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  • 2011 Rhys Alesia Chardonnay Alder Springs Vineyard

    Pale to medium yellow. Aromas of lemon, pear, and apple. Palate more integrated and expressive than previous bottles with sweet lemon, Apple, melon, and a hint of wax and honey that carry into a medium finish. Drink.

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  • 2004 Ridge Monte Bello

    Decanted 2 hours before dinner and consumed over 90 minutes of mealtime. Dark red color, small amount of sediment. Nearly opaque. Aromas of cherry, raspberry, currant, vanilla, and blueberry. Palate has blueberry, cherry, currant, vanilla, plum, a hint of licorice, and some fine, chalky tannins still showing throughout with a medium-long finish that carries red fruit that tends toward currant and cherry. This is starting to show its promise and is worth a look now. Expect improvement. Drink or hold.

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  • 1996 Mount Eden Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Old Vine Reserve

    Served without decanting. Could have benefited from it as last glass had moderate amount of medium-coarse sediment. Dark red color with some beginnings of browning out at the rim. Deep red core, however. Pretty aromas of currants, vanilla, plum, a bit of coffee and some red berry notes. Flavors follow the nose with the tannins nearly fully resolved until the finish. There's plenty of red and blue fruit with currant, blueberry, and plum framed by the coffee and vanilla notes. This was well received by novices and I liked it too. Palate still shows some tannic structure, but also some drying out of the berry fruit, so hard to say if this goes to old bones and retains balance. Drink or hold?

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