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111ImNumber1 - Cambridge, MA (read all my reviews)

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(6/8/2011)
Style: Rich & Creamy
Pair with: Pasta > Cream-Based, Chicken > Cream-Based
Decent quality with respect to the money you are paying. Yalumba is the oldest family owned wine business in Australia. They have the best under $20 wines I have had. Seek it out.
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111ImNumber1 - Cambridge, MA (read all my reviews)

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(6/8/2011)
Crios de Susana Balbo Malbec 2009
(this vintage is sold out)
The 2013 vintage is available for: $13.99
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Style: Earthy & Spicy
Pair with: Beef > Hot Spices, Lamb > Hot Spices
Overrated indeed! This wine is boring on the palate. You don't feel it on the midpalate. It is bitter. On the nose you get good things though, spics, black fruits, blackberry. The only reason I gave it 2 stars is because of the sniff and the color. It is purple like good Malbec, but that doesn't live up to the way it tastes!
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111ImNumber1 - Cambridge, MA (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(6/8/2011)
Style: Smooth & Supple
Pair with: Cheese > Semi-Firm, Lamb, Chicken, Salmon
This is a tough bottle of wine to score if you are a beginner! It was a little bit vague at the beginning. However, I got it eventually. This wine clearly demonstrates when someone says granacha is very (versatile)! It pairs very well with almost everything. On the nose, surprisingly, it is semi old world! I would say 72% old world and 28% new world! Yes, it smells like dry leafs, a hint of dirt, some red-black fruits, a little hint of strawberry (which is Granacha-like). Midpalate, (very) consistent to what I get on the nose! Finish, the opposite of what I get on the nose! Yes, there are some red fruits going on, a hint of (cranberry)!, strawberry, and a little bit of dried fruits. However, somehow it has a hint of fake flavor. But this wine is balanced! It is no way full-boded! I would say medium-boded and (polished) tannins. I am 89+ on this effort. I really wanted to give it 90 pts but it got that little hint of fake flavor, just a little hint! For $15, I think it is decently priced. Happy drinking!
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111ImNumber1 - Cambridge, MA (read all my reviews)

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(6/8/2011)
Franciscan Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
(this vintage is sold out)
The 2012 vintage is available for: $28.99
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Style: Big & Bold
2007 is one of the best vintages of Napa. This wine is clearly has some potential. However, it is not time yet to drink it. This is one of the wines that you would lay down for 4 to 7 years from now. It is still very tight and is not offering its atmosphere yet. It has a nice good color. On the nose, black fruits are dominating. Blueberry, blackberry, cassis, and dark chocolate. Also there is a little hint of licorice. On the palate, very dry, big, bold, very tannic, a bit bitter finish, a lot of dark chocolate going on, balanced. It is still tight and has not a lot of things to offer right now! This is no way a 94 bottle of wine. Yes, this wine will evolve in the next 4 to 7 years, but I just cannot see how this wine has been given such a very high score! By the way, people will be either 1 or 0 on this wine. It is either you like it or not, nothing will be in between. I am 87 on this effort.
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111ImNumber1 - Cambridge, MA (read all my reviews)

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(6/8/2011)
Louis Martini Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
(this vintage is sold out)
The 2011 vintage is available for: $27.99
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Style: Big & Bold
Pair with: Cheese > Semi-Firm
For the price you spend, this is an OKAY wine. It is worth trying, but keep in mind that nothing special.
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111ImNumber1 - Cambridge, MA (read all my reviews)

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(6/8/2011)
Artezin Dry Creek Zinfandel 2006
(this vintage is sold out)
Price: $25.00
Style: Earthy & Spicy
Pair with: Chicken > Spicy, Beef > BBQ, Beef > Burgers
No acidity, very little tannin, not powerful. On the nose I get leather, cigar box, earthiness. However, if you are buying this wine, make sure you decant it for at least 3 hours. Otherwise, it would taste like regular juice, exactly as is!
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111ImNumber1 - Cambridge, MA (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(6/8/2011)
Cliff Lede Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
(this vintage is sold out)
The 2011 vintage is available for: $71.99
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Style: Big & Bold
Pair with: Beef > Hot Spices
Actually 2.75 stars. First of all, the 2007 vintage of Napa valley is regarded as one of the best of all time. This wine has a good and clean color. On the nose, this wine has, somehow, a lot of things to offer. A lot of black fruits, cassis, blackberry, a hint of licorice, very fruit-forward, and A LOT of oak! On the midpalate, there is a lot of heat and oakyness going on and it is almost the only thing you feel at this stage. Finish, it is long, very tannic, harsh, and not really pleasant (because of the oakyness). There are also some black fruits shyly dancing on my palate. Overall, this wine has a good nose, a little bit below average midpalate, and unpleasant finish. Because of the amount of oakyness and heat this wine has, I think this wine is a little bit (just a little bit) disjointed and unbalanced. I feel the oakyness and heat are at one place and all the fruity flavors are at another place. Also, this wine shows that it has some potential. Clearly it will evolve during the next 9 to 16 years. However, I totally disagree with Robert Parker (a wine critic that I like the most). I am 87 on this effort. Happy drinking!
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111ImNumber1 - Cambridge, MA (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(6/8/2011)
Yalumba Barossa Shiraz + Viognier 2006
(this vintage is sold out)
Price: $16.99
Style: Big & Bold
Pair with: Beef > Herbs, Cheese > Semi-Firm
I enjoyed this wine. I believe this is one of the best bargains out there. One of the best Syrahs I have had under $20. I am 90 on this effort.
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111ImNumber1 - Cambridge, MA (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(6/8/2011)
Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
(this vintage is sold out)
The 2012 vintage is available for: $59.99
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Style: Big & Bold
Pair with: Cheese > Semi-Firm
This is a very good bottle of wine. It is very fruit forward and classic california cab. On the nose, I am getting black fruits, plum, blackberry, black licorice. It has a ripe nose. Midpalate, there are many layers of ripe fruits going on. Finish, this wine has firm, silky, and sexy tannins. It lingers in your mouth. It is well made and balanced. Full bodied and lush indeed. Bottled at 15.2%! Even though this wine will clearly evolve in the next 10 to 12 years, it will surprise you with its youth. I would agree with WS on 93 pts. Happy drinking!
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111ImNumber1 - Cambridge, MA (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(6/8/2011)
Pahlmeyer Merlot 2004
(this vintage is sold out)
Price: $90.00
Style: Smooth & Supple
Pair with: Cheese > Semi-Firm, Lamb
Actually, 3.75 stars. This is indeed one of the best Merlots I have had in this price range. However, Pahlmeyer Merlot 2004 is very fruit-forward, so if you are an old-world wine drinker, you might not find it very special. On the nose, the first thing that hits me is very ripe black fruits, plum, a hint of mild spices, a little hint of vanilla. Smooth tannins, medium-bodied. On the midpalate, you get licorice, ripe black fruits. This wine impresses me quite a bit, given the fact you pay $70. I would buy it again and would recommend it to a friend. One last very important thing, do not be a shallow person and say I do not drink Merlot because of Sideways. This is very insane. I know you are not a shallow person! Happy drinking! I am 91 on this effort. RP is 90.
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