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    (9/29/2010)
    MacMurray Ranch Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2007
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    $25.99
    This is one of the brighter reds I've had recently, and the fruits are very red and tart with some mellow spiciness. Seems fairly medium-bodied, and it's very easy to drink. The finish seems a bit rough but its a pleasant enough woody end. I'd give this a 87, and is a nice red if your looking for something less brooding. Went exceedingly well with cranberry pork, I expect this would excel at thanksgiving.
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    (9/29/2010)
    Martin Codax Albarino 2008
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    2012 vintage available for $16.99
    I enjoyed this rather a lot. In particular, it was refreshing to encounter a white wine that was so unashamedly unoaked and left all the flavor to the grapes. It starts off with a nice golden pour and enough body to hold up. The first mouth is very crisp and bright, with a strong taste of tart apples and a bit of citrus. The acidity keeps it all lively and the finish is a final burst of fruit before it starts to fade. It is pleasantly dry and the entire experience was very positive. I'd give this a solid 90, and would readily recommend it if you're getting tired of vanilla, smoke, and woody flavors. It's also a very good wine to experience the huge difference oak exposure can have on a wine (provided you have a good oaked white to compare with). I had this with a simple alfredo and it worked quite well; the acidity gives it enough bite to cut through almost any cream or cheese dish.
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    (9/29/2010)
    Gascon Malbec 2008
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    2013 vintage available for $13.99
    The texture of this wine is my favorite thing about it, it's full and velvety and has a wonderfully smooth finish. The nose is dark berries, and the flavor has good fruit to it with a hint of something spicy. Very easy to drink and everyone enjoyed it.
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    (9/29/2010)
    Clos de los Siete Super Red Blend 2007
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    2010 vintage available for $19.99
    Wonderful wine. Deep rich color in the glass, with aromas to match. Dark cherry, maybe some plum, with a strong presence in the glass. The finish had a bit of vanilla, lingers well. Very pleasant medium to full body.
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    (9/29/2010)
    Chateau St. Jean Fume Blanc 2008
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    2012 vintage available for $13.99
    This was a nice light bodied white, fairly dry with the mentioned flavors of pear and a bit of grapefruit. There is some vanilla in the nose and flavor, but where the oak really shines is in the finish. Theres strong oak that hints at smoke. I liked this well enough, but the finish makes it shine quite well. With food the mixture of fruit and oak make for some really interesting effects that tend to work very well. I'd rate this around an 88.
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    (9/29/2010)
    Delas St. Esprit Cotes-du-Rhone Rouge 2007
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    2011 vintage available for $12.99
    This was supplied as an error. It was supposed to be for another wine.
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    (9/29/2010)
    Domaine Duclaux Cote Rotie 2004
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    $50.00
    • red wine
    • collectible wine
    • Green wine
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    This was quite a hard call. On the one hand it has some very nice spice notes, pepper and clove over chocolate. On the other hand the fruit notes are weak and the wine feels thin and watery for Syrah. Oh, and then there is the subtle but slowly overpowering undercurrent of mold. Not good earthy smells like fresh mushrooms, this is "I haven't cleaned the sink in 3 years" scum of mold. And after a few sips it was literally overpowering. I'm going to hope this was a failure in this particular bottle, but even if not the weakness of the mouthfeel and flavor makes it hard to really recommend it highly even at this price let along MSRP. Or finish a bottle of it. Or even a glass.
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    (9/27/2010)
    Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 2008
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    2014 vintage available for $14.99
    I rather liked this, as it was a nice change from fruit and oak-laden whites that seem to abound. There was a strong lime/citrus flavor with a very strong lemongrass type of herb. The herb was strong enough that it almost made it grassy, jus a bit more would have been overwhelming. Otherwise it's a fairly strong acidity, and when it isn't chilled it's pretty harsh.
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    (9/27/2010)
    Chapoutier Cotes du Rhone Belleruche Rouge 2007
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    2012 vintage available for $13.99
    This was a dissapointment. After a strong recommendation I bought a bottle, after reading a few tasters notes I'm even more suprised by it. The initial aroma is somewhat mellow but fruity, with some berry notes. A nice body and good mouthfeel, I felt like the fruit may have been buried but it wasn't bad. So far it's quite acceptable and easily drinkable, if not exceptional. And then you swallow it, and everything collapses on the finish. Little flavor, no lingering notes, almost nothing but a tannic dryness. Overall it's a decent table wine, and probably worth $13. I think you can do better, and I wouldn't drink it alone (if at all honestly). A final note, make sure you let it breath as it improves hugely and I found it to be quite flat and muted without it.
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    (9/26/2010)
    Parducci Petite Sirah 2006
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    $14.29
    I enjoyed this. It's a deep ruby in the glass, with aromas of berries and spice. A fairly strong body, with a warm peppery finish and nice tannic dryness. The only thing I miss a little is the blackberry and cherry is a bit weaker tasting than I would have expected, but overall it was robust dry red without any real deficits. I'd call it an 88-89.
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