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Red

2011 Vignoble Guillaume Pinot Noir Vin de Pays de Franche-Comté Vieilles Vignes

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4/10/2015 - marc d Likes this wine: NR

Pale red color, nice mix of red berry and earth, pinot funk, no brett, tart with pretty good acidity. Lingers on the finish. Jurassic style Pinot. Very tasty if you swing this direction. I'd buy again. I'd liked this better a bit compared to the younger vine version, but that one was nice too. My wife found the other one too tart.

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Red

2010 Maison P-U-R (Cyril Alonso and Florian Looze) Vin de France Marne Bleu

Syrah more

10/16/2014 - marc d Likes this wine: NR

Carbonic Serine from 100 yr old vines from st julien et st alban.
delicious, glou glou wine.
I guess the full carbonic makes it hard to feel the terroir, but it is very fun to drink. We like this.

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White

2010 Ceritas Chardonnay Porter-Bass Vineyard

Sonoma Coast more

8/22/2014 - marc d wrote: NR

Starts out very nice with pretty good aromas, lemon curd, maybe under ripe pineapple, with some vanilla bean in the background. Great balance, and good acidity. With more air the fruit and the really most of the flavors recede and what's left is vanilla oak. I'm guessing the wine is starting to go into a shut down phase as the second half of the bottle was not really enjoyable and very atypical for a Ceritas Chardonnay.
I think holding remaining bottles makes sense.

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White

2008 Benanti Etna Bianco Superiore Pietramarina

Etna DOC Carricante more

2/7/2014 - marc d Likes this wine: NR

Pale young appearing color. Very primary but delicious and complex even now. Full on citrus nose, lemon and orange. Lots of minerals too. Nice texture with great acidity but also some decent body/glycerin. Finishes with a nutty almond and fennel licorice note.

Great with shrimp pan fried with olive oil, lemon zest and garlic.

Loved this. Volcanic grown Carricante from 950 meters on Mt Etna.

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Red

2003 Domaine Les Roches (Alain et Jérome Lenoir) Chinon

Cabernet Franc more

12/22/2013 - marc d Likes this wine: NR

This is really drinking well. Open, expressive. Hard to believe this is from the 2003 year of the sun as there is little roasted or over ripe flavors, but it is very much Chinon. I didn't get any pyrazine or green pepper from this, maybe that is a character of the warm year.

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Red

1999 Chateau Musar

Bekaa Valley Red Blend more

12/26/2013 - marc d Likes this wine: NR

Very lifted and quite stinky/bretty at first. Sweet fruit underneath. Needs air and food to show best. I liked it.

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Red

1999 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau

Red Rhone Blend more

12/25/2013 - marc d Likes this wine: NR

Really nice wine, kind of in an adolescent phase. Aromas of fruit, licorice, a little spice. Good grip and lift. I think the mouvedre takes over with air, grippy and animal. No problem to taste now, but this may get more development with further age.

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Red

2000 Michele Satta Cavaliere

Toscana IGT Sangiovese more

12/23/2013 - marc d Likes this wine: NR

At first this seemed a bit over the hill but it sort of rallies with food. Not a lot of fruit left, mostly mature flavors of old wood, balsamic, and earth. Would drink up.

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White

2010 Domaine Hauvette Vin de Pays des Alpilles Jaspe

White Blend more

12/13/2013 - marc d Likes this wine: NR

A beautiful wine. Mix of floral and herbal aromas, with a fairly intense inner mouth perfume. Beautiful balance of fruit and mineral. Not a ton of acid. I enjoyed this one a lot. Does well with about an hour of air. A glass left over the next day had oxidized with bruised apple flavor.

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Red

2002 Catherine et Claude Maréchal Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Les Lavières

Pinot Noir more

12/5/2013 - marc d Likes this wine: NR

Nice aromas of brambly red fruits right from the first pour. Starts out seemingly pretty ripe, generous, not particularly focused. Pretty typical for 2002, maybe. With air some herbal stemmy flavors join the mix and there is more noticeable structure which gives it more definition. There are some hints of mature flavors too. Very good wine, pretty typical for Beaune and this producer whose wines I like. Nice match with a duck leg confit. Open and drinking well, probably still some time from reaching full maturity.

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White

2011 Schellmann In Gumpoldskirchen

Thermenregion White Blend more

11/16/2013 - marc d Likes this wine: NR

This wine was made from biodynamic grapes by Fred Loimer. Very aromatic, muscat like fruit, with some citrus and even a smoky component. Quite fruity in the mouth but also very dry with bright acidity. Nice weight and texture with 13.5% abv. Finishes with chalk like minerals. Fascinating wine made with unusual grapes grapes called Rotgipfler and Zierfandler from the Thermenregion in Austria. Would buy again and even seek this one out. Thanks Shawn.

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White

2011 Ceritas Chardonnay Peter Martin Ray

Santa Cruz Mountains more

11/11/2013 - marc d Likes this wine: NR

Very tight aromatically. In the mouth a pretty wine, lots of rocky bass notes. With air it opens just a bit, but I recommend waiting a bit to open these.

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White

2010 Ceritas Chardonnay Porter-Bass Vineyard

Sonoma Coast more

11/8/2013 - marc d Likes this wine: NR

Kind of a revelation for a Sonoma Chard. It has a mineral almost carnal seaweed umani that I associate with Chablis. With more air there is some oak noticeable but works quite well with the fruit and acidity. Very fine texture in the mouth, and a nice finish. High quality stuff, I'm very impressed.

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Red

2007 Olek-Mery Chinon Cuvée des Tireaux

Cabernet Franc more

9/23/2013 - marc d wrote: NR

This had a lot of brett, but was otherwise OK.

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Red

2011 Domaine Didier Grappe Côtes du Jura Insouciantes

Red Blend more

9/20/2013 - marc d Likes this wine: NR

A beautiful quaffer. See through ruby color, red fruited and finishes a little bit peppery. I think this is a blend of pinot, poulsard and trousseau.
Good acidity, not too sharp or crunchy. Quintessential Jura red, very easy to drink. Best with a slight chill. Ready to drink now.

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Red

2011 Azienda Agricola Montesecondo Rosso Toscana IGT

Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese more

9/19/2013 - marc d Likes this wine: NR

I am a fan of the Montesecondo Chianti and this was the first time I've tried the Rosso. Shawn mentioned this was mainly raised in tank. The wine takes a bit to open. Darker, plum like fruit and licorice, warm, ripe feeling to it. Finishes with substantial tannin. A big structure for a Rosso. I guess I was expecting something along the lines of Montevertine Pian del Ciampolo which is a much lighter, airy style. The Montesecondo is very good, and likely will benefit from aging a few years. If drinking now a short decant and food with some fat to go with the tannin is key.

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Red

2010 TeBri Vineyards Pinot Noir Estate

Willamette Valley more

9/17/2013 - marc d Likes this wine: NR

Clear dark ruby/garnet color. Nice aromas, red fruited, a little bit of pinot earthy tones. Seems quite pure, linear, good acidity, medium weight despite 13+% abv. With air the fruit takes on a bit of a sweet candied tone, but it was not excessive for me. Nice bottle, very good price for this quality level.

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Red

2001 Domaine Les Roches (Alain et Jérome Lenoir) Chinon

Cabernet Franc more

9/16/2013 - marc d Likes this wine: NR

This wine fits (me) like a comfy old sweater. Nice aromas, food friendly acids, very little tannin, good mix of dirt and tart red fruits in a light body style.

I love it, but maybe not for everyone.

This bottle will likely improve with further aging.

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Red

2010 Coudert Fleurie Clos de la Roilette Griffe du Marquis

Gamay more

9/15/2013 - marc d Likes this wine: NR

Very good wine, it tightened with air a bit. I think it is time to hold off on the rest of these 2010s for a few years.

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Red

2002 Lange Pinot Noir Reserve

Willamette Valley more

9/14/2013 - marc d wrote: NR

The oak has mostly receded. Just a little left that comes out with the tannins. Still some dark fruit, a little bit of savory elements. Overall drinkable, nice but not a wow.

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Red

2007 Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py

Gamay more

9/9/2013 - marc d Likes this wine: NR

Rockin tonight.
Pretty Morgon fruit and spice, the structure is calm and supports everything without being shrill. Just about perfect with a roasted lemon garlic chicken. Will miss this one. Drink and hold.

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Red

2010 Jean et Gilles LaFouge Auxey-Duresses 1er Cru La Chapelle

Pinot Noir more

9/4/2013 - marc d Likes this wine: NR

Shows some vanilla oak, but it is mixed in there with foresty notes and the pinot red fruit. Balances the gloss and funk well. Very nice.

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Red

2006 Domaine Léon Barral Faugères Jadis

Red Blend more

9/2/2013 - marc d Likes this wine: NR

Kind of tight initially, structure leans towards acidic, later as it opens the tannins take over. Nice wine, but would wait a bit, shut down at the present.

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White

2004 Domaine de Bellivière Jasnières Calligramme

Chenin Blanc more

8/31/2013 - marc d Likes this wine: NR

This was a stunning bottle. Yellow light gold color. Initial nose is hard to describe, I've heard Pepiere's muscadet described as "atmospheric" and that fits here too. With air it opens with lots of rain washed stones, honey, white florals. Quite mineral in the mouth, which is balanced by sec tendre sweetness. The sensation of sweet to dry goes back and forth, a very fine balance of all the elements. Old vine concentration and dry extract. Tiny bit of oak taste and feel towards the finish. Peach fruit appears with air, but the minerals are the big feature. A grand cru bottle of Chenin. Drinking very well, but no rush. Bravo Eric and Christine.

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Red

1993 Robert Ampeau & Fils Beaune 1er Cru Clos du Roi

Pinot Noir more

8/30/2013 - marc d Likes this wine: NR

Dark red with browning rim. Very expressive nose, soft funk, leafy and almost minty. Some fruit, plums, apple skin, tart mouth. Tannins nearly gone. Good bright acidity. Nicely aged Beaune, not spectacular but more then pleasant. Drink up.

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