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    (2/24/2011)
    Tilia Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
    Sold Out $8.99
    2012 vintage available for $8.99
    I don't know if this is a legit 91 rated cab.... but you can sure pay a lot more for a lot less. This is not a big, round California-style cabernet, but it still fairly full on the palate with good fruit. Thin but clean on the back end. It holds up well with grilled meat. At the price, you can't beat it. It's our new "house red."
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    (9/29/2010)
    Brancott Reserve Pinot Noir 2006
    Sold Out $22.99
    Sure, it's hard to find a very good pinot at a reasonable price. This stacks up with bottles going for twice the cost. Very soft on the palate with reserved dark fruit. A bit of mineral and earth on the back gives it a little maturity. Layered, but lacking the depth of top flight pinots, it's still very good and a steal at this price
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    (9/28/2010)
    Crios de Susana Balbo Rose of Malbec 2009
    Sold Out $11.29
    2013 vintage available for $12.99
    We generally favor heavier reds, so I bought this wine with low expectations just to have a rose on hand. After one bottle, I ordered a case. It is light and crisp, but has much more depth and character than typical American pinks (like white zins and white grenache's). Not overly sweet at all, and meatiness and earthiness of malbec is present on the back, beneath summer fruit and florals up front. This wine isn't going to "wow" anybody, but it is very nice to have moderately chilled, on a warm evening on the patio with fresh fuits or cheeses.
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    (9/27/2010)
    Hahn Estates Monterey Pinot Noir 2006
    Sold Out $13.49
    Bought this with modest expectations, given its price and sub-90 rating, but was pleasantly surprised. Light,but not watery, red fruits and just a little depth but very drinkable. Have ordered more with warmer evenings on the patio in mind.
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    (9/7/2010)
    Ravenswood Old Hill Ranch Zinfandel 2006
    Sold Out $43.98
    Very nice Zin. Loaded with dark fruit and pepper spice. But this wine NEEDS AIR. It comes out of the bottle very tight, with alcohol and tannin overpowering the fruit. But run through an areator or decanted and left alone for 1/2 hour and this wine blooms and lives up to its rankings. Big, rich and surprisingly dry on the finish. It will benefit from another year or two in the bottle to soften and layer a bit more. Works well with grilled beef and holds up to spicy foods.
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