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Bogle “Essential” Red 2015 review by (PB)

Dark cranberry jelly red hue with big aromas of fruit filled Black cherry, chocolate cream bon bons, cola, cedar, minty spice; a lot going on. Palate–Plush tannins, immense fruit bomb black berries, dark cherry, tar, forest floor, finishing with a somewhat ho hum ending. Bogle has become one of those producers who seem to specialize…
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Klinker Brick Old Vine Zinfandel 2014 review by (PB)

This robust black-cherried hue Zin from Lodi has aromas of tantalizing chocolate mint, cinnamon red hots candies and loads of zesty blackberries and blackberry jam. On the palate this wine is surprisingly supple with all the above coming through in the mouth with a satisfying lingering finish of spicy brambly berries. I am not a…
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Gavilan Pinot Noir 2013 review by (PB)

Black cherry hue setting off aromas of Palate–This pinot has real depth, with solid beam of black cherry and vanilla cream cordial, with lingering fruit on the finish. Honestly my review is skewed with respect to the bouquet because of the pervasive aromas coming from the kitchen with a turkey roasting and the trimmings. From…
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Chateau L’Escart (Cuvee Eden) 2015 review by (PB)

Young purple hue with aromas that are better than anticipated due to its youthfulness. Tart raspberry with lighter overtones of blueberry, with maybe a hint of menthol, and light spicing and a note of milk choclate. On the palate this wine (a classic Bordeaux blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec) is at first quite…
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The Ned Pinot Noir 2014 review by (PB)

Gentle cherry hue with aromas of lightly spiced raspberry/strawberry jam. Palate–Lively structure with very nice Pinot flavors that far outstrip the bouquet.  Savory spiced ripe strawberries with a very light hint of cocoa that is fleeting. This has clean as a whistle feel in the mouth with a gentle tartness that is endearing. This is…
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Toile Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 review by (PB)

  Nice black cherry hue with aromas of perfumy sweet black cherry with interesting layers of unusual notes of pickle juice, mint, hints of milk chocolate, and minty spice. Palate–silky potential with young tannins at the moment. Rich dark berry fruit with black licorice and a touch of green pepper. Finish is a bit quick.…
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Netzl “Carnuntum Cuvee” 2014 review by (PB)

  Young black cherry hue with aromas big on savory spices combined with fruity goodness that combines for a perfumy bouquet. There’s a touch of white grapefruit, white pepper, and red berries. Palate–lots of tongue biting acidity, with a subtle touch of cocoa, more white pepper and berries with a finish that lingers a tad…
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Mumm’s Napa Brut Prestige (NV) review by (PB)

The straw hue hovers around the bouquet of almonds underneath light lime with vanilla notes Palate–subdued but clean as slate, with lemon lime fruit with a finish of nuttiness. This Napa bubbly is one of my perennial favorites and when I find it around $15 I grab it although it has tended upwards towards the…
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Barrel 27 Head Honcho 2012 Syrah review by (PB)

  Dark blackberry hue  gives rise to aromas of blueberry pie, rustic spices, cocoa, tar, Palate–Impressive large, ripe blackberry compote in a  thickish textured presentation savory spices with a touch of cedar. This is a 20 megaton fruit bomb kind of wine which frankly I enjoy when I am in the mood and I am…
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Taylor Fladgate Late Bottled Vintage Port 2012 review by (PB)

Deep black hue with baker’s chocolate and raisiny bouquet with a slight hint of fresh fruit. Palate–Silky presence with big, bold, black, ripe plums and raisins, and ripe blackberries; lovely, velvety mouth feel with sweet and balanced flavors. Wine Spectator gives this wine 91 points and it’s all of that. I have had numerous LBV…
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Chateau Les Granges 2015 review by (PB)

Obviously young, purple hue  and a bouquet that is at first dried, crushed cherries giving rise to a touch of fresh cherry fruit, a lovely note of caraway (rye) The palate yields some surprisingly mouth watering fruit. This Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Bordeaux (Entre Deux Mers) is surprisingly good considering the $6 price tag…
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Vindicated Chardonnay (Carneros) 2014 review by (PB)

Nice gold hue with aromas of lovely vanilla cream pudding, sweet pie spice, lovely ripe pineapple, with a lemon/lime punch Palate–Nice foundation of tongue-cutting acidity (I love it) with true Chard flavors of off dry tropical fruit, and citrus on that buttery base. I paid $14 for this deservedly $24 Carneros chardonnay.  Carneros is perhaps…
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Freixenet “Mia” 2013 review by (PB)

This ruby Spanish creation has aromas of vibrant red cinnamon red hots, with Asian spices, fruity red berries and bright red hard candies Palate–Nice first impression of vibrant cherries and spiced apples (like the kind you get at Thanksgiving time) sitting on a “sweet” frame with a brief but fun candy apple finish. Wow–this is…
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Chateau Tanunda Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 review by (PB)

No label available that I could find! Black cherry hue sets off the bouquet of GREEN pepper, what little bit of fruit there, blackberry edges through the GREEN aromas with smokey charcoal and mint on the end. Palate–Sweet, zesty acid with hotter than blazes berries. Quick finish. Uh, OK then, a bit hard to judge…
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Masi Bonacosta Valpolicella Classico 2015 review by (PB)

Nice ruby presentation with aromas of spiced apple rings, and cherry Palate–Zesty, fruity spicy with cherry and that’s about it. I paid $10 for this $16 wine and grabbed two on the occasion that it might be a great buy. Well it’s alright and it will make a solid pizza wine which is exactly why…
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Nik Weiss St, Urbans-Hof Riesling 2015 review by (PB)

Straw hue, with a bouquet of spicy, tropical fruits, and an “oil” fragrance common in Rieslings and Gruners. Palate–Full flavored with vibrant acidity, mouths full of ripe citrus, aromatic pineapple. kiwi, apple and probably more when it warms up. This is a delicious Riesling from the Mosel region in Germany (perhaps the best place in…
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Columbia Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 review by (PB)

The is a nice black cherry hued Cab with aromas of light plum, gentle black cherry, green pepper and savory spice that is again, gentle,. with a touch of cigar ash on the end Palate–Fruit forward, a little chewy on the tannins, dark fruit with some light red berries and a finish that lingers a…
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Piccini (Governo All’uso Toscano) Poggio Alto 2014 review by (PB)

Intense opaquish hue Bouquet–On the gentler, elegant side with seductive hints of chocolate cherry cordials, fresh cherry, tart pie cherry, rustic savory spices Palate–brimming with well structured savory fruit with lovely nuances of cocoas, dark chocolate and cherry fruit. I paid $12 for this $17 wine and I regret not getting a LOT more.  It…
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Atalon Napa Valley Pauline’s Cuvee 2012 review by (PB)

Dark hue Bouquet–Musty front smacking of corked but ever so slightly; Berry with a touch of currant and sweet/savory spices and choclate Palate–Rich, slightly tannic but appealing, nice dark berry foundation with savory spices. I paid $15 for this Cab/Merlot blend.  At $15 I like it; not so much at $30  Raise a glass if…
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Grape Tamer 2013 review by (PB)

Intense deep black cherry hue Bouquet–Loads of ripe, dark black berry, cedar, savory spice, cola Palate–Big 20 megaton fruit bomb, with loads of jammy dark berries, a touch of baker’s bittersweet chocolate, cedar on a silky foundation with a lasting finish. I love these kinds of wines when I’m in the mood which is often.…
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El Albar Lurton Tempranillo 2014 review by (PB)

Hefty Burgundy hue Bouquet–awkward aroma up front, touches of black licorice, and odd fruit with nice spicing Palate–awkward front palate with a voluptuous foundation that is plush and silky. Again the fruit is hard to describe but is fairly bold, and dark berry like.  Finishes with some length. I paid $10 for this $24 wine…
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Chamisal Vineyards Pinot Noir (Central Coast) 2013 review by (PB)

Darker side garnet hue Nice strawberry bouquet with gentle but pronounced spicing (Chinese 5 spice) Palate–Nice first impression with loads of fruit and rich mid-palate with sweet spices galore. After a touch of air there is a nice tart raspberry gelato touch as well.  It finishes with a wallop of awesome rich fruit that lingers…
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Ravenswood Old Vine Zinfandel (Sonoma) 2013 review by (PB)

Cherry /garnet slightly opaque hue Big jammy bold rustic berry aroma with sweet purple flowers and cigar box Cinnamon front with zippy structure brimming with loads of spicy red berry and plum flavors with a lingering red, cream candy finish. This is what Zin should taste like.  Even at this nominal price point this is…
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Nik Wies (St.Urbans Hof) Riesling 2015 review by (PB)

Very gentle gold Bouquet–sweet vanilla with loads of tropical fruits Palate–Elegant first impression, gentle acidity, off dry, tropical fruit cocktail Fairly simple in its profile, honestly I was expecting a bit more on the basis of my past experience with the producers and that’s not to say this isn’t delicious, it is just not eye-popping.…
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Dry Creek Vineyard Zinfandel (Heritage Vines) Sonoma 2015 review by (PB)

Darker Cherry hue Bouquet–refined aromas of brambly ripe blackberries with spices (Chinese five spice among others) with fresher red berry notes at the end Palate–Intense presentation on the palate–with loads of cedar and rosemary, relaxed tannins, bittersweet baker’s chocolate, and more bold fruit. This particular blend is 79% Zinfandel and 20% Petite Sirah lending to…
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Broglia Gavi La Meirana Bianco Secco 2016 review by (PB)

Pale straw Bouquet–brimming with lemony notes and vanilla underneath with the subtlest touch of bacon. Palate–Crisp, vibr   ant acidity that will cut your palate clean from any butter, greasy elements in the most heaven cream laden sauce imaginable.  Tropical fruit with a definite lean towards the citrus family. Bought this for $16 and found…
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Sebastiani Pinot Noir (Sonoma Co.) 2014 review by (PB)

Pretty ruby hue Bouquet–Straw/raspberry bouquet with soft spice floral aromas Palate–Voluptuous, bountiful raspberry flavors with silky structure. Thins out quickly on the swallow with a soft lingering trace though of the foundational flavors. I paid around $14 for this and as always, Sebastiani means quality at any price point. This is juicy and a good…
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Swanson Vineyards Merlot (Napa) 2011 review by (PB)

Steady magenta hue Bouquet–Big fruity berries on the pour hitting your nose from several feet away. Light coffee on the front on opening, intense savory spices, a hint of dark baker’s chocolate, and a thread of sweet *huckleberry.    (*seriously–huckleberry? I don’t even know what a huckleberry is but it was a sweet berry aroma)…
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Chateau Hyot Reserve 2014 review by (PB)

Hue–Opaqueish brick red hue Bouquet–Floral aromas above the rim laced with fresh red berry fruit and Palate–Chunky immature tannins, austere fruit, bone dry, a bit of a lingering finish. Classic old world style Bordeaux. This Bordeaux (Castillon) is a blend of 60% Merlot, 20% of each Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. I paid $16 though…
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Viberti Barbera D’Alba “La Gemella” 2014 review by (PB)

Cranberry jelly hue Bouquet brimming with cherries, nuanced savory spices, new leather shoes, (I know right?) and more sweet fruit Palate–Bone dry, mouth puckering, austere, fruit is tightly wound, and finishes with a lingering spicy, fruity finish. I just opened this and drank!  I’ll come back and update once it has opened!  Well, breathing did…
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Simi Sauvignon Blanc ( Sonoma) 2015 review by (PB)

straw hue Bouquet–Lemon-lime with strong “grassy” classic S. Blanc aroma!  Sweet creamy citrus–nearly floral–underneath it all Palate–Mouth watering acid, loads of lemon and lime with a creamy texture. This will be my pairing for this evening’s Maine lobster dinner on this, the 44th anniversary of me and my high school sweetheart. Around $15, put a…
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Secoli Amarone della Volpolicella 2012 review by (PB)

lighter cherry hue Bouquet–Sweet fresh cherry above the rim, coffee grounds, gentle spices Palate–Elegant presence,integrated bright red cherry fruit with light mid-palate of very gentle raisin and a hint of coca with lingering finish It’s been a long time since I have had an Amarone which I need to remedy!  I love Amarone–the wine made…
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Shannon Ridge “Wrangler Red” 2013 review by (PB)

Medium crystalline ruby hue Bouquet– Big berry bursts on the rim with some fresh cherry and dried berry; a touch of cocoa with some nice spices and cinnamon red hots on opening but dissipated Palate–Big fruity dark berries with a beam of lighter red cherry on a foundation of slightly acidic and a some puckery…
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Debauchery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva 2010 review by (PB)

Slightly opaque black garnet Bouquet–Nice berry fruit wafting from the glass high above the rim, very vegetal in the glass with some mint trying to break though Palate–Wow–and that’s not a good wow…tart (acidic) austere, green, and generally not good. Now the get a grip factor–I paid $7 for this Maipo Valley, Chilean red and…
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JAM Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 review by (PB)

Nice dark garnet hue Bouquet–Lots of cedary chocolaty berries with eucalyptus and cigar box Palate–A nice mouthful of bold fruit on a young robust structure.  Dark berries with chocolate-cherry cordial; finish lingers with a nice fruity ending This wine somehow made it into my mixed case I bought and one that I did buy was…
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Cline Zinfandel (Live Oak Vineyard) 2013 review by (PB)

Dark cherry hue Bouquet–Fresh baked bread, intense dark sweet tar, brambles, dark berry and cedar. Palate–Silky, zesty, spicy, structure, with vibrant black cherry foundation, mouth watering acid and deep dark rich berry flavors. Gentle lingering finish. I found this at a state liquor store on sale from from $36 to $12!  I want to shoot…
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Manifesto Zinfandel (Lodi) 2015 review by (PB)

Cranberry jelly hue bouquet–Brambly zinfandel fruit on the light side, with a tangerine rind note, and spice Palate–Lighter body, “cheap” tasting fruit, with a bitter edge, some spiciness and bitter finish. Bought this for $8 down from $16. Glad it was only the latter. Not a great example of the grape so give it a…
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