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May 17, 2017

Winedabbler's 4.5 Star Rated Wines

Winecurmudgeon.com will enjoy this posting!

Knowing that I like wine a nephew of my wife opened one of his special wines tucked away in his basement for a number of years, a 2007 Pahlmeyer Proprietory Blend from Napa Valley.

Wine Advocate, Wine Spectator and International Wine Cellar commented about this wine, and here are relevant excerpts of what their discerning noses and tastebuds detected (click here for the full reviews):

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #186
December 2009: 96+ Points.
''Smoked meats, oak, mountain wild flowers, blueberries, blackberries, coffee, and cassis.''

James Laube, Wine Spectator
September 2010: 95 Points.
''Currant, blackberry, wild berry and black cherry fruit.''

Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar
May/June 2010: 93 Points.
''Slightly syrupy dark fruit aromas complicated by truffle and earth, with an element of minerality providing lift.''

Somehow you would never believe that they are talking about the same wine!

As far as I am concerned it was a very enjoyable wine; I gave it 4.5 stars - which is also the average of the 229 folks who rated it on Vivino.com.

A bottle of 2007 Pahlmeyer Proprietory Blend is listed at $140.00.

Here are some other wines I gave 4.5 stars:
* Aires Hautes Minervois Tradition 2014 - $10.71
* Santa Julia Magna 2014 - $9.99
* Château Mirefleurs Bordeaux Supérieur 2010 - $14.99
* Starmont Merlot 2013 - $26.89

I think there are two morals to this story:

1. Even if the experts agree that a certain wine is a good one they can't necessarily agree on WHAT they are tasting.

2. It appears that I can spend a lot less than $140.00 to get a hold of wines I like just as much.


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