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Red

2009 Paul Lato Pinot Noir Alegria Hilliard Bruce Vineyard

Sta. Rita Hills more

5/9/2015 - patwjr wrote: 93 points

Tasted blind amongst 12 CA/OR Pinots. Not the winner, but a number of people had it as their 2nd best wine of the night.

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Red

2010 Outpost Zinfandel Howell Mountain

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4/24/2015 - patwjr Likes this wine: 94 points

A great Zin. Nice ripe fruit but not overdone; dense. Got better as it opened up over 3 hours. Last glass 24 hours later was still really good.

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White

2012 Morlet Family Vineyards Chardonnay Coup de Coeur

Sonoma Coast more

4/22/2015 - patwjr Likes this wine: 94 points

Nice floral nose at first but tight on the taste. With air & warmth we got sweet citrus, butterscotch, rich fruits. Did a lot of changing over the 45 min the 5 of us drank it, but in a kind of disjointed way. Give it more cellar time to evolve & come together.

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Red

2010 Cent'anni Vineyards Buoni Anni

Santa Ynez Valley SuperTuscan Blend more

4/18/2015 - patwjr Likes this wine: 90 points

Nice CA Italian wine. More CA with it's ripe fruit.

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Red

2010 Turley Zinfandel Ueberroth Vineyard

Paso Robles more

4/16/2015 - patwjr Likes this wine: 92 points

Popped & poured. Very nice, rich, but young. Needs more time or a decant.

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Red

2008 Turley Zinfandel Rattlesnake Ridge

Howell Mountain more

4/11/2015 - patwjr wrote: 90 points

Tight, somewhat flat. Should have read the other notes. Think it needs more time, but not sure it'll ever be great.

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White

2012 Peter Michael Chardonnay Mon Plaisir

Knights Valley more

4/6/2015 - patwjr Likes this wine: 93 points

Popped & poured. Needed time in the glass. Opened up beautifully after 30-45 min. Fruit & mineral balance. Everyone liked it.

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Red

2008 Maybach Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Materium

Oakville more

4/12/2015 - patwjr Likes this wine: 97 points

Decanted for 30-45 min, then drank over 2 hours. CA wine candy for first hour - rich, smooth & sweet fruits. 2nd hour the sweet fruit mellowed. Love how this wine is drinking right now. Try one.

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Red

2004 Blankiet Estate Merlot Paradise Hills Vineyard

Napa Valley more

4/4/2015 - patwjr Likes this wine: 94 points

Decanted for 1 hour, then drank over the next 2 hours. Dark, full-bodied Merlot, nice sweet fruit but not over the top, tasted like a CA/French style blend. Aging well. Smooth, beautiful wine. Drink now or over next few years.

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Red

2001 Merus Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley more

3/15/2015 - patwjr Likes this wine: 93 points

Got better/smoother with air and time.

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White

2012 Kistler Chardonnay Sonoma Mountain

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3/15/2015 - patwjr Likes this wine: 93 points

A very nice Kistler, but not a OMG one.

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Red

2008 Sine Qua Non Syrah B 20

Central Coast more

2/28/2015 - patwjr Likes this wine: 95 points

PnP, then drank over 1 1/2 hours. Silky smooth, though the last glass was the best, showing more than the 1st glass. Needs a decant.

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Red

2005 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend more

2/16/2015 - patwjr Likes this wine: 94 points

Pnp'd. Seemed old at first, minimal fruit, lighter weight, but then with 30 min or more of air it put on weight and the fruit became evident. It got so much better as we let it sit and later poured more. Soft, delicious fruit; ready now with a decant.

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Red

2005 Karl Lawrence Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley more

1/30/2015 - patwjr wrote: 91 points

Pnp a 375. Not revealing much at first, opened up after 1 hour. Best glass was last glass 3 hours in. Dark fruit, a touch earthy, matured nicely, though still has fruit & tannins to last a few more years.

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Red

2001 Behrens & Hitchcock Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Vineyard

Oakville more

2/1/2015 - patwjr Likes this wine: 93 points

PnP, then drank over 2 hours. Delicious, blueberries, dense, though just a touch less ripe than the 2002 vintage we also drank tonight. This 2001 is enjoyable now, or has a few more years.

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Red

2002 Behrens & Hitchcock Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard

Oakville more

2/1/2015 - patwjr Likes this wine: 93 points

PnP, then drank over 2 hours. Delicious blueberries, dense yet integrated wine, tannins have mellowed. Enjoy!

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Red

2007 Xavier Vacqueyras

Red Rhone Blend more

1/28/2015 - patwjr wrote: 89 points

Soft fruit, easy to minimal tannins, drink up.

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Red

2009 Darioush Cabernet Sauvignon Caravan

Napa Valley more

1/28/2015 - patwjr wrote: 91 points

Nice subtle nose, soft fruit, and tannins have eased since my last bottle 2 years ago, though there are enough tannins if you want to hold for a year.

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Red

2007 Jonata Winery La Sangre de Jonata

Santa Ynez Valley Syrah more

1/22/2015 - patwjr Likes this wine: 96 points

Battle of the '07 CA Syrah's: Jonata vs. Saxum Booker. Decanted both, drank over 2 hours. Jonata was slightly sweeter with red fruits - cherries, raspberries. Saxum had the darker berries. Not too much showing at first, but they opened up nicely. Both dense & delicious; need long decant or hold.

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White

2012 Peter Michael Chardonnay Ma Belle-Fille

Knights Valley more

12/27/2014 - patwjr Likes this wine: 94 points

PnP'd, then drank over 3 hours. Showing little at first, but with warmth & air, beautiful fruit emerged. Best glass was 1-2 hours in. Last hour lost the pop it had. Became flat.

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Red

2000 Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric dël Fiasc

Nebbiolo more

12/27/2014 - patwjr wrote: 89 points

Popped, waited an hour then drank over the next 2 hours. Some fruit but seemed old, maybe a touch corked. Given recent reviews, this bottle seemed older. Maybe an off one. Disappointing.

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Red

2004 Fattoria Le Pupille (Elisabetta Geppetti) Maremma Toscana Saffredi

Red Blend more

12/27/2014 - patwjr wrote: 93 points

Decanted for an hour, then drank over another 2 hours. Nice fruit, tannins mellowed, though given the ratings was expecting better.

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Red

2005 Karl Lawrence Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley more

12/24/2014 - patwjr wrote: 90 points

PNP a 375; drank over 4 hours. Blackberry, some leather and spice notes in the nose. Nice fruit taste but then wine a bit acidic. Nice if u own, good value, but not worth searching for.

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Red

2010 Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Vintner's Select

Napa Valley more

12/18/2014 - patwjr Likes this wine: 93 points

Popped & poured. Nice the first night (big Pride fruit profile), better 24 hours later. Needs a good decant or hold.

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Red

2005 Erna Schein Petite Sirah

Spring Mountain District more

12/18/2014 - patwjr wrote: 91 points

Decanted for 30 min, then 6 people drank it quick. Black color, touch of blueberries yet still tight.

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