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Review: 2010 Beringer Quantum

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.beringer.com Easily one of the most recognizable names in the Napa Valley, Beringer is a long-time favorite producer of wine lovers around the globe. Although some of its lower-priced wines may lose their way among the “wine snobs”, its higher-end wines are widely sought after. This 2010 Quantum is a red […]

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2010 Lander-Jenkins Cabernet Sauvignon – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery Website: http://www.rutherfordwine.com/lander-jenkins-vineyards/ Lander-Jenkins is a project from the Rutherford Wine Company and does a good job for its price in representing the region in a bottle. It’s not a “barn burner” but represents a pretty solid value for the money. Technical Data:  Blend: 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot 3% Cabernet Franc Alcohol: […]

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2009 Paraduxx C-Blend – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: www.paraduxx.com What do you get when you combine the two most notable red grapes of California into a well-crafted bottle of vino? You get a wine like the 2009 Paraduxx C-blend – one that combines Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel in a very tasty way. Technical Data: Appellation: Napa Valley Harvest Date: […]

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2010 Liberty School Cab – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: www.hopefamilywines.com I really didn’t want to like this wine and not just because it’s widely considered a “grocery store wine” by most in the trade or a “simple glass pour” at many restaurants. I wanted to not like it because, well, it’s one of those “mass-produced” California cabs that can be […]

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2007 Silver Oak Napa Valley Cab – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.silveroak.com Silver Oak winery has been not only the envy of California Cab lovers for decades but also a great example of how to build and preserve a solid brand-identity in such a competitive market segment like wine. This 2007 Napa Cab has gone through 25 months of barrel aging and […]

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2009 Paraduxx Howell Mountain Red Wine – Reviwe

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.paraduxx.com Paraduxx wines have been a Napa favorite for years now – they combine Zinfandel with other red varietals into very expressive, “California-style” red blends. Technical Data:  Vintage: 2009 Varietal: 72% Zinfandel, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon Aging & Oak: 16 months in oak 100% French oak 60% new Appellation:  Napa Valley Harvest Date: […]

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2010 Justin Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.justinwine.com Justin Vineyards is one of the larger producers in the Paso Robles region of California and has created a very loyal following for its wines both locally and abroad. This Cab represents a good case for how this region can produce world-class Cabernet Sauvignon. Technical Data:  Appellation: Paso Robles […]

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2008 Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.silveroak.com There’s no question that Silver Oak winery is one of the most premiere brands in the entire New World of wine. It’s been around over 40 years and has garnered acclaim from all over the world. While it doesn’t have the Meyer family involved anymore, its mission hasn’t changed […]

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2007 Swanson Alexis Cab – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.swansonvineyards.com Swanson Vineyards, located in Napa California, produces a very wide variety of wines – from red to white to pink to sweet, they got you covered. Additionally, they also have a “House Wine” selection which starts off around the $25 mark. This cab, however, weighs in at $75. Nose: […]

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Napa Cellars Reserve – 3-way Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.napacellars.com/ Napa Cellars’ reserve program has released three new releases that are all 100% varietal, made in small lots and designed to really showcase the terroir of the specific region the grapes were sourced from. \ 2010 Mount Veeder Chardonnay – W.E.P. Rating: 90% Technical Data: Appellation: Mount Veeder Composition: 100% Chardonnay […]

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Kenwood 3-way red action – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: www.kenwoodvineyards.com Kenwood Vineyards is one of the most iconic producers in the greater Sonoma region of California. It’d been a staple, go-to-brand for millions of red wine drinkers from all over the world. There’s no doubt that it has played a large role in contributing to California’s success as a […]

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2009 Hall Cabernet Sauvignon – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: www.hallwines.com Craig and Kathryn Hall are busy creating a place in the Napa area that combines world-class wines with contemporary design. Based in the hills of Rutherford, this winery has its own estate vineyards which grow Bordeaux varietals. This is the first wine I’ve reviewed from them so I was […]

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2009 Pedroncelli Three Vineyards Cab – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.pedroncelli.com It’s difficult for some folks to get around the fact that California has been producing quality Cabs for longer than any other state in the U.S.A. Its reputation of cabs is upheld around the world. One of the bigger challenges, however, for many California wineries is finding a way […]

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3-way Michel-Schlumberger action

For Michel-Schlumberger the process is simple – harness all of your collective passion to produce wines from the greater Dry Creek area, add a dose of lovin’ and there ya have it. Michel-Schlumberger’s winemaker, Mike Brunson is good at his job and his love for wine comes through in each bottle. 2008 Dry Creek Pinot Noir […]

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Flying high with 4-way Highflyer action

Highflyer wines is an effort by Somerston wine company to showcase various vineyards in their region and bring out the best of each site. It’s headed up by winemaker, Craig Becker and David Zurowski who heads up the marketing – both are industry veterans in their own right. 2009 Grenache Blanc: W.E.P. Rating:  90% Technical […]

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Robert Young hard-hitting 3-way action

Every now and then there comes along a winery who just seems to “get it” – they fire on all cylinders and produce wines of such outstanding character that one can’t help but step back in a bit of awe. Robert Young winery, located in Geyserville California, planted its vineyards in 1963 and has been […]

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2007 CC Wines Cabernet Sauvignon – Review

By Duane Pemberton CC Wines is a joint venture between famous Sommelier, Richard Betts and Castle Brands – his motto’s are: “I will not drink bad wine” and “wine should be a grocery, not a luxury”. It’s clear to me, after spending time with both the cab, that those concepts have carried through into the […]

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2007 Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon

By Duane Pemberton Fewer names are more synonymous with California Cab than Robert Mondavi and for good reason. Mondavi’s history and involvement with getting California wine and Cab “on the world’s radar” have become a hallmark of appreciation by the entire USA wine industry. Although I’ve had my own personal misgivings with the snobbery my […]

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Saunter Wines – two reviewed

Saunter wines, in St. Helena California, is quite literally a family affair that has the husband and wife team of Josh and Heather Clark – arms-length deep into the vino. It’s a botique winery in the truest sense of the word and the work they put into their bottles seems to come oozing out with […]

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Optima Winery – 4-way Review

The husband and wife team of Optima Winery in Healdsburg California started in 1984 and has remained a relatively small, family-run winery that produces premium wines. Its mission is quite simple – work with top vineyards in and around its local regions and help them each showcase those particular vineyard sites. Mike Duffy is the […]

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