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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:
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:
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:
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
Yupples Rating:
86 of 100
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This wine was ok, nothing special or exciting about it but nothing bad either.  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:
76 of 100
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Review Date: 
November 20, 2009
Color: 
Deep purple
Year: 
2005
Nose: 
Unbalanced alcohol; Leather; Anise; Clover; Some tar; No fruit
Palate: 
Alcohol; No fruit; Decent mouth-drying tannins; A lot of cedar, like licking a moth ball
Yupples Rating:
92 of 100
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Review Date: 
October 10, 2009

This was a very nice wine with good balance and good structure.  The tannins were medium to strong, but well balanced with the rest of the body and intensity of the wine.  I think we would have preferred a bit more fruit, but overall a good wine.  Because it is a bit bolder, I would drink this wine with a hearty meal.

Color: 
Dark purple
Year: 
2004
Nose: 
Peppercorn; mahogany; a little bit of cooked fruit, esp. prunes; mulch/compost
Palate: 
Medium tannins and acidity; savory flavors dominate the fruit, but there still is some fruit, in the way of cooked jam, not only black fruit but also some red fruit too
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