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Mollydooker - Two Left Feet
Had after an Orin Swift Prisoner wine. Very nice quality for the price. Heavier wine than the prisoner but just as enjoyable. Blackberry and dark ink on the tongue, heavy notes on the nose. Long finish. I have to say the prisoner won this round but for the money, the MD TLF is still a champ!
Orin Swift - The Prisoner
I have to say I was extremely impressed with this wine. Before trying it I thought there was a lot of hype around this offering but it turns out that, in the case of the 2008, the hype matches the reality. Notes of blueberry and dark ink on the nose. Long finish with a smooth, silky, bouquet of flavors surrounds the tongue. Glad I have 6-7 more of these. I"m ready to jump in and try another one soon!
Shafer - Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select
Had before dinner, not with food. Beautiful nose but too much grape and not a strong finish as I expect from Shafer HSS. Although it got better with time (2 hours) it just really put a wow on me at all. Disappointing in relation to what I expect from Shafer.
Pisoni - Pinot Noir Estate
A good Pisoni but not one of their greats. Beautiful nose that even our waiter to smell 5 feet away. Notes of bright cherry and light graphite. Pleasant but a light, quick finish with no lingering to it. Although R-P says that this could go another couple of years I think this is at or past peak. Drink now.
Mollydooker - Cabernet Sauvignon Gigglepot
Kind of a disappointing bottle from Molly Dooker given the bench strength of their wines. Very light on the nose with very little fruit on it, slight notes of red berries, acidic taste, and no finish. After an hour or so it opened to stronger notes of the above but really didn't do much for me or my friends drinking it. Everyone agreed it was the least favorite Dooker we've had in a while.