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Dec. 22, 2007 Mitolo Jester Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

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The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon "Jester" includes 20% dried grapes in the style of Amarone. Purple-colored, it has a fragrant bouquet of black fruits, tar, and violets. This leads to a smooth-textured, layered, dense wine with enough structure to evolve for 4-6 years. It has a long, pure finish and can be enjoyed over the next 15-20 years. It is a superb value in Cabernet Sauvignon. Score - 92. (Jay Miller, www.erobertparker.com, Oct. 2007) - 12/22/2007

Dec. 22, 2007 Aramis Vineyards Shiraz 2004

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Deep violet color. Dense blackberry, creme de cassis, cherry preserves, pipe tobacco, vanilla and baking spices on the nose. This has greater elegance than the more expensive Governor, and the fruit speaks more clearly. Sweet dark berry and cherry flavors are lifted by fresh but gentle acids, and the soft tannins harmonize nicely with the fruit. Finishes with an impressively pure blackberry flavor and a tangy, refreshing note of cracked pepper. Sure, there's oak, but it's there as a sweetening element, allowing the bright fruit to shine. A great bargain in newfangled shiraz. Score - 92. (Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, July/Aug. 2006) - 12/22/2007

Dec. 22, 2007 Ironstone Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

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Drink whenever......

  x $19.67
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You can count on Ironstone Vineyards to deliver wines that are more luscious and direct than most of its price-point competitors. This boasts masses of ripe fruit that are turned even more toothsome with sweet chocolate and vanilla notes. The palate is attractively ripe and luscious with flavours that are very fresh and youthful. Good Value.
Score - *** ˝ (out of 5). (Vines, Sept./Oct. 2007)  - 12/22/2007


Dec. 18, 2007 Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

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A perennial favourite with Wine Spectator (the 2004 vintage earned 90 points!), this robust Cab offers solid value. This powerhouse is packed with red currant, cassis, earth, sage, smoke and cedar aromas and flavours. It's dry, with a plush mouth-filling texture leading to ripe tannins on the lingering finish. Enjoy with bison steaks, lamb chops or rare roast beef. - 12/18/2007

Dec. 18, 2007 Peter Lehmann The Futures 2004

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Aged for 12 months in French oak, this impressively structured, classic Barossa shiraz exhibits delicious dark fruit and chocolate aromas with hints of mixed spice. The fruit's intensity and depth is brought into balance by firm tannins and beautifully integrated oak. Makes for excellent drinking now especially when paired with braised lamb shanks or richly flavoured casseroles. It can be cellared up to 10 years. - 12/18/2007

Jul. 25, 2007 Trivento Mendoza Syrah 2005

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Concha y Toro's wine investment in Argentina - 07/25/2007

Jul. 25, 2007 Torbreck Cuvee Juveniles Barossa Valley 2004

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Dec. 14, 2006 Pomerol 2004

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Polished and elegant, with notes of plum, violet and tobacco, chewy tannins and dry finish.

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Dec. 14, 2006 Killerman's Run 2003

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The bargains continue with the 2003 Grenache/Shiraz Killerman's Run (60% of the former and 40% of the latter), which was aged in old American and French hogsheads for two years prior to being bottled unfiltered. Its dense ruby/purple color is accompanied by plenty of sweet kirsch and blackberry fruit intermixed with damp earth and pepper. Fleshy, with excellent intensity and a long, heady finish, this superb Australian red is a fabulous bargain. Moreover, it should drink well for 4-5 years or longer. Score - 91. (Robert Parker Jr., www.erobertparker.com, Oct. 2005)

  x $23.00
Dec. 13, 2006 Peter Lehmann The Futures 2003

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Peter Lehmann's wines are among our favourites. The Futures Shiraz is typically generous and likeable, and there's a finesse that's lacking in the brawnier Barossa Shirazes. Ripe fruit and subtle oak are interwoven seamlessly, and it has tons of flavour and lovely smooth texture. Score - ***** (out of 5). (Cuisine NZ, July 2006)

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Dec. 6, 2006 Colchagua Valley Alpha Apalta Vineyard 2004

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Lovely aromas of black cherry confiture and freshly shaved vanilla bean lead to a ripe, supple palate of cassis, plum and mineral, shaded deftly with a dash of spicy toast. Shows nice grip. Drink now through 2008. 19,000 cases made. –JM

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Dec. 6, 2006 P?ppoli 2004

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A ripe, fruity red, with black currant, damson and hints of coconut and chocolate. Very powerful, with a silky medium body and a fruity, chocolate-coated finish. Needs time. Best after 2007. 16,665 cases made. –JS

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Dec. 6, 2006 The Ashmead Family 2004

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Dec. 6, 2006 Kaesler Stonehorse GSM 2005

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Smooth and polished, with a lovely core of black cherry and currant fruit, dripping with dark chocolate and smoky spice notes as the finish goes on. Impressive for its balance and length. Drink now through 2014. 4,000 cases made. –HS

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Nov. 26, 2006 Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon Founder's Estate 2004

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Pretty light, not very robust, much better out there. - 11/29/2006

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Total wines logged: 19

Varieties: 10

Number of wines in cellar: 11 (13 bottles)

Number of Notes: 9

Number of Comments: 7

Average rating: 4

Favorites: Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah

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