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Red

2012 Bruliam Zinfandel Rocky Ridge Vineyard

Rockpile more

5/20/2015 - GalvezGuy Likes this wine: 90 points

Again the deft hand of Kerith shows here, unlike many other overextracted fruit bombs from the Rockpile we get a nose of black raspberry, cherry, pepper, and blackberry. On the palate, black cherry, red raspberry, pepper, and hints of vanilla. Nice finish with the usual booziness of most Zins.

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Red

2013 Bruliam Pinot Noir Torrey Hill

Sonoma Coast more

5/20/2015 - GalvezGuy Likes this wine: 89 points

Great RRV typicity with black cherry, pie cherry, and clove on the nose. On the palate, tart cherry, spice, hints of strawberry. Nice crisp finish. Probably need another year to integrate.

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Red

2013 Bruliam Pinot Noir Sangiacomo Vineyard

Sonoma Coast more

5/20/2015 - GalvezGuy Likes this wine: 92 points

Great nose of clove, rhubarb, tea, orange peel, pie cherry, and cranberry. On the palate a little shy with tart cherry, spices, orange peel, and tea. Plenty of grip on a sneaky long finish. This has a lot of upside for future potential

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Red

2013 Bruliam Pinot Noir Gaps Crown Vineyard

Sonoma Coast more

5/20/2015 - GalvezGuy Likes this wine: 93 points

Great aromas of black cherry, pie cherry, cranberry, rhubarb, spice, tea, and mushroom (aka pinot funk). On the palate dense yet weightless with bright cherry, red raspberry, rhubarb, cranberry, and black tea. Long finish with good grip. Although this is the best of the lot today, I believe the Sangiacomo will be better in a few years. I love the deft touch that Kerith uses to produce these balanced wines.

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2014 Bruliam Pinot Noir Rosé California

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5/20/2015 - GalvezGuy Likes this wine: 88 points

Nice nose of strawberries, with hints of cherry. On the palate, unripe strawberry, raspberry, hints mineral. Nice clean finish.

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White

2013 Bodegas Carrau Sauvignon Blanc Sur Lie

Cerro Chapeu more

5/20/2015 - GalvezGuy Likes this wine: 88 points

Nice nose of grass, chives, and citrus flowers. On the palate, creamy from sur lie treatment with flavors of lemon grass, lychee, and key lime. Crisp finish. Well done.

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White

2013 Barr Estate Winery Albariño

Paso Robles more

5/20/2015 - GalvezGuy Likes this wine: 88 points

Bright nose of sea air, lemon peel, and hints of meyer lemon. On the palate, bright citrus flavors with a saline quality that is very pleasant. Crisp racy finish. This just cries for fish.

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White

2012 Waterstone Pinot Gris

Napa Valley more

5/20/2015 - GalvezGuy Likes this wine: 88 points

A little surprised by this most Cali PG is really hollow, this is full-bodied with a nose of pears, saline, and quince. On the palate rich with pear, apple, quince. Shortish finish, but still very good.

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White

2013 Waterstone Chardonnay

Carneros more

5/20/2015 - GalvezGuy wrote: 88 points

Nose of apple, fig, and citrus with some spicy oak. On the palate, nice flavors, apple, meyer lemon, bits of butter from malo. Crisp finish saves the package. Good buy.

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White

2013 Mandolin Riesling Monterey

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5/20/2015 - GalvezGuy wrote: 86 points

Nice nose of pears and ripe apple. On the palate, off-dry but tasty with apple and pear flavors. Nice acidic zing on the finish. Very good for the $$.

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White

2013 Ceviche Sauvignon Blanc

Central Coast more

5/20/2015 - GalvezGuy wrote: 86 points

Nose of grass and bright citrus. Palate repeats nose. Very pleasant little SB, great for WTBG programs.

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Red

2012 Alysian Wines Pinot Noir

Russian River Valley more

5/20/2015 - GalvezGuy Likes this wine: 89 points

Nose of bright cherry, unripe strawberry and cloves. On the palate light bodied with nice tart/sweet cherry flavors with hints of spice. Nice finish albeit a little short. Drink over the shorter term

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Red

2011 Alysian Wines Pinot Noir Rochioli Vineyard, Allen-Rochioli Blocks

Russian River Valley more

5/21/2015 - GalvezGuy Likes this wine: 92 points

Nose shows the serious vineyard pedigree of this wine. Aromas of black cherry, pie cherry, rhubarb, cranberry, Asian spice, with hints of red raspberry. On the palate, pie cherry, raspberry, spice, vanilla, tea, hints of orange zest. Long finish with plenty of grip. Probably improves with 2-3 more years in the bottle and will drink very well for a long time.

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White

2011 Alysian Wines Chardonnay Russian River Selection

Russian River Valley more

5/20/2015 - GalvezGuy Likes this wine: 90 points

Nice nose of gold apple, meyer lemon, with hints of toffee. On the palate, light bodied with apple and citrus flavors, balanced by a kiss of oak. Crisp finish. Very well made. A bargain at the sale price.

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Red

2010 Aiken Cabernet Sauvignon

Oakville more

5/20/2015 - GalvezGuy Likes this wine: 92 points

Another stellar Aiken cab. Nose of black currant, mint, sour cherry, and plum. On the palate, dominated by black currant, with hints of bright red cherry, plum, and oak. Long tannic finish with bright acidity. Hold for a few years.

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Red

2010 Aiken Cabernet Sauvignon

Rutherford more

5/20/2015 - GalvezGuy Likes this wine: 93 points

Almost a carbon copy of the 09. Super nose with black currant, plum, spice, black raspberry and the unmistakable aroma of Rutherford dust. On the palate, rich and bold with black currant, cherry, blackberry, and spice. Long finish with stout tannins. Hold for a few years.

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Red

2011 Aiken Pinot Noir

Sonoma Mountain more

5/20/2015 - GalvezGuy wrote: 88 points

Nice nose of sour cherry and cloves. On the palate, bright cherry, Asian spice, hints of vanilla. Nice acidity on the finish.

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Red

2012 Ad Vivum Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley more

5/20/2015 - GalvezGuy wrote: 90 points

Really big bad Napa Cab. Nose of black currant, cassis, spicy oak, and vanilla. On the palate, dense and extracted with black currant, spice, vanilla. Tooth sweater but sweet tannic finish. Should be better in a couple of years, but not for the long haul.

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White

1995 Kalin Cellars Chardonnay Cuvée LV

Sonoma County more

5/18/2015 - GalvezGuy Likes this wine: 94 points

That is more like it! Nose of lemon curd, toffee, meyer lemon, and orange zest. On the palate, crisp and clean with great green apple, lemon zest, tangerine, toffee, and hints of spicy oak. Long finish with lots of zing. Best bottle of the lot so far. Drink now, I don't see any improvement from here, but my guess is that these will hold at this level a while longer, provided they have a good closure.

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Red

2009 CT Barrel Project Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mtn/Coombsville Blend

Napa Valley more

5/17/2015 - GalvezGuy Likes this wine: 92 points

By far the best bottle of this to date. Great nose with tons of florals, black currant, cherry, and red currant. On the palate black and red currants with a hint of sour cherry. Tannins are there but well integrated. Nice grip on a balanced finish. I have two more and will put them away for while to see if they develop any secondary characteristics.

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Red

2004 Château Léoville Barton

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/16/2015 - GalvezGuy Likes this wine: 92 points

Nice nose of sour cherry, cigar box, earth, leather, and currants. On the palate, rich with bright cherry, tobacco, earth, red currant, and plum. Nice finish with lots of grip and bright acidity. I might be underscoring this. Will improve with more time. Drink or continue to hold.

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White

2012 Liquid Farm Chardonnay Golden Slope

Sta. Rita Hills more

5/13/2015 - GalvezGuy Likes this wine: 92 points

Served at cellar temp. Nose of green apple, meyer lemon, toffee, melon, and citrus flowers. On the palate, lemon curd, green apples, toffee, and green figs. Long crisp finish. Needs a little more time but really good right now.

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White - Sweet/Dessert

1996 Dr. Bürklin-Wolf Wachenheimer Gerümpel Riesling Beerenauslese

Pfalz more

5/6/2015 - GalvezGuy Likes this wine: NR

Opened for one hour then poured. Served with a blue brie. The salty funkiness of the cheese was a great pairing. Nose of baked apples, botrytis spice, poached pears, and hints of raisin. On the palate, unctuous yet light. Almost like drinking a great apple tart with flavors of baked apple, pear, spice, toffee, and raisin. Nice uplifting acidity on a long finish. Not sure how to score, but I did love this one. Best guess 94-95. Not sure of the cost but it is probably worth the tariff. Thanks for leaving it behind CiH.

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Red

2009 Ink Black Cabernet Sauvignon 85% Ink Grade, 15% Black Sears

Howell Mountain more

5/3/2015 - GalvezGuy Likes this wine: 91 points

Decanted two hours. Nose of are some nice black fruits along with anise, some vanilla, and spice. On the palate, rich, full, and silky with blackberry, blueberry, currants, vanilla, spicy oak. Finishes very long with nice acidity and substanital tannic grip. A little bit of heat in the finish but overall a great package. Could use a couple more years on its side.

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Red - Fortified

NV Graham Porto 40-year Tawny

Port Blend more

5/1/2015 - GalvezGuy Likes this wine: 95 points

Bottle has been open one week and it keeps getting better. Nose of caramel, figs, raisins, and dates with hints of baking spices. On the palate, toffee, fig, dates, cane syrup, spice and baked apples. Long finish with nice grip and very little sensation of alcohol. Pricey, but very much worth the tariff.

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