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2012 Firefly Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon

San Luis Obispo County more

1/28/2015 - fearlesswine wrote: NR

This probably won't rock anyone's socks; however, I enjoyed it plenty for a mid-week spontaneous bottle. If you are looking for a nice and drinkable cabernet, this is a great option. Juicy plum flavor with very smooth tannins, gentle even, topped off by a little polish of vanilla on the finish. Fresh and very easy drinking, and the low alcohol keeps it from being too weighty or problematic having it by the glass.

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2011 Firefly Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon

San Luis Obispo County more

12/21/2014 - burgamrhein wrote: 82 points

Prunes, cranberries, smoke, too much sweetness. Slight raisin finish.

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2008 Firefly Ridge Chardonnay

Central Coast more

4/2/2014 - WaltnMicki wrote: 82 points

Nothing noteable. Light body and average taste.

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2012 Firefly Ridge Chardonnay

Central Coast more

1/1/2014 - lmgha Likes this wine: NR

Really good at the discounted price. A real find when on sale.
$16.00/5.50

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2007 Firefly Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon

San Luis Obispo County more

11/22/2013 - nicole3eyes wrote: 84 points

Light body, fruity, nice acid balance. Nothing complex. This was a gift but based on the retail price good value.

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2011 Firefly Ridge Syrah Central Coast

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10/18/2013 - isaacjamesbaker wrote: 83 points

Smooth and silky with bright red berries and pepper notes. A friend brought a bottle and we sipped it after surfing some great waves, and in that context it was defintely serviceable.

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2007 Firefly Ridge Syrah San Luis Obispo County

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6/14/2013 - mbeck47 wrote: 74 points

2011 - not so good. Tasted fermented.

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2010 Firefly Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon

San Luis Obispo County more

1/9/2013 - creativegirl Likes this wine: 82 points

Very fruity bouquet, smooth on the palate, seems like a young wine. Could use more time in the bottle. Let it breath.

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2010 Firefly Ridge Chardonnay

Central Coast more

7/7/2012 - Jeffreyshen wrote: 91 points

Very buttery Chardonnay. Oak is a little less but still buttery smooth.

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2009 Firefly Ridge Syrah Central Coast

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5/30/2012 - TheOtherMcNair wrote: 89 points

Taste is very clean, light for a Syrah. Very bright with a mildly spicy finish. Fruity flavor. Dark fruit aromas. Semi-translucent appearance. Mild to medium acidity.

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2007 Firefly Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon

San Luis Obispo County more

4/7/2012 - sonofabacchus wrote: 86 points

Not a bad bottle. I was expecting a wine that would be barely palatable and which would require the food to dominate. It was actually quite pleasant. Light red fruit nose, good color, and fully mature body in the mid palate. Finish was medium and taty, with drying peppery overtones, which I do prefer. Not sure about the lower scores others have given. Perhaps its time is now rather than two years prior? I paid five bucks for it back when and would not be disappointed had I paid $15. 86/87

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2006 Firefly Ridge Syrah San Luis Obispo County

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3/15/2012 - blgros wrote: 80 points

Pretty so-so. Tastes like a $10 syrah--not much varietal character, not much depth, moderate body, short finish. Probably better with food than after the meal.

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2011 Firefly Ridge Pinot Gris

Central Coast more

2/21/2012 - Snoman wrote: 85 points

Clean and clear, with a light bouquet and fresh tropical fruit on palate of mango and white peach. Very simple, lacks acidic structure, but nonetheless pleasant and food-friendly. Would be a fine cocktail or party wine.

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2008 Firefly Ridge Merlot

San Luis Obispo County more

1/18/2012 - iking wrote: 74 points

It has a strange and unique taste that I don't particularly enjoy.

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2009 Firefly Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon

San Luis Obispo County more

12/26/2011 - Collins88 wrote: 79 points

Very average. Smooth but in no way memorable.

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2009 Firefly Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon

San Luis Obispo County more

11/7/2011 - Mattaveli wrote: 70 points

Average but bitter. Strong bouquet.

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2008 Firefly Ridge Syrah Central Coast

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9/17/2011 - kietkopelli wrote: 75 points

PUKE! This is the worst wine I've had this year... possibly ever. It was on sale at Safeway from $15 to $5. How bad can a $5 wine be right? After all, even $2 Charles Shaw is serviceable. Well the Firefly is so bad that it actually trigger a gag reaction. So I poured it into a decanter and let it sit for a couple of hours. Unfortunately it didn't make a difference.

The nose has bright cherries and smoky meat which I thought was very nice. In the mouth it's just horrible. Everything flavor had a plastic wrap around it like those wine in box but instead of mylar the taste is much more petrol and nauseous. The mid pallet had a moldy fruit taste to it, like when you left a half eat apple on the counter during the day and accidentally bit into it in the middle the night. PUKE.

I'd mush rather spend the $5 on a 2 bottles of 2-Buck Chuck.

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2008 Firefly Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon

San Luis Obispo County more

4/5/2011 - merlechris wrote: 84 points

Weak bouquet, sharp and shallow palette.

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2007 Firefly Ridge Syrah Central Coast

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3/3/2011 - paulmase wrote: 83 points

Fake smell & after taste. Drinkable light syrah but u can buy better rhones at same pricepoint. 82pts.

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2008 Firefly Ridge Chardonnay

Central Coast more

2/7/2011 - Av8or1ab Likes this wine: 83 points

Buttery but sweet wine. Smooth and not harsh. Great earthy ending, but don't drink with sweet foods.

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2008 Firefly Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon

San Luis Obispo County more

1/5/2011 - moega wrote: 75 points

Not my favorite, not even a great QPR. Smell was OK, taste left a little to be desired.

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2008 Firefly Ridge Syrah Central Coast

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1/6/2011 - bretrooks Does not like this wine: 77 points

Popped and poured. Nondescript sour red fruit, artificial-seeming levels of acid, and no tannin to speak of. Tastes manipulated. I remember having basic Firefly syrahs a few years ago that I enjoyed at the price, but this is not very good.

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2008 Firefly Ridge Merlot

San Luis Obispo County more

1/3/2011 - missionpk wrote: 84 points

First Impression: Somewhat chemical nose. Light body and sweet cherry cola taste. Would almost have though (cheap) Pinot if tasting blind. Ok, but marking down for weird nose. 84.
Overall Impression: Easy to drink. Nothing complicated, but nothing offensive either. Not a bad fate for these cheap grapes. 85.
Enthusiasm: Won't seek it out, but it doesn't turn me off cheap Merlot, which I think is a win at this price point. 83.
(BTW, Firefly Ridge is owned by Safeway, so don't be fooled by the huge "discounts". The discount price is the real price.)

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2008 Firefly Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon

San Luis Obispo County more

12/24/2010 - gman997 wrote: 74 points

Served at good temp and aired and still nor good. Maybe a bad bottle, but really the fruit was just not good. Even though it's a value wine class there's better out there.

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2008 Firefly Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon

San Luis Obispo County more

12/16/2010 - bretrooks wrote: 83 points

Popped and poured, consumed over ~1 hour. Gets points for being structurally balanced, with slightly rough tannins, a touch of acid, and not as much sweetness as many wines in this price range have. Unfortunately, the fruit character isn't great - the nose is simple and a bit grapey, and the palate reminds me somewhat of flat cherry cola.

You could do worse at $6, but the rest of this bottle will fulfill its destiny as part of a pot roast recipe.

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