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Red

2004 Hazyblur Shiraz Baroota

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5/23/2015 - rmcnees wrote: 91 points

This '04 was showing well and still holding its fruit nicely, compared to the '02 which was showing its age.

Dark garnet colored, full bodied, rich concentrated black and blue fruits with tones of spice, hints of vanilla, smoke and pepper.

http://unwindwine.blogspot.com/2015/05/bbq-on-deck-features-medley-of-red-wines.html

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2007 Justin Vineyards & Winery Isosceles

Paso Robles Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/23/2015 - rmcnees wrote: 91 points

Dark ruby colored, medium to full bodied, black berry and black cherry with a red berry tone, hints of sweet mocha and anise and a touch of sweet oak on the back palate with soft tannins provide easy approachable sipping.

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Red

2003 Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée

Red Rhone Blend more

5/22/2015 - rmcnees wrote: 87 points

Son Ryan brought this from his cellar to a family celebration dinner. This was tight and a bit closed with the fruits subdued and overtaken by a layer of black tea, tobacco leaf, with hints of creosote over the black berry fruits. This needs bold zesty bar-be-que to offset the tight firm black fruits and non-fruit layer.

http://unwindwine.blogspot.com/2015/05/pichon-baron-and-viader-v-1999-flight.html

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2008 Fritz Winery Chardonnay

Russian River Valley more

5/22/2015 - rmcnees wrote: 86 points

Butter colored, medium bodied, slightly tart on opening with layer of acidity, tone of green apple, tropical fruits, hints of lemon and hints nutty almond. Tartness and acidity conflicted with lobster tail and lemon.

http://unwindwine.blogspot.com/2015/05/pichon-baron-and-viader-v-1999-flight.html

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Red

2004 Groom Shiraz

Barossa Valley more

5/22/2015 - rmcnees wrote: 92 points

This was fuller and richer than I remember from other vintages, dark garnet colored, full bodied with concentrated blackberry and black raspberry fruits accented by ripe plum, turning to a layer of caramel/mocha, vanilla and spice with hints of tar and leather on a chewy gritty tannin lingering finish.

http://unwindwine.blogspot.com/2015/05/pichon-baron-and-viader-v-1999-flight.html

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Red

1999 Viader V

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/22/2015 - rmcnees Likes this wine: 91 points

Dark blackish garnet colored, medium bodied, this opened with an obtuse acidic edge of black cherry that took a half hour to shed. Over the course of the hour it gained complexity and depth with concentrated black fruits punctuated by pencil lead, creosote and tobacco leaf. The longer it was opened the more it took on a layer of sweetness with tones of dark chocolate/mocha and sweet oak with gripping tannins on the moderate finish. Likely at its apex right now at sixteen years.

http://unwindwine.blogspot.com/2015/05/pichon-baron-and-viader-v-1999-flight.html

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Red

1999 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/22/2015 - rmcnees Likes this wine: 91 points

Even though we PNP - pop and poured this without decanting, it immediately resonated from the glass with classic Bordeaux bouquet and flavors of dark berry fruits, graphite, violets and hints of smoky tar, tobacco and cassis. Dark ruby colored, medium bodied, polished and nicely balanced, soft and almost delicate for a Pauillac, the tongue coating fine tannins are silky smooth on the lingering finish. At sixteen, this is likely at its prime drinking now.

http://unwindwine.blogspot.com/2015/05/pichon-baron-and-viader-v-1999-flight.html

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Red

2002 Hazyblur Shiraz Baroota

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5/18/2015 - rmcnees wrote: 89 points

Its time to drink as this label has entered the last phase of its drinking window, with the fruit taking on a more ripe raisiny character and the berry and plum flavors starting to give way to non fruit tones of leather, wood and smoke or tar.

Taking into account the slight diminution of the fruits as described above, tonight this showed consistency with our last tasting which was in 2009. Full bodied, super ripe plum, blackberry and currants with hints of and hint of cedar, leather and licorice on the full firm lingering finish.

http://unwindwine.blogspot.com/2015/05/hazyblur-baroota-south-australia-shiraz.html

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Red

2002 Hazyblur Shiraz Adelaide Plains

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5/18/2015 - rmcnees wrote: 87 points

The 2001 at fourteen is garnet colored, medium bodied with bright cherry and black berry giving way to tones of cedar and leather with hints of green pepper and tar returning to a bit of cedar on the lingering finish.

http://unwindwine.blogspot.com/2015/05/hazyblur-south-australia-adelaide.html

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Red

2004 Neiman Cellars

Napa Valley Red Blend more

5/15/2015 - rmcnees Likes this wine: 92 points

Dark garnet colored, medium to full bodied, it opened a bit hot, but this burned off (no pun intended) after a third of an hour ...

This tasted like a vibrant expressive Bordeaux, full forward complex berry fruits accented by floral, leather, tobacco leaf, some slightly earthy tones and long lingering notes of cedar with a smooth polished tannin finish that resonates with silky floral cedar mouthfeel long after tasting.

http://unwindwine.blogspot.com/2015/05/eyrie-robert-morris-special-dinner-and.html

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Red

1997 Lewis Cellars Alec's Blend

Napa Valley Syrah Blend, Syrah more

5/14/2015 - rmcnees wrote: 89 points

Dark garnet colored, medium to full bodied, it showed full, concentrated complex black raspberry and black berry fruits accented by tones of clove, mocha and hints of black tea and cedar on a spicy oak moderate tannin finish.

The Bordeaux varietals no doubt contribute to its longevity, impressive none-the-less, drinking this well at eighteen years

http://unwindwine.blogspot.com/2015/05/mothers-day-family-dinner-features.html

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Red

2006 Constant Syrah Diamond Mountain Vineyard

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5/9/2015 - rmcnees wrote: 91 points

Consistent with earlier tasting - The 2006 Constant exhibited dark inky purple color - medium-full bodied, nicely balanced and polished bright full flavors of blue and black fruits with a layer of ripe plum and sweet clove, hints of tea and cedar on the lingering finish.

http://unwindwine.blogspot.com/2015/05/constant-queen-of-diamond-syrahs.html

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Red

2010 Constant Syrah Diamond Mountain Vineyard

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5/9/2015 - rmcnees Likes this wine: 93 points

Wow, delicious. This has to be at the apex of its drinking window here at five years of age. I can't imagine this improving any with further aging. Of course, I am partial to and prefer the sweeter tasting profile such as this.

Dark inky purple colored, full bodied, full forward flavors of bright expressive black raspberry and sweet blue berry fruits, a layer of sweet dark chocolate, clove and tones of what reviewer Steve Tanzer calls 'bacon fat' and Robert Parker calls 'wild meaty notes'. All I know if its really good and tasting great right now.

http://unwindwine.blogspot.com/2015/05/constant-queen-of-diamond-syrahs.html

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Red

2001 Liparita Merlot

Napa Valley more

5/9/2015 - rmcnees wrote: 86 points

My how time flies, as my last tasting note for this wine was back in 2011... My review from then - "Dark garnet color, medium full bodied - opened with a floral violet aroma, ripe red and black raspberry and blackberry fruits predominate turning to a firm tobacco box with hint of tar on a moderate smooth tannin finish." (89 points)

While still holding on, this is nearing the end of its drinking window as the floral aroma and the dark fruits are starting to give way to the non-fruit tones expressed above, and a layer of what I might call 'wet musty wood' is starting to set in. Drink up.

http://unwindwine.blogspot.com/2015/05/liparita-napa-valley-merlot-2001.html

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Red

2002 Henry's Drive Shiraz Reserve

Padthaway more

5/9/2015 - rmcnees wrote: 85 points

This is clearly at the end of its drinking window as the berry fruits are turning to ripe raisin fig tones. My last review was in 2013 when I remarked on the diminution of this wine from age relative to early notes from consumption when it was young.

Tonight this opened with a forward tone of sweet vanilla oakiness which burned off after a short while giving way and turning to the ripe raisin layer that is overtaking the fruits. The rest, as they say, is history. Drink up if you have any left.

http://unwindwine.blogspot.com/2015/05/henrys-drive-reserve-shiraz-2002.html

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Red

2002 Fidelitas Optu Columbia Valley

Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/4/2015 - rmcnees wrote: 89 points

Dark garnet colored, medium full bodied, subdued blackberry with hints of blueberry and plum fruits, with tones of tobacco, tea and hints of medium-light oak, appropriately balanced with medium acidity and moderate, soft tannins.

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Red

2012 Vindicated Cabernet Sauvignon Liberated Wine Co

St. Helena more

4/29/2015 - rmcnees wrote: 88 points

This 2012 release has dark garnet colored, medium to full bodied, ripe black cherry and black raspberry fruits with tones of cassis and hint of cedar on the tangy moderate tannin finish.

http://unwindwine.blogspot.com/2015/04/vindicated-tre-lioni-napa-reds-with-doc.html

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2012 Whitehall Lane Tre Leoni Napa Valley

Red Blend more

4/29/2015 - rmcnees Likes this wine: 90 points

Dark garnet colored, medium full bodied, smooth and nicely balanced black berry and raspberry fruits with layers of sweet spicy oak and mocha on a moderate tannin lingering finish.

http://unwindwine.blogspot.com/2015/04/vindicated-tre-lioni-napa-reds-with-doc.html

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Red

2003 Mitolo Shiraz G.A.M.

McLaren Vale more

4/27/2015 - rmcnees wrote: 88 points

Three years since my last review of this wine, I find it has diminished quite a bit, probably from age, indicating it has passed its prime and is reaching the end of its drinking window. The fruits are starting to fall off and come across as uber ripe and raisiny fig, whereas previously I found the wine to be polished, full bodied, fruit forward with gripping body and tannins. This time, upon opening it was obtuse and a bit over the top with tones of smoke, tar and cassis overtaking the ripe berry fruits. It was most approachable two evenings after opening and started to subside the third evening, giving way to gripping firm tongue puckering tannins. At no time have I found this wine to be polished and balanced and harmonious or a fruit forward as the grand ratings suggest, or as with other highly rated labels of near vintages.

http://unwindwine.blogspot.com/2015/04/mitolo-gam-mclaren-vale-shiraz-2003.html

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2013 Desparada Sackcloth & Ashes

Central Coast Red Blend more

4/25/2015 - rmcnees Likes this wine: 92 points

This is the most tasty, smoothest and most complex wine I recall ever tasting from the Paso Robles Central Coast region. Dark garnet purple colored, full bodied, complex, rich bright, expressive but smooth and nicely polished with ripe blue berry fruits accented by a layer of sweet soft mocha, hints of vanilla, violet and cinnamon spice with sweet oak on the moderate finish.

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1989 Château Cantenac Brown

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend more

4/19/2015 - rmcnees wrote: 89 points

Opened and decanted about an hour before we turned to this as part of the main course with our entrees. It needed this time to 'settle' and burn off an earthy leather essence and reveal its true fruit and floral character.

The cork was moist and saturated but was intact and in good condition. Dark garnet color, classic nose of Margaux perfume with floral, hints of leather, earth and cassis. Medium bodied, nicely balanced concentrated black berry fruits accented by earth, leather, tobacco leaf and hints of tea, turning to a smooth polished moderate tannin finish. This is likely at its apex or the end of its optimal drinking window and probably will start to diminish from here forward, so it was suitably aged and time to drink.

http://unwindwine.blogspot.com/2015/04/arns-rusbissow-cantenac-brown-highlight.html

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2004 Rubissow Merlot Mt. Veeder

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4/18/2015 - rmcnees Likes this wine: 92 points

This Estate Merlot could pass for a Cabernet in a blind tasting, raspberry fruits, smooth, polished, elegant, sweet, tones of mocha, sweet spicy oak, hints of dusty rose floral, and black tea on a smooth firm but silky smooth tannin finish. This must be at its prime right now - I can't imagine it being better in its youth or with more age.

http://unwindwine.blogspot.com/2015/04/arns-rusbissow-cantenac-brown-highlight.html

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White

2013 Matetic Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc EQ Coastal

Casablanca Valley more

4/17/2015 - rmcnees wrote: 89 points

Straw colored, light to medium bodied, ripe green apple predominates with tones of lime and passion fruits and melon with creamy notes and bright crisp acidity on the clean finish.

http://unwindwine.blogspot.com/2015/04/high-qpr-casual-summer-sippers.html

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2013 Domaine Lafage Chardonnay Novellum

Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes more

4/17/2015 - rmcnees Likes this wine: 89 points

Straw colored, medium to full bodied, Wine Advocate calls this 'exotic', with predominant forward bright vibrant white peach fruit flavor with floral, creme, brioche and almond nut flavors with bright acidity, soft smooth finish.

http://unwindwine.blogspot.com/2015/04/high-qpr-casual-summer-sippers.html

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2013 Bodegas Borsao Garnacha Campo de Borja

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4/17/2015 - rmcnees wrote: 88 points

Dark blackish garnet colored, medium to full bodied, bold, concentrated deep flavors of black berries accented by smoke, creosote and tobacco, with earthy spice tones and an modest dry finish.

http://unwindwine.blogspot.com/2015/04/high-qpr-casual-summer-sippers.html

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