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White

2005 R. López de Heredia Rioja Blanco Crianza Viña Gravonia

Viura more

1/31/2016 - Billigan Likes this wine: 91 points

Lovely nose of hazelnuts, wax, marzipan, and old oak. Nice combo of viscosity and freshness on the palate, with a faint bit of saline making this eminently sippable and great with food.

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White - Off-dry

2005 Schäfer-Fröhlich Bockenauer Felseneck Riesling Spätlese

Nahe more

1/25/2016 - Billigan Likes this wine: 94 points

So delicious it's almost unfair. A wild array of tropical fruits, especially mango and coconut cream, on the nose. Lush and creamy mouthfeel, with a nice flavor of candied lemon peel to at least give the illusion of acidity. Was a wonderful pairing with my wife's coconut chicken curry.

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Red

2012 Rhys Pinot Noir San Mateo County

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1/23/2016 - Billigan wrote: 88 points

Lovely nose of cool red fruits, cinnamon, and a big whiff of stems. Pronounced stems and tart, cranberry fruit on the palate, but extended aeration smoothed it out a bit, making for a balanced, food-friendly, but altogether unmemorable Pinot.

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White - Off-dry

2014 François Pinon Vouvray Silex Noir

Chenin Blanc more

1/21/2016 - Billigan wrote: 88 points

Golden apples and chalky minerals but a bit simple and not a great value.

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Red

2012 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon La Croix Boissée

Cabernet Franc more

1/19/2016 - Billigan Likes this wine: 91 points

Very rough and disjointed on night #1, with gritty tannin, green herbs, and none of the characteristic depth from this vineyard. Second night was a whole other story, as the tannin smoothed out, the green notes dissipated, and the wine gathered weight on the palate. Strongly advise a long decant here, or revisit in another few years.

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White

2014 Jean-Marc Brocard Chablis Domaine Sainte Claire

Chardonnay more

1/17/2016 - Billigan Likes this wine: 89 points

For a village Chablis, all I'm really looking for is that it taste like Chablis, and by that measure, this wine really delivers. Crushed seashells and a twist of lime; steely, pure, and racy on the palate. Great QPR.

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White - Sweet/Dessert

2005 Château La Tour Blanche Sauternes

Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

1/17/2016 - Billigan wrote: 90 points

From a half bottle, this was ready to go. Lush tropical fruit aromas, shaved coconut, and caramel. Rich, unctuous texture but short on acid, leaving it feeling a little straightforward and tiring on the palate. Not one for long aging in my book, but a sweet and satisfying Sauternes.

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Red

2013 Domaine Faury St. Joseph

Syrah more

1/14/2016 - Billigan Likes this wine: 91 points

Faury delivers once again, with an especially enjoyable nose that's bursting with floral and bacon aromas. Balanced and middle weight on the palate with plenty of freshness. Enjoy now while it's still open for business.

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Red

2012 Alban Vineyards Syrah Patrina Alban Estate Vineyard

Edna Valley more

1/15/2016 - Billigan Likes this wine: 92 points

Big, lush with cracked pepper, jammy fruit, and toasted oak, but everything in proportion, and with plenty of acidity to keep this fresh and compelling. I'm a Northen Rhone Syrah guy at heart, but this is a California rendition I can get behind! Excellent.

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Red

2014 Domaine Dupeuble Pere et Fils Beaujolais

Gamay more

1/4/2016 - Billigan Likes this wine: 90 points

Another year, another rock-solid Dupeuble. Perhaps not as dark and meaty as the superb 2013 rendition, as this one is more in the vibrant and red-fruited spectrum, but that's not a knock by any measure. It is still a consistently delicious, vivacious, and versatile wine that's exactly what you want on the dinner table almost any weeknight. A perfect wine to "defend" the Cru Bojos in your cellar.

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White

2007 Bonneau du Martray Corton-Charlemagne

Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Chardonnay more

12/26/2015 - Billigan Likes this wine: 95 points

Clear color and a very tight nose (giving only faint whiffs of white flowers, sliced lemons, and marzipan), but on the palate, this wine really shines. Laser-like precision and cut, and a tremendous finish that feels like citrus-laced chalk getting blasted into your palate. A wine that marries electric energy with mineral richness like no other wine I've ever had. Wonderful now, with great potential for the future.

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Red

1988 Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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12/25/2015 - Billigan Likes this wine: 92 points

Needed an hour in the decanter to blow off an initial cheesy funk, but after a short while, this came together nicely. Big hit of cigar and cedar on the nose, and a middle weight, well-balanced palate with a good streak of acidity on the finish. Just a delicious, classically styled Cabernet with plenty of character and great with prime rib.

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Red

2004 Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée

Red Rhone Blend more

12/24/2015 - Billigan Likes this wine: 92 points

This was great, as usual, with its beautiful nose full of florals, herbs, and smoldering embers. However, its structure is fading, and this felt a bit more diffuse than previous bottles. Would drink these sooner rather than later.

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Red

2009 Domaine du Château de Chorey (Germain) Beaune 1er Cru Vignes Franches Vieilles Vignes

Pinot Noir more

12/24/2015 - Billigan Likes this wine: NR

Lovely floral nose, ample red fruits, but nothing confected here. In fact, the wine was tight, structured, and a bit ornery on the palate at this stage. With time, I feel this will slim down a bit, while softening as well and ultimately make for a stunning wine. Hold for many years.

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Red

2012 Rhys Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard

Santa Cruz Mountains more

12/21/2015 - Billigan Likes this wine: 92 points

One of my absolute favorite Rhys wines to date. Cool, minty, and floral nose, with hints of cinnamon and only the faintest whiff of stems. Polished and silky on entry, with a hit of crunchy tannin on the finish. Delicious already, but it will be fun to watch it get even better with age.

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White

2014 François Chidaine Montlouis-sur-Loire Clos du Breuil

Chenin Blanc more

12/23/2015 - Billigan Likes this wine: NR

Still way too young, but this is looking great. Fresh red apples and hay on the nose. Racy acids and almost saline, crackling minerals on the palate. Needs a year or so to come together, but this was an exciting first look at what 2014 has in store.

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Red

2012 Domaine Faury St. Joseph

Syrah more

12/20/2015 - Billigan Likes this wine: 90 points

As usual, Faury delivers all the Northern Rhone savory goodness you'd expect, but in a lightweight, fresh, and food-friendly package. In a great spot now, too.

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Red

1985 Ridge Monte Bello

Santa Cruz Mountains Red Bordeaux Blend more

12/18/2015 - Billigan Likes this wine: 95 points

Gorgeous aged Cabernet fragrance of cedar, smoke, and a hint of menthol. Still showing tannins, but they're filed down and polished. The balance here seems effortless, and the wine continues to show great power and depth (despite a wonderfully low 13.1% ABV). Completely at peak, and just about the platonic ideal of a wine you'd want with steak.

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Red

1990 Olga Raffault Chinon Les Picasses

Cabernet Franc more

12/17/2015 - Billigan Likes this wine: 92 points

Healthy dose of bretty funk on opening, but this mellowed quickly. When it did, lovely aromas of warm earth, old leaves, cigar smoke, and a faint whiff of green pepper came wafting from the glass. Fully mature on the palate, with tannins fully resolved and a lithe, elegant profile that seemed only a little dilute on the finish. Although a little light on material, it was a beautiful experience; like the essence of autumn in a glass.

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Red

2010 Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py Cuvée 3.14

Gamay more

12/14/2015 - Billigan Likes this wine: 91 points

Unmistakeable Foillard perfume, with crushed raspberries, florals, and funky spice. Balanced and middleweight on the palate with light, crunchy tannins. I'm not seeing a big step up here from the other Morgon cuvées in terms of either concentration or complexity, but it is showing a bit less resolved at this stage than say the 2010 Côte du Py, so maybe re-evaluate in a couple years to see if this finds another gear.

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White

2009 Domaine des Baumard Savennières Clos du Papillon

Chenin Blanc more

12/12/2015 - Billigan wrote: 90 points

Complex Savennieres nose, with pear, lanolin, and wax. Rich, oily palate that's bone dry, minerally, and a little hot. Needs more time to come together, but there's good upside here. Hold.

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Red

2013 Domaine Dupeuble Pere et Fils Beaujolais

Gamay more

12/10/2015 - Billigan Likes this wine: 90 points

Last of my annual case. Goodbye old friend. You were a smashing success in this vintage.

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Red

2013 Ridge Lytton Springs

Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel more

12/8/2015 - Billigan Likes this wine: NR

First night, this felt a bit disjointed, with tannins a bit rough and everything seeming out of balance. Second night, it all came together beautifully, with the quintessential profile of wild berry fruit, smoke, and spice, with only a hint of vanilla oak. The beauty of the Ridge zin blends has always been the ability to show the rich, spicy components of the grape while demonstrating restraint and balance. This is a prime example, and one that will reward considerable patience. Hold.

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White

2008 Trimbach Pinot Gris Réserve Personnelle

Alsace more

12/6/2015 - Billigan Likes this wine: 92 points

Gorgeous, flamboyantly floral nose of rose water, spices, and citrus. Rich, unctuous texture on the palate, with a pleasant touch of bitterness on the finish to keep this feeling fresh and compelling. Was a superb pairing with a charcuterie board dinner.

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Red

2004 Podere Poggio Scalette Il Carbonaione Alta Valle della Greve IGT

Sangiovese more

12/5/2015 - Billigan Likes this wine: NR

Stunningly youthful in its color and concentration. Still some oak to resolve, but not enough to obscure the beautiful sangiovese core. Shows great, great promise, but I'll leave well enough alone for another 5 years, and I suggest you do the same.

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