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RGNZ - Nashville, TN (read all my reviews)

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(6/23/2014)
Concha y Toro Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
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The 2008 vintage is available for: $89.00
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Style: Big & Bold
This is absolutely ready right now. Saturated, mahogany-scented black raspberry and sweet cavendish tobacco nose with perfumed black cherry, red mulch, and bramble notes. Decadent, muscular extraction on the palate: cherry, black raspberry, incense-infused black plums, and acai berries followed by hints of dusty almonds, bourbon caramel, and bits of cinnamon. Massive and gorgeous. 97.
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RGNZ - Nashville, TN (read all my reviews)

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(5/27/2014)
Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages 2009
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The 2010 vintage is available for: $71.99
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Style: Rich & Creamy
This exudes an old-style, bakery-made cherry/redcurrant pie note that transitions into an extracted, glazed black raspberry donut profile in the mouth. Bits of mahogany, maple, and sandalwood trickle in to bring this "grandma's kitchen" feel into full focus. Despite all this, though, it's not overtly or recklessly candied (if wine could be a stereotypical "comfort food", this would be a good example). Rich and pretty. 92+.
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RGNZ - Nashville, TN (read all my reviews)

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(5/27/2014)
Santa Rita Triple C 2008
Price: $36.99
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Fantastic nose of black olive and a burnt balsamic reduction with prunes, charred black cherries, and hints of celery, graphite, and asparagus. Palate transitions into a fruitier wave of smoky cherry & black raspberry pie with touches of red salsa and subtle notes of baking spices. The palate is a touch candy-er and more jammy than the sensational 2007...but even though it's a bit less my taste because of it, that result probably makes it appealing to more drinkers. The '07 is still the better vintage, in my view, but this is pretty rock solid and wonderfully balanced. 92+.
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RGNZ - Nashville, TN (read all my reviews)

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(3/29/2014)
Veramonte Red Blend 2012
Price: $10.99
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Nose starts off in classic Chilean fashion: dark fruit, spice box, and earthy forest wood. It quickly and completely devolves into melted-down dark jolly rancher juice on the palate, however. I was quite impressed with Veramonte's El Caballero cab sauv and had moderate hopes for this wine (since both come in at similar price points), but this really just seems as if it was made to cater to pure sugar-fiends. If I could, I might go 1.5 stars based solely on the solid nose, but this effort deserves more of a round-down than a round-up. 72.
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RGNZ - Nashville, TN (read all my reviews)

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(3/15/2014)
Ladera Sagrada A Portela Mencia 2011
(this vintage is sold out)
The 2012 vintage is available for: $15.99
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Style: Big & Bold
This is a hearty, rich, extracted wine that won't likely win over non -brett fans. Nose of black and blue jammed fruit with soil-drenched dark sawdust. Comes off a bit hotter than the 13.5% would suggest, but provides ample acidity in its dusty blackberry pie palate. Subtle tannins follow through to a burnt cocoa powder finish. Solid and intriguing. 90.
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RGNZ - Nashville, TN (read all my reviews)

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(1/20/2014)
Santa Rita Triple C 2007
(this vintage is sold out)
The 2008 vintage is available for: $36.99
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Style: Big & Bold
It's near impossible to find a stockier, more potent wine anywhere near this price range. Pine forest aromas mix with dark black cherry, blackberry, clove, cinnamon, and cedar cigar box on the nose, all of which echo into the palate tied to massive, beckoning tannins. One of my favorites already, yet it still has the structure and youth to age plenty more. 94.
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RGNZ - Nashville, TN (read all my reviews)

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(1/4/2014)
Gerard Bertrand Corbieres 2010
Price: $19.00 $13.99
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Incredibly well-balanced Rhone blend, with fresh-squeezed red fruit and mossy, dewy earth on the nose, echoed into the palate with pretty, fine tannins mixed with a vibrant acidity. Touches of black red fruit in the medium-plus mouthfeel mirror the Syrah/Mourvedre aided color. A very nice touch of dusted walnuts zips into the mid-palate, before the smooth tannins and zippy acidity tango towards a great finish. A fantastic, underrated surprise. 92.
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RGNZ - Nashville, TN (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(12/16/2013)
Penalolen Cabernet Franc 2009
(this vintage is sold out)
Price: $20.00
Style: Big & Bold
A nose of prunes, tar, and mint precedes a rich, lush mouthfeel of plum, blackberry, asparagus, leather, and tobacco (additional breathing time sees the green notes give way to more fruit). Hefty yet attractive tannins linger quite long. Lots of complexity and umph here. 92
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RGNZ - Nashville, TN (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(12/16/2013)
Monte Antico Rosso 2009
Price: $10.99
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Style: Smooth & Supple
Elegant medium-minus bodied wine. Pretty potpourri and rose petals on the nose with a nice sharp mix of sour cranberries, acai, and pomegranate on the palate with a touch of cinnamon sugar to go along with lingering floral elements. Classy stuff; and the price point is wonderful. 91+
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