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2008 Nelms Road Washington State WA 14.1% $20

This shows some jerky, tarragon and black pepper notes on the nose, along with pencil lead and black fruit. Ultra smooth in the mouth, one might be tempted to say this lacks structure. The structure is there, just with excellent balance. The fruit is small and spicy. There is a fair amount of oak here, more than I might like, but the wine feels so elegant and composed in the mouth and finishes with such lovely poise and clarity to the black currant fruit, that I might be tempted to ignore all that wood spice. This may not be for me, but it’s an excellent wine. 91pts

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  • Snooth User: mbakich
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    Where was the selection from Paso Robles?

    Dec 20, 2011 at 4:10 PM

  • Snooth User: Richard Foxall
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    With a little persistence, you can often find the St. Supery for under $20, even as low as $16. It's a buyer's market for wine right now, and the "value" Napa Cabs and even some of the stars can be had for a great price.

    Dec 20, 2011 at 5:22 PM

  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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    The Paso reviews go live tomorrow. A great set of wines that really outperformed.

    Agreed, some of these wines are just not moving, and not due to quality or value.

    Dec 20, 2011 at 5:27 PM

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