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User in limbo has rated the following wines:

X Winery Merlot Lot 21 Mendocino County 2014
Rated by in limbo on October 30, 2017

Rating 22-

Heavy on American oak and low on character. Definitely worth avoiding.

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Domaine des Ruettes Saumur Champigny 2015
Rated by in limbo on October 30, 2017

Rating 33+

Strong nose of pencil shavings and talcum powder. Nice acidity. Somewhat thin-bodied and perhaps lacking in depth but really pleasant and balanced overall.

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Ego Bodegas Marionette Jumilla 2014
Rated by in limbo on October 30, 2017

Rating 22-

Toothless fruit-bomb. Blended monastrell/syrah should pack a punch, not taste like punch.

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Housley's Century Oak Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Judy's Vineyard 2009
Rated by in limbo on April 14, 2012

Rating 33+

This wine’s got the hot wax residues. PNP---initially tight with plenty of alcohol, menthol, and “beeswax–coated” currant on the palate. Opens up beautifully; green pepper, cola, and vanilla flavors emerge after an hour at the oxygen bar. Thick heavy bottle, thick heavy wine—definitely worthy of the $14.99 price point.

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Rocca dei Sanniti Aglianico del Taburno 2006
Rated by in limbo on April 8, 2012

Rating 44-

Floral bulb aromas on the nose. Light-to medium bodied wine with dusty cherry, sun-baked earth, and racy acidity on palate. Nice drying tannin on finish. I agree with Capaneus’ assessment—I can see myself drinking this often.

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Terrana Nicodemi Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2010
Rated by in limbo on April 8, 2012

Rating 22

Foxy—but not in the good way. I was surprised and disappointed to taste Concord grape extract in an Italian red. Not much happening here beyond the obnoxious grapey-taste. A definite pass.

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Le Paradis Chinon Loire Valley 2010
Rated by in limbo on April 7, 2012

Rating 22+

Impulse buy--wish that I had seen the past ratings first! This tastes like a castrated Cabernet Franc; very little depth of flavor and the expected varietal characteristics are diluted. This could easily be mistaken for a single varietal Grenache or a cheapo Beaujolais. Drinkable----just unimaginative.

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Gonnet Ventoux 2010
Rated by in limbo on March 22, 2012

Rating 22

Simple and fruity. Not a whole lot happening here beyond the initial attack...avoid this dud. Better deals can be found at the same price point.

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Bell Wine Cellars Merlot 2006
Rated by in limbo on March 22, 2012

Rating 33+

Found one discounted bottle in a well-shaded (luckily) area of a PLCB store. Cocoa, plum, toasty oak, and plenty of sour cherry fruit on the palate. Nice acidity here—and the 11% Cab provides a pleasant drying-tannin on the finish. Great buy at the adjusted $15.99 price point.

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Wolf Blass Shiraz President's Selection 2008
Rated by in limbo on March 18, 2012

Rating 33

I agree with Big Red that this is a fairly typical, middle-of–the-road Aussie Shiraz. Plenty of bright bramble fruit on the palate---and lush tannins provide the classic Shiraz “fuzzy” mouth-feel. Not particularly complex, but enjoyable as a daily drinker. After all, a solid $6.99 red is a rare bird.

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Chateau d'Or et de Gueules Costieres de Nimes Cuvee Trassegum 2009
Rated by in limbo on March 18, 2012

Rating 33+

Burnt rubber, must, and cherry fruit on nose. Black tea, dark cherry, black pepper, and hint of anise on the palate. Slight menthol burn on the finish—there’s just enough acidity here to insulate against the heat. There’s a whole lot going on here for the modest $10 price of admission.

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Volker Eisele Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2006
Rated by in limbo on February 12, 2012

Rating 44-

Smooth, medium-bodied cab with cassis and anise featured prominently on the palate. Nice drying tannins on the finish. Fans of traditional, restrained cabs would enjoy the Volker—but if you’re looking for more boldness and personality, consider purchasing the Vezer Suisun Valley 2007 instead at the same price point.

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Fetish Playmates 2008
Rated by in limbo on February 4, 2012

Rating 33

The full package; bold, lush, and pleasing. Oh, and the wine was decent too.

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Demuth Winery Pinot Noir Limited Reserve Anderson Valley 2006
Rated by in limbo on February 1, 2012

Rating 0No Rating

I managed to find bottles of the 2006 and 2007 vintages at different local PLCB stores (strangely, both were being marketed as the 2006 vintage!). In my mini-vertical, I found that the 2006 vintage greatly outperformed the 2007. The 2006 offered pleasant strawberry notes on the nose and a wonderful balance of spice and Rainier cherry on the palate. It's not too often that one can find such a reasonably priced California Pinot on the CS that's not obnoxiously fruity (4-). The 2007 vintage, on the other hand, was an awkward cola-bomb that would have benefited from more acidity (3-).

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Yering Station Pinot Noir Little Yering 2008
Rated by in limbo on January 10, 2012

Rating 33-

Tastes like a mixture between cheapo Cali and NZ pinots. Plenty of acidity and bright fruit, but little to no action on the mid-palate.

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Cellars Baronia del Montsant Flor de Englora Roure 2009
Rated by in limbo on January 10, 2012

Rating 33+

Montsant is the ring around the bullseye—but I’m more than satisfied with the 25 pts. This wine tastes like a baby Priorat. I enjoyed the dusty cherry notes, minerality, and ample acidity. A solid buy at the $12.99 price point.

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McWilliam's Cabernet Sauvignon Hanwood Estate 2009
Rated by in limbo on January 8, 2012

Rating 22-

Thin, under-extracted, and unpleasantly metallic. This is my second terrible experience with a wine from McWilliams Estate. I’m still kicking myself for not buying Arbor Mist Melon White Zinfandel instead at the same price point (95pts RP).

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Marchesi de' Frescobaldi Tenuta di Castiglioni Tuscany 2008
Rated by in limbo on December 9, 2011

Rating 33

Simple and pleasant. More rounded and less incisive than a typical Tuscan wine. Could easily be confused for a California Cabernet/Merlot blend. Satisfying at the $11.99 price point, but nothing special.

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Borgo Scopeto Chianti Classico Riserva 2007
Rated by in limbo on October 8, 2011

Rating 22+

Flat, boring. watery, and uninspired---avoid this turkey (no offense to turkeys!)

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Clarendon Hills Syrah Bakers Gully 2005
Rated by in limbo on October 8, 2011

Rating 44

Smoked meat, cocoa, overripe blackberry fruit, and a bit of eucalyptus on the palate. Lush mouthfeel with well integrated tannins. Enjoyed the complexity and depth but would have appreciated a bit more acidity.

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Tatachilla Cabernet Sauvignon McLaren Vale 2006
Rated by in limbo on October 3, 2011

Rating 33+

Dark chocolate, currant, anise, and a bit of eucalyptus on the palate. Lush, viscous body is nicely balanced out by a streak of acidity. Pleasant tannic kick on the finish. This wine is much better than the $7.99 price point suggests.

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Pillar Box Red 2008
Rated by in limbo on August 29, 2011

Rating 33

Blueberry, and raspberry flavors dominate the palate—but a hint of eucalyptus prevents this wine from reaching dreaded fruit-bomb territory. Thick, viscous body with the consistency of “pond scum”—according to one person in my party. A fun, everyday wine at the reasonable $6.99 price point.

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Tenuta Coppadoro Radicosa Puglia 2003
Rated by in limbo on August 1, 2011

Rating 44

Dark fruit and dried soil on the nose. Piquant dried cherry, barnyard funk, sun-baked earth, and a hint of anise on the palate. Great complexity for such a reasonably priced wine--i'm still kicking myself for not buying more bottles at the closeout price.

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Villa Pillo Borgoforte Tuscany 2007
Rated by in limbo on August 1, 2011

Rating 22-

Flabby and bland. Nothing about this wine reminds me of a Tuscan blend.

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Cellars Melis Elix Priorat 2005
Rated by in limbo on August 1, 2011

Rating 33+

Deep purple color in glass. Candied fruit, clove, and anise on palate. Well balanced and smooth with a pleasant, lingering finish.

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Ty Caton Tytanium Sonoma Valley 2008
Rated by in limbo on June 10, 2011

Rating 44+

This is a heavy-hitting Cali blend with a sensitive side. The initial attack of powerful, almost overbearing dark fruit quickly transitions into a silky smooth mid-palate with spice, chocolate, and some tobacco. Pleasant tannic grip on finish.

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Castillo de Fuenmayor Gran Familia Rioja 2008
Rated by in limbo on May 30, 2011

Rating 22-

Artificial-tasting red fruit and a high dose of bitter leather on palate. Thin bodied, flat, and unfriendly. Poured my glass down the drain after only a few sips.

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Rocca di Frassinello Poggio alla Guardia 2008
Rated by in limbo on May 11, 2011

Rating 22+

Nose of dark cherry and perfume. Slightly carbonated (bottle flaw?) when first poured. Simple and fruity. Tastes like a mass-produced/low-quality Bordeaux Right Bank blend.

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Paternoster Synthesi Aglianico del Vulture 2005
Rated by in limbo on May 6, 2011

Rating 33

Light brick color in glass. Faint currant, bulb aromas, dusty earth, and brett on nose. Piquant dried fruit, barnyard/leather, and baked earth on palate. Chalky tannin and an acidic kick on finish. A difficult, rustic wine that has a unique appeal but lacks refinement.

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J. M. Fuentes Gran Clos Priorat 2000
Rated by in limbo on May 4, 2011

Rating 44+

*I was concerned after finding a sticky residue beneath the capsule. The subsequent removal of the cork revealed considerable seepage--thankfully, the wine was not damaged. Floral aromas, toasty oak, and currant on nose. Deep, dense raspberry jam and currant flavors on the palate. Wonderfully balanced wine with great complexity. This wine really hit the spot for me and I plan on buying more.

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Sebastiani Secolo Proprietor's Selection 2006
Rated by in limbo on May 3, 2011

Rating 44-

Pleasant nose of black currant and oak. I agree that this wine exhibits some Old World qualities. Dry, medium to full bodied wine with subdued dark fruit, anise, and clove on palate. Noticeable menthol kick on mid-palate. Delightful lingering finish.

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Patianna Vineyards Pinot Noir Mendocino 2007
Rated by in limbo on April 30, 2011

Rating 22

Weak nose of red fruit . American oak, artificial cherry, and vanilla on palate. Unpleasantly hot on the finish. Wines like this make California Pinot Noir look bad. An industrial quality wine in a fancy package--buyer beware.

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Viansa Sempre il Migliore Red 2009
Rated by in limbo on April 29, 2011

Rating 33

Vibrant garnet color in glass. Bright New World oak and red cherry on nose. Medium bodied wine featuring cherry, plum, and vanilla flavors on palate. Nice acidity on finish. Excess residual sugar & a somewhat hot finish detract from the overall experience.

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Sogrape Vinhos Callabriga Douro 2008
Rated by in limbo on April 26, 2011

Rating 33+

Medium-dark purplish color in glass. Fig and dark cherry on palate; nice minerality; medium tannin; lively acidity. Solid buy at the $8.99 price point—Portugal continues to offer some great QPR wines on the CS.

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Chateau Tour de Rodet Graves 2009
Rated by in limbo on April 20, 2011

Rating 33+

Pleasant young Bordeaux. Blackcherry and plum fruit on palate along with subtle earth tones. Well balanced and smooth. Exceptional deal at the $11.99 price point.

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Ray's Station Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Rated by in limbo on April 20, 2011

Rating 33-

Bright cherry and vanilla on nose. Similar flavors on palate. Just another CS cookie-cutter California Cabernet—nothing to see here.

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Carini Syrah Salmina Vineyard Sonoma Valley 2007
Rated by in limbo on April 19, 2011

Rating 22-

A real loser at the $24.99 price point. Nose of blackberry/spice. Harsh and almost undrinkable immediately after opening—and two hours of breathing only slightly improved its approachability. Concentrated bramble fruit on palate quickly transitioned into an unpleasant medicinal-syrup quality. Too much heat and not enough acidity.

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Joel Gott Cabernet Sauvignon 6 2006
Rated by in limbo on April 16, 2011

Rating 33+

Nose of dark fruit and oak. Palate met with raisin, molasses, and anise along with a vegetal green pepper component. Enjoyable now, but perhaps lacking in structure. I agree with the Admin's assessment that this wine would benefit from a few more years of cellaring.

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Louis Latour Santenay 2007
Rated by in limbo on April 13, 2011

Rating 33+

Pleasant strawberry and floral aromatics on nose. Bone dry; refreshing acidity; earth tones, steel, and light strawberry/cranberry fruit on palate.

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Santa Duc Cotes du Rhone Villages Rasteau Les Blovac 2007
Rated by in limbo on April 13, 2011

Rating 33-

Drank alongside the Soleiade Vacqueyras 2009, another Southern Rhone blend at the same price point. Bramble fruit and alcohol on nose. Lush, rounded mouthfeel with concentrated dark fruit on palate. Lacks the earth and minerality that I would expect from a Southern Rhone blend. Decent wine, but nothing special.

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Vignerons de Caractere Domaine de la Soleiade Vacqueyras 2009
Rated by in limbo on April 13, 2011

Rating 44-

Drank alongside the 2007 Santa Duc, another Southern Rhone CS wine at the same price point. Briar fruit and spice on nose; lively acidity; dried cherry, plum, and dried herb/spice on palate. Well made, complex Southern Rhone blend that's a great value @ $14.99.

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Castello di Gabbiano Chianti Classico Riserva 2006
Rated by in limbo on April 7, 2011

Rating 33+

Medium deep ruby color. Highly aromatic with strong oak, dried cherry, and vegetal bulb aromas on nose. Palate met with dark cherry/currant fruit along with baked earth and dry/chalky tannins. An overall solid buy @ $11.99 with my one complaint being that heavy oak contributes an unwelcome bitterness to the finish. <edit> I recently had the opportunity to try another bottle of this blind--similar overall notes, but I was not bothered by bitterness on the finish. Upped rating from 3 to 3+ accordingly.

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Monte Quieto 3 Malbec Mendoza 2009
Rated by in limbo on April 7, 2011

Rating 22

Relatively flat, boring red. Artificial fruit on palate reminded me of generic "Berry" flavored juice boxes from my youth. All of this was topped off with a lovely medicinal syrup and menthol burn on the finish. Somehow this wine was awarded with a 90 point rating from Wine Advocate. Perhaps I had a flawed/tainted bottle? I'm interested to see other opinions (no ratings on cellar tracker as of yet).

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R Wines Chateau Chateau Skulls Australia 2007
Rated by in limbo on March 29, 2011

Rating 33+

Zesty acidity, a touch of minerality, and sour cherry on palate--a light, refreshing red wine that would serve best as an aperitif. The 40% Mataro adds enough complexity to the baseline Grenache profile to keep this wine interesting. The FWAGS CS deserves a (rare) round of applause for thoroughly taking advantage of the recent bankruptcy of R Wines.

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Brothers in Arms Shiraz Cabernet No. 6 2004
Rated by in limbo on March 29, 2011

Rating 33

Menthol, American oak, and dark fruit on the nose. Palate met with rosemary, plum, briar fruit, and talc/drying tannins. Somewhat hot recoil detracts from what is an overall enjoyable experience.

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Stonehedge Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2007
Rated by in limbo on March 26, 2011

Rating 22+

A sheep in wolf's clothing--fancy bottle/label used to mask low quality grapes and industrial quality winemaking. Surprisingly thin bodied for a Napa Cab & any trace of fruit is overpowered by strong American oak.

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R Wines Shiraz First Class 2007
Rated by in limbo on March 6, 2011

Rating 44

Wonderful nose of New World oak and bright bramble fruit. This thick, dark, powerful wine greets the palate with bold raspberry and blackberry fruit along with hints of anise and eucalyptus. I was astonished to find such a well-made / complex wine below $10. Sensible people will buy this wine by the case---grab some while you can! Avg. cellar tracker value of 91.9 points.

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Christian Moueix Medoc 2005
Rated by in limbo on January 30, 2011

Rating 44-

There was definitely a musky, dusty French feel to this wine. I experienced an interesting blend of nutmeg, potting soil, and dark currant fruit on the nose. This bone-dry LB Bordeaux blend was well balanced, smooth and certainly well worth the surprisingly low $12.99 price tag.

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Bernardus Marinus Red Blend Carmel Valley 2004
Rated by in limbo on January 29, 2011

Rating 44

This wonderfully balanced Bordeaux-style blend is well worth the price of admission. I enjoyed the thoughtful, old-world sensibility of this wine from its delicate currant & earth tones to its modest alcohol content. Will definitely restock.

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Viansa Anatra Rosso Sonoma County 2005
Rated by in limbo on January 26, 2011

Rating 33

I decided to give the 2005 Viansa Anatra Rosso a try based on my positive experience with the 2008 Viansa Sempre Avanti. Bright cherry and spicy clove notes greeted the palate along with subtle earth tones. This was an overall pleasant experience with my only complaint being that I found the relatively high residual sweetness to be a bit of a “tern-off.” Cheers to Viansa for donating proceeds to their Ducks Unlimited charity campaign!

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L'Ecole No 41 Merlot Columbia Valley 2006
Rated by in limbo on January 25, 2011

Rating 22-

The nose is dull and uneventful. Bright cherry flavors and heat greet the palate along with a round and rather shallow mouthfeel. Cherry Dimetapp and hot alcohol contribute to an unpleasant (and thankfully brief) finish. A truly horrible value @ $17.99--especially considering that this wine has the complexity of a jug-glugger. You would have trouble finding a less enjoyable wine on the Chairman's selection at this price point.

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Viansa Sempre Avanti Sonoma County 2008
Rated by in limbo on January 20, 2011

Rating 33+

Toasty oak and dark plummy fruit dominate the palate. Despite the international Italian/Portugese varietal facade, this is a distinctly New World-California wine. The overall impression of this wine reminds me of a Petite Sirah--albeit more complex. The Viansa Sempre Avanti is a wonderful wine @ the $12.99 price point-- however, an artificial green banana quality (as often experienced in low-quality pinotage) detracts from tasting experience.

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Londer Vineyards Pinot Noir Anderson Valley 2007
Rated by in limbo on January 11, 2011

Rating 33+

Strawberry, Rainier cherry, and cola are featured prominently on the palate. This Pinot is nicely balanced but lacks depth/complexity. Special "Peyton Hillis" edition set to hit shelves later this month....

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IO Syrah Ryan Road Vineyard 2004
Rated by in limbo on January 10, 2011

Rating 33-

Bright blackberry fruit on the palate coupled with a hint of waxy menthol (think crayon mixed with cough drop). I agree with Jonradus; the finish on this wine is packing heat! An overall enjoyable & interesting experience that's somewhat diminished by the hot finish. I hope that the PA liquor board will consider adding some Walla Walla Valley Syrahs to the Chairman's Selection in the future--these cooler weather Syrahs seem to express varietal characteristics w/o the hot recoil.

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Turnbull Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2006
Rated by in limbo on January 7, 2011

Rating 44-

The bramble fruit and black pepper from the 12% syrah complemented the baseline cabernet sauvignon profile nicely. Well made dark, heavy-duty cab. 92 pt rating from Connoisseur's Guide & 90 pt rating from Wine Enthusiast.

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Damalisco Toro Crianza 2007
Rated by in limbo on January 5, 2011

Rating 33

Surprisingly acidic/tart for a tempranillo but enjoyable nonetheless. In a blind tasting some people even confused it for an inexpensive NZ pinot. More fruit forward and less funky than the typical Crianza tempranillo. Note: Despite the site label, this is not a Rioja wine---Toro is located west of Ribera del Duero. I found a helpful Spanish wine region map to help clear up my own confusion: http://pipesmagazine.com/wp-content/spanish-wine/wine_spainmap.gif

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Torres Celeste Roble Ribera Del Duero 2007
Rated by in limbo on January 4, 2011

Rating 33+

A young and approachable tempranillo. Pleasant fruit dominated the palate along with light hints of smoke/leather. While this wine lacks the strength and complexity of older tempranillos, Tores Celeste Roble would serve as a great introduction to Ribera del Duero for newcomers to this spanish region before delving into more difficult and (potentially) rewarding territory.

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Carini Cuvee Sixty Five Napa Valley 2003
Rated by in limbo on December 29, 2010

Rating 55

An absolute steal at $19.99!! I savored the wonderful balance of black currant, anise, and smokey leather flavors. This was BY FAR the best deal that I have ever found on the chairman's selection.

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Reserve des Oliviers Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2007
Rated by in limbo on December 25, 2010

Rating 33

Pleasant bright cherry and currant flavors on the palate--but the finesse of this wine seems to be undermined by the hot finish.

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Portia Prima Ribera del Duero 2004
Rated by in limbo on December 18, 2010

Rating 44

An excellent value and must buy for fans of Ribera del Duero's distinctive style of tempranillo. Impeccable balance, hints of leather, and maybe most importantly, a long pleasant finish.

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Buena Vista Pinot Noir Ramal Vineyard 2005
Rated by in limbo on December 5, 2010

Rating 33+

Solid, if unspectacular California Pinot. Quite smooth on the palate with hints of wild strawberry.

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Peachy Canyon Cirque du Vin Paso Robles 2006
Rated by in limbo on December 5, 2010

Rating 22-

After initially being put off by the cartoonish label, I convinced myself to give the Cirque du Vin Paso Robles 2006 a shot due to its 88 rating from International Wine Cellar and reasonable price @ $9.99. What I ended up with was a cloyingly-sweet, syrupy, fruit-bomb of a wine. Needless to say, I was very disappointed. The blend itself seemed odd and off balance. The bold characters of the Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah varietals in the blend clashed, resulting in a strangely disjointed tasting experience. This wine deserves nothing more than a 2- in my book.

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Peachy Canyon Zinfandel Incredible Red 2007
Rated by in limbo on December 5, 2010

Rating 22-

Another disappointing effort from Peachy Canyon. This not-so-incredible-red tries to mask its lack of complexity with a heavy dose of unpleasant jammy fruit.

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