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  • 2016 Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot Rector Creek Vineyard – USA, California, Napa Valley (9/28/2019)
    WIML92

    Tasted non blind.

    Dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of blueberries, dark chocolate, cinnamon and plum. Flavors of blueberries, Bing cherries and plums. Medium acidity, medium to firm tannin, medium to full bodied. Drink now with air or continue to hold. (92 points)

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  • 2005 Château Pontet-Canet – France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac (9/15/2019)
    WIML93

    Tasted non blind.

    Dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of aspirin, white pepper, plums and boysenberries. Flavors of red cherries, red berries and plums. Medium to bright acidity, firm tannin, full bodied. Drink now with some air or continue to hold. No rush. (93 points)

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  • 1988 Tenuta dell’Ornellaia Ornellaia Vino da Tavola – Italy, Tuscany, Vino da Tavola (10/18/2019)
    WIML93

    Madison offline.

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

    Garnet to dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of pencil shavings, slate, potpourri, spice box and mixed berries. Solid flavors of mixed berries, cherries and plums. Tangy acidity, medium to firm tannin, full bodied. Drink or hold. I’d lean towards drink. In a good place right now. (93 points)

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  • 2005 Switchback Ridge Merlot Peterson Family Vineyard – USA, California, Napa Valley (9/15/2019)
    WIML93

    Tasted non blind. Tasted from Magnum.

    Dark garnet to purple color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of violets, cassis, plum and a hint of smoke. Flavors of Kirsch, cassis, plum and boysenberries. Medium acidity, medium tannin, full bodied. Drink or hold. (93 points)

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  • 2008 Leonetti Cellar Merlot Walla Walla Valley – USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Walla Walla Valley (6/15/2019)
    WIML93

    Tasted non blind.

    Dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Beautiful nose of lavender, Kirsch, dark chocolate and a hint of mixed exotic spices. Flavors of raspberries, boysenberries and dried plum. Tangy acidity, medium tannin, full bodied. Drink soon. (93 points)

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  • 2014 Blackbird Vineyards Arise – USA, California, Napa Valley, Oak Knoll District (11/25/2018)
    WIML92

    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 soapstone, violets, white pepper, plums and black cherries. Flavors of Bing cherries, plums, currants and black raspberries. Medium acidity, firm tannin, full bodied. Drink now with some air to help open it a bit first or continue to hold and drink over the short to medium term. (92 points)

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  • 2006 Tokara Director’s Reserve – South Africa, Coastal Region, Stellenbosch (11/4/2018)
    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 thistle, boysenberry, violets and pepper. Flavors of cassis, boysenberry and plum. Medium acidity, medium tannin, full bodied. Drink or hold.

    Bottled under screw cap. 12 years old. Hasn’t suffered at all due to the screw cap in my opinion. (93 points)

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