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White

2002 Cakebread Cellars Chardonnay Napa Valley

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7/16/2015 - Barry Notes Likes this wine: 90 points

PnP slightly chilled. Clear, bright, deep straw color. Initial nose was oaky but blew off quickly. Taste was better then expected with lots of fruit. Oak, green/yellow apple, vanilla, spicy, med tart. Good balance and nice finish. Better with time, med finish. Not over the top but drink soon. Nothing off. Mike's bottle.

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White

2010 Kistler Chardonnay Sonoma Mountain

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7/16/2015 - Barry Notes Likes this wine: 90 points

PnP slightly chilled. Clear, bright/deep straw color. Nose and taste showed oak, yellow apple. Fruit was not crisp or tart, rather a bit flat. Med body, decent long finish, proper Chard favor. Nice if you like the style. Drink now. Nothing off. $52

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Red

2003 Château Fleur Cardinale

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/28/2015 - Barry Notes Likes this wine: 92 points

PnP w/30 min decant. Clear, deep purple/red. Med nose. What a nice surprise, no initial funk which often happens with older bottles. This drank beautifully, especially after more air time. Ideal drinking window, bolder and richer than expected. Resolved tannins, decent fruit, no barnyard/oxidation. Plenty of punch with long finish. Now I remember why I like Clarets and need to drink more of them. Nothing off. $30

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Red

2010 M. Chapoutier Shiraz Tournon Mathilda

Victoria more

6/23/2015 - Barry Notes Likes this wine: 86 points

PnP slightly cool. Clear, dark red/purple color. Med Legs. Med nose/body intensity, decent balance. Good for what it is, a decent everyday drinker. Nothing off. $14

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Red - Fortified

2002 Williams Selyem Port Mistral Vineyard

Central Coast Port Blend more

6/4/2015 - Barry Notes Likes this wine: 91 points

PnP. Clear, very deep dark purple, long stained legs. This so called Port is just delicious. Very young tasting without the over oak you get with some ports. Super fruity and not overly sweet. Long, long finish. Ideal with cigars. Cellar for at least a decade without worry. Nothing off. $50

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Red

2008 Rutherford Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

Napa Valley more

6/4/2015 - Barry Notes Likes this wine: 89 points

PnP w/15 min decant. Clear, deep dark purple, long legs. Wonderful/intense Rutherford nose. This wine is in perfect window. Good integration/balance, med/full body, great fruit, long finish. Exceeds price point, super value and well done. Nothing off. Gift.

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White

2013 Navarro Vineyards Gewürztraminer Estate Bottled Dry

Anderson Valley more

6/4/2015 - Barry Notes Likes this wine: 88 points

PnP med chill. Very slight haze, pale straw w/green tint. Nice clean, fresh nose. A bit closed and flabby at first but fruit/acid come out after 20 minutes glass time. Proper Gew. flavor, med body, med tart, short finish. Nothing off. $18

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Red

2010 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Burt Williams' Morning Dew Ranch

Anderson Valley more

5/31/2015 - Barry Notes Likes this wine: 91 points

PnP w/2 hour decant. Some haze. Med, mature nose, better with more fruit over time. Mature drinking, more black than red/blue fruit, earthy, cola, a bit more extracted than typical. Good integration, long finish. Nothing off. $79

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Red

2000 Château Cantemerle

Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/3/2015 - Barry Notes Likes this wine: 88 points

PnP w/30 min decant. Minor sediments. Beautiful purple color no hint of brown edge/bricking. Some funk upon opening. Fully mature w/usual traits of an older wine. Must, tobacco, tar, slight cork, wet forest/paper, leather, dark but still decent fruit. Held up well considering. Nothing off. Good example of aged Claret. $36

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White

2011 Luneau-Papin / Domaine Pierre de la Grange Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Sur Lie

Melon de Bourgogne more

5/3/2015 - Barry Notes Likes this wine: 89 points

PnP slightly chilled. Clear, light straw color. Light/Med nose and body. Clean, light style drinking nicely. Paired well with Escargot. Nice porch pounder, nothing off. $12

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Red

2011 Black Kite Pinot Noir Soberanes Vineyard

Santa Lucia Highlands more

5/2/2015 - Barry Notes Likes this wine: 91 points

PnP w/30 min glass time. Clear, purple/ruby color. Very nice, intense nose. Fine wine with good acid and definitely not over extracted. Med red/blue fruit, good balance/integration, long finish. Nothing off.
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Red

2011 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

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4/27/2015 - Barry Notes Likes this wine: 91 points

PnP w/15 min glass time. Clear, med purple/ruby. Nice CA Pinot nose. This drank like expected. Usual SC fruit, a but lighter due to vintage, well made, nice finish. Nothing off. $54

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White

2011 Black Kite Chardonnay Soberanes Vineyard

Santa Lucia Highlands more

4/23/2015 - Barry Notes Likes this wine: 90 points

PnP chilled with 10 min glass time. Clear, med straw color. Tight and none descript until it had time to open up. Tart, green apple, fruity, some oak, bigger style wine that went well with the chicken and pork. Nothing off. $54

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White - Sweet/Dessert

2010 Robert Mondavi Winery Moscato d'Oro

Napa Valley Muscat Canelli, Muscat more

3/29/2015 - Barry Notes Likes this wine: NR

Decent

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White

2010 Round Pond Estate Sauvignon Blanc Reserve

Rutherford more

3/29/2015 - Barry Notes Likes this wine: 90 points

PnP chilled. Clear, light straw color. Med proper SB nose. Definitely CA style with bright acid and juiciness, "on the money" varietal taste, clean, tart, fruity. Decent finish. Drink now. Nothing off. $26

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Red

2008 Northstar Merlot Columbia Valley

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3/16/2015 - Barry Notes Likes this wine: 86 points

PnP w/ 30 min glass time. Clear, med purple color. Light nose. Wine was fully mature and a bit thinner than expected. Over the top. Med body, light intensity flavor profile, low acid. Didn't show as well as expected. Nothing off but not very exciting. $32

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Red

2009 Davis Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley more

3/3/2015 - Barry Notes Likes this wine: 90 points

PnP w/30 min glass time. Clear, deep purple color, long legs. Med/big nose. Med cab with lots of tannins. Nice cab fruit and long finish. A bit too young, hold. Drink 2017-20. Nothing off. D/J cellar.

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Red

2010 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Russian River Valley

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3/3/2015 - Barry Notes Likes this wine: 91 points

PnP w/1 hr. decant. Clear, deep ruby/purple color. Typical KB nose, med intensity. Med weight/depth/texture/complexity. Big body. Cola, tart cherry, currant, blue fruit. Long finish. Not over extracted. Well integrated but will hold for years yet. 14.6%. Nothing off. J/D cellar

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Rosť - Sparkling

2009 Schramsberg Vineyards Brut Rosé

California Champagne Blend more

3/3/2015 - Barry Notes Likes this wine: 89 points

PnP well chilled. Coral, peach color. Long, fine bubble stream. Light body/texture. Med weight/depth/complexity/finish. Big toast, some yeast, med finish. 70/30 Pinot/Chard. 13%. Drink now. D/J cellar.

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Red

2007 Spring Valley Vineyard Uriah

Walla Walla Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

3/3/2015 - Barry Notes Likes this wine: 89 points

PnP w/1 hr. decant. Clear, minor fine bottom sediments. Deep dark purple/red color. Intense, balanced nose. Red and Blue fruit, green apples, pear, tar. Light body/texture/depth. Med weight/complexity. Fairly long finish. Nothing off, slightly ripe, fully developed. $36

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Red

2007 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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3/3/2015 - Barry Notes Likes this wine: 92 points

PnP w/1.5 hr decant. Clear, very few fine bottom sediments. Deep dark purple color, long legs. Intense, mature Napa nose. Med body/texture, med/big weight/depth/complexity. Coffee, mineral, tar, tobacco, wet stone, blue fruit, med tannins mostly resolved. Good balance/integration. Good for years yet. Nothing off. Great value, $42

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Red

NV Maison La Belle Vie Syrah

Colorado more

2/16/2015 - Barry Notes Likes this wine: 88 points

PnP. Clear, deep ruby/purple. Nice intense nose. Never would have guessed this was a CO producer. Nice Syrah taste, good balance/integration. Med body/finish, not over ripe. Day 3, drank rest of bottle. Still good, smooth, not oxidized or tired. One of the better west slope reds I've had. Nothing off. Gift.

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White - Sweet/Dessert

2007 Truchard Roussanne Botrytis

Carneros more

2/8/2015 - Barry Notes Likes this wine: 87 points

PnP slightly chilled. Clear, med straw color. Botrytis nose. Light to med body, not overly sweet, Botrytis attributes, pear, burnt carmel musty, barnyard, forest floor. Shorter finish than I like. Nothing off, a bit thin and uninspiring. Nothing off. Gift. From .375

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Red

2009 Januik Cabernet Sauvignon

Columbia Valley more

2/8/2015 - Barry Notes Likes this wine: 91 points

PnP w/1 hour decant, back to bottle for service 6 hours later. Clear, deep purple/ruby color, no brown edge. Med/bold nose of proper cab/alco which then drank med body, well integrated, mostly resolved tannins, no rough edges, good flavor intensity, smooth and a decently long finish. Good drinking window but should hold yet for a few more years. Nothing off, great value, $23.

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Red

2004 Dry Creek Vineyards The Mariner

Dry Creek Valley Red Blend more

2/2/2015 - Barry Notes Likes this wine: 87 points

PnP w/15 glass time. Clear w/very fine and small amount of sediment. Deep purple/red color, no fading/bricking. Nice big nose of blue/black fruit. Surprising power even after 11 years, still plenty of tannins, good fruit, not fading in the least. Long finish of med tannins. Drink now thru 2018. Great value CA claret. Marc's bottle.

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