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Red

2008 Sea Smoke Pinot Noir Botella

Sta. Rita Hills more

4/26/2015 - joefel wrote: 90 points

Opened, decanted, and poured. Beautiful color and fragrance upon opening but closed on the palate. Started opening about 30 minutes later, but really came into its own after 90 minutes. Medium body, good acidity, no harsh tannins, long, long finish. Really nice bottle of Pinot.

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2004 Double Diamond (Schrader) Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Red Hills Lake County

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3/22/2015 - joefel Likes this wine: 91 points

Decanted for 2 hours. This wine gets better and better every time I open one. Too bad this is my last bottle. Balanced, smooth tannins, extremely long finish that leaves you wanting more. Very nice bottle of wine.

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Red

2008 Cobb Pinot Noir Jack Hill Vineyard

Sonoma Coast more

3/20/2015 - joefel Likes this wine: 91 points

Opened and poured. Beautiful clear red color. Not much of a nose and not much flavor upon opening - I was actually disappointed. But what a difference an hour makes! Balanced - nice acidity with smooth tannins and a very long finish. Very nice bottle of wine.

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Red

2011 Rudius Fion Bainise Halcon Vineyard

Yorkville Highlands Red Rhone Blend more

12/27/2014 - joefel Likes this wine: 91 points

Decanted. Lovely garnet color. Red berries in the nose and palate. Tannins are very well integrated with a great mouthfeel - luscious. Long finish that leaves you wanting another sip. Very nice wine.

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Red

2004 Argiano Brunello di Montalcino

Sangiovese more

12/8/2014 - joefel Likes this wine: 92 points

Decanted and poured. Medium red in color. Lovely red berries on the nose and palate. A little closed upon opening, but quickly smoothed out with no harsh tannins. Long finish. Very nice - I'm glad I have a couple of more bottles.

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Red

2010 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Burt Williams' Morning Dew Ranch

Anderson Valley more

12/3/2014 - joefel Likes this wine: 91 points

Lovely bottle of wine. Light in color and body - lots of cherries on the nose and palate. Long finish.

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Red

2007 Agharta Wines Black Label Alder Springs Vineyard

Mendocino County Syrah Blend, Syrah more

3/22/2014 - joefel Likes this wine: 94 points

Decanted and poured. Deep, dark red with aromas that seem to linger in the air forever after opening and pouring. This is a big wine with 15.5% alcohol, but after the first couple of sips it disappears into the wine and never appears again. Everything works well together - tannins, acidity, body, with a very long finish. This wine is good today, but it will be so much better four or five years from now. I will definitely hold on to my other two bottles. As a side note, the back label states that it is a Sonoma County Red Wine, but in an email from Pax, he states, "Unfortunately, our label company carried the Sonoma designation over from one of our Cabernet bottlings and we didn't catch it in time...so the label is sadly incorrect. I apologize for any confusion, I promise there is only one 2007 Black Label...and it is a beautiful beast." I agree!

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Red

2010 Black Sears Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Estate

Howell Mountain more

3/24/2014 - joefel Likes this wine: 93 points

Decanted and poured. More accessible upon opening than the 2010 Corison and smoothed out sooner than it also. Beautiful red color with no purple on the edges. Not quite as full-bodied as the Corison, but still has a luscious mouthfeel, and a long finish. This is my first exposure to this winery (thanks to Twitter!) and just purchased their 2011 Zinfandel. I have one other bottle of this and I will hold it as this will definitely be better in four or five years. Really nice wine.

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Red

2010 Corison Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley more

3/15/2014 - joefel Likes this wine: 93 points

Decanted and poured. Very tight cork with a distinctive "pop" upon pulling the cork and then the aroma of Cabernet filled the kitchen. Beautiful red color with slight purple on the edges. Tight - very tight - upon opening - it took over 2 hours to open and show itself. Dark red fruit flavors, luscious mouthfeel, definite drying on the sides of the tongue from the tannins, but no harshness whatsoever, and a finish that goes on forever. This is my first exposure to this winery (thanks to Twitter!) - I bought 3 bottles and gave one away as a gift (good for them, bad for me :) ). I will hold the other bottle for a few years, but I will definitely be a customer in the future.

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White

2012 Roark Wine Company Chenin Blanc

Santa Ynez Valley more

2/28/2014 - joefel Likes this wine: 88 points

Same notes as before. My wife and I really like this wine. It has become her "go-to" white if she sees it.

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Red

2012 Idlewild Dolcetto Fox Hill Vineyard

Mendocino County more

3/2/2014 - joefel Likes this wine: 89 points

Clear red color. Cranberries on the nose and palate. Medium-bodied with a finish that leaves you wanting more. Nicely balanced. Another good wine from Sam & Jessica!

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Red

2012 Idlewild Carignan Testa Vineyard

Mendocino County more

2/23/2014 - joefel Likes this wine: 89 points

Beautiful clear light red color. Red fruits on the nose and palate. Balanced with a medium-length finish. It is a little young - it will improve in a year or two. Another delicious wine from Idilewild!

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White

2012 Bedrock Wine Co. Heritage Compagni Portis

Sonoma Valley White Blend more

2/27/2014 - joefel Likes this wine: 90 points

First exposure to this wine. Surprisingly full bodied, great weight to it, lots of flavors, and nicely balanced. Very enjoyable wine - I should have bought more of this!

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White - Sparkling

2012 Terriero Prosecco Treviso Brut

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

Light in color with very fine bubbles. Lovely citrus on the nose - refreshing - with a dry finish. Really nice bottle of Prosecco. I wish I bought more than 6 bottles.

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Red

2005 Glaetzer Shiraz Amon-Ra Barossa Valley

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2/14/2014 - joefel Likes this wine: 95 points

Decanted for 90 min. Beautiful clear deep red color. Great example of an Aussie Syrah without being jammy and no heat at all. Still young - definitely has a few more years in it, but everything is balanced with a certain lusciousness to it. Long finish. I think I will wait a couple of years to open my last bottle - if I can wait that long. Paired beautifully with grilled ribeyes.

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Red

2012 Brown Estate Zinfandel

Napa Valley more

2/5/2014 - joefel Likes this wine: 91 points

Decanted and poured. Lots of purple in the color. A little rough upon opening but starts to smooth out right away - within an hour everything equalizes - with another hour it's all balanced, smooth, with a long finish. This is my first experience with this winery - very nice bottle of Zin.

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Red

2011 Rivers-Marie Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley more

1/18/2014 - joefel Likes this wine: 92 points

This was my first wine from Rivers-Marie. Decided to open it to determine if I wanted to order their 2012 Pinots (which I did!). Decanted for an hour - but this is young and could have used another few hours. Very aromatic upon opening and has a wonderful mouthfeel with no harshness from either tannins or alcohol. I will definitely hold my other bottles for a couple of years - it will only get better.

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Red

1998 Azienda Agricola Sant'Elena Ròs di Rôl

Friuli Isonzo Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/23/2014 - joefel Likes this wine: 90 points

Decanted and poured. Here it is a year after my last bottle and this was definitely better - no hint of oxidation, very smooth, good mouthfeel with a medium-length finish. Very nice wine. Too bad it was my last bottle!

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Red

2006 Basel Cellars Merriment

Walla Walla Valley Red Blend more

1/9/2014 - joefel Likes this wine: 90 points

Same notes as my last bottle. This is my last bottle which is too bad as it is a really nice bottle of wine. But the time to drink it is now - I don't see it getting any better.

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Red

2008 Trisaetum Pinot Noir

Ribbon Ridge more

1/8/2014 - joefel Likes this wine: 90 points

Finally! Decanted, poured and I now can taste why people like this wine. Maybe it just needs 5 years before it is opened. Balanced, good mouthfeel, no heat at all, with a medium-length finish. Really different from my other two bottles. Now I wish I had more of this.

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Red

2004 Justin Vineyards & Winery Isosceles Reserve

Paso Robles Red Bordeaux Blend more

12/25/2013 - joefel Likes this wine: 92 points

Decanted and poured. Paired with hickory-smoked prime rib & Yorkshire pudding. Same notes as before which means that I'm sorry that this is my last bottle as this wine still has at least a couple of years of life left.

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White

2010 Gérard Boulay Sancerre Chavignol

Sauvignon Blanc more

12/23/2013 - joefel Likes this wine: 89 points

Really nice wine - same notes as before.

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White

2012 Roark Wine Company Chenin Blanc

Santa Ynez Valley more

12/22/2013 - joefel Likes this wine: 88 points

Really like this wine. Same notes as before.

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White

2012 A Donkey and Goat Chardonnay Improbable

El Dorado more

12/18/2013 - joefel Likes this wine: 91 points

This is flat-out a yummy Chard! Light in color and cloudy (it is unfiltered) with lovely citrus on the nose. Crisp, balanced, and a good mouthfeel. Nice finish. Very enjoyable wine - should have bought more!

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Red

2004 Kilikanoon Shiraz Oracle

Clare Valley more

12/17/2013 - joefel wrote: flawed

Opened my last bottle and again the bottle was flawed - sulphur that wouldn't dissipate - slightly corked - hot - unbalanced - even after 4 hours I couldn't drink it. Too bad - I loved this wine when I bought it, but my last two bottles had just not held up.

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