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Red

2009 Orin Swift Machete

California Red Blend more

5/29/2011 - jsokel Likes this wine: 90 points

Very rich, big and powerful. Loved it, another great Orin Swift.

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Red

2008 Seghesio Family Vineyards Zinfandel Old Vine

Sonoma County more

11/29/2010 - jsokel Likes this wine: 89 points

Very rich, a little spicy, excellent

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Red - Fortified

NV Penfolds Club Tawny

South Australia Port Blend more

11/9/2010 - jsokel wrote: 88 points

This port surprised me. It was much better than a lot of $30 ports, but less than $10.

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Red

2006 Girard Cabernet Franc Barrel Fermented

Napa Valley more

10/3/2010 - jsokel Likes this wine: 90 points

Had three of these.. the first one was uneventful, but it has really turned around. Will keep the last one for another year or so.

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Red

2007 Spring Valley Vineyard Uriah

Walla Walla Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

7/10/2010 - jsokel Likes this wine: 92 points

Another fine example of the great wines coming out of Walla Walla. Loved it. An odd assortment of grapes that I haven't seen before, but a fabulous blend.

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White

2007 Murphy's Law

Columbia Valley White Blend more

3/11/2010 - jsokel Likes this wine: 88 points

Great wine for the price. Nice texture and body.

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Red

2007 Tikal Patriota

Mendoza Malbec Blend, Malbec more

3/7/2010 - jsokel Likes this wine: 90 points

Big and bold, starts off as a major fruit bomb, but calms down after an hour and is very nice and enjoyable. Picked it up for $21/bottle, great value for the quality.

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Red

2005 Girard Cabernet Franc

Napa Valley more

3/1/2010 - jsokel Likes this wine: 90 points

Girard makes a very nice and bold Cab Franc. Rich and full of berry fruit.

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Red

2006 Turley Zinfandel Duarte

Contra Costa County more

12/24/2009 - jsokel wrote: 91 points

This wine completely changes over an hour. Sipping it right after opening, it is very harsh, good, but harsh, almost a tobacco flavor. Over the next hour it calms down and becomes a lot more balanced an smooth. Although it was good all the way through.

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Red

2000 Girard Red Wine

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

12/22/2009 - jsokel wrote: 92 points

This has become a fabulous wine. Great dark color, long finish of strong cherry flavors, while not being overpowering. Excellent.

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Red

2007 Seghesio Family Vineyards Zinfandel Rockpile

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12/6/2009 - jsokel wrote: 91 points

Amazing Zinfandel, smooth and wonderful.

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Red

2006 Girard Mixed Blacks

Napa Valley Red Blend more

10/18/2009 - jsokel wrote: 90 points

Definitely needed the year to sit. Much better than the first bottle I opened when they were released. Big and bold. Dark inky purple color.

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Red

2003 Moon Mountain Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

Sonoma Valley more

10/5/2009 - jsokel wrote: 90 points

This is my third and final bottle of this, the last one was consumed late 2006. I think it is starting to fade as it was nowhere near as good as the last two. Still a great wine, but I think it's time to drink up.

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Red

2007 K Vintners Syrah Pheasant Vineyard

Wahluke Slope more

9/21/2009 - jsokel wrote: 89 points

Very much a fruit bomb, but good character underneath. Needs to be paired with a rich food.

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Red

2005 Turley Zinfandel Hayne Vineyard

St. Helena more

8/2/2009 - jsokel wrote: 93 points

Amazing. Very powerful at 16% alcohol, but it doesn't seem like it.

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White

2007 Turley The White Coat

California White Rhone Blend more

7/19/2009 - jsokel wrote: 92 points

Wonderful full body blend. Started to drink while the bottle was quite cold out of the refrigerator, but much preferred it once it had warmed up into the 40 degree range.

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Red

2006 Et Fille Pinot Noir Maresh Vineyard

Dundee Hills more

7/13/2009 - jsokel wrote: 92 points

Excellent pinot, Perfectly balanced, smooth and elegant.

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White

2007 Bodega Nekeas Chardonnay Vega Sindoa

Navarra more

7/6/2009 - jsokel wrote: 88 points

A decent smooth minimal oak chardonnay. Easy summer drinker.

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Red

2004 Cirrus Syrah

Stellenbosch more

7/4/2009 - jsokel wrote: 92 points

Loved this wine. Silky smooth, and perfectly balanced. The nose is very mellow and muted, but the texture and smokey flavor make up for it.

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Red

2006 Domaine de l'Espigouette (Bernard Latour) Côtes du Rhône

Red Rhone Blend more

7/1/2009 - jsokel wrote: 88 points

Interesting rhone... not much complexity, but a good casual drinker.

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Red

2005 Domaine Arlaud Bourgogne Roncevie

Pinot Noir more

6/12/2009 - jsokel wrote: 88 points

This was my last one... it definitely needed the extra year in the cellar. It's getting better, but still a simplistic, but enjoyable wine.

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Red

2006 Rosenblum Cellars Syrah England-Shaw

Solano County more

5/8/2009 - jsokel wrote: 89 points

A little odd, but still a good solid Syrah. Not the fruit forwardness of most Rosenblums, a little spicy maybe.

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White

2007 Bethel Heights Pinot Gris

Oregon more

4/17/2009 - jsokel wrote: 89 points

Lovely and peachy but still has nice acidity.Nice summer wine or with Thai would be great.

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White

2007 Girard Pinot Blanc

Russian River Valley more

4/14/2009 - jsokel wrote: 88 points

Nice wine, but a little too close to a Cali chardonnay for my taste.

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Red

1999 Bodegas LAN Rioja Gran Reserva

Tempranillo more

4/10/2009 - jsokel wrote: 90 points

Loved this wine. Seems to be at it's peak right now with a nice musty nose, and tannins that are mellowing perfectly.

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