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  • Nov 6, 2012 at 2:55pm

    Previously available for $24.79



    BasilNew's Review:
    Added Nov 14, 2010 at 4:24am
    One of my favorite Pinot's under $30. Dark, plummy fruit with hints of earth and leather, along with a slight cinnamon spice at the end. I feel that the chilly but sunny coastal region between the Santa Lucia Highlands down to northern Santa Barbara county produce the best Pinot Noir on the planet ( some may disagree) and this one is a good example for the moderately priced (under $30) category. If you like Pinot, and are a fan of the movie "Sideways", you won't be disappointed. :)

  • Nov 6, 2012 at 2:53pm
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    Average Price: $53.99



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    Added Nov 6, 2012 at 2:50pm

  • Nov 6, 2012 at 2:52pm
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    Average Price: $59.99



    BasilNew's Review:
    Added Nov 6, 2012 at 2:52pm
    Plush, full bodied. Wet tobacco and blackcurrent fruit at the start, with a slight touch of pencil shavings, on a base of dark plum, almost prune base. Good tannins with a very long, smooth finish. Very Nice! Overall, many strongpoints to this wine, with few, if any weaknesses. Tasted Nov 2012.

  • Nov 4, 2012 at 1:25am

    Previously available for $15.99



    BasilNew's Review:
    Added Jul 14, 2010 at 9:55pm
    Big Fruit Bomb. If you like big zins...like from Rosenblum...or Earthquake Zin or Petite Sirah...then you'll like this Syrah. Reminds me of a ripe Petite Sirah...only to find out that about 15% of Petite Sirah is mixed into this blend. Its aged pretty long in oak (20 months). Maybe this accounts for the "wood-smoke" taste...to go along with bacon fat. Smokey, sweet bacon would be a good way of describing it. I liked it. Most zins are too sweet for me...but when I'm feeling "zinnish" this wine fits the bill. Won't win Syrah of the year at any contests that look for more complexity...but has a great jammy, smokey taste that goes great with ribs...and given its 13.99 price tag...it is well worth it. Try it. :)

  • Oct 23, 2012 at 10:29pm

    Previously available for $29.99



    BasilNew's Review:
    Added Oct 23, 2012 at 10:24pm
    83% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc. Grown in the sandy soil portion of Pomerol instead of the iron/clay that produces the great bold, braggart Pomerol's we buy for 40 bucks minimum. Decanted for 1-hr. Tastes a bit more like a St Emillion. Good soft plummy wine. Nothing less...nothing more. Still, if you want to drink/serve a bottle that says "Pomerol" on it and pay only 25 bucks (Total Wine) and pretend you're sipping on Petrus...then go for it :)

  • May 9, 2012 at 2:34am

    Previously available for $29.99



    BasilNew's Review:
    Added May 9, 2012 at 2:34am
    Full bodied and rich with a mineral backbone to go along with the sweet tobacco and dark plum fruit. Reminds me of some good Pomerol's, at only half the price. Tasted it young (May 2012), but is ready to drink now.

  • Feb 13, 2012 at 11:02pm

    Previously available for $19.99



    BasilNew's Review:
    Added Feb 13, 2012 at 11:02pm
    For a reduced price of 9.99 a steal. Has a lot of the characteristics of Santa Barbara cool climate Pinot's...smokey plum, a little earth. Just a little thin would be my only complaint. But otherwise a great 10 buck Pinot, and there are not too many of those around! (lol).

  • Feb 10, 2012 at 12:03am

    Previously available for $25.50



    BasilNew's Review:
    Added Feb 10, 2012 at 12:03am
    Very Nice Napa Cab. No need to go into the $30-$40 range...this one at 20-25 bucks will do ever bit as good A bit of alcohol on the nose, but otherwise full bodied, dark black currant fruit teaming with dried sage/herbal notes. Nice long finish with bold tannins.

  • Jan 13, 2012 at 11:13pm

    Previously available for $34.00



    BasilNew's Review:
    Added Jan 13, 2012 at 11:13pm
    For me, it is very rich and complex at the same time with a longer, lingering finish than most CA Pinot's. Aroma's of mushroom and earth layered on a rich dark plum fruit base, with spice and clove kicking in sharply and lingering for quite a while into a nice,long finish. Dollar for dollar this is a great Pinot...better than many that I've tried in the 40-50 dollar range.

  • Jan 13, 2012 at 11:02pm

    Previously available for $20.67



    BasilNew's Review:
    Added Jan 13, 2012 at 10:59pm
    Ahhh...finally...a French burgundy that finally tastes like what the historians clamor about. Rich and powerful, this one has the complexities of dark plums, nice earth and herbal notes, with clove spice intermingling nicely. First French Pinot that I really liked, Gave up searching because many of my experiments of Burgundy wines in the "under $30" category here in the US were just plain, pale or one dimensional cherry fruit. I found many nice complex pinots from Santa Barbara or the Central Coast (and Russian River Valley) with many of the above mentioned complexities, often in the $15-$30 price range. But I kept asking myself..."Where are those French Burgundies with the rich prunes drenched in liquor, with strong earth, spice complexities I read about? Well...this one has it! A bit pricy, got it for around $40....but definitely worth it. If you like hi end cold climate CA Pinot's, this one is almost as rich...but not quite. It has all the complexities though, with a notably longer finish than the CA pinots.

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