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Napa Cellars Zinfandel (Napa Valley) 2015 review by (PB)

Dark nearly black hue with lovely aromas of rustic Zin dark berry and spice which are lighter than expected. Palate–Zesty mouth feel with intense deep flavors of rich black berries, with some tar, a slight touch of cedar and just gobs of fruit that carries on. Seductively mouth watering with relaxed tannins.  This will be…
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Lockwood Cabernet Sauvignon Monterey 2014 review by (PB)

Cranberry jelly hue with aromas of nose tightening (what?), dark berry fruit with good spice and a perfumy air of sweet flowers. Palate–Nice pronounced, slightly tart, slightly sweet ripe fruit with a nice balance of yeasty bread, a slight touch of chocolate cream, and a nice lingering finish. I paid $9 for this gem from…
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DeLoach Zinfandel (Russian River Valley) 2014 review by (PB)

Nice dark black cherry hue with aromas of baked bread above the rim, nice dark berry notes with rustic, briary highlights. Palate–underlying finessed layer of black pepper, with solid beam of blackberry notes, and relaxed tannins. This Russian River Zin is rather typical and a good example of the grape. A great pasta, game, or…
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Monte Antico Toscana 2013 review by (PB)

Very light hue with aromas on opening of wonderful brioche, cherry fruit, cigar ash, and a touch of fresh grape. Palate–More angular on first impression than expected especially at this age.  Crisp acidity, with somewhat staid cherry, and not a whole lot else but remember this is right on opening and at cellar temperature. *I’ll…
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HOBO Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley) 2014 review by (PB)

Medium black cherry hue with aromas of savory spicy blackberries. Palate–Tight, puckery tannins, lip smacking acidity and not a lot there.  I just opened it though and it is chilly from the cellar so I’ll revisit this in a while. After a little over an hour, it opens up nicely to a much better wine. …
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Chateau de la Ragotiere Cuvee Amelie 2015 review by (PB)

Straw hue with aromas of sweet oily powder and gentle lemony hard candies with pineapple nuances. Rich creamy melon and apple touches. Palate–Bone dry, flint, lemony front with tropical fruit compote and a wet stone, finish that hangs on. A very nice Muscadet in the sharply acidic, flinty style.  Very nicely balanced with lovely bouquet…
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Tapiz (Alta Collection) Malbec 2012 review by (PB)

Rigorously pigmented black cherry hue with aromas of sweet blueberry hints, yeasty bread, above the rim. In the glass  Sweet mint with cigar ash, and a dense, stuffy blackberry foundation. Palate–Dense consolidated flavors that are a bit angular with immature tannins that need a few more years on the shelf. Chunky structure that should mellow…
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El Miracle “Old Vine Garnacha” 2014 review by (PB)

Nicely pigmented with a cranberry jelly hue and aromas of Sweet, dried cranberry, cigar ash, and more Palate–Juicy core of dried, crushed red berries with a beam of black cracked pepper, and a suggestion of dried red cherries.  It finishes it quickly. I may have thought this was a Malbec had I tasted it blind…
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Rock Gully Dry Riesling 2014 review by (PB)

Straw hue with aromas of classic Riesling “oily’ foundation with lemon, and ripe pineapple. Palate–Nice structure supports a beautiful acidic line that almost makes the mouth feel sparkling.  It is bone dry with a fruity beam, wet stone and a bit of the oil on the finish. This Aussie Riesling from Franklin River, Western Australia…
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Petroni Syrah 2010 review by (PB)

*(Only pic of the correct label I could find is the S. Blanc here so replace the name of the grape and you got it.) Garnet hue with aromas of dark berries with a twinge of berry cream bonbons, a touch of cedar, and a hint of smoky tar. Palate–Spicy baguette with a mix of…
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Quarles Harris Vintage Port 2011 review by (PB)

Inky almost black hue with crimson rim. *Bouquet–sweet rising aromas of dark fruit macerated in brandy and a raisiny tin.  (wine is very cold from the cellar) *Palate–Silky plush, tarry, thickish texture with huge dense fruit full of rich raisiny goodness.  Finish lingers on and on. I paid $45 for this at a Trader Joes…
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Guenoc “Victorian Claret” 2014 (North Coast)

Black cherry hue with aromas of Spicy Brambly black berry and blueberry with a touch of chocolate cream. Palate–Solid foundation with big beam of berry fruit and that’s about it. Now the get a grip factor–This is a decent quaffing wine (Merlot) to put with pizza or pasta, straight forward and simple but tasty and…
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Native Son (Napa County) 2013 review by (PB)

Cranberry jelly hue with aromas of blueberry jam, spicy dark berry and cigar ash. Palate–Big jammy front with lots of spicy fruit, tar and a touch of baker’s chocolate. This is a blend of: 58% Zinfandel, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Sangiovese, 4% Syrah, 3% Petite Sirah, 2% Alicante Bouschet. I have mixed senses about these…
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Produttori del Barbaresco 2011 review by (PB)

Cherry hue showing a hint of age with spicy cherry notes in the bouquet with a touch of cocoa, licorice, and cedar. Palate–Bright, light bodied,the taste of a mature wine is prominent, cedar galore, with subdued cherry fruity and mocha at the end. I paid around $40 for this and expected a bit more out…
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Wente Southern Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 review by (PB)

Black cherry hue with aromas of jammy Christmas tree, OK, spruce, cedar, and evergreen, laced blackberry, blueberry and a hint of cocoa trying to leak out on the end. Palate–Actually full bodied, full flavored, rich, juicy fruit filled black cherry and dark berries with a touch of tar and a decent finish.  Wow– a surprise.…
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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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