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  • 2011 Sine Qua Non The Moment – USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Barbara County (6/3/2020)
    WIML94

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

    Light yellow to yellow color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of orange rind, persimmon, nutmeg and wet stones. Flavors of tangerine, lemon, cherry and minerals. Bright acidity, full bodied. Drink or hold. I’d lean towards drink. (94 points)

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  • 1990 R. López de Heredia Rioja Blanco Reserva Viña Tondonia – Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja (6/3/2020)
    WIML93

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

    Yellow color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of camphor, matchstick and yellow pear. Flavors of tangy cherries, tangerine and minerals. Medium acidity, full bodied. Drink over the short term. (93 points)

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  • 2013 Stefania Cabernet Sauvignon Chaine d’ Or Vineyard – USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains (6/1/2020)
    WIML91

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

    Dark garnet to purple color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of violets, white peppe, currants and plums. Flavors of raspberries, plums and cherries. Tangy acidity, medium to firm tannin, full bodied. Drink now. (91 points)

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  • 2011 Thomas Pinot Noir Dundee Hills – USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills (5/30/2020)
    WIML93

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

    Garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of red hills dirt, smoke and a dusting of white pepper. Flavors of cranberries, raspberries, plums and red cherries. Bright acidity, medium tannin, full bodied. Drink or hold. (93 points)

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  • 2000 Sarget de Gruaud Larose – France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien (5/28/2020)
    WIML91

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

    Dark garnet to purple color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of lilac, smoke and raspberries. Flavors of raspberries, plums and cherries. Tart acidity, medium to firm tannin, full bodied. Drink or hold. I’d lean towards drink. (91 points)

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  • 2014 Hyde De Villaine Chardonnay – USA, California, Napa / Sonoma, Carneros (5/24/2020)
    WIML92

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

    Light yellow to yellow color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of brandied pears, nutmeg and lemon zest. Flavors of lemon zest, pears and minerals. Bright acidity, full bodied. Drink over the short term. (92 points)

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  • 2015 Carlisle Zinfandel Limerick Lane Vineyard – USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley (5/22/2020)
    WIML93

    Tasted non blind. Served immediately. Followed over about two hours.

    Garnet to dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of perfume, cranberries and red berries. Flavors of Bing cherries, red raspberries and red plums. Medium acidity, medium tannin, full bodied. Drink or hold. (93 points)

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  • 2017 Bodegas Atalaya Alaya Tierra – Spain, Castilla-La Mancha, Almansa (5/14/2020)
    WIML92

    Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately. Followed over about 2-3 hours.

    Dark garnet to purple color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of aspirin, plums and boysenberries. Rich almost jammy flavors of raspberries, boysenberries and plums. Bright acidity, firm tannin, full bodied. Drink now with air or over the short to medium term perhaps. (92 points)

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  • 2014 Cellers Can Blau Montsant Mas de Can Blau – Spain, Catalunya, Tarragona, Montsant (5/14/2020)
    WIML91

    Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately. Followed over 2-3 hours.

    Dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of Earth, camphor, berries and cherries. Flavors of Bing cherries, raspberries and plums. Medium to bright acidity, medium to firm tannin, full bodied. Drink over the short to medium term. (91 points)

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  • 2017 Bodegas Juan Gil Jumilla Blue Label – Spain, Murcia, Jumilla (5/14/2020)
    WIML91

    Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately. Followed over about 2-3 hours.

    Garnet to dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Tight nose up front with notes of dust, plums and red berries poking through. Flavors of red raspberries, plums and red cherries. Medium to bright acidity, medium to firm tannin, medium to full bodied. Drink over the short to medium term, decant about an hour if opening over the short term. (91 points)

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