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White

2014 Thomas Fogarty Chardonnay Satsum Langley Hill Vineyard

Santa Cruz Mountains more

2/5/2016 - austinbeeman Likes this wine: 92 points

Quite a nerdy and exciting orange wine. Cloudy with a chance of serious complexity. Yeasty and acidic with similarities to old champagne. Fun surprise. $38 Retail

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2012 Thomas Fogarty Chardonnay Langley Hill Vineyard

Santa Cruz Mountains more

2/5/2016 - austinbeeman Likes this wine: 90 points

Well made. Balance Meursault-styled Chardonnay. Full bodied, yet pure. A Fox-News wine - fair and balanced.

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Red

1985 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva

Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese more

12/11/2015 - austinbeeman Likes this wine: 94 points

Not youthful, but a serious sophisticated wine in the prime of its life. Earthly, tobacco-driven complexity. Dark fruits and rose petal potpourri. Don't expect improvement, but don't hesitate to open a bottle.

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Red

2011 Ronchi di Cialla Pignolo Colli Orientali del Friuli Pignolo

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12/11/2015 - austinbeeman Likes this wine: 90 points

Warm full-ish bodied and with a savory meaty roundness. Good quality. More distinctive for the rarity than the taste.

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Red

2001 Château de Viella Madiran Prestige

Tannat more

12/11/2015 - austinbeeman Likes this wine: 90 points

Dark, dry, and lean. Only moderately complex. Good, but not the greatness that I've come to expect from other Madirans like Chateau Montus.

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White

2012 Tenuta Anfosso Rossese Bianco Dolceacqua Antea

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12/11/2015 - austinbeeman Likes this wine: 92 points

Wildly feral and unusually bright and complex.

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White - Off-dry

1996 Weingut Pfeffingen Scheurebe Spätlese

Pfalz more

12/11/2015 - austinbeeman Likes this wine: 93 points

Exotic flamboyant and very much vibrantly alive. Aromas are sweet and tropical, but the palate is very nearly dry with fresh acidity.

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Red

2013 Ridge Geyserville

Sonoma County Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel more

10/30/2015 - austinbeeman Likes this wine: 93 points

Poses a spicy nose with a wild feeling of prunes and red table grapes. Palate is black currant, red plum, coffee. You can tell that there is a long going on here, plus a medium long finish. Pure with berry fruit. Young. I expect complexity to come with age as is typical with Geyserville. $38 at winery.

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Red

2012 Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon Estate

Santa Cruz Mountains more

10/30/2015 - austinbeeman Likes this wine: 93 points

Black fruit with pleasantly dusty herbs. Pure black currant. Pure waves of rolling spice that grows with time. Not cheap, but great value for money. $50 at winery.

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Red

2012 Ridge Monte Bello

Santa Cruz Mountains Red Bordeaux Blend more

10/30/2015 - austinbeeman Likes this wine: 95 points

Very young - this is wine for the cellar. Dark spice, hints of green herbs. The nose is like walking into a Chinese herb shop. Crushed chalk. Plum skins. Texture is very smooth with deep hints of baking chocolate dusting. This is quite the thoroughbred Cabernet: Elegant, Pure, Pristine, and Powerful. $175 at winery

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Red

1996 Clarendon Hills Grenache Old Vines Blewitt Springs

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9/10/2015 - austinbeeman Likes this wine: 90 points

You're my cherry pie ������ sweet cherry pie

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Red

1970 Château Feytit Clinet

Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend more

8/12/2015 - austinbeeman Likes this wine: 95 points

Masterful old Pomerol that doesn't begin to show its age.

Only the tiniest hint of amber around the edges, but that might be my eyes playing tricks. This is beautiful clear ruby red. Shocking for the age.

The nose is pure and red fruits like strawberries and raspberries with just a hint of caramel.

The mouth texture is velour. insanely pure and soft and silky. Unlike any Bordeaux I've ever tasted. Profound in the elegance and purity and gentleness.

Finishes long and gentle and pure.

A wonderful revelation of a what a old Bordeaux could be.

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Red

1996 Clarendon Hills Grenache Old Vines Blewitt Springs

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7/12/2015 - austinbeeman Likes this wine: 94 points

Dark rich red color. Doesn't show age in look. Only a hint of browning. Many more years possible.

Chocolate Rosemary cherry. Incredible fruits. Sexy beast. Lindt color. Grahm cracker spice. Beautiful aromas

Texture is ultra smooth. Strong fruit. Tannins are gone but the wine isn't tasting old. Maybe hint of sweetness in the really pretty fruit. Would like to visit in 20 more years.

Very long lingering finish. Like a dry dessert wine.

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White

2006 Yering Station Chardonnay

Yarra Valley more

3/15/2015 - austinbeeman Likes this wine: 89 points

Gold shiny yellow. Rich honey with herbs and lush flavor. Hint of a mature, secondary funk. Wonderful for such an old white wine.

$13 Garagiste Retail
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Red

2011 Château La Haie

Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend more

3/15/2015 - austinbeeman Likes this wine: 91 points

Serious 'French-funk' and greenery on the nose. Very high acidity that may be too much from some "New World" wine fans but perfect for me. Cool, hard, firm red fruits. Compelling and interesting instead of inst-pleasure.

$13 Online Retail
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Red

2005 Podere Sapaio Bolgheri Superiore

Red Bordeaux Blend more

3/15/2015 - austinbeeman Likes this wine: 96 points

A crazy dark color. Beautifully pure flavors of black raspberry current. Licorice melted fruit with chocolate dusting. Damn Amazing!! Still super young - I wouldn't have predicted that.

$70 Retail
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Red

2005 The Vineyard House Cabernet Sauvignon

Oakville more

3/15/2015 - austinbeeman Likes this wine: 94 points

A classic red color. Rich aromas of red fruits. Palate is cassis and cherry with a great texture. Utter smoothness with very pure strawberry flavors. Soft tannins and enough acidity to hold it all together. A very good modernist Napa Valley Cabernet.

$400 / 1.5L OH retail
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Red

2011 Jaffurs Petite Sirah Thompson Vineyard

Santa Barbara County more

3/12/2015 - austinbeeman Likes this wine: 93 points

The color is obviously darker than most wines and it draws your attention to what is coming for you. It is quite full bodied and dense, but at the same time silky smooth. The wine warms you from the inside - this has some serious alcohol content - but what it may lack in balance, it makes up with pleasure. There's not much "tastes like this" in my tasting notes because it was too easy just to enjoy.

Doubt there is much longevity or subtly, but let leave that stuff for other wines.

$43 OH retail
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Red

2011 Jaffurs High Tide

Santa Barbara County Red Rhone Blend more

3/12/2015 - austinbeeman Likes this wine: 92 points

A Chateauneuf-du-Pape hiding in Southern California.

This pops with delicious red fruit at the beginning and then the fruit blackens with hints of smoke at you sip on it. Serious presence of herbs and black olives. Nice value and admirable class and restraint for Jaffurs.

$40 OH Retail
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Red

2012 Jaffurs Syrah

Santa Barbara County more

3/12/2015 - austinbeeman Likes this wine: 91 points

Great value here.

An adult, solid, professional Santa Barbara Syrah. There is good medium+ body with good flavors of black cherry, charred meat, black olive, and great smoothness. I have no doubt that this will be much better in 2 or 3 years.

$30 OH Retail
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White

2012 Jaffurs Viognier Santa Barbara County

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3/12/2015 - austinbeeman Likes this wine: 90 points

I've never found this kind of acidity in an American Viognier before. Crisp and refreshing, but full of the unctuous midpalate honey and herbal cream. A very nice full-bodied Santa Barbara White Wine.

$30 OH retail
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Red

2011 Martinelli Zinfandel Vellutini Ranch

Russian River Valley more

3/7/2015 - austinbeeman Likes this wine: 89 points

Nice solid red color. Explosive aromas that are pretty nice. A juicy and meaty wine with lots of fatty hedonism. Mild length to the soft finish.
This is a pleasant one dimensional wine. Nothing wrong here, but it is what it is and nothing else. Poor value for money.

$60 OH Retail
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Red

2012 Radio-Coteau Syrah Las Colinas

Sonoma Coast more

3/7/2015 - austinbeeman Likes this wine: 91 points

Glowing purple color. Spicy herbs, pipe tobacco, and menthol in lush red fruits on the nose. Melted blueberry pie with subtle hints of many types of stone and smoke. Touch of "bitey" tannin on finish. This needs a bit of time, but I have to believe it will only get better.

$60 OH Retail
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Red

2011 Medlock Ames Bell Mountain

Alexander Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

3/7/2015 - austinbeeman Likes this wine: 90 points

Ruby red. Dusty red fruit aromas. Bright strawberries and warm bubblegum. Pleasant amounts of tannins and a persistent finish. A good warm-weather take on Bordeaux Blends.

$30 OH Retail
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Red

2013 County Line Pinot Noir

Sonoma Coast more

3/7/2015 - austinbeeman Likes this wine: 93 points

Light color a soft pink-purple. Wonderfully delicious with strong obvious acidity, pure raspberries, and the tiniest hint of milk chocolate. A light 'truly-burgundian' take on Pinot Noir. You can almost feel the salt water spray of the Sonoma Coast.

$28 OH Retail
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