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Bella Mcdowell

Bella Mcdowell

Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Napa Valley, California, United States
4266 days ago

Bella scored this wine: 92/100

Pours an intensely dark plum in the glass. The nose has notes of vanilla, oak, and cassis. The full-bodied, lush palate is layered with smooth tastes of dark berries, oak, and pepper. Refined tannins linger in the long finish along with tastes of oak and pepper. A very sophisticated wine!


Belle Glos Meiomi Pinot Noir 2009

Sonoma Valley, Monterey County, Santa Barbara County, California, United States
4269 days ago

Bella scored this wine: 90/100

Meiomoi Pinot Noir has a rich nose with notes of plum, oak, and cherry. Tastes of dark fruit are enveloped in oak and savory herbs. The earthy tannins are followed by a smooth finish. I really enjoyed this Pinot and it's a great find for the money!

Old Vines

Almira Los Dos Old Vines Grenache Syrah 2009

Do Campo De Borja, Spain
4345 days ago

Bella scored this wine: 88/100

Los Dos Grenache Syrah pours a deep garnet in the glass. It has a bold nose of dark fruit with notes of minerality. This full-bodied Grenache blend explodes with tastes of juicy plum and dark cherry. The finish is spicy and dry and made me forget I was drinking a $10 wine (which is exactly what I hoped it would do!). This is definitely an easy drinking, casual wine that I give a thumbs up.


Kim Crawford Dry Riesling 2007

Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand
4357 days ago

Bella scored this wine: 89/100

A lively citrus nose that makes you want to dive in for a refreshing taste. Flavors of tropical fruit, citrus, and spice make this Riesling easy to drink. A great wine for spicy dishes!

Arroyo Vista

J. Lohr Arroyo Vista Chardonnay 2007

Arroyo Seco, Monterey County, California, United States
4366 days ago

Bella scored this wine: 89/100

A creamy nose with notes of apple and citrus. This wine is rich and buttery with flavors of apple, pear, and hazelnuts. A smooth finish makes for a perfect ending. A solid Chardonnay from J. Lohr!

Bella Mcdowell

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Memorable Wine

The first time I tried Opus One when I was 21 years old. It started my romance with the grape!


First Wine

Probably something from the gas station when I was a little too young to be drinking it...


Current Fav Wine

Bordigioni Family Winery Big Pink Rose of Zinfandel- perfect summer wine





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