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2004 - Mondavi, Robert Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville  Cabernet Sauvignon

May 29, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Opend in honor of Mondavi who just passed away recently.  This was a fun wine.  I always like Napa Cabs, but beacuse of an increase in price, it;'s beyond my budget.
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2003 - Selvapiana Chianti Rufina Riserva Bucerchiale Sangiovese

May 29, 2008
1 star 1 star
Nice balace of rocks and fruit.  Medium to full bodied with a decent finish.  It took a while to open up and is great with food (tomatos based Italian food).  Good QPR
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2005 - Williams Selyem Chardonnay Hawk Hill Vineyard Chardonnay

May 29, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
I  just love their Chardonnays.  It's all in balance and not too buttery.  It's rich and balanced but a bit pricey, but it is a special occaion wine and goes well with an assortment of foods.
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2004 - Castano Hecula Proprietary Blend

May 29, 2008
1 star

So So wine.  About $10 or less.  It's just that I may be getting bored with the cheap Spainsh wines.  I've tried cheap Potugese wines even $3 ones that I enjoy as much as  a $10 spanish ones.

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2006 - Massolino Dolcetto d'Alba Dolcetto

May 29, 2008
1 star 1 star
A bit acidic, but once I had this with some pasta with porcini, it tasted great.  Definitely need food with this, but after my meal, without food (about 3 hrs) it was great on its own.
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2006 - Vina Cobos Malbec El Felino Malbec

May 29, 2008
1 star 1 star
Great steak wine.  Especially with chimichurri sauce.  Would havebeen better if the oak was not dominant, but still a fun wine to have with friends and family on a nice Spring Day.
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2005 - Mann, Albert Pinot Auxerrois Vieilles Vignes Auxerrois

May 29, 2008
1 star 1 star
I love the auxerrois grape (or wine).  I've had the Paul Blak ones and loved it.  This is anopther great find.  Nose of citrus and lychee.  Mouthfeel is full and lucsious.
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2005 - Olivares, Bodegas Monastrell Altos de la Hoya Mourvedre

May 29, 2008
1 star
Some cheap Spanish wines are great, but some are aweful.  Tjis one was in the middle.  It started out good, but fell apart.  never improved the next day.
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2003 - Hortus (Jean Orliac), Domaine de l' Pic St Loup Proprietary Blend

May 29, 2008
1 star 1 star
Nice wine.  Great price.  It's silky texture stands out, but it really is a beast.  With meat notes, coffee and dark berries.  Should buy more if I see it again.
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2005 - Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Flax Vineyard Pinot Noir

May 29, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Load of dark berries, earth on the nose.  Still a bit tannic and fruits being huge, this may age for some time.  After 3 hrs later. This is complex.  I'll try to hold off drinking the rest.
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2003 - Amisfield Pinot Noir Pinot Noir

May 29, 2008
1 star 1 star
Nice Pinot noir but could be more with earth, berries, a bit CA like,   maybe i should have had this when I got it or maybe it's in a dumb phase. I'll try another one in a year or 2.
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1999 - Hanna Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon

May 29, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Still great.  i had this 3 years ago and thought it was at peak, but took a chance and aged this longer.  It didn't improve, but there's more secondary notes and fruit is taking a back step.
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2006 - Henry's Drive Shiraz Syrah

May 29, 2008
1 star
This used to be good (Pillar Box)  But this bottle tastwed liek a cheap Spanish wine from th 90s.  maybe it's the vintage or an off bottle, but I would not even give this one star.
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2006 - Remejeanne, Domaine Cotes du Rhone les Chevrefeuilles Proprietary Blend

May 29, 2008
1 star 1 star
Good QPR for a Cotes du Rhone.  I wanted to try he 2006 vintage of this variety and it's pretty good.   Nicely balanced and reminds me of some cheaper Chateauneuf du papes.
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2005 - McPrice Meyers Syrah Larner Vineyard Syrah

May 29, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Again this was great.  i should lay my hands off these for another few years and see if it ages well.  It's a bit in the sweet side, but notes of dried meat and hot rocks makes it interesting
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2006 - House Of Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

May 29, 2008
1 star
very simple, good Qpr considering my fave was Kim Crawford which is now $18 or more, so I'm looking for cheap Sauv Blancs for the summer.  I think I could find something better tho.
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2006 - Salomon Undhof Riesling  Riesling

May 29, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
I love rieslings and I haven't had much Austrian ones and this was quite awesome.  Very concentraed citrus notes with gravel and has a bite.  Long finish.  I should get more and try more of Austrian's rielsings
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2004 - Remei, Castell del Gotim Bru Proprietary Blend

May 29, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
I loved this before so when I saw it at a store, I got more.  It's a medium bodied, wine with dark fruits and nose of smoke, anise, mocha and a hint of oak.  For about $10 a great QPR
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2006 - d'Arenberg The Hermit Crab Marsanne / Viognier Proprietary Blend

May 29, 2008
1 star 1 star
Nice white.  Citrus mouthreel and nose.  Not that full bodies, like some CA Rhone blends, but enjoyable.  Nice Spring/Summer drinking wine.  Many people liked it at a party.
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2005 - St Jean, Chateau Fume Blanc Sauvignon Blanc

May 22, 2008
1 star
Opened at a picnic. Oak was not that overpowering as b4. Passion fruit, nice balance. Coats your mouth.  It's not bad, but I think I prefer New Zealand Sauv. Blancs.
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2004 - Santa Ema Merlot Merlot

May 22, 2008
1 star
Not bad at all.  A little off balanced with too much vanilla.  medium to full body and at $7 it's a steal.  Very nice QPR. Simple, but it can easily be an every day wine.
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2003 - Maris, Domaine Minervois Proprietary Blend

May 22, 2008
1 star 1 star
Great value under $10. Nose of ink, dark berries, ice mouthfeel, very viscous ad log fiish. A bit heat which I hate, but ot overbearig. It's a ice wie. I've had wine 2x-3x the price that is similar. A bit simple but still ca go on for a few more years
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1996 - Lopez De Heredia Rioja White Vina Gravonia Crianza Proprietary Blend

May 21, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This was only $20 at PJs.  What a great deal on an aged white wine.  The nose echibited some vanilla scented popcorn, but the palate was more on the citrus side with great minerality and had  adecent finish.
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2003 - Usseglio, Pierre Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee de Mon Aieul Proprietary Blend

May 21, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
WOOOW.  Nose (explosive) of berries, anise, coffee upon opening the bottel and pured into glass, the mouthfeel was silky, but concentrated fruit.  The wine did lose some of its bigness after sometime 3-4 hrs, so that's why it's not a 5 star wine
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2006 - Lurton, J & F Tierra del Fuego (Land of Fire)  Proprietary Blend

May 21, 2008
1 star
drank at a party. concetrated fruit, fun wine to drink w/grilled meats.  It's about $7, and not bad, to get several and open at a  party. It's really about 1 1/2 stars.
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9998 - Alvear Pedro Ximenez Solera 1910 NV Pedro Ximenez

May 21, 2008
1 star
Concentrated raisin juice, maple syrupy, with creme brulee that is mostly burnt sugar than the creme part.  This was the 1927, but I couldn't find it on this web site.
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2003 - Hortus (Jean Orliac), Domaine de l' VDP de Montferrand Grande Cuvee Proprietary Blend

May 20, 2008
1 star
Just oak. Can't taste the fruit. Just plain boring wine.  This was shipped to me by mistake.  i wanted the red wine.  So it was a complete loss to me since they charged me for it (at a discoiunt tho).  NO STAR
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2001 - Sierra Cantabria, Bodegas Rioja Cuvee Especial 

May 20, 2008
1 star 1 star
had w/ paella. . a bit boring but pleasant to drink.  Litlle tannic, nice black berries with good acidity to pair w/food.  Some oak and smoke on the nose.  Will drink another in 1-2 years.
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9998 - Buller, R L Premium Fine Muscat Muscat

May 20, 2008
1 star 1 star
Syrupy, balanced nice dessert wine.  But it gave me some headaches due to too much sweetness.  It was like missing pancakes.  A lot of people might like this.  I liked it but not thrilled me.
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2004 - Thorn-Clarke Shiraz Shotfire Ridge Syrah

May 20, 2008
1 star 1 star
Enjoyable wine.  Smooth balanced, fun wine.Had with Short ribs braised in Ommegang Beer.  Great match.  Actually that Omegang would have been a good match as well.
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2005 - Alban Vineyards Viognier Viognier

May 20, 2008
1 star
I loved their other vintages, but this one was off balanced.  This was about $25 and I've had better viogniers from CA.  Too much fruit and not enough acidity, and did not go with the seafood dish I had.
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2005 - Shepherds Ridge Sauvignon Blanc Sauvignon Blanc

May 20, 2008
1 star
OK SB. Like the Kim crawford waaay better.  It's just too simple.  I liked this before for it's citric/grapefruit fruit profile, but this time maybe thebottle was off or I was not in the right mood.
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2003 - Columbia Crest Merlot Grand Estates Merlot

May 20, 2008
1 star
Average wine. Nice to drink, but nothing special.  This wa sthe Grand Reserve that got some good press, it was nice but didn't have any interesting characteristics.
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2004 - Henry's Drive Shiraz Syrah

May 20, 2008
1 star 1 star
Such a crowd pleaser. Yummy wine.  This was against some French, Ausiie and CA Syrah blends and every one liked this the most.  But the crowd was not your typical wine geeks.
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2005 - Rhys Alesia Syrah Fairview Ranch Syrah

May 20, 2008
1 star 1 star
1st day a lot of earth, wet stone on the nose. Very meaty, not typical CA. Next day more fruit emerged w/ black pepper. The fruit lingers on the mid palate. Very balanced. Not much tannins. SHould try the next one ext year. Had w/ BBQ ribs. Good match
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2005 - Almerita, Conte Tasca d' Leone d'Almerita Proprietary Blend

May 16, 2008
1 star 1 star
Med Body. Touch of oak, lemon zest, grapefruit, nice acidity. Enjoyable. Had w/All meat paella (non seafood kind). Nice match.  Good QPR.  Forgot how much I paid.
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2001 - Concha y Toro Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon Puente Alto Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

May 16, 2008
1 star 1 star
Drank at my parent's house in Japan. The wine was not showing its full potential. Should have decanted it.  I have several more that I will revisit in the coming years.
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2001 - Downing Family Vineyards Zinfandel Fly By Night Zinfandel

May 16, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Too bad this was my last bottle. I love this wine and was still showing a lot of fruit. Classic Zin, not OTT, showing a lot of pure fruit.  It was on sale at PJ's for about $20
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2004 - Matua Sauvignon Blanc Reserve Sauvignon Blanc

May 16, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Lots of citrus fruit, grapefruit, Key Lime Pie,long finish.  This is  New Zealand sauv Blanc and paid less than $20.  It's the best Sauv Blanc I had from NZ.
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2004 - Vision Cellars Pinot Noir Pinot Noir

May 16, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Pop and poured. Drank over couple of hours. Initially, cherries? dominated, but eventually, there was a bitter taste of burned sugar which was interesting. earthy and long finish. Good w/food or without. Last time I had this, I remember being fruit dominated
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2003 - Jacob's Creek Shiraz Reserve Syrah

May 16, 2008
1 star 1 star
dark fruits, smooth, a bit of heat, burned caramel, licorice, balanced. Great everyday drinking wine for the price. Paired w/ Zuni's Oxtail braise. Better next day.  Great value at $8 or so.
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2001 - Guigal Chateauneuf du Pape Proprietary Blend

May 16, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Very nice. Meaty, fennel plus the usual CdP fruits, meaty, earth, pepper?. Had w/Danube's roasted Chicken w/Paprika sauce.  Wish I had more but only had this bottle.  OK finish
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2001 - Brancaia Il Blu Proprietary Blend

May 16, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
1st day, nose of CdP. Nice fruits, long finish, coffee, green pepper, silky. 92 points second day. A lot going on with fruits playing a secondary role here.
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2001 - Montes Alpha M Proprietary Blend

May 16, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Initially black fruits, chocolate. After 1Hr decant - more like chocolate mocha, fruits faded, star anise. Silky, went well with Lobel's steak, Scalloped potatoes w/fried shallots. Fruit came back towards the end of the night. Great but not a QPR
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1995 - Parusso, Armando Barolo Bussia Vigna Munie Nebbiolo

May 16, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Very balanced, nose of chocolate. Luscious. Better the next day . . . earthy. Was expecting more but it was a nice enjoyable wine. Had wine some Pork stew and polenta.  Maybe it'll open up more if aged or left opened for a day or so.
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1999 - Ghizzano, Tenuta di Veneroso IGT Proprietary Blend

May 16, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Had w/Goin's Italian Steak, w/Bell Peppers and Baked Ricotta. Decanted 1 hr. Balanced, drinking beautifully. Fullbodied. Long finish. Thought it tasted like an aged CdP at first. It's mostly a Cab, Sangiovese and Merlot blend.
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2001 - Cerro, Fattoria del Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Sangiovese

May 16, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Had with an assortment of cheeses and meats from Di Palo. It went well with sausage and peppers. The wine, didn't open up for a while, but it got better towards the end of the night.  Maybe an ager?
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1999 - Wynns Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon

May 16, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Wow! This one aged nicely even though it didn't go thru optimum cellar conditions (passive cellar). The fruit (berries) is still present. Long finish, tastes like an aged bordeaux. Definitely an Old World style. Tannis are soft now with an hint of mint. Very complex. Should have bought more bottles. Paid $15.
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2003 - Hartley-Ostini Hitching Post Pinot Noir Pinot Noir

May 16, 2008
1 star
Initially this wine tasted bitter and somewhat tannic. Cherries, bitter chocolate, stale coffee, unlbalanced. OK wine, but not my favorite. Had with roasted chicken.  Someone else loved it.
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2004 - Borja, Agricola de Borsao 3 Picos Grenache

May 16, 2008
1 star 1 star
Drank this blind at a tasting. The theme was high scoring wines under $20. We did this to see if any of the scores really meant something. Overall an OK wine, still I liked the 02 or 03, better.
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2003 - Maris, Domaine Minervois Proprietary Blend

May 16, 2008
1 star 1 star
Drank this blind at a tasting. The theme was high scoring wines under $20. We did this to see if any of the scores really meant something. I had this B4, but thought was average. I thought it taste like an Aussie shiraz, because of the fruit.
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1999 - Catena Zapata, Bodegas Catena Malbec Angelica Vineyard Malbec

May 16, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Medium bodied, tasted like a nice aged wine. It was somewhat closed in the beginning, but opened up an hour later. Didn't impress me without food, but with the beef bourgogne, it was a classic match.
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1996 - Rion, Domaine Daniel Nuits St Georges Clos des Argillieres Pinot Noir

Burg

May 16, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Medium bodied, tasted like a nice aged wine. It was somewhat closed in the beginning, but opened up an hour later. Didn't impress me without food, but with the beef bourgogne, it was a classic match.
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2004 - Alfred, Domaine Pinot Noir Califa Estate Pinot Noir

My fave big Pinot

May 16, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
full throttle. not shy. the nose gives off concetrated raspberries, cumin, cola, stone dryig the moisture out on a hot day. Tastes great. Creamy mouthwatering feel, finish goes on and on, totally on the dark berry side. nicely balanced. A litle heat on the nose keeps it from being 95. Will be interesting to revisit in a yr or 2. Still one of my fave OTT pinots. Kosta Browne's Kanlzer comes to mind.
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2005 - R Winery Boarding Pass Shiraz Syrah

Aussie heat

May 07, 2008
1 star 1 star
A little heat, jammy w/dark fruits. Not much going on but enjoyable.   The bottle design is quit interesting.  The label looks like an airline boarding pass and has some interesting inof on the back.
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1995 - Feuillatte, Nicolas Brut Cuvee Speciale Millesime Champagne Blend

nice vintage champagne

May 07, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
notes fr mem. quite nice. thought I should get more for the price I paid.  Had it on New Year's even 2 years in a row.  Paid about $33.  It's a bargain for a vintage champagne. 
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2004 - Navarro Pinot Noir Methode A l'Ancienne Pinot Noir

Always reliable Pinot

May 07, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
No notes. from mem. Thxgiving dinner wine. Complex, nice fruits.  This got a high rating from soem publication, so I got on their mailing list.  Theire Grwurtz is great!!!  It's too bad shipping is high now.
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2004 - Torbreck Juveniles Proprietary Blend

Wow

May 07, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Wow, reminded me of a Saxum's James Berry 04. Nose of wet stone raisins. Long finish, fun drink. silky balanced, anise sweet cherry.  fruit Bomb, but complex.
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2006 - Naia Naia Verdejo

OK

May 07, 2008
1 star
 I heard that this is a great producer from a friends so I got one.  Sprtiz, tropical fruits, tart, paired w/ scallops and was pefect.  For under $10 (I think) it's not too bad, but there are better Verdejo's out there. 
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2005 - Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Central Coast Pinot Noir

Selyem

May 07, 2008
1 star 1 star
Brought to C&S's party. Rememeber being very good, but short finish. A bit watery, but interesting nose and flavors. Bottle opend for 2 hrs before drinking.  Nice asian spices.
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2004 - Rocas de San Alejandro, Las Garnacha Grenache

cheapie

May 07, 2008
1 star
Nice Qpr ($7). Berries and cherries on the nose. Spicy, but a tad high on the heat factor. Nicely paired w/Meatloaf.  I had older vinteages and they were much better.
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2005 - Massena Shiraz Epsilon Syrah

May 07, 2008
1 star 1 star
Fun wine, but lacking in complexity. Next time, decant it for a few hrs.  I had this again couple of months later at a friend's house and it was waaay better.  Maybe an off bottle?
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2005 - Ravenswood Zinfandel Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel Zinfandel

QPR

May 07, 2008
1 star 1 star
Nice. Gtreat QPR (Quality Price Ratio), Not OTT (over the top) like alot of zins. Balanced. Paid $10. Should get more. didn't take detailed notes but remember it being quite nice and fun to drink.
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2003 - Rosenblum Cellars Zinfandel Rockpile Road Zinfandel

May 07, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Delicious. Loads of Jam, Oak, long finish, a touch of heat.  This was a fun wine.  A bit like drinking cocktail, so it really didn't match food, but still delicious.
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2004 - Bodega Numanthia Termes Termanthia Tempranillo

May 07, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Loved this wine. Loved it so much I got more. Color very dark. Nice balance, long finish, minerals, clove, bordeaux like. Wow. Great QPR.  Paid about $20 and I have about 7 more left
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2005 - Mollydooker The Boxer Syrah

Boxer still good

May 07, 2008
1 star 1 star
tasty, not so complex, but enjoyable. better the 2nd day.  It had more secondary flavors and the fruit was not too Over the Top.  For $20 not bad.  Most people will like it.
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2005 - Ravenswood Zinfandel Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel Zinfandel

not bad for $12

May 07, 2008
1 star 1 star
nose of berries. palate spiciness, can't notice the 15% alcohol. well made, simple, long clean finish, medium body.  It's a gopod BBQ wine with ribs and sauce.  Not bad for $12.
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2005 - Errazuriz Chardonnay Wild Ferment Chardonnay

nice chard

May 07, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
fr mem; touch of butter, citrus, sourness, peachy.  I had this before and really liked it.  The butter aspect doesn't bother me too much.  I've had more oaky buttery kinds that make you sick, like when you eat a whole barrel of popcorn at the movies
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2004 - Two Hands Shiraz Angel's Share Syrah

nice

May 07, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
nose of deep forest with dark berries heavy, cardamon. pretty amazing now, spicy. finish goes on and on.  A lot of Asian spices.  They have other bottling and I've heard good things about them  I shoul dtry them all since I liked this one.
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2006 - Bodegas Borsao Tres Picos (Tempranillo) Tempranillo

Nice QPR

May 07, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Always lovely.  Burst of fruit. Cherries, some heat that is annoying ona warm day, but nevertheless enjoyable wine taht will please all your guests.  It's about 415 or less.
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2004 - Alesia Pinot Noir Sonatera Vineyard Pinot Noir

May 07, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
1st night, very fruit fwd. Some sprtiz. 2nd night, great mid palate. Long and weighty finish. Loved it.  Alesia I believe is Rhys Second label and is consistenly good.  I still haven't tries the Rhys yet.  i have only 1 bottle.
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2006 - Chapoutier Cotes du Rhone Belleruche Blanc Proprietary Blend

bad bottle

May 07, 2008
1 star
overwhelming with oak, wood, bark. maybe it was an off bottle.  It was under $10 and got decent reviews.  I had it the next day and was still not good.  I have another bottle to see if it was an anomaly
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2004 - Vision Cellars Pinot Noir Pinot Noir

May 07, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Had a while back in 2006, don't remember when, but I remember as being really good w/ Nutmeg and nice fruits on the palate.  they make other single vineyards, but I haven't tried them yet
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2004 - Alesia Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Sonoma Coast

May 07, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Medium bodied, cherries, starwberries, roses, clove, delicate, silky, nice balanced wine. decanted 1 hr. They make consistenly good wines and I am on the mailing list and well worth it.
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2002 - Prum, Joh Jos Riesling Kabinett Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling

May 07, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Yum, Nice citrus (lime) notes, long finish, hint of petrol, spritzy, lively . . . had with Ma-po tofu, good match.  Nice balance.  Try it with other spicey foods or on its own.
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2000 - Mas Martinet Clos Martinet Proprietary Blend

May 07, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Decanted 4 hrs. Amazing balance and taste. Fruit, Minerals, a bit of stone. Paired with Short ribs Danube style.  Expenseive but worth it.  probably at its peak but could go a few more years
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2004 - Alfred, Domaine Pinot Noir Califa Chamisal Vineyard Pinot Noir

May 05, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Huge. Rich, lots of cherry w/touch of heat on the nose. Long finish. Should buy more. Next day, heat goes away, very balanced. Only paid $30 for this.  Usually 1.5x-2x of that.
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2002 - Williams Selyem Chardonnay Heintz Vineyard Chardonnay

wow

May 05, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Wow. Peaches, and other fruits, creme brulee, long finish. A lot going on. Loved it. Had with Clams w/garlic sauce as an app and skate for main. Should have bought more.
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2005 - Torbreck Woodcutters Red 

May 05, 2008
1 star 1 star
Nose of soy sauce, rice crackers w/the greyish seaweed on it. Interesting. very dark color. Long finish, berries, mocha, funky, full bodies, some old world mixed in, a bit heat.
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2001 - Patz and Hall Pinot Noir Alder Springs Pinot Noir

May 05, 2008
1 star 1 star
I had this a year ago, and I loved it. Nose of cherries, chocolate. Cherries, caramel, minerals on the palate. Med finish. Very smooth, silky, well integrated.
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2001 - Selbach Riesling Kabinett Zeltinger Himmelreich Riesling

May 05, 2008
1 star 1 star
Last one. I used to like this, but now it just seems too plain. nose of lime grapefruit. Citrus, petrol, zesty, long finish. Crisp. Good match w/ Pork Loin brasied w/assorted onions (scallions, shallots, red/yellow, pearl - anything i can find in my fridge
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2001 - Montes Alpha M Proprietary Blend

May 05, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Initially black fruits, chocolate. After 1Hr decant - more like chocolate mocha, fruits faded, star anise. Silky, went well with Lobel's steak, Scalloped potatoes w/fried shallots. Fruit came back towards the end of the night. Great but not a QPR
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2000 - Chappellet Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

May 05, 2008
1 star 1 star
Too much fruit & Heat dominated the wine. Some hints of choco, chalk, lavender. Not bad. Had w/ Steak and Dauphne potatoes w/ caramalized onions and sage.
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2001 - Viticcio Chianti Classico Riserva Sangiovese

May 05, 2008
1 star 1 star
From memory. Opened for about 2 hrs. Acidic, like balsamic vinegar, fruit, smoke, chocolate? Was it somewhat closed? Enjoyable w/food. I had one 1-2 years ago and it was better then
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2003 - Rosenblum Cellars Zinfandel Richard Sauret Vineyard Zinfandel

May 05, 2008
1 star 1 star
Better than the last bottle I had. Fruit explodes in your mouth, balanced, nice mouthfeel, had some bitter aftertaste after an hou
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2005 - Mollydooker Carnival of Love Syrah

May 05, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
To celebrate E&M's B-day. Opened for an hour. very dark color, thick, honey, some heat, bitter choco, dark berries, very long finish. balanced. wife liked it more than I did
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2000 - Patz and Hall Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard Pinot Noir

May 05, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Wow. Just amazing. Nose of berries/cherries exploding in your face. Nicely integrated tannins. After 1-2Hrs, becomes earthy. A bit of heat, but not annoying.
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2004 - Kilikanoon Cabernet Sauvignon Blocks Road Cabernet Sauvignon

May 05, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
89 pts the 1st day. It just was too OTT drinking against some old world wines. Pts reflect the next day. Nice to drink by itself. Like a cocktail. Delicious. Fruit fwd. More like an Aussie Shiraz. Totally coats your mouth, like eating caramel. Not much tannins. I don't think this will age much, but I'm not exp enuf to tell.

The btle I had B4 was not showing much, so maybe that was a bad one?
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2003 - Duboeuf, Georges Julienas Gamay

Age you Beaujolais!!!

May 05, 2008
1 star 1 star
Can't believe that this is a Beaujolais. Cherries, Deep, Earthy, Tar. was $10, Should buy more if I could find it. Finish is too short though. Ate w/Braised chicjen w/figs and honey - not an ideal match. Pop'n Poured. Got earthier as the night progressed. Imporved a lot w/ age. Last time I tasted it I gave it a 87. No notes
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2005 - Baumard, Domaine des Coteaux du Layon Carte d'Or Chenin Blanc

May 05, 2008
1 star 1 star
1st day - 88 pts. Nose a bit muted. Floral, minerals, light. Lavender. 2nd day better. 3rd day, melon, peaches, pineapple, nice mouthfeel, more weight than 1st day. Longer finish.
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2004 - Altesino Rosso di Altesino Sangiovese

Wow

May 05, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Initially, nose of paint thinner. It's been in the 70s in NYC, so the wine was a bit too warm, so I put it in the fridge to cool it. After 1 hr, the heat went away and the nose was filled with berries and wet thick dirt. Taste of berries, earth, mouthcoating, med-full body, med finish (10sec). I think RP said it's like a baby brunello, it did remind me of one (however to note, my experiences with brunello's is limited). This is a blend of new world and old, but skewing towards the old. Goes well with food. Had with pork piccata and pastini with porcini's cooked in the style of risotto. Perfect match. Great bargain @ $13. Should get more. I think this is the 1st time I've had a Rosso, I should try more.
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2005 - Majo Norante, Di Terra degli Osci Ramitello Proprietary Blend

Below 1 star

May 05, 2008
1 star
Just wasn't tasty. Fruit was lacking. Earth notes. A bit bitter. Leather. Unbalanced. A bit tight. Should try the next day to see if it woke up.
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2005 - Garrigue, Domaine la Cotes du Rhone Cuvee Romaine Proprietary Blend

QPR alert

May 05, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Better and different than before. Now I get bamboo shoots, the smelly kind (barnyard, stinky feet kind). Lots of fruit. Rosemary on the nose. Very nice and rustic. Complex. More like a CdP now. Did the high temps in NYC 07, did it get cooked for the better? Had w/Pot roast.
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2005 - Lageder Pinot Bianco Alto Adige Pinot Blanc

So so

May 05, 2008
1 star
Maybe I just don't like this type of wine. Again, nose was muted. Maybe some apple and lemon on th enose and tongue. Minerals, cork on the palate. But it did go well w/ Chicken and olives, w/ Lemon Pasta. Score is based on avg of wine only 84pts. W/food 88 pts. A good match w/Olives on the 3rd day
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2005 - Vietti Barbera d'Asti Crena Barbera

Tre Vigne not Crena

May 05, 2008
1 star 1 star
Nice wine. Nose of dark fruits, hint of cinnamon, damp basement. Tastes of sour cherries, acidity, starts lights, gets heavier and leaves with a long finish. Thought it may go well w/babbo's Short ribs (some tomatos in it) and Squash Risotto., but the Ribs were too heavy to compete w/barbera. Prob a better pairing would be w/ lighter tomato sauced pastas.
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2002 - Produttori di Barbaresco Barbaresco Nebbiolo

yuck

May 05, 2008
1 star
 cork had mold all over. But the wine was still drinkable. Very light. Not really good. Used in cooking the braised short ribs. Should use the leftovers for risotto. I bought this to cook with anyway.  Can't give below 1 star
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2003 - Palacios, Alvaro Les Terrasses Proprietary Blend

May 05, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Closed at first, after 2hrs it really opened up. Nice acidity to complement food, kirsch, berries, no notes taken. Amazing match w/Chicken bouillabaisse and garlic aioli.
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2001 - Finca Allende Allende Tempranillo

Good paella match

May 05, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Again w/paella. Pretty good match. Nose of fireplace, cranberries. clean and smooth. Nicely balanced. A bit of anise, minerals, berries on the flavor profile.
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2000 - Bodega Numanthia Termes Termanthia Tempranillo

QPR

May 05, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Nose of berries, clove, wet stones, tree bark and Mars bar. Palate with integrated tannins, fruit. On the mid palate, anise, oak, smoke, charcoal (not that I've eaten one). Nice wine, complex.
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2003 - Evans and Tate Chardonnay Chardonnay

OK CHARD

May 05, 2008
1 star 1 star
Nice Chard. Great w/ Food. Paired w/ Sea Bass w/Gremolata and mushroom risotto. Interesting lemon hits you in mid palate. I get some pineapple and minerals.
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1996 - Massolino Barolo Vigna Parafada Nebbiolo

barolo

May 05, 2008
1 star 1 star
Drank b/c WS said drink now. Tigh on the nose. Cherries and earth on the palate. Next day, mnore expressive. Cherries, mushrooms, orange peel, licorice, sweet tannins on the mouthfeel. Pleasant mouthfeel. Paired w/ Braied short ribs in Nebbiolo, next day Bolognese sauce.
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2004 - Edmunds St John Rocks And Gravel Proprietary Blend

edmunds

May 05, 2008
1 star 1 star
Pop n poured. Nose : rocke and gravel : ), sea, nice CA rhone blend nose. Mix of fruit. Palate: minerals, cinamon, acid (helps coat the mouth, hint of dark, fruit (can't figure the fruit out, but reminscent of a Rhone-maybe raspberry? ). bit of heat. Nicely integrated tannins, but will be better aged a bit or decanted a bit. Balanced another QPR. It would be a 90 pt if the heat was not noticable.
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2006 - Stadt Krems Gruner Veltliner Weinzierlberg Gruner Veltliner

nice GruV

May 05, 2008
1 star 1 star
Refreshing, Passion fruit, reminded me ofa cross between NZ Sauv Blanc and CA. Dodn'y get typical white pepper notes of a grunerbut had a kind of jalepeno zing to it on the finish.
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2005 - Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Sonoma County Pinot Noir

Selyem always great

Apr 25, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
nose of cherries, rose petals, tatami (damp bamboo). palate of cherries, cola, medium finish w. nice acidity to keep everything in balance. had w/ pot roast.
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2004 - Schild Estate Shiraz Syrah

nice Shiraz not OTT

Apr 25, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
notes from mem: very dark fruit on the nose. Nice balance and full bodied. Not OTT like all the other Aussie SHiraz'a I've had. Structurd, creamy finish.
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2003 - Oupia, Chateau d' Minervois Proprietary Blend

Great steak wine for cheap

Apr 25, 2008
1 star 1 star
Near peak. Nose of ink, minerals. Palate, has a dusty mouthfeel, nice cheery and cranberry aftertaste; dried olives in oil, steel and chocolate. It's pretty nice wine for $10 or less
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2004 - Alesia Syrah Chileno Valley Syrah

Wow wine

Apr 25, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Another WOW. Very elegant. Not like OTT wines from Aussie/CA syrah's with a lot of heat I've had before. Nose of dark berries, soy sauce, salami rind. Nice long finish that's deep and thought provoking. Style is very Alesia/Rhys. I want more of this. Definitely I should get my full allocation plus more.
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2003 - Concha y Toro Carmenere Terrunyo Carmenere

chile

Apr 25, 2008
1 star 1 star
1st sip nothing much but dark berries. So I decanted it for 2 hrs. Perfect pairing w/ Spiced Moroccan Beef w/ Polenta (white truffle oil). Nose of berries, anise and vanilla w/an oily texture. 2nd day, a bit boring w/Beef stroganoff.
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2005 - Branger, Domaine Claude Muscadet Terroirs les Gras Moutons Melon de Bourgogne

seafood wine

Apr 25, 2008
1 star 1 star
Not bad, Great w/Shrimp and Scallops drenched in butter, shallots and basil. Very acidic, wet stone. A bit unbalanced, but balanced w/food.
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2004 - Rosenblum Cellars Petite Sirah Heritage Clones Petite Sirah

jammed up

Apr 25, 2008
1 star
nose of a tub of rapberry jam. taste like jam, too. too sweet. not much going on besides the jam. 2nd day, the jamminess has gone away a bit with more balance but still not my style.
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2004 - Bodega Numanthia Termes Termanthia Tempranillo

The $20 wine that rocks

Apr 25, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Nothing that amazing - maybe b/c I drank sauternes w/ the fois gras pate right b4, but was way better the next day. From mem. Lots of acidity, tannins, fruit and oak. Probably need to age this baby
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2004 - Edmunds St John Rocks And Gravel Proprietary Blend

Not that great

Apr 25, 2008
1 star
Pretty much same as last notes. better after 3 hrs. Clean, a bit of heat, charcoal, minerals, burnt black fruit - like the berries that spilled into the oven kind. There are other QPR Rhones blends from Rhone that are much better
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1993 - Roagna Barolo Riserva La Rocca e la Pira Nebbiolo

Old barolo at $20

Apr 25, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
not that complex but still enjoyable. notes of earth, cranberries, excellent w/ pork chops w/ mustard sauce. the wine was better the next day.
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2004 - Majo Norante, Di Terra degli Osci Ramitello Proprietary Blend

OK

Apr 25, 2008
1 star 1 star
Nose of earth, wet stone, red fruit. palate is a bit bitter, a bit hollow on the mid-palate, but still a good cheap wine. Goes really well w/ humboldt fog cheese.
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2005 - McPrice Meyers Syrah Larner Vineyard Syrah

mcprice is right

Apr 25, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Nose of dark berries, chocolate and wet rocks. Nice mouth coating wine with some floral notes in addition to the tastes I got from the nose. 1st day, fruit forward, better the next day
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2005 - Reuscher Haart Piesporter Goldtropfchen Riesling Kabinett Riesling

Nice riesling

Apr 25, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
nice w/ chicken braised w/ riesling. nose or mamalade and grilled pineapple. . nice acidity keeps it from being too sweet. Mouthcoating, lime, tropical, pineapple taste.
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2004 - Remei, Castell del Gotim Bru Proprietary Blend

QPR

Apr 25, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Opened at a party. This wine was great for the price. Nose, of cherries, dark berrries, chocolate, and anise. Taste spiciness, w/ dark berries, nice tannins
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