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Red

2004 E. Fuligni (Cottimelli) Brunello di Montalcino

Sangiovese more

5/19/2015 - DarinC wrote: flawed

Raisin, prune...oxidized. Damn shame, considering another bottle opened from the same lot a few weeks ago was great!

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Red

2007 Henri Bonneau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Réserve des Célestins

Red Rhone Blend more

3/7/2015 - DarinC Likes this wine: 95 points

Nearly identical to my note a year ago. Unfortunately, this bottle didn't have enough time in my glass to appreciate its evolution. Oodles of character.

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Red

2003 Château Léoville Poyferré

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

4/18/2015 - DarinC Likes this wine: 92 points

PnP and consumed over a 5 hour dinner. Much lighter in color and body than the vintage would suggest. Though, the beautiful nose is filled with very ripe dark, mostly black, fruits over a base of smoke and soil tones. Even with hours of air the mid-palate never filled out completely, but it's still a lovely wine that outperforms the vintage for my palate. Still young, but entering early maturity.

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Red

2008 Ferrer Bobet Priorat Vinyes Velles

Carignan Blend, Carignan more

1/10/2015 - DarinC Likes this wine: 93 points

Complex, transparent red berry fruits, spices and violets. Mostly integrated and ready to drink with some air time to blow off any perception of heat. Well-made and structured. Very early maturity and should age nicely ~10 years.

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White

2011 Deovlet Chardonnay Solomon Hills Vineyard

Santa Maria Valley more

4/4/2015 - DarinC wrote: 93 points

Decanted and served over several hours. Overt oak influence immediately after opening, but a couple hours later it integrated well. Pure aromas and flavors of lemon curd, vanilla, crisp pear and a hint of papaya. Full-bodied and complete. Excellent value! Should drink even better in 3-5 years. 93+

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Rosť - Sparkling

NV René Geoffroy Champagne Rosé de Saignée Brut 1er Cru

Pinot Noir more

5/7/2015 - DarinC wrote: 90 points

Didn't have the pronounced chalky minerality or as rich as my previous bottle, but still lovely. Solid value.

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Red

2004 Terredora di Paolo Taurasi Fatica Contadina

Taurasi DOCG Aglianico more

4/18/2015 - DarinC Likes this wine: 93 points

PnP and consumed over 4 hours. Closed and tight the first 10-20 minutes in the glass, then aromas of dark red berries, newly rolled tobacco, sage and spices emerged. Full bodied, but not rich. A refined, dare I say, elegant expression of Aglianico. Few fine ripe tannins emerge on the respectable finish. Could use more depth in the mid-palate, but overall an excellent bottle that significantly outperforms its price point! Just beginning to enter its drinking window with room for improvement and at least a decade of life. 93+

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White - Off-dry

2012 Dönnhoff Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel

Nahe more

4/18/2015 - DarinC wrote: 89 points

This bottle was completely shut down. Opened and served over 2 hours and didn't change much. Surprising showing considering the other CT reviews. I'm waiting at least 5 years on mine.

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Red

2002 Vérité Le Désir

Sonoma County Red Bordeaux Blend more

4/11/2015 - DarinC wrote: 89 points

A let down from the bottle I opened about 3 years ago. This bottle seemed in a transitional period and needed another 3-5years to develop some pleasant secondary characteristics that Verite can achieve.

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Red

2012 Idle Hour Cuvée Rouge Love Ranch Vineyard

Madera Grenache Blend, Grenache more

5/2/2015 - DarinC Likes this wine: 89 points

Lovely aromatics with raspberry jam, black cherry, blackberry and smoke. Full-bodied and balanced. Showed best after 30 minutes of air. As with most Idle hour wines this paired very well with food. Good value.

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Red

2007 Etude Pinot Noir Carneros

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5/2/2015 - DarinC wrote: 87 points

Medium-full body with lots of herbal character. Evolved significantly throughout the evening with a little more fruit showing toward the end. Medium, slightly tannic finish. This is not developing well IMO.

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White - Sweet/Dessert

2009 Château Suduiraut

Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

5/5/2015 - DarinC wrote: 94 points

Finished a partially consumed half bottle that was in the refrigerator for 3 months. The palate became fleshier and had an increased perception of richness, but without losing its balance. Still complex and thoroughly enjoyable.

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White - Sparkling

1999 Pol Roger Champagne Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill

Champagne Blend more

4/19/2015 - DarinC Likes this wine: 96 points

Whoa! This bottle was great! It was an improvement over the wonderful bottle I opened 2 years ago. Initially, there were the yeasty, brioche notes, followed by lemon custard and keylime pie elements. Later, the brighter citrus tones and minerality shined. Fine bubbles and impeccably balanced with a long elegant finish. A hint of almond oil. This stole the show and impressed palates who ordinarily don't favor for Champagne. Entering maturity and worth popping a bottle.

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Red

2000 Vérité La Joie

Sonoma County Red Bordeaux Blend more

4/19/2015 - DarinC wrote: 87 points

Similar to my previous notes 2years ago, but this bottle showed a simpler palate and more drying tannins on the finish. Not bad, but not as interesting as the 1999.

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Red

2001 Chateau St. Jean Cabernet Sauvignon Cinq Cépages

Sonoma County more

4/1/2015 - DarinC wrote: 90 points

I concur with the other tasters. Mature, balanced, and excellent QPR at ~$40. May improve slightly, but there's already secondary here. Drink thru 2020.

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Red

2002 Calabretta Etna Rosso

Etna DOC Nerello Mascalese more

3/29/2015 - DarinC wrote: 92 points

Similar to previous notes. Showed best 3 hours after opening. Mature and balaced. Low alc and great acidity.

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Red

2006 Familia Zuccardi Zeta

Mendoza Malbec Blend, Malbec more

1/17/2015 - DarinC Likes this wine: 91 points

Somewhat hot and monolithic initially, but an hour or two in a wide bottom decanter helped a lot. Inky dark purple. Ripe and intense dominated by aromas and flavors of black and boysenberries with some cocoa. Full-bodied and palate coating. Powerful and pleasurable. Long finish with a light dusting of fine tannins. The malbec overpowers the 36% temperanillo to the point where it's hardly noticeable. Paired with traditional beef empanadas. Drink within 5 years.

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Red

2008 Achával-Ferrer Malbec Finca Altamira

La Consulta more

1/17/2015 - DarinC Likes this wine: 95 points

Similar to my note 1 year ago. Achaval Ferrer makes some of the most interesting, complex, and balanced malbecs in Argentina. Not your typical fruit bomb malbec. There's fruit, but also tobacco, herbs and minerals. Did not need much air to show well. I wouldn't hesitate to PnP or do a splash decant.

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White - Sweet/Dessert

2007 Château Doisy-Daëne

Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

2/22/2015 - DarinC Likes this wine: 93 points

Every bottle of these I've opened has been excellent and enjoyed by all who smell or taste it. Great PnP for guests alone or with a complimentary dessert. Great balance between floral, fruit, acid, and botrytis components. Outstanding stuff for the $!

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White - Sweet/Dessert

2003 Château La Tour Blanche Sauternes

Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

2/22/2015 - DarinC Likes this wine: 92 points

Tropical fruit, honeyed melons, and creme brulee. Rich, and intense. Nice pairing with carrot cake. 3rd consistent bottle.

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Red

1993 Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon

Oakville more

1/3/2015 - DarinC Likes this wine: 95 points

EMZEE.MC's notes describe this perfectly. These wines age so well and really develop pleasurable secondary characteristics to compliment the dark, ripe fruit. Extremely pleasurable on its own or with food. Drink now-2020. Don't decant. Will not improve with further aging. Second consistent bottle in recent years.

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Red

2007 Domaine du Clos de Tart Clos de Tart

Clos de Tart Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

12/13/2014 - DarinC Likes this wine: 94 points

PnP and consumed over 4 hours. Ditto to the notes FPOLLARO wrote on 8-15-14. Very complex and pretty nose that evolved several times throughout the evening. A beautifully elegant bottle of Burgundy that can be enjoyed now or held for many years, as this will certainly improve. 94+

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Red

2003 Louis Jadot Clos Vougeot

Clos Vougeot Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

1/24/2015 - DarinC Likes this wine: 92 points

Double decanted before a 3 hour dinner. Ripe, masculine, and brooding, granted 2003 was a ripe year. Subdued the majority of the evening. Opened up significantly the following day and revealed a lot of layered dark red fruits and earth tones. I'd wait another 3-5 years. 92+

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Red

2008 Campo Al Mare Bolgheri Superiore Baia al Vento

Merlot Blend, Merlot more

2/18/2015 - DarinC Likes this wine: 89 points

Yes, this is very ripe and has some raisin notes, but I found it quite enjoyable after giving it time for the alcohol to blow off. The palate is not as jammy as the nose and flavors represent. Overpriced by $10-15.

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Red

1994 Joseph Phelps Insignia

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

2/7/2015 - DarinC Likes this wine: 95 points

Perfect cork and fill. Decanted for sediment prior to service. Similar to my other tasting notes on this wine, but this bottle showed more red than black fruit. Though mature, there's still enough primary fruit to have carried this bottle at least another 5-10 years. Held up all night, but didn't improve with the air. Beautiful wine.

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