2007 Josh Cabernet Sauvignon

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This one's a steal at $15!

Balanced and not too alcoholic is where this wine begins its story.  Ultimately, it would be easy to drink a good chunk of this bottle without thinking twice about it.

NOTES:  This wine has ...

Questions on the stylistic future of wine…

With Robert Parker stepping down from rating California wines there is quite a bit of speculation going on about what is going to happen in the vacuum that will exist in his absence.  There is Antonio Galloni, who is going to take up Parker's formidable job of rating every wine ...

Blackbird Vineyards Illustration 2007

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Blackbird Vineyards is located in the heart of Oakville, in the middle of the valley floor.  They have managed to enter the market as a highly coveted brand, and accomplished this around the time that the economy was tanking.  After ...

Domaine la Barroche Chateaunuf du Pape 2007

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This is a very impressive wine, from a benchmark producer and a good vintage.  The wine showed very good structure and composition; it is texturally awesome, having a weighty and viscous palate but at the same time ...

Domaine de la Quilla 2009 Muscadet Sevre & Maine

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This wine earned its spot because it is so charming and well made that we couldn’t say no.   The weight and texture are absolutely top notch. NOTES: It has nice aromatics, is subtle, clean and is begging for shellfish.  The ...

Pacific Valley Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

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This is a great work horse wine to have stashed all over the house.  I picked up a case of it prior to the holidays and have gone through most of it with great pleasure.  Bring it to a dinner ...

Babcock Ritas Earth Pinot Noir 2009

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The search for Pinot Noir can be tricky.  I am personally drawn to a lighter style that allows for the personality of the vineyard, grapes and winemaker to show through.  In my opinion, that is what ...

Paul Dolan Cabernet Sauvignon 2006, Mendocino

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This is an organically and bio dynamically farmed property in Mendocino. If you are familiar with the bio dynamic process, you will notice the horns in the logo which are buried in the ...

Alfredo Roca Pinot Noir 2010

This wine was produced by a family that has been making wine for over 100 years in Mendoza, Argentina.  The grapes come from old vine vineyards that are at about 5,000 feet of elevation.  That is very high!

Notes: the nose initially came across a little muted, but has nice clovey ...

Bouquet vs. Aroma

This is a subject that I've noticed in some tasting notes recently and thought would be worth talking about.  Bouquet is the smell of the wine that has developed in the bottle.  An older wine will have developed more bouquet because its been in the bottle longer.  A wine's aroma ...

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