Transformed in 70's from beer-drinking grad student to wine enthusiast by a religious experience with a fine Margaux. Still relish the occasional bone-jarring Zinfandel, however. Now living in Russian River area. See my wine reviews at

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  • Dec 17, 2007 at 1:03pm

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    WineborkDotCom's Review:
    Added Dec 17, 2007 at 12:29pm
    This is a terrific Pinot Noir. From a cool hillside vineyard at the far western edge of the Russian River AVA - barely in the climatic range of grape-growing feasibility - it requires the right set of conditions to ripen properly. But it must have done so in 2005 since this is a rich, unusually complex, Burgandian-style Pinot Noir. Captivating perfume of ripe cherry, black raspberry, and a melange of spices and floral notes; still tannic but with a velvety, regal, mouth-coating feel. Outstanding length and depth. Low in alcohol for a California Pinot, yet seamless and full from start to extended finish - a great combination of grace and power. Expensive, but exceptionally high quality

  • Dec 17, 2007 at 12:57pm

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    WineborkDotCom's Review:
    Added Dec 17, 2007 at 12:56pm
    Graceful Chardonnay, soft in the mouth but with attractive peach, lemon, and vanilla flavors, subtle spiciness, and enough balancing acidity to keep it fresh and interesting. Because of its unaggressive structure, this is a good apertif wine, though it also pairs well with food. As with virtually all Murphy-Goode wines we've tried, fairly priced.

  • Dec 17, 2007 at 12:55pm
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    WineborkDotCom's Review:
    Added Dec 17, 2007 at 12:55pm
    This broad-shouldered young Zin was fairly unexpressive when first opened, showing black licorice and bitter chocolate or espresso character, but with food and airing, opened up nicely. Serious depth in the earthy dark cherry and berry fruit, with a nice dose of black pepper, vanilla, and spice. As always, full-bodied and chewy in texture. A tad rough at this stage, should be great in another year or so. Well-priced for a Zin of this quality, and not all that far behind the great Seghesio single-vineyard Zins costing nearly twice as much.

  • Dec 17, 2007 at 12:53pm

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    WineborkDotCom's Review:
    Added Dec 17, 2007 at 12:53pm
    At this stage a little less full and forward than the 2005, but the gap will probably close. As with the 2005, this is exceptionally good for the price. Opaque purple/black in color, with pure aromas of dark cherry and spicy sweet blueberry with a subtle pepper component. Absolutely nothing cheap-tasting about this well-made wine. Case-worthy.

  • Dec 17, 2007 at 12:51pm

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    WineborkDotCom's Review:
    Added Dec 17, 2007 at 12:47pm
    Yeasty/leesy Burgundian nose with notes of tropical fruits and sweet dry straw. Rich in the mouth with layers of tart pineapple, banana, brown butter, and butterscotch, as well as subtle spiciness. Long, tart, fruit-filled finish. From the K-J Vineyard Estate series.

  • Dec 17, 2007 at 12:44pm

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    WineborkDotCom's Review:
    Added Dec 17, 2007 at 12:44pm
    Another tasty, velvet-textured Hartford Zin. But at least in this tasting, the '05 displayed only a fraction of the depth and richness of prior vintages. Ripe plum and cherry aromas and flavors, the usual Hartford seamless mouth-feel, but with a medium-body Pinot Noir-like weight and just not the full poop we're used to in the Hartford Zins.

  • Dec 17, 2007 at 12:41pm

    Previously available for $27.33

    WineborkDotCom's Review:
    Added Dec 17, 2007 at 12:40pm
    As with the 2005 Buena Vista Merlot tasted recently, the Carneros Chardonnay was both surprisingly tasty and very well priced. Cool-climate feel to its fruit intensity and lively, crisp texture. Rich citrus and pear fruit along with toast and spice from the oak, which is not overdone. A bargain if you can get this wine for $14 or under.

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