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(9/28/2010)
Louis Martini Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
(this vintage is sold out)
The 2012 vintage is available for: $14.99
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Being always on the lookout for a good value, I've been a fan of the Louis Martini Cabs in recent years - especially the Sonoma County. This is a solid, satisfying effort. A reasonably complex flavor profile for a Cab in this price category, slightly on the leaner side body-wise. If anything was missing for me, tannins were on the soft side so probably won't improve tremendously with age and didn't have as long a finish as would be ideal, but is basically ready to drink now. Satisfying with the leg of lamb I roasted up for the family one holiday evening.
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(9/28/2010)
Chateau St. Jean Pinot Noir 2007
(this vintage is sold out)
Price: $23.99
This wine is exactly what I look for in pinot. I'm cost conscious, so I'm always looking for good ones under $30. This one leans towards the strawberry/raspberry fruit side (my preferance), typical medium light body, excellent food-worthy acid balance, some light minerally notes, gentle tannins - ready to drink but also will improve for another 3 or 4 years, I imagine.
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(9/28/2010)
Olson Ogden Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2007
(this vintage is sold out)
Price: $32.00
The listing here by Wine.com is misleading - this isn't a Central Coast wine, it's a North Coast wine. This pinot leans towards the dark fruit side, has typical medium light body and excellent acid balance. The tannins are rather soft, making this one ready to drink. I was impressed with the quality at this price - excellent with roasted chicken.
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(9/27/2010)
Lake Sonoma Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2007
(this vintage is sold out)
The 2009 vintage is available for: $18.99
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My bias it towards the lighter, less fruity styles of Zin, so this one wasn't quite what I was looking for. Still, it was a nice bottle - medium-heavy body, dark fruit flavors, modest tannins.
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(9/27/2010)
Sobon Estate Fiddletown Zinfandel 2007
(this vintage is sold out)
Price: $22.00
I have to admit I'm having real trouble finding a zin that I like these days, since so many of them are old vine jammy fruit bombs. This one wasn't that, although it did have a fairly heavy body and luscious fruit flavors. However, there was a very powerful woody flavor on the wine that I didn't enjoy.
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(9/26/2010)
La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2008
(this vintage is sold out)
The 2012 vintage is available for: $25.99
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I thoroughly enjoyed the 2007 release from this label, but the 2008 doesn't measure up. Rather tightly wound, perhaps will attain some elegance with age but certainly not ready now.
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