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2012 Ballentine Vineyards Zinfandel Reserve Block 9

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5/16/2015 - boylerz1 wrote: 91 points

Still huge with tons of dark fruit. I can't believe CT says brink by 2016. This thing needs a 6 hour decant at this stage to be close to what it should be.

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2009 Ballentine Vineyards Malvasia Bianca Betty's Vineyard

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5/12/2015 - rickv2wine Does not like this wine: 80 points

The screw top aptly sets the stage for what follows.

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2012 Ballentine Vineyards Zinfandel Reserve Block 9

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4/30/2015 - boylerz1 Likes this wine: 91 points

Still very young, but great acidity. Tannins mellow after a 2+ hour decant. Huge fruit, full of dense berries and ripe dark fruit.

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2009 Ballentine Vineyards Zinfandel Old Vines

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3/27/2015 - azwino wrote: 91 points

Wow ... earthy, mushrooms. This was surprisingly way beyond what I expected for a zin.

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2003 Ballentine Vineyards Zinfandel Old Vines

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1/22/2015 - Dibby wrote: 82 points

Okay but wimpy for a zin, I like em big/bold

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2002 Ballentine Vineyards Zinfandel Old Vines

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1/7/2015 - jenpriddy wrote: 63 points

Past its prime. Dumped it.

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2005 Ballentine Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Maple Lane

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12/14/2014 - wmjarrell Likes this wine: 93 points

This was "quick decanted" (into the decanter and then back into the bottle) and left open for about three hours before tasting. Plummy nose. Some mint and chicory in the mouth. Still feeling youthful (despite its age) and alcoholic (15.3% abv), but not overly hot or acidic. Finishing note of caramel, turning toward maple syrup. Gains richness in the glass. Medium finish. Give it a few more years and it might take on characteristics of madiera.

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2005 Ballentine Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Maple Lane

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12/9/2014 - rickv2wine Does not like this wine: 88 points

When we first opened this five hours ago, I got big overly ripe and heavily extracted fruit like zin, but after four hours the fruit blew off and I'm left with a red fruit forward wine sadly with strong, almost soapy tannins in the late body to finish. This has been a strange path of development with the wine. Maybe it's just developing strangely with a double peak, but this wine is not drinking well here. I'll wait for another.

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2002 Ballentine Vineyards Zinfandel Old Vines

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11/26/2014 - jeginmt Likes this wine: 91 points

Deep reddish color, rich raspberry, black cherry, and apple flavors, with spicy aromas. Some tannins and a little pepper on the finish. Full-bodied. Getting better as it ages. So I am raising my score.

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2011 Ballentine Vineyards Zinfandel Old Vines

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11/24/2014 - njgolfer wrote: 88 points

Agree with the flavors described in the RJonWine review.

Nose of currants, bramble and on day 2, a touch of raisin
Taste of spicy red currants, bramble and chewy fine, drying tannins.

Lacks a little structure on the mid palate and finish to be 90 points, but a nice wine nonetheless.

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2007 Ballentine Vineyards Zinfandel Old Vines Block 11

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11/22/2014 - czarnik wrote: 91 points

Amazing. Dark, deep fruit, spicy.

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2007 Ballentine Vineyards Zinfandel Old Vines Block 11

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10/3/2014 - czarnik wrote: 91 points

Need to decant for two hours

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2010 Ballentine Vineyards Chenin Blanc Old Vines Pocai Vineyard

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8/26/2014 - wino121 wrote: 91 points

This btl Was far better than the first!
Did it age, doubtful but it certainly was a tasty treat.
And a great value as well.

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2009 Ballentine Vineyards Petite Sirah Fig Tree

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8/2/2014 - Markb1953 wrote: NR

Big & bold with full fruit forward but not sweet, it's complex. A short decant helped smooth it out and the grippy tannins were subdued on second day. There is a lot of peppery notes which I like and a slight bitter aftertaste I'm not sure I do . Overall I feel there is good quality, robust flavor snd lots to enjoy. I might rate this vintage 89.

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2009 Ballentine Vineyards Zinfandel Old Vines

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7/12/2014 - Forklifts11 wrote: 91 points

Great BBQ wine

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2010 Ballentine Vineyards Chenin Blanc Old Vines Pocai Vineyard

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7/11/2014 - ghogg wrote: 91 points

- Light gold color with medium forming legs. It's balanced and has flavours of alcohol with a medium body. Round texture with a long finish - An extremely pleasant wine, nice minerality and medium dryness. Unlike the sauvignon blanc I often drink which usually exhibit citrus this wine is more chemical and vegetable with only hint of fruit. looking forward to paring it with a chicken bacon artichoke pizza... Should go well. update...it did...the second bottle I tried also paired well with a spicy Thai Chicken Pizza. This has become a favorite white for me.

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2009 Ballentine Vineyards Petite Sirah Fig Tree

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5/18/2014 - audeyoe wrote: NR

Very powerful fruit, like everything else at Ballentine. Tasty, but not wonderful.

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2008 Ballentine Vineyards Petit Verdot

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5/18/2014 - audeyoe wrote: NR

The only 100% Petit Verdot we had on the trip. Interesting, unique.

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2013 Ballentine Vineyards Zinfandel Reserve Block 9

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5/18/2014 - audeyoe Likes this wine: NR

Very flavorful. Good, but not my favorite.

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2005 Ballentine Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Maple Lane

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5/25/2014 - rickv2wine wrote: 92 points

Excellent Wine that is drinking beautifully now. I personally didn't find the nose that complex and the finish a bit short, although it lingers on just the back of the tongue for thirty seconds. My wife loved this wine and would have scored it 93-94, so we settled on 92.

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2009 Ballentine Vineyards Cabernet Franc

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5/18/2014 - audeyoe Does not like this wine: NR

Really intense, harsh tannins. I was not a fan.

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2010 Ballentine Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

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5/18/2014 - audeyoe Likes this wine: 93 points

A beautiful Cabernet. Full flavor and body, but without a harsh bite.

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2008 Ballentine Vineyards Petite Sirah Fig Tree

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5/12/2014 - czarnik wrote: 91 points

Must decant two hours in advance.

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2005 Ballentine Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Maple Lane

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4/20/2014 - czarnik wrote: 92 points

Very deep color and rich texture. Lush dark fruit. Superb wine.

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2009 Ballentine Vineyards Zinfandel Old Vines

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3/30/2014 - wino121 wrote: 89 points

Really decent for the $$, not over the top like a lot of napa zins.

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