2002 Clancys

This is a Shiraz, Cab, Merlot and Cab Franc blend.

This bottle was looking at me for a long time, not sure why I kept passing it up. Lets just say blueberry, blackberry come the closest. I wouldnt at this point decant at all.

We really liked this easy to drink shiraz, maybe are expectations were low. Either way it was enjoyed. Not going to put a rating on it, probably hard to find now. But dont let bottles go to waste wating on the perfect moment to open. We got lucky on this one, so dig around and pull out that bottle you saved.  Cheers

2009 Sea Smoke Gratis Chardonnay


This has been a suprise! Came in the mail as a former club member. Why was I a member, Pinot of course. But wow is this an incredible Chard. Love the color nice medium yellow, great nose, not overly oaky at all. Just right. The acidity is low, the fruit is great. I have to say we loved drinking this wine.


OK, Sea Smoke known for Pinot. This Chard is a home run. The sad part is, its not for sale. Nope. Hence the name Gratis, so... Get a membership, go to Sea Smoke and search this one out.

On my scale of of gotta own and love to drink, a full 9 out of 10 here.

Browsing Archive: June, 2009

2006 Elizabeth Spencer Sonoma Coast Syrah $35 89pts

Posted by Jeff Harig on Sunday, June 28, 2009, In : Syrah 

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This wine has a nice deep color, more purple than garnet. The edges are not, purple but a little more reddish. The wine really hangs to the glass when you swirl it around, its nice to look at. The nose is blackberry, smoke, some spice pepper. In the mouth you get the fruit, the blackberry, maybe a little tartness like a cranberry. The smokey nose, becomes a toasty flavor that sits well on the palate.

This was a nice wine to drink, have not had a lot of Elizabeth Spencer wines, ...
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Pina 2006 Yountville Cabernet Wolff Vineyard

Posted by Jeff Harig on Sunday, June 21, 2009, In : Cabernet 
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Those who know me, know I am a big fan of Pina wines. I am drinking this Wolff Vineyard cabernet, one of many that they make at Pina. Only cabs, 100% no blending ALL CAB.

The color is nice, dark garnet as expected. The nose is light, fruits of black berry, plums and light spice. The first sip is nice, easy to take. Not big fruity cab. It drinks
smooth with a mild fruit, more plum than black berry but its there and oak, a little light toast and lighter spice. The finish is a lig...
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2005 Girard Cabernet Pritchard Hill 97 points on the WCW scale!

Posted by Jeff Harig on Friday, June 19, 2009, In : Cabernet 

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This was the surprise juice of the trip. I did not expect to stop in at Girard, but on our way out of Yountville we saw this little place. Thought, I know the name. My wife likes their whites lets stop in.

The Girard Pritchard Hill Cabernet was off the hook! Deep dark purple, the berries are black...blackberry, raspberry, little blueberry and a slight oak. It's beautiful in the glass, but get it in your mouth and it coats it like a glove. Its soft, smooth, hangs around for wha...
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2007 Sort This Out Cellars Zin City Rollers Reserve $34

Posted by Jeff Harig on Tuesday, June 9, 2009, In : Zin 
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Hey check this out, Sort Out This Cellars, from this point on STOC. Has produced a pretty cool set of labels for their wines. Featuring pin up style art, the look of old Las Vegas, that kind of thing. Typically I don't like wines, or I stray away from wines with cute labels. Usually, not in all cases, the label can be better than the wine. This being only my first taste I will not judge the others,but I did like this one!

Like the label and the winery, this is not typical Zinfa...

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Donati 2006 Cabernet Paicnes

Posted by Jeff Harig on Sunday, June 7, 2009, In : Cabernet 
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This past Friday I enjoyed tasting this Cabernet as part a small group. It started with opening the wine on Thursday and making notes and rating the wine using a 20 point scale. More on that in a minute.

The color was perfect deep dark garnet red, nice rich, bright color. The nose was not as I had hoped, a little underwhelmed with a hint of heat and slight green. There was nice tannin on the finish, not intense but could have used a bit more fruit for balance. At this point I p...
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2006 Turnbull Old Bull blend $17

Posted by Jeff Harig on Wednesday, June 3, 2009, In : Merlot Blend 

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This is one of those wines I like to have around. Its a lot of fruit and a lot of wine, check out whats inside 44% Merlot, 18% Tempranillo, 16% Sangiovese, 9% Cabernet, 5% Cab Franc, 6% Barbera, 2% Syrah Thats a lot of juice

Thanks to the Oakville Merlot and the Tempranillo this comes on like a dark cherry Jolly Rancher, big and fruity. The Barbera gives it a little darker fruit and the Cabernet and Cab Franc really give it a nice balance.

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West Coast Wino

Jeff New and improved site should be coming soon. Its been a while I know! But the real job, you know the one that pays the bills and will get our daughter through college.... OK the summer is here and I am looking at nice warm weather wines. Typically you are expecting big reds, I know. Look for some crisp white wines like Pomelo Sauvignon Blanc, and Cosenting Pinot Grigio to appear soon! Today I am heading over to Caruth Winery in Solana Beach Ca. Looking forward to some good stuff Cheers, Jeff

Carruth Cellars 

2006 Girard Atlas Peak 

 2006 DuMOL Russian River Pinot

2005 James David Cellars Syrahs

Crocker & Starr 2005 Cabernet

2005 Bridesmaid Red $39

2006 Castle Rock Cabernet $12

2006 Elizabeth Spencer Syrah

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