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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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Roth Pinot Noir 2014 (Sonoma Coast) review by (PB)

  Ruby hue Bouquet–creamy gentle vanilla with a suggestion of milk chocolate and cherries with sweet spice Palate–Robust structure with mouth watering acidity, and a full mouth of not-quite-ripe strawberries. Usually at the $20 price point I found it for $15 and snagged a bottle.  Pairing it with my wife’s fave–Onion tart with bacon–actually a…
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Sassoregale Sangiovese 2015 review by (PB)

Lighter ruby hue Bouquet–Cherry-berry front, spicy candied nose, Palate–The candied bouquet carries through to the first impression front palate, somewhat odd with quick finish. This will be ok with the pizza we just ordered but I would pass this one up at $13.  There are scads of Tuscan wines in the $10 price range which…
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Pacific Rim Gewurtztraminer “Twin Vineyards” 2014 review by (P

Hue–light straw Bouquet–Wet Stone, spicy tropical fruit with ripe pineapple highlights, Palate–This Washington State varietal is an ample sample of tropical fruit melange, delightfully bitter mid-palate, not as acidic as I prefer but decent enough and a refreshing example of the grape. It is not as acidic as I prefer but decent enough and a…
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Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 review by (PB)

Hue–Deep dark Black cherry to the rim Bouquet–Rich, expressive blackberry pie, with hints of blueberry pie, tar, cigar box, and cedar Palate–Lush dark berries, brioche, bold tannins, a touch of sweet cream in the finish. I received a magnum of this great wine a gift and we had part of it for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. With…
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Villa Montignana Chianti Classico 2010 Riserva review by (PB)

Ruby/black cherry hue Bouquet–Lovely fresh cherry above the rim, with cigar box and spice with more sweet peppery, black licorice and fragrant soap. Palate–Minerally cinnamon,dried cherry, lip smacking tannins, green rustic forest floor, decent finish. I paid $12 for this from $20.  Having home made spaghetti, and twill be a perfect pairing so raise a…
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Cline Zinfandel “Live Oak Vineyard” 2013 review by (PB)

Black cherry hue Bouquet–green spices mark the front of this single vineyard zin. Tight aromas of that brambly Zin you need to smell. Touches of cigar box and black berry fruit, cola, and a slight hint of mocha. Palate–Wonderful, thick texture, velvety tannins and mouth watering fruit with a depth of palate that is a…
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Hook or Crook (Napa) Pinot Noir 2014 review by (PB)

Darker cherry hue Bouquet–subtle aromas of strawberry, Palate–Charming first impression, with understated everything, but what is present is fresh, vibrant, and lively. This wine is a bit mystifying; really subdued bouquet which I hoped meant a very pronounced presence in the mouth but the palate is equally as subtle. Now, subtle does not mean it…
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Merriam Merlot “2012 (Russian River) review by (PB)

Garnet hue Bouquet–Subtle touch of cocoa with big aromas of ceder, savory spice, dried cherry with a touch of fresh ripe plum Palate–Silky tannns, with savory tinged, red fruit, a bit angular at this point but should mellow out a touch with another year.  Finish is long and satisfying, with loads of residual fruit. I…
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Barone Ricasoli “Brolio” 2009 review by (PB)

Deep garnet that is just starting to show a hint of age Bouquet–Sweet hints of fresh cherry above the rim with tart dried cherries deeper in.  Beautiful nearly floral bouquet laced with spices, and cigar box. Palate–Slight cinnamon front, with tart pie cherry, and a “flat” palate from its peak. I bought numerous bottles of…
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Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 2016 review by (PB)

Straw hue Bouquet–Grapefruit, lemon-lime, melon and slight hint of vanilla Palate–Racy acidity, classic Sauvignon Blanc grassiness, vanilla, tangerine, lemon/lime and not quite ripe white grapefruit. Kim Crawford makes a consistently solid S. Blanc from New Zealand (Marlborough).  I think it is about the easiest wine to ID blind so distinctive is it’s bouquet.  This is…
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