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User pavineco has rated the following wines:

Cesarini Sartori Signae Benozzo Rosso Umbria 2013
Rated by pavineco on March 12, 2017

Rating 22+

This is an interesting one because it is Sagrantino (mostly at least) but not a Sagrantino di Montefalco DOCG, which is rare. They would have chosen this either to blend in some other grapes (which the winery website suggests they might), to try different aging methods, or to perhaps use vines that sit outside the appellation or with younger vines. Anyway I agree with the other review that it's more fruit forward than other Sags, but I personally don't see that as a good thing. In a way it reminds me of an overripe Cali Zin, with heat as one of the defining characteristics. (And I don't agree on the acidity - this is lower than the best.) I suppose I find that the savory, rustic notes associated with Sagrantino help balance the ripe fruit and tendency towards high alcohol. In sum an interesting wine to try but not something I'll buy again, especially with the more typical Terre di Trinci DOCG available at the same price on the luxury shelves.

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Ciu Ciu Oppidum Rosso Marche 2011
Rated by pavineco on March 9, 2017

Rating 55-

One of my favorite CS wines from the past year or so. I've had about a half case so far and am still loving it. Rich, robust, typical of the region and immensely complex. Offers some modern sheen without losing its sense of place. (Also, I didn't particularly care for the other CS from this producer.)

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Le 7 Torri Fiano di Avellino 2015
Rated by pavineco on March 7, 2017

Rating 33+

This is crisp, maybe even sharp, but offers a fair amount of depth and complexity, especially for the price. Great seafood wine for the upcoming (already here?) warm season, not to mention that it should continue to develop for 3-5 years.

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Cantina Tudernum Montefalco Sagrantino 2008
Rated by pavineco on July 1, 2016

Rating 55-

Sagrantino is my sweet spot, and this one is great, especially for the $17 tag. Great tipicity, featuring earth, shrooms and cherries. Tannic of course but if you don't want that don't drink Sagrantino.

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Domaine Vetriccie Red Corse 2013
Rated by pavineco on May 16, 2016

Rating 44

It's quite rustic and definitely of the old world. It's rash and rugged, but also beautiful, elegant and wonderful. Nose of earth and tar precedes tart plums, mandarin orange, herbs and minerals on the palate. Mostly indigenous Corsican varieties you’ve never heard of, with a dash of Syrah. Probably not for everyone, but those who get it will be back for more.

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Domaine des Malandes Chablis Cuvee Amandine 2014
Rated by pavineco on February 25, 2016

Rating 44

This is what Chablis is all about for me. Lean and clean, sleek but not meek. Lovely.

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Dezzani Barbera d'Asti Superiore 80 Anni 2011
Rated by pavineco on December 7, 2015

Rating 44+

I haven't been this excited about a Chairman's Selection in a while. Reminds me a lot of the Monleale Barbera from a few years back - old world all the way; stinky, earthy, funky. Some wood but well integrated. Somehow after all that, still fresh. Awesome.

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Villa Mora Sagrantino di Montefalco 2008
Rated by pavineco on November 25, 2015

Rating 11

Despite my love of Sagrantino, I've resisted this one because I wasn't a fan at all of the 2007. But when it was recently marked down to $15 I figured I'd give it a shot... Sadly my initial instincts were correct. It's just dreadful. Rubbery, synthetic, plastic, blech. What a waste of an otherwise fabulous grape. In this case $15 is far too good to be true for an authentic SdM.

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Les Cretes Chardonnay Valle d'Aosta 2011
Rated by pavineco on May 31, 2015

Rating 33+

I liked it too, although maybe not as much as the others. I guess I was hoping for even more austerity, more minerality, coming from the mountains of VdA. But then again I am not really much of a Chard guy.

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Altadonna Chianti 2013
Rated by pavineco on December 8, 2014

Rating 22

Thin, green.

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Fattoria di Magliano Morellino di Scansano Heba 2012
Rated by pavineco on December 8, 2014

Rating 33+

This has been a solid buy for the price in the past and this continues that tradition. Not amazing but solid.

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Indigenous Selections nero Nero d'Avola 2012
Rated by pavineco on July 19, 2014

Rating 11

Welchy. Couple sips and onto something else.

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Argei Cannonau di Sardegna 2012
Rated by pavineco on January 21, 2014

Rating 22+

Just so-so for me. Big fruits as you'd expect, but not much personality. Not horrible for the price. I've actually yet to find a Cannonau that really speaks to me so consider that as well.

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Rocca dei Sanniti Taburno Falanghina del Sannio 2012
Rated by pavineco on January 21, 2014

Rating 33-

Solid stuff. Has that typical Falanghina characteristic of seeming overripe up front and then finishing crisply (which I dig). Nothing too complex but quaffable.

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Villa Mora Sagrantino di Montefalco 2007
Rated by pavineco on January 1, 2014

Rating 22+

There was some interesting conversation on this one after the PLCB fall preview tasting. I thought it was terrible that day, but agreed with jlbird that I wanted to try it again after some decanting. If I didn't absolutely love Sagrantino, I probably wouldn't have given it much more thought, but I do so I had to try it again under better circumstances. This time, with a decant (about an hour), it was definitely better. Drinkable, certainly, with rich red fruits, but that undercurrent of burnt rubber was still there, consistently. At the tasting it was the only thing I noticed, whereas at home it was but a tertiary flavor, but it was still there. It's not often one finds even a mediocre SdM at this price point, so it remains tempting, but all told I'd rather save my money for a better one. (I am particularly interested in the 2006 Terre de Trinci, a luxury pick that's only $15, which would be a steal if it is anywhere near as good as the 2004, which is $29. Too good to be true?)

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Helfrich Pinot Gris 2008
Rated by pavineco on November 26, 2013

Rating 33

Agree with acorelli - tough to beat at $6. Drinks like an inexpensive Riesling.

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Mastroberardino Lacryma Christi Del Vesuvio Rosso 2011
Rated by pavineco on October 19, 2013

Rating 33+

This is a happy little wine. Bright and easygoing, there's enough complexity to make it interesting. A no brainer for the sale price of $8.99. Full writeup: http://pavineco.com/mastroberardino-lacryma-christi-del-vesuvio-rosso-2011/

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Schug Pinot Noir Carneros 2010
Rated by pavineco on August 24, 2013

Rating 11

Brutal. All reductive notes, burnt rubber, stems, etc. Hardly any fruit or decent savory character.

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Tudor Pinot Noir Anderson Valley 2006
Rated by pavineco on July 28, 2013

Rating 44

While it is true that I am more of an old world wine drinker, I feel like the comments here are somewhat misleading. This is not a "light-bodied" wine. It is lighter than most Cali Pinots, yes, but it is also 14.3% alcohol. I would describe it as a medium-bodied red that has enough acidity to pair well with a wide variety of foods, especially this time of year. It's also delicious and a good value at $20. More: http://www.pavineco.com/?p=2613

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Cantine Rialto La Contessa Rosso 2011
Rated by pavineco on July 18, 2013

Rating 44-

Nice, full-bodied wine. Mostly Merlot, so that should hook some of you right away, but the Sagrantino plays a nice role too. Imported by Zona Friedman from Greenburg - Joey D, a crazy paisano worthy of your support. Full review: http://pavineco.com/cantine-rialto-la-contessa-rosso-2011/

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Rocca dei Sanniti Aglianico del Taburno Rosato 2012
Rated by pavineco on July 6, 2013

Rating 22

At first I was thinking bubble gum, but the bottle mentions apricot and that may be a better description. Either way, it overwhelms any other flavors, which is a shame. Even more disappointing b/c I have liked the red RdS Taburnos. In sum, there are many better Roses to choose from this summer (such as these: http://pavineco.com/?p=2615).

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Collevite Falerio 2012
Rated by pavineco on June 24, 2013

Rating 33+

Nice summer white with a good mix of tropical fruit roundness and acidity. Full review: http://pavineco.com/?p=2731

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Pear Valley Inspiration 2009
Rated by pavineco on March 26, 2013

Rating 33+

Perhaps slightly lighter than one might expect from a Central Cali Rhone blend, but still delicious, and more complex than expected. Read more: http://www.pavineco.com/pear-valley-inspiration-2009/

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Domaine Chante Cigale Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2011
Rated by pavineco on March 18, 2013

Rating 44

The Chante Cigale is a fragrant, exciting rush of fresh and plentiful fruit, tempered by a flinty (and almost metallic) platform. http://bit.ly/WyBoPp

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Guasti Clemente Barbera d'Asti Boschetto Vecchio 2007
Rated by pavineco on March 14, 2013

Rating 44

Good stuff - smooth, bright a touch of earth. Delicious. http://bit.ly/12UF81x

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Terre da Vino Barolo Essenze 2005
Rated by pavineco on March 10, 2013

Rating 33

Nice nose, good red fruits, but watery on the mid and a short finish. Meh.

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Conte Brandolini Merlot Vistorta 2006
Rated by pavineco on March 8, 2013

Rating 44-

If you're a slave to trend and thus "hate %&$#ing Merlot", you should give this one a try - it's not like any other Merlot I've had. Lighter, more elegant, delicious with food. Almost like a Pinot Noir, ironically. Not earth shattering but a good deal for $12. I recently attended a vertical tasting of these from 1990-2009 - check out the report here: http://www.pavineco.com/conte-brandolini-vistorta-merlot/

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Dubakella Six and Eleven NV
Rated by pavineco on February 23, 2013

Rating 22+

Interesting to try, but probably more due to the 6/11 curiosity factor than the actual wine. It was fine, but not really memorable in any way. Mid-weight, a little grapey, touch of garrigue, relatively smooth.

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Hedges Family Estate Red Mountain 2010
Rated by pavineco on February 21, 2013

Rating 44-

Enjoyed this wine quite a bit. It’s definitely lighter in style than most left coast, Cab-based wines, but I found it to be food-friendly and delicious. Full review: http://bit.ly/YdEjdd

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Montechiara Sagrantino di Montefalco 2005
Rated by pavineco on February 13, 2013

Rating 44-

Well-made Sagrantino at a good price. Full review: http://bit.ly/120i6Ey

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Feudi di San Gregorio Rubrato Aglianico 2010
Rated by pavineco on February 10, 2013

Rating 33-

Straightforward Aglianico. The dark fruit leads, with just a hint of earth. Tannic, but went well with food. Reasonable for $12, but certainly not a must-try.

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Steven Kent Winery Red Wine Winemaker's Selection Central Coast 2010
Rated by pavineco on January 13, 2013

Rating 22

a big 'ol exclusive meh. http://www.pavineco.com/steven-kent-red-blend-2010/

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Villa Remotti Barbera d'Asti Fanciot 2009
Rated by pavineco on December 7, 2012

Rating 22

Thin and boring. Nose developed ok, but the palate never really came around. Pass. http://bit.ly/TJXTi0

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Terre da Vino Barbera Piemonte 2010
Rated by pavineco on December 7, 2012

Rating 22+

Bright red fruits, some earth on the nose, but a little too much of that artificial grape juice to be really good. Not a bad pizza wine at $10, but there are many better Barberas for a couple bucks more. http://bit.ly/TJXTi0

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Vignerons de Caractere Gigondas Cuvee Prestige 2010
Rated by pavineco on December 1, 2012

Rating 22

Another vote for Meh. Just nothing interesting here at all, and not that much of a deal for the region to waste any time on this one. I don't see it getting any better with time either - it doesn't have the structure. Not much tannin or acidity, watery, boring. Disappointing effort from a typically reliable region.

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Marchesi di Barolo Millennium 1990
Rated by pavineco on October 29, 2012

Rating 33+

Definitely a fun wine to try, but tough to rate. At $25, I'd encourage everyone to get at least one bottle, just to experience it. But is it worth buying more than that? Hard to say. This Barolo is certainly looking at its best days in the rearview, but it's still got some pleasure to offer. Nice nose of earth and truffle, a touch of cherry throughout, lots of acidity. http://bit.ly/PDFSC8

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Percheron Cinsault Old Vine 2011
Rated by pavineco on October 29, 2012

Rating 33

Red or rose? Tough to say. Either way, it's unique and tasty. More here: http://bit.ly/TRDSY0

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Rocca delle Macie Morellino di Scansano Campomaccione 2008
Rated by pavineco on October 13, 2012

Rating 33+

Good value. Enough acidity to pair well with a wide variety of dishes. Bright red berries on both nose and palate, with a touch of leather. After a few hours of air, there was also a pleasant, lingering tobacco note. http://bit.ly/VgO0Ys

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Fess Parker Dry Riesling Rodney's Vineyard 2010
Rated by pavineco on October 4, 2012

Rating 11

Did not care for this at all. Tasted like a rubber band soaked in gasoline.

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Domaine Philippe Portier Quincy Cuvee des Victoires 2010
Rated by pavineco on October 4, 2012

Rating 33+

Quite nice. Loads of citrus, crisp and clean, yet soft and juicy enough to be smooth and quaffable. http://bit.ly/QXNSvV

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Henry Fessy Brouilly 2007
Rated by pavineco on September 29, 2012

Rating 33

This is a good opportunity to try an older Gamay at a great price. Definitely lighter in style, fruity, but with a nice touch of savory, secondary notes, including earth and herbs. Good acidity, would pair well with a lot of food. A little too easy to throw back a lot of this. Plus, JoshOwen liked it, suggesting that even you CabHeads can find some value here. ;o)

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Rocca dei Sanniti Greco di Tufo 2011
Rated by pavineco on September 13, 2012

Rating 33+

Nice wine. A touch of sweetness up front, with ample crispness on the end. I am liking these southern Italian whites more and more.

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Celli Sangiovese di Romagna Le Grillaie Superiore Riserva 2008
Rated by pavineco on July 13, 2012

Rating 44-

Tear the roof off the sucker... this baby brings the funk! Assaults the nose with funky, earthy, leathery bliss, which is great (if that's your thing). Nice red berry notes as well, and smooth, with enough acidity to pair well with food. Solid stuff.

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Marchesi Mazzei Zisola Sicilia IGT 2008
Rated by pavineco on July 13, 2012

Rating 33+

Tough to dislike this wine. P&P absolutely exploded with asparagus (which I happened to be washing at the time), which blew off after a little decanting. Started out in the glass with some earth and leather, but that developed into dark fruit, violets and caramel. On the palate, blackberry is prominent, with some definite oak spice / sweetness (that is well integrated). Chalky tannins and medium acidity. Solid buy at $15; it'd be interesting to see how this one develops.

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Argiolas Isola Del Sole Rosso 2010
Rated by pavineco on July 10, 2012

Rating 33+

This is a great wine for the price, and a must for Italian lovers. Perhaps not the most complex, but still hits the high notes. Some funk and fruit on the nose, with a nice mix of berries, herbs and spice on the palate, and ample acidity on the finish. Great with food. http://bit.ly/QiFTtA

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Ionis Gocce di Salice Salentino Salento 2009
Rated by pavineco on June 13, 2012

Rating 22

Pretty boring for me. Muted nose and palate. Nothing offensive, but nothing memorable either.

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San Felo Morellino di Scansano 2010
Rated by pavineco on May 12, 2012

Rating 33-

Solid, enjoyable, but not memorable. Varietally correct. Nice aroma of leather and mushrooms. Palate is all cherries, but a bit muted. Could use a more acidity to brighten up. Good with or without food. For me, both of these San Felo CS options are kind of meh... Not bad, but not all that exciting either.

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La Reine de l'Arenite La Madone Fleurie 2010
Rated by pavineco on May 8, 2012

Rating 33-

Nice, easy-going wine. A touch of funk alongside the traditional violets. Smooth. Not much else to say... 85-87

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Fuso Barbera Rosso Colli Tortonesi Piedmont 2010
Rated by pavineco on May 5, 2012

Rating 44

Bright red fruits on the nose, with a touch of mushroomy earth. Raspberries and cherries dominate the palate, with a hint of herbs on the finish. Smooth, medium-bodied, rather acidic (making it great with food), with minimal tannin. A very nice everyday wine with huge QPR. http://bit.ly/IVdft4

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San Felo Le Stoppie Vermentino 2011
Rated by pavineco on April 24, 2012

Rating 33-

Solid wine here, nothing too special but nice and fresh. Notes of melon on the nose, plus quite a bit of ripe pear on the palate. Enjoyed with pesto.

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Puleo Antiche Vie Syrah Sicily 2009
Rated by pavineco on April 21, 2012

Rating 22

Fine but unexciting. Tasted after P&P and was tight aromatically and very harsh on the finish. After about an hour decant it had improved considerably. Some good smoky notes on the nose, but also a bit of artificial plum on both the nose and palate. Better with food - paired with 'za which cut the tannins nicely. Wouldn't recommend buying this really, but it's not a disaster if you already have.

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Domaine Durand Cornas Empreintes 2008
Rated by pavineco on April 21, 2012

Rating 44-

Nice wine. Decanted about an hour, and it got better as we drank it. Aroma really moved towards smoky bacon as time went on, with some pepper and spice as well. Blackberries on the palate with more bacon. Finish just ok but nicer with food. Paired quite well, not surprisingly, with duck breast and shroomy grains. A lot good here, but nothing spectacular. Not sure this has the stuffing to age too long - I'd drink over the next year or two. A much better deal at the sale price of $20 than the original $30.

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La Scolca Gavi Oro 2010
Rated by pavineco on April 11, 2012

Rating 33

Nice wine. Clean and fresh, but enough roundness/creaminess to even in out. Nothing too exciting of course, but enjoyable and a good QPR at the sale price.

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Feudi Sanniti Taburno Falanghina 2009
Rated by pavineco on April 6, 2012

Rating 44

I suppose we all have different palates, but I didn't get the aggressive acidity that others found - for me it was bright and vibrant, but very well balanced and a killer deal at the sale price of $8. Aroma is very sweet – like a candied mango or citrus peel. Palate features a plethora of interesting flavors, including flowers, peaches, green apple, citrus liqueur, yet the slate/mineral notes on the finish keep it from tasting as sweet as it smells. A great buy for those interested in trying new varietals that taste truly unique. http://bit.ly/HFWP5P

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Gonnet Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2010
Rated by pavineco on March 27, 2012

Rating 33

I didn't really take any detailed notes, but this is a nice buy at $8. Fruity, smooth, medium-bodied. Solid mid-week drinker.

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Grotta del Sole Piedirosso Campania 2010
Rated by pavineco on March 9, 2012

Rating 33

Plum, strawberries & leather on the nose (almost a Sangiovese-like characteristic). Dark cherries and more plum on the palate, with some bitter, unsweetened tea. Velvety but a bit sweaty on the tongue. A bit of off-bitterness on the back-end, plus some artificial flavoring (hi-c grape?) that was the biggest flaw. Maybe even a touch of chocolate on the slightly lingering finish. http://bit.ly/xJi9MQ

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La Querciolina Istriciaia Maremma 2007
Rated by pavineco on March 4, 2012

Rating 33

Leather, cherries, herbs on nose. Palate features candied fruits, vanilla and caramel, with a slightly sour note on the finish. Tannins and acidity are well-integrated. Do they serve cherry pie with caramel sauce? If so, this is what it would taste like. New world in style, and I would suggest bolder foods than most Sangios normally pair with. http://bit.ly/wOjQCc

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Azienda Santa Barbara Rosso Piceno 2010
Rated by pavineco on January 26, 2012

Rating 22

It's not *that* bad, but I still wouldn't recommend. Interesting aroma, especially the savory notes, but the mid-palate is a letdown - certainly thin and watery. Finish is a bit harsh too. http://bit.ly/zdcFu2

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Vigneti Massa Barbera Monleale Piedmont 2006
Rated by pavineco on January 24, 2012

Rating 44

Lovely aroma is more savory than fruity. Mushrooms (especially right away), tar, and a bit of smoke. Palate features ripe red fruits; strawberry, cherry and raspberry. Notes of vanilla and spice on the finish. Oak is wonderfully integrated – plays a role but but does not overwhelm, plus adds creaminess to the body. Lots of acidity makes this a wonderful food wine (paired amazingly with a tomato-based pork ragu). One of the better Barberas I’ve had, and nice QPR at $16 – went out today and got some more... http://bit.ly/zX4zLr

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Sogrape Vinhos Callabriga Douro 2008
Rated by pavineco on January 20, 2012

Rating 22-

I'm with jonradus - I do not get all the high scores on this one. Interesting nose, though somewhat closed. Some nice fruit up front, but the mid-palate and finish are poor. Just nothing there. Even at $9 I would not recommend this one.

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Shimmin Canyon Vineyard Quadrant Paso Robles 2010
Rated by pavineco on January 20, 2012

Rating 11

Dreadful. You might as well be drinking Welch's with a bit of inert vodka mixed in. Actually, that'd probably taste better.

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Zona Pecorino Terre di Chieti Abruzzo 2010
Rated by pavineco on January 20, 2012

Rating 33-

Aromas of bright peach and melon, with a touch of grass and minerals. Fruit is less prominent on the palate, and the finish can be a tad harsh, with notes of tart lemon and a hefty dose of minerals. Not really the type of wine I go for, but may appeal to lovers of un-oaked Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc. http://bit.ly/wQQHdA

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Bacio Divino Pazzo Napa Valley 2007
Rated by pavineco on January 20, 2012

Rating 33-

Decanted an hour or so. Wonderful aroma; dominated by fresh leather, with earth and herbs. Honestly, the type of wine you could just smell and be happy with. Unfortunately, the taste lets you down a bit. Thought the oaky, buttery notes were a little out of balance, though I don’t particularly like those flavors. Still, some nice ripe red fruit. Decent acidity and dusty tannins make for an interesting if unbalanced finish. I enjoyed drinking this, but I won’t be rushing out to get more. http://bit.ly/A1oafx

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Tedeschi Valpolicella Superiore Capitel San Rocco Ripasso 2008
Rated by pavineco on December 10, 2011

Rating 11

Blech. A terrible wine. Very green. No fruit. Based on the other reviews, perhaps I got a bad bottle.

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Chateau Barreyres Haut-Medoc 2006
Rated by pavineco on November 17, 2011

Rating 33+

Aroma features the classic cab pencil shavings, plus notes of mushroom and even a syrah-like bacony aspect. Palate dominated by dark red fruits like cherry and plum. Medium-bodied, easy-drinking. Not the most complex Bordeaux, but quite enjoyable and a steal at $13.

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Colli Ripani Pharus Ninfa Ripana Offida Passerina 2010
Rated by pavineco on November 8, 2011

Rating 33

I've never had this varietal before, so take this for what it is. Aroma of tropical fruits, mostly banana. Taste features more fruits, including more banana, coconut and melon. Crisp, acidic finish with notes of lemon and minerals. Very smooth, food friendly, interesting. I'd buy again.

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Domaine des Hauts Chassis Crozes-Hermitage Les Galets 2008
Rated by pavineco on November 4, 2011

Rating 33

Lovely aroma of asparagus with hints of bacon and pipe tobacco. Taste features ripe red fruits such as cherry and raspberry with a slightly green element. The finish is a bit of a letdown - a little thin and short (which actually made this better without food). While this certainly does not reach the heights of the great Northern Rhone wines, for $15, it's a great way to get into that style without breaking the bank.

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Domaine Phillipe & Vincent Jaboulet Crozes Hermitage 2006
Rated by pavineco on November 4, 2011

Rating 22+

What I love about this wine is the bacon. It smells like bacon, and even tastes like bacon at times. What I don't love is the fruit, or what is left of it. A touch of cranberry, but that's about it. Otherwise the finish is watery and a bit short. If you have this, drink it now! If you don't, don't bother!

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R Wines Shiraz Boarding Pass 2007
Rated by pavineco on September 18, 2011

Rating 33-

A bit tight at first, but quite jammy once it opens up. It's nice to have a couple of these little guys around for those times when you just want a glass but don't feel like opening a whole bottle. It's not going to knock your socks off but it'll do the job.

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Castello di Gabbiano Chianti Classico Riserva 2006
Rated by pavineco on September 18, 2011

Rating 22+

Tight at first, but opened well after an hour or so of decanting. Aromas of leather, tobacco and earth. Fruit is tart cherries. Aggressively acidic. Moderate tannin, medium body. This wine has a lot going for it, but in the end I can't get over the acidity. It probably didn't hurt that the tomatoes I used for my sauce were a bit on the acidic side as well (summer is over, sadly).

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Tenuta Coppadoro Radicosa Puglia 2003
Rated by pavineco on September 18, 2011

Rating 44+

Deep purple color. Rich, dark fruit, very big body. Some old world dirt. Loved this wine. Incredible QPR at PA Sale price of $16. Seems like it has the body to age but I'm not sure I'll be able to restrain myself.

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Rizzi Barbaresco 2007
Rated by pavineco on September 16, 2011

Rating 22+

My first Barbaresco (at least that I remember), so take this for what it is. Decanted 1hr+. Better with food. Interesting aroma - very mushroomy. Like hanging out in Kennett Square. Taste also very heavy on the earth. Not much fruit at all - maybe a bit of tart berries. Some acidity, but not a whole lot of tannin. Body seemed lighter than the 14% abv on the bottle. Though this is an interesting wine up front, the finish really disappoints. Just nothing to it - fades away almost instantaneously. Interesting to try but I don't think I'd buy again at $20.

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Joseph Drouhin Chorey-les-Beaune 2007
Rated by pavineco on September 11, 2011

Rating 44

This is a nice, inexpensive Burgundy that showcases some of the classic characteristics of the style. Aromas start out very floral, dominated by roses, but with a hint of barnyard funk. As time goes on, the fruit becomes more focal. Ripe strawberries dominate, with a hint of tart cranberry. Very light in color and light in body, certainly old world style and very different than most Cali or Oregon Pinots. Highly acidic flavor, with minimal tannins. Overall, smooth, fruity and tasty.

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Chateau Maris La Touge Syrah Minervois La Liviniere 2007
Rated by pavineco on September 9, 2011

Rating 33+

Decanted about 45 minutes. Should have gone 3 hours like the other reviewer, because it was a bit tight. Vegetal, mineral nose, almost like a Cab. A little bit of fruit that really came out as we were finishing the bottle. Though big (15% ABV), not a bomb. Might have to grab a few more at only $15 and let 'em air out a bit longer.

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Copain L'hiver Syrah California 2008
Rated by pavineco on September 3, 2011

Rating 33+

I didn't take detailed notes, but a nice QPR on this wine. Medium to full, a nice balance of fruit and smoky/meaty flavor. Not overly tannic. Needs some time to open up.

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Sella & Mosca Terre Rare Carignano del Sulcis Riserva 2005
Rated by pavineco on August 28, 2011

Rating 33+

This wine is a total two-face. On some sips, the fruit was central, with notes of cranberry and strawberry and moderate to high acidity. On other sips, I got earth & minerals, with a strong dose of drying tannin. I definitely preferred the latter, but the fact that every sip was a surprise made drinking it a bit of an adventure. Drank with a short rib ragu, which worked rather nicely. Old world style for sure -- everything about it is subtle. In sum, nothing too special, but for $8 a solid choice.

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Catena Zapata Malbec 2008
Rated by pavineco on August 28, 2011

Rating 33+

Quite tight at first - not much fruit at all. Vegetal notes on the nose. After some decanting, the fruit started to show quite a bit more. Dark cherries, plums and a hint of raspberry. Hint of anise on the finish. Medium oak spice. Some acid, but not unpleasantly so. Medium tannins. Certainly ready to drink now, but let it breathe for an hour before indulging.

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