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Red

2013 Albero Jumilla Organic

Monastrell, Mourvedre more

2/12/2015 - gatame wrote: 85 points

Savory and full-bodied. Smoky intense spice dominates, with a background a blackberry and hot dog. I also eventually noticed accents of forest and eucalyptus. I could see someone more into this intensely savory style scoring it more like 88. Couldn't be more different than this brand's thin and fruit-driven 2013 Tempranillo.

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Red

2013 Château Poyanne

Côtes de Bourg Red Bordeaux Blend more

10/29/2014 - gatame wrote: 81 points

Not a good year for this wine- tart and lacking in ripeness. The acidic red fruit notes are semi-palatable with food. Did open up and smooth out slightly on the second day.

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White

2014 Picton Bay Sauvignon Blanc

Marlborough more

10/29/2014 - gatame wrote: 88 points

Herbs, all kinds of citrus, and hints of jalapeno.

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Red

2013 Villa Cerrina Montepulciano d'Abruzzo

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10/22/2014 - gatame wrote: 83 points

simple and unpolished plummy dry fruit

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Red

2013 Archeo Nero d'Avola Sicilia Ruggero di Tasso

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10/19/2014 - gatame wrote: 81 points

More balanced structure than last year but heavy on rustic tar and minerals.

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Red

2013 Trader Moon Cabernet Sauvignon Velvet Moon California

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10/20/2014 - gatame Does not like this wine: 78 points

Decent fruit, minimal tannins, too much road tar for my liking.

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White - Sparkling

NV Albero Sparkling White

Spain Macabeo-Xarel-lo-Parellada Blend more

10/9/2014 - gatame Likes this wine: 86 points

A touch of sweetness, possibly into extra dry territory. A good amount of apple and other fruit, honey, with a yeasty nuance. Easy drinking and good value.

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Red

2013 Trader Joe's Zinfandel Grower's Reserve

Paso Robles more

10/4/2014 - gatame wrote: 83 points

Black pepper, berries, vanilla, toffee. Heat on the finish.

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Red

2013 Trader Joe's Merlot Grower's Reserve

California more

10/9/2014 - gatame wrote: 77 points

Big step down from the balanced 2012. The aromas are fine- black cherry, plum, cinnamon and other spice. But the alcohol and acid are very rough at this point.

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White

2013 Black Mountain Vineyard Chardonnay

California more

9/23/2014 - gatame wrote: 87 points

pear, apple, and a touch of vanilla in a well-balanced package.

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Red

2012 Cocobon

Central Coast Red Blend more

9/10/2014 - gatame Likes this wine: 87 points

50% Merlot, 30% Zinfandel, 20% Petite Sirah.

More acidic and tart than I was expecting and fairly thin, yet the milk chocolate and vanilla notes are appealing. Just a hint of spice; gentle tannins. Score based on it becoming especially smooth chilled on the second day, with the acidity balancing what little residual sugar there might be.

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Red

2013 La Granja 360 Cariñena

Syrah Blend, Syrah more

9/22/2014 - gatame wrote: 85 points

Pomegranate, cranberry, minerals, and a hint of licorice.

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Red

2013 Trader Joe's Petite Sirah Grower's Reserve

California more

9/19/2014 - gatame wrote: 86 points

Blueberry, concord grape, a touch of spice. Strong tannins.

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Red

2012 Epicuro Salice Salentino

Negroamaro more

9/15/2014 - gatame wrote: 87 points

Very reliable over the years. I was a little concerned when they stopped holding it back an extra year or two and labeling it riserva, but quality hasn't suffered much. Earthy and herbal, so despite solid fruit and smooth balance, I can see why it doesn't sell as much as the brand's more in-your-face Nero d'Avola and Primitivo.

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White

2010 Trellis Chardonnay

Sonoma County more

9/15/2014 - gatame wrote: 85 points

Not sure why this wine's other entries here are for Carneros and Australia's Yarra Valley.

Anyway, standard fruit-forward Chard with subtle oak. Ripe tropical fruits and apple mainly, with the acidity still fresh enough despite the surprising age here for a cheap white. Seemingly a touch of residual sugar to round things out.

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Red

2013 Epicuro Primitivo di Manduria

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9/14/2014 - gatame wrote: 85 points

In keeping with prior years, this is relatively full-bodied and brings a good amount of ripe red fruit and zin spice for the price. It could be a matter of youthful rawness, but the tar element is more prominent than I'd like.

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White

2011 Oreana Chardonnay Project Happiness

California more

9/17/2014 - gatame wrote: 83 points

Weak nose aside from a whiff of honeydew. Still not much up front, but a surprising amount of lemony citrus on the mid-palate. A little oak joins on the finish. Overall fine for $6.

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Red

2013 Green Fin Winery Cabernet Sauvignon

Madera more

8/14/2014 - gatame wrote: 85 points

A little sweet and jammy but reasonably balanced by acidity and tannins. Black currant, black cherry, and plum with hints of mocha and vanilla.

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Red

2012 Domaine Sainte-Croix Vin de Pays d'Oc La Bergerie

Red Blend more

8/10/2014 - gatame Likes this wine: 86 points

Surprisingly intense cherry, plum, and cassis with solid structure carrying the flavors through the finish. Initially a clunky wood taste suggesting the likelihood of oak chips, but this was eliminated with a run through the Vintiuri, after which I noticed a bit of licorice.

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Red

2012 Trader Moon Zinfandel Old Moon [Old Vine]

California more

8/8/2014 - gatame wrote: 80 points

Jammy, verging on overripe fruit, and slightly sweet. Raisin, blackberry, and a little tar. No tannins but just enough acidity to hold things together.

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Rosť

2013 La Ferme Julien (Perrin & Fils) Ventoux Rosé

Red Rhone Blend more

8/4/2014 - gatame wrote: 82 points

Decent red fruit, a hunt of mineral, some spice on the finish

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Red

2013 Laurent Dublanc Côtes du Rhône

Red Rhone Blend more

8/3/2014 - gatame Likes this wine: 86 points

Cherry, plum, tar, spice and licorice. Aeration brings out the non-fruit elements and softens the moderate tannins. Well-balanced and interesting enough for $7.

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White

2012 Dark Horse Wines Chardonnay The Original Dark Horse

California more

8/1/2014 - gatame Likes this wine: 86 points

As with the previous vintage, plenty of oak influence without any jarring woodiness. Caramel, butterscotch, apple, and a touch of spice as it warms. Almost dry, with both body and acidity somewhere in the light to medium range.

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Red

2013 Green Fin Winery Merlot

California more

7/31/2014 - gatame Likes this wine: 85 points

Nice enough black currant, black cherry, hints of vanilla and spice, with soft tannins

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White

2013 Santa Barbara Landing Riesling

Santa Barbara County more

7/22/2014 - gatame Likes this wine: 85 points

Off-dry, lightish body despite 13% ABV, and moderate acidity make for an easy drinker. Peach and orange notes.

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