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  • 2014 Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cépages – USA, California, Sonoma County (1/31/2019)
    WIML92

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

    Dark garnet to purple color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of potpourri, cassis and plums. Flavors of Kirsch, black berries and plums. Medium acidity, medium tannin, full bodied. Drink with air or hold. (92 points)

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  • 2007 Rupert & Rothschild Baron Edmond – South Africa, Coastal Region (1/29/2019)
    WIML93

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

    Dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of violet, cassis, plums and boysenberries. Flavors of boysenberries, black cherries and plums. Medium to bright acidity, medium tannin, full bodied. Drink or hold.

    NOTE: I purchased this bottle at the winery and flew it home with me as checked baggage so the provenance is impeccable for this bottle. (93 points)

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  • 2006 J.L. Chave Sélection St. Joseph Offerus – France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, St. Joseph (1/19/2019)
    WIML93

    Tasted non blind.

    Garnet color in the glass, slightly dusty looking. Nose of currants, plums, roasted meats and a bit of floral notes. Flavors of berries, cherries and raspberries. Medium acidity, medium tannin, medium to full bodied. Drink now. (93 points)

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  • 2009 Saint-Cosme Condrieu – France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Condrieu (1/19/2019)
    WIML93

    Tasted non blind.

    Yellow color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of camphor, Paraffin, lychee and yellow pear. Flavors of candied pears, apricots, lemon zest and minerals. Bright acidity, full bodied. Drink or hold. (93 points)

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  • 2015 Saint-Cosme Châteauneuf-du-Pape – France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape (1/2/2019)
    WIML92

    Tasted non blind.

    Dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of potpourri, plums and berries. Flavors of berries, cherries and plums. Medium acidity, medium tannin, full bodied.. OK now with some air but I’d lean towards holding a few more years. Seems like it is just now emerging from a shutdown. (92 points)

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  • 2004 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape – France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape (1/2/2019)
    WIMLNR

    Dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of spices, thistle and mixed red fruit. Flavors of red berries and red cherries. Medium to bright acidity, medium tannin, full bodied. Drink or hold.

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  • 2014 Gary Farrell Zinfandel Grist Vineyard – USA, California, Sonoma County, Dry Creek Valley (1/2/2019)
    WIML91

    Tasted non blind.

    Dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of black pepper, Kirsch and plum. Flavors of black raspberries, black berries and plums. Medium acidity, medium tannin, full bodied. Drink over the short term. (91 points)

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