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By Michael Dresser | July 25, 2001
Marietta Old Vine Red, Lot No. 27 ($12). Talk about a rut. I've been recommending this consistent champion value since its lot numbers were in single digits and the price was around $5. It's still one of California's greatest values, offering intense and lush blackberry, black currant, smoked meat and herbes de Provence flavors. Serve this wine with pizza, grilled steaks, pasta or lamb. Its versatility is equaled only by its burly charm.
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June 3, 2014
From: North Coast, California Price: $15 Serve with: Steaks on the grill, leg of lamb With Father's Day coming up, what better choice than a bold, well-price cabernet sauvignon made as a tribute to the winemaker's father? Josh Cellars is named for Joseph Carr's dad, who bore that nickname. This full-bodied but smoothly textured wine delivers moderately complex flavors of black currant, black cherry, chocolate and spices. It's fully drinkable now but could age for at least five years.
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By [Michael Dresser] | June 18, 2008
2003 Museum Real From: Cigales, Spain Price: $30 Serve with: Beef roast, venison This blockbuster Spanish red wine from the little-heralded Cigales region conveys much of the character of its neighboring region of Ribera del Duero. It's a big-boned wine with lots of chunky, layered black fruit. The flavor nuances of black currant, spice, earth, chocolate, coffee and sweet oak are quite complex and rounded. The aroma has the cigar-store nuance often found in fine Bordeaux. While accessible now, this Museum could be cellared for two decades or more.
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By [Michael Dresser] | June 18, 2008
2003 Museum Real From: Cigales, Spain Price: $30 Serve with: Beef roast, venison This blockbuster Spanish red wine from the little-heralded Cigales region conveys much of the character of its neighboring region of Ribera del Duero. It's a big-boned wine with lots of chunky, layered black fruit. The flavor nuances of black currant, spice, earth, chocolate, coffee and sweet oak are quite complex and rounded. The aroma has the cigar-store nuance often found in fine Bordeaux. While accessible now, this Museum could be cellared for two decades or more.
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By Michael Dresser | July 27, 2005
2002 Double T Napa Valley Red Wine ($20). Perhaps our local diner chain would like to upgrade its wine list? This Bordeaux-style blend from Trefethen Vineyards would enhance any wine list or home cellar. It's a full-bodied, intense, lush red wine with notes of black cherry, black currant, vanilla and cedar. The elegance and purity of flavor are typical of Trefethen -- one of the Napa Valley's class acts. It's good to see this winery come in with a red in this price niche. -- Michael Dresser
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June 3, 2014
From: North Coast, California Price: $15 Serve with: Steaks on the grill, leg of lamb With Father's Day coming up, what better choice than a bold, well-price cabernet sauvignon made as a tribute to the winemaker's father? Josh Cellars is named for Joseph Carr's dad, who bore that nickname. This full-bodied but smoothly textured wine delivers moderately complex flavors of black currant, black cherry, chocolate and spices. It's fully drinkable now but could age for at least five years.
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By MICHAEL DRESSER | April 23, 2008
From: Napa and Sonoma Valleys, Calif. Price: $23 Serve with: Lamb, better cuts of beef Ghost Pines is one of Gallo's "ghost" labels, but an association with the Modesto, Calif., giant is rapidly becoming more of a positive recommendation than a warning flag. This full-bodied, stylish cabernet from Napa (61 percent) and Sonoma (39 percent) offers pure and intense black cherry and black currant with a distinct Napa style predominating. It's reasonably complex and well-structured and will benefit from age, but can be enjoyed young.
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By Michael Dresser | November 30, 1997
1994 Taurino Salice Salentino ($10)Is this the best Salice Salentino ever? It's certainly a contender. After a mini-slump, Taurino is back with a delightful Southern Italian wine with a gorgeous balance between concentration and lively fruit. This medium-bodied red offers excellent flavors of grilled meat, smoke, black cherry and black currant. The length and complexity suggest a much more expensive product, and it has the elegance of a luxury-priced Tuscan wine. Buy it by the case; it will improve over the next five years.
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By Michael Dresser | December 28, 1997
1994 Joseph Phelps Insignia, Napa Valley ($65).Two years ago, this Bordeaux-style blend astonished me at a tasting in Washington, where I thought it was the best California barrel sample I had ever tasted. Now that it is bottled and on the market, it has lost none of its incredible concentration, supple texture, enthralling complexity and captivating charm. It is simply loaded with flavor: black currant, black cherry, exotic spices, raspberry, smoked meat and cedar. It is so appealing now that you might think it couldn't age, but there's plenty of tannin lurking behind the enormous fruit.
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By Michael Dresser | February 21, 2001
1998 Perrin Reserve Cotes du Rhone ($11). This meaty, chunky red wine from the south of France isn't designed to be cellared for years or studied to death. It's just a delight for uncomplicated drinking with hamburgers or pizza right now. A medium-bodied red, it offers flavors of black cherry, black currant, herbs and leather.
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By MICHAEL DRESSER | April 23, 2008
From: Napa and Sonoma Valleys, Calif. Price: $23 Serve with: Lamb, better cuts of beef Ghost Pines is one of Gallo's "ghost" labels, but an association with the Modesto, Calif., giant is rapidly becoming more of a positive recommendation than a warning flag. This full-bodied, stylish cabernet from Napa (61 percent) and Sonoma (39 percent) offers pure and intense black cherry and black currant with a distinct Napa style predominating. It's reasonably complex and well-structured and will benefit from age, but can be enjoyed young.
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By Michael Dresser | July 27, 2005
2002 Double T Napa Valley Red Wine ($20). Perhaps our local diner chain would like to upgrade its wine list? This Bordeaux-style blend from Trefethen Vineyards would enhance any wine list or home cellar. It's a full-bodied, intense, lush red wine with notes of black cherry, black currant, vanilla and cedar. The elegance and purity of flavor are typical of Trefethen -- one of the Napa Valley's class acts. It's good to see this winery come in with a red in this price niche. -- Michael Dresser
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By Michael Dresser | July 25, 2001
Marietta Old Vine Red, Lot No. 27 ($12). Talk about a rut. I've been recommending this consistent champion value since its lot numbers were in single digits and the price was around $5. It's still one of California's greatest values, offering intense and lush blackberry, black currant, smoked meat and herbes de Provence flavors. Serve this wine with pizza, grilled steaks, pasta or lamb. Its versatility is equaled only by its burly charm.
FEATURES
By Michael Dresser | December 28, 1997
1994 Joseph Phelps Insignia, Napa Valley ($65).Two years ago, this Bordeaux-style blend astonished me at a tasting in Washington, where I thought it was the best California barrel sample I had ever tasted. Now that it is bottled and on the market, it has lost none of its incredible concentration, supple texture, enthralling complexity and captivating charm. It is simply loaded with flavor: black currant, black cherry, exotic spices, raspberry, smoked meat and cedar. It is so appealing now that you might think it couldn't age, but there's plenty of tannin lurking behind the enormous fruit.
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By Michael Dresser | November 30, 1997
1994 Taurino Salice Salentino ($10)Is this the best Salice Salentino ever? It's certainly a contender. After a mini-slump, Taurino is back with a delightful Southern Italian wine with a gorgeous balance between concentration and lively fruit. This medium-bodied red offers excellent flavors of grilled meat, smoke, black cherry and black currant. The length and complexity suggest a much more expensive product, and it has the elegance of a luxury-priced Tuscan wine. Buy it by the case; it will improve over the next five years.
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