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Red

2004 Il Poggione (Proprietá Franceschi) Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna Paganelli

Sangiovese more

2/11/2016 - cliffkol wrote: 91 points

Decant for sediment. Opened after an hour. Tannins resolved, layered flavors of matured red fruits, oak, slight leather. Well rounded with a bit of spice.

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Red

1995 Château Montrose

St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend more

2/11/2016 - cliffkol wrote: flawed

almost vinegar. Not sure why. Prior bottles were good.

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White

2010 Kumeu River Chardonnay Hunting Hill

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1/31/2016 - cliffkol wrote: 93 points

Wonderful communion of citrus, grass, minerals, apples and acidity. Steely dry yet rich with a touch of sweetness make this a delight. Fresh, concentrated layered flavors. Long finish! The concentrated flavors plus excellent acidity let this compete proudly with Puligny region Burgundies.

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Red

2009 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend more

1/31/2016 - cliffkol wrote: 92 points

Blossoming bouquet of mature red fruits on the nose. On the palate, concentrated red and blue fruits, dark earth, smoke, minerals. Slightly acidic and tight tannins. A couple more years will help.

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Red

2006 Rocca Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

Yountville more

1/11/2016 - cliffkol wrote: NR

Bon & Nate: Wonderful, deep, dark, full body, integrated tannins, luscious. Cassis, earthy; not standard cabernet.

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Red

2007 Ken Wright Pinot Noir Carter Vineyard

Eola - Amity Hills more

12/31/2015 - cliffkol wrote: NR

Lee and Allison - dinner with friends. Deep flavors but light body. Delicious. Sounds like the wine is beginning to fade but holding its flavors and depth.

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White - Sweet/Dessert

2009 Château Suduiraut

Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

12/19/2015 - cliffkol wrote: 95 points

This is a mouth-filling, profound, powerful wine. And it's still young! Deep, concentrated flavors, robust, elegant and silky. The depth of the flavors is astounding. Dark honey, caramel, baked apples, apricots, citrus, botrytis. Balance between sweet and acidity is almost perfect. Complex and layered with a finish that goes on forever.

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Red

2013 Cameron Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge

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12/18/2015 - cliffkol wrote: 91 points

For the price range ($22), this is almost as good as it gets. A “light heavyweight” with lots of fresh, forward fruits – strawberries and cherries, with just enough subtlety of minerals and earth. Very nice acidity and well structured. The forward fruits should mature with time, which I suspect will improve the wine to another level. This is not a complex, layered experience but an easy wine with some depth that keeps your interest. Cameron never goes wrong and this wine is right there! (Doris loved this wine)

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Red - Fortified

NV Taylor (Fladgate) Porto 30 Year Old Tawny Port

Port Blend more

12/12/2015 - cliffkol wrote: 92 points

Opened 12/12/2015

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Red

2010 St. Innocent Pinot Noir Shea Vineyard

Yamhill-Carlton more

12/10/2015 - cliffkol wrote: 92 points

Still fairly bright red fruits, creamy, elegant, earthy, floral. But softer and more integrated now. Everything tied together with very nice structure and body.

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Red

2004 Il Poggione (Proprietá Franceschi) Brunello di Montalcino

Sangiovese more

12/11/2015 - cliffkol wrote: 91 points

Needed an hour decant. Dusty, filling tannins, earthy, spices, medium body and flavors of (slightly fading) red fruits.

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Red

2009 Domaine de la Janasse Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Chaupin

Grenache more

12/11/2015 - cliffkol wrote: 92 points

With Susan and Harvey @ Osteria del Teatro restaurant. With foie gras and then veal francaise. Big nose of earth, dark fruits, spices. On the palate, earthy, brambly, spices. Grenache comes through with power. A touch of cassis and acidity. Structured and well balanced. Medium finish with some heat at the end. This is a hungry man’s wine. Great with food, not a sipping wine.

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Red - Fortified

1994 Delaforce Porto Vintage

Port Blend more

11/26/2015 - cliffkol wrote: 88 points

Light, oaky, prunes.

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Red

2001 Clos Saint-Michel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée

Red Rhone Blend more

11/23/2015 - cliffkol wrote: 94 points

Kelli & Phillip here. Dark, deep red brick color, almost brown. Looks like at tail end of life. But the wine is still zinging. Aromas of dark fruits, bramble, spices. On the palate, smooth, elegant with mature fruits, backdrop of spices, earth. Amazing. Grenache 40%, mourvedre 30%, syrah 30%. Long finish.

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Red

2007 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend more

11/23/2015 - cliffkol wrote: 93 points

Although delicious and a 93 rating, this is not Beaucastel's best. It was fruit forward, with dried fruits, fresh berries, spices, a bit of earth and minerals. What was missing for me was absolute balance. It seemed that the fruit was a bit more powerful than the tannins, which were obvious but just slightly behind the fruit, leaving the wine overall slightly out of balance. Very good finish. Overall, I won't turn this wine down! And at the right price, get a case!

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Red

2003 Château Branaire-Ducru

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

11/23/2015 - cliffkol wrote: 91 points

Probably still young; tannins still tight. However, with more than an hour decant we served this with an appetizer cheese course and the wine sang like a songbird. Delicious, smooth and concentrated flavors.

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Red - Fortified

1994 Graham Porto Vintage

Port Blend more

11/23/2015 - cliffkol wrote: 93 points

Decanted 6 hours. Still just a tad out of balance, tight tannins. But the depth of flavors and several layers of complexity keep this port going and going. Caramel, plums, figs and an earthy undertone complement the silky, elegant mouth feel.

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Red

2010 Chehalem Pinot Noir Ridgecrest

Ribbon Ridge more

11/20/2015 - cliffkol wrote: 90 points

Marty & Bobbie P. Aromas of fresh, ripe red berries. Popped and Poured -- very tannic, needed at least 30 minutes to calm down. Bright, fresh, forward cherry and strawberry flavors, a bit of earth and oak. After an hour, became a bit more relaxed, mature. Very nice, but very middle of the road for this price.

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White

2008 J.M. Boillot Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru La Garenne

Chardonnay more

11/13/2015 - cliffkol wrote: 93 points

At Steve and Linda's. Great depth, flavors, finish. Gets better and better with age.

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White - Sparkling

2004 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne Brut La Grande Dame

Champagne Blend more

11/13/2015 - cliffkol wrote: 93 points

At Steve and Linda's. Everyone loved this. Depth of character and flavors, long finish, a backdrop of sweet. Small small bubbles.

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White - Sweet/Dessert

2007 Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey

Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

11/10/2015 - cliffkol wrote: 93 points

Intense flavors of honey, citrus, slight botrytis. Mature. Acidity is just right. Well done!

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Red

2007 Domaine de la Charbonnière Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Spéciale Les Hautes Brusquières

Red Rhone Blend more

11/10/2015 - cliffkol wrote: 93 points

Mature, elegant and silky. concentrated earthy dark fruits, leather, integrated tannins. Drinking great right now.

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White

2008 J.M. Boillot Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru La Garenne

Chardonnay more

11/10/2015 - cliffkol wrote: 92 points

Depth, elegance, beauty.

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Red

2010 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Éloge

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

11/2/2015 - cliffkol wrote: 94 points

Fabulous! Beautiful floral aromas of dark fruits and earth . A feminine, silky, elegant wine. Great structure. Flavors of dark fruits, earth, spices. Long and lingering finish.

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Red

2013 Cameron Pinot Noir Dundee Hills

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11/1/2015 - cliffkol wrote: 87 points

Very funky at opening. Lots of brett, earth. Blew off after about half an hour. Bright red color, medium body. The wine is slightly acidic, tannic with red cherry and strawberry flavors. Lots of earth, minerals, almost too much. Will try again in a few months. Hoping for the best!!

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