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White

2013 Carlisle CMP

Sonoma County White Blend more

6/24/2015 - pgm wrote: 89 points

Honeydew melon and apple with citrus on the nose, a little lanolin, maybe. The mouth gains weight toward a nice finish, a rich mouthfeel, orange peel. Persistent.

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Red

2005 Andrew Will Champoux Vineyard

Horse Heaven Hills Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/20/2015 - pgm wrote: 90 points

A cedary spicy nose with juicy currant and blackberry fruit and leather. A nice mouthful of rich, integrated fruit lifted by nice acidity. Good, persistent finish. Probably at peak or on the downslope. Drink within two years.

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Red

2002 Alban Vineyards Syrah Lorraine

Edna Valley more

6/7/2015 - pgm Likes this wine: 94 points

Still youngish. Shows reductive notes on opening, but with about an hour in the air, it's the full-on Alban experience. Huge, spiced tobacco and blackberry fruit, but not as much tar and smoke anymore, and the fruit is remarkably pure, with a nice bright core of black raspberry. It's gorgeous.

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Red

2004 Rocca Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

Yountville more

6/15/2015 - pgm Likes this wine: 94 points

Started nicely, but after about an hour in the glass, this was pretty special, loaded with red fruit and black currant and cigar box spices. The next three hours were just as nice. Powerful aromas and flavors, still possessing fine tannins providing structure, and with a finish that won't quit.

Looking back at previous tasting notes, it appears I was wrong about its aging potential. This is probably at peak now, and probably has at least five years left. Definitely a case of "the last bottle is the best."

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Red

2010 Yalumba The Guardian, Shiraz Viognier

Eden Valley Shiraz Blend, Syrah more

5/15/2015 - pgm wrote: 89 points

Slightly reduced notes on opening, but they blew off in short order. A nice wine of bright berry fruit and creme de cassis. Sleek and well made, but nothing to write home about.

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Red

2011 Château du Hureau Saumur-Champigny Tuffe

Cabernet Franc more

5/13/2015 - pgm Likes this wine: 91 points

Notes pretty much as before, but more effusively floral and herbal. Really a beautiful and intriguing wine.

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Red

2006 Larkin Cabernet Franc

Napa Valley more

5/12/2015 - pgm wrote: 92 points

Very youthful aromas of cedar spiced dark berries, follows up with the same in the mouth. Delicious and persistent finish.

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Red

2010 Domaine Comte Abbatucci Faustine

Ajaccio Sciacarello/Nielluccio more

5/11/2015 - pgm wrote: 89 points

Light in color, gemlike transparency. Sour cherry candy, with fresh red currant and strawberry notes. A unique style of wine that provides a nice pleasant change from the usual.

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White - Sparkling

1996 Duval-Leroy Champagne Brut Millésimé

Champagne Blend more

5/10/2015 - pgm wrote: 93 points

Light-medium gold in color. Apple tarte tatin and lemon curd, quite rich but balanced by a bright acidity. A brilliant vintage champagne. These will make it to 30 years, I'd bet.

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Red

2001 Shafer Relentless

Napa Valley Syrah Blend, Syrah more

5/10/2015 - pgm wrote: 92 points

No longer youthful, but plenty of power remains and its big berry flavors give lots of enjoyment. Still has at least five years on it.

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Red

2004 Bodegas El Nido Jumilla Clio

Red Blend more

5/5/2015 - pgm wrote: 92 points

Youthful aromas of baking spices, and more mature aromas of tobacco and leafy earth. It's aging quite nicely, still quite tannic. Years left, but drinking well now.

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White

2013 K Vintners Viognier Art Den Hoed Vineyard

Yakima Valley more

5/1/2015 - pgm Likes this wine: 91 points

Distinctly honeyed Viognier. Full bodied and delicious.

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Red

2009 Ridge Zinfandel Buchignani Ranch

Sonoma County more

5/1/2015 - pgm wrote: 87 points

Strawberry and leather on the nose. Interesting. Somewhat thin in the mouth, but has a very pretty berry-filled finish, surprisingly persistent following the weak mid palate.

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Red

2004 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five

Stags Leap District more

4/17/2015 - pgm wrote: 94 points

Probably at its peak right now. Beautiful berry, cigar box, black olive, cocoa notes on the nose, and in the mouth its all integrated and powerful. Tannins are resolved/resolving, but there's still great structure. Long, fine finish. Loved it.

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Red

2011 Château du Hureau Saumur-Champigny Tuffe

Cabernet Franc more

4/17/2015 - pgm Likes this wine: 91 points

It smelled like a wine cellar, cedary spices, a little green/floral note, and vinous in a nice complex way. The mouth gave berry fruit with a green herbal flavor, with a nice richness that matched a quite bright acidity. Makes me a little embarrassed that I haven't had a Loire red in years. It was a perfect complement to our difficult-to-match food: eggs benedict with smoky pulled pork and asparagus. Restaurant bottle.

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White

2010 J.L. Chave Sélection St. Joseph Céleste

White Rhone Blend more

4/3/2015 - pgm Likes this wine: 92 points

Rich golden color, suggests some bottle age. Floral and orange citrus, some lanolin, and strongly mineral. The mouth is packed with orange/tangerine flavors and some apricot. Not highly acidic, full bodied and rich-textured, but manages to avoid being flabby and thick. Free of any aroma or flavor that would indicate that it's over the hill, but probably should drink in the near term. Wonderful. I'd buy more if I found it for near-term drinking.

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White

2011 Celler Cal Pla Priorat Blanco Mas d'en Compte

White Blend more

3/8/2015 - pgm wrote: flawed

Oxidized

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White

2013 Alban Vineyards Viognier Alban Estate Vineyard

Edna Valley more

3/31/2015 - pgm wrote: 89 points

Very big, powerfully aromatic, but not terribly well delineated aromas. The mouthfeel of a red wine, with flavored of honeysuckle nectar and a peachpit mineralogy. Easy to enjoy, but hard to be excited about it. I've enjoyed previous bottlings of this more, if I recall correctly.

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Red

2005 Viña Quebrada de Macul Cabernet Sauvignon Domus Aurea Clos Quebrada de Macul

Maipo Valley more

3/20/2015 - pgm wrote: 91 points

Less of its eucalyptus and mint character in its maturity. Still a distinctive and tasty Cabernet featuring cherry and currant aromas. Less earthy and loamy, less Chilean character, but a very nice, clean wine, with time to go, maybe even five more years in this.

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Red

2012 Cline Cellars Mourvedre Ancient Vines

Contra Costa County more

1/16/2015 - pgm Likes this wine: 90 points

Again, a very nice bottle. Deep black berry and cherry fruit, some meaty cigarbox spices.

So reliably good, not a wine with unusual complexity or distinctive regional character, but vintage after vintage it is delicious whether drinking on its own or with food. A superb value-priced wine, a veritable bargain, and tops on my list of recommendations for a weekday wine.

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Red

2007 Terrabianca Campaccio Toscana IGT

SuperTuscan Blend more

1/15/2015 - pgm wrote: 91 points

A tasty wine, characterized by black cherry, plum, and cigar box spices. After a few so-so bottles, this wine appears to have come back into its own.

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Red

2003 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova

Sangiovese more

12/28/2014 - pgm wrote: 92 points

Drinking at or near peak, it's got an earthy leathery funky nose with otherwise pure fruit, black plum, and berry compote. This is gorgeous. Eminently drinkable now, but ready to go for years to come.

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White

2011 Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc

Russian River Valley more

12/28/2014 - pgm Likes this wine: 92 points

Beautiful tropical fruit, bright citrus, with rich character and mouthfeel. Great sauv blanc.

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Red

2011 Lewelling Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena

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12/15/2014 - pgm wrote: 90 points

Obviously different in character in this vintage. Raspberry and cranberry on the nose, more like a dense and rich Pinot than what can be generally expected from Lewelling. The palate has a similarly bright spectrum, but has surprisingly pure fruit and a nice spicy edge. It ain't terribly long, but the finish is quite pleasant. As far as I'm concerned, this is a quite enjoyable opportunity to learn what vintage differences mean in a wine. 90-91

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Red

2012 Domaine Courbis Syrah Vin de Pays de l'Ardèche

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12/10/2014 - pgm Likes this wine: 90 points

Very funky, funky enough that there was an awkward moment that I blamed the cat for tracking that (ahem) "barnyard" aroma over the rug. After inspecting his paws I realized it was the wine. The funk came along with leather and tobacco upholstering the black fruit. Nicely spiced on the finish. If you are afraid of the funk, this wine will scare you away, but if you can appreciate it (and it really wasn't blame-the-cat fierce but for a short while), this is a great vin de pays Rhone. No way you can find a more complex wine for $12. If you are a student of Rhone wines, this should be on your list.

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