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Customer Reviews - Jeff Phillips

Jeff Phillips


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2007 Arrowood "Reserve Speciale" Sonoma County Chardonnay (out of stock)  
Review Date: 5-19-2011
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Gorgeous, rich Chardonnay.
Drink to 2013
Price: $34.99 Add To Waiting List RP 94 BC 0

2008 Catena Malbec Mendoza (out of stock)  
Review Date: 5-19-2011
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This wine has that gorgeous luminescent purple typical of well made Argentinian Malbecs. The nose is violets, violets, violets and some more violets. Holy floralness! Deliciously intoxicating aroma. After some more air light toasty oak notes enter as well as Hoisin sauce. This is a wine you can sniff for hours. Boysenberry, black cherry, Asian spice notes. Rich and polished giving way to tannins that are a tad course on the finish. Could benefit from another 6-12 months in the bottle &/or more decanting than I gave it. Long finish. Truly delicious. Great for beef and richer pork dishes as well as heatier dishes with sausage.
Drink to 2014

2008 Greystone California Cabernet Sauvignon (out of stock)  
Review Date: 5-19-2011
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For a cheap Cab, this really isn't bad. It got it as part of a recent selection from K & L's Best Buy Wine Club. And, it seems that Greystone references the CIA in Saint Helena.

Light in color & body with notes of black cherry, leather & cedar as well has an herbal/almost minty component. I'm not a fan of beef carpaccio, but I think this could be a good foil for it. Smooth with sticky tannins and a somewhat savory character keeping this interesting. Pleasantly surprised.
Drink to 2013
Price: $9.99 Add To Waiting List BC 0

2009 d'Arenberg "Hermit Crab" Viognier-Marsanne McLaren Vale (out of stock)  
Review Date: 1-11-2011
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Lovely aroma of pineapple and other tropical fruit. Pale straw color. Delightful tropical flavors that finish off in a flourish of apricot. Really good stuff. Best Hermit Crab since the 06 IMHO
Drink to 2012
Price: $13.99 Add To Waiting List WS 90 BC 0

2008 Alamos Malbec Mendoza (out of stock)  
Review Date: 1-10-2011
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All the hallmarks of an easy drinking Mendoza Malbec. Great value.
Drink to 2012
Price: $8.99 Add To Waiting List WS 90 BC 0

2009 Comte Louis de Clermont-Tonnerre (Alain Corcia) "Très Vieilles Vignes" Cairanne (out of stock)  
Review Date: 1-10-2011
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The first word that comes to mind is childish. Tastes like a melted sucking candy. And, not a very good one.
Price: $12.99 Add To Waiting List BC 0

2009 Monteviejo "Festivo" Malbec Mendoza (out of stock)  
Review Date: 12-15-2010
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Although still not a great wine, the 09 is much better than the 08 which I found nearly undrinkable.
Price: $7.99 Add To Waiting List BC 0

2008 Skouras St George Nemea (out of stock)  
Review Date: 11-18-2010
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I'd never had this varietal before but got to try at a tasting at the SF K&L and really enjoyed it. Unique and uncommon.
Price: $14.99 Add To Waiting List BC 0

2007 Stepping Stone (by Cornerstone) Red Hills Grenache (out of stock)  
Review Date: 11-18-2010
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It's possible that this needs more bottle age, but I doubt it. I found it a bit dense for California Grenache and without mush style or finesse or signature flavors.
Price: $12.99 Add To Waiting List BC 0

2007 Argiolas Costera (out of stock)  
Review Date: 7-19-2010
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Surprisingly rich & dense. Needs a good deal of breathing time and then relents into a delicious wine.
Drink to 2014
Price: $13.99 Add To Waiting List RP 90 BC 0

2008 Purisima Canyon Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir (out of stock)  
Review Date: 6-26-2010
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None of the charateristics of a Sonoma Coast Pinot. A bit heavy and flavorless.
Price: $13.99 Add To Waiting List BC 0

2006 Falset Marca "Ètim Selección" Montsant (out of stock)  
Review Date: 1-27-2010
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60% Grenache, 30% Carignane, 10 % Syrah. Based on that, I should love this wine as that is right up my alley. But, this is a thin and sour wine.
Price: $12.99 Add To Waiting List RP 91 BC 0

2007 Valley of the Moon Sonoma County Zinfandel (out of stock)  
Review Date: 1-27-2010
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I've never been fond of Valley of the Moon wines, but this one is actually quite good. Solid strawberry & raspberry flavors. Medium bodied with subtle & generous tannins.
Drink to 2012
Price: $10.99 Add To Waiting List CG 91 BC 0

2007 Artazu "Artazuri" Garnacha Navarra (out of stock)  
Review Date: 7-25-2009
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A gorgeous, flavorful wine with tannins ample enough to last for a few years.
Drink to 2012
Price: $10.99 Add To Waiting List ST 90 BC 0

2006 Bodegas Hijos de Juan Gil "Juan Gil" Jumilla (out of stock)  
Review Date: 7-25-2009
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I love this wine! A totally delightful, flavorful wine. Bounces between fruit & licorice, chocolate, tobacco and smoke finishing with subtle spice & tannin.

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