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100 Point Rating Guide

96-100 Extraordinary A wine of finesse, complexity, and expression. True to variety and region. Perfect balance of flavors with a long finish.
90-95 Excellent True to variety and region, with terrific complexity and balance. While not a wine for the ages, a superior example.
85-89 Good Meets your expectations, with sound flavors and balance. Might have limited complexity or be short on the palate. A sound wine.
80-84 Average Drinkable, might not have as much varietal character. Simple flavors, no flaws, but nothing special.
75-79 Below Average Might contain one flaw, simple straight-forward flavors, off-balance, unpleasant.
60-74 Undrinkable, Flawed Contains significant flaws. Unpleasant, not commercially acceptable.
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9 User Reviews

82
points

2004

$13.99

Trader Joe's

Apr 12, 2007

Green, immature, unripe. Surprisingly different on the palate. Almost seems cool-climate fruit. Much higher acidity - disconnect betwen nose and palate. Tasted blind -- Oz??

pinotphile
12 reviews

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81
points

2004

$13.99

Trader Joe's

Apr 12, 2007

Very oaky nose, smells kind of like smoked cold cuts or salami and bell peppers. Very dry, a little earthy. Not an easy drink. Would go best w/ a very heavy meal, like a steak. Done blind, is this the Aussie?? (Dan R)

drasolt
9 reviews

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86
points

2004

$13.99

Trader Joe's

Apr 12, 2007

Spicy. Is this a syrah? Slightly thin, but at the same time I think it has some potential (aging?).

AndyH
151 reviews

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82
points

2004

$13.99

Trader Joe's

Apr 12, 2007

Nice color, nice sweet cherry fragrance but light. Fruity pleasant, no layers. Short finish, fruit forward. (Liz W)

Anonymous
165 reviews

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85
points

2004

$13.99

Trader Joe's

Apr 12, 2007

Dryer rockier taste, smooth and enjoyable! Pair it w/ a steak. Very crisp. (Jay S)

Jah
9 reviews

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83
points

2004

$13.99

Trader Joe's

Apr 12, 2007

Spicy, peppery, warm, good with food because it is relatively young.

Joe
25 reviews

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83
points

2004

$13.99

Trader Joe's

Apr 12, 2007

Berries, a little jammy. I would be happy to serve this, thought it doesn't really stimulate me.

jamil
15 reviews

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86
points

2004

$13.99

Trader Joe's

Apr 12, 2007

Deep purple. Black plum, Vegetative. Would pair well w/ lamb, pork chops. Needs 2-3 years.

shawn
9 reviews

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84
points

2004

$13.99

Trader Joe's

Apr 12, 2007

Relatively subtle smokey nose. Not bad, but too much one dimesional grape jelly flavor. Thin. Olives. Not bad but hope it's cheap

John
161 reviews

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