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cid added Niepoort Moscatel 2000 to the cellar
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rckr1951 posted What is to much alcohol in a wine - 14%,15% - or is it more about balanced winemaking?
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rckr1951 Although less alcohol is generally associated with smoother more elegant drinking, that is not always the case. Picking early to achieve a smaller alc profile can have is draw backs also. Acid to tannin imbalance, green herbal tendencies and other nuances. I prefer a wine that balanced properly, grapes picked at the right time and the winemaker doing his job to provide a solid wine.
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ricktoby has reviewed the Negreiros Duoro 2012 88 /100
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Started this out as OK, but after opening for a couple of hours it matured. Found blueberry, a peppery spice, blackberry and an earthiness on the nose. The taste mirrored the spice and blackberry and the earthiness. On the first visit the finish was harsh and mue, but after itwas open the finish improved. I'd let this alone for about 12 to 18 months and revisit.
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ricktoby has reviewed the Sam Plunkett "Whitegate Vineyard" Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 89 /100
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First wine from this vintner. Liked it a lot. The nose found dark berries, spice, blueberry, and chocolate. Along with its deep purple color the taste found the above flavors along with a chalkiness and a really niceacid to tannin balance. The first sip produced a pop of tannin that mellowed right out.
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ricktoby has reviewed the Karen Birmingham Petite Sirah Clarksburg 2014 89 /100
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The nose found raspberry, allspice, honeysuckle and roses. On the tongue there was raspberry, allspice and a slight sweetness from the honeysuckles and plums. This was very smooth and easy to drink in voluminous amounts with duck, goose, or any wild fowl.
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ricktoby has reviewed the Mauricio Lorca Malbec Mendoza 2015 91 /100
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Being a fan of Malbecs I found this one to be among my top 10. There was a hint of butterscotch, cherry and pepper on the nose and the taste reflected the same along with nice tannins and a finished that had cardoman(a refined light cinnamon).
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ricktoby has reviewed the The Pilot Hill Gang Cabernet/Merlot El Dorado County 2014 89 /100
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The nose found the usual earthiness of a Cab. along with blackberry, raspberry, Cherry and a nice oaky smell. Thae taste reflected all of the above with an attention to a pepperiness, not to mention the balance between tannin and acid that reflects the addition of the merlot grape.
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ricktoby has reviewed the Jim Olsen & Tom Shula "Pickberry Vineyard" Merlot Sonoma Mountains 2014 91 /100
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On the nose there were blackberries, dark cherries, and a hint pf pepper. The taste found all of the above with a delicate tannin to acid balance; very mellow for a Cab. but none the less really good.
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rckr1951 added Manon Temprnillo 2013 to the cellar
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rckr1951 has reviewed the Jim Olsen & Tom Shula "Pickberry Vineyard" Merlot Sonoma Mountains 2014 92 /100
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Wine of the night for this Naked Wines Tasting. A reddish purple in the glass with a small clear separation ring. Legs for days, blackberries, dark cherries a well portioned mint profile give this a refreshing finish that accents the acidity while very mellow tannins give a structure to the body. Medium to long aftertaste is satisfying and begs another glass. Drink or hold for 12-18 months - Paul
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rckr1951 added Jim Olsen & Tom Shula "Pickberry Vineyard" Merlot Sonoma Mountains 2014 to the cellar
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rckr1951 has reviewed the The Pilot Hill Gang Cabernet/Merlot El Dorado County 2014 89 /100
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My 1st El Dorado Cnty cabbie. Not the big, rustic wine you'd expect though - finesse to go with a medium body requires layers of fruit, accenting spice and terrior. Earthy with blackberries, dark cherries, mint and pepper put forward a back palate pop at the end - food wine for sure. Drink now - Paul
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rckr1951 has reviewed the Mauricio Lorca Malbec Mendoza 2015 91 /100
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Boy was this ever good. Rich, lush blackberry, dark cherry, damson plum, spice and pepper lead to a well balanced tannic/acid profile that leads to a nice pop at the end. A short but taut aftertaste finishes the wine. Drink now - Paul
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rckr1951 has reviewed the Karen Birmingham Petite Sirah Clarksburg 2014 90 /100
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Although not a PS for purists, this was very, very good. The strength of the viogner on the nose a large - Rhone Valley large, creating orchard floral blossom & honeysuckle with red currant, plum and vanilla supported by well balanced tannins and acidity. Very good wine making here. Paul
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rckr1951 has reviewed the Sam Plunkett "Whitegate Vineyard" Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 90 /100
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Outstanding. Inky purple in the glass w/small separation ring. A chalky minerality, blackberries and an uplifting boost of spice and pepper boost the back end. Chocolate notes fill in the blanks. Mild tannins w/well balanced lead to a juicy but relatively short aftertaste.
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rckr1951 has reviewed the Negreiros Duoro 2012 88 /100
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A big disappointment in the early stages of opening. Plenty on the nose - violets, blackberry and blueberries acompany a medium dark gernet in the glass. The palate sees blackberries and others (field blend?), chocolate and pepper. after 2 hrs of opening this morphs into a very good Douro blend that is full with mild tannins and just a shade less than desirable acidity.
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terri has reviewed the Jim Olsen & Tom Shula "Pickberry Vineyard" Merlot Sonoma Mountains 2014 4 /5
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Dark red. Long and lasting legs w. blackberry & mint. Pepper, tannens over acidity, scale w/ mint aftertaste.
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terri has reviewed the Mauricio Lorca Malbec Mendoza 2015 4 /5
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Between 3.5 & 4. Deep red- Nose-sweet butterscotch & blackberries & cherries. Light tannens w. nice balance & acidty. Long finish.
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terri has reviewed the Sam Plunkett "Whitegate Vineyard" Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 4 /5
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really a 3.8- inky purple. On the nose-chalky w/dark berries. Juicy w/ nice tannens. Starts dry w/burst of acidity. Leaves a tingle & pleasant taste.
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terri has reviewed the Negreiros Duoro 2012 3 /5
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Blackberry on the nose. Dark ruby w/ clear ring. Peppery w/ light tannens. nice acidity and not overbearing.
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terri has reviewed the The Pilot Hill Gang Cabernet/Merlot El Dorado County 2014 4 /5
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really a 3.8. Earthy, blackberry with an oaky scent. Pepper, good balance w/tannens & acidity w. rich blackberry flavor. has a light & grainy finish.
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terri has reviewed the Karen Birmingham Petite Sirah Clarksburg 2014 4 /5
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Really a 3.8 Fragrant nose with orchard florals. dark red, velvety smooth
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rckr1951 marked The Pilot Hill Gang Cabernet/Merlot El Dorado County 2014 as tasted
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rckr1951 marked Jim Olsen & Tom Shula "Pickberry Vineyard" Merlot Sonoma Mountains 2014 as tasted
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rckr1951 marked Karen Birmingham Petite Sirah Clarksburg 2014 as tasted
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