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User Capaneus has rated the following wines:

Quinta do Portal Grande Reserva 2007
Rated by Capaneus on November 22, 2015

Rating 33-

With J2K on this one: the flavor profile is not bad, the usual black fruit of Touriga, like a dry Port; but the wine doesn't have the body, the intensity, or the character to justify the price point.

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Izulu Chenin Blanc 2013
Rated by Capaneus on November 3, 2014

Rating 22-

Meh. Having really enjoyed the Nederburg last year, I'd hoped that SA Chenin Blanc had found its footing more broadly. On the evidence of this, no such luck. It's a mostly correct, inoffensive, light white sipper, but no more than that: no intensity of nose or palate, no varietal character, just a little citrus, some stone fruit - and not enough of anything, really, to justify investing precious wineglass space. Might work for those far gone into the Pinot Grigio wastelands.

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Domaine de Matabrune Bourgueil 2012
Rated by Capaneus on May 22, 2014

Rating 22-

Huh. Sometimes, old-fashioned is less the compliment than we tend to think it is. Take this wine - please. Popped-and-poured, it is fairly pretty out of the bottle, a uniform translucent purple-red, and the lightness is not that worrisome at this point, since it not unusual in Loire reds. But then the nose is, well, nothing very much, and the palate, while showing some correct, if faint, Cab Franc vegetal notes, is thin and really, really watery. I had hopes for this, since we see few Loire reds, but I'm guessing the 2012 harvest rains hit this Domaine especially hard. Not really expecting air to do much for the wine, but will revise if that happens.

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Bonny Doon Vineyard Contra 2012
Rated by Capaneus on April 25, 2014

Rating 44-

Nose of spiced stewed black fruits; dense on the palate, with black and blue fruits, heavily spiced blueberry pie, and some underbrush. Good acidity, moderate tannin. I would have guessed much more grenache than claimed, but the blend is primarily carignane - this is supposedly a field blend, though, so how precise the guesstimate may be is hard to know.

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Nederburg Chenin Blanc 2012
Rated by Capaneus on April 15, 2013

Rating 33+

Nice at this price: clean floral nose, straightforward flavors of peach and Rainier cherries, sufficient acidity, no flaws beyond an absence of intensity, originality and complexity. More generic than I prefer Chenin Blanc to be, but overachieves for the price point.

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Barossa Shiraz SW102 Reserve 2011
Rated by Capaneus on January 9, 2013

Rating 44+

I hear what J2K is sayin' - mos' def' not your stockbroker's Amon-Ra. Clearly, if these grapes are in fact from the vineyard, they were picked far earlier than Glaetzer usually picks them: this wine is high-acid, with a palate dominated by red fruits. But it is really darn good, in my never-humble opinion.

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Bacio Divino Pazzo Napa Valley 2008
Rated by Capaneus on November 21, 2012

Rating 22+

Well, this one is meant for Mark, or maybe Admin: never known a Sangiovese to impersonate a Merlot quite this closely. Things started out pretty well, pnp-wise, with fairly bright red fruit initially dominating the palate. But within a few minutes chocolatey vanillin had surfaced, and that was pretty much that for the next hour. If I understand the appeal, I'd suggest the Tedeschi Corasco as an oak-light alternative.

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Tedeschi Corasco Breve Appassimento 2009
Rated by Capaneus on November 16, 2012

Rating 33

What an odd little wine... Big sweet nose of candied dark fruits which follows through on the palate. Prunes, brandied cherries, cooked black-and-blue-berries. Not a description that would normally attach to something I like, but I kind of do: think of the difference between nasty fruit candy and really good fruit confits. No tannin to speak of, but very decent acidity. This is not a ripasso, and it has none of the brooding darkness of Amarone, baby or otherwise. If those are Port-like, think of this as more like a light, lively Ruby. Part of me wants to rate this higher, but then I'd worry about the implicit promise of a seriousness that just isn't there. But it's really easy drinkin'.

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Sogrape Vinhos Callabriga Dao 2009
Rated by Capaneus on September 14, 2012

Rating 33+

Very solid everyday red, good fruit in a middle red-and-black range, framed by solid acid and smooth tannin.

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Soldera Brunello di Montalcino 1998
Rated by Capaneus on September 10, 2012

Rating 55-

From memory, surprised at how unevolved it was: morello cherries, a little tar and underbrush, good acidity, silky-smooth tannins. Great intensity and length, but entirely weightless. Extremely good, but not at all sure it's worth the price of admission.

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Clos LaChance Cabernet Sauvignon Estate 2007
Rated by Capaneus on July 21, 2012

Rating 44

Initial heat, yes, and, as also mentioned by jlburd, the vanillin peeks out around hours 2-3. But over the course of a full day it was never less than very pleasant, and though I could have done without the heat, the milk-chocolate, cherry cordial presentation of the oak didn't bother me. Unlike jlburd, it strikes me as harmonious now in spite of the concentration, and likely to remain so. Pretty great value, will pick up more.

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Roc de Chateauvieux Rose d'Anjou 2009
Rated by Capaneus on May 4, 2012

Rating 33+

I like, I think. It has a definite bit of residual sugar to its fairly soft berry fruitiness. Still, enough acid, and just a hint of Loire vegetal character, give it enough backbone and character to keep it on my good side. I suspect those of you who prefer your wine to cause just a hint of pain may not want to go with this one, though.

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Maculan Dindarello IGT 2010
Rated by Capaneus on January 25, 2012

Rating 33

What Capaneus has to say is that this is a very pleasant wine, but oddly lacking varietal character. Couple that with acidity a bit too low for my taste, and it's a bit hard for me to get overly enthusiastic.

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Mas de l'Abundancia Montsant 2003
Rated by Capaneus on December 9, 2011

Rating 55-

Welcome home, you prodigal wine: after four bottles over the last few years that had nothing much to say, this wine has finally decided to show up: lush velvety mouthfeel, much darker fruit than I would have guessed from previous experience. Lovely wine.

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Prelius Morello di Prile Maremma 2007
Rated by Capaneus on September 29, 2011

Rating 22

It's... Not bad? Mouthfeel is the highlight here, silky and plush. Unfortunately, neither the nose nor the palate does much of anything to back it up, with faint cherry/chocolate/herb notes in each case.

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Rocca dei Sanniti Aglianico del Taburno 2006
Rated by Capaneus on September 2, 2011

Rating 44-

Really nice. Strong herbal and floral component on the nose, along with cooked strawberries. Palate has darker berries, with a pronounced herbal (sage? garrigue?) overtone. I could see drinking this often.

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Two Doves Moscato Paso Robles 2010
Rated by Capaneus on August 11, 2011

Rating 11+

Acidity is in balance with the moderate sweetness, but that's really the highlight: like far too many Cali Moscatos this has an unpleasant overripe sourness to its vaguely tropical fruit that I find horribly off-putting. Given the wealth of Old World choices, not sure why I keep trying.

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Chateau de Canterrane Rivesaltes 1976
Rated by Capaneus on October 25, 2010

Rating 55-

Served a little below cellar temperature. Very reminiscent of Madeira, with caramel and nut on both nose and palate, as well as baking spices and some citrus peel. A little hollow, and a little light on acidity, to rate higher, but at $10 it's a real steal. [edit] And then again, maybe better than that: the wine's integrated nicely over a few nights, the midpalate plumped up, acidity stepped up a bit. Flavors are a bit darker, smoked nuts, molasses and candied citrus peel, the whole buoyed and carried along by the lively acid. I really do like this a lot, it's as fine a wine as Madeira several times its price. And I love the fact that it's a bottle that keeps well on the sideboard several weeks after it's opened, makes it an easy fit as a nightcap.

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Donnafugata Ben Rye Passito di Pantelleria DOC 2007
Rated by Capaneus on October 25, 2010

Rating 55

Yeah, apricots. Tasty, tasty caramelized apricots. Bought a half-case on faith. Then I drank one, and promptly bought another case. Given that I'm averaging two bottles a week, I expect I'll go back for more soon - because, inexplicably, this isn't selling all that fast.

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Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Bella Oaks Napa Valley 1998
Rated by Capaneus on April 20, 2009

Rating 55

I guess that's what they mean by strokes and folks. As far as I'm concerned, this is one of the best buys I've ever made, Selection or not: the nose is pretty, but restrained, earth, dark berries, a hint of leather. On the palate, it's an elegant, structured Cabernet. It's got plenty of stuffing left for my taste, interestingly layered, but what really got me was the *mouthfeel*: the wine felt silky and textured on the tongue, with amazing, lingering presence, and a finish that goes on forever. I'm ready to believe that this isn't the best Heitz ever, or even the best Bella. But it's an extraordinary wine for the price. Or you could get a $15 Shiraz, sure.

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Swanson Merlot Oakville 2004
Rated by Capaneus on April 11, 2009

Rating 33-

Hmmm.... Well, color me less enchanted than the above. The nose is striking: dark, fudgey chocolate with light vinous notes. The palate is pretty much cherry cordial. Now, if all this sounds pleasant - it is. To a point. To my mind, this wine is a textbook example of what Jancis Robinson calls a "cocktail wine": I find it enjoyable to sip on its own, but I can see no role for it at an actual meal. Well, maybe with chocolate-braised shortribs or something. But lithe and flexible this is not.

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Louis Latour Chateau Corton Grancey Grand Cru 2002
Rated by Capaneus on April 8, 2009

Rating 55+

Great wine. Best $50 Burgundy you'll ever find - if you can find it. Absolutely stunning nose of cherries, flowers and loam. Fairly simple fruit (cherries, a bit of strawberries-and-cream) on the palate at first, but leaves a clear impression of depths concealed beneath the primary flavors. With a bit of time in the glass, it opens up, revealing layers of dark fruit, earth, violets. Long finish, with velvety tannins testifying to the wine's pedigree. About ninety minutes after that, it had closed up again. I thought it would have come back around, my friend disagreed. No wine left to settle the argument.

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Louis Latour Aloxe-Corton Les Chaillots 1er Cru 2005
Rated by Capaneus on March 26, 2009

Rating 55-

Real Burgundy. Real, good Burgundy. Really good Burgundy. Decanted. The nose was a bit backward: cherries, maybe a faint note of earth. When first sipped, it was all red fruits, tart cherries mostly. With a bit of time to open up, the fruit darkened and earth and loam notes emerged. Throughout, the texture was velvety and plush. I have no doubt that this wine has a good way to go before it hits its prime, but darn! it's delicious right now.

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Dutschke The Muscat
Rated by Capaneus on February 15, 2009

Rating 33+

This is... What's the Parker term? Oh, yeah, "hedonistic". It's really, really big. Like a Tawny Port on steroids. It really makes me think of drinking straight molasses, though it has enough acidity to be drinkable. Flavors of maple syrup, caramels and orange peel, as well as a pleasant floral note. Personally, I could only drink this in small servings - but I did enjoy those small servings, and it wasn't much of a problem since it kept perfectly well for a week. Overall, though, I don't really feel the need to supplement the three bottles I bought.

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Valley of the Moon Port 2004
Rated by Capaneus on February 6, 2009

Rating 44-

Nice wine. Very like Douro Late Bottled Vintage Ports I've had, in that it has the weight, texture and flavor profile of "real" LBV Port, heavier and chewier than most Rubys. It's also simpler than good vintage Port, which, again, makes it true to type as a LBV, and comes with the advantage that it survives a few nights in the fridge quite nicely. Not sure I'd have been happy to pay full, or even original CS, price, but at $7.99 it's a steal.

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Sawmill Creek Vidal Ice Wine VQA 2004
Rated by Capaneus on December 12, 2008

Rating 44-

Very good icewine for the absurdly low price. Toffee and cloves on the nose, stewed fruit and spice on the palate, with a bit of botrytis honey. Very dense and viscous, even for a sticky. Not as lithe and nimble as a truly superior version, but tasty.

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Knightsdale Pinot Noir Sir Lancelot du Lac 2004
Rated by Capaneus on December 12, 2008

Rating 22

Lots of vanilla on the nose, overripe fruit dominates the palate. Not what I want from a pinot noir, I'm afraid.

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Pazo de Villarei Terra d'Ouro Albarino 2006
Rated by Capaneus on December 10, 2008

Rating 33

Decent albarino, but better examples can be found, even at the discounted price. Fruit is a bit too ripe, with round tastes of cooked apple and melon. Zingy acidity pulls it through, though.

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Columbia Winery Cellarmaster's Riesling 2007
Rated by Capaneus on December 10, 2008

Rating 44+

Very good Riesling - for the price, that is. Good apple and stone fruit flavors, decent acidity, if a little lower than ideal, and just a shade off-dry. Lacks the precision and minerality of Old World Riesling, but then so does much Old World Riesling. And that price is hard to beat.

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Beaulieu Vineyards Dulcet Reserve 2003
Rated by Capaneus on December 10, 2008

Rating 44

Very extracted, very dense, very New World wine, unlike most of my experience with BV. Good acidity and decent tannin kept in on my good side, though. Not Burgundy, but tasty.

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Les Bois du Menestrel Vacqueyras 2005
Rated by Capaneus on November 27, 2008

Rating 44+

Great, old-fashioned GSM, nice acids, true varietal character, shines with food.

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Kallfelz Estate Riesling Kabinett 2006
Rated by Capaneus on November 27, 2008

Rating 22-

Unpleasant, slightly sour flavors, and a bit of petillance suggest this may be an off-bottle.

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Kilikanoon Riesling Mort's Block Watervale 2006
Rated by Capaneus on November 27, 2008

Rating 33

Fine, correct Riesling in a bone-dry style I just don't like that much: I missed a touch of sweetness to flesh out this wine.

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Montes Sauvignon Blanc Limited Selection 2007
Rated by Capaneus on November 20, 2008

Rating 44

Beautiful clean, simple, SB. Leans towards the citrus, rather than grassy, flavor profile. Nothing profound, but a fun wine. Could stand to drink it often.

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Montevina Terra d'Oro Moscato 2006
Rated by Capaneus on November 20, 2008

Rating 11

Outright unpleasant: has an overripe note that, coupled with heavy sweetness, and no acid to speak of, makes this wine cloying from the first sip. Actually poured this down the drain, which I rarely do.

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