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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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Cellar Door Winery Petit Verdot (NV) review by (PB)

Really intense, black cherry hue– more black than cherry– with aromas of inky dark berries and a twinge of tartness on top of the intense sweet fruit. Dusty cigar ash, a big hunk of cocoa, and more fruit in the after math. Nice! *Palate–Unimpressive first impression, overly tart, with mouth drying tannins, solid beam of…
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Prinslot Nebbiolo 2015 review by (PB)

Light ruby hue typical of Nebbiolo with aromas of beautiful cherry with cigar ash, a touch of menthol, even black licorice Palate–Mouth watering acidity, steely mineral front with cherry and lip smacking juiciness. A gift my wife one day for no reason.  Delicious! Raise a glass.
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Long Meadow Ranch (Napa-Rutherford) 2015 review by (PB)

Light straw hue with aromas of lemon and lime with ripe pineapple Palate–Bone dry, with a slight effervescence, and ho hum grassy Sauvignon Blanc flavors. I grabbed this at the $10 price point being a Napa varietal but it is *disappointing even at that. *Screw caps are not infallible.  This one had some mold (or…
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Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva 2010 review by (PB)

Nice fire engine red hue with aromas of rustic cherry, a hint of black licorice, and sweet cherry cream bon-bons. Palate–Vibrant acidic structure on a foundation of dry powdered cherry with rustic pie cherries, cream and savory spice with a lasting finish. I bought this and several more bottles on a great deal paying around…
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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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