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Cline “Old Vine” Zinfandel 2016 review by (PB)

Light ruby hue more like a Pinot Noir with aromas of slightly inky blue berry and blackberry with all-spice, Chinese five spice, and a hint of spruce tree. Palate–Surprisingly full flavored for such a light colored wine but there’s nothing watery about this quaff. It yields classic Zinfandel flavors with spicy berries and pie spices…
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Orquestal Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 review by (PB )

On the lighter side garnet hue for Cabernet with aromas of dried cherries, sweet and savory spice touches, rustic forest floor on the edges Palate–Tart first impression, light licorice notes, astringent, subdued fruit, with a bitter mid palate nad a slightly funky finish. I bought this at a favorite retailer as one of their closeout…
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Vina Robles Petite Sirah 2013 review by (PB)

Crazy, inky almost black hue with aromas of sweet dark berry bonbon creams hints of mint and jellied cranberry sauce. Palate-Rich, opulent, intense dark black berry with a lingering stewed fruit berry finish. This will be our turkey dinner pairing and it will be great!  Jettison the old myth about white wine with poultry and…
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Chateau Machorre 2005 review by (PB)

Consistent garnet to the rim which is amazing for this 13 yo Grand Vin de Bordeaux. Aromas of rich blackberry, with mints, cedar and eucalyptus, spicy cherry Twizzlers with an under layer of loam. Palate–Integrated, flavors comprised of pretty much all the above in the bouquet with a nearly candy apple coating you find on…
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Georges Duboeufs Beaujolais Nouveau 2018 review by (PB )

Purple hue with aromas of powdery, sweet cherries, bananas, circus peanut marshmallow treats! Palate–Fresh cherries, lip smacking tartness, off dry fruitiness, and liquid joy! Nouveau has been just “OK” over the past several vintages but this one is a standout!  It is everything we hope for in this annual celebration of the first vintage harvest…
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Domaine de Vedilhan Vionier 2016 review by (PB)

Light amber hue with aromas of Perfumy, powdery, citrus with vanilla with lemon drop hard candies and canned pears. Palate–Razor sharp acidity carries this palate cleansing, juicy Meyer lemon curd and creme brulee, fruit forward palate cleansing delight. Finishes quickly. This a big wine and great buy at the $10 price point. Chill this down…
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Napa Cellars Zinfandel 2015 review by (PB)

Pretty garnet hue with aromas of cigar ash and dust, blackberry with a smidge of red raspberry, Palate–Plush texture with an elegant presentation of vibrant, if not stern red berry, classic Zin flavors. Finishes with a nice somewhat complex fruit and forest floor flavors. Napa Cellars makes good wine–Might sound stupid but some vintners just…
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Hazana Vinas Viejas Rioja 2015 review by (PB)

Nice pigmented black-cherry hue with aromas of Rustic, course, cherry-berry fruit up front on a foundation of dusty spices Palate– dry dusty tannins with subdued dried crushed cherry powder, and a fleeting finish. This mostly Tempranillo Rioja is pretty decent considering I think I paid well under $10 for it.  At the normal price point…
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Castle Rock Pinot Noir 2016 (Mendocino Co) review by (PB)

Jewel like garnet hue with aromas of strawberry fruit drink, Chinese five spice, pie spices and a seductive overall presence that is quite wondrous. Palate–Clean, pure red fruit flavors with loads of structure with elegant sweet spices. Castle Rock just excels at its uber-value pinots this one being another gem of a value. This is…
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Masion Nicolas Pinot Noir 2017 review by (PB)

Light purple hue with faint aromas of spice and a touch of fruit. Palate–watery texture, watery, dilute flavors in sparse amounts. Basically plonk but then again ya get what you pay for which wasn’t much.  I paid maybe $6 so but seems to be more around the $10 price point.  At $6 I might serve…
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Quarles Harris Porto 2011 review by (PB)

Dark Plum hue with aromas of cedar, mint and minced meat pie with sweet pie spices, with a subtle rich blueberry syrup at the end Palate–a gloriously thickish texture, with velvety rich, deep flavors of intense dried plum, raisin and savory spiced flavors on the end with a finish that hangs on. This ultra value…
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Henri Gouges Nuits-Saint-Georges 2015 review by (PB)

Cherry hue with aromas of creamy milk chocolate (fleeting) and strawberry/red raspberry bonbons. Sweet spices are prominent with dusty mineral hint at the edges. Palate–a bit tightly wound with a citrusy impression mid palate, hopefully it will open. OK I am not very experienced with Burgundy ($$$) and this is not an expensive one ($60…
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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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