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Lucy Y.
Lucy Y.
2003 - Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red Wine
Excellent, smooth finish - cherry and deep smooth blend
Sep 16, 2012
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Allen C.
Allen C.
2000 - Chimney Rock Elevage
Nice smooth
Jun 27, 2012
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Harry V.
Harry V.
2008 - Highbank Proprietary Red
Best Wine produced by this vintner
Dec 19, 2011
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
If you want to try one of the great Australian cabernet creations this is it. Called 'Family Reserve' these yanks have learned alot from 20+ years of winemaking and wine growing in Coonawarra. Treat yourself to a trip to OZ and a memorable visit to Highbank's Honeysuckle Rise accommodation where this great wine awaits your personal evaluation. A trip of a lifetime.
Curtis B.
Curtis B.
2008 - Delille Cellars D2 Proprietary Red Wine
exellent blackberry and chocolate hints!!
Aug 10, 2011
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Mark K.
Mark K.
2001 - Dominus Proprietary Red Wine
Aug 07, 2011
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
James D.
James D.
2000 - Allegrini Amarone Classico
Italian good one
Jan 19, 2011
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Don't eat with food
Jon-Michial
Jon-Michial
2004 - Michael Winery, Peter Les Pavots Proprietary Red Wine
Peter's pouty Pavot!
Nov 03, 2010
1 star 1 star 1 star
I'm a big fan of Peter Michael.  I approached the '04 Les Pavots with the natural bias a Peter Michael fan would give.  But the wine failed to live up to my expectations.  However, the wine improved substantially 18-20 hours after being decanted.  I suspect this is a wine that should be treated like an old world Bordeaux and left to sit in your cellar for the next decade or two.  Dark red color revealed aromas of boysenberry and tobacco.  Currant was predominant at first taste, followed by an overabundance of herbs, primarily sage and cedar.  The wine was overly tannic and struggled to finish with balance as the herbal quality overwhelmed.  Interesting wine needing to be decanted for hours prior to drinking.  
Jon-Michial
Jon-Michial
2003 - El Nido, Bodegas El Nido
Bravo, El Nido!
Nov 03, 2010
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
I thought Jumilla made "pedestrian" wine.  I thought this region of Spain served up plain, ordinary juice, appealing only to the locals.  Boy was I wrong!  The 2003 El Nido was such a surprise.  It's hard to get a hold of, but well worth it! Ruby in color this Cab/Mourvedre blend delivers a powerhouse bouquet of black fruit and nuts.  Cherries and chocolate dominate the palate with hints of clove and sage.  A beautiful, well balanced tannic finish makes this Spanish red a special treat.  Drinkable the moment you open the cork, even better 2-4 hours in a decanter.  
Jon-Michial
Jon-Michial
2005 - Montes Alpha M
Montes is Marvelous!
Nov 03, 2010
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Is there a better red wine from Chile?  What a treat!  Robust flavors of java, currant and chocolate sustain for a long finish.  This is a brilliantly made wine.  Ready to drink immediately, but should be extraordinary in years to come.
jorray
jorray
2004 - Vinos Pinol Portal Crianza
Sesame seeds!
Nov 03, 2010
1 star 1 star 1 star
The Portal Roble, 2004, is built of equal 20 percent portions of cabernet sauvignon, garnacha, merlot, tempranillo and syrah. In the glass, it is a deep red burgundy, moving to opaque as you move midway into the glass.Aromas right out of the bottle are major deep and rubbery-funky... think ripe, aged helium balloons. On the palate, the sensation moves from helium balloons to ripe sesame seeds, slathered over slim pieces of cracker. Along with that comes a balance of deep fruit and tannins, moving the sesame finish into a long, long encore. This one starts with three stars with a plus for intensity and intrigue... I'm gonna let it decant a bit. My hunch is that will blow off some of the freakier elements and leave the plush, vanilla, aromatic deep fruit. We'll see... For now, three plus stars out of five.After just a few minutes with air, the sesame reduces a bit, bringing deep fresh raspberry into the fruit mix. The intensity remains. It's just gonna move me to four stars, meaning I'd stay with it for an evening. And trust me, this one can use a couple years aging on its bones.More reviews at http://spiritofwine.blogspot.com
jorray
jorray
2006 - Vieille Ferme, La Cotes du Ventoux
Great value -
Nov 03, 2010
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
This is a "practically-free" offering from Rhone, France, composed of 50% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 15% Carignan and 15% Cinsault. In the glass, it is mid purple/red. Aromas are bold and purple-y. To the palate, there is a funky/sweet round middle full of bold flavors. Tannins are medium and help the lengthy finish. Four stars out of five. Screaming value at this ridiculously low price.More reviews at spiritofwine.blogspot.com.
jorray
jorray
2005 - Dao Sul Quinta de Cabriz
Light but delicious
Nov 03, 2010
1 star 1 star 1 star
This is a "practically-free" offering from the not-widely-known Dao region of portugal. In the glass, the Quinta de Cabriz for 2005 is medium deep red. Aromas are woody bramble, with hints of violets. The palate shows a round middle of fruits like blackberry and blueberry. There is a full, lengthy, fruit-tinged finish. Three stars with a plus. It is just shy of four stars because of lighter levels of extraction. But what a screaming value!More reviews at spiritofwine.blogspot.com.
jorray
jorray
2006 - Guillaume Gros, Domaine Cotes du Luberon El Nino Loco
Deep black plums
Nov 03, 2010
1 star 1 star 1 star
This value-based Rhone red wine is dark purple, almost opaque in the glass.On the nose, it's got a deep black plum aroma. The sip delivers an immediate blast of slightly fruit, sandpapery, chalky tannins to the roof of your mouth, cascading tight plum notes down the sides of your mouth. A bit of charcoal on the extracted, sparky finish. Interesting, needs time. 3 stars out of 5.More reviews at spiritofwine.blogspot.com.
jorray
jorray
2005 - Autard, Paul Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee La Cote Ronde
Counting on bigger things from its future
Nov 03, 2010
1 star 1 star 1 star
The Paul Autard Chateauneuf du Pape La Cote Ronde is a mid red in the glass. Aromas, moderately strong, speak of plums and dusty violet.On the palate, this comes across as young in its sandy tannins. They wrap a plummy, deep blackberry core. Full of stuffing. Plenty of time to sit and mature. Three stars now, with a plus because I'm counting on bigger things from it for the future.More reviews at spiritofwine.blogspot.com.
Stefan B.
Stefan B.
2005 - Grattamacco Bolgheri Superiore
the best supertuscan!
Nov 03, 2010
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Offers blackberry and flowers, with just a hint of earth. Full-bodied, with refined tannins and a fresh, clean finish. Long and caressing, with an attractive texture. This estate is improving with a change in management. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sangiovese. Best after 2009
Stefan B.
Stefan B.
2005 - Luce Luce
it's......................................
Nov 03, 2010
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
The nose initially releases ripe dried plum and bright wild berry fruit, with blueberry and raspberry predominating, complemented by clean-edged notes of morello cherry, yielding gradually to more pungent essences, particularly intertwined impressions of eucalyptus and menthol, which shade into spicy black pepper and cinnamon, and smooth vanilla. Last to emerge are enticingly crisp nuances of mown hay, black liquorice, and pencil lead.The attack is velvet smooth, and a firm-structured palate builds great depth, supported by a massive suite of fine-grained, ripe tannins. An almost endless finish crowns this impressive offering
Guy B.
Guy B.
2005 - Artesa Elements
Unexpected
May 20, 2010
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Expectations were not high, but as the nose came to life the expectations also rose.  Very nice cherry and vanilla with soft tannin finish that lasted just the right amount of time. This medium body wine is showing nicely and should for a few years yet.  For the price, this is a great every day drinker or to serve to your friends.
Robert M.
Robert M.
1999 - Villalta Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico I Comunali
Jan 08, 2010
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Mike P.
Mike P.
2002 - Gemstone Proprietary Red Wine
Nov 30, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
76% cab, 12% merlot, 9% cab franc, 3% petite verdot.. Time treats these Gemstones well. The last time I had this it was nice, but surely not monumental. Today, 4 years later it has added weight and class, but more importantly, structure. A very deep and dark reddish black color, this was very fragrant on the nose: cassis, flowers, and black cherries. On the palate there is a very concentrated mouth feel that I don't really remember this having previous time while sampling. Great structure with some great lushness. The black fruit profile is my playground. Great black currant, plums, blackberries with some kirsch notes, tar, and a hint of soy. A bit of leather and a hint of cedar box. The tannins are still noticeable but did not negatively affect his showing on ounce. It was decanted 4 hours (I believe), which surely was advantageous in this showing. A real elegant classy and uber balanced wine, with a long creamy smooth finish. (92 pts.)
Mike P.
Mike P.
2005 - Clos Saint-Jean Chateauneuf du Pape Deus Ex Machina
Nov 30, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
The nose was all exotic spices and black cherries. The palate reveals some silky and uber-ripened black cherries, black pepper, soy, cedar, vanilla and some crushed pebbles. That rich exotic quality is sure present through-out. A medium weight mouthfeel with some deftly balanced tannins, which were just slightly angular, and a moderate acid base. A long finish of 90+ seconds. This wine needs at least 5 more years to show itself as it was surely holding back about 50% of what I believe it could be: A wonderfully elegant but powerfully possessive character-filled Châteauneuf. It really has it all, it just needs to come together.

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