Sierra Batuco Carmenere "Reserva" 2011 wine review by (PB)

    Intense deep garnet hue with aromas of over the top herbal, green bouquet that overwhelms the sweet raspberry and and dark berry fruit. Palate--Supple tannins with peppery big berry fruit on an immature foundation that will benefit from another year or two of laying low in your cellar. I like this wine a lot as I envision what it will be in another couple years.

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    Truchard Zinfandel (Carneros) 2011 wine review by (PB)

    Opaque ruby hue with solidly spiced out berry aromas with spicy, peppery tomato jelly. Palate--black pepper notes on the front, with spicy red berry and plum fruit on a hefty structure. Finishes with a bit of charred oak and smoke. This is the second Truchard Zin I have had and while this lists at the $30 price poi ...

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    Banfi Centine Toscana 2011 wine review by (PB)

    Opaquish garnet with aromas of spicy red cherry-berry fruit with a hint of cocoa. Palate--Mouth watering acidity with edgy, eye opening structure, short lived tart berry flavor and a fleeting finish. This Tuscan is a blend of 20% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. James Suckling formerly of the Wine Spectator gives this a glowing review and a score of 91 points on a 100 point scale.

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    Z 52 Zinfandel 2010 wine review by (PB)

    Black cherry hue with Zinfandel brambly aromas of ripe raspberry and dark berry. Palate--classic Zin profile with easy to drink structure, nice full flavor and balanced presentation with a subtle cocoa finish. This Lodi sourced Zin is a ni ...

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    Banfi Chianti Classico 2011 wine reivew by (PB)

    Purple hue with aromas of sweet spiced apple rings and cherry fruit with cigar box bouquet. Palate--Slight stewed tomato front with chewy tannins and rigid acidity. Salty foundation with dried cherries underlying it all. Finishes quickly with a touch of pencil lead and rustic lichens. This inexpensive Chianti Classico from the storied family of Banfi is okay as an informal acco ...

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    Santa Julia Reserva Malbec 2012 Wine Review by Billy

    Nose: Fig, Plum and Smoky Tar Palate: Plush tannins and medium acid make a delightful front-of-mouth play like a new lover's kiss; all exploration and some fumbling around to find the right fit. Finish: More fleshy plum and prune flavors on the finish combine with forest mushroom notes for an earthy, autumn finale. Overall: I purchased this at the local wine store for about $9.00.

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    Mariana Vineyards "Sierra Foothills" Cabernet Franc 2010 wine review by (PB)

    Dark garnet hue with aromas of sweet tobacco, cigar box notes, with candied dark berry fruit with solid notes of cedar and black licorice. Palate--dark blackberry cream suggestion on a foundation that will benefit from another 4 years of cellaring. Tight flavors and young tannins bode well for a vibrant future. Finishes with a thin ...

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    La Merika Pinot Noir (Central Coast) 2012 wine review by (PB)

    Very light pale watermelon juice red hue with aromas of Candied apple hard cherry coating aroma with strawberry with gentle spice and a touch of bright fresh cherry. Palate--A burst of wood before the fruit, then woody, spicy thin strawberry and I mean "thin" berry fruit finishing with a little more wood. I paid $14 for this Pinot Noir which seems to be at t ...

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    Chateau Lestage Listrac-Medoc 1982 Wine Review (NW)

    Tasting notes: Cigar box aromas, mushrooms, and earthy notes on the nose Medium bodied on the palate Finishes with silky texture, showing faded currant and ash notes Summary: A good friend and neighbor arrived for dinner with this already decanted and ready to pour. It was a surprise for sure and a real treat to revisit the 1982 Bordeaux vintage with this well- ...

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    Foris Pinot Gris "Rogue Valley" 2012 wine review by (PB)

    This Oregon state white has a bouquet that knocks your socks off full of tropical fruit, with a a hint of vanilla cream pushing apple, melon notes. Palate--Out of the gate super flavorful with a velvety texture which separates this from lower end Pinot Gris. This is brimming with glorious, sweet fruits on an o ...

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    Porcupine Ridge Syrah 2012 wine review by (PB)

    Medium black cherry hue with a bouquet of spicy, almost cedary, with subtle fudgey notes at the edges of the glass. Big berry nose setting off the fruit potential fruit bomb. Palate--Big bold presence on the palate with big gobby dark berries, mocha, bitter chocolate, with a strange mid-palate and a smokey finish. This Boekenhoutskloof, S. African Syrah is quite different than our domestic Syrahs.

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    Sebastiani Merlot 2010 wine review by (PB)

    Lovely garnet hue with impressive aromas of bold red berries, a clear beam of dill with some smoke and spicy black cherry with strawberry fruit. Palate--Mouth watering acidity with integrated structure, and a perfumy mid-palate with a very metallicy almost "fishy" like accent. A day later this is a beautiful ...

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    Girasole Vineyards Zinfandel 2010 wine review by (PB)

    Light hue of cherry juice with a nice bouquet of cranberry, pomegranate, sweet cocoa and brambly/spicy notes with complicated fennel/licorice and dried cherries. One of the best Zin bouquets I have smelled in ages! Palate--Relaxed presentation on the palate with nice Zinny flavors that are robust with nice zesty structure, drie ...

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    L'Oca Cuica Brunello di Montalcino 2006 Wine Review (NW)

    Tasting notes: Expressive nose of cherry, earth, and licorice Full bodied on the palate Long finish with currants, forest floor, and spice Summary: This Brunello is very good, with a lot of density to the flavors that are still emerging at eight years of age. Made from 100% Sangiove ...

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    Symington "Altano" (Douro) 2011 wine review by (PB)

    Heavily pigmented black cherry and garnet hue with aromas of rich, sweet "port-like" suggestions accompanied by rich dark berry and raisin and a subtle stewed tomato influence. Palate--Nice rich flavors of slightly tart and balanced ripe berries with a friendly presence on the palate with touches and finishes of spicy red berries.

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