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Roberto Henriquez

Tierra de Pumas País 2019

Inget kattkiss, detta. En slev från godisbutiken men kanske något ungt. Småpartierna. Handpicked wines. Godare dagen efter! — 2 months ago

Oak Farm Vineyards

Lodi Barbera 2017

A pretty ruby in color.

Strong nose of blueberries, black cherries, strawberries, light oak, licorice, spices, tobacco, chocolates, maple, light vegetables and peppercorn.

Full bodied with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with plums, pomegranates, cherries, blackberries, wood, spices, tobacco, chocolates and peppercorn.

Medium length on the finish with soft tannins and tangy strawberries.

This is probably my first time having Barbera from Lodi, California. Well balanced and interesting with a nice mouthfeel.

I could definitely smell and taste Lodi, but I won't be able to get the Barbera at a blind tasting. Feels like a lighter Zinfandel from Lodi, with more acidity then expected. Definitely has nice acidity for a Lodi red.

Alcohol is high, but not too noticeable. Good by itself or with food. Good for parties too.

Needs an hour to open up properly.

Nice and engaging and easy drinking and a good everyday wine. I paired it with fatty cheeses, almonds and dry fruits.

Mainly Barbera grapes, with a touch of Petite Sirah, were handpicked and aged in French and American oak barrels for 20 months (24% new).

15% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$25.
— 6 months ago

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Siegel Wines

Crucero Colchagua Valley Merlot 2017

It is a Handpicked reserve Merlot from Colchagua Valley. Not as sweet as other Merlot, has a nice bitterer taste, quite memorable. — a year ago

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Versions Shiraz 2016

Wow, this thing is awesome. Regarding the price, two thumbs up!! — 3 months ago

Oakwild Ranch Winery

Jacqueline Field Blend 2014

Oakwild Ranch Winery Mendocino Ridge Jacqueline Field Blend 2014, California

Deep purple in color with a reddish rim.

Fruity nose of black plums, cooked cherries, strawberries, light oak, pencil shavings, light alcohol, dark coffee, spices and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with black cherries, strawberries, red currants, pomegranates, oak, tobacco, earth, light vegetables, herbs, spices, light cola, peppercorn, leather and dark chocolates.

Medium plus on the finish with soft tannins and tangy pomegranates.

This is a tasty and easy drinking red blend from Mendocino County in California. Nice, spicy and engaging with a nice mouthfeel.

This 6 year old is drinking very nicely now all by itself. Tangy and interesting.

This Single Vineyard is good right out of the bottle and better after 30 minutes of airtime. After 2 hours, it really hits home, when some earth notes come in and bring more complexity, so be patient.

At this point, the high alcohol is not very noticeable.

I had it blind ( I knew it is from California) and called a Merlot, Syrah and Zinfandel blend. Pretty happy with that. Although there is a bigger portion of Syrah in this blend, it definitely feels like the Merlot is taking over.

A blend of 42% Merlot, 12% Zinfandel and 46% Syrah. A very small production of only 92 cases. Handpicked.

15% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$28.
— 5 months ago

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Moscato D'Asti 2013

No second bottle could be select in bar. But this sparkling white was really high cp even have been after the expiration date two years.
Honey sweet...
— a year ago

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Cabernet Merlot

Deep, rich, and sumptuous wine that holds all the best characteristics of a cab and merlot—blackberries and distinct bay leaf herb. Quite lovely. — a year ago

Bellwether

Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Dense Ruby in colour. All the classic Cabernet descriptors - Blackberry cassis, black olive and of course Mint - textbook Coonawarra Cabernet. On the palate such purity - ground cocoa, call it dark chocolate, berry fruits, touch of cedar. This wine at 10 years of age, whilst only young, and will live at least another decade, is drinking beautifully now. Made by the talented Sue Bell who was the Dux of the 2007 Len Evans Tutorial ( a handpicked group of only 12 - outstanding winemakers, somms and other full time wine professionals. Aubert de Villaine every year generously donates a mixed dozen of DRC, such was his friendship with Len Evans and James Halliday). Needless to say Sue Bell has one of the best palates in the country. A few years ago she was a guest Judge at the Toowoomba Wine Show where I often judge. I was in awe of her knowledge and her palate. On the strength of this wine I will order her 2015 Cabernet. — 5 months ago

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@Bob McDonald I love the DRC anecdote.  
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Yes - very generous of Aubert de Villaine.

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Regional Selections Cabernet Sauvignon

Not too spicy. Easy drinking. Subtle fruit — 9 months ago

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Capella Vineyard Chardonnay 2016

This is a Chardonnay from Mornington Penninsula, which is a wine region I was unaware of (about 45 mins outside Melbourne). I was really blown away by this wine. Reminded me of a junior version of Cloudburst. Great balance, completely electric minerality......polished but not overdone. Best surprise wine I have had here (I am not posting the wines that have been disappointing). Restaurants here are too into the Arts series from Leeuwin, which is fine but a bit over rated. — a year ago

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