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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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  • 2005 Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot – USA, California, Napa Valley (10/10/2018)
    WIMLNR

    Tasted non blind.

    Dark garnet to purple color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Light nose of plums and berries. Light palate of berries, herbs and iron. Light acidity, light tannin, medium body. Drink now. No rating. Bottle seemed a bit off at best, certainly didn’t match the profile of this wine.

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  • 2005 DeLille Cellars Chaleur Estate – USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Red Mountain (10/20/2018)
    WIML93

    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, cassis, plum and a hint of white pepper. Flavors of cassis, plums and black raspberries. Medium acidity, medium to firm tannin, full bodied. Drink or hold. I lean towards drink. In a really good place right now. (93 points)

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  • 2008 Cayuse Flying Pig – USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Walla Walla Valley (10/7/2018)
    WIML93

    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 pepper, currants and cocoa powder. Flavors of currants, plums and raspberries. Medium to tangy acidity, medium to firm tannin, full bodied. Drink now with a little air to blow off some bottle funk or hold. (93 points)

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  • 2013 Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot – USA, California, Napa Valley (8/14/2018)
    WIML91

    Served from half bottle. Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately. Followed over one hour.

    Garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of lavender, potpourri and dark cocoa powder. Flavors of chocolate covered cherries, black berries and a hint of raspberries. Medium acidity, medium to firm tannin, full bodied. Drink now with a little air to open. (91 points)

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  • 2010 Switchback Ridge Merlot Peterson Family Vineyard – USA, California, Napa Valley (12/9/2017)
    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 boysenberry, plum, flowers and dark chocolate. Flavors of plums, chocolate covered cherries and black berries. Medium acidity, medium tannin, medium to full bodied. Drink ove the next couple of years. (92 points)

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