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Bogle Old Vine Zinfandel 2016 review by (PB)

Lighter cherry ruby hue with aromas of Bright red cinnamon red hots, sweet spices with a savory note. Palate–Medium body with nice zesty Zin flavors on a kicky structure that gives more than you bargain for.  Finishes with some lingering pleasantries. This California sourced Zinfandel is a nice value at the less than $10 price…
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Fetzer Flat Bed Red 2016 review by (PB)

  Nicely pigmented, darker black cherry hue with aromas of wild dried savory spice dust with loads of jammy fruit with a rustic twinge to it, cigar ash and more berry fruit, and dust. Palate–Slightly tart (in a good way) lively acidic foundation on which sits jammy dark berry, blueberry, espresso, and lively fruit finish.…
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Geyser Peak Zinfandel 2013 review by (PB)

Lighter garnet hue with aromas of spicy red berries with a touch of cinnamon and strawberry pie filling. Palate–Supple texture, sporting a bright red beery jam front with loads of delicious savory and pie spices. Short lived finish but none-the-less a decent,inexpensive, California sourced Zin. I think I got this on a special buy and…
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Querceto Chianti Classico Riserva 2007 review by (PB)

Garnet hue with perfect color to the rim! Bouquet– sweet cherry above the rim with spicy, black licorice, dried cherries, beautiful daffodil floral notes, and port wine–sweet prunes Palate–Perfectly integrated in every way,dark dried cherry with spicy goodness, with spicy fruit finish with a fleeting touch of cream. This is my last bottle of this…
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Pasqua Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore 2016 review by (PB)

Crystalline garnet hue with aromas of spicy sweet pie cherries Palate–Clean, bright cherry flavors that are simple yet full and crisp and Delicious. This is a very straight forward quaffing wine that is tasty, and would go well with so many things from a pre-dinner cheese plate, to a desert cheese plate perhaps and of…
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The Wolftrap Syrah, Mourvedre, Viognier 2016 review by (PB)

Garnet hue with aromas of yeasty crusted baked bread, savory spices, dark berry, and espresso Palate–Slightly off with a band-aid flavor sometimes characteristic of a taint called Brett short for *Brettanomyces, dark ripe berries, but I cannot get past the uck of band-aids. *Brettanomyces is a (bad) yeast contaminant in wine. For certain wines it…
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Nik Weis St. Urban Hof Riesling 2015 review by (PB)

Pale yellow with ample aromas of oily vanilla, tropical fruit melange, citrus Palate–Sprightly, cutting acidity with luscious fruit flavors that abound in a harmonious fruit salad with mouthwatering sharpness and lingering fruit flavors This Mosel from Germany is the lowest level of quality called a QBA wine not having a “pradikat” or “title” like Spatlese,…
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Darkhorse Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 review by (PB)

Rustic, spicy berry aromas with berry cream bon bons Palate–Sweet first impression with a very steely front palate, seductive tannins, with a coarse mid palate of more rustic berries. This is not a good example of the iconic grape  (Cabernet Sauvignon) but it is emblematic of the popularly made “wine beverage” as I call such…
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Big Bill’s Blend 2014 review by (PB)

Dark black cherry hue with aromas of inky, tarry black berry with savory spices with under layer of sweet pic spice. Palate–Textured, velvety tannins, pronounced savory spices,with deep ripe dark berry fruit,with a tangy, bitter (in a good way) fruity finish that lingers. This blend of Petite Verdot–60%, Cabernet Sauvignon 20%, and Shiraz 20% is…
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Don David Reserve Malbec 2016 review by (PB)

Intense dark black cherry hue with aromas of big savory spices, lovely bonbon candies with cherry cream filling at the rim, with a very light touch of green olives, big dark berry “stuffy” fruit and the slightest touch of black pepper. Palate–A bit tight at the moment but it hasn’t breathed but a few minutes;…
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Cavit Red Blend (NV) review by (PB)

Pretty crystalline garnet hue with aromas of rustic, “Chianti” type wine with licorice, cherry, forest floor highlights. Palate–A touch of musty, cherry cream, with black licorice foundation, and rather pleasing “give me more” flavors that linger on the finish. The only experience I have with Cavit wine is the generic, ultra crappy production they market…
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Summers “Two-Acre Zin” (Napa) 2013 review by (PB)

Nice dark black cherry hue with aromas of spicy black berry, stewed tomatoes, and a touch of cedar. Palate–Textured tannins, intense dark ripe fruit, nice spice, lingering tarry black berry finish This Calistoga Zin is a new one to me and my wife bought it for Father’s Day paying $20. To be fair, I am…
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Fetzer Flatbed Red 2016 review by (PB)

Nice deep black cherry hue with aromas of savory spiced dark berries, cedar, sweet blackberry Palate–Big bold, intense dark fruit bombish, with a bit of pucker, rich spicy, blackberries, tar, and a lingering finish. This was reduced to $7 (from $10) and I grabbed it because of the reliability over many decades of Fetzer’s productions. …
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Bodegas Belgrano Malbec (NV) review by (PB)

Bricking around the rim with browning all around The bouquet is obviously an aged one with interesting aromas of both sweet fresh fruit and aged spicy fruit with a touch of stewed prunes also the mark of an aged red bouquet. Palate–A touch tart but with saving graces of creamy prune whip with sweet spiced…
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Astrolabe Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough) 2016 review by (PB)

Straw hue with large bouquet of classic grassiness, guava paste, ripe pineapple, tropical fruit compote, hint of vanilla and citrus. Palate–Minerally front with sharp acidity, wet stone, guava paste, creamy texture, lingering finish of tropical fruit. Astrolabe is a reliable producer of fairly vibrant Sauvignon Blanc at a great price point. The acidity in this…
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Lou Dumont Bourgogne 2013 review by (PB)

Slightly tinge of amber at the rim showing a touch of age. Bouquet definitely has a twinge of age but just the slightest touch. Ruby red grapefruit aroma up front with nice varietal fruit and a whiff of menthol and cocoa cream. Palate–The touch of age is also evident on the palate so it is…
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Luna Cabernet Sauvignon (California) 2014 review by (PB)

Opaqueish garnet hue with some depth and aromas of spiced cocoa, a hint of cedar, and sweet blueberries. Palate–Ripe berry fruit, with nuances of chocolate reminding me more of a Washington State Cab, with surprisingly rich front palate with loads of savory spice and a finish that actually has some last to it. My wife…
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Vina Robles Petite Sirah 2013 review by (PB)

Nice inky, black cherry hue with aromas of tart dark cherry compote and black cherry but is rather closed as this is right on opening. There is a lot more to come! Palate–First impression is gloriously fruit bombish with thick, textured, presentation, intense dark fruity flavors of cedary dark berries, luscious underlying flavors of mocah…
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Dionysus Vineyards Chardonnay 2014 (Columbia Valley) (PB)

  Med straw hue with big flowery aromas of creme brulee, tropical fruit, pears, honeysuckle marvelous! Palate– Razor sharp acidity that will clean the fattiest, butteriest coating in your mouth; Off dry flavors of tropical fruit salad,buttery texture, lingering fruity finish On opening the bouquet of this Chard was enormous with loads of sweet, flowery…
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Gruet (NV) Blanc D’Noirs review by (PB)

Gentle golden hue with aromas of honeysuckle, sweet pear, and almond. Palate–Lovely first impression of sweet honeysuckle blooms and something sweet underneath which I cannot come up with an adjective for it but I love it! The effervescence is fitting though fleeting though the finish hangs on a for a touch with cream almond. I…
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San Felice Chianti Classico 2015 review by (PB)

Garnet hue with aromas of classic Sangiovese, cherry, forest floor, although a unique touch of menthol is in this one as well.  Nice! Palate–Lightly textured, lighter in body, bright cherry cream bonbon notes, rigid acidity, gentle cigar ash finish that is fleeting. This is a tasty Chianti, with all of what you expect out of…
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Benziger Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma County) 2013 by (PB)

Deep purple hue with aromas of cigar ash, earth, subdued dark berry, sweet notes of blueberry pie. Palate–Ample first blast of dark berries, relaxed tannins, mouth filling black berry notes well after the swallow, savory spice and a touch of rustica with a lingering finish and a slight touch of char on the very end.…
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Castello Di Querceto Riserva 2011 review by (PB)

This frequently reviewed wine has a beautiful garnet hue showing just a slight touch of its age with aromas of powdered cocoa, subdued cherry, with gentle savory spice. Palate–First impression is relaxed like a hammock rest on s hot day. The cherries are still the main beam and the accompanying spices are subdued but present. …
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Torre Migliore Montepulciano D’Abruzzo 2012 review by (PB)

Garnet red hue with awesome elegant aromas of perfumey spring flowers, wild cherries, slight earthy spice, and a note of coca. Palate–Tightly wound it seems or just perhaps a bit weak but in fairness, I just opened this. *We’ll give it some time. The bouquet of this wine is remarkable!  Unfortunately, the palate isn’t as…
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Moniker Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendocino Co.) 2013 review by (PB)

Nice hue of deep cranberry with aromas of early spring flowers in Maine, with cigar ash, a touch of menthol, and deep dark fruit with blueberries above the rim. Palate–Nicely structured with seductive, dark, berry fruit laced with savory spice and a nice finish that lingers a bit with gentle lighter berry reminders. I paid…
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Persona Non Grata “Lake County Red wine” 2013 review by (PB)

Ruby/garnet hue with aromas of cigar ash, aging red wine, mature dark berry, Palate–Mouth filling, big 20 mega-ton fruit bomb of dark rich berry flavors that seem like Syrah and/or *Petite Sirah, with Zinfandel and who knows what else. (*two different grapes, not just “small” Syrah grapes as I heard one wine clerk explaining to…
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Oyster Bay Pinot Noir 2016 review by (PB)

Watermelon juice colored hue with nice but light aromas of gentle savory spice with a definite grapefruit edge. Tart summer raspberries with a touch of not quite ripe strawberries. Palate–Much fuller in the mouth than I would have imagined with mouth filling flavors of zesty red fruit, that hint of citrus, with unsweetened cinnamon and…
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J Lohr Syrah (Paso Robles) 2015 review by (PB)

Expected dark prune juice colored hue with aromas of minty dark berries, sweetened savory spices, and a touch of menthol. Palate– flavors of robust, though somewhat, flat, blackberry jam but this is on opening.  I believe it should open up to a pretty typical, fruit forward table wine. As expected it is what you would…
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Buck Shack Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (Lake County) review (PB)

Rigid Dark Garnet hue with aromas of chocolate ganache, cigar ash, savory spice, a hint of menthol, and sweet blackberry Palate–Silky first impression, plenty of milk chocolate, a solid beam of ripe blackberry, sweet and savory spices and a bit of a steely finish This Cab from the Shannon Wine family is a ho hum…
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9 MIle Road Langhorne Creek Shiraz 2013 Review by (PB)

Solid burnt garnet hue with aromas of brimming dark berry and savory spice, with notes of light cocoa Palate–Bright red berries with a steely front palate, gives way to a core of solid dark berry fruit with a savory mid palate all on a rich foundation of silky tannins. I paid $12 for this Aussie…
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Pontificis GSM 2015 review by (PB)

Garnet hue with huge milk chocolate and cherry front. A fleeting hint of rose petal with lovely sweet spices and a touch of menthol Palate–Fruit forward with loads of spices, cherry and a beam of cocoa right down the middle all on a supple texture.  Finish lingers which is remarkable in light of the $5…
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“Old True Zin” *Zinfandel 2015 review by (PB)

Ruby hue with cocoa powder, daffodil bouquet, light strawberry/cherry notes, and a slightly savory spice edge *Palate–Slightly tart edge with peppery notes mid-palate, red berry beam of fruit with a decently lingering fruity finish. The Italian grape Primitivo is the genetic father of America’s Zinfandel which is why this wine is labeled “True Zin” hailing…
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Bovin Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 review by (PB)

Nice pigmentation with a garnet-cranberry jelly hue. Aromas Nice fruit laden front with a touch minty spice, and an under layer of milk chocolate and cherry. Later on breathing a unique red grapefruit bouquet. Palate–Very steely front, that is like sucking on a steel rod.  The fruit takes a back seat to the steel and…
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Chateau Barrail Destieu (Saint Emilion) 2010 review by (PB)

Black cherry hue showing mature rim; with aromas of lovely fruit above the rim with menthol, subdued black berries, with gentle savory spice, and  hint of cherry cream underneath it all. Palate–awkward steely front first impression, dry as dust, stingy on flavor, austere fruit, disappointing. At $18 I don’t expect this Merlot, Cab Franc, Cab…
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Apothic Crush Smooth Red Blend 2016 review by (PB)

Dark garnet with aromas of milk chocolate in abundance, with Cherry berry fruit Palate–milk chocolate with red berry fruit nestled on a velvety foundation appealing to the modern palate. This red blend will appeal to the modern palate of those wanting red wine that is easy to slog down and goes with a number of…
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Pasqua Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore 2015 review by (PB)

This value wine is medium bodied with rich aromas of dried cherries above the rim, cedar in the glass, with rose petals, and a touch of cocoa. Palate–Nice mouth filling flavors with savory spicy cherries, cherry cream, and a quick finish. The ripasso method of making is interesting.  Google it if interested.  Ripasso’s tend to…
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Chateau Miselle 2015 review by (PB)

Straw hue with aromas of sweet mandarin orange cream bonbons and a touch of grassiness. Palate–Silky texture with a sensual sweetness balanced well with a nice acidic presence. Creamy fruit salad with a fleeting finish. This Sauternes is quite tasty and a wonderful foil to the saltiness of boiled cabbage and salty corned beef.  Around…
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