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2008 Tensley Syrah Turner Vineyard

Sta. Rita Hills more

12/4/2011 - Maliblue Likes this wine: 92 points

It has been a year since last visting this wine. I love the flavors that are evoloving. The meaty, bacon fat tasting profile is one that I am continuing to become more enamoured with. What makes this really nice is the silkyness in combination with the taste.

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2010 Shane Grenache Blanc

Santa Ynez Valley more

12/4/2011 - Maliblue Likes this wine: 90 points

Perfect wine with our Turkey. Shane is producing some of the best QPR wine anywhere. The fruit and acidity were exactly what our Thanksgiving was looking for. Beautiful flavors of citrus coat your mouth. This is exactly the kind of producer that I love supporting.

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2008 Rivers-Marie Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley more

12/4/2011 - Maliblue wrote: 94 points

Gorgeous wine. Approachable, silky and elegant. The fruit is so pure, the tannins integrated. This is rapidly becoming my go to Cab.

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2009 Epoch Estate Wines Estate Blend Paderewski Vineyard

Paso Robles Red Rhone Blend more

12/4/2011 - Maliblue wrote: 90 points

Way to early to be drinking this baby. PnP on Thanksiving day. The youth combined with a long day of tasting overload (food and wine) did not do this any favors. I am a big big believer in Epoch. Want to try this on its own to let it shine.

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2009 Booker Vineyard My Favorite Neighbor

Paso Robles Red Blend more

12/4/2011 - Maliblue Likes this wine: 93 points

I thought this wine was really really good. Popped and poured for friends Thanksgiving night, thought it was appropriate considering the day and the name of the wine. Anyway...a very strong wine that will benefit from laying down for a while. The fruit is there and nice...give it some time though.

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2008 Sans Liege Grenache Pickpocket

Paso Robles more

1/31/2011 - Maliblue wrote: 94 points

Ditto on the massiveness. The smell is like putting your nose in a jar of vanilla. wow! Still quite young. Popped/poured throgh a vinturi...still serious tannins. That being said a velvety midpalate and mouth feel. This is going to mellow out with age and be an absolute bombshell of a wine.

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2006 Booker Vineyard The Alchemist 48 months

Paso Robles Shiraz Blend, Syrah more

1/16/2011 - Maliblue wrote: 97 points

I know it is early in the year...but I will be hard pressed to drink a better wine this year. Amazing deep dark almost black color out of the bottle. Just looks like oil being poured. Immediately met with amazing floral notes. On the palate, brilliant balance and silkyess. I loved the vanilla tones. Even though it had extended barrel age, I thought the oak was perfectly integrated. This was day one. Day Two was even better. Continued evolution of the flavors, but what really set this apart was the body. It just coats the mouth with perfect balance. Gonna be hard to hold off on my other two.

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2007 Winter Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley more

1/8/2011 - Maliblue wrote: 95 points

Magnificent wine. Bold yet refined. All the traditional Cab flavors one expects, but with a balance and purity that stands out. Will age gracefully for sometime...

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2007 Stefania Cabernet Sauvignon Santa Cruz Mountains

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1/8/2011 - Maliblue wrote: 93 points

Fantastic bottle of wine. I could just taste the cool nights of the Santa Cruz mountains. Pure fruit with great balance. First exposure to the SCM and I think it is a wonderful wine.

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2007 Phifer Pavitt Cabernet Sauvignon Date Night

Napa Valley more

1/8/2011 - Maliblue wrote: 94 points

Had New Years eve along with Stefania SCM. A beautiful bottle of wine. Decanted 2+ hours and then drank over the next couple. Smooth elegant finish with a very full body yet lucious mouthfeel. The story behind the wine also adds to the allure. Always nice to see good people do well.

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2007 Lillian Winery Syrah

Santa Barbara County more

1/8/2011 - Maliblue wrote: 93 points

WOTN among other CA '07 syrah (Torrin, Rhys and Pax). Still quite young, but very good example of what a powerhouse Syrah should taste like. Powerful fruit that will evolve over time. Still quite young.

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2007 Grand Rêve Vintners / Force Majeure Cabernet Sauvignon Collaboration Series Reserve Ciel du Cheval Vineyard

Red Mountain more

1/8/2011 - Maliblue wrote: 97 points

Amazing bottle of wine. Was tasted blind among 4 Napa '07s and unanamously was the WOTN for the group of 10. Big strong wine, yet elegent and refined at the same time. The finish as majestic.
Am going to hold on my other bottle for a very special time. Should age effortlessly for many many years.

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2007 Chappellet Cabernet Sauvignon Pritchard Hill Estate Vineyard

Napa Valley more

1/8/2011 - Maliblue wrote: 93 points

Fabulous bottle of wine. Extremely pure fruit. Was somewhat hidden among a big night of blind cab tasting, but nonetheless still memorable. Will definitely look forward to having this as a standalone wine with a good meal. My guess is that it will shine even more.

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2007 Buccella Merlot

Napa Valley more

1/8/2011 - Maliblue wrote: 92 points

A little more closed down than tbe last bottle. Still a wonderful wine. Gonna sit on my last two for a while.

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2006 Stefania Syrah Eaglepoint Ranch

Mendocino County more

12/24/2010 - Maliblue Likes this wine: 94 points

Thought this was a spectacular bottle of wine. My first Stefania and will not be my last. Huge floral aromas that were supported on the palate. Silky fine tannins and a long smooth finish. Had this on my birthday and it was a wonderful present.

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2004 Grand Rêve Vintners / Force Majeure Collaboration Series I Ciel du Cheval Vineyard

Red Mountain Red Bordeaux Blend more

12/24/2010 - Maliblue wrote: 92 points

Excellent wine. Nice body, with silky fruit on the front end. Did notice a little heat on the end.

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2008 Domaine Giraud Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée les Grenaches de Pierre

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12/24/2010 - Maliblue Likes this wine: 93 points

I think this is an excellent wine. Really like the diverse tasting profile highlighted by wonderful warm spices. Still a rookie in CnDP but thought this was quite enjoyable.

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2006 Buccella Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley more

12/24/2010 - Maliblue wrote: 91 points

My first Buccella cab and was very impressed. Two hour decant and consumed over three. Still quite young but tannins do not overpower the fruit to much. Cherry covered chocolates were the dominant taste. Think this will show a lot better in the years to come

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2007 DuMOL Syrah Russian River Valley

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12/9/2010 - Maliblue wrote: 89 points

Good but not spectacular bottle of wine. Quite soft on the palate lacking a little fruit. Would probably be better with a little food.

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2006 Domaine Christian Moreau Père et Fils Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos

Chardonnay more

12/4/2010 - Maliblue wrote: 93 points

Had with Thanksgiving and it was really good. Lots of smooth minerality to this wine. Showing quite complex characteristics that continued to evolve in the glass over dinner. Was not lost with the meal.

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1997 Lokoya Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Mountain

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12/4/2010 - Maliblue wrote: 94 points

Decanted 4 hours and drank over the next 2. A wonderfully made wine. Still young, which was surprsing. Nose of secondary characteristics...cedar, tar and smokey meats. My first Lokoya...and I really enjoyed it.

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2008 DuMOL Chardonnay Russian River Valley

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12/4/2010 - Maliblue wrote: 92 points

Clean crisp fruit. I always enjoy DuMol's offering. Really opened up after a while and showed wonderful richness.

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2005 Winter Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley more

11/7/2010 - Maliblue wrote: 94 points

Very smooth, creamy bottle of cab. The tannins have had a chance to really soften this wine. Clean pure fruit...with chocolate and mild dark fruit. Really nice bottle of wine. Had with Tenderloin Medallions with a mushroom sauce and thought the pairing was very good.

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2007 Buccella Merlot

Napa Valley more

4/19/2010 - Maliblue wrote: 97 points

Phenomenal bottle of wine. Big, bold...viscous. You would swear you are drinking a Cab. Drank over 2 days and was equally awesome on day 2. Fruit is amazing.

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2007 Château Boswell Chardonnay Dutton Ranch Morelli Vineyard

Russian River Valley more

3/30/2010 - Maliblue wrote: 97 points

Almost a perfect chardonnay. Loved the style. Big, Rich, creamy. Very complex from initial taste to finish. Had for 15th anniversary and was not disappointed.

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