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K Vintners-K-Syrah-Morrison Lane-Walla Walla Valley-Washington State-2008-$37.98-A nose of dark fruit and spice, dark purple in color.  A medium to full bodied red, with black cherry, plum, spices on long finish, stills needs a short decant.          RP-93          CR-90          Good with meats, chicken, pasta.          One Cork Bonus.                             Comartin Cellars-Cuvee Cassidy-GSM-Grenache-Syrah-Mourvedre-California-2015-14.4% Alcohol-$25.14-A nose of dark fruits and […]

Caldwell Vineyard Update

Wed, Jan 6 at 2:40 PM SESSIONS with the SMUGGLER Virtual Tasting #10 on Jan 27th Kicking off at 4pm (PST), John and the guys will lead you down a rabbit hole of behind-the-scenes details on some of our most sought-after reds, including the 2018 Cabernet Franc (mmmm) and the 2017 GOLD Cabernet Sauvignon (officially […]

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CORKSCREWs REVIEWs

                         Howell At The Moon Vineyards and Winery-Cabernet Sauvignon-Mount Veeder-Napa Valley-2013-15.2% Alcohol-$44.99-A nose of some austere funk, dark fruit and spice, dark garnet in color.  A medium to full bodied red with currant, plum, candied spice on finish, needs a decant.          NR          CR-90          Good with steak, chicken, pasta.          One Cork Bonus.                                    Hawk and Horse […]

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                          Clarendon Hills Vineyard-Grenache-Clarendon-Blewitt Springs-Australia-2007-14.5% Alcohol-$26.99-A nose of dark fruits and spice, dark garnet in color.   A medium to full bodied single vineyard red, with blackberry, blueberry, with a spiced finish, drink now.           RP-91+           WS-91           WE-93           CR-90           Good with meats, chicken, pasta.          One Cork Bonus. The Alex Cooper Project-Zinfandel-Petite Sirah-Doug Rafanelli Vineyard-Dry Creek Valley-Sonoma County-California-2014-14.1% […]

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                          Hendry Ranch-Zinfandel-Blocks 7 & 22-Napa Valley-California-2016-15.0% Alcohol-$27.69-A nose of dark cherries and spice, dark garnet in color.  A medium to full bodied single vineyard Zin, with blackberry, black cherry, chocolate and smoky spices on finish,  a good Zin.          RP-91          CR-90          Good with ribs, chicken, pasta.          One Cork Bonus.                     Dolin Family Cellars-The Troubadour-Cabernet Franc-Cabernet […]

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                     David Arthur Vineyards-Proprietary Red-Napa Valley-California-2016-14.7%-$29.94-A nose of dark fruits and some spices, dark garnet in color.  A medium to full bodied Bordeaux blend, with black cherry, plum, licorice and spice on finish, was very good.          NR          CR-90          Good with meats, chicken, pasta.          One Cork Bonus. Ernest Vineyards-The Wrangler-Pinot Noir-Grand Vent Vineyard-Petaluma Gap-California-2015-12.8% Alcohol-$24.44-A nose […]

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William Hill Estate Winery-Cabernet Sauvignon-North Coast-California-2018-14.2% Alcohol-$14.99-A nose of some dark fruits and spices, garnet in color.  A medium to full bodied red, with black cherry, plum, cocoa and spices on finish, noting special.          NR          CR-85          Good with steak, chicken, pasta.                       Bear Flag Wine-Zinfandel-Petite Sirah-Sonoma County-California-California-2016-14.8% Alcohol-$22.99-A nose of cherry and some spice, dark […]

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                   Yates Family Vineyard-Sisters-Mt. Veeder-Napa Valley-California-2015-14.6% Alcohol-$68.00-A bold nose of dark fruit and some spice, dark garnet in color. A medium to full bodied red blend, not quite sure varieties but would guess Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and maybe Cabernet Franc, with blackberry, blueberry, a finish of chocolate and spices, was very good.          NR          CR-91         Good […]

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                           Michael and David Philips-7 Deadly Zins-Zinfandel-Old Vine-Lodi-California-2017-15.0% Alcohol-$13.99-A nose of dark fruit and spice, dark garnet in color.  A full bodied, fun drinking Zin, pepper, blackberry, spicy, a good value.          WS-89          CR-88          Good with ribs, chicken, pasta.          WE-87          CR-88          Good with meats, chicken, pasta. Symington Family Estates-Warre’s-Warrior-Finest Reserve-Porto-Portugal-NV-20.00% Alcohol-12.99-A ripe nose of spice and […]

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                            Land of Riches-Paydirt-Going For Broke-Zinfandel-Grenache-Petite Sirah-Syrah-Mourvedre-Barbara-Cabernet Sauvignon-Napa-California-2018-15.2% Alcohol-$17.95-A nose of dark fruits and spices, dark purple in color. A medium to full bodied kitchen sink red, with black cherry, raspberry, licorice and spices on finish.          NR          CR-89          Good with meats, chicken, pasta. Juggernaut Wine Co.-Hillside-Cabernet Sauvignon-California-2017-14.5% Alcohol-$19.10-A huge nose of dark fruits and spices, […]

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Bodega Norton, S.A.-Privada-Malbec-Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon-Mendoza-Argentina-2016-14.5% Alcohol-$17.99-A nose of brooding dark fruit and spice, dark black purple in color.  A full bodied red blend with blackberry, cassis, some bitter chocolate and spice on finish, needs a decant.            RP-94          WS-91          CR-91         Good with steak, chicken, pasta.          One Cork Bonus. SLO Down Wines-Sexual Chocolate-Syrah-Malbec-Napa-California-2016-14.5% Alcohol-$24.99-A nose of dark […]

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