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2010 Lewelling Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Wight

St. Helena more

11/27/2014 - Dollar Spot Likes this wine: 97 points

One of, if not the best bottle of Cab I've ever tasted. Glad I have more to see the evolution over time. 97+

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2007 La Bastide Saint-Dominique Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend more

12/15/2013 - Dollar Spot Likes this wine: 91 points

Decanted for an hour. Still quite a bit of life left in this one. Very fresh fruit forward wine. Nice spice notes on the nose and palate. Great value, I'll save my last bottles and revisit in a couple years.

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2011 Booker Vineyard Grenache The Ripper

Paso Robles more

6/28/2013 - Dollar Spot Likes this wine: 95 points

PnP. Really great wine. Maybe one of the best Grenaches i've ever tasted.Bright fruit, firm(almost gritty) texture, and long finish with silky tannins. Will age nicely but ready to drink today. Booker nails it again!

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2009 Rasa Vineyards Creative Impulse DuBrul Vineyard

Yakima Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/15/2013 - Dollar Spot wrote: NR

Decided to pop an '09 in celebration of Rasa's futures release of the 2010. Notes consistent with previous tasting. Absolutely awesome! Only difference this time, nose amazing upon opening. Not rating because I don't want to skew the overall rating. But, easily 98pts.

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2007 Frédéric & Daniel Brunier Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine La Roquète

Red Rhone Blend more

3/23/2013 - Dollar Spot wrote: 92 points

Last bottle. Dynamite. Gained weight and complexity since the previous bottle. This stuff is hitting it's stride right now but has the stamina to hold for many years in the cellar.

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2010 Denner The Dirt Worshipper

Paso Robles Syrah Blend, Syrah more

2/10/2013 - Dollar Spot wrote: 94 points

Texture! Incredible mouthfeel, delicious fruit balanced acidity, but the texture and velvety mouthfeel is the standout feature of this beauty. Another winner from Denner.

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2010 Booker Vineyard Syrah Fracture

Paso Robles more

12/19/2012 - Dollar Spot Likes this wine: 95 points

Deep, dark wine. Incredible earthy favors of coffee, grilled meats and blue/black fruit. Spectacular wine. 95+

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2009 Hall Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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12/16/2012 - Dollar Spot wrote: 90 points

Good cab, could use some cellar time. Full body, dark fruit med/long finish. 90+

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2010 Denner The Dirt Worshipper

Paso Robles Syrah Blend, Syrah more

12/16/2012 - Dollar Spot wrote: 94 points

Texture. This had one of the silkiest, smoothest textures I've ever experienced. Great wine.

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2010 Betz Family Bésoleil

Columbia Valley Red Rhone Blend more

12/13/2012 - Dollar Spot wrote: NR

Double decanted and poured through a vinturi and still very tight, tannic but some Rhone-styled fruit shining through. I'll lay the other one down for a few years. No official rating until some of tannins blow off. 89-91pts

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2009 Rasa Vineyards Creative Impulse DuBrul Vineyard

Yakima Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

12/8/2012 - Dollar Spot Likes this wine: 98 points

WOW! Near perfect, tough to not give a perfect score. One of those wines where you can't wait to take the next sip. So far, the best bottle of wine I've ever had. I have a bunch and will be getting more.

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2010 Saint-Cosme Côtes du Rhône

Syrah more

12/5/2012 - Dollar Spot Does not like this wine: NR

Finally found a good use for this wine...Made a stew.

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2010 Denner The Ditch Digger

Paso Robles Grenache Blend, Grenache more

12/5/2012 - Dollar Spot Likes this wine: 92 points

Really nice, medium body with the grenache shining through. Fresh red fruit with the syrah adding some density and depth. Seems to always take a backseat to the Dirt Worshipper. If the Digger is this good, can't wait try DW.

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2007 Beaulieu Vineyard Tapestry Reserve

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

11/7/2012 - Dollar Spot wrote: NR

The last bottle. I'm sad to see this one go. Solid every time. Like saying goodbye to an old friend.

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2008 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley more

11/1/2012 - Dollar Spot wrote: 92 points

Drank during Hurricane Sandy. Delicious. Maybe a bit young but loved the balance and lush velvety mouth feel. Typical Caymus quality.

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2010 Château Pesquié Ventoux Terrasses

Red Rhone Blend more

10/25/2012 - Dollar Spot wrote: 90 points

Gotta bump this a point from last bottle. Really good, delicious red fruit up front with nice acidity and clean finish. A little thin overall but very nice bottle of wine. I hope the next couple keep getting better. 90+

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2008 Ramey Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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9/25/2012 - Dollar Spot wrote: 92 points

PnP, awesome nose, vegetal, beety and really interesting. Delicious right out of the bottle. I'll pick up a few more to put in the cellar and see how it ages. 92+

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2010 Saint-Cosme Côtes du Rhône

Syrah more

9/17/2012 - Dollar Spot wrote: 86 points

I've been drinking St Cosme CDR for a while and this is probably my least favorite vintage (winemaker said it was his best). Not even close to the 09 or 07. The astringent finish is what ruins it for me. I'm hoping, with time, the finish will smooth out a bit. At $12, not terrible but there are definitely better deals out there. This will be my guest wine for those with undiscerning palates.

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2009 Saint-Cosme Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend more

9/14/2012 - Dollar Spot wrote: 92 points

Interesting wine. First glass was a PnP, bright fresh red fruit with a strong tannic finish. After an hour decant, started to evolve into a darker, earthier wine with a little funkier fruit. The tannic edge seemed alleviated when served with a sharp cheese. However, needs some cellar time to integrate the overwhelming tannic finish. Grenache dominated wine. Ironically, grenache is what introduced me to Rhone wines, but, I prefer a more syrah heavy blend.

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2007 The Seventy Five Wine Company The Sum

Red Hills Lake County Red Blend more

9/5/2012 - Dollar Spot wrote: 91 points

Outstanding wine. Surprised how good it is everytime I have it. One bottle left, Ill be sad when it's gone.Probably best $20 btl I've ever had!

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2010 Château Pesquié Ventoux Terrasses

Red Rhone Blend more

9/2/2012 - Dollar Spot wrote: 89 points

Good value. Nothing special. I have a few more bottles I'll drink sporadically to see if there's any change. My feelings are consistent with others; What was Parker smoking?

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2008 Shafer Relentless

Napa Valley Syrah Blend, Syrah more

8/19/2012 - Dollar Spot wrote: 96 points

My WOTY so far. It's everything I love about syrah. Big wine with ripe fruit silky texture that coats the mouth and very long finish. I can't imagine it getting better but definitely has the backbone and tannins to cellar for a while.

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2008 Pio Cesare Barbera d'Alba

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8/15/2012 - Dollar Spot wrote: 89 points

Not bad. Acidic and tight upon opening but smoothed out the next day. Overall, decent wine.

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2007 Chimney Rock Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District

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8/2/2012 - Dollar Spot wrote: 90 points

A little disappointing. Lacks identity. Not really complex and not the fruit bomb I expected.Short finish. Still enjoyable but for the money I'd find something else.

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2007 Hogue Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Genesis

Columbia Valley more

5/5/2012 - Dollar Spot wrote: 87 points

Nothing wrong with this wine. A little simple, thin but, really can't complain with price/value.

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