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Red

1999 E. Guigal Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend more

1/24/2016 - peternelson wrote: 89 points

Blind Tasting at Roy's: Blind at Roy's: This was classic Grenache cooked red fruits, bubblegum wrapper/powdered sugar, lavender, some herbs and citrus peel. Classic, if not a bit too classic and normal. Not tons of character here with a soft structure. Guessed '98 CdP, but I think '98 would have been a bit more lively and structured.

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Red

1999 Scarpa Barbaresco Tettineive

Nebbiolo more

1/24/2016 - peternelson wrote: 93 points

Blind Tasting at Roy's: Blind at Roy's: Killer Barbaresco with great tertiary notes coming in, spices melding together, dried cherry and earthy granite/minerals and roses and orange peel coming along beautifully. Nicely balanced, full drying tannins but not softening up and really pleasant right now. Will go on for 5-10 more years easily. Guessed '99 Brunello. I thought I detected "Brunello" molasses. This is just a great Barbaresco with slightly fuller texture.

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Red

1993 Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley

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1/24/2016 - peternelson wrote: 92 points

Blind Tasting at Roy's: Blind at Roy's: Strawberry, tangy sour cherry, ripe red plum, roses, sweet cigar notes with iodine with a little oxidative dried leaf note which adds to the complexity; Almost sweet entry with Moderate + everything in structure and elevated tannins. A little dill/coconut from American oak made me think rioja. The oak was well integrated. I was stunned to find this was a '93 Silver Oak! This was showing so well and was utterly delicious. I thought it was a '90's Rioja b/c of the oak and cherry notes and high tannins. But the ripeness, and almost sweet entry should have led me to Napa Cab--the OTHER appelation where they use heavy doses of American oak. the other thing was that the alc. clocked in at 13!!! But to be fair, I don't think an older (more traditional) Rioja will show this much vanilla, caramel, coconut, as the oak should be used if not very used.

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Red

1999 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Cornas Domaine de Saint Pierre

Syrah more

1/24/2016 - peternelson wrote: 86 points

Blind Tasting at Roy's: Blind at Roy's: This was a disappointment and somewhat boring; it seemed to have nothing at all to do with Cornas or any N. Rhone Syrah for that matter. Cloudy ruby with pink hues; showing notes of cherry, red plum, strawberry, slightly stewed red fruits, bubblegum and a touch of orange peel. entry was ripe and almost a sweet impression, plush, with a tangy finish. I guessed a very weak CdP. I still think they accidentally put grenache in this.

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Red

1997 Château Bourgneuf

Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/24/2016 - peternelson wrote: 87 points

Blind Tasting at Roy's: Blind at Roy's: Musty earth, thought it was corked for a moment but it's just damn musty with turned earth dried leaves and walnut. Dried cherry and cassis still discernable and slight green pepper/weedy aspect, showing off it's 1997 origins. Bit darker core than the others, and medium plus everything in the structure made this an easy guess for right bank Bordeaux. Guessed 1994. Did not guess left bank b/c did not have the tobacco/clove/black leather character I get in cab based Bordeaux, and because acidity/overall structure was a bit attenuated.

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Red

2000 Domaine de la Solitude (Lançon Père et Fils) Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Barberini

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1/24/2016 - peternelson wrote: 92 points

Blind Tasting at Roy's: Blind at Roy's: Fantastic CdP with a bit of age and showing really well. Still ripe but cooked red fruits, raspberry-blackberry notes with a spicy bramble pepper aspect with herbs and fennel; oak well integrated here with sweet coffee/cinnamon nutmeg. ample tannins and acid, with just right alc coming in at 14%. All coming together, and just starting it's second life. Guessed Cote-Rotie b/c of the reasonable alcohol and peppery notes (this does have 30% Syrah, and only 40% Grenache after all!)

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Red

1994 Marqués de Murrieta Rioja Ygay Reserva

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

1/24/2016 - peternelson wrote: 90 points

Blind Tasting at Roy's: Blind at Roy's: Dried cherry, cranberry, slight raisin notes with tomatoe, dried herbs, and slight baking spices and a nuance of caramel from some used oak; V.A. evident, moderate body, kinda watery texture with moderate tannins, and high acid. Guessed '99 Burg 1er cru. This didn't have the 10 y.o. Rioja character of dill and suntan lotion, but thought this was excellent later with brick oven pizza!

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Red

1998 Château La Croix de Gay

Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/24/2016 - peternelson wrote: 89 points

Blind Tasting at Roy's: Blind at Roy's: Dark garnet core with faded translucent garnet/orange rim; plum, raisin, old ripe cherry/cherry skin and pot pouri; molasses from remnants of oak, herbs/spices and a wet leaves, sanguine note; Med + body with fairly high drying tannins. Guessed '99 Brunello b/c of elevated tannins and acid. The mellowed oak and lack of V.A. character, as well as not having huge tannic structure should have steered me away from this though. Really good shape, but I thought hard to guess older right bank on this one.

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White - Sparkling

2002 Pommery Champagne Cuvée Louise Brut

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1/17/2016 - peternelson wrote: 92 points

Moderate yellow with slight gold hue; very dry, mineral, but more earth and rocky than chalky/seashell; just a bit austere but with delicious yeastiness and apple skin, good concentration and breed. Needs time. At Okumura Sushi, but was too lean for this style of buttery sauced carpaccio. The Dassai 23 was pure and buttery and worked much better. Save the Low dosage champers for clean minerally sashimi/shellfish and like.

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Red

2010 Rhys Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard

Santa Cruz Mountains more

1/16/2016 - peternelson wrote: 91 points

Cloudy pale purple; ripe purple fruit and cherry syrup, earthy strawberry--pinot fruit for sure, but tasted this blind and thought of a leaner NW grenache being so ripe; good dusty dry tannins, good lift, and quite tasty actually, just seemed a bit over ripe for a balanced PN.

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White

2006 Domaine / Maison Vincent Girardin Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Caillerets

Chardonnay more

1/9/2016 - peternelson wrote: 87 points

Fair, with slight oxidation, fresh and almost lean with a hit of vanilla-oak. Doesn't have the structure to support the age or the oak. Not bad, but just a bit hollow and a couple years from it's prime.

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White

2007 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc

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12/27/2015 - peternelson wrote: 91 points

Waxy, macadamia nuts, slight apricot and light tropical notes with good fruit; full body, broad, but not heavy with a little lift to it, delicious. Doing well right now but not going anywhere soon.

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Red

2005 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Clos de la Maréchale

Pinot Noir more

12/26/2015 - peternelson wrote: 89 points

This was good, not great. Glass where was thick and squat clunky old wine glasses; don't remember much, but didn't excite me. May have been too dark, horrible wine glasses, and cold by the door. Hope to taste the next one in better conditions. At Pichet Seattle

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Red

1998 Château Bahans Haut-Brion

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/16/2016 - peternelson wrote: 92 points

Cloudy ruby-purple; nose of clove, cassis-blackberry, black cherry and pit, smoke, light forest floor and spices; Pretty fresh but well aged and just starting it's older life; very well-balanced on the palate with great berry and exotic spices notes, good lift and full dry tannins; quite long. Really nice, still feels youthfull with a slight softening on the palate and good integration. Excellent. 92+

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Red

2013 EnRoute Pinot Noir Les Pommiers

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1/3/2016 - peternelson wrote: 91 points

Big fragrant pinot fruit nose of brambly raspberry, spices, and fleshy, plummy soft overripe berries with a dose of oak that hides behind the big fruit; mouth is soft and fairly rich, lower acid, little grip, but this is pure hedonism. Fun, fruity, but is exactly what what a forward crowd-pleasing RR PN should be.

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Red

2013 Sea Smoke Pinot Noir Southing

Sta. Rita Hills more

1/3/2016 - peternelson wrote: 91 points

Pretty straight forward notes of black cherry and blackberry, but with restraint, purity; kind of tangy, and good lift; silky elegant mouthfeel, oak well integrated, dusty fine tannins in the finish. this is not the Southing of yore! A bit sour and sharp at first, but quite nice with air. Needs 1-2 years. Pour bigger Pinots (Russian River) after this. 91+

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White - Fortified

NV Rey Fernando de Castilla Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Amontillado "Antique"

Palomino Fino more

12/22/2015 - peternelson wrote: 93 points

Potent at 19%, dry with complex and lovely notes of dried orange peel, reduced caramel, aldehydes, intense salty tang with great concentration and long long finish. Awesome and went very well with green salad with mandarin orange wedges with tangy vinegrette, and with fussili and white wine pink sauce. Fantastic wine and so food friendly. Will try the rest with briny Baja oysters tonight.

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White - Sparkling

1999 Billecart-Salmon Champagne Cuvée Nicolas-François Billecart

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12/21/2015 - peternelson wrote: 92 points

Slight brass/gold color; nice toasty notes with a hint of non-sweet caramel, slight earth, with wheat sourdough. Nice intensity, dry, excellent with briny Atlantic oysters more than sweet Kumamotos. Delish. 92+

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Red

2005 Château La Gomerie

St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend more

12/19/2015 - peternelson wrote: 90 points

cloudy dark ruby; plum skin, cherry, black cherry; little bit of fern and cocoa powder, getting a little sour, maybe prematurely aging; entry is very soft, slightly earthy fine but low tannins. Pleasant but a bit one-dimensional. Probably not long lived.

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Red

2010 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate

Napa Valley more

12/19/2015 - peternelson wrote: 91 points

medium translucent purple color; notes of cool berry, underripe cassis, light green tobacco-slight bell pepper and anice/subtle clove; faint blackberry pie note but hardly any oak detectable. Lighter, more restrained style, good juicy acidity, but grew on me. Not a showy wine but classy and balanced.

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Beer

NV Brasserie Dubuisson Frères Cuvée des Trolls

Pipaix Malt more

12/19/2015 - peternelson wrote: 90 points

Clear gold-yellow color; Malty nose with light hops, minerals abound, kind of slightly rocky/metalic; medium plus body, with a classic lighter ale, almost fuller bodied lager aspect to it; dry, clean and very drinkable. Not sessionable at 7.5% but easy and clean. I'd buy again.

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Red - Fortified

2011 Graham Porto Vintage

Port Blend more

12/16/2015 - peternelson wrote: 93 points

Black as night with deep purple hues and a neon fuchsia rim; Rich blackberry nose, crushed black raspberry in the hot sun and cracked granite; sweet black licorice, deep purple floral notes; super silky and smooth, viscous and good medium + sweetness but finishes almost dry with soft plush tannins. Wears the 20% very well even at this young age. Very nice, a perfect after dinner treat.

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Red

2011 Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain

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12/16/2015 - peternelson wrote: 91 points

Ripe earthy Blackberry with a little wet dirt, ferns, bark, and vanilla extract on it; hint of bell pepper too; mouth is fairly creamy, plush, but not big with lower tannins but good lift. Tangy blackberry finish. Excellent if not as built as previous vintages.

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Red

2012 Château Chantecler

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

12/16/2015 - peternelson wrote: 92 points

Quite complex fragrant nose with violets, roses, heady with coriander, pepper, pipe tobacco, soft leather, tar-anise, forest floor-fern; blueberry, cassis, blackberry; medium body, fine tannins but quite tangy and elevated acidity with dry grippy tannins with a lighter body. A bit disjointed and quite youthful at this point, but lovely and great character. Sold half of their estate in Pauillac to Mouton Rothschild in 2005.

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White

2013 Francois Carillon Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Macherelles

Chardonnay more

12/15/2015 - peternelson wrote: 92 points

Excellent complex nose of orchard fruits, slightly waxy, apple tart, with reductive qualities. Very balanced, long finish. NOT good with Mexican food!

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