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2003 Château Vrai Canon Bouché

Canon-Fronsac Red Bordeaux Blend more

4/28/2015 - efc Likes this wine: 87 points

A wine that is typical for the hot vintage. Not a lot of complexity. Stewed fruit in character with black cherry dominating and a touch of earthiness. Tannins were almost not existent. Color was opaque and starting to brown a bit on the edges. Good concentration for what it was.

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2013 Grochau Cellars Pinot Noir Commuter Cuvee

Willamette Valley more

3/7/2015 - efc wrote: 82 points

A simple light sipper that exhibits pinot character with no complexity. Great for bistro lunch or summer picnic. Light garnet in color. Simple aromas of red cherry and strawberry. No tannins to speak of and short on body and length

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White

2013 Domaine de Bernier Chardonnay

Loire Valley more

3/3/2015 - efc wrote: 85 points

Not an overly complex wine. Pale lemon in color. Nose is Medium minus in intensity with notes of pear, apple and spice. On the palate is medium minis in body and length. Good acidity with flavors of pear, apple and some mineral notes. A simple, unpretentious wine for every night sipping or a picnic.

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2005 EMH Cabernet Sauvignon Black Cat

Napa Valley more

3/2/2015 - efc Likes this wine: 93 points

Drinking very nicely now. Color still dark with little signs of age. Tannins are persistent but well manage. Great cabernet attributes. Black cherry, black current and plum throughout. It was #2 of the OTBN and once again beaten by an Aussie wine which didn't not go as well with the food.

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2011 EMH Cabernet Sauvignon Black Cat

Napa Valley more

1/15/2015 - efc Likes this wine: 90 points

A wine of finesse, yet full bodied with ample tannins that were a match to the fruit. Flavors and aromas of black cherry and black currant leaf that were persistent that matched well with braised short ribs. This is a wine that did not come up short.

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Red

2012 Turley Zinfandel Pesenti Vineyard

Paso Robles more

11/19/2014 - efc Likes this wine: 93 points

Definite "Wow" factor. Medium ruby in color. Concern before opening was the 16% alcohol. Well balanced with nice red fruits and spice on the nose and the palate. Great length. Definitely a wine to savor.

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Red

2007 Volta Cabernet Sauvignon

Howell Mountain more

8/23/2014 - efc Likes this wine: 90 points

A wine waiting to be drunk. Starting to have some brick color to it. Mature cab fruit with earth and forest flood. Almost a candied black cherry on the finish. The tannins ware well integrated and fine. This is a wine to drink now and enjoy . You will certainly enjoy it now!

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Red

2012 Bedrock Wine Co. Heritage Wine Dolinsek Ranch

Russian River Valley Red Blend more

8/5/2014 - efc Likes this wine: 90 points

Reminded me of a Cotes du Rhone but with a lot more body and flavor. Very fruity but not over the top with bit of acidity to keep it from being cloying. Tannins were ultra fine. Purple and opaque in color. Bursting with black berry and black raspberry. Very nice length. 14.8 alcohol but balanced.

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Red

2007 Juslyn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Spring Mountain District

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6/11/2014 - efc Likes this wine: 94 points

A complete wine. Still almost opaque and purple. Heady nose of fruits and spice that was out of this world. Palate had silky smooth tannins with luscious fruits of blackberry, plum and black cherry. Long and deep finish. A wine to linger over!

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Red

2005 Massena Durif Howling Dog

Barossa Valley more

7/8/2014 - efc Does not like this wine: 80 points

Clearly an aged bottle and some might say went down too quickly. Savory nose of leather and meat with some plum and spice gave way to a palate that dusty and dry with no fruit. So much for listening to the Aussie who said it would go on for years before opening. He was clearly wrong. Drink up but I'll warn you that we didn't finish the bottle.

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White

2013 Bedrock Wine Co. Sauvignon Blanc

Sonoma County more

5/15/2014 - efc wrote: 89 points

Welcome refreshment. Not the cat pee that marks New Zealand SB. Clean with lime and mineral edge to it. Acidity nicely in balance with fruit. Wish I had more.

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Red

2012 Turley Zinfandel Estate

Napa Valley more

5/6/2014 - efc wrote: 87 points

Surprisingly light in color, light in body and short in length. Color reminded me of a village Burgundy - pale garnet. Not what I expected. Aromas of cranberry and red cherry with a little spice. Same thing on the palate. An OK wine but not in the $40 range.

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Red

2000 Château Lalande

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/4/2014 - efc wrote: 93 points

Well, Barbara McNamara gave it 100. Not someone you can say no too. Anyway, it is what mature Bordeaux should be. Pronounced nose of earth and forest floor with black cherry, current and graphite. A medium bodied wine that had acidity to match the flavors noted above. Good length with fine tannins that were fully integrated. Matched beautifully with the prime beef filets. Drink up!

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Red

2012 Bedrock Wine Co. Carignane Bedrock Vineyard

Sonoma Valley more

4/25/2014 - efc Likes this wine: 88 points

As with all Bedrock wines - glass staining inky color. Nose give the immediate impression of red fruits and red licorice. Quite the punch of astringency on the palate. Again, not overwhelming with fruit but also does not compete with food. Medium bodied. More red fruit and spice on the palate. Interesting wine that should not be missed.

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Red

2006 Von Strasser Cabernet Sauvignon Post Vineyard Diamond Mountain

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4/22/2014 - efc Likes this wine: 91 points

It hit the spot. Everything you would want in a cabernet. Not showing a lot of age. Deep garnet with ink staining legs. Expressive nose of black cherry, black current and most prominently blackberry with a whiff of forest floor. Alcohol was medium plus and the tannins were persistent yet supple when matched with the cassoulet. A wine to be lingered over. Will be drinking well for the next five years.

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Red

2012 Bedrock Wine Co. Zinfandel Monte Rosso Vineyard

Sonoma Valley more

3/26/2014 - efc Likes this wine: 91 points

Opaque in color - purple. Was was amazed in the finesse of this wine. No fruit bomb here. Tannins while evident, they were never in the way. Flavors of blackberry, black raspberry, spice and a touch of oak. While this wine will go on and on. Well balanced - alcohol while high was never an issue. Never competed with the food. Just complemented. Drink whenever you have the hankering for something special.

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Red

2006 Paul Hobbs Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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3/3/2014 - efc wrote: 90 points

Stunning nose of blackberry, plum and black raspberry and oak that envelopes your nose with a hint of pencil lead. Opaque purple in color with long legs. Enticing. Acidity to match the fine grained tannins that were medium plus. Nice length with fruits as above. Well rounded but could have had a little more depth. It became short after 2 1/2 hours. Drink up!

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Red

2006 Twomey Merlot Napa Valley

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2/28/2014 - efc wrote: 85 points

Found the wine disappointing. The promise in the nose did not meet the expectations of the palate because of the lack of fruit and the amount of tannin. That said, this is a fully mature wine and reminds me of Bordeaux that actually matched well with the beef. On its own, not much to love. Color medium garnet, nose of plum, black cherry and earth of medium intensity. Finish wasn't just short, pretty much not there.

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Red

2012 Kirkland Signature Malbec

Mendoza more

2/18/2014 - efc Likes this wine: 88 points

Ridiculously good for the price! Everything in a Argentine Malbec. Clean nose of medium intensity. Deep purple in color with black fruits with hint of gaminess. Blackberry fruit comes through with tannins that are well integrated. A restrained wine that makes me say buy a case!

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Red

2011 Alma Negra

Mendoza Red Blend more

2/14/2014 - efc wrote: 86 points

Initially impressed by the old world nose of earthiness with plum and black currant. Good Color but that's where it ended. Found the palate thin with tannins what were readily apparent with not fruit to match. Length was a bit short. Much better wines from Argentina for the price.

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Red

2010 Long Shadows Wineries Cabernet Sauvignon Feather

Columbia Valley more

2/12/2014 - efc wrote: 87 points

Disappointing. initial nose was very cabernet like with plum, black current leaf and black cheery. Palate was middling. Lack of concentration and secondary fruits was quite apparent. Tannins were soft and muted. Hoping for more at $45.

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Red

2007 Dogwood Cellars Zinfandel

Mendocino County more

2/10/2014 - efc Likes this wine: 85 points

Drink up! Aroma pronounced out of the bottle with earthiness and black fruits but quickly faded. Color is still deep towards the purple end. Tannins and acidity close to non-existent. Good wine for weeknight. Thanks to neighbor who poured me a glass. Happy to make my reintroduction.

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Red

2011 Kirkland Signature Zinfandel Old Vine

Sonoma County more

2/5/2014 - efc wrote: 83 points

Nice brambly fruit on the nose but a noticeable lack of body and a mid-palate that had an echo of hollowness - "hello down there? with no response." Short finish. Yes, it is only $10 but not worth my time. This doesn't fit any description that I know of for a 90 point wine.

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Red

2010 Bedrock Wine Co. The Bedrock Heirloom

Sonoma Valley Red Blend more

2/3/2014 - efc Likes this wine: 88 points

The wine was purple opaque in color. Dense in every sense of the word. Reminded me more of dessert of blackberry cobbler - overwhelming my taste buds and finding frankly hard to pair with anything. I little lighter touch was in order. Tannins were well integrated but it was showing much more thank 14.5 % alcohol. Day 2 muted fruit and tannins were showy.

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Red

2006 Vineyard 7 & 8 Cabernet Sauvignon 7

Spring Mountain District more

2/1/2014 - efc Likes this wine: 90 points

Selection by Erikingamer and a good one! This wine is a baby. Opaque purple in color. Unfortunately only an hour decant. Pronounced nose of Blackberry and black currant complemented by spice. Ink staining skinny legs that hung to the side of the glass. Tannin was high but finely grained. A full throttled wine that needs plenty of time develop. Matched well with beef, onions and carrots where the wine could really shine. Have patience and it will bring further rewards.

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