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Wine: 2006 La Massa IGT Giorgio Primo
Region: Tuscany
Sokolin Price: $44.95/btl
Rating: 94 RP

As many of you probably heard, there has been much hype and noise generated about the 2006 Tuscans within the last few months. And rightfully so. In a nutshell, they can be described as powerhouse wines, packed with intense flavor and will arguably go down in history as one of the best vintages to come out of the Tuscan region. That said, for our for first field tasting report, we thought it was appropriate to choose a 2006 Tuscan.

We paired the 2006 La Massa IGT Giorgio Primo (30% Sangiovese, 30% Merlot, ...

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Wine: 2004 Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve
Region: California
Sokolin Price: $79.95
Rating: 95 RP

One of the best things about the business we are in is that we have the rare privilege of sampling the world's greatest wines. It just so happens that the greatest wines really come from all over the globe. While once thought to be inferior and unable to live up to French wines, US wines and those from new emerging regions have been gaining a real following. This is no doubt due to the very high quality being achieved by the vintners. As part of our field tastings, we will take our readers...

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Wine: 1985 Cheval Blanc
Region: Bordeaux
Sokolin Price: $459/btl
Rating: 98 RP-NM

It seems there is a long established conviction that the Bordeaux region of France simply defines the heart and soul of a great wine. Although we truly appreciate and enjoy wine from many regions across the world, we're not shy about saying that Bordeaux is one of our favorite wine regions. Over the next few months, we plan on sampling and sharing our thoughts with you on a wide array of Bordeaux wines, both old and young. Having the opportunity to smell, taste and enjoy old Bordeaux is one of life's greatest pleasur...

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What a great opportunity to taste 13 of the best Brunello producers from one of the best vintages in history! And the critics are right about 04 Brunello - the WOW factor is definitely there and in full effect.

Now, true to a blind tasting, we did not know which wines were being poured in the glass?. Only that it was 2004 Brunello di Montalcino. We simply wrote notes for each wine we tasted and then decided which Brunello we liked the best and rated them. At the end of this remarkable tasting, we found out which wines we liked the best, everyone's favorite, etc...

So here's a couple of my person...

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There is a general assumption that all French wines worth drinking are expensive, that there are no worthy wines of value from the country that can claim home to the largest number of 'noble grapes'. Today, this couldn't be further from the truth as a number of savvy shoppers are paying close attention to the wines of Languedoc Roussillon. One such wine is Chimeres, a proprietary blend from Chateau Saint-Roch. Though originally focused on Lirac and the Rhone, the winemakers' wine from Cotes du Roussillon has been receiving plenty of attention of late, with a score of 92 points from Wine Advoca...

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Wine: 2007 Brewer-Clifton Pinot Noir Mount Carmel Vineyard
Region: California
Sokolin Price: $79.95/btl
Rating: 95+ RP

For this article, we decided to have a side-by-side tasting with two different wines but the same vintage and the same producer. We selected 2007 Pinot Noirs produced by Brewer-Clifton in California. Both cuvees come from very small productions with just over 1,000 cases produced.

There is an incredible amount of hype that surrounds the 2007 California Pinot Noirs. We are hearing from inside the trade as well as customers that this vintage is the best in bottle ever to come out of ...

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As the saying goes "Write what you know about", I feel compelled to kick-off my writing with one of my all time favorite wines - Waterstone Cabernet Sauvignon.

If you subscribe to our email offers I'm sure you've seen us feature this one but just in case you haven't seen it yet here is a quick version of their story:

Napa Valley nice guys Phillip Zorn and Brent Shortridge decided in 2000 to "create luxury wines at affordable prices".

To that end Phillip and Brent were able to obtain the left over juice from one of the ultra-rare and expensive California Cult producers, finish and bottle the wine ...

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Short answer? Yes!

But it's really more than just good. It's exceptional. Year in and year out the top Pinot Noir producers in California such as Kistler, Aubert, Marcassin etc, make great wines but rarely do you see a vintage that is consistently great across the board. If you are a pinot noir lover this is a vintage you will want to stock up on, trust me!

When describing this vintage, some of the qualities that come to mind for me are fresh, impeccably balanced, soft tannins that almost come across as silky, and overall just a great sense of purity. Winemakers hit it big in this vintage. Excep...

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Me being a Pinot Noir lover I'm always on the look out for great Pinot's that won't break the bank. This is always a challenge when trying to locate one from Burgundy. So I've recently been sampling wines from the great 2007 California vintage (see Article #4 - 2007 California Pinot Noir - "Is it Really that Good?").

California has long-struggled with the fickle Pinot Noir grape, but cooler climate regions like Santa Rita hills, Russian River Valley, & Mendocino's Anderson Valley have all emerged as prime spots for Pinot Noir in California. Luckily we have access to some of the best producers i...

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In virtually every appellation in Bordeaux, 2004 was a great vintage that produced many palate pleasing wines that sell for reasonable prices. Sandwiched between the highly celebrated (and freakishly awesome) 2003 and 2005 vintages, 2004 is often over looked by collectors. But 2004 Bordeaux are highly respectable wines, and, though they might not turn out to be as long lived as some other vintages, will provide much drinking pleasure for the short term. Due in part to this point, and also to the reasonable pricing, 2004 is a perfect vintage to collect for everyday drinking. The wines, while sl...

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