Castle Rock

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Varietal: Pinot Noir

Vintages: 2009

Country: United States, Monterey Country

Essence of: This Pinot Noir is elegant and medium-bodied, with aromas of cherry, tea and herbal spice. On the palate the wine offers flavors of black cherry, plum and spice. It is smooth with a silky texture with mild tannins.

Best Served With: Enjoy with lamb, chicken, veal, salmon and light pasta dishes

Price Range: Under $15 per bottle

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PETITE PETIT

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Varietal: 85% Petite Sirah and 15% Petit Verdot

Vintages: 2009

Country: United States, California

Essence of: PETITE PETIT is a delicious and rich flavor and color. It is a substantial, dense, full-bodied, whopper style of wine loaded with pure black fruit and vanilla flavors that coat the palate. The finish is smooth, dry and lingers on the tongue.

Best Served With: Everything – cheese, meats, chocolate, life in general goes will with this wine.

Price Range: Under $25 per bottle (most common pricing between $13-$22) 

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Cartlidge & Browne

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Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintages: 2008

Country: California, USA

Essence of: When I first open this wine I had aromas of dried strawberries and tons of alcohol, it was overwhelming. I took a sip and was disappointed. The tannins are very harsh and overpowered the fruit in the wine, not well balanced at first / Bits recommended to let this wine sit and breath for 15 to 20 min the flavors begin to settle down and the fruit comes into place. / Notes of cedar and bits of vanilla and spice come out once the alcohol subsides, but the tannins remain very apparent with a lingering long finish.

Best Served With: Gamey & Grilled Meats

Price Range: Under $15 per bottle

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Grayson Cellars, Lot 10

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Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintages: 2009

Country: California, USA

Essence of: The 2009 Grayson Cabernet Sauvignon shows a dark violet color with deep, rich aromas of ripe, dark cherries, blackberries and hints of black pepper / This full bodied wine provides a round mouth feel with a long, lingering finish of hints of toasted French oak and a dry finish / I went through the whole bottle in one sitting, it’s THAT good. Really there many negative attributes for this wine and since its it’s only a 2009 vintage I wonder what it might be like in 2-3 years!

Best Served With: Grilled & Braised Meats, Tomato based Pastas and Pizza

Price Range: Under $12 per bottle 

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Bogle Wine Yards

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Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintages: 2008

Country: California

Essence of: Ripe cherry and plums get your attention, while vanilla and spice lure your palate / This Cabernet is structured very well and has incredible balanced / The tannins are silky and luscious with a long pleasant finish.

Best Served With: Enjoyed this wine with a variety of meat dishes prepared in light or rich sauce or simply grilled, also good with aged cheeses.

Price Range: Under $12 per bottle

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Frontier Red Lot 92

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Varietal: Blend of Syrah, Grenache, Petite Sirah, Mouvedre

Vintages: 2008

Country: California

Essence of: Lush red & black fruit flavors / Hints of enticing spice, vanilla, chocolate and oak notes / Easy drinking wine

Best Served With: Chicken or pork dishes, grilled meats, pasta & pizza

Price Range: Under $12 per bottle

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Twisted

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Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintages: 2008

Country: California

Essence of: Flavors of bing cherry and ripe blueberry / hints of soft vanilla and smoky oak notes / a abrasive noise of alcohol, jammy fruit, and earthly characteristics I would recommend to let this wine breath for 5 min before you suck it up! Once you get past the strong noise the wine becomes easy drinking 🙂

Best Served With: Tomato based dishes, aged cheeses, grilled meats, grilled portabella mushrooms or mushroom dishes.

Price Range: Under $12 per bottle

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Wine Guerrilla

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Varietal: Zinfandel, Petite Sirah

Vintages: 2008

Country: Sonoma County

Essence of: Dried cherries and black currants / easy drinking wine AND easy to open ( screw cap) / well balanced with a nice acidic quality, nuances of vanilla, oak and spice, mild tannins, with a long finish. Yummy!

Best Served With: Grilled, braised or roasted meats and poultry

Price Range: $15 per bottle (or less) 

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