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2013 Littorai Pinot Noir Hirsch Vineyard

Sonoma Coast more

5/20/2015 - Burgundy Al wrote: NR

Tasting, brief note. Red and black cherry comes across as lean and stylish with elegant tannins. My favorite of the three cuvees served.

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2013 Littorai Pinot Noir Mays Canyon

Russian River Valley more

5/20/2015 - Burgundy Al wrote: NR

Tasting, brief note. Cross-section of cherry aromas and flavors with more energy and structure vs the Pivot. I like the background spice. Better in a few years.

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2013 Littorai Pinot Noir The Pivot Vineyard

Sonoma Coast more

5/20/2015 - Burgundy Al wrote: NR

Tasting, brief note. Red cherry aromas followed by red berry and cherry flavors. Slightly floral and spice-driven in a slightly forward package.

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2006 Domaine Camus-Bruchon & Fils Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Les Gravains

Pinot Noir more

5/23/2015 - Burgundy Al wrote: 86 points

Rugged red fruit with plenty of earth and tannins. This has a level of concentration I enjoy, but is slightly awkward right now.

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2009 I Pentri Kerres Beneventano IGT

Piedirosso more

5/23/2015 - Burgundy Al wrote: 87 points

Much like my first bottle from a year ago, just slightly less fresh, but more rounded. Good now, I wouldn't hold this much longer.

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2012 Rivers-Marie Cabernet Sauvignon Panek Vineyard

St. Helena more

5/22/2015 - Burgundy Al wrote: 91 points

Opulent and slightly jammy, this is all about forward, ripe black fruit with subtle spice and background structure. Good now, but I'd expect it better and more nuanced in a few years.

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2007 Domaine Dujac Clos de la Roche

Clos de la Roche Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

5/21/2015 - Burgundy Al wrote: 92 points

Burgundy Dinner with a Friend (Spiaggia - Chicago IL): Forward red berry and cherry aromas and flavors. Open an hour before served, the spice, perfume and density improved with more time in glass. Very good now.

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2007 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Bonnes Mares

Bonnes Mares Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

5/21/2015 - Burgundy Al wrote: 91 points

Burgundy Dinner with a Friend (Spiaggia - Chicago IL): Good red cherry with spice hints and an emerging earthiness. Lighter styled for Bonnes Mares, this is prototypically 2007 in its forward character.

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1999 Domaine Robert Arnoux / Arnoux-Lachaux Romanée St. Vivant

Romanée St. Vivant Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

5/21/2015 - Burgundy Al wrote: 95 points

Burgundy Dinner with a Friend (Spiaggia - Chicago IL): First time I can ever recall trying this wine and it is stunning. Bright red fruit with intense baking spice. Layers of evolving flavors with great concentration. Unmistakably Vosne from the very first sniff and then unmistakably Grand Cru from the first taste. Great now, but with the bones to cellar for another decade or two.

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2001 Domaine Robert Arnoux / Arnoux-Lachaux Romanée St. Vivant

Romanée St. Vivant Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

5/21/2015 - Burgundy Al wrote: 91 points

Burgundy Dinner with a Friend (Spiaggia - Chicago IL): Maturing red cherry and berry with lots of baking spice. Excellent when first poured. Modest structure. Still very nice after an hour+ in glass, but much less interesting.

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2006 François Raveneau Chablis Grand Cru Valmur

Chardonnay more

5/21/2015 - Burgundy Al wrote: 95 points

Burgundy Dinner with a Friend (Spiaggia - Chicago IL): Green apple and lemon aromas with floral hints. Ripe and intense apple and pear flavors with great oystershell and mineral character throughout. Very long and energetic with some lemon and lemon peel at the finish. This is an '06 with lots of life going forward.

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2008 Domaine Leflaive Chevalier-Montrachet

Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay more

5/21/2015 - Burgundy Al wrote: 94 points

Burgundy Dinner with a Friend (Spiaggia - Chicago IL): This had been open ~30 minutes before I was served. Reserved aromatics to start, with floral, spice and ripe orchard fruit emerging with more time in glass. Similar flavor profile that also unfolded and expanded with more air. While the flavors and aromas are in the forefront, great textures and energy are equally outstanding. are This is just a baby with great upside potential from here.

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2013 Gros Ventre Pinot Noir

Sonoma Coast more

5/20/2015 - Burgundy Al wrote: NR

Tasting, brief note. Red cheery and some berry in a lean style I tend to like, but here it comes across as slightly one dimensional. An interesting contrast to the Sonoma Coast just tasted. I am sure this wine expresses it site well, but I don't necessarily find that expression making for a better overall wine.

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2013 Gros Ventre Pinot Noir

Sonoma Coast more

5/20/2015 - Burgundy Al wrote: NR

Tasting, brief note. Good cross-section of berry aromas and flavors with subtle spice and good, sneaky textures. Forward and enjoyable now. I'm not sure where this retails, but a very good Pinot if around $40.

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2012 Gros Ventre Pinot Noir First Born

Sonoma Coast more

5/20/2015 - Burgundy Al wrote: NR

Tasting, brief note. This is a fat, forward and fleshy wine showcasing lots of berries, with hints of baking spice and a faint trace of cherry cola. Good now, but with structure to cellar well for several years.

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2013 Freeman Pinot Noir Akiko's Cuvée

Sonoma Coast more

5/20/2015 - Burgundy Al wrote: NR

Tasting, brief note. Similar profile to the Sonoma Coast just tasted, again showing black berry and cherry, but with enhanced spice and concentration, providing more nuance and elegance. Good balance and good overall.

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2013 Freeman Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

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5/20/2015 - Burgundy Al wrote: NR

Tasting, brief note. Very tasty, slightly simple with plenty of Black cherry and berry and good overall balance, just displaying some heat at the end.

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2011 Flowers Pinot Noir Sea View Ridge

Sonoma Coast more

5/20/2015 - Burgundy Al wrote: NR

Tasting, brief note. Red berry aromas and flavors woth good background spice. Slightly leaner than most with good structure and textures. Firm for now, give this another year or three.

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2012 Flowers Chardonnay Camp Meeting Ridge

Sonoma Coast more

5/20/2015 - Burgundy Al wrote: NR

Tasting, brief note. Green apple and lemon in a leaner style with good structure and energy. Moderate weight. Very fresh and refreshing, this should also age gracefully for 5+ years.

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2013 Ceritas Pinot Noir Elliott Vineyard

Sonoma Coast more

5/20/2015 - Burgundy Al wrote: NR

Tasting, brief note. All red cherry in a lean, elegant style. Today I found it to come across as slightly angular, but like the potential.

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2011 Cave des Amandiers Humagne Rouge

Valais Red Blend more

5/20/2015 - Burgundy Al wrote: 90 points

I rarely get to enjoy a good Humagne, but tonight was the night. Comes across as a lighter styled northern Rhone to me. Black berries with hints of black pepper and dried herb aromas. Similar flavor profile, perhaps slightly more fruit-driven. Very good length. A wonderful Garagiste find.

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2011 Soliste Cellars Chardonnay L'Age D'Or

Russian River Valley more

5/19/2015 - Burgundy Al wrote: NR

Lemon, lemon peel, line aromas. Some lemon on palate along with apple and pear with modest spice, good balance and moderate intensity. Very easy, elegant finish with a fun pop of energy.

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2013 Soliste Cellars Pinot Noir Narcisse

Sonoma Coast more

5/20/2015 - Burgundy Al wrote: 90 points

Fresh mostly red fruit with lots of energy. Very vibrant with good textures and nuance. Moderate concentration. Very good already with the substance to cellar well.

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2012 Domaine de la Monette Mercurey Les Bourguignons

Pinot Noir more

5/19/2015 - Burgundy Al wrote: 89 points

Open an hour before serving. Lots of black fruit with a ripe, fleshy character. Modest spice with hints of some whole cluster (?). An interested, even if slightly confusing, combination of rustic and ripe elements. I won't revisit until 2017 or later.

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2009 Blain-Gagnard Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Caillerets

Chardonnay more

5/18/2015 - Burgundy Al wrote: 91 points

Slightly floral with lots of ripe apple. Faint spice with some lemon and lemon zest at finish. Very good balance and energy make me think this is just entering its peak drinking window and should drink nicely for 5+ years.

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