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2009 Girard Red Wine Artistry Napa Valley 15% $35

56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, 11% Petit Verdot, 10% Merlot, 8% Malbec

Smoky with notes of hickory nuts, leather, shoe polish and intense black fruits on the nose. This is an impressive wine, polished and focused yet at the same time it's somewhat massive and a bit of a black hole in the mouth. The wood tannins fits like a glove over the generous black and slightly blue tinged fruits, but obscures some of the detail here. The overall impression is one of black smoothness with some minty and toasty details emerging on the back end and gaining ground on the moderately long, slightly medicinal finish. I shouldn’t like this as much as I do but like a black hole, it draws you in. 90pts

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Red Blends $20-$55

1.
Penley Estate Red Bordeaux Blend Coonawarra Chertsey (2008)
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2.
St. Supéry Vineyards Chardonnay Napa Valley (2008)
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3.
Urraca Familia Langley Reserva (2005)
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4.
Terra Blanca Onyx (2008)
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5.
Trione Vineyards Alexander Valley Bordeaux Blend (2008)
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6.
Gérard Bertrand Vin de Pays d'Oc Cigalus (2010)
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7.
Seven Hills Ciel du Cheval (2009)
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8.
Buty Columbia Valley Red Blend (2010)
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9.
Ferrari-Carano Winery Tresor Sonoma County (2008)
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10.
Sutter Home Winery Merlot Fre Non Alcoholic (2008)
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11.
Neyen Espiritu Apalta Blend (2006)
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12.
Raymond Burr Quartet Tinto da Nossa Quinta Dry Creek Valley (2009)
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13.
Trinchero Meritage (2009)
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14.
Jacques & Francois Lurton Hacienda Araucano Clos de Lolol Colchagua Valley (2008)
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15.
Cosentino Winery Red Blend Napa Valley (2006)
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16.
Rodney Strong Red Bordeaux Blend Alexander Valley Symmetry (2008)
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17.
Terlato Family Vineyards Cardinals' Peak (2008)
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18.
Terlato Vineyards Devil's Peak (2008)
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19.
Antiyal Alto del Maipo Valley (2010)
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20.
Girard Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley (2009)
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21.
Telegramme Brunier Chateauneuf du Pape (2008)
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22.
D'Arenberg the Galvo Garage Cabernet/Merlot/Pv/Cabernet Franc (2007)
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23.
Roxy Ann Winery Claret (2008)
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24.
Chappellet Cervantes Mtn Cuv10 (2010)
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25.
Sherwood House Sherwood Manor (2007)
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26.
Terlato Vineyards Angels' Peak (2008)
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27.
Cypress Vineyards Shiraz Santa Clara Valley (2008)
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28.
Paraduxx Napa Valley (2009)
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29.
Artiste Eyes Wide Shut Bottled In (NV)
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30.
Bouchard Finlayson Red Blend Walker Bay Hannibal (2009)
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31.
Decoy (2010)
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32.
Brian Carter Cellars Tempranillo Blend Columbia Valley Corrida (2008)
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33.
Treana Cabernet-Syrah Blend Paso Robles Red (2009)
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34.
Yorkville Cellars Red Blend Yorkville Highlands Richard the Lion-Heart Rennie Vineyard (2009)
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35.
Viña Maquis Syrah Blend Colchagua Valley Lien (2008)
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  • Snooth User: Rynobear
    947324 47

    I am a huge Justin fan. where does Isosceles stack up in this list of these great blends?

    Jan 10, 2013 at 5:08 PM


  • Snooth User: shirazzee
    1135101 21

    No Canadian worthy splurges?

    Jan 10, 2013 at 8:09 PM


  • Snooth User: info171
    Hand of Snooth Voice of Snooth
    194522 32

    Lapsus lingue. On several subtitles "Cabernet Franc" stays instead of "Cabernet Sauvignon", or something else.

    Jan 11, 2013 at 1:15 AM


  • Snooth User: zinfandel1
    Hand of Snooth
    154660 997

    Trinchero Vineyards are most interesting to me and I am looking forward to trying the 2009 Meritage. There wines seem to have an "Old School" style which I like.

    Jan 13, 2013 at 11:07 AM


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