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2014 Peller Signature series sauv blanc (mini review)

This sauv blanc has been aged in oak for 1 year. Most sauv blancs from New Zealand for example see no oak. In California an oaked sauv blanc is called a fume blanc. This one is pale in color with … Continue reading

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2013 Sterling Chard

Th Californians are making great strides at dialing down the oak on the chards and letting the fruit shine through. I submit this as an example. Pale to golden in color with a mild varietal nose. On the mid palate … Continue reading

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2014 Berringer Chard mini review

Pale in color with a lovely rich nose of apple and pear. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely apple and pear along with some nice vanilla. The medium length finish displays some nice acidity. I would give … Continue reading

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2014 Meiomi Pinot Noir mini review

Garnet in color with a nice expressive varietal nose, lots of soft red fruits and rustic notes. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some nice red fruits and rustic notes just the way a pinot noir … Continue reading

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2015 Lacey PEC county fruit Pinot Noir (mini review)

Garnet in color with a nice varietal nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice varietal soft red fruits, strawberry/raspberry and the like along with some nice rustic notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some … Continue reading

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Fuentespina Roble 7 2013

Dark in color with a mild cherry and wood nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely smokey cherry notes along with some nice oak. On the medium to long finish the wine displays some firm tannins and … Continue reading

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Santa Margherita Brut Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore

Pale in color with a crisp nose. On the mid palate this is a typical crisp dry, small bubble prosecco. On the medium length finish it’s smooth and dry with some nice citrus notes lingering. It’s a lovely food friendly … Continue reading

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Casas del Bosque Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2015 mini review

Pale in color with a nice crisp citrus nose. On mid palate the wine displays some lovely rich pink grapefruit and citrus notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice acidity and tartness. It’s nice and crisp … Continue reading

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2014 Mirasou Pinot Noir

This is a general list product. I love pinots, certain foods just pair perfectly with them, like salmon, duck etc … This one is garnet in color with a mild rustic nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some … Continue reading

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2012 Castello di Neive Barbaresco

Garnet in color with a light red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice soft red berries, rustic notes and dried fruits. But where a good Barbaresco lives is in the finish. On the medium length … Continue reading

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Chilcas 2013 chard mini review

Golden in color with a nice varietal nose of apple/pear. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely varietal chard fruit, apple and pear to match the nose along with some nice vanilla notes. This is a nicely oaked, … Continue reading

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Ritual 2015 Pinot noir mini review

Garnet in color with a nice varietal nose displays soft red berries and rustic notes. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice varietal notes to match the nose, soft red berries, raspberries and some nice rustic notes. On … Continue reading

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2016 Montes Outer Limit mini review

Pale in color with a nice grassy nose. On the mid palate the wine displays grassy notes to match the nose along with some nice acidity. On the medium length finish the citrus notes linger nicey displaying some nice mouth … Continue reading

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2014 Sterling Vintner’s Chardonnay

Golden in color with a nice apple and pear nose, spot on for a chard. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some lovely chard fruit coming through, apple and pear. On the medium length finish the … Continue reading

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2014 The Show Cabernet Sauvignon

Dark in color with a mild red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some red berries along with some strong herbal notes, maybe even green pepper. There’s noticeable sweetness. On the lighter side of medium in length … Continue reading

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2014 G. Marquis The Silver Line Pinot Noir

Nice garnet in color with a rustic and soft red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some lovely soft red fruits coming through, raspberries and the like along with some nice rustic over tones. … Continue reading

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2014 Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay

Golden in color with a nice apple/pear nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some rich apple and pear coming through, lovely chard fruit . On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice butterscotch … Continue reading

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2014 Fairview Shiraz mini review

Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice black fruit typical of a Shiraz. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice dryness along with some mild tannins. Not a … Continue reading

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2008 Marchesi de Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Lamaione Toscana IGT, Tuscany, Italy

As an IGT this Tuscan is allowed to be made with 100% Merlot. Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate straight out of the bottle the wine displays some subtle plummy notes overwhelmed almost immediately by … Continue reading

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2009 McNally Vineyards Peninsula Ridge Pinot Noir

I bought this at the winery back in 2012. When is wine ready to drink? Well when you can’t wait any longer of course 🙂 Peninsula Ridge have really been kicking up a notch in recent years. A statement of … Continue reading

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2014 Helderberg Winery Cabernet Sauvignon mini review

Dark in color with a nice cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice dark cherries to match the nose. Definitely a fruit forward wine. On the medium length finish the wine displays some firm acidity and … Continue reading

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2014 Hahn Pinot Noir Monterey

Garnet in color with a nice rustic varietal nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice soft red berries as well as some rustic varietal notes to match the nose. The fruit is lovely and expressive. On the … Continue reading

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Mollydooker The Scooter Merlot 2014

Inky dark in color with a dark berry nose. On the mid palate this wine displays dark berries along with a hint of plum. On the medium length finish the wine displays some firm acidity, noticeable alcohol and a touch … Continue reading

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Best’s Bin No. 1 Shiraz 2013

Dark in color with a mild black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some nice black berry notes along with some noticeable oak. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice dryness … Continue reading

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2015 Evans & Tate Breathing Space Sauvignon Blanc

Pale in color with a nice grassy nose. On the mid paalte the wine displays some nice grassy notes to match the nose. On the medium length finish there’s some nice citrus and grapefruit notes with crisp acidity. This is … Continue reading

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