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  • 2002 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate – USA, California, Napa Valley (2/17/2019)
    WIML93

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

    Nice nose of soapstone, cassis, plum and a hint of leather. Flavors of boysenberries, cherries and plums. Tangy acidity, medium to firm tannin, full bodied. Drink or hold. (93 points)

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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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  • 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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  • 2016 Sobon Estate Primitivo ReZerve – USA, California, Sierra Foothills, Amador County (1/2/2019)
    WIML88

    Tasted non blind.

    Garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of blueberries, plums and smoke. Flavors of plums and blueberries. Medium acidity, medium tannin, medium bodied. Drink now. (88 points)

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  • 2013 Lillian Winery Roussanne – USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Barbara County (1/2/2019)
    WIML92

    Tasted non blind.

    Light yellow to yellow color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of ash, apricot and brown spices. Flavors of peach, lime and a bit of cinnamon. Medium acidity, medium to full bodied. Drink over the short to medium term. (92 points)

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  • 2009 Saxum James Berry Vineyard – USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles (12/31/2018)
    WIML94

    Tasted non blind. Opened and decanted for about 1 hour before serving. Followed over about 2 hours.

    Dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Spicy nose of potpourri, pepper and boysenberry. Flavors of boysenberry, black cherries and plums. Medium acidity, medium to firm tannin, full bodied. Drink or hold. (94 points)

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  • 2001 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate – USA, California, Napa Valley (12/22/2018)
    WIML94

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

    Purple color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of lavender, potpourri, Kirsch, boysenberry and plum. Flavors of plum, boysenberry and black cherry. Medium acidity, medium tannin, full bodied. Drink or hold. NOTE: throwing a decent amount of sediment so be sure and stand for a few days before opening. (94 points)

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