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Red

2009 Thistle Wines Pinot Noir Dundee Hills

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10/29/2014 - ilsa Likes this wine: 89 points

Unfined and unfiltered. Steady bright acidity, candied cranberry and red cherry fruit is starting to fade. Integrated tannins, persistent finish.

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White - Sweet/Dessert

2000 Errazuriz Sauvignon Blanc Late Harvest

Casablanca Valley more

6/4/2014 - ilsa wrote: 92 points

Toffee for days

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White

2005 Veritas Vineyard Viognier

Monticello more

6/4/2014 - ilsa Likes this wine: 89 points

Still nice

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Red

2008 B Wise Vineyards Trios Proprietary Red

Dry Creek Valley Red Blend more

3/6/2014 - ilsa Likes this wine: 93 points

Beautiful Bordeaux blend (71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Syrah, 9% Merlot, 5% Petite Verdot.). Red fruit and wet stone on the nose, complemented by violet, cedar, cacao, star anise, cinnamon on the palate. Smooth tannins. Dried currant and mocha on the finish. Perfect time to drink. Wish I had more of these.

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Red

2011 Viña Cobos Merlot Felino

Lujan de Cuyo more

8/27/2013 - ilsa Likes this wine: 89 points

Solid QPR at $20. Unfiltered and unfined, yet attractive with approachable smooth tannin levels, significant body, and satisfying mouth feel. Dark berry fruits complemented by small barrel oak aging with notes of cedar, spice, and eucalyptus.

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Red

2001 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend more

5/13/2013 - ilsa wrote: 95 points

Drinking beautifully. Did not open early or decant. Exceptionally balanced with a long finish. Served with Chambord duck, Wild Rice with Pecans, Cranberries and Yellow Raisins, and a Salad of Raw Kale with Ricotta Salata.

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Red

2004 Mitolo Shiraz G.A.M.

McLaren Vale more

3/31/2013 - ilsa Likes this wine: 95 points

Did not decant. Inky color, Beautifully balanced with abundant black and deep red fruit, licorice, a grind of pepper, and beautifully integrated thick satiny tannins. Satisfying finish with no excessive heat. Perfect pairing for Easter.

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Red

2009 Rodney Strong Pinot Noir

Russian River Valley more

1/23/2012 - ilsa wrote: 72 points

Generally I'm a fan of Rodney Strong, but this bottling truly disappointed. Weak in color, thin in body, one-dimensional sour cherry on the palate on night one. A return to the wine the next night confirmed its unbalanced state, proffering nothing but high alcohol. Reluctantly, I discarded the bottle rather than suffer through another evening. Avoid.

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White

2001 Landmark Chardonnay Overlook

Sonoma County more

3/30/2011 - ilsa wrote: NR

Found in the back of the cellar. Thought it would be a goner but pulled the cork anyway. Surprisingly, it's not. Reminiscent of a Tarte Tatin with buttery, caramelized apple flavors. Drank with a St. André triple crème cheese and Carr's wheatmeal biscuits.

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Red

2004 Hanna Zinfandel Bismark Mountain Vineyard

Sonoma Valley more

9/21/2010 - ilsa wrote: 94 points

Paired this with Daniel Boulud's Wine-Braised Beef Short Ribs and Celery Root Puree. Smashing combo. Bottling is drinking beautifully, tannins still there but smooth as silk and fruit for days. Wish I had more of this.

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White - Sparkling

1996 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne Brut Vintage Reserve

Champagne Blend more

11/14/2009 - ilsa wrote: NR

Creme brûlée on the nose with dried orange peel. Fine mousse; dissipated quickly. Gorgeous, full-bodied on the palate with an exceptional finish. Enjoyed in fabulous company with chocolate-dipped Madeleines hand-carried from Paris, courtesy of Kerry Ann.

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White

2003 Grable Vineyards Chardonnay

Knights Valley more

9/10/2009 - ilsa wrote: 89 points

Fruit is fading but butterscotch and oak give good mouthfeel and surprisingly long finish.

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Red

2004 Elderton Shiraz Single Vineyard Command

Barossa more

4/6/2008 - ilsa wrote: 94 points

Plump, juicy blackberries, cocoa-dusted chocolate truffles, vanilla. Opened the morning of dinner, then decanted a few hours before serving. Still high alcohol on the nose, but by the second day silky smooth on the palate with a sumptuously long finish. Mesmerizing layers of legs provide a nice visual enhancement.

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White

2006 Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough

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3/22/2008 - ilsa wrote: NR

Paired with Spanish Shrimp Starter. Still fresh, good acid, plenty of grapefruit.

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White

2007 Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough

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3/22/2008 - ilsa wrote: NR

Paired with Spanish Shrimp Starter. Still fresh, good acid, plenty of grapefruit.

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White - Fortified

NV Alvear Pedro Ximénez Montilla-Moriles Solera 1927

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3/22/2008 - ilsa wrote: NR

Paired with Chocolate Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce. Fabulous!

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White - Sweet/Dessert

2000 Dolce Winery Late Harvest

Napa Valley Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

2/10/2008 - ilsa wrote: 96 points

Awesome bottle. Liquid gold. Can't get enough of this wine.

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Red

2003 Nickel & Nickel Syrah Darien Vineyard

Russian River Valley more

2/10/2008 - ilsa wrote: 94 points

Served with Boneless Pork Loin Roast Stuffed with Apricots and Prunes. Lovely wine. Great fruit, nice spice.

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White

2001 Chateau St. Jean Gewürztraminer Sonoma County

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2/7/2008 - ilsa wrote: 85 points

Served with Thai Shrimp Curry. Beautiful pairing.

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White

2002 Chateau St. Jean Chardonnay Sonoma County

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2/7/2008 - ilsa wrote: NR

Had a glass, then poured out the bottle. No fruit, deep golden color.

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Red

1999 Field Stone Petite Sirah Staten Family Reserve

Alexander Valley more

2/5/2008 - ilsa wrote: 94 points

Red and black fruit on the nose with spice and some floral, all delivered on the palate with jammy berry fruit, plums, nice spice, good structure and balance. Sure wish I had more of this.

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Red

2000 Munari Shiraz Ladys Creek

Heathcote more

2/5/2008 - ilsa wrote: 96 points

Love this. Had twice on Easter with lamb. Great fruit plus eucalyptus and rosemary.

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Red

2004 Brancott Estate Pinot Noir Marlborough

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3/25/2007 - ilsa wrote: NR

Bright ruby color; fresh cherry nose; gentle tannins; cherry and cranberry on the palate with a short finish. This bottle did not exhibit good balance--alcohol overrode the light fruits.

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Red

1999 Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley more

12/24/2004 - ilsa wrote: NR

Opened a couple hours beforehand, this bottle drew ooohs and ahhhs from my dinner guests. Excellent structure, showing blackberry and cassis with Oakville dust and a touch of oak, it paired beautifully with our standing prime rib of beef.

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