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Unimpressive 2009 Bordeaux

Wine: Chateau Cormeil-Figeac Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Vintage: 2009 Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot Price: $27, Garagiste Pro Reviews: Robert Parker = 88 S&S Rating: 72 Tasting Notes: Plum and vanilla nose with a hint of licorice. Medium bodied with a rough mouthfeel of … Continue reading

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Solid Argentine cabernet

Wine: Zolo Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Mendoza Vintage: 2006 Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon Price: $17, Garagiste Pro Reviews: Robert Parker = 88 S&S Rating: 85 Tasting Notes: Spicy nose of black and red currants. Medium bodied with tangy balancing acid. Nice mix of tangy … Continue reading

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Relatively mature Washington State cabernet

Wine: Beresan Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley Vintage: 2007 Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon Price: $17, Garagiste Pro Reviews: Robert Parker = 91 S&S Rating: 89 Tasting Notes: Cedar and tobacco nose upfront gives way to some blueberries and mushrooms then herbs. Full bodied … Continue reading

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Well balanced 92 point South African cabernet

Wine: Glenelly Lady May Cabernet Sauvignon Stellenbosch Vintage: 2008 Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon Price: $35, Garagiste Pro Reviews: Robert Parker = 93 S&S Rating: 92 Tasting Notes: Nose of black cherries, coffee, game, and violets. Full bodied with good balancing acid. Good concentration and … Continue reading

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My Washington State streak continues with this red blend

Wine: Beresan Stone River Walla Walla Valley Red Vintage: 2007 Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah/Merlot/Cab Franc Price: $17, Garagiste Pro Reviews: Robert Parker = 89 S&S Rating: 86 Tasting Notes: Muted nose of cedar and earth with a little blackberry. Smooth and full … Continue reading

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Elegant Washington State Cabernet

Wine: Gamache Vintners Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Columbia Valley Vintage: 2006 Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon Price: $14, Garagiste Pro Reviews: Robert Parker = 88 S&S Rating: 89 Tasting Notes: Rich nose of baking spices (cloves), earth, and figs, alongside cassis and roast plums. … Continue reading

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Upgrading my rating on this Argentine Cabernet

Wine: Antucura Gran Vin Vista Flores Mendoza Vintage: 2006 Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot Price: $28, Wine Access Pro Reviews: Robert Parker = 92 S&S Rating: 90 Tasting Notes: Expressive nose of cassis and spice box. Good balancing acid and full body but … Continue reading

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Enjoyable everyday Bordeaux from a good year but some flaws

Wine: Chateau Pierre de Montignac Cru Bourgeois Medoc Vintage: 2009 Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc/Merlot Price: $14, Garagiste Pro Reviews: Robert Parker = 87 S&S Rating: 80 Tasting Notes: Black currant and black cherry nose with a little funkiness (maybe mushrooms, fades … Continue reading

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Cleaning up some odds and ends from Bordeaux and Washington State

Wine: Chateau Haut-Bailly Pessac-Leognan Vintage: 2002 Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot Price: $80, Millesima Pro Reviews: Robert Parker = 90 S&S Rating: 70 Tasting Notes: Muted nose of black cherry and a little wood. Light bodied with enough acid to balance. Watery … Continue reading

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This Bordeaux took a lot of work but it opened up eventually

Wine: Chateau Leoville Poyferre Saint Julien 2nd Grand Cru Classe du Medoc Vintage: 2005 Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Petite Verdot Price: $97, PJs Pro Reviews: Robert Parker = 93 S&S Rating: 86 Tasting Notes: Soft nose showing earth, mushrooms, and some rot with an … Continue reading

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Vanilla Coke in cabernet form?

Wine: Sueno Profundo Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Mountain Napa Valley Vintage: 2009 Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon Price: $32, Wine Access Pro Reviews: None S&S Rating: 87 Tasting Notes: Elegant nose of cassis, vanilla, mint, and cola. Medium bodied with enough acid to balance. … Continue reading

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Two serious Napa cabs with some age on them

Wine: Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon Steinhauer Ranch Howell Mountain Napa Valley Vintage: 2001 Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon Price: $25, Treasury Wine Estates Pro Reviews: Robert Parker = 93 S&S Rating: 91 Tasting Notes: Dark purple except at the rim. Rich purple fruit … Continue reading

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Trying some 2009 Bordeaux

Wine: Chateau Bernadotte Grand Vin Haut-Medoc Vintage: 2009 Grape: Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon Price: $27, Wine.com Pro Reviews: Robert Parker = 89 S&S Rating: 80 Tasting Notes: Black raspberry nose with cherry and rose. Full bodied but a little rough around the … Continue reading

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Another borderline undrinkable super Tuscan

Wine: Tenuta Monteti Caburnio Toscana Vintage: 2007 Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot Price: $22, Lot18 Pro Reviews: Robert Parker = 91 S&S Rating: 65 Tasting Notes: Black cherry and plum nose with abundant tobacco and cedar. Rough in the mouth with loads of oak … Continue reading

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I’m a bit surprised it wasn’t bigger but I’m willing to wait on this cabernet

Wine: Medlock Ames Bell Mountain Ranch Proprietary Red Alexander Valley Vintage: 2007 Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot Price: $22, Wine Access Pro Reviews: None S&S Rating: 89 Tasting Notes: Black currant and black cherry nose showing some earth and a touch of pencil … Continue reading

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A star from a weaker Bordeaux vintage

Wine: Chateau Haut-Bailly Pessac-Leognan Grand Cru Classe Vintage: 2003 Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot Price: $110, Sherry-Lehmann Pro Reviews: Robert Parker = 90 S&S Rating: 90 Tasting Notes: Blackcurrant nose showing some licorice, earthiness (mushrooms) and floral notes along with a touch of … Continue reading

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Surprisingly tart for a cabernet but it works

Wine: d’Arenberg The Coppermine Road Cabernet Sauvignon McLaren Vale Vintage: 2006 Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon Price: $40, Lot18 Pro Reviews: Robert Parker = 93 S&S Rating: 91 Tasting Notes: Dark purple. Black cherry and red currant nose showing rose, cola, a touch … Continue reading

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Boring but fine Napa cab

Wine: DeSante Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Napa Valley Vintage: 2008 Grape: Cabernet Price: $30, Wine Access Pro Reviews: None S&S Rating: 82 Tasting Notes: Sweet purple fruit nose showing cassis, milk chocolate, vanilla oak, and a little iodine. Smooth and medium-to-full bodied … Continue reading

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Impressive California cabernet from a lesser year – I can’t wait to try the 2007

Wine: Medlock Ames Bell Mountain Ranch Proprietary Red Alexander Valley Vintage: 2006 Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot Price: $24, Wine Access Pro Reviews: None S&S Rating: 90 Tasting Notes: Ripe nose of plum, and fig with an undercurrent of candied cherry and rose. … Continue reading

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My Bordeaux vertical tasting continues to limp along

Wine: Chateau Haut-Bailly Pessac-Leognan Grand Cru Classe Vintage: 2005 Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot Price: $85, WineBid Pro Reviews: Robert Parker = 95 S&S Rating: 81 Tasting Notes: Bright nose of black cherry with an undercurrent of mushrooms and fresh wood. Velvet in … Continue reading

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