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

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    (11/8/2013)
    Craggy Range Winery Kidnappers Vineyard Chardonnay 2011
    Sold Out $26.99
    2012 vintage available for $22.99
    Style: Fruity & Smooth
    For those who enjoy the crisp, mineral side of Chardonnay, but also want a slightly creamy texture, this is a wine for you. Lovely and balanced, this wine has stone fruits and mineral notes, with a vibrant but creamy texture. So refreshing and at an awesome price point! Makes you want to keep drinking it...
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  • gwendolyn - Oakland, CA (read all my reviews)

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    (10/28/2013)
    Marchesi di Barolo Maraia Barbera di Monferrato 2011
    Sold Out $12.99
    2013 vintage available for $12.99
    Style: Smooth & Supple
    Pair with: Pasta > Tomato-base
    Was quite impressed with this wine, especially for the price. It was smooth and supple, really silky, with lots of ripe red fruits, good acid, but more fruit-forward than many Barberas. Quite soft.
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  • gwendolyn - Oakland, CA (read all my reviews)

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    (10/16/2013)
    Arrowood Saralee's Vineyard Syrah 2008
    Sold Out $29.99
    2011 vintage available for $39.99
    Style: Big & Bold
    I LOVE this Syrah. I would have this as my go-to red every night if I could. It marries old world and new world -slightly smokey and peppery aromas melded with rich, dark fruit character. It's complex, it's balanced, it lingers on the finish. Drink with food, drink with chocolate, drink on its own... it is fabulous all around.
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  • gwendolyn - Oakland, CA (read all my reviews)

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    (9/26/2013)
    Taylor Fladgate 10 Year Old Tawny
    $35.00 $23.99
    Save $11.01 (31%)
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  • gwendolyn - Oakland, CA (read all my reviews)

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    (9/26/2013)
    Emilio Lustau Solera Reserva los Arcos Dry Amontillado Sherry
    $15.99
    So I'm usually not a sherry fan. I was delightfully impressed and amazed when I tried this wine at a tasting recently. It was almost like a tawny port in its nutty, oxidized flavors, but less alcohol and totally dry. I really enjoyed its complexity and the delicious, lingering finish.
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  • gwendolyn - Oakland, CA (read all my reviews)

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    (9/26/2013)
    Erath Pinot Noir 2011
    Sold Out $16.99
    2013 vintage available for $16.99
    • 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 $12.99
    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
    2014 vintage available for $15.99
    • 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 $20.99
    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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