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  • Alma Leon Reveles - San Francisco, CA (read all my reviews)

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    (11/28/2011)
    Alvaro Palacios Camins del Priorat 2009
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    $22.99
    Incredible wine for the $$. I would have guessed it was a Spanish clone of a flagship Super Tuscan . Intensly aromatic in the glass, gorgeous garnet red, dark fruit and spice on the nose and on the palate. Delicous.
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  • Alma Leon Reveles - San Francisco, CA (read all my reviews)

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    (11/28/2011)
    Leeuwin Estate Art Series Riesling 2009
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    2013 vintage available for $16.99
    I did not get as much lemon as the reviewers, instead I perceived wonderful limey minerality. Green apple in there as well. Bone dry with high acid, the fruit is so juicy that my companion thougt there was residual sugar in it. Nope, that's called citrus fruit, lots of it. I have yet to try a Leeuwin wine I didn't love.
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  • Alma Leon Reveles - San Francisco, CA (read all my reviews)

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    (10/26/2011)
    Columbia Crest Two Vines Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
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    2012 vintage available for $8.99
    I was sceptical, however, this is actually an extremely good wine for the money. It is solid, smooth, and not overly-fruity, making it a great wine to sit down at lunch or dinner with. LIKE!
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  • Alma Leon Reveles - San Francisco, CA (read all my reviews)

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    (9/24/2011)
    Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno 2009
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    2011 vintage available for $63.99
    • red wine
    • collectible wine
    • JS95
    • RP94
    • W&S93
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    Tried this yesterday. Extremely young in its development but showing great promise, I'm curious to see where it goes. At the moment, Sangiovese is prominent, meaning it has a while to integrate all it's component parts. If you insist on trying one now and one after 2014, decant for several hours.
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  • Alma Leon Reveles - San Francisco, CA (read all my reviews)

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    (9/24/2011)
    Testarossa Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay 2009
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    $32.00
    Style: Rich & Creamy
    Four stars for great quality priced under $50. It delivers big bang for your $. Restrained and not over the top, but with the hallmarks of California Chardonnay. Oak, butter, and delicious oak spice on the palate. Fends off flabbiness with the required acidity. Drink now.
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  • Alma Leon Reveles - San Francisco, CA (read all my reviews)

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    (7/5/2011)
    Vina Mayor Reserva 2004
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    $23.99
    I tried this twice. First time I was very pleased by the blackberries and spices on the nose and very lush mouthfeel. The finish is long and has great grippy tannins (the mark of Ribera Del Duero). Kind of sad to say that I now prefer Ribera to most of Rioja's wines. Ribera is kicking butt with fantastic wines and has been for a while now. I corked it and stuck it back in the fridge and tried it two days later. Still cookin' this time with a nice jaminess. This is an extremely good tempranillo for the price and drinks like a bottle in the $30-40 range. I really think it will only get better at least until 2015.
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  • Alma Leon Reveles - San Francisco, CA (read all my reviews)

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    (5/27/2011)
    Pacific Rim Wallula Vineyard Riesling 2007
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    $19.00
    • white wine
    • Green wine
    • screw cap wine
    • W&S91
    • WE90
    Another very good riesling for the price. The perceptible sweetness shines against great acidity. I know acidity gets mentioned time and time again, but it really is important to get it just right when residual sugar is this high (.9%). I tried it the next day and it was still doing well. Definite lemon citrus with some great lime in there to mix things up on the palate. A little guava and a little cling peach come into play too. At 12% alcohol, it was a great wine to just chill on the couch with for a couple hours. Pair with an episode of Man vs. Wild, ice cream and those crappy sweatpants you really need to just throw away.
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  • Alma Leon Reveles - San Francisco, CA (read all my reviews)

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    (5/27/2011)
    Pieropan Soave Classico La Rocca 2008
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    2011 vintage available for $29.99
    This is killer wine. I know, I know 29 bucks for garganega, but yes, it's a beautifully balanced and delicious dry white. Probably the best Soave Classico of the class. I bought 3 bottles, tried one, and then bought 3 more for the cellar. Thanks to Gregg for bringing this one to my attention. The producer was a great indicator that this was going to be winner. The floral and stone fruit elements really rocked. Two thumbs up in terms of quality, cellarability and complexity.
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  • Alma Leon Reveles - San Francisco, CA (read all my reviews)

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    (4/22/2011)
    Aveleda Vinho Verde Fonte 2009
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    $7.99
    This wine gets big points for being low in alcohol (10%), super cheap and really d**n good. Nice lime and citrus flavors. The hotter the weather, the more this vinho verde will hit the spot. Traditionally made with a touch of sweetness and fizziness, this got thumbs up from my dinner party. The entire Aveleda line is great and sugar content decreases as one goes up in price.
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  • Alma Leon Reveles - San Francisco, CA (read all my reviews)

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    (4/15/2011)
    Zocker Paragon Vineyard Gruner Veltliner 2009
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    2013 vintage available for $18.99
    Tasted side by side with Austrian GV and it held its own. California's version was much riper and showed much like a Napa Sauvignon Blanc: citrusy and bone-dry. But the hallmark white pepper remained. All in all, a pleasant surprise (I had my doubts) and a good, solid wine. Oh, and it's still pretty darn good a day later.
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