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  • guapitomark - Laguna Niguel, CA (read all my reviews)

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    (9/29/2010)
    Melipal Malbec 2007
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    $20.00
    This was a nice wine. It wasn't outstanding, but it was pleasantly drinkable. It has a nice aroma and smooth, easy-drinking demeanor. I enjoyed it and would buy it again. I've always liked wines from Mendoza, Argentina.
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  • guapitomark - Laguna Niguel, CA (read all my reviews)

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    (9/28/2010)
    Robert Keenan Merlot 2002
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    2011 vintage available for $37.99
    This review is actually about the 2005 Merlot. I've tasted the 2002 Merlot which was great. The 2005 Merlot, however needs a little more breathing time to fully appreciate its qualities. Prior to opening the bottle, make sure you cool it down to at least 65-68 degrees. Once it is cooled, open it and let it breathe for at least 30 min. It's amazing how much more it's flavors and qualities come out of the dark after this process! I give it 3 stars because of the extra effort needed to bring out its flavor. Otherwise, it is a very nice Merlot. Enjoy!
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  • guapitomark - Laguna Niguel, CA (read all my reviews)

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    (9/28/2010)
    d'Arenberg Footbolt Shiraz 2006
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    2011 vintage available for $19.99
    • red wine
    • screw cap wine
    • Green wine
    • JH94
    • RP90
    • ST90
    I was expecting a very good wine judging by the high ratings it received. I found it to be a relatively flat-tasting Shiraz. It was also a little tart. Since it has a twist-off cap, it couln't have been corked. However it almost tasted that way. I let it breathe for at least 20 mins. Prior to that, i had refrigerated it to a cooler 68 degrees. But, alas, nothing seemed to bring up its taste. Maybe just a bad batch. Would not buy this again - go for the Archetype from Barossa Valley instead!
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  • guapitomark - Laguna Niguel, CA (read all my reviews)

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    (9/27/2010)
    Mirassou Pinot Noir 2008
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    2013 vintage available for $9.99
    I am drinking this Pinot while writing this note. It has a rather bland taste - not full-bodied at all in my opinion. However, it is relatively smooth for a $8 wine. But, it tastes almost like it's watered down. Very liquidy - not thick. It doesen't have a good nose either. It's not a really bad wine; I've had worse wines at higher prices. I'm on the fence about buying it again- the price is really cheap - it definitely tastes better than it's price. But I'd rather spend $15 more for a better Pinot, like a Twelve Clones Santa Lucia Highlands Morgan for example. Unfortunately, it isn't available here, but you can get it at BevMo.
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  • guapitomark - Laguna Niguel, CA (read all my reviews)

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    (9/27/2010)
    Duckhorn Napa Merlot 2006
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    2012 vintage available for $49.99
    I've seen the good ratings on this Merlot and wanted to see what all the fuss was about! I brought this wine to a friend's place for Thanksgiving. She was nice enough to open it for both of us to taste. This Merlot is supple and packs cherry fruit flavor and has a lengthy finish. A truly enjoyable wine. At $50, it isn't cheap, but it's worth every penny. I'm just glad I got two bottles - looking forward to opening the second one soon!
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  • guapitomark - Laguna Niguel, CA (read all my reviews)

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    (9/27/2010)
    d'Arenberg Stump Jump Shiraz 2008
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    2011 vintage available for $12.99
    • red wine
    • screw cap wine
    • Green wine
    • WS90
    A customer of mine gave me a bottle of this fine shiraz. I was skeptical when I noticed a twist-off cap instead of a cork. However, don't let that fool you. This is a very good Shiraz. It is very smooth and, at first, i found it too sweet....but, after letting it breathe, it was just perfect. It definitely is in the category of wines that wakes up your inner cheek with a richness of almost effervescent flavor. Drink it at 68 degrees. This is totally worth the $11 it costs, trust me. Just wish it had a cork!
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  • guapitomark - Laguna Niguel, CA (read all my reviews)

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    (9/25/2010)
    Inglenook Rubicon 2005
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    1997 vintage available for $109.00
    • red wine
    • collectible wine
    • Green wine
    • WE96
    • CG95
    • WN95
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    Ahhh! Rubicon Estate. If you have ever been to the Estate in Napa, you would know why this wine costs North of $130! However, price goes up with demand. And this wine is in demand. Such a wonderful symphony of richness and smooth tannins. Incredible bouquet and long-lasting finish. This is one of my favorite wines. Got a promotion? Want to celebrate? You were invited to a high-end dinner party? Bring this wine and they will adore you!
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  • guapitomark - Laguna Niguel, CA (read all my reviews)

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    (9/23/2010)
    Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Merlot 2005
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    2011 vintage available for $23.99
    I brought this wine to a friend's for dinner. We were having a nice London Broil and this wine was a perfect pairing. It is smooth, yet has an explosive bouquet. It goes down quite easily... just a yummy wine for such a low price. Try it!
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  • guapitomark - Laguna Niguel, CA (read all my reviews)

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    (9/20/2010)
    Archetype Old Vine Reserve Shiraz 2005
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    $33.99
    I'm drinking this wonderful Shiraz as I'm writing this note. This wine is smooth and has a pleasant nose. I like it much better than the Footbolt from D'Arenberg, which, ironically is rated higher. I would definitely buy this wine again! This Shiraz is about equal with the Stump Jump 2008 which was also very good. It would be hard to choose between them... just buy them both!!
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  • guapitomark - Laguna Niguel, CA (read all my reviews)

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    (9/18/2010)
    Franciscan Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
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    2011 vintage available for $24.99
    The Franciscan is a solid Cabernet. It isn't a cheap wine, but it always tastes good. A full-bodied, dense wine - it will always please. This is a must-have for your wine cellar.
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