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2012 Kendall-Jackson Cabernet Sauvignon Vintner's Reserve

Sonoma County more

11/26/2014 - RATER Likes this wine: 88 points

Still young but approachable, decent effort here!

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2009 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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12/4/2012 - RATER Likes this wine: NR

I am happy to share, we tasted this yesterday in celebration of my 3 year princess who was born in 2009...what an exquisite wine this has turned, right now. And we wonder how long can we cellar it, I want to say 2-3 years...

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2005 Bodegas Ondarre Rioja Reserva

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

11/30/2012 - RATER Likes this wine: NR

Very good wine one third of the time, despite the 3-1 bottle variation (per case)!
After tasting and enjoying this wine at EL PORRON, NYC, back in April this year, we went ahead to get a case. However, there is clearly a bottle variation here…good thing it is not an expensive wine, but the ratio seems to be at 3-1, which in the end costs us a great deal to finally enjoy a good bottle within our case. I have to say, even the other ones are not bad, but the ones that taste better are so far distant in terms of quality. For Instance, 1/3 of a case (in our case) can be qualified as very good, while the other 2/3 are just above average; but not bad though.

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2009 Concha y Toro Merlot Marqués de Casa Concha

Peumo more

11/9/2012 - RATER Likes this wine: NR

Very impressed with this!
A solid wine, with a nice bouquet, enjoyable taste with a distinct and elegant character. Extraordinary effort for the price!

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2009 Ghost Pines Cabernet Sauvignon Winemaker's Blend

Napa / Sonoma more

10/26/2012 - RATER Likes this wine: NR

Overpriced for its quality!
This is a good wine to enjoy right now, but one can find the same quality here at a much lower price, e.g. at $10 or so…The average price of this wine is $18. FYI, DWE below describes this wine accurately, but the price….

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2008 Clos du Bois Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma Reserve

Alexander Valley more

10/22/2012 - RATER wrote: NR

Very good value and sipping wine!
This has a vibrant burgundy color and an obvious viscosity, with a distinctive Sonoma bouquet, including dark berry fruits, minerals, spices, and toasty oak aromas. It offers a fresh and harmonious, but fruit forward, taste including decent enough tannins for an acceptable structure to be enjoyed on its own, or with a succulent meal. I recommend this wine, especially, to those who don’t care for a big bold and dry wine…

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2009 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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10/17/2012 - RATER wrote: NR

OK but not complex enough....
However, just by looking at this wine's color and texture one can imply how great it might taste. But that is not the case here. I will have to try it later on to see how it develops. For now just an OK Napa cab!

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2007 Franciscan Estate Merlot

Napa Valley more

10/11/2012 - RATER wrote: NR

Incredibly very good wine now, with great potential!
I came across this one last month, in particular the 2007 vintage, and got ¾ of a case. This was our four bottle so far my wife and I enjoy. Not to replicate my previous note on this, but I could only add that we are very pleased with it: neat appearance, enticing nose, bold enough structure, harmonious balance, and an elegant taste and after taste; at an unquestionable price. Definitely recommended! We only regret not have gotten more on this…five more bottles to go, though.

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2005 Bodegas Ondarre Rioja Reserva

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

10/8/2012 - RATER wrote: NR

Good wine, but it must be paired!
Definitely a good wine with potential, just that its acidic component overpowers the rest (for now), so by itself one might find it one dimensional. However, super good with pasta & tomato sauce dishes and not to mention with meat. One noticeable quality of this wine is its ever evolving and dynamic structure; it evolves by the minute, impressive, really. I wonder if this will grow to match or outgrow the great quality of the 2004?

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2007 Lyeth Merlot L de Lyeth

Sonoma County more

9/27/2012 - RATER wrote: NR

A Merlot with good enough character, elegance and balance for the price; honestly I did not expect to find such elevated qualities in this wine. It has definitely aged well, but at its peak, right now!
Proof of that is its brownish color and mature fruity taste, but showing an acceptable balance in terms of its bold and approachable tannins, acidity and its not-to-high alcohol level, with a nice oaky and lengthy aftertaste. A good effort here, for a below $10 bottle of wine from CA, after about 5 years of age; that proves how a great vintage the 2007 was, particularly in CA.

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2007 Franciscan Estate Merlot

Napa Valley more

9/26/2012 - RATER wrote: NR

A Very good Merlot; attractive now and with room for improvement within the next 4-5 years!
It shows a sumptuous plummy and dense color, with an attractive and aromatic aroma, including coffee, chocolate, spices and dark red fruit, for a taste that includes round and velvety tannins with a resounding long enough, but elegant and balance finish. A very good quality wine for the money…with potential to age and improve even more. I’ll cellar at least a couple of bottles to prove myself right….

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2009 Bodega Renacer Malbec Punto Final Reserva

Mendoza more

9/15/2012 - RATER wrote: NR

A very good malbec for the price, with a great potential to grow. First day it showed a lot of heat, second day a bit mellow; by the third day this was not only pleasant to drink but delivering an elegant structure and balance. Nice effort here, again, from a consistent producer at a very good value!

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2004 Bodegas Ondarre Rioja Reserva

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

4/11/2012 - RATER wrote: NR

Un Vino Espectacular!
Mi esposa y yo tuvimos el placer de visitar El Porron, horas antes de dirigirnos hacia el concierto de Mana en el MSG. Gracias a Diego, el catador/conocedor del Porron, degustamos este espectacular vino de un color rojo intenso, con una textura espesa pero docil al paladar. Que decir de los encantadores aromas que despedia a lo largo de una hora, perfumados de especias, frutas rojas, y minerales. Tenia un gusto encantador y progresivo, con un balance incomparable. A todo esto lo acompañamos con un solomillo de vaca a la pimienta verde, que estaba para morir. Y a un super precio, que ya casi encargo una caja…recomendable sin duda alguna!

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2008 Kendall-Jackson Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Réserve

Sonoma County more

4/10/2012 - RATER wrote: NR

Becoming one of my favorites Cali Cabs!
My kind of wine: dark and dense, multifaceted and evolving nose, with a muscular but elegant and balanced structure for a fruit forward and versatile ending….Oh with a great room for development within a decade. Definitely very good!

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2010 Bodega Renacer Malbec Punto Final Classico

Mendoza more

4/6/2012 - RATER wrote: NR

It continues to impress!
Nice presentation, dynamic nose, decent structure, ending with a balance and delicious taste. A very reliable and consistent wine. it can very easily pass for a more expensive one....I will continue to enjoy this vintage while it last.

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2007 Bodega Norton Malbec Reserva

Lujan de Cuyo more

3/31/2012 - RATER wrote: NR

The best inexpensive wine I ever tasted!
In particular this vintage... spectacular and intense color with a muscular density with a succulent and explosive nose, which ends with a very ripe and dark-berries fruit forward, elegant and balanced taste...a very, very good wine at its price point of less than $12; impressive!

PERSONAL NOTE: I will start to pass on the numerical ratings, just because they are very deceiving. For instance, the 100 point scale is widely used, but the categories such as good, very good, etc., are not in line. Therefore, I would rather describe a wine for its quality with adjectives and the like, instead of using numbers. Hopefully all understand and perhaps will follow too...

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2008 Viña Palo Alto Reserva

Maule Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

3/22/2012 - RATER wrote: 84 points

An acceptable and enjoyable wine, at its price point....It won't disappoint!

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2009 Bodega Norton Privada Mendoza

Red Bordeaux Blend more

3/18/2012 - RATER wrote: NR

Disappointing....
I wanted to rate this, at least, as good. However, this vintage does not stand up to the quality and elegance that has characterized this wine. No wonder why I found it at discount ($16.99)!!!!
At the same time, their Reserva Malbec has been improving though.....

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2009 Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County

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3/4/2012 - RATER wrote: 84 points

A decent wine…but past vintages seemed better!

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2007 Silverado Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District

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3/3/2012 - RATER wrote: 90 points

A typical Napa Cab:
Beautiful texture and color, with a classic Napa Cab nose ending robust but elegant at the same time....A good wine from an splendid Napa vintage (2007)!

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2009 Concha y Toro Cabernet Sauvignon Xplorador

Central Valley more

3/7/2012 - RATER wrote: 84 points

An acceptable wine…
At its price point, much better quality than its counterparts from the US or else!

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2009 Concha y Toro Cabernet Sauvignon Marqués de Casa Concha

Puente Alto more

2/15/2012 - RATER wrote: 91 points

I indeed went for more....!
And I have to say, our second attempt on this was still a delicious and delicate wine experience. We opened two bottles in celebration of Our 18th Valentine's Day, showing an impressive consistency and elegant taste; definitely an excellent QPR here!

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2009 Concha y Toro Cabernet Sauvignon Marqués de Casa Concha

Puente Alto more

2/8/2012 - RATER wrote: 90 points

Impressively good with a great potential!
Despite it seems young, it definitely shows various characteristics of a very good wine right now: enticing dark color and dense body, a sumptuous nose as if this was a much more expensive wine with a bold but elegant and balance taste....I will go for more! An excellent QPR here at less than $19; Concha Toro continues to deliver good value…

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2008 Kendall-Jackson Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Réserve

Sonoma County more

2/5/2012 - RATER wrote: 90 points

A nice wine!

PIEPRO could have not said it best.....This improves a gread deal after day one, by the way I enjoy it during the Super Bowl game: Lets Go GIANTS!!!

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2007 Bodega Norton Malbec Reserva

Lujan de Cuyo more

1/25/2012 - RATER wrote: 89 points

No wonder it made the WS Top 100 list of 2010!
This is a decent wine with good potential to develop even more, but drinking very good right now. This is our second bottle and noticed it became even more harmonious by just sitting in the glass after an hour or so. It shows much more character than any Argentine Malbec at its price point ($10-12). One other impressive quality of this wine is its expressive nose, and its magnificent dark violet color and texture….with a mid and elegant finish. At $10 this is a jewel!

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