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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
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
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.  
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.
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 - Jones Family Vineyard The Sisters Proprietary Red
Nov 30, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
and dark as usual, this one needs a minimum of 1-2 hours to really show itself. Great creme de kirsch and cola on the nose. The palate has chewy black and dark red fruits of currant, blackberry and black plum pudding. The mouthfeel is plush and elegant. A wonderful balanced wine, this has all the hallmarks of a full-breed Napa cabernet, at half the price. The tannins are intricately weaved and spun to help create the great mouthfeel. The finish is a minute plus, and the fruit never quits. (93 pts.)
Mike P.
Mike P.
2006 - Jones Family Vineyard The Sisters Proprietary Red
Nov 30, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Decanted 2 hours. The color is darkish, a Falu red/carmine (for all you US stamp collectors out there) (an earthy toned red). The nose is a multi layer medley of black fruits, smokiness, black olives, and leather. The Palate has the blackest plums, purest currant, leathery softness, silkiness, and flowers. Wow. Such a pure, in your face wine that does not attack head on, but sneaks up with its elegance, structure, and purity. The black fruits hold the line for minutes beyond the finish. This BEGS for decanting. Two hour MINIMUM. Big chewy but well behaved tannins with a subdued but ever-present acid level. I have always been a fan of this and this year is surely a bit different, but not any less enjoyable. The PV and CF make themselves known adding the dimension. Great showing--once again. (93 pts.)
David M.
David M.
2006 - Continuum
Nov 30, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Theresa M.
Theresa M.
2005 - Beaulieu Reserve Tapestry Proprietary Red Wine
Nov 21, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Michele D.
Michele D.
9998 - Beringer Meritage Red
Oct 21, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Mike P.
Mike P.
2002 - Gemstone Proprietary Red Wine
Sep 27, 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.
Mike P.
Mike P.
1999 - Harlan Estate The Maiden
Sep 27, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
This was served blind---Very typical in the sense of, 'yes I am Napa cabernet'. Great cassis & backberry filled palate with some secondaries. I thought it reminded me of a 2001 Napa, and was happy to see at unveil that it was a '99, a vintage that I usually got more austerity from. This was a quiet elegant fulfilling cabernet that wore its bloodline on its sleeve. Funny thing is I liked this one much better than the '01 I had at the beginning of the year. Drinking beautifully this one is.
Mike P.
Mike P.
2005 - Jones Family Vineyard The Sisters Proprietary Red
Sep 27, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
 6 hour decant. Deep ruby color. The nose is pure crème de cassis and kirsch royal. The palate reveals a nice pure sweet red & black fruit profile, and not the bad sweet type I detest. Great black cherry, black currant, cherry cola, pomegranate, with some soy, soil, and lead pencil shavings. This has a lushness not normally associated with wines at this price point. A medium to full bodied mouth feel that is long, elegant, and beautifully structured. The tannins are on the biggish side and a few years in the cellar will most certainly reward the owner. A creamy extended finish completes the package. I wanted to try this as I seen the Jones website still offering me more. I ordered 6 more. One of my favorite list purchases and one to surely keep on.
A QPR in its class.
Mike P.
Mike P.
2005 - Jones Family Vineyard The Sisters Proprietary Red
Sep 27, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
 Super deep and dark as usual, this one needs a minimum of 1-2 hours to really show itself. Great creme de kirsch and cola on the nose. The palate has chewy black and dark red fruits of currant, blackberry and black plum pudding. The mouhfeel is plush and elegant. A wonderful balanced wine, this has all the hallmarks of a full-breed Napa cabernet, at half the price. The tannins are intricately weaved and spun to help create the great mouthfeel. The finish is a minute plus, and the fruit never quits.
Mj C.
Mj C.
2005 - Opus One Proprietary Red Wine
amazing opus one 2005 get it while you can!!!!
Aug 16, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
the 2005 vintage of opus one will only going up in price..this is a beautiful wine.  life is to short not to drink this wine... can't wait to open another bottle!!!
Cory G.
Cory G.
2006 - Stolpman Vineyards L'Avion
May 26, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
90% Roussane and 10% Viognier.  Pale yellow, this white Rhone blend fills the mouth with spice, honey, sweet floral notes.  Quite delicious, it's a little hot on the finish, but this is a fine example of what the Central Coast can do with white as well as red Rhone varietals.
Cory G.
Cory G.
2003 - David Coffaro ZP2C
Is this what five year old Zinfandel tastes like?
Feb 18, 2009
1 star 1 star
Unbalanced and awkward, yet still pretty drinkable. It's almost as if the different varietals fight for attention in the glass with none coming up as the winner. The wood is prevalent here, and the finish carries this green, stemmy flavor through. Maybe this is just what 5 year old Zinfandel turns into?
Alex L.
Alex L.
2006 - Conn Valley Right Bank Proprietary Red Wine
Jan 15, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
I've always liked Conn Valley because the quality is there and the price is right. This 06' Right Bank is no exception. This 70% Merlot, 30%Cabernet Franc blend is fashioned in the same vein as a Right bank Bordeaux (hence the name)... Dark plum-ruby core. The nose exudes Merlot characteristics of plum, blackberry, and light cardamon. Some subtle herbaceous notes settle in after the fruit including bell pepper and red cabbage. This wine is by no means 'vegital' however (Fruit is still the dominant component) On the mid-palate it is smokey and powerful with red plum, Asian spice, and nutmeg. Long and slightly tart finish. Nice wine overall - I would give it a couple of years in bottle to evolve.

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