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White

2007 Schmitges Rivaner

Mosel Saar Ruwer more

1/21/2014 - markjahnke wrote: NR

Drink up...drinking window was a couple years ago on this wine....

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White

2008 Stefania Chardonnay Chaine d' Or Vineyard

Santa Cruz Mountains more

12/3/2013 - markjahnke wrote: flawed

Cork soaked through about half way through and the wine was oxidized beyond drinkability. And of course I didn't have another one cold. BOO!

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Red

2009 Congruence Zinfandel

Dry Creek Valley more

5/27/2012 - markjahnke wrote: 92 points

Another kill bottle. Perfect with a Delorenzo's Tomatoe Pie!

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White

2005 Kistler Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard

Carneros more

5/27/2012 - markjahnke wrote: 93 points

Aging nicely and perfect with crab legs. Will check in on it in another 2 years

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Red

2007 Wedell Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills

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3/11/2012 - markjahnke wrote: 92 points

Classic Santa Rita Hills Pinot noir, with that Santa Rita Hills nose and sweet fruit that I absolutely love! Formal notes to come!

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Red

2007 Ghost Horse Cabernet Sauvignon Shadow

Napa Valley more

3/9/2012 - markjahnke wrote: 91 points

This wine is starting to come around from when I first had it a year ago. Formal notes to come.

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Red

2003 Celler de Capçanes Montsant Vall del Calàs

Red Blend more

3/7/2012 - markjahnke wrote: NR

Odd blend of merlot and tempranillo. Popped and poured drinking nicely, but continued to evolve in the glass over the course of 2 hours. Definitely some life ahead of this wine. Formal notes to come. Perfect pizza wine...

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Red

2000 Château Franc-Maillet

Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend more

3/3/2012 - markjahnke wrote: 91 points

This is drinking very well, and again, a very solid QPR. Wish I could still afford to buy these buy the case. Popped and poured with nice fruit, and this stood up nicely to some big hitters tonight. This could definitely use a couple hours in the decanter to give it a chance to open up. By the end of the night however, it was singing. Formal notes to come!

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White

2007 Auteur Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard

Carneros more

3/3/2012 - markjahnke wrote: 91 points

Drinking very well right now, but could quite possibly get better. Popped and poured blind, and threw many people for a loop where they couldn't guess what it was. Formal notes to come.

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Red

2008 Loring Wine Company Pinot Noir Aubaine Vineyard

Arroyo Grande Valley more

2/24/2012 - markjahnke wrote: NR

Twist off and poured this tonight while waiting on some Chinese delivery for the first Friday of Lent. Something big, that could stand up to garlic sauce and other Asian delights was in order, and this seemed to fit the bill. Nice dark purple color in the glass, with a nice nose of black fruits. The first thing however I noticed was the hint of tea on the nose. It came through plain as day, and this was the first thing that I noticed. There was also some blackberry and prune on the nose, with a hint of raisin. The nose was definitely not what I expected, but as this opened up, I got nice hints of raspberry, and strawberry, with some star anise, baking spices, and more black tea. On the palate, this was a bit tart for the first 15 minutes, but as it opened up, it became a great wine. It seemed very tame and balanced compared to Loring's of the past, and that is neither a bad thing, or a good thing. All I can say is that I LOVE Brian's wines! On the palate, some nice black cherry and strawberry dominate. The plum/raisin disappeared fast thankfully, and more lush raspberry came through. This didn't seem nearly as big or ripe as some of the other wines Brian produces, and just seemed to be in good balance. While the finish was short, it was plenty pleasant, though not overly complex. Bottom line, for the price, this was yet another great wine from the Loring team, and worked perfectly with Chinese delivery tonight. Kudos to Brian! Cheers!

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Red

2006 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Koplen Vineyard

Russian River Valley more

2/14/2012 - markjahnke wrote: NR

This is always my favorite wine from the Kosta Browne Single Vineyard Designates, and this did not disappoint on Valentine's Day, popped and poured at cellar temp, though it did have a little time to warm up in the car on the way to Lambertville. Gorgeous Kosta Browne nose with some sweet red cherry, raspberry, strawberry, and hints of baking spice. Secondary nuances included just a hint of cola, vanilla, and some floral notes of violet. On the palate, the alcohol is well integrated, and this wine is absolutely singing....singing to the point that I truly wish I had more of these in the cellar. <Sigh> Great spicy fruits of raspberry and strawberry, but the cherry is again the star here. Nice, sweet cherry fruit dominates, and it is absolutely delicious. Definitely a delicious wine, with a big mouthful. The finish shows some supple, sweet tannins, and this wine has several years left ahead of it. I can't imagine this wine getting much better, but I guess you just never know. Regardless, this hit the spot today, and was enjoyed by all! Cheers! 93 points!

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Red

2007 Auteur Pinot Noir Shea Vineyard

Willamette Valley more

2/9/2012 - markjahnke wrote: NR

It's been almost 2 years since I have checked in on this wine, the last time it showing wonderfully at a restaurant that didn't show so well, that is now out of business, but we all saw that coming. Popped and poured at cellar temp tonight, and allowed to warm up. Poured into a Riedel Grapes Syrah glass, and the nose and palate gave off nothing at all which I found very odd. That said, I poured this into a Riedel XL, gave it a few swirls, and allowed it to warm up for about 10 minutes in the glass. Call me crazy, but the glass made a magnificent difference. I know, I find it odd as well, boy what a difference it made. Gorgeous Shea fruits on the nose, with plenty of dark black fruits. Oodles of blackberry, black cherry, black raspberry, and currants, with some nice spice, pepper, and floral notes. On the palate, the raspberry dominate, with hints of blueberry, cranberry, and just a hint of cola. The alcohol has integrated nicely on this wine, and the finish though short, shows some very nice pleasantries. All in all, this has developed into a great wine, and I am happy to have more in the cellar. Kudos to Ken for another great wine! Cheers!

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Rosť

2007 Château Laulerie Bergerac Rosé

Rosé Blend more

2/5/2012 - markjahnke wrote: NR

A little prepayment vino while doing some prep work for today's snacks. Drink these up as they are getting any better. Still a good QPR, but won't be getting any better. Drink now.

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Red

2000 Château La Gomerie

St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend more

2/3/2012 - markjahnke wrote: NR

Gorgeous nose of black cherry, raspberry, spice, mocha, and anise. More black fruits on the palate with a touch of raspberry and black cherry. More mocha notes on the finish, but I can't imagine this getting any better. 100% merlot, perfectly mature, with many years ahead of it. 94 points and gorgeous!

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Red

2008 Pali Wine Co. Pinot Noir Huntington

Santa Barbara County more

1/29/2012 - markjahnke wrote: NR

Twist off and poured into a plastic Diet Pepsi bottle for a little "sumt'in sumt'in" while walking around NYC this afternoon. Formal notes to come....

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Red - Sweet/Dessert

NV Bonny Doon Vineyard Framboise

California Red Blend more

1/28/2012 - markjahnke wrote: NR

Blah....but makes for good ice cream topping...

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Red

2006 Holdredge Pinot Noir Bucher

Russian River Valley more

1/27/2012 - markjahnke wrote: 92 points

Popped and poured and just a bit cloudy, but nice cherry and strawberry fruit. This is opening up nicely in the glass and a hell of a good QPR! Very tasty for the price! Great job John!

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Red

2008 Stefania Cabernet Sauvignon Crimson Clover

Santa Clara Valley more

1/24/2012 - markjahnke wrote: 94 points

Popped and poured and absolutely amazing! Best Stefania to date, and open for business. Been a great cabernet day to say the least!

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Red

2007 Stefania Syrah Eaglepoint Ranch

Mendocino County more

1/20/2012 - markjahnke wrote: 91 points

Popped and poured for a little Friday evening nip per shower while doing my weekly cleaning. A bit of heat upon first opening that blew off with about 30 minutes of open bottle time. Notes similar to my others, and as usual and outstanding QPR! Love me some Eagle Point Ranch fruit and will miss this wine from their lineup. Still have to try the Split Rail that replaced this syrah. Happy weekend, and cheers!

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Red

2009 Benoni Pinot Noir "Cuvee W"

Russian River Valley more

1/16/2012 - markjahnke wrote: NR

Night and day difference from the last time I had this wine 6 months ago. Things have really integrated and this is some good RRV pinot noir. Nice dark black and red fruits, and the alcohol has blown off nicely. After being corked and fridged for 24 hours, this wine is really strutting it's stuff. Heck of a nice QPR.

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Red

2007 The Hess Collection 19 Block Cuvée Mt. Veeder

Red Blend more

1/14/2012 - markjahnke wrote: NR

Crazy long day, just home, needing a glass of vino. This fit the bill, but doesn't make up for missing PDH. Sigh... Cheers!

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Red

2007 Shelter Cabernet Sauvignon

Spring Mountain District more

1/13/2012 - markjahnke wrote: 88 points

Popped and poured and decanted through the Vinturi into a decanter and 1/2 immediately consumed over 2 hours. Nice black fruits on the nose and palate, but as this wine opened up it got plummy and showed raisin qualities that were not appealing. Poured 1/2 into a half bottle and will revisit tomorrow. Guessing this still needs time as it is young, but as it opened up, it was less appealing. We'll see what tomorrow brings.

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White

2007 Feudi di San Gregorio Falanghina Sannio

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1/8/2012 - markjahnke wrote: NR

For the winner winner chicken mole dinner. Second to last half bottle left...these were fun on the cheap...and came in handy. Thanks Dan!

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Red

2006 Fess Parker Pinot Noir Ashley's Vineyard

Sta. Rita Hills more

1/6/2012 - markjahnke wrote: flawed

In the decanter, but pretty sure this bottle is cooked. Makes sense given the cost from Glendale. Bummer! Bottle I got from the winery direct were gorgeous...

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Red

2006 Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend more

1/2/2012 - markjahnke wrote: 92 points

Paired nicely with Mom's Filipino BBQ ribs. 2 hour decant and this was singing. Will have to source some more. Thanks Craig!

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