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White

2012 Martinborough Vineyard Chardonnay Martinborough Terrace

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5/20/2015 - Vini Ciclismo wrote: 87 points

Very pale colour.
Scents of ripe peach with a rounded tropical edge. Only very lightly mineral spiced, barely evident oak.
Soft and fleshy, rounded, light to medium bodied, finishes gently. Pleasant peach and honeysuckle flavours with more mineral spice on the palate. Very short finish with little to no resonance.

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Red

2007 Luciano Sandrone Barolo Cannubi Boschis

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5/19/2015 - Vini Ciclismo wrote: 88 points

Medium weight ruby red.
Salty-sour cherrystone with bright violet and raspberry fragrance.
Youthful fruit profile, soft smooth middle with typically substantial tannins although not unusually so. Nice sweet red berries and gentle dark spice. Has a developed feel, texturally, but not taste-wise, only very mildly earthy. Pleasant but not all that exciting.

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Red

1989 Roberto Voerzio Barolo La Serra

Nebbiolo more

5/17/2015 - Vini Ciclismo Likes this wine: 96 points

Brick and tawny red colour. Still quite deeply coloured.
Deep black cherry, plum, damson and tar spice. Equally weighted by a lovely sweet leathery earthy fragrance which is smooth and rich.
Med weight, fleshy, rich dark fruits and leathery earthy flavours finishing with substantial fine grained tannins. Fruit and secondary flavours in perfect balance. Blueberry, ink, sherbet zest, fruitcake, soft warm plums. A delight.

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2005 Giaconda Chardonnay Estate Vineyard

Beechworth more

5/15/2015 - Vini Ciclismo Likes this wine: 93 points

Rich gold colour.
Ripe plump fruit with a little honey and fine oak spice.
Lush very long palate, excellent density, but also smooth. Finishes with good acid and resonance. Ripe fruits and honey richness. In an excellent place now, edges have softened and now well integrated while the depth and complexity is very much still there.

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Red

2009 Bruno Giacosa Dolcetto d'Alba Sorano di Treiso

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5/11/2015 - Vini Ciclismo Likes this wine: 89 points

Vibrant bright cherry red.
Sour cherry stone, zesty, red and black cherry fruit, high-toned florals.
Medium weight, red and black cherries raspberries and a bit of damson, good power, cherry stone spice and zest, chalky quite firm tannins, decent acidity, still youthful and with some time left for more development.

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Red

2002 Château Palmer

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/10/2015 - Vini Ciclismo Likes this wine: 89 points

Med weight colour.
Gentle refined blackberry, light cedar and mulberry leaf. Fragrant sherbet.
Light to medium weight, delicate but balanced flavours of blackcurrant, mulberry and sherbet zest. Soft powdery tannins and slightly firm acid, but overall impression is a lightly framed Cabernet that is slightly past its best. Drinks well but lacks gusto.

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Red

2002 James Irvine Merlot Grand Merlot

Eden Valley more

5/9/2015 - Vini Ciclismo Likes this wine: 94 points

Very dark colour.
Extremely deep fragrance, black fruits, plums, blackberries, mulberry and tobacco leaf. Some sweet zesty sherbet brightness.
Lush velvety palate, very strong primary fruit flavours, almost overwhelming, but there is also balance and refinement. Blackberries, plums and mulberry again with the mulberry leaf complexity. Fruit sweet but with a darker lightly spicy side lurking within. Very impressive, especially given its age, on this evidence it has another decade easily.
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Red

2010 Henschke Shiraz Hill of Grace

Eden Valley more

5/5/2015 - Vini Ciclismo Likes this wine: 98 points

Deep brooding colour.
Intense, refined and highly complex fragrance.
Medium weight but absolutely amazingly refined palate, so so silky. Finish is silky and very long. Superb range of flavours, red and black berries. Licorice spice and tar, a pure dark seam through the berry fruits. Incredible structure, so drinkable yet with coiled power, super fine tannins. Amazing.

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Red

2010 Henschke Abbott's Prayer

Lenswood Merlot Blend, Merlot more

5/5/2015 - Vini Ciclismo Likes this wine: 93 points

Gorgeous plummy nose with a light bramble spice.
Medium weight, superb depth of flavour, full and fleshy. Plums, mulberry, damson, some light char spice. Excellent length and fine tannins.

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Red

2013 Henschke Johann's Garden

Barossa Valley Red Rhone Blend more

5/5/2015 - Vini Ciclismo wrote: 89 points

Attractive spicy dark fruit and tar spice with a red berry edge.
Medium to light weight palate. Bright fruits, earthy spice, a dark edge. Refined style finishing clean and crisp.

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Red

2012 Henschke Pinot Noir Giles Lenswood

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5/5/2015 - Vini Ciclismo wrote: 88 points

Pale colour.
Refined light red berries, strawberry and raspberry. Subtle spice.
Very light weight palate. Refined flavours, young fruit and restrained spice.

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White

2013 Henschke Chardonnay Croft Lenswood

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5/5/2015 - Vini Ciclismo wrote: 88 points

Strong creamy nose with malo-driven richness.
Fine French oak, creamy texture, stone fruit and subtle spice. The buttery malo influence at this stage dominates the fruit. Not bad but have had better from here.

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White

2014 Henschke Riesling Julius

Eden Valley more

5/5/2015 - Vini Ciclismo wrote: 86 points

Zesty minerality, some florals and citrus.
Quite a light palate, pleasant minerality and citrus zest but if she's like it starts - soft. Rather uninspiring.

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White

2013 Henschke Sémillon "Louis"

Eden Valley more

5/5/2015 - Vini Ciclismo Likes this wine: 88 points

Bright lemon citrus and light hay.
Soft lemon citrus, a refined pure style with good acidity. Light but tasty.

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Red

1999 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle

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4/24/2015 - Vini Ciclismo Likes this wine: 92 points

Lovely ripe red berry fragrance, hint of darker spice.
Silky palate. Tasty ripe red berries with a seam of tar and pepper spice. Drinks very nicely, quite youthful, good length.

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Red

2006 Jasper Hill Emily's Paddock

Heathcote Shiraz Blend, Syrah more

5/3/2015 - Vini Ciclismo Likes this wine: 93 points

Very dark but not quite as dark as normal.
Deeply scented and very smooth, fruit driven - blueberry, violet and blood plum. Some dark spice, but more floral characters.
Silky smooth entry, fleshy middle and a crisp finish. Very fine tannins, soft and furry. Delicious blue fruits, ink, and a dark tar and licorice spice lingering on the finish. Has a more refined elegant style than perhaps I'm used to from older vintages. Totally delicious and very much an Emily's.

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Red - Fortified

1985 Graham Porto Vintage

Port Blend more

4/25/2015 - Vini Ciclismo Likes this wine: 93 points

Faded red with only a hint of tawny.
Molasses, sweet and fragrant, a nicely balanced richness, raisins, toffee and honey.
Has definitely turned from the super ripeness of youth to a more mature wine with earthy, Xmas pudding and roasted raisin flavours and a classicly leaner texture. At 30yrs it still has bags of richness and fruit, all the more impressive from a half-bottle. A powerful and long resonating finish with rich fruit and spice.

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Red

2003 Château du Tertre

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend more

4/19/2015 - Vini Ciclismo Likes this wine: 90 points

Deeply coloured.
Bright ripe blackcurrant and blackberry. Zesty sherbet and tobacco leaf fragrance although with something else herbal.
Mellowed flavours, sherbet zest, cassis, cedar and tobacco leaf. Smooth flavours with good intensity still. Supple medium weight on the front and middle, closes with firm acidity and fine relatively soft tannins. A little unbalanced but the flavours are deep and bright.

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Red

2001 Massolino Barolo Riserva Vigna Rionda

Nebbiolo more

4/17/2015 - Vini Ciclismo Likes this wine: 93 points

Still with plenty of colour to it, a deep burgundy with slight brick tinge around the edges.
Gorgeous rich nose, black and blue berries, inky violets, strong minerality, almost salty. Hints of dried earth but nothing overly gamey.
Supple entry and nicely fleshy middle. Fruit dominates the flavours with an earthy minerality starting to assert itself. Delicious. Finish has good acidity and powerful tannins which are very fine but very drying, a little too strong really. Old school tannins which don't seem likely to come into balance give we've already had 14 years.

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Red

2006 Domaine Ghislaine Barthod / Barthod-Noëllat Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Charmes

Pinot Noir more

4/16/2015 - Vini Ciclismo Likes this wine: 92 points

Good solid colour, deep ruby red.
Gentle fragrance, ripe red berries with cherries and cherry stone spice. Lovely.
Medium weight and silky with sweet red berries. A distinct darker spicy edge runs through it with a little fine oak and zesty minerality. Tannins are soft and fine while acidity is crisp. Drinking well but with structure for a few years longer.

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Red

2011 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave St. Joseph

Syrah more

4/15/2015 - Vini Ciclismo Likes this wine: 92 points

Very deep dark colour.
Deep scented cassis, raspberry and plum purée. Floral violets and ink. Some spicy cherrystone.
Fleshy, medium weight, impressively structured and with a lovely long finish. Blackcurrant, raspberry and black cherry fruits with black pepper, a little charred oak, graphite and tar spice giving it a nice dark edge. Silky texture leads into a finish with crisp acidity and very fine but plentiful tannins. Needs another 3-5 yrs to peak. Delicious.

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White

2007 McWilliam's Mount Pleasant Wines Sémillon Lovedale

Hunter Valley more

4/13/2015 - Vini Ciclismo Likes this wine: 94 points

Pale lemon, bright with a green tinge.
Lemon, waxy, hint of reduction, straw, lemon curd.
Excellent intensity, lemon zest with hint of limes and some honey. Quite a rich fleshy wine at this early stage, finish is chalky/waxy and more restrained with long lingering lemon curd notes and a zesty minerality. Delicious drinking now but undoubtedly ageworthy.

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White

2003 François Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre

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4/13/2015 - Vini Ciclismo Likes this wine: 89 points

Deep gold.
Fruit driven fragrance of ripe melons.
Ripe melons and lemon citrus, nicely weighted, lush body. Definitely has a soft but fleshy finish, not a lot of acidity there. Atypical flavours but a very pleasant drink for now, probably past its best.

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Red

1996 Domaine Tempier Bandol Cuvée Spéciale Cabassaou

Mourvedre Blend, Mourvedre more

4/12/2015 - Vini Ciclismo Likes this wine: 95 points

Dark core with ruby rim.
Lovely ripe red berries, sweet leather, earthy, some blueberry, lightly spicy.
Medium wt, crisp finish and with good but not heavy tannins. Fruits are red and black, a delicious earthy leathery note, tar and licorice come out on the lengthy finish. A beautifully aged Mourvèdre. Still has excellent structure and a strong fruit driven spine.

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Red

2006 Philip Shaw No. 89

Orange Shiraz Blend, Syrah more

4/9/2015 - Vini Ciclismo wrote: 85 points

Medium pale red.
Spicy dark fruits, tar and a very fragrant blueberry and dried herb tone.
Soft and fleshy, dark fruits plus some raspberry, black pepper tar and dried herbs. Has a slightly underripe herbal quality and a relatively tart finish although qualities do not dominate.

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