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2006 Beaulieu Vineyard Merlot Century Cellars

Sonoma County more

7/20/2015 - gino'svino Likes this wine: 91 points

Brought to Su's house. Had with dinner. Very nice still. Fresh despite being almost 10 years old now. Tannin reduced. Vanilla still present, but seems to be coming apart slightly. However, still good. Better than the Louis Martini Cabernet Sonoma that we also drank that night.

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2012 Bogle Vineyards Essential Red

California Red Blend more

1/14/2015 - gino'svino wrote: 93 points

I like this wine which is a zintage blend of zinfandel, syrah, petite sirah, and cabernet sauvignon. It tastes like mixed berries with a vanilla aroma from the oak. The color is dark. The tannin is mild and smooth. It is medium bodied, and balanced. It was a beautiful wine from the moment it was opened. Everybody loved it. It is a joy to drink with food and friend. It is a great value. I would rate it higher than WE did. I hope the next bottle is as good.

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2012 Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling Dry

Columbia Valley more

5/4/2014 - gino'svino wrote: 88 points

I prefer the medium dry Rieslings because they have more density of body because of the residual sugar, and the smell is fruiter also. This wine had a nice smell of Riesling grapes, but it was light on the palate because it was dry. I enjoy Rieslings when I have hot chili spicy dishes. The sweetness and acid of the Riesling tames the heat in your mouth, and sets you up for another spicy bite. For this reason I prefer the medium dry Reislings such as Dr. L, and Gung Fu Riesling. But, this wine was well made, and might have gone well with a light fish dish without strong spices.

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White

2012 Joel Gott Sauvignon Blanc California

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1/31/2014 - gino'svino Likes this wine: 91 points

Good acid. Good balance between sweetness and acid makes this wine crisp. Intense sauvignon Blanc flavor. Enjoyable wine. Would buy again.

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Red

2007 Jade Mountain Syrah Snow's Lake Vineyard

Red Hills Lake County more

11/16/2013 - gino'svino wrote: 91 points

Beautiful fresh dark color, good fruit, with soft moderate tannins. I bought this wine about four years ago. At that time, it was fruity, but rough. The tannins have smoothed out with age. The wine is in sweet spot right now, and is very drinkable. Enjoyed with homemade Pizza with Warren and Zenda from Seattle. We tried this with a Texas Petite Sirah from the same year. The Jade Mountain Syrah was fresher, and more tasty, and clearly superior. Should last another three years.

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Red

2010 Feudi di San Gregorio Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio Rosso

Red Blend more

8/23/2013 - gino'svino wrote: 87 points

Tasted next to a California zinfandel blend with Cabernet, Syrah,and Petite Syrah and the California wine had more fruit, taste, body and aroma

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White

NV Llano Estacado Gewürztraminer

Texas more

8/11/2013 - gino'svino Likes this wine: 91 points

Beautiful wine. The aroma is a 93. Very fragrant, flowery type, honeysuckle smell. The taste is delicious, but perhaps a little too sweet for some people. The taste is a 90 with a noticeable sweet mild spice. We served for dinner with an asian meal. The woman all liked it especially. Perhaps the best Gewurtraminer from Texas on a consistent basis. I would give it an overall rating of 91. It is a great bargain at about $10 as I remember. I would buy again.

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White

2008 Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc

Western Cape more

6/8/2013 - gino'svino wrote: 91 points

Golden color. This South African Sauvignon Blanc took first place in a Sauvignon Blanc tasting of about 8 wines about two years ago. It still has fruit, and is very enjoyable.

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2002 Columbia Crest Two Vines Merlot-Cabernet

Columbia Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

4/7/2013 - gino'svino wrote: 89 points

I thought it might be too old, as I bought it off a grocery shelf where it had been sitting awhile several years ago. But, the color was still good, and the wine was still good. Not great, but surprisingly good. Exceeded by expectations.

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White

2008 Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc Regional Collection Marlborough

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3/24/2013 - gino'svino wrote: 80 points

This is past its prime. The wine lacks zip, and is a little flat tasting. The color is not yellow, rather it is taking on a golden color, which betrays its age. In short, it is too old now. Probably it is unfair to really rate it now.

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White

2009 d'Arenberg The Hermit Crab

McLaren Vale White Rhone Blend more

3/24/2013 - gino'svino wrote: 90 points

Fresh, good fruit. The Viognier flavor is mild, but nicely balanced, which makes it good easy drinking with seafood. It enjoyed it very much. I was worried that maybe it was a little too old, but is was nice. I would buy again, but a newer vintage as I like my white wines fresh. Although this wine was fine. I have nothing to complain about.

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Red

2009 Sella & Mosca Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva

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3/17/2013 - gino'svino wrote: 89 points

This grape is desribed in a wine book as a "cousin of Grenache." The wine was medium light in body. It was just a good red wine. It went well with food. It was not really memorable, but it was good.

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Red

2007 Domaine Serene Pinot Noir Evenstad Reserve

Willamette Valley more

3/17/2013 - gino'svino wrote: 91 points

My first taste of this wine was last night at dinner. It was smooth, and went well with the three main entries of duck, fish, and tofu. It was medium bodied, and the color is still fresh. My impression was that it is a good wine with food, but it had no real "wow" factor for me. We did pop and pour the wine without dencanting. There was six of us so we finished the entire bottle on the first round. My wife, however, really liked this wine, and raved about it twice after the meal. She is not particularly interested in wine, so this really surprised me. Perhaps she paid more attention to the wine, or maybe she just liked its smoothness, or maybe she tasted something I didn't. I would be happy to drink it again, and it goes well with food. But, it is not the star itself, the food is the star, and it blends in unobtrusively. That is my impression.

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Red

2009 Araceli Gonzalez Yecla M5

Monastrell, Mourvedre more

3/17/2013 - gino'svino wrote: 88 points

It has been maybe a year since I last tasted this wine. It wasn't as fresh as I remember. The mixed berry taste that I liked so much has changed slightly to a more plum taste. The tannin was less, but so was the acid and freshness. Last year I rated this wine a 90, and today it was about an 88. Maybe it was just that one bottle. I have at least three more bottles left.

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Red

2010 Casa Lapostolle Carménère Cuvée Alexandre Apalta Vineyard

Colchagua Valley more

3/10/2013 - gino'svino Likes this wine: 91 points

This is the darkest Carmenere wine that I have yet tasted. The color is a deep purple blue. It is very dark. The fruit is moderate, and there is tannin which will have to be smoothed out over time. This wine can age I think. But, I give it a 91 for the color alone. Maybe with 5 years or more, the rating can increase to a 92 or more. I don't know if the fruit and acid will outlast the tannin, but the color sure will last a long time.

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White

2006 Berton Vineyard Chardonnay Crook Road

South Eastern more

2/9/2013 - gino'svino Likes this wine: 89 points

The cork was good on this bottle, unlike the previous one. The wine was good, and at its prime. Went well with Cioppino on Super Bowl Sunday in Tyler.

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White

2010 Matanzas Creek Winery Chardonnay Sonoma County

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2/9/2013 - gino'svino Likes this wine: 90 points

Good chardonnay character. Medium bodied chardonnay. Fresh but not huge wine. Stayed nice the first two days. On day three in the refrigerator, it seemed to lose its character, and became very average white.

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2008 Caspar Landing Chardonnay

Mendocino County more

2/3/2013 - gino'svino wrote: 88 points

Better than I expected. Some of the wine club wines have aged very quickly and are over the hill before I expect. But, this wine was fine. Mild to Moderate chardonnay flavor, and mild fruit. Still fresh, however. Good but not great.

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Red

2003 Bodegas La Purisima Yecla Reserva Iglesia Vieja

Monastrell, Mourvedre more

2/2/2013 - gino'svino wrote: 89 points

The color was surprisingly purple indicating freshness. It smelled like a red wine, nothing remarkable. The fruit was moderate. Overall it was enjoyaable.

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Red

2004 Burley Fox Shiraz Limestone Coast

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1/27/2013 - gino'svino wrote: 86 points

This wine was still drinkable, but probably past its prime. The color was purple with a touch of brown that gave it a dullness. There was no sherry-like smell which would indicate that it was too old to drink. It was O.K. but not especially memorable.

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2001 Bodegas Virgen del Águila Cariñena Señorio del Real Gran Reserva

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

11/23/2012 - gino'svino wrote: 89 points

Wine stll amazingly fresh with a good dark purple color with little signs of aging on the wine despite being 11 years old. Drank during Thanksgiving with turkey and roast pork loin. The wine had a slight sour component that I didn't remember. Still good, but didn't seem to match the meal as well as I hoped. Went well with the cranberry sauce.

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Red

2006 Goldschmidt Vineyard Fidelity Crazy Creek Estate

Alexander Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

11/12/2012 - gino'svino wrote: 90 points

I have opened several bottles of this wine over the past three years. This most recently consumed bottle is the best yet. It seems to be improving slightly with time. It is still fresh, with a bold dark color, and a berry flavor. It went well with smoked Turkey dinner. The Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc that is blended into this wine gives this Merlot a darker color than most, and also seems to be giving the wine added longevity. The wine surprised me. My wife even liked it. I would rate my first bottle on this wine about an 88, but the most recent bottle is an 89.5 or even a 90 score. This wine was a great deal. I think it is within 12 months or so of its peak, but it is drinking really well right now. Ithink it will last about 2 or 3 more years. But, why wait.

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Red

2006 Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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11/10/2012 - gino'svino wrote: 91 points

I have several bottle of this wine. Tried this again with a beef dish. Friends commented that this Cabernet had a really nice flavor. I agree. I like the fruit, the color, and the vanilla. This bottle was much more memorable than the last bottle which I tried about a year ago. Maybe I got lucky. The next bottle will tell.

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2004 Bodegas Fontana La Mancha Mesta

Tempranillo more

11/10/2012 - gino'svino wrote: 85 points

Wine was o.k. but not great. But, didn't expect greatness out of such a reasonably priced tempranillo. I was worried that I had kept the wine too long. The first pour, I thought I saw a little brown in the wine. But, the second day, the wine color seemed fine and I wondered if I had really seen any oxidation. Drink now, I think. It is a medium bodied wine, but not really smooth despite the age. The fruit seemed a little subdued. My wine didn't like it, but I thought in was was fine for an average meal, if you don't expect too much. However, given what I know about how it is now and how it ages, I probably wouldn't buy again.

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White

2011 Crios de Susana Balbo Torrontés

Cafayate more

10/21/2012 - gino'svino wrote: 89 points

Good wine with light white fish. Medium intensity of varietal flavor. But, I like the "New Age" Torrontes better.

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