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Red

1995 Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley more

1/30/2016 - Bill Bucklew wrote: 87 points

A bit of a dank nose, not corked, but the muddled red undertones are muted. Palate is balanced and is holding on to a nice red fruit character, but a bit of a wallflower, some Asian spice which is interesting, I would definitely drink up

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Red

1995 Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Maxim

Red Rhone Blend more

1/16/2016 - Bill Bucklew wrote: 95 points

For me this was stunning: very tight out of the bottle, dark fruits, skewing towards black fruit and olive on the nose....open and expanding mixed black red fruits on the palate, very refined with integrated tannins, after a few hours in a wide bottom decanter, it was still holding together nicely, we tasted this alongside the 1995 reserve and the Maxim was a bit more open out of the bottle and decidedly darker fruit than the reserve. Also, 14% alcohol versus 13.5% for the same year reserve

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White

1973 Château Graville-Lacoste Blanc

Graves Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

1/14/2016 - Bill Bucklew wrote: 92 points

Very hard to believe, how great this was, pure lemon and lemon zest with a slight smokiness and decent minerality. It opened up and improved significantly, over a few hours, and became more expressive. Really great

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Red

1966 Union des Propritaires de Vins Fins Hermitage Tain l'Hermitage

Syrah more

1/9/2016 - Bill Bucklew wrote: 92 points

Incredible classic profile with surprisingly vibrant mixed red and black fruits with
Smokey leather elements, olive and dried cassis notes. This changed a lot over three hours, a bit closed at first, really opened up in the first hour, only to go more secondary pretty quickly. Overall, the density of fruit is impressive, given the age

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Red

1989 Woodward Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

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1/7/2016 - Bill Bucklew wrote: 89 points

Mature black fruit nose with hints of olive and dried fig. Surprisingly fruit driven palate predominately black fruits with black cherry, currant, dried green herbs and red fruit undertones. .

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White

2013 Masseria Li Veli Verdeca Askos Valle d'Itria IGT

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1/3/2016 - Bill Bucklew wrote: 87 points

Quick note, lemon nose with a interesting nutmeg component. The palate is surprisingly disparate in that it has a creamy, medium plus mid-palate, with a mineral stone fruit finish. A bit too rich on the palate, given the citrus and mineral qualities, but overall not bad

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Red

1998 Hoopenburg Merlot Unlabelled

Stellenbosch more

1/1/2016 - Bill Bucklew wrote: 89 points

Muted nose, mildly expressive notes of macerated ripe red cherries, red currants and red flowers. Surprisingly acidic and red fruit driven, red cherry and cranberry, pomegranate and lychee, small oak component, but refreshingly lean, good stuff.

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Red

2001 Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend more

12/31/2015 - Bill Bucklew wrote: 91 points

Bottle to bottle this wine is very consistent, similar to the last few bottles, great expressive black fruit nose, with hints of brightness. Blackberry fruit on the palate with rich complementary notes of olive and roasted herbs.

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White

2012 Domaine de la Pépière (Marc Ollivier) Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Clisson

Melon de Bourgogne more

12/31/2015 - Bill Bucklew wrote: 90 points

Lemon zest and oil with a salinity on the nose. A great fleshiness to the palate with richer notes of blood orange, lime and a expressive minerality. Great stuff

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Red

2010 Domaine la Folie Lucé Saumur-Champigny Autrement

Cabernet Franc more

12/27/2015 - Bill Bucklew Likes this wine: 91 points

Similar to the last bottle, great purity of black fruit, with some secondary elements, including fresh herbs and pomegranate. This will improve, but hard to wait..

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Red

1997 Salvatore Molettieri Taurasi Cinque Querce

Taurasi DOCG Aglianico more

12/26/2015 - Bill Bucklew wrote: 90 points

Showing as would be expected, complex nose of black and blue fruits with secondary notes of cassis and earthy bramble. A ripe style without the alcohol, good stuff

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White

2012 Paolo Bea Santa Chiara

Umbria IGT White Blend more

12/26/2015 - Bill Bucklew wrote: flawed

Very shutdown and disappointing, I revisited after 5 hours and still not showing much, nothing off putting, but a lack of anything substantive. I think this was an off bottle

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Red

2002 Calabretta Etna Rosso

Etna DOC Nerello Mascalese more

12/26/2015 - Bill Bucklew Likes this wine: 91 points

What a wonderful wine, after opening out of magnum, 6 hours later it still has incredible balance between great sharp red fruit and a secondary profile that is lean and green herbal, with a sharp finish that leaves you energized, wow, what a surprise

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Red

1990 Prunotto Barbaresco Montestefano

Nebbiolo more

12/26/2015 - Bill Bucklew wrote: flawed

Horrifically corked...

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Red

2002 Sean Thackrey Petite Sirah Sirius Eaglepoint Ranch

Mendocino County more

12/24/2015 - Bill Bucklew wrote: 89 points

Quick note: this bottle had a bit more lift to the wine, than the previous bottle. It shows great blackberry fruit with a concentrated core.. I still don't think these are going to evolve into anything better, I'd drink up.

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Red

1999 Marie-Claude Lafoy et Vincent Gasse Côte-Rôtie Vieilles Vignes

Syrah more

12/24/2015 - Bill Bucklew wrote: 92 points

Dark, lucid dark ruby with red tinged edges. Classic and expressive nose, muted and mixed red and black fruit, saddle leather and olives. Elegant palate, great balance and lift, bright red fruit, roasted beef / gamey elements and a cherry cola finish that is subtle but provides some additional lift. This may continue to improve, but in a really good spot right now. 12.5 % ABV

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Red

1998 Yarra Yering Dry Red N°1

Yarra Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

12/17/2015 - Bill Bucklew wrote: 90 points

This did skew very old world and was a good surprise, with 13.3% alcohol and a decent acidity, it is decidedly restrained for a 1998 and while clearly a cab blend, exhibited a atypical restraint. This wine singlehandedly disproves the thought of the expected saturated Aussie wines from warm vintages.

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Red

1981 Bodegas Bilbainas Rioja Viña Pomal Crianza

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

12/17/2015 - Bill Bucklew wrote: 82 points

Young and expressive nose of redolent red cherry and dried raspberries. Great balance on the palate with the right red cherry, sous bio and a hint of dried dill. The acidity was a bit prominent at the finish but overall a wonderful wine.

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Red

2013 Domaine Chignard Fleurie Les Moriers

Gamay more

12/12/2015 - Bill Bucklew wrote: 89 points

Great open nose of bright clean red fruit, generous palate of raspberry and red cherry, talc and wet stone. Very open style

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Red

1997 Gianni Masciarelli Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Riserva Villa Gemma

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12/12/2015 - Bill Bucklew wrote: 91 points

In a great spot right now, rich red and black fruits, with integrated secondary notes of roasted herbs and a touch of oak. Very polished mid-palate, it skews darker, time to drink up

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Red

1983 Argiano Rosso di Montalcino

Sangiovese more

12/10/2015 - Bill Bucklew wrote: flawed

Great dark ruby color, not corked, very stewed and likely just past its prime, undrinkable

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Red

1987 Monticello Vineyards (Corley Family) Cabernet Sauvignon Jefferson Cuvée

Napa Valley more

12/3/2015 - Bill Bucklew wrote: 90 points

Wow, don't judge this out of the bottle, PnP'd and fairly muted and un-expressive. After about two hours in a decanter it really opened up exhibiting a predominately dark fruit nose with macerated blueberries and red currants. The palate is so fruit driven and youthful, bright red fruits supported by a medium acid backbone with blackberry and vanilla. This was a great surprise.

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Red

2013 Vietti Dolcetto d'Alba Tre Vigne

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12/3/2015 - Bill Bucklew wrote: 88 points

The nose is somewhat muted and has a slight dank dark fruit note with a prominent cedar note. The palate is much more expressive and bright, blackberry and red cherry, there's definitely an oak component here, but it's better integrated on the palate.

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Red

2013 Domaine Guiberteau Saumur

Cabernet Franc more

12/2/2015 - Bill Bucklew wrote: 88 points

I was a bit disappointed in this wine very very light in structure and aromatics not showing much when popped n poured, then decanted it for an hour or so and it still wasn't giving up much. I'm not sure if it needs more time or it's just a wallflower?

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White - Sweet/Dessert

1953 Château Doisy-Daëne

Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

11/29/2015 - Bill Bucklew wrote: 89 points

Really surprised by how well this showed, tropical notes, tempered by a slightly fat and sweet mid-palate with a finish that has an acidic lift and vibrancy that contrasts well. Checked in on it an hour plus after opening and it was still holding on...

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