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  • gwendolyn - Oakland, CA (read all my reviews)

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    (9/26/2013)
    Erath Pinot Noir 2011
    $19.99
    • red wine
    • screw cap wine
    (5)
    Style: Smooth & Supple
    This is exactly what I wanted/expected at this price point for an Oregon Pinot Noir. It's subtle, balanced, with lovely red fruits, a touch of spice, slight earth note to it... excellent acid, soft tannins and overall deliciousness. Key to this wine is balance and they nailed it. Great for the price point.
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  • gwendolyn - Oakland, CA (read all my reviews)

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    (9/26/2013)
    Peter Lehmann Clancy's 2009
    Sold Out $15.99
    2010 vintage available for $14.99
    Style: Smooth & Supple
    Delicious! Especially for the price. The nose has a slight sweet herbal (think eucalyptus) note, which reminds me of Australia, plus lots of delicious red berry. The palate is well-balanced and smooth, with excellent structure to balance the lovely fruit and spice components. Well done. Great house red.
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  • gwendolyn - Oakland, CA (read all my reviews)

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    (10/22/2012)
    Castellare Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggiale (375ML) 2009
    Sold Out $19.99
    Style: Earthy & Spicy
    wow. The nose on the wine draws you in, where you could swirl and sniff for hours - complex layers of fruit, spice, earth, mineral and a touch of leather. Excellent balance, lively acidity, firm tannins and all around great flavors going on - all that red fruit, sweet spice, earth/herb/mineral next to great structure. Wanted to keep sipping and sipping... Drinks well now but I bet it will age beautifully for another few years or more!
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  • gwendolyn - Oakland, CA (read all my reviews)

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    (10/22/2012)
    Sauvion Vouvray 2010
    Sold Out $15.95
    2013 vintage available for $13.99
    • white wine
    • screw cap wine
    • WS88
    (1)
    Style: Light & Crisp
    slightly off-dry, with delicious fruit, floral notes and some excellent acidity to balance it all. Very impressed with this wine as Vouvray has so often disappointed me. But for the price, this wine rocks. If you like slightly off-dry Rieslings, this is a wine to try. Delicate, yet intense in ripe stone fruits, white flowers, crisp acidity and lingering finish. Excellent quality.
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  • gwendolyn - Oakland, CA (read all my reviews)

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    (7/30/2012)
    Chateau d'Esclans Whispering Angel Rose 2011
    Sold Out $19.99
    2014 vintage available for $23.99
    I'm a rose junkie, especially when it comes to French rose. I admit I'll take a Tavel any day and twice on Sunday, but this wine gives a bit more heft than the typical lighter-bodied wines of Provence. Lots of fruit, floral and mineral characteristics, typical to the region, but it's the texture that gets me! I love that it has this silky rich texture that balances the super bright acidity. Delicious all around - on its own or with food.
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  • gwendolyn - Oakland, CA (read all my reviews)

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    (7/26/2012)
    Yalumba The Signature Cabernet/Shiraz 2006
    Sold Out $39.99
    2008 vintage available for $49.99
    Style: Big & Bold
    Um, YUM, is what I can say about this wine. Delicious now, lots of ability to age. Not too heavy, just the right balance, better than many Cabs twice it's price. Plus, the signature on the label changes every vintage, giving homage to an employee who has contributed much to the winery. Kind of like a lifetime achievement award :) super special way to thank someone for hard work. I'll drink to that!
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  • gwendolyn - Oakland, CA (read all my reviews)

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    (7/26/2012)
    Quinta do Vallado Douro Tinto 2009
    Sold Out $23.99
    2011 vintage available for $17.99
    Style: Earthy & Spicy
    Not a wine for those who love big jammy fruit and super smooth tannins. Though there is great fruit here, it's more of the wild berry, brambly version of that, almost like dried fruit flavors. Excellent herbal notes in the background and a bit of floral, like violets there too. I love this because in no way does it try to be something it's not. True sense of place. Bit of fruit, bit of earth, bit of spice... great finish and all around balance. Great value, too!
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  • gwendolyn - Oakland, CA (read all my reviews)

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    (7/26/2012)
    Dry Creek Vineyard Fume Blanc 2011
    Sold Out $12.79
    2013 vintage available for $14.99
    Style: Light & Crisp
    Usually when you see Fume Blanc you think oak. But this wine is pure stainless steel... They call it Loire Valley style, and though perhaps not as complex as many Loire wines, this delivers the citrus, grassy notes and super zingy acidity one expects from that region. Crisp, with citrus dominating, backed by some grassy, mineral and bell pepper notes. Quite refreshing. Warm day, backyard kind of wine!
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  • gwendolyn - Oakland, CA (read all my reviews)

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    (7/24/2012)
    Crios de Susana Balbo Torrontes 2011
    Sold Out $14.99
    2013 vintage available for $13.99
    Style: Fruity & Smooth
    This is a favorite summer wine. It's super floral, lots of juicy ripe fruits and then this zesty acidity to back it up in the palate. Drink it all summer.
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  • gwendolyn - Oakland, CA (read all my reviews)

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    (7/10/2012)
    Errazuriz Wild Ferment Chardonnay 2010
    Sold Out $17.99
    Style: Fruity & Smooth
    love love love this wine... excellent Chardonnay with that perfect balance between rich/creamy & fresh/bright. Fruit shines through, backed by gentle oak and a creamy texture. So delicious. Reminds me why I love a good Chardonnay at a great price.
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