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  • Mike Hines - Sammamish, WA (read all my reviews)

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    (9/27/2010)
    Barnard Griffin Merlot 2004
    Sold Out $13.29
    2012 vintage available for $15.99
    Nothing about the appearance detracts from the experience (2 of 2). The bouquet is fairly neutral. Nothing odd or suspicious, but a light, pleasant smell that suggests a mild presentation and body (3 of 4). The presentation is indeed simple and enjoyable. Not overloaded with fruit, nor astringent with tannins. But not much to really talk about either. The body is middle of the road Merlot, and the finish is well-balanced but otherwise unremarkable (5 of 10). Overall, all the parts of this wine work well together. It's just not as complex a tasting experience as I woule like from my Merlot. Now is the right time to drink it, while it is still a well balanced wine. (2 of 4). I enjoied this wine, but I'll probably not buy it again, as ultimately, this wine is only an average, well made wine. TOTAL: 12 of 20
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  • Mike Hines - Sammamish, WA (read all my reviews)

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    (9/27/2010)
    Duckhorn Three Palms Merlot 2005
    Sold Out $78.99
    2011 vintage available for $89.00
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    A good, deep red (2 of 2), the bouquet is full, delicious and promising! Just a touch thin is the only reason the bouquet gets 3 of 4. The presentation is tasty and easy to drink. A big mouth feel, makes up for a simple but tasty finish. (8 of 10). This would be a staple Merlot in my cellar if it were only more affordable. (3 of 4). TOTAL 16/20
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  • Mike Hines - Sammamish, WA (read all my reviews)

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    (9/27/2010)
    Beaulieu Vineyard Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
    Sold Out $24.99
    2012 vintage available for $36.99
    A deep and dark color, this wine looks powerful (2 of 2). Good spice in the bouquet, there a touch of oak, but I'm still looking for more (2 of 4). A big fruity intro makes for a nice presentation. it has good balance and a cool mouth feel. A complex finish is enjoyable. (8 of 10). A nice approachable cab, this is a very nice wine (3 of 4). TOTAL 14 of 20
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  • Mike Hines - Sammamish, WA (read all my reviews)

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    (9/26/2010)
    L'Ecole 41 Merlot 2005
    Sold Out $22.99
    2011 vintage available for $23.99
    This wine looks and smells great, but give it quite a bit of time to breathe to get the most out of it this year. Not quite as well blended as the nose would suggest and a touch sharp at the finish cost this wine a star and 3 points on my scale. I think this will do quite well if opened a year from now. Let breathe for 3 hours if opening in '08. Color 1-3:3; Nose 1-4:3; Taste 1-8:5; Overall 1-5:3 Total 0-20: 14
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