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Yupples Rating:
91 of 100
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Review Date: 
July 9, 2011

In full disclosure, this wine was provided to us by the winery.  We tried not to let that fact affect the impartiality of our review, and think we have succeded.

We did not know anything about this wine, from the Gunsalus Vineyard, and after brief research found that 2007 was the first vintage from the vineyard.  We hope that there will be more.

Color: 
Deep red
Year: 
2007
Nose: 
Nice boquet; red fruits, neither jammy nor baked
Palate: 
Soft; Nicely balanced and even throughout; Maybe needed a bit more acidity
Yupples Rating:
94 of 100
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Review Date: 
November 29, 2009

This was a fantastic example of what California Chardonnay is capable of. This wine is exceptionally well balanced with nice structure. It is not a hot chardonnay and not over oaked or overly buttery, yet still retains some creamy characteristics.

Color: 
Golden
Year: 
2007
Nose: 
Apples; citrus; some tropical fruits hinting to warmer weather
Palate: 
Nice acidity and some tannins; apple; maybe some wet mossy rock
Yupples Rating:
90 of 100
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Review Date: 
October 13, 2009

This was a nice bottle of wine. We enjoyed this wine, and while it is drinking very well right now, I think it can improve even a little more with age. Overall, we would recommend this wine, which, while not blowing you away, will still be pleasing.

Color: 
Purple
Year: 
2006
Nose: 
Chocolate covered cherries; Spice; Bark; Currants
Palate: 
Mouthfilling and surprisingly drinkable at such a young age with a nice level of ripe tannins; Chocolate cherries and a little bit of earthiness.
Yupples Rating:
86 of 100
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Review Date: 
August 17, 2010

This wine was ok, nothing special or exciting about it. It starts out with nice red fruit (especially cherries), but then finishes with acidity. For my taste, a little too much wood.

Color: 
Red
Year: 
2006
Nose: 
A light wine on the nose, with a scent of alcohol and red fruit
Palate: 
Cherries and vanilla on the front of the mouth; acidity that carries through; potentially over-oaked
Yupples Rating:
80 of 100
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Review Date: 
June 10, 2009

This was quite a disappointing wine. Initially, we thought that if it were priced at under $11.99 we would consider buying it again, but as we continued to drink it, we disliked it more and more. There are too many other wines at that price point that would be more enjoyable. We would not recommend this wine, even at a low price point.

Color: 
Dark
Year: 
2006
Nose: 
Strawberries, almost as a fruit puree; a hint of dirt
Palate: 
Quite a bit of acidity and some oak tannins; light in body, almost tasting some tin or aluminum in this very thin wine; not very complex
Yupples Rating:
92 of 100
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Review Date: 
February 5, 2010

While this wine embodied ripe dark fruit on the palate and to us tasted quite like a California zinfandel, we definitely enjoyed it.  It was very tasty and easy to drink.  The wine was expressive and well integrated.  I would recommend this wine for those looking for a somewhat heavy and thick wine, but with good flavor and a big, fruity character. 

Color: 
Dark Purple
Year: 
2007
Nose: 
Some fruit, especially blackberries; tobacco and chocolate
Palate: 
Quite a bit of fruit from start to finish; very ripe; good mid-palate; spiciness really only came through in the finish; sort of like a California Zin
Yupples Rating:
87 of 100
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This wine was tasted in a blind tasting between a few California Cabs and some Mendoza Cabs.  This one was the hardest of the California cabs to place, but still distinctly a Napa wine.  Overall, it was a decent bottle. 

Color: 
Dark Red
Year: 
2006
Nose: 
Mild tobacco; cherry; spice
Palate: 
Some cedar and chocolate; strong tannins; Bing cherries and cassis; oak; dries your mouth out
Yupples Rating:
82 of 100
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I am glad that we only got a half-bottle of this wine.  Maybe it was still too young, as the tannins made the wine almost entirely unapproachable; or, perhaps it needed to be decanted for a few hours.  However, when the wine did open up a little bit and the tannins became more manageable, the wine lacked in body.  We could taste a bit of fruit, but it was difficult to get much out of the wine.  The wine seemed to lack body and complexity and really did not carry to many traditional pinot noir characteristics.

Color: 
Medium-Dark
Year: 
2005
Nose: 
Somewhat fruity with cherries, but overall tight on the nose
Palate: 
Highly tannic; minimal mid-palate and finish; sort of thin; a little bit of red fruit; alcohol seemed unbalanced
Yupples Rating:
80 of 100
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A lot of big California merlots seem to be hitting the market and this is one of them.  Unfortunately, this merlot was not one that we would order again or buy in the store.

Color: 
Dark
Year: 
2006
Nose: 
A lot of alcohol
Palate: 
Highly tannic; a bit of black fruit; pretty full body accompanied by a slight amount of earthy undertones
Yupples Rating:
96 of 100
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This was an awesome merlot.  It is so nice to taste a merlot that is not trying to be a cabernet; instead this merlot was truly retaining its own unique identity and let its own characteristics shine through.  This wine was incredibly supple, round, mouth filling and smooth.  The tannins tasted ripe and full, but still soft- an excellent example of merlot’s capabilities.

Color: 
Dark
Year: 
2006
Nose: 
Cedar chips; wet stone; pepper
Palate: 
Barky tannins that are round and incredibly supple; chocolate smoothness; almost silky; blackberry
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