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    (4/27/2016)
    Charles Smith Kung Fu Girl Riesling 2013
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    2015 vintage available for $13.99
    Style: Fruity & Smooth
    Tasting notes from March 2015: Lovely sweet fruit aromas – peaches, apricot, and tropical fruits, with some light terpene components in the background. Complex peach, apple, and lime flavors with a mineral background. A light touch of residual sugar shows in the initial flavors, but that is replaced by a dry finish as the lime flavor component takes control. Residual sugar and acid levels put this wine on the borderline between slightly sweet and medium sweet; comes across on the slightly sweet (off-dry) side. Second night a repeat of the first night. On the third night, aromas a little less bold than on the first two nights, but flavors remain essentially the same as on the first two nights. Medium body, very well balanced, slightly sweet initial flavors that finish rather dry. Can be served at refrigerator temperature, but a little better if allowed to warm up a bit from that. A good sipping wine, and an even better food wine.
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    (4/27/2016)
    Smith & Hook Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
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    2015 vintage available for $18.99
    Style: Big & Bold
    Nice black fruit aromas (currant, blackberry, blueberry, plum) with some vanilla oak in the background. Oak and fruit aromas shift back and forth a bit in dominance as the wine airs in the glass. Slightly tart black fruit flavors (currant, blackberry, maybe a touch of blueberries) with oak and moderate, smooth tannins. Second night shows a touch of woodiness in the initial aromas and flavors, but this dissipates as the wine airs in the glass. Otherwise, aromas and flavors are similar to the first night. Third night similar to the first night, with only a light touch of woodiness in the initial aromas, but that dissipates quickly. Nice fruit concentration in the flavors. A touch of alcoholic heat in the finish when sipped by itself on the third night. Full bodied, well balanced, moderate but smooth tannins. A wine that has improved nicely since the first bottle that I opened in 2014, and one that should continue to improve for a few more years.
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    (4/27/2016)
    The White Knight Sauvignon Blanc 2014
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    Style: Light & Crisp
    A nice Sauvignon Blanc with rich melon and citrus flavors; perhaps a touch of residual sugar. A bit of a surprise from the Lodi appellation.
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    (4/27/2016)
    Atlas Peak Atlas Peak Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
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    Style: Big & Bold
    Initial rather bold currant, blackberry, and herbal aromas with a bit of oak in the background. Aromas seem to alternately open up, close up, then open up again. Slightly tannic currant and plum initial flavors. Fruit flavors open up as the wine airs in the glass, becoming rich and intense. Flavors are so well integrated that it is hard to identify separate components. Initial aromas on the second night a bit subdued, but open up a bit more as the wine airs in the glass. Flavors on the second night about the same as the first night. Third night similar to the second night, but with tannins a bit more evident in the initial flavors. Fourth night remains similar to the third night. A big, full bodied, fruit forward wine; modest smooth but dry tannins. Long finish when sipped by itself. Held up very well after opening. Even at a bit over 8 years of age, still seems like a young wine.
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    (4/27/2016)
    Easton Monarch Mine Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2013
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    2014 vintage available for $19.99
    Style: Light & Fruity
    Grassy, herbal, and citrus aromas with a touch of melon in the background when well chilled. Tart flavors mirror the aromas when well chilled. Richer melon and tropical fruit flavors join the flavor profile as the wine warms in the glass. Fairly tart, dry, lingering finish. Second night similar to the first night. Third night again very similar to the first night. Medium bodied, well balanced. Held up well after opening. A wine that should be allowed to warm up a bit from refrigerator temperature.
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    (4/27/2016)
    Emmolo Sauvignon Blanc 2013
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    2014 vintage available for $19.99
    Style: Light & Crisp
    Classic Sauvignon Blanc aromas showing a slightly grassy citrus character with a touch of melon in the background. Flavors mirror the aromas, again showing classic Sauvignon Blanc character. A bit of grapefruit character becomes noticeable in the aromas and flavors as the wine airs in the glass. Second and third nights very much like the first night. Light/medium bodied; very well balanced; clean, crisp, and dry. A wine that can be served at refrigerator temperature. An elegant Sauvignon Blanc with plenty of varietal character, but without any over-the-top aspects. Surprisingly restrained alcohol level.
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    (4/27/2016)
    Clos Du Val Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
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    Style: Big & Bold
    Lovely blackberry, currant, plum, and vanilla oak aromas. Nice currant, plum, and blackberry flavors with moderate oak and tannins. Fruit flavors become more rich and largely hide the tannins as the wine airs in the glass. Dry finish as the tannins emerge from behind the fruit. Second night similar to the first, but with a bit more tartness to the flavors; fruit flavors recover their first night richness as the wine airs in the glass. Third night similar to the second night, but with a slight touch of volatile acids showing initially; volatile acids dissipate rather quickly, leaving rich fruit flavors. Fourth night very similar to the third night, but without much in the way of initial volatile acids. Medium/full bodied, nice structure and balance, moderate tannins. A young Cab with a long life ahead of it, but very drinkable even at this stage, especially if allowed to air in the glass for a little while. Flirting with a 5-star rating.
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    (10/27/2013)
    XYZin Old Vine Zinfandel 2011
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    2014 vintage available for $15.99
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    Style: Smooth & Supple
    Somewhat subdued initial aromas, mostly raspberry with a hint of vanilla oak and spices in the background. Aromas open up a bit more as the wine airs in the glass. Fairly bold raspberry and cherry flavors with a little oak, spice, and pepper in the background. Flavors become more bold as the wine airs in the glass. Second night essentially the same as the first. Third night similar to the second night, but with a slight note of sharpness in the initial flavors. Aromas and flavors again open up on the third night after a bit of airing in the glass. Last glass on the fourth night very much like the second and third nights. Medium/full bodied with smooth tannins and a moderately long finish. Held up quite well after opening with simple storage in a cool room.
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    (10/27/2013)
    Avalon Sauvignon Blanc 2011
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    Pair with: Crab > Crab Cakes, fish, Chicken
    Very nice initial aromas suggesting ripe cantaloupe, with a bit of grassiness in the background. The ripe cantaloupe aromas fade a bit and transform into more generic melon components with somewhat more noticeable grassy components as the wine airs in the glass. Somewhat grassy citrus and melon flavors when well chilled. Melon flavor components become more prominent as the wine warms in the glass. Rich, smooth melon flavors dominate as the wine warms close to cellar temperature. Flavors seem a little out of balance while well chilled, but balance improves as the wine warms closer to cellar temperature. On second night, nice melon, citrus, and lemongrass aromas with a grassy background. Flavors on the second night similar to the first night, but with better balance while still chilled. Third night very similar to the second night. Back label suggests serving well chilled. I found it better when warmed closer to cellar temperature. Better as a food wine than as a wine for just sipping by itself unless allowed to warm close to cellar temperature. Held up well, maybe even improved a bit, after opening.
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    (6/26/2013)
    Gundlach Bundschu Gewurztraminer 2011
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    2015 vintage available for $24.99
    Style: Fruity & Smooth
    Floral aromas without a strong lychee character. Rich pear and tropical fruit flavors. Surprisingly rich flavors for a completely dry Gewurztraminer. Well balanced.
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