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2004 Juslyn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Vineyard Select

Spring Mountain District more

5/10/2015 - jhkey wrote: NR

drank this with the 2003 Juslyn Spring Mountain. I preferred the other as it had developed more tertiary flavors and the oak was less prevalent. The oak is quite dominant on this. It's not my style but delicious in its own way.

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2004 Michaud Syrah The Pinnacles

Chalone more

3/20/2015 - jhkey Likes this wine: 90 points

agree completely with ucbeau and its a few years later. This is still in prime shape but drink up!

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1999 D'Isanto & D'Isanto I Balzini White Label Colli della Toscana Centrale IGT

SuperTuscan Blend more

1/17/2015 - jhkey wrote: 90 points

nice nose of blackberry, cranberry and bramble, some mushroom or damp earth and a touch of chalk at the end of the nose. on the palate it's well balanced with a medium finish. overall a nicely aged 15 year old wine and a great buy for the price.

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1998 D'Isanto & D'Isanto I Balzini White Label Colli della Toscana Centrale IGT

SuperTuscan Blend more

1/17/2015 - jhkey wrote: 89 points

in a perfect spot. no formal notes, but I preferred this to the 97 which had lost most of its tannin. my wife preferred the 97.

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1997 D'Isanto & D'Isanto I Balzini White Label Colli della Toscana Centrale IGT

SuperTuscan Blend more

1/17/2015 - jhkey wrote: NR

just starting to fade a bit. drink now. my wife loved it. I preferred the 98 which we opened at the same time.

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2004 Damilano Barolo Lecinquevigne

Nebbiolo more

12/5/2014 - jhkey Likes this wine: NR

No formal notes yet, but this is good stuff. In a great place. Notes to come.

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2011 Jorge Ordoñez & Co. Montsant Zerran

Grenache Blend, Grenache more

11/13/2014 - jhkey wrote: 90 points

delicious - great QPR - buy again.

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2003 Atlas Peak Claret

Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/2/2014 - jhkey Likes this wine: 92 points

PnP, incredible nose: black cherry, orange peel, white pepper and another dried herb/spice I can't place. nice acidity and tannins, very well balanced. nice finish. I'll let this open in the decanter for an hour and come back to it. Great wine.

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2009 Domaine Virginie Thunevin

Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend more

2/1/2014 - jhkey wrote: 86 points

Great QPR. Solid merlot based Bdx in the sub $12 area. no formal notes. modern style but not overdone. 14% abv. probably needs another couple years but good now.

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2008 Nottola Anterivo Toscana IGT

Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese more

12/21/2013 - jhkey Likes this wine: 89 points

modern style, great QPR. love the juicy acidity. blackberry and black cherry, menthol and cedar. medium finish. buy again for this price.

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2003 Bremer Family Claret

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

8/2/2013 - jhkey Likes this wine: 90 points

nose of black cherry and rhubarb, a hint of eucalyptus or mint and some light cedar. Also a touch of heat. I'm getting a hint of something musty as well, but I can't place it. It's more pronounced as it opens... maybe a hint of brett? I'm not sure... Nice fruit on the palate, well balanced, good acidity. Definitely a delicious wine. recommended.

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2008 Diamond Ridge Vineyards Cabernet Franc

Lake County more

4/3/2013 - jhkey wrote: NR

45 mins in the decanter. The color is a dark reddish with just a hint of purple. This is NOT a big, fruit forward wine, it looks almost delicate in the glass. The nose is classic Cab Franc all the way. The fruit is restrained, and there’s a nice nose of that earthy funk and herbal goodness that is so unique to Cab Franc. There’s also something spicy on the nose, maybe some black pepper as well as a hint of cedar which is nice and subtle in the background, no new oak on this. The nose is really nice, one of those wines where each time you put your nose in the glass you get something different and wonderful. On the palate, the wine is medium bodied and incredibly well balanced. The acidity shines through on the medium finish. Tannins are very mild but still present. This wine would be very good with food. We’re having grass-fed strip tonight, I’ll let you know how that goes.

2 hours later – now the fruit is coming out. Nice raspberry and cranberry as well as some minerality on the tongue. And wow, there is also a nice aroma of baking spices (kind of a cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice thing???). This wine is very good. If you like a reserved, varietally correct Cab Franc I highly recommend it, but give it time to open up or give it a few more years in the bottle.

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2007 Mount George Vineyards Red Wire

Hawkes Bay Red Blend more

2/27/2013 - jhkey wrote: NR

A very good price on a fruit forward (but not syrupy) red blend. These actually got a lot better towards the end of the case, would buy again.

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2008 Domaine Vindemio Ventoux Regain

Grenache Blend, Grenache more

2/27/2013 - jhkey wrote: NR

the nose is incredibly floral. I can't seem to get past it, I feel like I'm drinking a flower. Otherwise a very good deal on a well balanced wine.

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2007 Enrique Mendoza Alicante La Tremenda

Monastrell, Mourvedre more

2/27/2013 - jhkey wrote: NR

Not really my style. A decent deal for the price, but not one I'd buy again.

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2008 Gary Farrell Syrah Ramal Vineyard Carneros

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2/22/2013 - jhkey Likes this wine: NR

Delicious. I didn't take formal notes, but this is a wonderful cool climate syrah. Very reserved, absolutely my style of syrah. I think it will only improve with a few more years in the bottle.

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2008 Domaine de la Janasse Côtes du Rhône Villages Terre d'Argile

Red Rhone Blend more

2/22/2013 - jhkey wrote: 89 points

See BBOY's notes. This is just an all around winner at this price. Wow, great stuff!! Not over extracted, incredibly balanced, hints of earth and stone, just an all over great wine in this price range. I wish I had 2 cases!!!

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2011 William Hill Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Central Coast

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2/10/2013 - jhkey wrote: NR

Unremarkable and unoffensive. The fact that restaurants pour this for $8-$10 glass shows why you should always avoid the house wine. This is wine to pour for your friends who don't drink wine. this is ripe, syrupy, oak pellet wine. There must be RS in this because it taste more like a 15% ABV than the 13.7% on the label.

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2006 Belvedere Carignane

Alexander Valley more

1/18/2013 - jhkey Likes this wine: 90 points

nose of ripe and sour cherries, minerals/stone and a very slight good vegetal. I'm not very familiar with Carignane except in blends, but this reminds me of a ripe Cali Sangiovese. The tannin remnants from the wine covered the entire outside of the bottle, literally 360 degrees top to bottom. Delicious wine which hung tight with the curry venison cube steaks, purple potatoes and arugula salad, although I feel its sweet spot would have been pork chops or a rich pasta dish. I need to buy more Carignane when I find it.

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2005 Stage Left Cellars Grenache Nielsen Vineyards

Santa Maria Valley more

1/5/2013 - jhkey wrote: 89 points

cherry and strawberry jammy up front. baking spices. nicely balanced, nice finish. modern in style but not over the top, a very well made wine. holds up beautifully with the grain/grass choice fed rib eye, garnet sweet potatoes and arugula pear goat cheese salad.

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2003 Bremer Family Claret

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/1/2013 - jhkey wrote: NR

Superb,didn't take notes but very good very balanced,not a bomb.

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1993 Jordan Vineyard & Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley

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12/31/2012 - jhkey wrote: NR

This was a bit past its prime and finished third behind a 92 Corison and a 93 st julien. Won't score as the wine was over the hill. Still very drinkable and a good accompaniment or dinner, but I know it was better a few years earlier.

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1993 Clos du Marquis

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

12/31/2012 - jhkey wrote: 90 points

Delicious, but not up to the 92 Corison which was spectacular. Beat out the 93 Jordan which was fading a bit.

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2007 Bouchaine Pinot Noir Bacchus Collection Rockin' H Vineyard

Sonoma Coast more

10/8/2012 - jhkey wrote: 86 points

modern fruit forward Pinot. Lower acid than I prefer, it had trouble holding up to the halibut in white wine reduction herbed meyer lemon butter.

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2001 Hunt Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Cab-Ovation Reserve Destiny Vineyards Mt. Christo Block

Paso Robles more

6/29/2012 - jhkey wrote: 91 points

delicious, similar to previous notes, with much more spice on the nose, but lacking acidity. The finish seems muted for some reason. I think this one is just slightly starting to fade - drink up (or a case of bottle variation)

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