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Red

2004 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

3/15/2015 - dwr3 Does not like this wine: NR

First 2 bottles of this case were enjoyable, but the last 2 have an over-the-top fruit and oak character. At this point I regret that I have 8 bottles to go . . .

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Red

2009 Domaine les Aphillanthes Rasteau

Red Rhone Blend more

1/31/2015 - dwr3 Likes this wine: NR

This wine is in a good place right now. Decent pairing with rotisserie chicken. Also nice for after-dinner and a movie.

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Red

2012 Capiaux Cellars Pinot Noir

Sonoma Coast more

1/30/2015 - dwr3 Likes this wine: NR

Big alcohol, but not hot. It worked tonight.

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Red

2011 Tua Rita Perlato del Bosco Toscana IGT

SuperTuscan Blend more

1/18/2015 - dwr3 wrote: NR

Fruit forward. Seems young. I hope this becomes more complex in future.

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White

2007 Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt Scharzhofberger Kabinett

Mosel Saar Ruwer Riesling more

1/9/2015 - dwr3 wrote: NR

Wonderful. Paired with Szechuan Shrimp & Scallops.

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Red

2010 Salcheto Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva

Sangiovese more

1/8/2015 - dwr3 wrote: NR

Closed at present time. Interestingly, my wife, who likes fruit-forward, new world wines really liked this one. I usually like a wine that needs to be coaxed out over time. This one didn't get there for me @ $29.99, but maybe it will eventually. I'll give it time.

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Red

2012 Oberon Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley more

1/4/2015 - dwr3 Likes this wine: NR

Good QPR @ $19.99. A good go-to most any night.

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Red

2011 Bodegas Tritón Tempranillo Tridente

Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León more

12/20/2014 - dwr3 wrote: 70 points

This is just God-awful. Came from a wine-of-the month club from my local wine store (subscription since-cancelled). The label includes the term "Tempranillo" but this is more like Phantom or some other horrible, half-a***ed high-alcohol California blend.

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Red

2011 Shooting Star (Jed Steele) Cabernet Franc

Clear Lake more

11/14/2014 - dwr3 Likes this wine: NR

Pleasant surprise. I'm always skeptical of domestic red blends with "cute" labels, but this one works. Checked their web site after tasting to learn this is a gamay, pinot noir, zin blend. I haven't figured out a pairing - just enjoying for now.

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Red

2012 Domaine Saint-Damien Gigondas Vieilles Vignes

Red Rhone Blend more

10/12/2014 - dwr3 Likes this wine: NR

Served with grilled beef tenderloin. Very nice, balanced wine. Did not seem as peppery as the last vintage that I tried (perhaps an '09??). Probably should have had a Bordeaux or cab with the particular food pairing. Glad I have more of this one. Good stuff.

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White

2012 Hamilton Russell Vineyards Chardonnay

Hemel-en-Aarde Valley more

10/5/2014 - dwr3 wrote: NR

Bottle number two is more settled than my first bottle, as the intense green apple has subsided. This is a good wine now, but I much prefer burgundy.

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Red

2009 Evening Land Vineyards Pinot Noir Eola - Amity Hills

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8/16/2014 - dwr3 wrote: NR

Although my last few bottles have been quite good, this bottle wasn't in a good place. The "spritz" that was present in my earlier bottles returned.

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Rosť

2013 Silverado Vineyards Sangiovese Rosato

Napa Valley more

8/10/2014 - dwr3 wrote: NR

Yuck. More like a red diluted with alcohol than a rose. Never again.

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Red

2010 Lambert Bridge Zinfandel

Dry Creek Valley more

6/15/2014 - dwr3 wrote: NR

This wine is quite muted for a Zin. Very dry and not as fruit-forward as I was expecting. I was looking for big and bold, but it wasn't there.

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Red

2007 Rombauer Vineyards Zinfandel Napa Valley

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6/15/2014 - dwr3 wrote: NR

I agree with other poster that this is past its prime. Also a bit "pruny", but there are good hints of peppery Zin. I opened another producer's Zin along with this bottle. Tasting the two side-by-side made me realize this was probably a good wine at some point in its life.

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Red

2010 Finca Villacreces Ribera del Duero Pruno

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

2/26/2014 - dwr3 Does not like this wine: 80 points

This is an over-hyped wine. Nothing mid-palate - just dies fast. Huge disappointment.

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White

2009 Domaine André Bonhomme Viré-Clessé Vieilles Vignes

Chardonnay more

7/20/2013 - dwr3 wrote: NR

Off bottle.

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White

2010 Bodegas La Cana Rías Baixas

Albariño more

7/12/2013 - dwr3 wrote: NR

We have enjoyed La Cana for several years. Consistently good for several years and at a reasonable price point. Always a go to for us.

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White

2012 Hamilton Russell Vineyards Chardonnay

Hemel-en-Aarde Valley more

7/12/2013 - dwr3 wrote: NR

Disappointing, especially since this is my first Hamilton Russell purchase after following reviews for a couple of years. This is a green apple bomb. It has been described as Burgundian, but I think this is simply riding the coattails of others. I have had much better burgundies at a 40% less money. Will wait another year and see if this settles in at all.

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White

2011 Château de La Greffiere Mâcon La Roche-Vineuse

Chardonnay more

7/12/2013 - dwr3 wrote: NR

I like this more than the 2010 and 2009. It was more balanced and less "green apple" forward. We will pick up a case.

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White

2008 Jordan Vineyard & Winery Chardonnay Russian River Valley

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7/4/2013 - dwr3 wrote: NR

Good for what it is (my wife enjoyed). I just don't like what it is - butter and oak - 1980s and 90s style Cali Chard.

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Red

2009 Domaine Saint-Damien Côtes du Rhône Vieilles Vignes

Red Rhone Blend more

2/27/2013 - dwr3 wrote: NR

Perfect tonight. Very balanced - hints of licorice. A bit of heat, but not too much. Need to hit this one hard over the next year so it doesn't slip away. Served with sauteed veggies and mushrooms over polenta.

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Red

2009 Evening Land Vineyards Pinot Noir Eola - Amity Hills

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2/21/2013 - dwr3 wrote: NR

This wine has benefitted greatly from time in cellar. Some earth, and not too fruit forward like some pinots. Still cloudy. I am glad I waited. Looking forward to enjoying my remaining bottles over the next few years. I expect this to continue to improve.

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Red

2010 Domaine Laleure-Piot Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru Les Vergelesses

Pinot Noir more

1/10/2013 - dwr3 wrote: NR

Very nice on the nose, but it doesn't quite follow through yet. Still quite enjoyable. Will follow JVG's recommendation and let this rest for a while.

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Red

2010 Dignitas - Reata Pinot Noir

Sonoma Coast more

12/26/2012 - dwr3 wrote: NR

Disappointing. Some spice and smoke on the front, then a heavy dose of oak. Will not purchase again at any price. (Tried 2 bottles).

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