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Rudd - Oakville Estate Red
This was one of the more memorable Rudd Wines I've had in a long time. Strong but polished. Lots of pencil shavings and graphite through the whole experience. The wine was opened for about an hour before drinking and it was humming once it was poured. Long, deep finish. Notes of light herbs at the end. Beautiful wine. Great job Leslie Rudd
Gemstone - Red
I was expecting more from this bottle; however, I probably didn't give it enough time to open up. It was a pop and pour with friends. Deep, rich fruit with nice layers. Medium finish.
Gemstone - Red
Solid bottle of Gemstone. Decanted for 1.5 hours. Still needed air time after that but what came from it was a brooding cabernet of dark, brooding fruit. Somewhat Bordeaux in style with a little acid and a mild finish. Not a powerhouse I kept hoping for but something that was alive and should continue for another couple of years.
Lucia - Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands
Good bottle of Lucia. Very light at opening with lots of acid however it wore off and a nice bloom hit at about minute 50. Had with a Kale salad and artichokes.