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  • 2005 Domaine Tempier Bandol – France, Provence, Bandol (3/23/2017)
    WIML92

    Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately. Followed over 90 minutes.

    Garnet to dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of leather, earth, roses and red berries. Flavors of Bing cherries, red plums and a little angostura bitters on the finish. Medium acidity, firm tannin, full bodied. Drink now with air or perhaps continue to hold. You would’ve thought this wine would’ve resolved by now. (92 points)

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  • 2005 J. K. Carriere Pinot Noir – USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley (3/20/2017)
    WIML92

    Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately. Followed over about 90 minutes.

    Garnet to dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of potpourri, Kirsch, pepper and wet stones. Flavors of black raspberries, black cherries and sweet plums. Medium to tart acidity, medium tannin, full bodied. Drink over the next few years. I’d lean towards now. (92 points)

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  • 2007 Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel – USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles (3/20/2017)
    WIML93

    Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately. Followed over about two hours.

    Garnet to dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of Kirsch, soapstone, pepper and berries. Flavors of Bing cherries, raspberries and plums. Medium acidity, medium tannin, full bodied. Drink over the short term. (93 points)

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  • 2008 A. Rafanelli Zinfandel – USA, California, Sonoma County, Dry Creek Valley (3/18/2017)
    WIML93

    Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately. Followed over roughly an hour.

    Dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of soapstone, boysenberry and cherry. Flavors of plums, berries and cherries. Medium acidity, medium tannin, full bodied. Drink now. (93 points)

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  • 2008 Luca Malbec – Argentina, Mendoza, Valle de Uco (3/18/2017)
    WIML92

    Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately. Followed over about an hour.

    Dark garnet to purple color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of boysenberries, black berries and black cherries. Flavors of black berries, plums and loganberries. Medium acidity, medium tannin, full bodied. Drink over the next few years. Ready to go. (92 points)

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  • 2011 Saxum Broken Stones – USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles (3/14/2017)
    WIML94

    Tasted non blind.

    Purple color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of soapstone, talc, meat and black fruits. Rich flavors of black cherries, plums and currants. Medium acidity, medium tannin, full bodied. Drink with air or continue to hold. (94 points)

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  • 2001 Bodegas Alejandro Fernández Ribera del Duero Tinto Pesquera – Spain, Castilla y León, Ribera del Duero (3/15/2017)
    WIML91

    Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately. Followed over about 90 minutes.

    Garnet color in the glass, fairly clear looking. Nose of flowers, berries and a hint of thistle. Flavors of red berries and red raspberries. Medium to tart acidity, medium tannin, full bodied. Drink now.

    NOTE: cork would not release from this bottle. Apparently wine seeped and sealed it. Finally had to push it into the bottle and decant through a screen. (91 points)

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