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  • 2007 Andeluna Cellars (Familia Reina) Cabernet Franc Pasionado – Argentina, Mendoza, Valle de Uco, Tupungato (1/16/2021)
    WIML91

    Tasted double blind.

    Dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose starts of a bit stemmy like a New World Merlot followed by some violets like Cabernet Franc and then some bell pepper. Flavors of berries, cherries and raspberries. Medium to tart acidity, firm tannin, full bodied. Drink with air over the short term.

    My guess was Cabernet Franc (2), Mendoza (1), Argentina (1), 2007 (1). (91 points)

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  • 2016 Wind Gap Wines Grenache Old Vine Sceales Vineyard – USA, California, Sonoma County (1/19/2021)
    WIML90

    Tasted double blind.

    Garnet color in the glass, slightly dusty looking. Nose of dust, black pepper, black berries and anise. Flavors of cranberries, red tangy berries and red raspberries. Seems a little hot on the finish. Tart acidity, drying tannin, medium to full bodied. Drink over the short term.

    Smells a looks like it might be an older wine.

    My guess was Nebbiolo (0), Piedmont (0), Italy (0), Vintage (0). Missed that one by a country mile! (90 points)

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  • 2015 Trimbach Gewurztraminer – France, Alsace (1/18/2021)
    WIML88

    Tasted double blind.

    Straw to light yellow color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of kumquat, apricot and talc. Slightly off dry palate of peach, apricot and kumquat with a tiny bit of a hot finished. Medium acidity, light to medium body. Drink over the short term.

    My guess was Riesling (0), Washington (0), USA (0) from the 2018 vintage (0). (88 points)

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  • 2014 Ken Wright Pinot Noir Cellar Crawl Pack Gran Moraine Vineyard – USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Yamhill-Carlton (1/16/2021)
    WIML93

    Tasted non blind.

    Garnet to dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose starts off a bit meaty and/or barnyard aromas followed by flowers, Kirsch and black berries. Flavors of Bing cherries, raspberries and strawberries. Medium to bright acidity, medium to firm tannin, full bodied. Drink or hold. (93 points)

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  • 2012 Viña Cobos Malbec Bramare Marchiori Vineyard – Argentina, Mendoza, Lujan de Cuyo (1/14/2021)
    WIML94

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

    Dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of raspberry, jam, currants, boysenberry, a hint of smoke and a little black pepper. Flavors of boysenberries, plums, raspberries and black cherries. Drink with air or continue to hold. (94 points)

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  • 2014 Bethel Heights Pinot Noir Cellar Crawl Pack Gran Moraine Vineyard – USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Yamhill-Carlton (1/14/2021)
    WIML90

    Tasted non blind.

    Garnet to dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of Birch, white pepper, black cherry and black berries. Light flavors of cranberries, strawberries and an earth Bing cherry finish. Medium acidity, firm tannin, medium to full bodied. Drink now with air or hold for a couple of years. Seems like it might be shutting down just a bit. (90 points)

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  • 2014 Beaux Frères Pinot Noir Cellar Crawl Pack Gran Moraine Vineyard – USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Yamhill-Carlton (1/13/2021)
    WIML93

    Tasted non blind.

    Garnet to dark garnet color in the glass, fairly clear looking. Nose of ash, black pepper, black cherries and fresh cut flowers. Flavors of red raspberries, red cherries and an earthy finish. Medium acidity, medium to firm tannin, full bodied. Drink or hold. (93 points)

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  • 2003 Dominus Estate – USA, California, Napa Valley (1/11/2021)
    WIML94

    Tasted non blind. Opend and served immediately. Followed over 90 minutes.

    Dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of lavender, violets, leather, black raspberries and black cherries. Flavors of black raspberries, black cherries and plums. Medium to bright acidity, medium to firm tannin, full bodied. Drink or hold. I’d lean towards drink. In a really good place right now and ready to pop and pour in my opinion. (94 points)

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  • 2015 Bethel Heights Pinot Noir Cellar Crawl Pack Gran Moraine Vineyard – USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Yamhill-Carlton (1/11/2021)
    WIML92

    Tasted non blind.

    Garnet to dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of black cherry, black berry and black pepper. Flavors of black cherries, black berries and a bit of an earthy finish. Medium acidity, medium to firm tannin, full bodied. Drink with air or continue to hold. (92 points)

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  • 2010 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir 4 Barrel – USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley (1/9/2021)
    WIML94

    Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately. Followed over an hour.

    Dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of soapstone, lavender, black pepper, Kirsch, black berries and a hint of leather. Flavors of black raspberries, black cherries, plums and boysenberries. Medium to slightly tart acidity, medium tannin, full bodied. Drink over the short the medium term. I’d lean more toward now. Seems to be firing on all cylinders right now. (94 points)

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