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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

88
points

2003

$8.99

Trader Joes

Mar 31, 2007

Dry, with tobacco and dried cherries. Sweet port/sherry finish. Huge aroma, big fruit, plums. Sweet smooth finish, yet dry.

WineBratSF
47 reviews

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89
points

2003

$8.99

Trader Joes

Mar 30, 2007

Cherry, tobacco. Lush and fantastic ... nice spicy finish, not too small, not too big, just right

John
161 reviews

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84
points

2003

$8.99

Trader Joes

Mar 31, 2007

Velvety texture, rich color. Spice and blackpepper on the nose. Astringent, cloves, oaky spice on the palette.

Joe
25 reviews

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89
points

2003

$8.99

Trader Joes

Mar 31, 2007

Nice balance, all stages good quality. Good fruit.

shoester
8 reviews

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87
points

2003

$8.99

Trader Joe's

Mar 31, 2007

I "caught the vapors" when I stuck my nose in the glass, a bit too much alcohol there. But the nose also brought some peppery spice which was good.

But the taste kinda fell flat after that intense nose. Vanilla, balanced, and the finish was pretty nice and peppery.

AndyH
151 reviews

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85
points

2003

$8.99

Trader Joes

Mar 30, 2007

Sour cherry nose that tickles back of throat. Rich taste but not overpowering, oaky and dry. Non coating lenghty finish.

Sofya
8 reviews

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76
points

2003

$8.99

Trader Joes

Mar 30, 2007

Rasberry cassis. Smeels like typical red wine. Tasted dry, flat, and thin. (Diana Lee)

Anonymous
165 reviews

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84
points

2003

$10.59

Smart & Final

Jan 29, 2007

I guess for Sonoma Appellation, this is prbly a pretty good deal. Not the hugest fan of Gallo but for the money this is pretty tasty.

Anonymous
165 reviews

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85
points

2003

$10.59

Smart & Final

Jan 29, 2007

I thought this wine was very pleasant to sip with my pan seared top sirloin. It seemed well balanced and solid, but not spectacular.

AndyH
151 reviews

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