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Red

2010 Tenimenti Luigi d'Alessandro (Manzano) Syrah Cortona

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3/22/2015 - buffyst Likes this wine: NR

Decanted 90 mins. Dark ruby. Medium round and velvety, Luigi D'Alessandro's 2010 Borgo Syrah Cortona displays pure, concentrated aromas of berries, plums, mint, and violets. Blindfolded, I might mistake this for a Brunello. In the mouth however, I could just as easily mistake it for a northern Rhone, perhaps a Crozes Hermitage. Not a powerhouse, but elegant and balanced, with medium acidity and a long, clean, peppery finish. The tannins have smoothed noticeably from only a year ago. QPR+ Drink or hold. (13.5% abv)

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2009 Yates Family Vineyard Merlot Fleur de Veeder

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2/6/2015 - buffyst Likes this wine: NR

Crystal-clear black cherry. Med.+ body. Prominent blackberry, black cherry, cola, currant, and strawberry aromas. Secondary notes of licorice and burnished saddle. Glass coating, w/fine syrupy legs. Bright fruit flavors. Nice balance between buoyant acids and plush tannins. The '09 is richly textured. Cherry lozenge on the med.+ finish. Really needs to breathe (please decant) to be fully appreciated. 14.7% abv. Very nice. Drink or hold.

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Red

2007 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Artemis

Napa Valley more

12/21/2014 - buffyst Likes this wine: NR

Agree with RKOSD's recent note.

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Red

2009 Clos Pegase Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley more

12/19/2014 - buffyst Likes this wine: NR

The saturated 2009 Clos Pegase simply demands to be noticed. Pure, undiluted blackfruit (berry and cherry) purple plum, violets, cocoa powder, graphite, and just the right touch of sweet cedar make for exquisite aromatic and tasting pleasure.

This is made in a lush style, with umami mouthfeel, bright acidity, and a lipsmacking finish. Its composition is 96% Cabernet Sauvignon (58% from Tenma Vineyard in Jericho Canyon, Calistoga, 38% from Graveyard Hill Vineyard in the Carneros) and 4% Petit Verdot from Dunaweal Vineyard across the street from the winery.

The '09 went through malolactic fermentation following harvest with indigenous bacteria and spent 17 months in French oak (58% new). 2744 cases were made. (14.7% abv.)

The iconic winery was sold in August 2013, and although Richard Sowalsky stayed on as winemaker, production is expected to increase under the new owners' (Vintage Wine Estates) guidance.

Originally $50 at the winery, the '09 briefly appeared on WTSO for $19.99.

Drink now!

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Red

2008 Château Le Thil Comte Clary

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend more

10/18/2014 - buffyst Likes this wine: NR

Amazing wine, amazing value. Deep maroon. Medium to full-bodied. Rich texture. Blackfruit galore, boysenberry, cedar, cocoa powder, licorice, and tobac. Excellent balance of fruits and acids. Pleasantly chewy tannins. Merlot w/2% Cabernet Sauvignon. Robust: finished the remainder of a glass in the morning after it had been sitting out all night (that's how much I enjoyed it) and there was no noticeable deterioration. Will buy again (14.5% abv). Drink or hold.

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Red

2008 Trinchero Merlot Chicken Ranch Vineyard

Rutherford more

9/1/2014 - buffyst Likes this wine: NR

Sourced from a pristine 28-acre vineyard on the northern edge of the Rutherford AVA. Deep garnet. Medium-plus body. Pure fruit aromas of raspberry, blackberry, and plum. Add vanilla on the palate. Medium acidity. Tannins are integrated. A little spice on the longish finish. Elegant, supple, and seamless. Now hitting its stride. Drank over two days. Held up very well. Would buy again. Drink or hold. 14.8% abv.

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Red

2007 Surh Luchtel Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

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4/19/2014 - buffyst Likes this wine: NR

I like MKMAST's short note from August 2011. Since then, the spiral is only upward. This is what I hope for when I see Sonoma Coast on a wine label, and methinks this one of the best examples of the vintage. Beautiful fruit and balance. Deep cranberry, medium weight, buoyant acidity, and not too heavy on the alcohol (13.9% abv). Lush, with a piquant mid-palate. Finishes delightfully long. Drink or hold.

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2010 Domaine du Clos de l'Elu Vin de France Dames de Nage

Grolleau Gris more

4/6/2014 - buffyst Likes this wine: NR

Entirely agree with Fingers' notes.

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2007 Clarbec Cabernet Sauvignon Glen Oaks Ranch Sonoma County

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3/28/2014 - buffyst Likes this wine: NR

Low yield, volcanic soil, and warm days contribute to a rich, medium-bodied, cranberry-colored cab with concentration and elegance. Fragrant aromas of black cherry, currant, and plum. To this the palate adds anise, cigar box, nutmeg, and vanilla (aged 20 months in French oak). Medium+ acidity and smooth tannins lead to an intense, dry, berry finish. (14.3% abv.) [175 cases] Drink or hold. Glen Oaks Ranch borders the entrance to Quarryhill Botanical Garden, a must visit when traveling to Sonoma.

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Red

2005 Clarendon Hills Grenache Old Vines Romas

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3/9/2014 - buffyst Likes this wine: NR

The '05 Clarendon Hills Old Vines Romas is a dense, red-purple, full-bodied celebration of all things vinous. On opening, the wine displayed perhaps the purest expression of blackberry aromas I've ever encountered; I just wanted to inhale it forever. The integrated palate is an amalgam of blackberry, cherry, and raspberry, with background notes of cardamom, truffle and vanilla -- all exquisitely balanced. The mid-palate carries a youthful stream of refreshing acidity that leads to a long, tantalizing finish. 14.5% abv. Although not inexpensive, this wine is extraordinary, and worthy of enjoyment for many years to come.

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Red

2006 Baccinetti Brunello di Montalcino La Saporoia

Sangiovese more

3/8/2014 - buffyst Likes this wine: NR

Brilliant black cherry. Med.+ body. Atomized floral, cherry shaved-ice, and shoe-polish aromas. Palate is blackberry, black cherry, cola, plum, rhubarb, and sweet meats. Firm acidity. Sweet tannins lead to a plush finish. 14.5% abv. Decant, of course. Drink or hold. Or hold and drink. When in Montalcino, Baccinetti is an obligatory visit. Bravo!

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Red

2007 Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Four Winds

McMinnville more

2/20/2014 - buffyst Likes this wine: NR

Generally agree with TOPHER18's 2011 note. Lovely, feminine expression of Pommard and Dijon clones from the Four Winds Vineyard west of McMinnville (a really cool town). Opaque, dark-ruby with a rose-petal rim. Medium body with long, silhouetted legs. Delicate rose petal and amaranth aromatics. Tart cherry, cinnamon-raspberry palate. Medium acidity. Lithe but earthy finish. 12.5% abv.

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Red

2008 Domaine de la Ferme St. Martin Beaumes-de-Venise Les Terres Jaunes

Red Rhone Blend more

1/21/2014 - buffyst Likes this wine: NR

The 2008 Domaine de la Ferme St. Martin Beaumes-de-Venise Les Terres Jaunes is a fragrant, under-the-radar, Cotes du Rhone Villages blend with a clear, garnet hue. Medium body, acidity and finish. But it is the purity of red and black fruits that makes this Grenache/Syrah blend such an extreme value. QPR. Drink or hold.

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White

2011 Domaine des Malandes Chablis 1er Cru Vosgros

Chardonnay more

1/19/2014 - buffyst Likes this wine: NR

Entirely agree with NAV2U's 11/26/13 note.

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White

2012 Azienda Agricola Reale Andrea Costa d'Amalfi Aliseo Reale Tramonti

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1/11/2014 - buffyst Likes this wine: NR

From a small producer in the hills above the Amalfi Coast comes this exquisite blend of white varietals indigenous to the Campania. Aliseo, which translates as "the wind that brings fair weather," is 50% Biancolella, 40% Biancazita and 10% Pepella. The vines, between 70 and 120 years old, produce very low yields. To let the fruit express itself, the wine is made in a non-interventionist manner and fermented and aged in stainless steel. Inviting, pale sunlight, this medium-bodied blend infuses aromas and flavors of white flowers, melons, lemon zest, herbs and wet stones. Exceptional balance of acids and fruits. Clean and refreshing, the lengthy finish begs another glass. Although early in the year, this may be my Italian white wine discovery of 2014. 13% abv. QPR. 200 cases.

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Red

2009 Taj Cellars Zinfandel Felta Creek Vineyard

Dry Creek Valley more

12/27/2013 - buffyst Likes this wine: NR

Sourced from Dry Creek Valley, the epicenter of California Zinfandel, this effort from the Felta Creek Vineyard is the color of perfectly-strained red raspberries. Medium-bodied, balanced, and seamlessly integrated, the Taj envelops pure raspberry, strawberry, and red currant flavors into a long, smooth finish, with subtle accents of spice and menthol. Enjoyed with black beans, butternut squash, and Moroccan couscous. 15.1% abv. Drink or hold. Then drink some more.

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Red

2009 Craggy Range Pinot Noir Single Vineyard Te Muna Road Vineyard

Martinborough more

12/26/2013 - buffyst Likes this wine: NR

Except for the "low tone Pinot fruit" assessment, I agree with Henry Miller's 12/19/13 tasting note. QPR. Drink or hold.

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White

2012 Champ Divin Côtes du Jura

Chardonnay more

12/20/2013 - buffyst Likes this wine: NR

Pas étonnant le 2012 spécial numéro de La Revue du Vin de France a donné le Champ Divin la note la plus elevee, l'assimilant à des Grands Crus de la Côte d'Or. Bio-organique et sans bois. Qu'est-ce que la bonne chance -- et la valeur!

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Red

2010 Podere Santa Lucia Mascherone Marche IGT

Merlot Blend, Merlot more

12/5/2013 - buffyst wrote: NR

The 2010 Podere Santa Lucia Mascherone is 90% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot. Very attractive crystalline red-black. Med.+ body clings to inside of glass. Muted nose of wild rose more pleasant than palate of sour cherry. Med. acidity. Short finish. Lacks balance and sense of place.

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Red

2011 Durigutti Cabernet Franc

Mendoza more

11/21/2013 - buffyst Likes this wine: 88 points

Extraordinary QPR.

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2009 Sbragia Family Merlot Home Ranch

Dry Creek Valley more

11/18/2013 - buffyst Likes this wine: 91 points

A sophisticated Merlot.

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Red

2005 Berthoud Vineyards Syrah

Sonoma Valley more

11/18/2013 - buffyst Likes this wine: 91 points

Purple-black robe. Aromas of black fruit, black licorice, cardamon, currant, fig and black walnut. Luscious, lip-smacking palate. Tangy acidity. Sweet, smooth, lengthy finish, with the slightest trace of spice. Can't help thinking this would be a great big hit for Thanksgiving. Decant: dramatically improves with surface area exposure to air. 13.8% abv. QPR. Drink through remainder of 2014.

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2008 Tenuta Sette Ponti Maremma Toscana Poggio Al Lupo

Red Bordeaux Blend more

11/17/2013 - buffyst Likes this wine: 91 points

The 2008 Poggio Al Lupo is a structured, viscous, red/purple-to-the-rim blend. Med.+ body. Upon opening, this Bordeaux blend from the heart of Chianti displayed a fabled bouquet of red & blue fruits, charcoal, cocoa, honeycomb, and violets. Add tart cherry lozenge, crushed gravel, licorice, and plum to the palate. Good acidity. Faintly drying tannins. Med.+ finish. 14% abv. Needs decanting (and food). Drink or hold.

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Red

2008 Château Boutisse

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

11/12/2013 - buffyst Likes this wine: 91 points

The 2008 Chateau Boutisse is one of the finest Grand Crus of the vintage from St. Emilion in the $25 price range. If you find it for less, buy more, or you'll wish you had. I really like SUZANNA9452000's note from a year ago. I can only say that it has improved since then. Garnet, fleshy and layered. Ripe raspberry, boysenberry, plum, currant and tobac. Refined tannins. Long finish. 14% abv. 70% Merlot/30% Cabernet Sauvignon. This is drinking. QPR. Drink or hold.

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Red

2008 Château de Fonbel

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

11/10/2013 - buffyst Likes this wine: 89 points

Dense purple/black with a translucent cherry/rose rim. Medium body.
Nose of highly-delineated blackberry, red meat, pine bark and deep forest. Palate is tantalizing red berry, savory mint and mushroom with vanilla accents and piquant acidity. Good balance and fine tannins round out the medium finish. 13% abv. Decanting recommended. QPR. Pair with risottos, roasts, root vegetables, stews, or cheese plate. Drink or hold.

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