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Red

2015 Domaine Dupeuble Pere et Fils Beaujolais Nouveau

Gamay more

1/28/2016 - Merzbow wrote: 90 points

Simply fantastic... solid, delicious, and even a little complex. I could not believe this is just a "lowly" Beaujolais Nouveau. 2015 is looking to be a blockbuster.

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Red

2013 Martinelli Pinot Noir Blue Slide Ridge

Sonoma Coast more

1/28/2016 - Merzbow wrote: 92 points

A very nice ripe Pinot in the Martinelli style? Sure. Worth $100+? Hell no.

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Red

2012 Maison Ilan Volnay 1er Cru Les Robardelles

Pinot Noir more

1/21/2016 - Merzbow wrote: 91 points

A very nice Volnay, ripe in the style of 2012. Nothing to complain about here.

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Red

2009 Château Fleur Cardinale

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/10/2016 - Merzbow wrote: 93 points

I think this is approaching shutting down.

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Red

2012 Maybach Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Materium

Oakville more

1/6/2016 - Merzbow wrote: 83 points

Well-built but has way too much of a raisin character to the nose and palate. I prefer raisins in my cereal, not my wine. If I had to guess -- this was allowed to hang too long and then was watered back.

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Red

2010 Martinelli Pinot Noir Grace Nicole Zio Tony Ranch

Russian River Valley more

12/31/2015 - Merzbow wrote: 94 points

Fantastic at the moment. Massively fruit-packed, but with great acidity.

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Red

2004 Vasco Sassetti Brunello di Montalcino Riserva

Sangiovese more

12/21/2015 - Merzbow wrote: 69 points

Very little enjoyment out of (attempting to) drink this. Burnt and roasted beyond all ability to recognize this as a Sangiovese. One of the more brutally overextracted Italian wines I've had the misfortune to come across.

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Red

2002 Domaine Louis Boillot et Fils Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Cherbaudes

Pinot Noir more

12/20/2015 - Merzbow wrote: 92 points

Drinking well. A balanced, classic Gevrey with nice tertiary character.

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White - Sparkling

2000 Argyle Chardonnay Blanc de Blancs Knudsen Vineyard Julia Lee's Block

Dundee Hills more

12/20/2015 - Merzbow wrote: 89 points

Not as good as the bottle opened in 2011... actually tasted younger and more closed. Oh well.

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Red

2012 Schrader Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon CCS Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard

Oakville more

12/5/2015 - Merzbow wrote: 98 points

Dense as neutronium. Takes control of all your sensations and refuses to let go until you've mentally processed all that this wine has to give. Ripe with night-black fruit, but no notes of surmaturite. Oaky initially but that recedes with air; this needs about a three-hour decant. What an experience. Every time you think that the wine is about to veer off the rails, an opposing force comes into play to wrench it back. An interesting salty, savory quality keeps things interesting as well.

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Red

2008 Paraduxx (Duckhorn Vineyards)

Napa Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel more

11/30/2015 - Merzbow wrote: 80 points

Just had to illustrate to myself why not to age most California wines, did I? Now tastes just like raisins.

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Red

2012 Pisoni Pinot Noir Estate

Santa Lucia Highlands more

11/29/2015 - Merzbow wrote: 94 points

A year did this wine well. In a very nice spot now.

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Red

2013 Myriad Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Three Twins Vineyard

Napa Valley more

11/29/2015 - Merzbow Likes this wine: 94 points

Rich, chocolaty, but tannic. Less expressive than the 2012 at the same age. Give it a year.

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Red

2012 Maison Ilan Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Feusselottes

Pinot Noir more

11/17/2015 - Merzbow wrote: 95 points

Superb Chambolle. This is a big wine, and resembles the 2009 Maison Ilans, so be warned if this isn't your style. But the big fruit flavors are strongly Chambolle, and it's held together by a core of strong tannin that will ensure a long life.

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Red

2012 Bucklin Ancient Field Blend Old Hill Ranch

Sonoma Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel more

11/17/2015 - Merzbow wrote: 95 points

Simply fantastic. Smooth, supple, full and enormously complex. I don't know exactly what's in here, and probably Bucklin isn't quite sure either because of the age of the vineyard. But this is the best vintage yet of this wine.

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White - Sparkling

2012 Under The Wire Chardonnay Sparkling Alder Springs Vineyard

Mendocino more

11/17/2015 - Merzbow wrote: 91 points

Excellent now, but will benefit from a few years of age as it showed marked improvement on day 2. Strongly resembles Agrapart 7 Cru, which is a good thing.

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Rosť - Sparkling

NV H. Billiot Fils Champagne Grand Cru Brut Rosé

Champagne Blend more

11/1/2015 - Merzbow wrote: 91 points

(2012 disgorgement). A forward but stately Rose drinking great.

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Red

2012 Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Georges de Latour Private Reserve

Napa Valley more

11/1/2015 - Merzbow wrote: 95 points

Grossly overperformed. This is the kind of quality you're now typically paying $180 for in Napa, except this is $80.

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Red

2013 Roar Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard

Santa Lucia Highlands more

10/26/2015 - Merzbow wrote: 94 points

Power-packed and complex, with blueberry-driven black fruit. Like most Pisonis this will be best with a year in the cellar.

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Red

2009 J.M. Boillot Volnay 1er Cru Pitures

Pinot Noir more

10/26/2015 - Merzbow wrote: 92 points

Still drinking great with some airtime. Wonderful nose.

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Red

2009 Domaine Marquis d'Angerville Volnay 1er Cru Champans

Pinot Noir more

10/11/2015 - Merzbow wrote: 93 points

If you open this now, give it a few hours. You'll find a spicy and powerful Volnay that has a long life ahead of it.

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Red

1990 Château Lagrange (St. Julien)

Red Bordeaux Blend more

9/6/2015 - Merzbow wrote: 92 points

A big, syrupy wine that has probably reached stasis. Drink up but don't rush.

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White - Sparkling

NV H. Billiot Fils Champagne Grand Cru Brut Cuvée Julie

Champagne Blend more

9/6/2015 - Merzbow wrote: 93 points

(2012 disgorge.) Doing really well. Time has taken the edge off this knife. Still a lot of big fruit here.

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Red

2009 Domaine Marquis d'Angerville Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Angles

Pinot Noir more

8/29/2015 - Merzbow wrote: 92 points

Shutting/calming down, it seems.

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Red

2009 Staglin Family Cabernet Sauvignon Estate

Rutherford more

8/18/2015 - Merzbow wrote: 97 points

Just bloody fantastic. Solidly wonderful waves of chocolate and licorice. Tons of fruit still. Wouldn't hesitate to age.

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