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  • 2010 Switchback Ridge Merlot Peterson Family Vineyard – USA, California, Napa Valley (6/10/2020)
    WIML93

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

    Dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Floral notes on the nose including violets followed by plums and a hint of chocolate with a bit of wet cement. Flavors of dried plums, currants and raspberries. Tangy acidity, resolved tannin, full bodied. Drink now. (93 points)

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  • 2015 Meerlust Rubicon – South Africa, Coastal Region, Stellenbosch (3/26/2020)
    WIML92

    Tasted non blind.

    Dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of blueberries, white pepper, plums and cassis. Flavors of cassis, plum and boysenberry. Medium acidity, medium tannin, medium to full bodied. Drink over the short to perhaps medium term. (92 points)

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  • 2014 Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot – USA, California, Napa Valley (1/10/2020)
    WIML92

    Tasted non blind.

    Dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of Herbs du Provence, white pepper, cassis & dark chocolate. Flavors of cassis, blueberries, dark chocolate and black cherries. Medium to bright acidity, medium to firm tannin, full bodied. Drink or hold. (92 points)

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  • 2011 Cayuse Flying Pig – USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Walla Walla Valley (2/12/2020)
    WIML93

    Tasted non blind.

    Garnet to dark garnet color in the glass, fairly clear looking. Nose of barnyard, white pepper, tobacco and mixed berries. Flavors of black berries, black cherries, blueberries and plums. Medium acidity, medium tannin, full bodied. Drink or hold. (93 points)

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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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