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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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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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