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2012 Turley Zinfandel Duarte

Contra Costa County more

2/3/2016 - oenophilemoose wrote: 88 points

Reminiscent of a Pinot Noir that is delicate and smooth. Definitely not my favorite iteration of Zinfandel however my wife enjoyed. And, to be frank, that is all that really matters.

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2009 Swanson Merlot

Oakville more

2/2/2016 - oenophilemoose wrote: 84 points

Monolithic and unremarkable. Needs food in order to consume.

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2006 Beringer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve

Napa Valley more

1/30/2016 - oenophilemoose wrote: 92 points

One hour decant (probably not long enough), aromatic nose, mid to full-bodied with sweet fruit, moderate acidity and gripping tannins on the finish. Seems to have more weight than the 2005 vintage but still not typical of a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

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2008 Quixote Cabernet Sauvignon Quixote Stag's Leap Ranch

Stags Leap District more

1/28/2016 - oenophilemoose wrote: 79 points

From the vintner of outstanding vintages of Petite Sirah, my expectations were high. Instead, found this wine to be reminiscent of Italian swill. Mid-bodied, muted fruit (mouth feel seemed watered back and not elegant as described by some), heavy handed use of acid and wood which renders this wine consumable only with food. If you enjoy Italian wines, you may be able to tolerate this one.

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2008 Switchback Ridge Merlot Peterson Family Vineyard

Napa Valley more

1/24/2016 - oenophilemoose wrote: flawed

Purchased at online auction. Caveat emptor.

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2008 Erna Schein Petite Sirah Kick Ranch

Sonoma County more

1/22/2016 - oenophilemoose wrote: flawed

Purchased at online auction. Caveat emptor.

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2008 Priest Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley more

1/15/2016 - oenophilemoose wrote: 92 points

Decanted two hours. Ripe and extracted with great gripping tannins.

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2008 Chappellet Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley more

1/15/2016 - oenophilemoose wrote: 90 points

Decanted two hours. Soft and round, ripe fruit and restrained tannins. Nothing exceptional.

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2009 Clark-Claudon Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Grown

Napa Valley more

1/4/2016 - oenophilemoose wrote: 89 points

Decanted for several hours. Muted nose, medium body, soft and round, easy drinking and devoid of any finishing tannins. Not an iteration of cabernet sauvignon that suits my palate. Unremarkable.

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2006 Carver-Sutro Petite Sirah Palisades Vineyard

Napa Valley more

1/1/2016 - oenophilemoose wrote: 91 points

Decanted over four hours. Aromatic nose, full body, round dark fruit and a lingering finish that contained a tad more acidity than I prefer. Shows potential and should improve with age.

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2008 David Arthur Meritaggio

Napa Valley SuperTuscan Blend more

1/1/2016 - oenophilemoose wrote: 88 points

Decanted several hours, medium body, elegant but unremarkable. Required food.

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2007 Priest Ranch Petite Sirah Somerston

Napa Valley more

12/30/2015 - oenophilemoose wrote: NR

Requires a long decant of 4 hours or more to take the edges off, especially on the finish. More cellar time?

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2007 Terra Valentine Cabernet Sauvignon Wurtele

Spring Mountain District more

12/23/2015 - oenophilemoose wrote: 93 points

Decanted three hours. Ripe and rich with soft tannins. Excellent!

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2009 Failla Syrah Phoenix Ranch

Napa Valley more

12/18/2015 - oenophilemoose wrote: 90 points

Decanted for two hours. Whole cluster fermentation distinctly evident (which I enjoy) coupled with chocolate mocha notes.

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2008 Switchback Ridge Merlot Peterson Family Vineyard

Napa Valley more

12/13/2015 - oenophilemoose wrote: flawed

Obviously an off bottle as it contained an alcohol/sherry note that I couldn't get past. Purchased at online auction. Caveat emptor.

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2012 Turley Zinfandel Fredericks Vineyard

Sonoma Valley more

12/12/2015 - oenophilemoose wrote: 91 points

IInitially seemed just a tad sweet, but after a few hours this seemed to dissipate. Definitely forward and bordering on jammy. Have to confess I prefer full bodied, elegant reds. This is a very good zinfandel if you're in the mood for this iteration.

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2008 Woodenhead Zinfandel Martinelli Road Old Vines

Russian River Valley more

12/5/2015 - oenophilemoose wrote: flawed

Assuming a flawed bottle since this was tart and difficult to drink without food. Previous bottle persented dark fruit intensity without the sweetness found in some Zinfandels. This was followed with solid tannic grip which facilitated a great finish. Much like the 2006 vintage and required several hours in the decanter.

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2010 T-Vine Cellars Zinfandel Frediani Vineyard

Calistoga more

12/5/2015 - oenophilemoose wrote: NR

Thick, syrupy and sweet....more of a desert wine and definitely not an iteration of zinfandel I enjoy.

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2010 Turley Petite Syrah Rattlesnake Ridge

Howell Mountain Petite Sirah more

11/30/2015 - oenophilemoose wrote: NR

Primary and unapproachable even after 5 hour decant and on day 2. Needs more time....AG suggests 2018 - 2030....I agree.

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2009 Robert Craig Mt. George Cuvee

Napa Valley Red Blend more

11/26/2015 - oenophilemoose wrote: 88 points

Decent wine with loads of fruit but the acidic tartness renders it to what I term a "food wine".

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2008 Tyrus Evan Syrah Walla Walla Valley

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11/25/2015 - oenophilemoose wrote: 89 points

A nice wine, fruit forward but just a tinge too much acidity on the finish for my palate.

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2007 Giovanni Corino Barolo

Nebbiolo more

11/16/2015 - oenophilemoose wrote: 88 points

Decanted for over two hours. I must admit that I've never been a fan of Italian wines. With this wine's high critical scores, I thought there might be an exception. Alas, this Barolo fell far short of my expectations. Fruit was there, but this mid-weight wine was somewhat woody and acidic, totally devoid of any tannins.

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2009 Whitehall Lane Merlot

Napa Valley more

11/12/2015 - oenophilemoose wrote: 84 points

Pleasant, but monolithic and unremarkable.

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2009 Ehlers Estate Merlot St. Helena

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11/10/2015 - oenophilemoose wrote: NR

Acidity dominant and could not consume this without highly seasoned food. Purchased at auction so may have been a poorly stored bottle previously.

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2011 Chappellet Cervantes Mountain Cuvee

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

11/2/2015 - oenophilemoose wrote: 84 points

Tart and acidic on the finish renders this wine to my classification of being strictly a "food wine".

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