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Red

2012 Bodegas Bilbainas Rioja Viña Zaco

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

2/7/2016 - slywka7 wrote: 89 points

Pop and pour. Aromas of earth, tar, cherry and iron. This us thick with flavors of vanilla, iron, blackberry and cherry. Ends with an impressive 20 second finish.

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Red

2014 Cantine Valpane Rosa Ruske

Vino da Tavola Ruché more

2/7/2016 - slywka7 wrote: 87 points

Decanted 1 hour. Aromas of blueberry, funk and mushroom. Rustic with flavors of cranberry, raspberry and blueberry. Very light and different.

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Red

2011 Bodegas Volver Monastrell Tarima Hill Old Vines

Alicante more

2/6/2016 - slywka7 wrote: 91 points

Popped and poured. Aromas of plum, raisin, smoke and herbs. Over about 15 minutes this really opened up. Flavors of plum, raisin, prune, cherry and ends with a earthy note. Ends with a finish of about 20 seconds that echos with raisin and herb. I was skeptical of the rating at first but after that 15 minute period it really started to sing.

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White - Sparkling

NV Baron Albert Champagne Brut Tradition

Champagne Blend more

2/5/2016 - slywka7 wrote: 88 points

Took a little while to open up. Aromas of lime, saline and slate. Lots of good bubbles on this with flavors of mineral, lime, sour dough and yeast. Nice for the money.

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Red

2013 Roots Run Deep Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Educated Guess

Napa Valley more

1/30/2016 - slywka7 wrote: 90 points

Having steak so figured I'd try this again. Aromas of blackberry, cherry, espresso and herbs. Drinking for 45 minutes and didn't really open up like last week. Flavors of blackberry, cherry, plum and a touch of earth and iron. Website says this has some Beckstoffer fruit in it. This is certainly a great Napa can for the money.

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Red

2013 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape Télégramme

Red Rhone Blend more

1/23/2016 - slywka7 wrote: 91 points

Tasted blind. This wine really had me stumped. Too light to be a Cabernet or Shiraz, I pegged it as a Pinot Noir but that was way off. Nose of cherry pie, herbs and strawberry led to big flavors of cherry pie, herb, earth and strawberry. I gotta start drinking more of these because I always enjoy them but pass them over for some reason.

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White

2014 Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc

Marlborough more

1/23/2016 - slywka7 wrote: 90 points

Tasted blind. Some confusion on this wine because it was poured twice by mistake. My notes were consistent for the flavors but the wine changed a bit so I had it pegged as a Riesling first then switched to a Sauvignon Blanc on the second tasting. Nose of peach, citrus and kiwi led to flavors of peach, mineral kiwi and a tad of grapefruit. I had it pegged from California because the grapefruit was not overwhelming like typical New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs. Was kind of shocked when the bag came off.

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Red

2013 Roots Run Deep Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Educated Guess

Napa Valley more

1/23/2016 - slywka7 wrote: 90 points

Tasted blind. First time having this wine. Nose of blackberry, cherry, herb and rose petals. This led to flavors of cherry, blackberry, currant and vanilla. Ended with a decent 15 second finish with soft tannins. Upon re-tasting this really kicked it up a notch. Impressive Napa Cabernet for the money!

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Red

2011 Quinta do Vallado Douro Reserva

Red Blend more

1/23/2016 - slywka7 Likes this wine: 94 points

Tasted blind. Decanted for 1 hour. Nose of plum, blackberry, spice and boysenberry. Took some time to open up because it was really closed down when opened it. On the palate this had the most structure of any wine with flavors of plum, iron, boysenberry, earth, herb and mineral. Ended with a long finish of about 30 seconds. Got better throughout the night as well. My wine of the night.

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Red

2013 Hamilton Russell Vineyards Pinot Noir

Hemel-en-Aarde Valley more

1/22/2016 - slywka7 wrote: 94 points

Popped and poured. Nose of cherry tart, earth, mushroom and strawberry. I even get a floral thing going on as well. On the palate, flavors of sour cherry, earth, herb, anise and a touch of raspberry. The Hamilton Russell Pinot's are the closest thing I have had to Burgundy outside of France and it is better than a lot of Premier Cru's that I have had for less than $40 no less. This is such a find!

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Red

NV Marietta Cellars Old Vine Red Lot Number 62

California Red Blend more

1/17/2016 - slywka7 wrote: 90 points

Nose of raspberry, blueberry and bramble berry. On the palate, flavors of raspberry, sour cherry, blueberry and a hint of pepper. I've had this before but this is by far the best showing yet. Perhaps it needed some time.

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Red

2010 Château de Haute-Serre Cahors

Malbec Blend, Malbec more

1/16/2016 - slywka7 Likes this wine: 93 points

Popped and poured. Nose is really jumping out of the glass on this with aromas of mulberry, plum, licorice and vanilla. Would not think this is French to be honest. This is a lot better than I remember it with flavors of plum, cherry, raspberry, spice and rhubarb. Packs a lot of flavor, after all it is a Malbec, but still is decidedly French. Sorry this is my last bottle. The difference between this bottle and the others I have had is night and day.

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Red

2012 Soléna Pinot Noir Grande Cuvée

Willamette Valley more

1/15/2016 - slywka7 wrote: 88 points

Pop and pour. Aromas of green tea, cherry, strawberry and flowers. Lot of legs on this but the bottle says 13.5%. This has flavors of green tea, earth, herb, rhubarb and raspberry. Started to get more interesting with more time but this needs time. Very Burgundian.

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Red

2013 Concha y Toro Cabernet Sauvignon Marqués de Casa Concha

Puente Alto more

1/8/2016 - slywka7 wrote: 90 points

Popped and poured. Took a few minutes to really show something. Aromas of blackberry, cherry, earth and flowers. On the palate, flavors of blackberry, olive, game, iron and herb. Ends with a finish of about 20 seconds but ends with a more earthy, gamy theme. Nice wine but not in the same league as the great 2011.

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Red

2013 Real Companhia Velha Douro Porca de Murça

Red Blend more

1/1/2016 - slywka7 wrote: 90 points

This took a few minutes to open up. Aromas of mulberry, plum, coffee and boysenberry. Some of these Portuguese wines have very distinctive noses. On the palate this had game, mulberry, raspberry and black pepper. Certainly an interesting wine with a decent finish. Fantastic for the price but really have to enjoy this style of wine or be open to something new. The average Cab or Pinot drinker may balk.

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White - Sparkling

NV Bollinger Champagne Special Cuvée Brut

Champagne Blend more

12/31/2015 - slywka7 Likes this wine: 93 points

Getting started a little early for New Year's Eve since I won't make it until Midnight. This has aromas of toast, mineral, bread dough and slate. This is a darker yellow color than I would have expected. On the palate, this is just as good as I remembered it with flavors of cream, bread dough, mineral and a citrus note. This is just a fantastic Champagne for the money and my favorite in that price range.

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Red

2012 Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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12/27/2015 - slywka7 wrote: 91 points

This was a pop and pour. Easy drinking with pure Cabernet flavors and smooth tannins. What a deal for $23.

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Red

2007 Alpha Omega Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley more

12/25/2015 - slywka7 Likes this wine: 93 points

Decanted for 1 hour. This is classic Napa Valley right here. Aromas of dusty berry, blackberry, currant, touch of earth and black cherry. This still has some tannin that would probably shed if left in the decanter longer with flavors of blackberry, cherry, currant, iron and olive. Finish goes on for 30 seconds. Beautiful pure Cabernet!

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Red

2010 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

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12/25/2015 - slywka7 Likes this wine: 92 points

Decanted for about 30 minutes. Big nose of wild cherry, cinnamon, sarsaparilla and rose petal. Really has a lot going on in the nose. More earthy than I expected on the palate with dark fruits, brown sugar, mushroom, earth and root vegetable. Strange to have such a conflicting wine and never experienced that in a KB before. Finish sailed on for about 25 seconds.

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White - Sparkling

NV Laurent-Perrier Champagne

Champagne Blend more

12/24/2015 - slywka7 wrote: 89 points

Aromas of yeast, toast and bread dough. Flavors of yeast, lime and slate. Decent champagne, not chilled long enough.

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White

2012 Chasseur Chardonnay Sonoma Coast

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12/24/2015 - slywka7 wrote: 91 points

Nose of lemon miranque, vanilla, flowers and guava. Very California esque. On the palate, this took some time to open up but once it did it had flavors of lemon pie, marshmallow, lime and mango. This could probably still use a few years years to settle down but better than the last time I had it.

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Red - Fortified

2012 Croft Porto Vintage Quinta da Roeda

Port Blend more

12/13/2015 - slywka7 Likes this wine: 94 points

Aromas of cherry, nut and kirsch liquor. Flavors of framboise liquor, melted white chocolate, chocolate covered nuts and chocolate covered cherries. Ends with a 35-40 sec finish. Very impressive vintage port that is drinking well now.

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Red

2004 Tenute Loacker Brunello di Montalcino Corte Pavone

Sangiovese more

12/13/2015 - slywka7 Likes this wine: 92 points

Decanted for 2 hours. Aromas of leather, tar, dried cherry and licorice. Definitely show my some mature notes. More tar flavors and dried raspberry, iron, earth and died cherry. A very nice, mature brunello.

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Red

2007 Chalk Hill Estate Red

Red Bordeaux Blend more

12/13/2015 - slywka7 Likes this wine: 95 points

Decanted for almost 2 hours. Aromas of blackberry, dark cherry, plum and a hint of pencil. Flavors of plum, blackberry, cherry, currant and a hint of iron. This has unbelievably smooth tannins and a finish that lasts 35 seconds. A very impressive wine and up there with any of the recent Napa wines I have had recently.

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Red

2010 Joséphine Dubois Bourgogne Grande Réserve

Pinot Noir more

12/12/2015 - slywka7 wrote: 82 points

Pretty insipid on night 1. Started to come around a little at the end. Night 2 a little better but only marginally. All earth and vegetable with very little fruit.

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