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White - Sweet/Dessert

2004 Château Climens

Barsac Sémillon more

5/28/2015 - Neecies Likes this wine: 92 points

Not as viscuous or honeyed as some vintages, but therein lies it's charm. Bright and clean, with quince, lemon and apricot.

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White

2012 Domaine Charly Nicolle Chablis 1er Cru Les Fourneaux

Chardonnay more

5/28/2015 - Neecies Likes this wine: NR

A fruitier style of Chablis. Lacks the steely notes I crave, but shows enough background flint and wet rocks to be recognizable. Quite charming, actually, for $19.

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Red

2006 Bodegas El Nido Jumilla El Nido

Red Blend more

5/28/2015 - Neecies Likes this wine: 94 points

Lambert's bottle. Decanted two hours. Outstanding nose of dark fruit and leather, velvety on the palate with hints of fig jam and orange rind. Wow.

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Red

2005 Tranche Cellars Slice of Pape

Columbia Valley Red Rhone Blend more

5/28/2015 - Neecies Likes this wine: NR

Was blown away by this wine, having had a weaker and more recent vintage (2011 maybe?) that I didn't care for at all. Would never mistake it for a CdP, but it's a big deliciously fruited new world GSM that, were I so lucky to own it, I'd happily let rest another five years.

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Red

2009 Betz Family Clos de Betz

Columbia Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/28/2015 - Neecies Likes this wine: NR

Medium bodied with minerally red fruit on the nose and palate. Savory in the Betz style and a lovely refuge from that Caymus 40th Anniversary wine on the table. No, Virginia, they don't have to all be like that.

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White - Sparkling

NV Pol Roger Vintage Brut (Extra Cuvee de Reserve)

Champagne Champagne Blend more

5/28/2015 - Neecies wrote: NR

Skunky, Heinekkin beer nose is offputting and disappointing, yet all seemed right on the palate. So we drank it--but what an odd experience.

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Red

2005 Den Hoed Marie's View Wallula Vineyard

Horse Heaven Hills Red Blend more

5/28/2015 - Neecies Likes this wine: 92 points

Concentrated black and red fruits with notes of black coffee and iron. Very little in the way of secondary development even at age ten, but all the same it presents like the expensive wine (for WA) it is. Impressive.

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Rosť

2012 Stolpman Rosé

Santa Ynez Valley Rosé Blend more

5/28/2015 - Neecies Likes this wine: 90 points

Earthy notes with rose petals and blood orange. Terrific balance and finish. Very Bandol-like. Will be a favorite of our summer.

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Red

2012 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon 40th Anniversary

Napa Valley more

5/28/2015 - Neecies wrote: 87 points

Confected nose of vanilla bean and marshmallow (both of which I detest). On the palate, lush and rich dark fruits and root beer float. Silky with soft tannins. Too sweet for this Bordeaux lover, but sweet-toothed wine drinkers raved.

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Red

2009 Reynvaan Family Vineyards Syrah The Unnamed

Walla Walla Valley more

5/28/2015 - Neecies Likes this wine: 91 points

Funky, animal nose in a big way--so odd, in that this quality was not present or even hinted at on the bottles we had one and two years ago. I love that quality but my guests did not care for it at all. This was bigger bodied and deeper colored than previous bottles as well. Drinks well now, but no rush.

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Red

2007 Forsyth Brio Cabernet Sauvignon

Red Mountain more

5/24/2015 - Neecies Likes this wine: 90 points

Don's bottle. En pointe cabernet sauvignon for Red Mountain and has a good resolution of power and finessse for a 2007--didn't taste as ripe as most do, yet it wasn't a weakling. Was surprised to taste so good a wine from a producer I've not heard of before.

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Red

2007 Bernardus Winery Marinus Signature

Carmel Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/24/2015 - Neecies Likes this wine: NR

Not nearly as far along as the bottle opened a month ago. That one I would have said drink up by 2017, this one has--er, had--until 2020 or beyond.

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Red

2006 Long Shadows Wineries Pirouette

Columbia Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/24/2015 - Neecies Likes this wine: NR

Did not show as well as a bottle a few months ago, but wasn't flawed. Just tighter, less giving on the midpalate and therefore showing more tannins on the finish. If this typical, wait another year.

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White

2012 Bernardus Winery Sauvignon Blanc Monterey

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5/23/2015 - Neecies Likes this wine: 90 points

A big and rich style of Sauvignon Blanc with plenty of acidity and structure. Impressive, drinks well above it's price.

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White

2012 Château La Louvière Blanc

Pessac-Léognan Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

5/23/2015 - Neecies Likes this wine: 94 points

Outstanding nose. Vivid notes of grapefruit, gooseberry and tarragon carry through to the palate. Drinks well now, but will be even better in two years.

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Rosť

2014 La Spinetta (Rivetti) Il Rosé di Casanova Toscana IGT

Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese more

5/20/2015 - Neecies Likes this wine: 87 points

Dry and crisp with lovely fruit. Will probably be one of my favorites this summer.

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Rosť

2014 Domaine du Vissoux / Pierre-Marie Chermette Beaujolais Les Griottes

Gamay more

5/20/2015 - Neecies Likes this wine: 85 points

The fruit's meager and the acidity isn't, so it's a bit off balance for a sipper. Drinkable, but needs food.

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Red

1986 Château Meyney

St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/17/2015 - Neecies Likes this wine: NR

This is just a nice old Bordeaux heading into the sunset. We shared a bottle and enjoyed the second glass of three each best of all. Almost no sediment so didn't even decant.

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Red

2007 DeLille Cellars Chaleur Estate

Red Mountain Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/17/2015 - Neecies Likes this wine: NR

PnP. Drinks well now, though it takes awhile for the alcohol to back off. Not showing much maturity yet. Will schedule remaining bottles for '18 and '20, pending others' assessments.

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Red

2013 Whitcraft Winery Pinot Noir Four Soils

Santa Barbara County more

5/16/2015 - Neecies Does not like this wine: NR

Buoyed by great memories of Chris Whitcraft's early 90's pinot noirs, we grabbed this off a market shelf while passing through Santa Barbara County. Very disappointing. Angular vs. harmonious and with odd bitter notes--not green/underripe, not TCA, and not iodine (though the wine had that, too) but something else unlike pinot noir as I know it. Not good.

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White

2013 Champ Divin Côtes du Jura

Chardonnay more

5/13/2015 - Neecies Likes this wine: 86 points

Jura tasting. Sweet lemonade powder nose with verbena herb. Finishes dry and refreshing, picks up a bit of diesel toward the end of the glass.

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White

2013 Charles Gonnet Vin de Savoie Chignin

Jacquère more

5/13/2015 - Neecies Likes this wine: 88 points

Jura tasting. Viognier nose of lavendar and powdered sugar, super floral, picks up white pepper on the finish. Very nice.

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White

2010 Champ Divin Côtes du Jura Cuvée Castor

White Blend more

5/13/2015 - Neecies Likes this wine: 88 points

Jura tasting (Mark's). Big, round and nutty with some smoke. All signs pointed to chardonnay, but it's a blend with savignin.

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White

2014 Domaine Saint Romain Vin de Savoie Jongieux

Jacquère more

5/13/2015 - Neecies Likes this wine: 89 points

Jura tasting (Phaedra's). Almost clear in color, vivid nose of grapefruit and cat pea, white flowers, douglas fir, oyster shell minerality and lime peel. Blind, would have guessed New Zealand sauv blanc, and been pretty sure about it. Delicious and only 11.5%.

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White

2009 Château D'Arlay Côtes du Jura Blanc Tradition

Savagnin, Traminer more

5/13/2015 - Neecies Likes this wine: 91 points

Jura tasting. Interesting, unique nose of Maggi seasoning (or Vegemite, to some), ripe fruit and a little sherry. On the palate, a very soft progression of apple, mango, maple and tamarind. Acidity was there but not aggressive--a very sensual, textural wine ideal for contemplation.

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