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(9/21/2010)
Terra Valentine Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon 2000
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The 2012 vintage is available for: $46.99
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Dense color & FULL body. Ripe, sour prune, cherry & bread dough aroma. Black cherry, cassis, plum, a hint of charcoal & a solid, oaken wine aroma once aerated. 5 year aged bottles add spice, leather & coco flavor to the above. Fine food-friendly acidity. VG to EX. HWE18
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(9/19/2010)
Newton Claret 2006
(this vintage is sold out)
Price: $25.00
Deep burgundy color with a saturated red grape & cassis nose. The taste follows the aroma plus blackberry, blueberry jam & vanilla/oak toast. Mild tannins but decent acidity makes it drinkable w/ or w/o food. This is a very nice wine, but too dense to call a Claret. It's a good value ~ $18 - $20. S17.5
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(9/13/2010)
Domaine de Nizas Coteaux du Languedoc 2003
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The 2008 vintage is available for: $15.99
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Deep garnet color. Slight lactic aroma (on opening) then red grape, red fruits, smoke & violets. Dry, peppery GSM taste followed by a smoky, earth over iron w/ slight burnt tire flavor. Not a subtle wine, it has plenty of acidity & is good w/ grilled meats & stew. However, it's not worth the $ over other Rhônes (Pierre Amadieu "Roulepierre" @ $9). Decant before serving. WB13.
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(9/8/2010)
Geyser Peak Walking Tree Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
(this vintage is sold out)
The 2010 vintage is available for: $19.99
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Sharp red cherry & current fruit aroma followed by current, tobacco & oak notes. This was our favorite of the 6 wines in GP's "Reserve Tasting" &, @ $20 (Vs. $47), a screaming bargain. It should benefit from bottle age.
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(8/31/2010)
Mark West California Pinot Noir 2007
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The 2012 vintage is available for: $9.99
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Soft & mildly fruity cherry aroma & flavor with a mid-dry taste. Not as much taste or character as the Echelon, Meridian or Gallo.
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(8/30/2010)
Deep red/purple color w/ a red grape & bk cassis nose. Blackberry, blackcherry, chocolate & leather flavors. Light acidity & integrated tannins. Marvelous weight. Drinks great now but has plenty of time left. A fine drinking Cab blend. S23. Wine.com's $20 for the `05 looks VG!
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