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2010 Antinori Chianti Classico Villa Antinori Riserva

Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese more

7/4/2015 - wineshaman wrote: 91 points

Best showing of 3 bottles, loads of dark fruits, currants, cassis, blackberry, plum, earth, woody tannins on the very long finish. Nice complexity, and should drink well for several more years, paired with mushrooms ravioli.

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2010 Grgich Hills Cabernet Sauvignon

Yountville more

7/3/2015 - wineshaman wrote: 91 points

Nice showing for what I have always considered to be an over rated, over priced producer. Plenty of dark plum, black cherry, currants , cassis, excellent balance, soft tannins, drink over the next several years.

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2008 Barboursville Vineyards Octagon

Monticello Red Bordeaux Blend more

7/3/2015 - wineshaman wrote: 89 points

Holding well, black cherry, raspberry, eucalyptus, dry smooth finish. Nice showing!

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2012 Ridge Lytton Springs

Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel more

6/29/2015 - wineshaman wrote: 92 points

Rich and concentrated, plenty of dark fruit, good structure, some spice, I believe there is room for improvement over the next several years.

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Red

2009 Columbia Crest Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

Columbia Valley more

6/29/2015 - wineshaman wrote: 91 points

Very nice blend, with loads of dark currants, cassis, plums nice balance, plenty of life left, drink over the next 5 years.

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White

2012 Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough

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6/29/2015 - wineshaman wrote: 88 points

Great afternoon deck wine, huge amounts of grapfruit.

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Red

2012 Orin Swift Papillon

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/28/2015 - wineshaman wrote: 90 points

Consistent with previous bottles, plenty of classic Orin swift's signature spicey fruit, hints of menthol, soft tannins, low acidity and ready to drink.

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2013 Mollydooker Shiraz The Boxer

South Australia more

6/26/2015 - wineshaman wrote: 89 points

Exciting grape nehi color, exactly what I was looking for,, the palate was rich, and very intense , with loads of dark sweet over the top one dimensional fruit, simple, sweet and and most importantly a great way to end a great evening. Drink soon for all the intense fruit!

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Red

2007 The Hess Collection Cabernet Sauvignon Mt. Veeder

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6/26/2015 - wineshaman wrote: 91 points

Decanted 1hr, plenty of dark cherry, currants, cassis and tart plum, the tartness adds to the complexity of the already complex mountain Cab. Nice tart mineral finish, nice balance between fruit and hints of sweet tannins. Drink over next 5 to 7 years!

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2013 Cigar Box Malbec Reserve

Mendoza more

6/24/2015 - wineshaman wrote: 87 points

Had with cheese steak at Enzo's, plenty of spicey red fruits, hints of chocolate, simple and a bit thin, but still tasty.

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Red

2011 Thierry and Guy Merlot Fat Bastard

France more

6/21/2015 - wineshaman wrote: 86 points

Decent, simple, fruity, though a bit manufactured, went pretty well with Peking duck.

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2009 Barboursville Vineyards Octagon

Monticello Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/21/2015 - wineshaman wrote: 89 points

The remaining 1/2 bottle improved considerably from last night, black cherry, red plums, currants, some mint, hints of earth, nicely balanced and plenty of life left.

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2007 Ladera Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain

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6/20/2015 - wineshaman wrote: 91 points

Decant 1/2hr, plums, dark cherry, currants, cedar, earthy notes. Paired with marinated charcoal grilled rare beef terderloin, potatoes au gratin and garlic green beans. Very nice showing, sadly my last bottle!

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2012 Montes Purple Angel

Colchagua Valley Carménère more

6/20/2015 - wineshaman wrote: 89 points

Open last night with no decant, WOW this was loaded with cooked green beans, bell peppers, cooked mild jalapeños, herbaceous, old school Carmenere here and the dominate green is not my favorite. What a difference a day makes, 1/2 bottle left for the next night and all the red spicey fruits have taken control, with just a hint of green which actually added complexity, so much better. Drink over the next 5 to 8 years with an extended decant!

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2011 Orin Swift Papillon

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/20/2015 - wineshaman wrote: 92 points

3rd bottle and by far the best, nice fruit, spice, some rustic notes which added complexity, nice example from a so so vintage. Drink over the next five years!

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2013 Prisoner Wine Company The Prisoner

Napa Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel more

6/20/2015 - wineshaman wrote: 89 points

Sixth bottle of 15, very rich extracted and fruity, with herbal notes, excellent crowd pleaser and a go to zin blend.

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2013 Concha y Toro Carménère Gran Reserva Serie Riberas

Peumo more

6/13/2015 - wineshaman wrote: 87 points

Decent Carmenere for the $$, plenty of fruit, simple, some green notes that I often get with this varietal which adds a bit of much needed complexity. Drink soon!

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2012 Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot

Napa Valley more

6/12/2015 - wineshaman wrote: 91 points

This bottle is more rich, structured and loaded with tart black cherry, currant/cassis, than the last bottle (tasted 5/15) some short term tannins. Drink over the next few years. Very nice!

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2011 Sonoma-Cutrer Chardonnay Les Pierres

Sonoma Valley more

6/12/2015 - wineshaman wrote: 88 points

For those who like big butterscotch, with plenty of toasty oak, some lemon, plenty of acidity, which helps balance all these typical old style California Chardonnay flavors. This for me is a sometime wine!

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2009 Franciscan Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley more

6/7/2015 - wineshaman wrote: 89 points

Open tasted near the end of the evening , had little recollection due to the pervious several bottles. Still had a little less than 1/2 bottle left on the 2nd night. 2nd night, quite concentrated, very rich huge dark fruit , loads of charded oak, not as complex as the top notched Napa cabs still quite well made and still has several years of life ahead on this baby.

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Rosť - Sparkling

NV Moët & Chandon Champagne Brut Imperial Rosé

Champagne Blend more

6/7/2015 - wineshaman wrote: 87 points

This bottle was not as impressive as previous ones, still quite drinkable, but lacks the complexity and freshness I was hoping for.

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2013 Belle Glos Pinot Noir Clark & Telephone Vineyard

Santa Maria Valley more

6/6/2015 - wineshaman wrote: 91 points

Paired nearly perfectly, wit Peking duck, the intense plum, dark cherry, sweet vanilla almost no acidity, tannins, or structure, went nearly perfectly with the plum sauce, duck meat of this dish. Drink shortly!

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2008 Raymond Vineyard & Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

Napa Valley more

6/6/2015 - wineshaman wrote: 90 points

Very nice showing, rich and concentrated, with loads of dark fruit, plenty of oak and ready to drink. Drank along side the 2009 Raymond which was a notch down compared to this bottle.

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2009 Raymond Vineyard & Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

Napa Valley more

6/6/2015 - wineshaman wrote: 87 points

The nose on this bottle was full of flowery fruit, the palate was a bit disappointing, with red plums, some dark cherry, but overall it was a bit thin and austere. Drank along side with the 2008 from this producer which was much richer and concentrated.

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2012 Mollydooker Shiraz The Boxer

South Australia more

5/31/2015 - wineshaman wrote: 90 points

All the usual classic MD traits!

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