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2007 Kobalt Cabernet Sauvignon

The kind of wine you either love or hate – I loved it, and the person with whom I was drinking it disliked it. This is a big, muscular Napa Cabernet on steroids (14.8% alc.) that needs at least a couple of hours of breathing before it is safe to approach without your palate getting beat up. Intense nose of blackcurrant, menthol and dark chocolate. Seems overripe and jammy at first taste, but repeated tastings soften that view. Rich blackberry fruit that takes a bit of time to find past the tannins. Lengthy finish. Could benefit from aging. Definitely needs food, like a chargrilled ribeye. Both the wine and the steak have a crusty exterior masking rare flavors within. Highly recommended.
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2006年 浮士德 赤霞珠

酒庄主是一位在纳帕谷的重要人士,也是另一家更高端的Quintessa酒庄主的堂兄弟。这款酒闻起来有黑莓,桉树,大地的味道。丰富的口感似乎是由众多种味道融为而成:黑葡萄干,可可/巧克力,甚至一些南瓜派混合香料的触感。有水果味,但是单宁略微有些重,且酒有点“热“(14.5%酒精度)使它看起来有点不够平衡。一个给力的中等长度的余味还略带甜味。总之相比起来在纳帕其他较为昂贵的邻居来说这是一款相当不错的酒,可以尝试架烤牛排和它搭配。极力推荐。 标签:2006年,美乐,品丽珠,赤霞珠,加利福尼亚州,浮士德,Faust,马尔贝克,纳帕谷,小味儿多,Quintessa,红葡萄酒,酒评,酒
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2006年 路易M马提尼 ,纳帕谷,赤霞珠

起初,你注意到樱桃覆盆子的香味,伴随着浓郁的甜水果香,甚至有焦糖的味道。单宁不是很明显,如果只是单纯喝酒的话,你会体会到相当悠长的难以忘怀的回味。但如果有佐餐相伴,它变得更加平衡,而且甜味不那么明显,杯中的酒下肚似乎只是时间的问题。试着与一些味道不太重的食物搭配,例如番茄酱通心粉一类的。推荐级别。 标签:2006,赤霞珠,加利福尼亚州,路易米马提尼,梅鹿辄,纳帕谷,小味儿多,红葡萄酒,西拉,酒评,葡萄酒
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2009 Folie à Deux Napa Valley Chardonnay

Clear, vibrant yellow straw appearance. Green apple, tropical fruit, vanilla, hint of coconut on the nose. Citrus, pineapple, peach flavors. Good mid-palate and lingering acidity at finish. Restrained use of oak. Good balance. Pairing mine tonight with my seasonal favorite Dungeness crab. Try crab cakes, chicken or pasta with cream sauce. This is a very drinkable chardonnay for under $20 that will please many, not embarrass you, and will pair widely with a good variety of foods. Read the extended review on Simple Hedonisms.
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2006 Louis M. Martini Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

At first, you notice cherry raspberry aromas, with darker sweet fruit in the flavors—even caramelized fruit. Not much tannin apparent, when drinking the wine on its own, and an unmemorable finish. But with food, it becomes more balanced, less sweet: the wine in your glass just seems to disappear. Try it with something not too heavy, like pasta with tomato sauce. Recommended.
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2006 Faust Cabernet Sauvignon

A Napa biggie, a cousin of the pricier Quintessa. Nose of blackberry, eucalyptus, and earth. Rich feel on palate seemingly coming from myriad directions: dark currants, cocoa/chocolate, even some hints of pumpkin pie spice blend. The fruit, however, is a tad out of whack to the tannins and the wine is a bit “hot” (14.5% alc.) making it seem a bit unbalanced. A sinewy, semi-long finish that is slightly sweet. Nevertheless, a quite good wine, and a bargain when compared to many of its pricey Napa neighbors. Try with grilled hanger steak. Highly recommended.
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2008 Shafer Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch

This wine exhibits a ripe melon & pineapple core with butterscotch, butter & heavy cream, baking spice & vanilla extract. Full body, medium acid, medium length in this pleasant, but typical, upscale California Chardonnay. Guests at the Palate Press Grand Tasting gave this an average score of 3.2 out of 5 stars. Drink with lobster and corn chowder.
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2007 Opus One

The 2007 Opus One is clearly aimed at the Bordeaux aficionado, offering a balance of dark fruits with spice and floral flavors, all with a balance of acid and tannins that suggest long cellar life.