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  • 2010 Landmark Pinot Noir Kanzler Vineyard

    This bottle embodies why I will not be sorry to see Antonio Galloni take leave of his California Pinot Noir duties at The Wine Advocate. He seems to capture the flavors and style of this wine quite well in his written notes wherein he writes: “bursts from the glass with super-ripe red fruit, pomegranate, cola, flowers and spices. A juicy, forward Pinot,…” but then he assigns it a score of 86 points. Does his description sound like an 86 point wine? Clearly he has a bias against juicy Pinots that burst from the glass. I do not. Greg Walters describes the same flavor profile, and awards a score of 93. Josh Raynolds likewise admires this style in general and this wine in particular as evidenced by his score of 92 points. I would add a note of flowery prose, except that I really have nothing more to add to Walters’ note. I think he nailed it, though I agree with Raynold’s numerical assessment. Regardless, somewhere in the 91-93 range is about right. 86 points is insultingly low.

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  • NV Moët & Chandon Champagne Nectar Imperial

    Falls below what I would want in even an "entry level" Champagne. More akin to a Proseco. Too sweet with no yeasty complexity. Maybe good for a quick toast at a wedding of non-winos. But that's about it.

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  • 2010 Isabel Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé

    The rest of the Mondavi clan should sue to get its good name back. This is a soul-less wine that shows off none of the varietal's core characteristics. Personally, I do not think that Cabernet makes a good foundation for rose, and this did nothing to change that opinion.

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