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Kitchen Sink California white table wine review by Billy

Nose: herbal, apricot, kumquat Palate: refreshing light acids are exceptionally cleansing and fresh. Granny smith apple flavors skip lightly across the tongue Finish: long and crisp with melon, Mown grass and herbs. Overall: I paid $9.99 for this at a local wine store. Very refreshing for a NV California table wine blend of Chardonnay, Chenin…
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Oyster Bay 2014 Sauvignon Blanc Wine Review by Billy

Nose: melon and citrus Palate: excellent structure with firm but gentle acids that will cut through oils without overpowering you palate. Spry feel. With an ever so slightly spritzig. Finish: fresh and green with lime notes. Overall: delightful young Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand. It’s a steal st $11.99 that I bought it at.
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Brancaia 2010 Wine Review by Billy

Nose: Red taffy candy and cherry nose, state Fair caramel. Palate: Fruity, soft tannins, gentle Finish: Cherry Overall: Nicely crafted and ok overall. Got it on sale for $18 This is an Italian wine from Tuscany combining Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
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Blackbird vineyards Arise 2012 Wine Review by Billy

Nose: Layers of dark chocolate and cherry, and charred cedar. Complex and inviting. Sage? Palate: Firm tannins and ripe berries drive throughout the mouth leaving a full feel and delivering on the complex aroma. Finish: Swamp Mallow and woody notes emerge at the finish with just a hint of overaggressive acids. Breathe or let mature…
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2010 Produttori Barbaresco Wine Review by Billy

Burnt red to nearly brown at the edge. Looks older and more mature that it is. Nose: New leather, black cherry Palate: Deliciously supple and inviting. Chewy tannins and strong acids combine in a burly brawl with the elegance of classic olympians.Finish: Lingering and floral Overall: I paid $35 for this at a local wine…
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Tierra Aranda Tempranillo 2011 Wine Review by Billy

Nose: herbal and black cherry Palate: juicy and tannic Finish: herbal, chalky, cocoa Overall: Sadly, a big meh on this wine. I adore Tempranillo. Unfortunately, this was not a great Tempranillo. I paid $20 for this at a local wine store. You can find better examples of Tempranillo at this price point. Overall, 2011 was a…
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2013 Stag’s Leap Artemis Wine Review By Billy

Nose: Dark berry, black and blueberry creme, cedar notes on the nose. Palate: Full feel big tannin and plush acids that combine for a full and velvety feel. Finish: Berry finish with tannins that leave you alive and wanting more. Overall: This Napa California Cabernet Sauvignon is still young. I paid $102 for this In San Jose, California.
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2007 Louis Roederer Cristal Champagne Review By Billy

Nose: lemon flower, vanilla, tropical grass Palate: key lime, citrus, bone dry, honey Finish: honey lime and melon, honeycomb Overall: awesome! This bottle was a thank-you gift from a business partner. What a delight. We were privileged to share this with friends and co-workers as well. Good Champagne is meant to be enjoyed and shared…
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1969 Lafite Rothschild Wine Review by Billy

Nose: Old and dusty blackberry and dark cherry and plum and violets. In the glass the wine smells of asparagus and old bricks. Palate: The texture is velvety and balanced and juicy. There are very tart and steely cherry notes. Honestly, I am searching for nice things to say. This is intriguing because it’s a Lafite.…
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2001 E. GIUGAL Chateauneuf-du-Pape Wine Review By Billy

Eyes: Deep purple to orange on the outside rim. Nose: Anise, oregano and cinnamon. So savory! Palate: Strong tannins vie for dominance over berry skins and stone fruit pits. Finish: Fruity even after 14 years; with youthful hints. Overall: A delightful thanksgiving pre-dinner treat. We especially enjoyed this with some Primadonna Gouda cheese.  I paid $46…
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Trinchero 2007 Napa Valley Cabernet Wine Review By Billy

Nose: Casis, Blackberry, Leather & Rich Truffles Palate: Sublime. Round and soft. Exquisite tannins and plush berry feel surrounds a solid structure that is nothing short of amazing! Finish: Soft violet flowers and blueberry blossoms gently fade out making your mind and body beg for more. Overall: This is an amazing 2007 Napa Cabernet! It…
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2010 Produttori Barbaresco Wine Review by Billy

Burnt red to nearly brown at the edge. Looks older and more mature that it is. Nose: new leather, black cherry Palate: deliciously supple and inviting. Chewy tannins and strong acids combine in a burly brawl with the elegance of classic olympians. Finish lingering and floral Overall: I paid $35 for this at a local wine…
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Chandon Rose Sparkling Wine Review by Billy

Chandon Rose Sparkling Wine Nose: Lime, shortbread & summer flowers Palate: Strong acids dominate and freshen the palate while pinpricks of effervescence stipple your tongue and cheeks. Finish: Lemon vanilla custard finish with notes of hay and cranberry. Overall: I paid $19 for this at a local wine store. It is a delightful…
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Phoenix 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Penley Estate

Nose: Truffles, cherry, blackberry & smoke Palate: Lush, balanced, bold. This has a massive mouth feel with amazing structure that is big big BIG! Extraordinary tannins are large than life but are exquisitely balanced by the acid core and complex flavors of smoky fruit, loamy earth and mushroom. Huge and balanced and complex and sophisticated. Finish: Decadent berries…
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Kungfu Girl Riesling 2013 Wine Review by Billy

Nose: Apricot and Honey Palate: Luscious acids play around a fruity core of melon and apricot. A lively spritzig plays with your tongue. This dry white wine is a wonderful balance of flirty flair and staid elegance. Washington Wines and Wineries: The Essential Guide Finish: steel and minerals emerge on the back to give a…
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Rutherford Hill 2009 Barrel Select Napa Red Wine Review by Billy

Nose: Coco, leather, charcoal and berries. Complex, layered, inviting. At Amazon: the Vinturi wine aerator  Palate: Rigid acids are entwirled with playful tannins as the wine creates a lush tsunami circuit around your mouth. Finish: Zippy. Rich berry flavors emerge most prominently on the finish. Dark cherries and blackberries figure largely. Overall: I paid $34 for this…
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Pongracz Sparkling Wine Review

  Nose: Apple, pear & grapefruit with vanilla hints. Palate: slate & minerals form a dry wrap around a medium acid core. Tiny bubbles that are pinpricks of effervescence meander around your mouth with padded gloves. Finish:  creamy apple notes on the finish. Overall: This was $18.99 at the local wine store. This Pongracz Brut…
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Clancy’s 2010 Shiraz Merlot Cabernet Wine Review

Nose: dark hues of earth and mushroom with dark red plums. Coffee and spices as well. Layered and complex. Palate: Juicy and loose on the palate washing easily throughout each part of your mouth. Soft tannins are barely there and let the spiced fruit flavors play and dance. Finish: Fruited cedar spice gives way to…
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Concannon Conservancy 2012 Crimson & Clover Red Wine Review

Nose: juicy strawberry and raspberry with spicier undertones of nutmeg and pepper Palate: good complexity and full mouth feel makes this fun to drink. Finish: delightful strawberry finish with herbal notes. Overall: this Northern California red table wine is simply fun to drink. It is fruity and inviting while retaining enough complexity to have an…
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Santa Rita 120 Syrah 2012 Wine Review

Nose: Fruity. Plum, raspberry, spices and dark tar Palate: Lively and bright mouth feel with medium bodied acids and teasing tannins that play and dance. Finish: Pepper and grass with cinnamon and clove notes at the back. Overall: This is an extremely pleasant and fruity Syrah from the central valley in Chile. This Santa Rita…
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Peter Lehmann Layers 2010 Wine Review

Nose: earthy and smokey nose with leather Palate: Soft mouth feel with some acid resurgence at the back. Easy going tannins. Finish: berry blast on the finish with blue berries and raspberry and cherry. Overall: I paid $11 for this at a local wine store. It is a blend of Shiraz (54%), Tempranillo (19%), Mourvedre…
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Artemis 2004 Stag’s Leap Cabernet Sauvignon

Nose: cherry, oak and blueberry with vanilla hints Palate: Plush mouth feel with tannins and acids that orbit each other with near lagrange point balance. The acids in this Napa Cabernet Sauvignon still have more mass. Finish: bay leaf herb, blueberry and semi-sweet chocolate. Overall: I paid $57 for this bottle several years ago. The 2004…
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Corteforte Amarone Della Valpolicella 1997

Nose:The scents of sweet currants, anise, oregano and even some orange peel are delicately layered. These are the beautiful smells of the northern Italian countryside and a symphony of subtlety and class. Palate: Dry and still full bodied with acids that still provide good structure against tannins that massage and relax the palate. Coco and…
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Beaulieu Vineyard BV Beaurouge Napa Valley 2009

Nose: beautiful rich nose with all kinds of thick notes of fruit, cocoa, loam, red berries and more.  Extreme and exciting! This is what red wine should smell like! Palate: Fine palate feel with tightrope tannin and complementary acids that create an enological adventure all over your mouth’s terrain. Alive and bursting with a color range…
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