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Red

1980 Ridge Zinfandel Howell Mountain

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3/7/2015 - Dave Smigielski Likes this wine: 95 points

I shouldn't be so surprised that this wine was so rocking good. beautiful currants on the nose gave away to musty leaves, forest floor and a touch of brown sugar. This was beautifully elegant and was our WOTN over another Ridge and a Playwright BlackOut. just a beautiful wine, simply amazing.

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Red

2009 Cabot Vineyards Syrah Humboldt County

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2/3/2015 - Dave Smigielski wrote: NR

my last bottle. This was spectacular with a splash decant, dark brooding fruit with beautiful tannins. Lovely wine.

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Red

2006 Lillian Winery Syrah

Santa Barbara County more

2/2/2015 - Dave Smigielski wrote: 93 points

Huuuuuuuuge wine. Tasted a splash from the bottle and this wine screams DECANTER. as we finished up the boneless leg of lamb on the grill, the wine rested in the magnum decanter for another 45 mins. We drank over 2.5 hours and it got better as it continued to soften the edges just a bit on the palate. Dark Berries are primary, oak an d pepper secondary. Really paired well with the lamb.

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2009 Cabot Vineyards Syrah Humboldt County

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1/20/2015 - Dave Smigielski wrote: NR

Lovely, Lovely Syrah. Have one more bottle that I will leave alone for a bit.

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Red

2006 Baer Winery Ursa

Columbia Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/5/2015 - Dave Smigielski wrote: 91 points

Classic Washington blend that needed a bit of time in the decanter to start showing all of its glory. the dominant Merlot in the blend really showed nicely and it surprised some of my napa heavy friends to get out and experience wines from the washington region.

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Red

2007 Castleman Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon

Oakville more

1/5/2015 - Dave Smigielski wrote: 92 points

In a really great spot right now, sorry to say that this was my last bottle. Nicely balanced wine and if I could pry some out of Mike's cellar, I would take them.

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Red

1980 Ridge Petite Sirah York Creek Devil's Hill

Spring Mountain District more

11/16/2014 - Dave Smigielski Likes this wine: 91 points

Fantastic wine. Aged petite sirah can get no better in my opinion. Spicy nose that lit up the table when poured into the glass. No decant just drank over 1.5 hrs. Tannins for days but soft and subtle. Really impressive buried treasure!

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Red

2009 Ty Caton TyTanium Caton Vineyard

Sonoma Valley Red Blend more

10/27/2014 - Dave Smigielski wrote: 88 points

Nice wine. the acidity was angular to start but after the second glass things seemed to soften quite a bit.

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Red

2003 Domaine de la Charbonnière Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Spéciale Les Hautes Brusquières

Red Rhone Blend more

10/25/2014 - Dave Smigielski wrote: 87 points

I think it's past it's prime. Left it overnight so I will revisit later.

Went back the next morning it I loved the nose. Classic CDP. But the wine just tasted very tired. Drink up folks if you have any left

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White

2012 Clos Solène Hommage Blanc

Paso Robles White Rhone Blend more

9/9/2014 - Dave Smigielski wrote: 93 points

I dare anyone to try this and say its domestic. Beautiful acids, light tannins. restrained and refined. Yes, the hazelnuts are there.

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Red

2009 Five/Five Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Sydnee 85% Ink Grade, 15% Gerlach Ranch

Napa Valley more

8/29/2014 - Dave Smigielski Likes this wine: NR

Pop n Poured with dinner. enjoyed over the course of 1.5 hours. This was tried first, then we tried 'Simone' Simone was approachable from the pull of the cork and we finished it before Sydnee started to open up. As with previous notes, the dark fruit and tannins are there and still a bit edgy. As her namesake ages and the rough edges smooth out, so will this wine. Hold for 5+ years. I will revisit again in another year.

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2009 Five/Five Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Simone 75% Black Sears, 25% Ink Grade

Howell Mountain more

8/29/2014 - Dave Smigielski Likes this wine: NR

very silky, old school Napa Cab. silky and luscious. Lots of dark brambly fruits and Smooth tannins. unexpectedly ready to drink now or hold for 5+ years

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1980 Ridge Petite Sirah York Creek Devil's Hill

Spring Mountain District more

8/27/2014 - Dave Smigielski wrote: 93 points

wine was below the shoulder and cork was soaked. I was expecting vinegar and what I received was much, much better. Unbelievable how this wine has held up given what was left in the bottle. Sweet tobacco with leather undertones. after open for an hour or so, it stated to show some subtle fruits. I have 4 more of these and I am so glad.

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Red

1980 Ridge Zinfandel Howell Mountain

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8/20/2014 - Dave Smigielski wrote: 91 points

Another wine that I was blown away by the age-ability here. I even had a glass left over to the next night in the fridge and it was still going strong after a day of air. So glad I have one more of these.

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Red

1980 Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot

Napa Valley more

8/20/2014 - Dave Smigielski wrote: 93 points

Wow, this wine still has a great amount of fruit. I wasnt expecting much and was blown away. Very Bcx Style with cigar box and shoe leather followed by some light cherry. Really exciting bottle to enjoy.

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Red

2006 Bilancia Syrah la Collina

Hawkes Bay more

8/20/2014 - Dave Smigielski wrote: 92 points

Served Blind at Northern Rhone tasting. No one guessed NZ Most thought either Central coast Cali syrah or young Northern Rhone producer.

Excellent wine. Drink now, or hold

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White

2011 Nicholson Jones Sauvignon Blanc

St. Helena more

8/20/2014 - Dave Smigielski wrote: NR

Similar to previous notes, although a bit more grassiness coming out in this bottle.

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Red

2008 Grochau Cellars Pinot Noir Cuvée des Amis

Willamette Valley more

8/12/2014 - Dave Smigielski wrote: 92 points

This bottle was a powerhouse of a wine and settled down after an hour or so in the decanter. we quite enjoyed the cherry and spice. Great effort Mr G.

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Red

2004 Cabot Vineyards Syrah Reed's

Humboldt County more

4/21/2014 - Dave Smigielski wrote: 90 points

We had the 04 Kimberleys and the 04 Reed's along side each other with lamb chops for easter dinner. The Kimberleys was very masculine with bloody meats whereas the Reeds was chock full o blueberries and a finish for days. Both wines went well and were great examples of how syrah can contrast given the terroir. Posting this same note for the Reed's.

i didnt blend the two, but I liked the meats of Kimberley with the finish of Reeds.

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2004 Cabot Vineyards Syrah Kimberly's

Humboldt County more

4/21/2014 - Dave Smigielski wrote: 90 points

We had the 04 Kimberleys and the 04 Reed's along side each other with lamb chops for easter dinner. The Kimberleys was very masculine with bloody meats whereas the Reeds was chock full o blueberries and a finish for days. Both wines went well and were great examples of how syrah can contrast given the terroir. Posting this same note for the Reed's.

i didnt blend the two, but I liked the meats of Kimberley with the finish of Reeds.

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Red

2004 Cabot Vineyards Syrah Humboldt County

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3/17/2014 - Dave Smigielski wrote: 89 points

Needed about 2 hours in the decanter and it started to open up brilliantly

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White

2011 Nicholson Jones Sauvignon Blanc

St. Helena more

3/10/2014 - Dave Smigielski Likes this wine: NR

Loved this wine with baked Flounder and baby bok choy. Notes similar to whats posted here. Will definitely kill all 7 remaining bottles this summer.

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White

2005 Blain-Gagnard Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos St. Jean

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2/2/2014 - Dave Smigielski Likes this wine: NR

An excellent example of a mid aged white burg. Unfortunately I had to drink it from a plastic cup at the Supa bowl party, so I didn't get the full experience. I had also hoped that the wine would last a bit more, but a few other wine geeks found it and finished it off. sadly i had two small pours out of my last bottle.

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Red

2006 Domaine Philippe & Vincent Jaboulet Vin de Pays de la Drôme

Syrah more

1/10/2014 - Dave Smigielski wrote: 86 points

it took a while to open up, but it was a decent wine for the price with pan seared pork loin chops and kale salad

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White - Sparkling

NV Treveri Cellars Chardonnay Blanc de Blancs Brut

Columbia Valley more

1/9/2014 - Dave Smigielski wrote: flawed

Flat, cork didnt even pop. you get one every now and then. :-/

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