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  • allans - Parkville, MD (read all my reviews)

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    (7/9/2014)
    Rubus Low Yield Shiraz-Viognier 2010
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    $19.99
    Style: Big & Bold
    I loved the concentration and bold fruit. Nice tannins and long finish. I went out and bought 6 more bottles.
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  • allans - Parkville, MD (read all my reviews)

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    (4/10/2014)
    Finca Luzon Altos de Luzon 2004
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    $24.99
    Style: Fruity & Smooth
    Just opened today, I was expecting this wine to be somewhat over the hill at this point but was pleasantly surprised. Very dark color, nice black fruit and floral notes. The Cab really comes through even at only 25% of the blend. The mid-palate is very satisfying but isn't very long. Just the right amount of dryness. It certainly has held onto its fruit. Nice bottle.
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  • allans - Parkville, MD (read all my reviews)

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    (3/24/2014)
    Ravenswood Teldeschi Vineyard Zinfandel 2010
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    2011 vintage available for $29.99
    Style: Big & Bold
    Beautiful purple color. A bit metallic on the nose at first then wow, blackberries ALL DAY. Powerful, rich, good sweetness and pretty tannic. Well extracted, the Petite Sirah here gives it an elegance that I haven't found in many zins. Really enjoying this one, already looking to stock up!
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  • allans - Parkville, MD (read all my reviews)

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    (3/17/2014)
    Chateau Hyot Cotes de Castillon 2010
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    $17.00
    Style: Smooth & Supple
    Really nice deep garnet color. Quite a complex bouquet here - notes of blum, blackberry, violets, farm barn and tar. This was after only 15 minutes of air time. The wine was a bit young but it was approachable. It got smoother with time in the glass, as more old world style fruit flavors developed. Medium bodied, smooth mouthfeel and 30 second finish. This is a good one.
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  • allans - Parkville, MD (read all my reviews)

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    (3/14/2014)
    Greg Norman Estates Limestone Coast Shiraz 2010
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    2012 vintage available for $14.99
    Style: Earth & Spicy
    The first two bottles of this wine - one from the late 90s and another from 2003 - were outstanding. This 2010 was underwhelming. Great color, but the bouquet was plum and a little pepper...and it took 2 hours in the decanter and continual swirling to get that much. I liked the front attack, which showed some blackberry and plum but not much action on the mid-palate and disappeared quickly. It may need 3-5 more years as it was a little tight.
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  • allans - Parkville, MD (read all my reviews)

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    (3/5/2014)
    Chateau Fombrauge  2004
    $38.99
    Style: Earth & Spicy
    Somewhat meaty and earthy on the nose, some notes of spice, mushroom and black cherry. Tasted cherries in the background, with some raw broccoli and forest floor. Ripe tannins. Drinks well and offers a 30-45 sec finish. Not bad....would buy again.
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  • allans - Parkville, MD (read all my reviews)

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    (2/8/2014)
    Chateau Beaulieu Comtes de Tastes 2009
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    $15.00
    Style: Smooth & Supple
    Black cherry, molasses, straw and black pepper on the nose with some floral notes. Medium body with a soft mouthfeel. Flavor profile shows ripe black fruits. I like the complexity and easy drinking ability of this wine. Pairs well with pasta and marinara, really brings out the black pepper. For $13, can't go wrong.
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  • allans - Parkville, MD (read all my reviews)

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    (1/29/2014)
    Chateau Sainte Colombe Cotes de Castillon 2005
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    2006 vintage available for $12.99
    Style: Big & Bold
    Nice dark ruby color. Expressive but not overpowering bouquet with roses, tobacco and dark cherries. Slightly fruity and dry on the palate. Crisp. Good food wine, try with dark chocolate. Still wound pretty tight, this one will be develop and be better in 5 years. A good value.
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  • allans - Parkville, MD (read all my reviews)

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    (1/27/2014)
    Buena Vista Carneros Chardonnay 2009
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    2011 vintage available for $19.99
    Style: Light & Fruity
    Bright and citrusy on the nose, with elements of almonds and not too much oak. This wine's attack was surprisingly muted, some notes of apple and lemon and not hot and dry. The alcohol is not pronounced; this is a light wine that finishes short. Nice easy drinking but not tremendously complex.
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  • allans - Parkville, MD (read all my reviews)

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    (1/21/2014)
    Barossa Valley Estate Ebenezer Shiraz 2002
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    $36.99
    Style: Earth & Spicy
    Spicy (pepper) on the nose with decent fruit (blackberry, plum). Tannins announce themselves but are rounded and smooth. Rather bold actually, black cherries and more blackberry are evident. Good length. Drinks smoothly. This one needs to breathe a couple hours to soften up.
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