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Cameron Hughes Update

Dear Friends, I have another rare mountain offering for you today. As I’ve mentioned in the past, the tiny Spring Mountain AVA sits high up above Napa Valley on the eastern slopes of the Mayacamas mountains. One of the “last outposts” of Napa Valley whose wineries are still owned by small families and known for […]

Cameron Hughes Wine Update

    Dear Friends, Following on from our Lot 578 Cab Franc release (already sold out, I hope you got yours in time!), today we are bringing you the next release from the same winery: Lot 579 2015 Napa Valley Merlot. As with Lot 578, today’s offering was made available to me due to the […]

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CORKSCREWs REVIEWs

    Bodegas Olivares S.L.-Altos De La Hoya-Monastrell-Garnacha-Old Vines-Jumilla-Spain-2015-14.0% Alcohol-$11.96-A nose of some muted dark fruit and some spice, dark purple in color.  A medium to full bodied red, with black cherry, plum, licorice and spice in finish, a bit uneven.          RP-90          CR-86          Good with meats, chicken, pasta.         Azienda Agricola Andreola […]

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                     Azienda Orlando Abrigo-Barbaresco-Nebbiolo-Montersino-Italy-2005-14.5% Alcohol-$29.99-A nose of cherry and spices, medium garnet in color.  A medium to full bodied red, with plum, black cherry, smoke and spice on long finish, elegant, drink now.          RP-92          WS-93          CR-91          Good with meats, chicken, pasta.          One Cork Bonus.             Les Vignerons de […]

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    Tenshen Wine-Tenshan-Syrah-Grenache-Mourvedre-Petite Sirah-Merlot-Santa Barbara County-California-2015-15.5% Alcohol-$19.99-A nose of muted dark fruit and some spice, dark purple in color.  A medium to full bodied kitchen sink blend, with black cherry, blueberry, herbs and spice on finish, needs a good decant.          WE-92 (Editors’ Choice)          CR-89          Good with meats, chicken, pasta.       Lionel Faury-Syrah-Saint […]

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            Beaulieu Vineyard-Tapestry-Reserve-Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot-Cabernet Franc-Malbec-Petit Verdot-Napa Valley-California-2008-14.6% Alcohol-$29.99-A nose of dark fruit and spice, dark purple in color. A full bodied kitchen sink blend, with blackberry, currants, dark chocolate with licorice and spice notes.  In a good drinking zone, drink now.           RP-89           WS-91           CR-91           Good with steak, chicken, pasta.          One Cork Bonus.   […]

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-             The Last Wine Company-The Walking Dead-Blood Red Blend-Sonoma-California-2015-13.5% Alcohol-$14.99-A nose of some red fruits and some spice, dark purple in color.  A medium to full bodied red blend, could not find what the blend consisted of, black cherry, vanilla and spice, borderline skittles, label was better than the wine.          NR          […]

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    Stonestreet-Estate-Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot-Malbec-Monument Ridge Vineyard-Alexander Valley-Sonoma County-California-2010-14.0%  Alcohol-$32.63-A nose of some dark fruit and spice, dark garnet in color.  A medium to full bodied red, with blackberry, currant, some licorice and spice on finish, better values exist.          NR          CR-88          Good with steak, chicken, pasta.                         Trentadue Winery-La Storia-Zinfandel-Alexander Valley-Sonoma County-California-2015-14.9% […]

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Robert Biale Vineyard Update

    This new year sure started out with some welcome news! We have been named a “2018 Winery of the Year” by the prestigious American Fine Wine Competition. The founders of the AFWC are honoring Biale for not just all the gold and double gold medals we have been awarded over the years, but […]

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                    Whitehall Lane Winery-Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon-Napa Valley-California-2014-14.3% Alcohol-$24.99-A nose of some dark fruit and some spice, dark garnet in color.  A medium to full bodied red, with black cherry, plum, cocoa and some spice on finish, good not great.          RP-89          WS-89          CR-88          Good with meats, chicken, pasta.                             Dominio Mano […]

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Linne Calodo Update

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