is second to the vanilla oak like a lot of lower end Spanish wines in my opinion, but this wine does shine for the price.  The strawberry and blackberry flavors are subtle but very nice.  Drink now. 
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9998 - Taylor Twenty Year Tawny Port Port

Nice

May 23, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Good Port, that most should be able to fall in love with.  A little bit simple to me compared to other ports in this price range, but easy to find and a very safe choice.  Chocolate, rasins, carmel and black liquorice. 
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2004 - Spice Route Pinotage 

Wonderful

May 23, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
This is an excellent example of pinotage. The fruit is not overpowered by the cedar and cinammon flavors that shine from the get go.  This is a wine that some might hate so beware, but for my money its an interesting wine with style.
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2005 - Concha y Toro Carmenere Casillero del Diablo Reserve Carmenere

Change of Pace

May 23, 2008
1 star 1 star
I like that this is a wine that most people haven't had and you probably don't see that often, what I don't like is the over oaked and dirt flavors that dominate the wine.  Cherries are still there and some nice anise action on the backend, but otherwise its just ok. 
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2003 - Scavino, Paolo Barolo Nebbiolo

Well Done

May 23, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
This is an excellent Barolo - a little bit pricey but still very competitive with what other wineries charge.  Nice light cherries, seasoned mushrooms and light mint come through on the nose and palate.  Hold for a few years/ 
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2001 - Masi Amarone della Valpolicella Campolongo di Torbe Proprietary Blend

MMMM

May 23, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
After dinner wine - I can't imagine pairing this with food but I'm sure it could be done.  Sweet raisins coat your palate along with bitter dark chocolate.  This tastes like sophisticated raisinettes.  Enjoy.
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2003 - Terrazas de Los Andes Malbec Reserva Malbec

Good not Great

May 23, 2008
1 star 1 star
This wine is a little too acidic for my tastes, and makes your tongue feel like it was cut with a knife made of dirt.  The fruit is there, but its buried under the cheap immitation terroir flavors that seem to have been manipulated.  Still would work well with steak.
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2005 - Altos Las Hormigas Bonarda Colonia Las Liebres Bonarda

Great Value

May 23, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This is a wonderful value driven wine from Argentina.  The flavors of light cocoa and plum dominate with a cedar box finish.  Drink with any wild game or boar.
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1998 - Lewis Cellars Syrah Syrah

Excellent Bottle Bad Year

May 23, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
This Lewis Syrah excels in an off year for california.  The dark red color grabs your eye and thrashes your palate with cherries and strawberries and blueberries.  Drink now.
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2004 - Prum, Joh Jos Riesling Kabinett Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling

German Wine - So Fine

May 23, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This is a beautiful example of German reisling.  Also, this producer consistantly brings in the highest quality products.  This paired excellent with my lemon seasoned salmon but would have been better with white fish. Crisp with excellent acidity and wonderful fruit.
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2004 - Thorn-Clarke Shiraz Milton Park Syrah

Good Value

May 23, 2008
1 star 1 star
VALUE! That's the biggest upside to this wine.  The big Aussie fruit and pepper shine on this bottle as well withjust a hint of cranberries.  Drink over the first 5 years, but if you can't find this one, grab the next vintage.
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2005 - Achaval Ferrer Malbec Malbec

Awesome value

May 22, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Tasted better on day 2 than day one - and day three was still excellent.  This wine needs to breath 2+ hrs before even thinking about sampling- if you can wait 12+ hrs it will really pay off.  Cocoa dust, vanilla, bing cherries and soft oak all come together for this wine.
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2004 - Bodega Numanthia Termes Numanthia Tempranillo

Hello Spain

May 22, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Great wine - not quite ready for consumption, but it will be eventually.  The coffee and vanilla bean flavors impressed me the most.  I would recommend this wine to anyone who enjoys wine and has deep enough pockets.
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1995 - Leoville-Barton  Bordeaux Blend

Treat

May 22, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
I was treated to this wine about a year ago from a friends cellar.  It was quite delicious.  The cedar box and cherries combined with smooth tannins and light vanilla cocoa demanded my attention and they got it.  Drink now. 
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2005 - Elyse Zinfandel Morisoli Vineyard Zinfandel

Solid Wine

May 22, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Nice Zinfandel, but then again Elyse usually delivers a quality product.  This Zinfandel is overflowing with big berry fruit and vanilla cocoa.  This wine may or may not improve with age but why wait?  Pair with steak or Pizza.
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2001 - Miner Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon

Strong Wine

May 22, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
My favorite thing about this California Cabernet was its strength.  It brought a lot of power and structure to the palate.  It was a solid bottle of fruit, oak and tannins. This wine should last 10+ years easily.
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2004 - Altesino Rosso di Altesino Sangiovese

Drink with Food

May 22, 2008
1 star 1 star
Like almost all Italian wines, it needs to food to be complete.  The mushrooms and light strawberries are the best attributes, the oak and dust are the worst.  Drink now or over the next 4 years.
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2006 - Layer Cake Shiraz Syrah

Nice

May 22, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
For the money hard to beat, but the 2005 was a little more refined, making it more enjoyable for my palate.  Also the price did increase, so enjoy it now while its still under $20/  Massive Fruit Bomb with carmel and smoke coming off on the nose.
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2004 - Mollydooker The Boxer Syrah

Australia Says BOOM!

May 22, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
The fruit bomb just went off in your mouth and you don't know what to do next.  Don't panic - everyone who has had a Mollydooker wine has felt this way.  Rich Strawberries, raspberries and even some bluberries roll over your tongue and make you want more. 
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2004 - Justin Vineyard Isosceles Proprietary Red Wine Proprietary Blend

Good Stuff

May 22, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This wine isn't ready but when it is, it will be a great expression of wine making from Paso Robles.  The body was too tight when we tasted it but everything is right there, from the fruit to the acidity to the balance.  Give it time and enjoy.  Price may be slightly high.
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2005 - St Jean, Chateau Fume Blanc Sauvignon Blanc

What You Pay For - You Get

May 22, 2008
1 star 1 star
This was a simple wine I had at a tasting, that didn't seem to really impress anyone in my group.  Having said that, it delivers your moneys worth or pretty close to it.  Clean and Crisp but a little too light. 
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2005 - Simi Winery Zinfandel Zinfandel

Pass

May 22, 2008
1 star 1 star
Simi should avoid making a zin.  This isn't there strong spot anyway...The fruit was fake and overripe, overproduced and just all around mediocre.  Drinkable yes - but stick to their cabs and merlots.
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2005 - Merus Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon

Good

May 22, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star

Had this at a tasting, and it was wine #7 for me, but overall I thought it should good balance and structure to last 10 years+ and still taste young.  The dark fruit is nice and the oak is hidden.  The price is a little high for what I tasted, but not obscene.

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2005 - Finca Luzon Luzon Proprietary Blend

Vanilla - Yum

May 22, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This wine is silky smooth with vanilla dominating the palate.  This spanish wine brings a ton of value, and makes you want to buy cases.  Anyone can enjoy the simple fruit and balance of this wine.  A little bit hot which takes it down a star for me.
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2006 - Morgan Pinot Noir Twelve Clones Pinot Noir

Not for the Price

May 22, 2008
1 star 1 star
Cola, strawberries and twigs/earth dominate the palate.  There isn't a whole lot of structure on this very flabby wine.  The alcohol is the biggest disappointment as it pops its head out one too many times over the fruit.  Good Producer, bad wine.
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2005 - Covey Run Gewurztraminer Gewurztraminer

Get what you pay for

May 22, 2008
1 star 1 star
This wine is fine to pair with asain cuisine or enjoy on a warm summer day, but it's a little too sweet and the fruit comes across a little too fake.  Good for the money but not much else.
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2004 - Marquis Philips Sarah's Blend Proprietary Blend

Good not Great

May 22, 2008
1 star 1 star
The value is the best thing about this wine.  I love Marquis Phillips wines, but this one is a little bit too middle of the raod for me.  It doesn't bring any exciting flavors that you can't get from other value shiraz.  Drink now. Fruit Bomb haters walk away.
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2004 - 75 Wine Co. Cabernet Sauvignon Amber Knolls Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Great Value

May 22, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This wine way delivers over it's $20 price point.  This is the kind of wine that gives you hope that California still has some value Cabernets.  The cassis and rich cherry fruit slide through your palate wrapped in vanilla and very light hints of deer meat.  Enjoy over the next 6 years. 
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9998 - Rosenblum Cellars Zinfandel Vintner's Cuvee VIII Zinfandel

Blah

May 22, 2008
1 star 1 star
Its fake fruit and oak that dominate the palate on this wine.  More like you're drinking grape jelly.  The price is low but the wine is still bad.  Spend an extra $10 and try just about any other wine Rosenblum makes because they are a good producer.
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2004 - Long Shadows Merlot Pedestal Merlot

Dark Merlot

May 22, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This is an incredibly dark merlot wine and it simply dominates your palate.  This is probably going to surprise a significant number of people in a bind tasting as not being a cabernet.  This wine will last a good 15+ years from today. 
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2002 - Cos d'Estournel  Bordeaux Blend

Solid for the Vintage

May 22, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This was a very wet year for bordeaux and most wines reflected that with lighter, watered down wines.  But this claret really steps it up in the face of adversity.  Leather, cassis, and wet stone dominate the palate of this very cool claret. Good Buy.
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2005 - Bogle Vineyards Phantom Proprietary Blend

Good Value

May 22, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Beautiful and huge bottle of wine.  Worse case scenario you can dump the wine and use the bottle as a weapon.  Gobs of dark fruit pours through your palate with a little bit of anise as well.  This would pair well with wild game.
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2003 - Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon

Overpriced

May 22, 2008
1 star 1 star
I love good Pride Cabernet, but this is an off year and a prime example of why the bordeaux pricing system can be better.  The fruit is ok but not amazing and the oak is too much and hollows out the wine.  Skip for the money. 
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2001 - Mondavi, Robert Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville  Cabernet Sauvignon

Good Effort

May 22, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
The oak is the only thing that concerns me on this wine.  It seems slightly over the top and covers up some of the really solid fruit.  The tannins were smoothing out and this would be a great steak wine.
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2005 - Mondavi, Robert Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon

Good Stuff

May 22, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
The 05 is almost as impressive as the 2004 but just a little bit less quality on this wine.  Mondavi price is driven by the name so they usually have a hard time delivering the value but this wine does.  The bold red fruit and smoky tobacco stand out.
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2001 - Arrowood Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon

Solid

May 22, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
The cherries and currant always seem to be the main focus on Arrowood Cabernets, and this one is no different.  The structure and depth of this wine however are its best features.  Drink now or over the next 6 years.
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2003 - Ehlers Estate Merlot Merlot

Nice Bottle

May 22, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Literally a very nice bottle.  The E is silver and looks pretty solid. The wine is also pretty solid.  This is a more structured Merlot than most, and brings lots of enjoyment for the money.  Drink Now.
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2004 - Achaval Ferrer Quimera Proprietary Blend

Good Wine Nice Price

May 21, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This almost delivers the same quality malbec that a lot of other producers bring at $45+ a bottle.  The cocoa and rich cherry and tobacco flavors shine through as a perfect example of Malbec from Argentina. 
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2006 - Geyser Peak Winery Sauvignon Blanc Sauvignon Blanc

Crisp Wine

May 21, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This wine was a good surprise.  The oak is hidden under good fruit and nice structure.  I would serve this to a group of friends on a warm summer night right before we had seafood.
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9998 - Mondavi, Robert Pinot Noir Napa Pinot Noir

Ehh

May 21, 2008
1 star 1 star
I would pass on this one.  Mass produced pinot from Mondavi is better than other massed produced pinots but still way too pricey thanks to the name, and the reserve is soooo much better for only slightly more.
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2004 - Mondavi, Robert Merlot Napa Merlot

Good to drink now

May 21, 2008
1 star 1 star
The Napa Cabernet made me think that this wine would really be a good buy, but the two only have a name in common.  The oak comes out a little too much and takes away from what would otherwise be a pretty solid Merlot. 
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9998 - Roederer, Louis Brut Premier Champagne Blend

MMMM

May 21, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Nice structure and nutty flavor to this NV champagne.  It doesn't disappoint but it also does not blow me away for the price.  Very creamy champagne with light toast on the back of the throat.  Good Stuff.
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2000 - Duhart-Milon-Rothschild  Bordeaux Blend

Too Wet

May 21, 2008
1 star 1 star
This wine was a little too wet and soft for my tastes.  The color was solid which made the flavor very surprising.  I could see why a lot would like this, but for my money I want a Bordeaux that will kick me in the teeth.  This one didn't.
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2005 - Leonetti Cellar Merlot Merlot

Beautiful Wine

May 21, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Washington saves the day with this outstanding Merlot from this outstanding producer.  Merlot has never tasted better!  The beautiful red silky fruit, and the explosion of currant in your mouth is awesome! Lay down for a few more years and it will really improve.
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2002 - Kendall Jackson Chardonnay Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay

Nothing Exciting

May 21, 2008
1 star 1 star
This wine was ok but it wasn't anything special.  It wasn't that expensive, so I guess I got what I paid for, but not much more. Typical california chardonnay - over oaked and too much butter.
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2003 - Chalone Pinot Noir Estate Pinot Noir

Good Wine

May 21, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Good Wine - not too light, plenty of strawberry fruit, little bit of earth in it.  This seems like a more natural wine if that makes sense.  I think most people would enjoy this with salmon.
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2001 - Joullian Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon

Pass

May 21, 2008
1 star 1 star
Nothing too exciting and the price demanded screams for you to try anything else! The fruit is bland and the oak is too much.  Drink with a steak that is really really bold and you might not notice the flaws as much.
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2006 - Annie's Lane Riesling Riesling

Good for guzzling

May 21, 2008
1 star 1 star
This wine was not too shabby except that it was a little bit too over the top.  I could see this being a wine that newby drinkers would flock too instead of cheap chardonnay - as would I if I were them.  The acidity was lacking and that took this wine down a notch.
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2004 - Seghesio Zinfandel Sonoma Zinfandel

Good Zin

May 21, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This was a nice surprise after a long slump of terrible wines that I had bought in the hopes of finding a jewel at a closeout - finally I gave in and openned a wine I knew should deliver and it did. Strong fruit pours into your nose and onto your palate. The berry flavors are sweetened by the vanilla oak. Drink now.
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2000 - Barefoot Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon

Terrible

May 21, 2008
1 star
Nothing worth writting about. Austere, alcohol driven wine with no personality and no redeming qualities.  Not worth spending anymore time discussing.  Do not buy this wine.
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2005 - Banrock Station Chardonnay Chardonnay

Cheap wine that delivers!

May 21, 2008
1 star 1 star
For the money, you will have a hard time beating this wine.  Yes its fake fruit and oak, but its still very crisp and balanced for the price point.  This will most likely deliver just as much value as a lot of $20 california chardonnays.
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2004 - Potelle, Chateau Sauvignon Blanc Sauvignon Blanc

Crisp and Clean

May 21, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This california sauvignon blanc does a great job of refreshing the palate and not taking itself too seriously.  This isn't a wine for everyone, and some might find the fruit a little bit lacking, but I prefer this style to the over oaked fruit bombs.
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2006 - Thorn-Clarke Cabernet Sauvignon Terra Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon

Good But Not Great

May 21, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star

This cabernet is lacking the fruit and finese that the shiraz delivers.  This is a stronger more balanced Aussie Cabernet than most, but it still gets a little too high in the alcohol and fake fruit. 

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2004 - Badger Mountain Syrah Organic Syrah

Deer Wine

May 21, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Kill a deer and make a wine out of him or her - then pour smoked strawberries and nuts on him or her and drink.  Hey - you didn't have to do all that - you could have just bought this wine!
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2004 - Provenance Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Perfection

May 21, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Smooth wine that leaves you kicking yourself that you didn't listen to the wine consultant at the liquor store and buy more.  Or was that just me.  The cherry and cassis flavors linger on your palate until you forget you're drinking wine and think you're having a meal of delicious fruits.
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2001 - Provenance Merlot Merlot

Toast

May 21, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This is a nice wine with a good body and a bit of meatiness to it.  This wine is certainley a Carneros wine and does a wonderful job of reflecting that terroir.  More of a cabernet styled Merlot.
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2004 - Kaesler Shiraz Stonehorse Syrah

Pepper Anyone?

May 21, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
NIce dark fruit shiraz, very typical of this producer.  This is yet another shinning example of good wine at a good price.  The pepper stands out to put it's signature on this Aussie Shiraz.
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2001 - Newton Puzzle Proprietary Blend

Puzzled?

May 21, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
The only puzzling thing about this wine is the price.  It's a very straightforward wine with darker, smokier fruit that lasts on the palate like paint.  This would work well with most wild game dishes.
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9998 - Alvear Pedro Ximenez Solera 1910 NV Pedro Ximenez

So-So

May 21, 2008
1 star 1 star

Pour it on ice cream. Seriously.  This isn't bad for the money but it's slightly over the top even for what it is. Some will love this wine, others will think it's over-the-top.  I'm the latter.

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2005 - Serene, Domaine Pinot Noir Yamhill Cuvee Pinot Noir

Good Pinot

May 21, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Strawberry fields forever?  This wine has the beautiful soft fruit that you want to see in California pinot, but it also has the body of a stronger meatier pinot.  This should please new and old world lovers alike. 
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2006 - Gnarly Head Old Vine Zinfandel  Zinfandel

Not so great

May 21, 2008
1 star 1 star
A little bit of a weaker Gnarly Head Zin, and the fruit is way too fakey.  This is a table wine that disappoints.  The alcohol isn't too terrible but the wine is flabby and needs to lose some weight! Drink now.
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2005 - Turkey Flat Vineyards Rose Proprietary Blend

Manly Rose

May 21, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Dry baby Dry. This rose really comes together on the nose and then kicks you in the teeth with its dryness.  Beautiful wine to serve with turkey or any Thanksgiving day meal - appropriate for its name.
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2001 - Tapestry Shiraz Syrah

Middle of the Road but Good

May 18, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Good mouthfeel, smooth on the palate with a little bit chewiness at the end.  The dark fruit and spice are the shinning points to the wine.  It will pair well with chicken of just about any kind.
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2001 - Meridian Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon

Good for Grocery Store Wine

May 18, 2008
1 star 1 star
Not a good wine, but good for a mass produced wine that you can find anywhere booze is sold.  The alcohol is too strong and the fruit is too weak.  Thats basically all I can say. 
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2004 - Turnbull Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Solid Cali Cab

May 18, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Great Structure is the best feature of this wine.  It has the chops to last at least 10+ years and still feel like a younger wine.   The cherries and anise are the dominate flavors, with tobacco and vanilla covered berries on the nose.
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2003 - JC Cellars Syrah Haley's Reserve Rockpile Vineyard Syrah

Perfect Syrah

May 18, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Unbelievable!  This syrah comes together in everyway possible  The dark ruby red color, the berry fruits and vanilla that pack your nose and then on the palate the wine is full body and yet smooth as silk.  Buy as much as you can find!
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2001 - Hope Winery, Austin Syrah Syrah

Disappointment

May 18, 2008
1 star 1 star
This shiraz is not a fruit bomb, and its not an elegant shiraz - its somewhere inbetween and its a disappointment. The earthiness is ok and the meatiness is somewhat appealing but the fruit is off and the balance is lacking.  Pass.
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2001 - Nerthe, Chateau de la Chateauneuf du Pape Proprietary Blend

Excellent!

May 18, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
This wine was really spectacular!  It was a best in breed for Chateauneuf du pape in 2001 in my humble opinion.  Approachable now - this wine will pay big dividends for those that are patient!  Cool red fruit languishes on your palate and takes you right to France.
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2000 - Ristow Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Quinta de Pedras Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

89 Point Wine

May 17, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This is another perfect example of a wine that just barely misses the mark for me.  The fruit is a little too hidden and the tannins are a little too strong, but aging won't help this one too much.  It's a good wine but skip for the price. 
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2004 - Hobbs, Paul Pinot Noir Russian River Pinot Noir

Beautiful Pinot

May 17, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
This is a much larger pinot with darker fruit than most, but it pulls it of with ease.  I wouldn't be surprised if they had snuck some syrah in there to boost the color.  Raspberries, and strawberries play a melody down your throat.
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2001 - Conn Creek Anthology Proprietary Blend

Good Blend

May 17, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This wine has a little bit of a carmel feel on the tongue, with austere cherries and spice.  This is an easy bottle of wine to pair with most meats.  It wasn't quite the quality I expected for the price but still very good.
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2002 - Ahnfeldt Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon

Strong Cabernet

May 17, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This wine has a lot of structure and backbone, but the tannins were a little too tight when I openned this bottle last year.  Good cherry and cassis flavors roll over the palate surrounded by vanilla oak. 
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2003 - Franus Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon

Strong Wine with class

May 17, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This wine was a very strong cabernet but the tannins were soft enough that more fruit came through than tannins.  The wine itself was powerful yet graceful is the best way I can describe it.  Maybe deserves 4 stars but it was quite a home run for $40. 
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2001 - Terrazas de Los Andes Malbec Malbec

Solid Malbec

May 17, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Good body, powerful wine, and that's exactly what I want in a Malbec.  The tannins were a little tight, but they should be open by now.  Cocoa and cherries cover your mouth and make you want more. Serve with steak. 
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2001 - Barefoot Merlot Vin de Pays Merlot

Crap

May 17, 2008
1 star
Just terrible.  Musty earth, leaves, and crushed up stems dominate the palate.  The wine is lacking fruit and overpowered by oak chips to be enjoyable.  The price on this wine wasn't even that low - $15/ 
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9998 - Mount Langi Ghiran Shiraz Syrah

Nothing Worth Buying twice

May 17, 2008
1 star 1 star

This wine was ok but thats it.  It didn't have any special characteristics that made it stand out from any other shiraz in this price point.  It was slightly more earthy than most shiraz but other than that - buy yellow tail.

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2004 - Yalumba Shiraz Viognier Y Series Proprietary Blend

NIce Surprise

May 17, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This was a very nice and crisp red wine, that was a very pleasant surprise for my palate.  I loved the addition of viognier to this wine, which gave it a much more crisp and lively feel in the mouth.  Nice dark fruit and great acidity. 
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2003 - Foley Pinot Noir Barrel Select Pinot Noir

Wonderful Wine

May 17, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
I must admit that I am a little bit biased when it comes to this wine.  I had it with my Dad in Santa Barbara while we were on our Sideways trip.  This wine was a great start to the trip and a very good value compared to other pinots at the store.  The ripe red fruit, and light smokiness and truffles dominate the palate.
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2002 - Delicato Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Carneros  Cabernet Sauvignon

Almost but not quite

May 17, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This is a perfect example of an 89 point wine.  The fruit is there, the tannins are there, the balance is there, and yet its still a little bit off.  A little too in your face and tight with the fruit and tannins.  This wine screams at you when they should  just use their normal voice of fruit and oak.
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2003 - Babcock Syrah Syrah

Too Light for Me

May 17, 2008
1 star 1 star
If you're looking for a very light (somewhat empty) syrah from California, then look no further.  I could see how this style would be enjoyable for some, but I like my syrahs big, with lots of body and balance.  Acidity is not my concern. 
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2004 - Concha y Toro Cabernet Sauvignon Marques de Casa Concha Puente Alto Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Great Value

May 16, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Unlike the Don Melchor, this wine delivers its price point and then some.   This wine has the cherries, tobacco, dirt, and plum that make your tongue say - FEED ME A STEAK!! This wine is great with a meal or by itself. 
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2001 - Lange Pinot Noir Pinot Noir

D-Licious!

May 16, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Great pinot that is very smooth and full of strawberries and light nuts that fall gently on your palate.  The wine itself could be seen as watery by some, but overall I believe this is just a light Oregon pinot that contains itself. 
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2002 - Au Bon Climat Pinot Blanc Pinot Blanc

Light Wine

May 16, 2008
1 star 1 star
This wine is a little bit too light, and yet the oak is still screaming at me.  This is a wonderful poducer and I do enjoy this as a wine not too think too mch about, but it still disappoints when its all said and done. 
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2002 - Bookwalter Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon

Nice Wine

May 16, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This wine is a little hard to remember, but I know that it was very enjoyable and easy to handle on the palate. This was a very crisp red that is softer than cola but not as carbonated.  Good with lighter red meats.
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2001 - Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon

Baisc Wine

May 16, 2008
1 star 1 star
This is a costco table wine if I've ever seen one.  The grape jelly flavors are immature and don't bring a lot of power to the palate.  Alcohol is ok but the oak is over the top.  Pass for me.
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2004 - Matua Sauvignon Blanc Reserve Sauvignon Blanc

Good New Zealand

May 16, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
The fruit forward flavors hit you right from the start and caress your palate.  This is a stunning bottle of white wine for the price tag.  This would pair well with grilled chicken or white fish.  Lots of citrus.
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1998 - Dominus Estate Napanook Proprietary Red Wine Proprietary Blend

off Year - off Wine

May 14, 2008
1 star 1 star
This wine was ok, but at $40 a bottle, there is no way you could get your moneys worth.  The fruit was bland and the oak was overbearing.  The wine is austere and tastes a little bit leafy.
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2001 - Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio Pinot Gris

Ok - that's it.

May 14, 2008
1 star 1 star
There are hundreds of pinot grigios that deliver the same quality for significantly less cash.  This wine was way too light even for a pinot grigio in my humble opinion. More like water than wine.   
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2001 - Green and Red Vineyard Zinfandel Chiles Valley Zinfandel

It's Wine?

May 14, 2008
1 star 1 star
Not sure what to say about this zinfandel.  t was a little too earthy for my tastes and a very hollow wine overall.  There isn't a whole lot to say other than pass for me - try Rosenblum or Four Vines if you want quality zin.
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2001 - Pirramimma Shiraz Syrah

Smoother Than Most

May 14, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This shiraz has a little bit of clas up its sleeve.  Smooth wine with nice pepper, and gobs of fruit.  This shiraz doesn't go over the top as much as you would expect from a young shiraz.  Darker fruit helps. 
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2002 - Norton, Bodega Malbec Malbec

Decent Stuff

May 14, 2008
1 star 1 star
This is another wine that Norton does very well for the price.  This is an excellent entry level Malbec from Argentina.  The fruit is a little tight and gives in tothe earth flavors of dirt a little too much, but overall its a good table wine.
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2005 - Norton, Bodega Privada Proprietary Red Wine Proprietary Blend

Good Table Wine

May 14, 2008
1 star 1 star
This malbec does a nice job of bringing value to the table, but doesn't deliver too much further than that.  This wine is full of meat and earth, but the cocoa that I love in Malbec is missing. 
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2005 - Kaesler Stonehorse Proprietary Red Proprietary Blend

Strong and Decisive

May 14, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This wine is bold and it knows what it wants  The palate is overrun with jobs of blueberries and raspberries.  The alcohol kicks you in the head but doesn't drown out the fruit.  Nice wine.
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2001 - Gordon Brothers Family Vineyards Merlot Merlot

Weak

May 14, 2008
1 star 1 star
Cola and light fruit fruit dominate the palate, but the fruit is too thin and then cola is too carbonated.  This is the only wine I've had from this winery and it did not inspire me to try another wine. 
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1997 - Optima Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon

Past its Prime

May 14, 2008
1 star 1 star
This wine is past its prime and needs to be drunk now.  Cedar and alcohol are taking over making this a flabby wine.  Pir with a steak and a baked potato.  Tannins have left the building. 
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2003 - Evans and Tate Chardonnay Chardonnay

Nice and Crisp

May 14, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This chardonnay is extremely crisp and cleanses your palate very well.  You're expecting more oak and you get less, you expect less mnerality and you get more. Good Buy. 
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2003 - Haut Brion  Bordeaux Blend

Heaven in a Bottle

May 14, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
The color is perfect, the nose is intriguing, and then you taste it....Awesomeness Personified!! The coffee is my favorite aspect that stands out, but the fruit is all over t plae leaving a nice long finish.  I expected different, because of this being a warmer vintage but this wine is very contained.  Perfection. 
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2004 - Destino  Chardonnay Chardonnay

Big and Bold

May 14, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This chardonnay taste it to the next level from where most california chardonnays leave you hanging.  The butter and oak are there yes, but the alcohol is subtle and the fruit is crisp and cuts your palate.
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2004 - Folie a Deux Menage a Trois Rouge Proprietary Blend

Fun Wine

May 14, 2008
1 star 1 star
This is a very unique wine with an obvious play on words for marketing purposes but that aside, it delivers a nice amount of red fruit that isn't over powered by oak or alcohol.  Drink while young and enjoy at a dinner party. 
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1997 - Kunde Estate Merlot Merlot

Cool Wine

May 14, 2008
1 star 1 star
This merlot had aged well when I pop'd it open about 2 years ago but it was definetly on the decline.  It was very earthy for a merlot but it was still well rounded and it had a somewhat silky finish.  Drink now.
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2002 - Strong, Rodney Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon

Weak Clai Cab

May 13, 2008
1 star 1 star
I have had Rodney strong on several different occasions and have never been overly impressed with any of their wines.  Too mass produced and monotone for my tastes.  This cab has the usual characters of oak and tabacco and cherries but not very well melded together. 
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2001 - Beaucanon Merlot Merlot

Just Alright

May 13, 2008
1 star 1 star
This merlot is middle of the line for me and not that aww inspiring.  Beaucanon makes several value approachable wines and this one isn't too far off, but it isn't as big a bang for your buck as the Cabernet.  The alcohol dominates too much is this wines biggest flaw.
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2001 - Swanson Merlot Merlot

Not too shabby

May 13, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This merlot was a little more full bodied which I enjoyed and it has the flavor and length to impress even those who hate merlot thanks to sideways.  This wine could easily pair up well with a steak.  Strawberries and cherry sauce.
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2004 - Geyser Peak Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon

Oak and Spice and everything

May 13, 2008
1 star 1 star
mediocre.  This wine was not as solid as I had hoped it would be.  It definetley delivers on the $15 price tag but thats where the party ends.  The cedar box dominates this wine making it hard to focus on anything else. 
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2004 - Geyser Peak Winery Sauvignon Blanc Sauvignon Blanc

Basic but Good

May 13, 2008
1 star 1 star
This crisp savignon blanc was mostly impressive for its lack of fruit and oak.  The fruit is there, its just more subtle unlike New Zealands Sav Blancs that tend to be Fruit bombs.  The minerality and crisp apple remind me of great white bordeaux or sancere.
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2005 - Concannon Petite Sirah Reserve Petite Sirah

Empty Alcohol

May 13, 2008
1 star
This wine was light grape jelly mixed with alcohol.  The color wasn't even as dark as you would expect a petite sirah.  This was a low priced wine that still cost way too much.
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2001 - Trefethen Double T Napa Valley Red Proprietary Blend

Forgetable

May 13, 2008
1 star 1 star
Nothing about this wine will stand out in your memory 3 months after having it.  It disappears on the palate and it disappears from the mind.  Basic california blend that doesn't bring any extra excitement.  Dark fruit, with oak and expired cinammon.
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2002 - Septima, Bodega Malbec Malbec

Weakest of the 3 Vintages I've had

May 13, 2008
1 star 1 star
This wine seemed slightly weaker than the 2003 and 2004 vintages.  There wasn't a whole lot of additional support to the weaker cherries and bark flavors.  This is still a good wine for the money. 
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2004 - Septima, Bodega Malbec Malbec

Stronger than the 2003

May 13, 2008
1 star 1 star
This wine was slightly better than the 2003 in my humble opinion.  It had a slightly better balance and the fruit seemed to pop out a little bit more with this wine. Also the cocoa was stronger as well.
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2003 - Septima, Bodega Malbec Malbec

Good for the Money

May 13, 2008
1 star 1 star
This is a great everyday wine that could be served with various red meat dinners.  It doesn't have any depth to speak of but the smole, and cassis flavors are enough to pour for friends.
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2004 - Robert Hall Rhone de Robles Proprietary Blend

Disappointment

May 13, 2008
1 star 1 star
This was suppose to be a powerhouse Paso Robles wine but it was anything but that.  It was a weak lwo end syrah type blend that leaves you turning down a second glass. 
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2004 - Rancho Zabaco Zinfandel Dancing Bull Zinfandel

Ole Zin!

May 13, 2008
1 star 1 star
This basic table wine zin leaves one wanting a little bit more but not too disappointed for the money.  Cherries and jam fruit are lighter and turn closer to the oak flavors. 
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1999 - Constant Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

Bell Pepper Lovers will disagree...

Apr 23, 2008
1 star 1 star
This wine is 100% bell peppers!  You can't get past it, you can't get around it, even after cellaring it, it dominates this wine.  I can enjoy bellpepper in a wine but it needs to be subtle. This is a well made wine with good structure and will probably age well for longer than most Cali cabs, but I still don't like any wine that is this one dimensional - others have loved it - sooo you have to know you're own palate on this one!  If you love Cab Franc - this is a wine for you!
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2001 - Martin Ray Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Mountain Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Depends on the Price

Apr 23, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
I've seen the price on this wine vary from $30 to $80 - and it is not worth the latter.  It's a good $40 and under california wine, but even then I think you could find other wines that are more impressive.  Usual suspects of currant, vanilla oak and cherries show up but the greenness of this wine with the bell pepper and olives dominates a  little too much for my palate.
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9998 - Hardys Tawny Port Whiskers Blake Non Vintage Proprietary Blend

Decent Port

Apr 23, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This got huge reviews from some of the critics, but it fell way short of anything amazing to me. This is a good basic port wine, for $15 I would say is definetley worth trying, but it doesn't go much farther on the scale than any other port in that price range.  Lots of nuts, sweet strawberries, raspberries and cinnamon sticks with very light cinnamon on them.
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2001 - Lohr Winery, J Cabernet Sauvignon Carol's Vineyard/Cypress Vineyard Reserve  Cabernet Sauvignon

Big Disappointment

Apr 23, 2008
1 star
A lot of people talked up this wine before I bought it, but man did it fall short.  It's way overpriced in my opinion - J Lhor needs to stick to value wines.  This thing was an oak bomb - it was like drinking a tree sprinkled with alocholic fruit sauce.  Maybe I got a bad bottle - but after that experience who wants to try again?
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9998 - Nino Franco Prosecco di Valdobiaddene Rustico Prosecco

Good Buy

Apr 23, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Sourdough bread, light citrus, and green apple shine through on this value sparkling wine.  Can't afford Champagne?  This is the place to be! Worth every penny of the $15 you will spend!  Great wine to pair with some light fish apertizers.
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1995 - Arrowood Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon

Past its prime

Apr 23, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This should have gotten 2 stars when I drank it, but I could tell that this wine had a lot more to it when it was younger than what I got to taste.  It was tart, the fruit was a little too flabby and the oak cut the sides of my tongue.  Drink now if you own it, but then again - aging it more probably can't make it worse. 
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1999 - Arrowood Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Speciale Cabernet Sauvignon

Pure Heaven in a Bottle

Apr 23, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
This wine was perfect from nose to palate to belly!  The wine was soooo silky smooth, and the flavors of fruit just wrapped around my palate with a finish that stuck around for a very long time.  I would love to try this wine in 10 years and see if it could hold up.  But why wait?
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2001 - Arrowood Domaine du Grand Archer Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon

Big Surprise

Apr 23, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This was a wonderful summer cab that I enjoyed just as a tasting wine (it doesn't need any food).  This is Arrowoods second label and the price drop helps a bunch.  The chewy tannins, nice charcoal and cassis really shine on this wine with a balance of jammy red fruit.  Easy drinking wine.
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1997 - Clos Pegase Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon

Peaking

Apr 23, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This wine may be past it's peak but it was still good when I had it about 2 years ago.  Nice cigar box, cherries, chocolate and a little dirt with a little bit of chewy tannins on the finish.  This would be a great summer cab - barbeque or anything on the grill.  Good Producer but I would stick to younger vintages.
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1999 - Clos Pegase Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon

Nice Cali Cab

Apr 23, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Very firm wine with wonderful fruit - could use a year more to open up, but it's still drinking well now.  It's a big boy wine with a lot of different aromas pouring through the nose - mostly plum and coffee.  Pairs well with and red meats, but I would enjoy with a steak.  Great middle road Cali Cab. Good Producer.
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2003 - Silver Oak Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Well if you like Silver Oak....

Apr 23, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
then you'll think this is a 5 star wine.  Silk tannins, smooth cigar box flavors with light cherry and strawberry on the palate.  Alcohol is hidden and this isn't a bad bottle - but it ain't $60 either.  Major pass from my point of view - but if someone else is buying......
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2004 - Ste Michelle, Chateau Chardonnay Indian Wells Vineyard Chardonnay

Join the Others

Apr 23, 2008
1 star 1 star
There's nothing wrong with this wine, it's well made, good butter, light crisp apple, slight oak, and even a little lemon.  But it just strikes me as boring and not any different than every other over priced, over marketed Chardonnay out there.  It's even overrated - I might be underrating to even the playing field, but I stand by my 2 stars. 
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2002 - Chateau Gloria St. Julien Bordeaux Blend

Off Vintage - On Wine

Apr 23, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This is a prime example of where you can get a steal!  This wine blows away every other merlot wine in the states at this price point.  Is this the best wine ever - no, it falls short on the palate at times, and has a bit of a wet hollow feel to it from time to time, but overall it's smoky, with great acidity and wonderful plum and cherries.  Buy a half case and thank me later.
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2003 - Craneford John Zilm Shiraz Barossa Valley Syrah

Structure in Shiraz

Apr 23, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This shiraz has all of the usual characters you would expect from Australian Shiraz - pepper, spice, dark fruit, and hint of smoke.  Oh  yeah - and alcohol you feel and taste hidden by the fruit.  However, the structure of this wine is what seperates it from other shiraz's I've had in this price range.  Buy a bottle to compare - but not a case.
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2001 - Lyeth Meritage Red Proprietary Blend

Pass

Apr 22, 2008
1 star
Beautiful Bottle - Bad wine.  You could argue this is a 2 star wine, but who really cares?  It's an empty hollow wine, that delivers minimal fruit, and too much fake oak flavors.  But it is a beautiful bottle.
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2003 - Montes Chardonnay Reserve Chardonnay

Basic

Apr 22, 2008
1 star 1 star
Nothing impressive, just a plain jane wine that doesn't really deliver anything you can't get from every other wine in this price range. Lots of fake oak dominate the wine and the pear and apple that does come through - shows up in a whimper. 
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2001 - Montes Cabernet Sauvignon / Carmenere Proprietary Blend

Intro Chilean Wine

Apr 22, 2008
1 star 1 star
This is a very basic dirt, flowers, slight cherries, and more dirt Chilean wine.  The tannins are a little tight and overall this is a wine that needs food to soften.  If you're paying more than $10 - skip.
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2004 - Laetitia Pinot Noir Pinot Noir

Good Value

Apr 22, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Strawberries and light smoke coat your palate from the first sip from this $20 pinot value.  Great producer with a beautiful winery - stop in if you're in San Luis Obispo! They make lighter wines but they have good structure and enough character to sing it's praises at this price point.
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2001 - Terrazas de Los Andes Cabernet Sauvignon Afincado Cabernet Sauvignon

Good Wine

Apr 22, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This wine is not quite as exciting as the malbec that this producer makes, but it is still a very enjoyable wine.  This Cab would match up strongly against most California Cabs in this price range.  Well structured, tight tannins, and earth and cherries on the palate. Some plum but not too much. Best with Steak.
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2001 - Terrazas de Los Andes Malbec Afincado Malbec

Malbec that's a sure Bet!

Apr 22, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Great wine, maybe priced slightly higher than it should be, but it has wonderful dark red fruit that is surrounded by cocoa, dirt, and tobacco flavors that bounce around your palate.  This is a great wine to pop with a flank steak!
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2004 - Two Hands Shiraz Gnarly Dudes Syrah

Pass due to Price

Apr 22, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This was an ok wine at best in my opinon.  Supposedly the grapes that miss the cut for Bella's Garden go into this wine, so I was very excited by the prospect of getting a less expensive but similar quality version of that wine.  It wasn't even close.  Ths isn't a bad wine, the fruit is there, and the alcohol isn't too over the top - but it's the same as a lot of other Shirazs that run under $15 in my opinion.  So Pass due to Price in my humble opinion.
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2004 - Two Hands Shiraz Lily's Garden Syrah

Very Nice

Apr 22, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
This was a very big shiraz, bringing lots of pepper, jam, and a very warm mouthfeel.  The alochol is definetely there but the fruit is pouring on enough to hide it.  This is a massive fruit bomb - if that's not your style I would stay away from this New World Monster.  It will probably settle down and mature somewhat over time.
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2004 - Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon

Great California Cabernet

Apr 22, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
This wine is a tremendous value and more importantly it is from a producer that continues to put out quality California Cabernet wines.  This wine is cherry, carmel, vanilla oak, currant and a little bit of earth all rolled into a delicous drink.  Cheers - and save a glass for me!
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1991 - Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon

Wonderful Experience

Apr 22, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
This wine has aged beautifully.  I was lucky enough to be around when my friend pop'd this open for his daughters graduation.  It was one of the silkiest wines I have ever tasted! The fruit was so alive and integrated so well with the cedar oak flavors.  The alochol was hidden in the wine, and it was just awesome to drink a wine 16 years old that had aged so well. 
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2005 - Kenwood Sauvignon Blanc Reserve Sauvignon Blanc

So-So But Cheap

Apr 22, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This wine was not as impressive as the reviews it had recieved, but it was clean, crisp, with nice acidity and it would work well with most seafoods or as an apertif.  This is a summer wine and will please but not inspire. 
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2001 - Langhorne Creek Shiraz Syrah

Ehhh

Apr 22, 2008
1 star 1 star
Not bad but just ehhh.  It had some spice and a very jammy fruit that covered your palate, but it still seemed somewhat flat and it didn't stick around long enough to really command the price it asks for. I tried a bunch of these on closeout and they never changed my mind.  OK table wine.
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2001 - Ridge Zinfandel Geyserville Zinfandel

Another hit from Ridge

Apr 21, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
This wine is a bully in your mouth!  It takes your palate and puts it in a head lock!  This wine screams to be paired up with a big juicy t-bone steak.  The alcohol is hidden in the fruit - but don't worry it hits you in the head when you stand up.  The gobs dark red fruit mixed with oak and meat make you stand up and salute the wine maker! 2 more bottles please!
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2002 - Ridge Lytton Springs Zinfandel Zinfandel

Wonderful Winery

Apr 21, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
If you haven't had at least 3 Ridge wines - stop reading this and go buy some!! Thank me later, buy them now!  Paul Draper, the winemaker at Ridge is like the Godfather of California Zinfandel.  This wine is a shining example of how great California Zin can be.  Great value for the money - and it blows away just about every other Cab in that price range!  Great cherry fruit, vanilla oak and hints of clove and nuts.  This wine brings the pain - and you love it!
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2004 - Hogue Genesis Syrah Syrah

Washington Wine

Apr 21, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This is a warm wine with dark red fruit that is covered in fruit sauce.  It has a very strong nose that almost let's you taste the wine without even putting it into your mouth.  This is a very interesting value wine that I think most should seek out. Drink now.
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2001 - Concha y Toro Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon Puente Alto Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Overrated

Apr 21, 2008
1 star 1 star
This wine has dirt and leaves and sprinkles of light fruit. and that's it.  Oh yeah - oak - lots of oak.  How this wine has recieved the reviews it has boggles my mind.  It falls short in everyway possible and is really a $10 bottle in a $50 bottle suit.  Skip and thank me later.  Nothing against Chile - but this wine falls way short!
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2000 - Concha y Toro Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon Puente Alto Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Good - but best of the last

Apr 21, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This wine is wayyyy overrated by almost all of the critics but this one has a very interesting cocoa and dirt cherries combination that makes it the wine to seek out of the bunch.  Still - this is a very dirt driven wine like so many others in Chile.  For the cash I would pass. 
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2002 - Staglin Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 20Th Anniversary Cabernet Sauvignon

Perfection

Apr 21, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
If it gets better than this, I don't know how!  This wine blew me away at a 110+ bottle tasting of mainly California Cabernet wines.  It even beat out the Caymus and Opus 1 wines that everybody clamours for.  This is not cheap stuff and it's getting more expensive thanks to the reviews it has recieved, but it's worth every penny if you can afford it.  Perfect nut, dark fruit, carmel, currant, chocolate cherries and vanilla coating your palate!
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2005 - Angeline (Martin Ray Vineyards) Pinot Noir Pinot Noir

Good Value For Pinot

Apr 21, 2008
1 star 1 star

I had this wine (Russian River Valley) about two months ago and was really impressed by the quality for the price.  Beware - this is a very very light wine - almost watery on the palate, but the fruit is balanced and the light strawberries are present enough to make you take another sip.  I wish it had more backbone but for $13 - very good intro pinot.

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1997 - Mondavi, Robert Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Silky Smooth

Apr 21, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This wine had nice silky fruit that had begun to integrate very well with the cedar oak aspects of this wine.  However, it was a little too much cedar and basic fruit too really have the complexity it needed to justify its price - your money is better spent on several other wines out there.  This wine had been cellared properly, and it already seems to be peaking.
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2002 - Mondavi, Robert Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Unfiltered Cabernet Sauvignon

Big Surprise

Apr 21, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
I tasted this wine against the 1997 Robert Mondavi Reserve ($100+) and I preferred this bottle.  It was well rounded, pounding your palate with red fruit, vanilla oak, cinammon, and light earth.  This tastes like a $60+ wine.  Buy two bottles and enjoy over the next 10 years!
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2001 - Columbia Crest Syrah Reserve Syrah

Good

Apr 21, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Good structure, good fruit, very smooth wine that coastes the palate but doesn't seem too overbearing.  Great with Steak or even hamburgers.  The cherries and currant dominate this wine but why not - they taste great!
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2001 - Columbia Crest Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Here We Go!

Apr 21, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
This is where Columbia Crest shines!  The fruit is brilliant, with strong cherry, strawberry, blackberry fruits all pouring through your palate, caressed in a light vanilla wrapper.  This wine will last for at least another 5 years no problem - but why wait?!!
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2001 - Columbia Crest Merlot Reserve Merlot

Smooth

Apr 21, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This wine has nice, smooth fruit and nuts mixed together, to go well with a strong salad or most lighter meats.  It's a great summer wine in my opinion.  Cherry, light currant, and a medium mouth feel.  Well balanced with good alcohol. 
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2002 - Columbia Crest ShirazTwo Vines Syrah

Boring

Apr 21, 2008
1 star 1 star
This was a highly rated wine by several publications for the price to quality ratio.  Yet when I had it, it just tasted like good $6 wine - not good $20 wine.  Do you get your moneys worth - yes, but do you want to drink $6 wine - that's up to you my friend.  Barely fake fruit and lots of oak. 
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2001 - Columbia Crest Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Estates Cabernet Sauvignon

Basic

Apr 21, 2008
1 star 1 star
This is a very basic grocery store wine, that delivers flavors for the masses.  At $10 a bottle it is still a good value, but I would go outside the country for a more interesting bottle than this.  Washington wines are greatly improving and this is an easy entry level wine.
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2002 - Haut Batailley  Bordeaux Blend

Under Achiever

Apr 21, 2008
1 star 1 star
This wine has too much earth, not enough weight on your palate, and tastes like a rainy season Bordeaux.  This wines fruit is missing from the first sip and never shows up even after decanting several hours.  Slight cedar box - mushrooms. Acidity is lacking as well.
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1997 - Mondavi, Robert Pinot Noir Reserve Pinot Noir

Very Nice

Apr 21, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This wine was very smooth, silky tannins with enough backbone not too feel watery in your mouth.  The light strawberries for days are what hook you in, but the balance of fruit and earth are what keep you reaching for another glass.
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1985 - Lafite-Rothschild  Bordeaux Blend

Classic Claret

Apr 21, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This was a special bottle of wine that was openned at a friends house on a whim.  To be honest - I expected more, but we didn't let the wine breathe long enough either.  It was a very cool wine, with cedar box, light cherries, earth, mushroom and hints of vanilla and chocolate. 
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2002 - Talbot  Bordeaux Blend

Off Vintage Wine that Delivers

Apr 21, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star

This was a very nice surprise wine!  It isn't going to blow your socks off but it isn't going to drain your wallet either.  With the price of 2005 Bordeaux raising the price of Bordeaux wine for good, this is an excellent opportunity to try off vintages.  This is a very earthy and rustic wine, with cherries, light toasted oak, and nutmeg. 

 

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2003 - Lewis Cellars Chardonnay Napa Chardonnay

Near Perfection!

Apr 21, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
This wine blew me away consistently on all 6 bottles that I had.  The butter, the slight oak, the crispness, the beautiful fruit - apples, citrus, even a little pear.  This wine melts in your mouth like popcorn butter, but it still has enough acidity and balance that make this one of my favorite chardonnays of all time.
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2004 - Kaesler Stonehorse Proprietary Red Proprietary Blend

Sharp Wine

Apr 21, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This is a pretty typical Australian GSM wine, but the fruit and acidity are slightly sharper against your palate than most, making this a wine worth seeking out before others in this category.  Also this is a good producer in general which always makes me want to try more of their wines over other wineries that only make 1 wine well.
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2006 - Yellow Tail Shiraz The Reserve Syrah

Easy drinking.

Apr 21, 2008
1 star 1 star
This wine delivers what you pay for.  It's a big fake fruit bomb with very little complexity, but it is very enjoyable to the mass palates.  It will surprise a lot of wine snobs - and could even fool some in a blind tasting, but overall it's just an easy drinking wine. 
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1997 - Turning Leaf Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon

Terrible!

Apr 21, 2008
1 star

Leaf Wine! There was no fruit - just leaves and oak chips - just disgusting to be honest! I bought this at the grocery store on sale, and since it was a 97 california cabernet, I thought it could be a steal.  It was - it stole my money and destroyed my taste buds.

Stay away!

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1999 - Gallo-Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon Stefani Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Bad Wine

Apr 21, 2008
1 star

This wine lacked any character that would make it worth recommending to anyone at any price level - but at $25+ a bottle - this was a huge disappointment.  The taste is covered in oak, bad fruit, and dirt.  Also it tastes a lot like raisins that have been left out in the sun for 2 weeks.

Skip!

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2004 - Seven Hills Seven Hills Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon

Washington Wine

Apr 21, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star

Dark Fruit, slight oak, nice body feel in your mouth.  This is a good cabernet for the price, but it's still got some time before it starts to really get interesting. 

Cellar for 2 or 3 more years and then enjoy it at its best.

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