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White - Sparkling

2013 Azienda Agricola L'Armangia Moscato d'Asti Il Giai

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6/28/2015 - iByron Likes this wine: 89 points

Pale gold. White mousse. Apples and white flowers. Good acidity but given the sugar, not enough to balance a buttery brunch omelette. Go for spicier foods.

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White - Off-dry

2005 Wegeler Rüdesheimer Berg Rottland Riesling Spätlese

Rheingau more

6/26/2015 - iByron Likes this wine: 87 points

Rich gold in the glass. Red apple, white flower honey on the nose. Very rich mouthfeel. Honeyed apple and hint of mineral on the palate. Acidity is a bit low -- probably due to age -- but definitely not flabby. Spicy food is its friend.

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White

2012 Château Guiraud Le G

Bordeaux Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

6/25/2015 - iByron Likes this wine: 88 points

Medium gold in color. White flowers, orange rind, lemongrass on the nose and palate. Effects of the Sauternes barrels noted. Full body. Medium acidity. Medium, somewhat sinister finish.

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White

2013 Fess Parker Viognier

Santa Barbara County more

6/23/2015 - iByron Likes this wine: 89 points

Star bright straw gold. White flowers and green bananas on the nose and full-bodied palate. Again a bit brighter acidity than I'm used to from Fess Parker, but still a top of the line American white.

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Red

2009 Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot Indian Wells

Columbia Valley more

6/18/2015 - iByron Likes this wine: 86 points

Deep, glass-clinging ruby purple. Rich plum and glossy vanilla -- a bit more oak than I'm used to from this cuvée -- on the nose and palate. Full body. Soft tannins. Medium acidity. Probably should have been drunk younger. But still quite good.

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Red

2012 Bodega Garzón Tannat

Maldonado more

6/12/2015 - iByron Likes this wine: 88 points

Dark, glass-clinging purple. Menthol and dark fruit on the nose with something slightly meaty added on the palate. Firm tannins and medium acidity support the full mouthfeel. Nice new world interpretation of the variety. Best by 2017, but could certainly last longer.

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White

2010 Clotilde Davenne Saint-Bris

Sauvignon Blanc more

6/10/2015 - iByron Likes this wine: 87 points

Straw gold. Grassy nose; moreso than usual for this appellation. Honeyed quince and green grass on the palate. Medium acidity and medium finish. Very tasty.

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White - Sparkling

2013 Azienda Agricola L'Armangia Moscato d'Asti Il Giai

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6/5/2015 - iByron Likes this wine: 88 points

Pale gold with fine white mousse. White flowers and candied peach on the nose and palate. Medium minus acidity keeps it bright. Deliciously simple. Simply delicious.

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Red

2011 Masi Campofiorin

Veronese IGT Corvina Blend, Corvina more

6/2/2015 - iByron Likes this wine: 87 points

Ruby purple. Juicy dark red fruit and patent leather on the nose and full palate. Medium acidity and moderate tannins. Lengthy finish. Ready for food. Drink in the next five years.

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White

2012 Château Guiraud Le G

Bordeaux Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

6/1/2015 - iByron Likes this wine: 88 points

Straw gold. Caramel and white flowers on the nose. Full-bodied mouthfeel on with medium acidity. Flowers, quince, and straw on the palate. Long earthy finish. Brilliant.

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Red

2008 Citille di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino Vigna Poggio Ronconi

Sangiovese more

5/26/2015 - iByron Likes this wine: 90 points

Dark ruby garnet in the glass. Nose and palate of black cherry and black tea. Firm velvety tannins and medium plus acidity. Dark brooding finish while the tongue recovers. In a good place now.

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Red

2012 Kendall-Jackson Zinfandel Vintner's Reserve

Mendocino County more

5/19/2015 - iByron Likes this wine: 85 points

Clear bright ruby garnet. Cherry vanilla on the nose and palate. Medium body and tannins. Not bad actually.

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White

2013 Fess Parker Viognier

Santa Barbara County more

5/17/2015 - iByron Likes this wine: 89 points

Star-bright clear pale yellow. Tropical fruit and white flowers on the nose. Full-bodied mouthfeel with (surprisingly) medium acidity. Green banana and magnolia on the palate. Change to a clear bottle seems to represent a slight upping of the brightness in the wine over previous vintages. Still, tops among US single-variety whites. Enjoy now.

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Red

2011 Castello Banfi Chianti Classico Riserva

Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese more

5/15/2015 - iByron Likes this wine: 87 points

Deep transparent ruby. Tart cherry and strong tea on the nose and palate. Medium firm tannins and medium plus acidity. Dark medium finish. Great value.

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White - Sparkling

NV Moët & Chandon Champagne White Star

Champagne Blend more

5/9/2015 - iByron Likes this wine: 87 points

Beige gold in the glass. Dried apples and brioche on the nose and rich palate. Thick white mousse. Fine persistent bubbles. Classic Moët.

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Red

2010 Castello d'Albola Chianti Classico

Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese more

5/6/2015 - iByron Likes this wine: 86 points

Brilliant garnet-esque ruby. Bright cherry and faint notes of tobacco on the nose and palate. Medium plus acidity and medium tannins. Lengthy finish. Great QPR, though I prefer Riserva.

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Red

2005 Teliani Valley Saperavi Mukuzani

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4/23/2015 - iByron Likes this wine: 87 points

Transparent and vibrant ruby garnet in the glass (Riedel Veritas Old World Syrah). Savory nose of dried herbs over baked red fruit. Medium mouthfeel and medium minus acidity. Palate of baked pomegranate and rhubarb. Soft tannins on the medium finish. In a good place now. Accompanied beef stroganoff nicely.

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White

2013 Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay Indian Wells

Columbia Valley more

4/22/2015 - iByron wrote: 85 points

Straw gold in color. Butterscotch and pineapple on the nose; echoed on the rich palate. Decidedly in the California buttery style, though not as intense from a balloon glass as from a narrow coupe. Acidity is medium minus, but good for rich "white wine" foods. A cream sauce poultry dish would be ideal. Hint of spice on the lengthy finish. Drink now.

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White

2012 Elizabeth Spencer Chardonnay Mendocino

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4/21/2015 - iByron wrote: 86 points

Pale straw gold. Quince and muted tropical fruits on the nose and palate where there's a hint of oaky white pepper on the finish. Full mouthfeel, medium acidity. Very food friendly.

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Red

2011 Maison Ilan Volnay 1er Cru Les Robardelles

Pinot Noir more

4/17/2015 - iByron Likes this wine: 91 points

Vibrant ruby red in the glass. Black cherry tea and classic Pinot must on the nose, echoed on the palate with insanely smooth tannins and raging moderate acidity. Medium long finish. This stuff doesn't fight back, and it's less than four years on! Another triumph by Ray Walker!

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Red

2001 Domaine Brana Irouléguy

Tannat Blend, Tannat more

4/16/2015 - iByron Likes this wine: 89 points

Dark glass-clinging purple red. Blackberry, licorice, and leather in the nose and palate. Tannins have moderated to a downright approachable level, but still quite present. Medium long dark finish.

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Red

2006 Alberto Longo Primitivo Salento IGT

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4/5/2015 - iByron Likes this wine: 87 points

Deep garnet red. Big fruity herby nose. Medium acidity intros dark plum and brambly herbs. Full mouthfeel and medium finish.

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White - Off-dry

2007 Weingut Maximinhof Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese

Mosel Saar Ruwer more

4/2/2015 - iByron Likes this wine: 87 points

Deep gold. Shy nose, but it's very cold. Very rich on the palate. Caramel apple and anise. Medium acidity and short finish. Have had better from this vintage but very good.

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White - Sparkling

NV Tsimlyansk Wines Zimla

Konstantinovskoe White Blend more

3/26/2015 - iByron Likes this wine: 84 points

My first Russian wine. Clear beige gold, with medium short lasting quite mousse. Rustic nose of sawdust and white peppered almonds. Dried quince and old flowers -- in a good way -- on the palate with medium acidity and aggressive bubbles. Finish is somewhat slick giving more dried pome. Satisfying.

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Red

2005 Va La Vineyards Cedar

Pennsylvania Red Blend more

3/22/2015 - iByron Likes this wine: 91 points

Garnet red in the glass; slightly cloudy. Darkish red fruit on the nose. Velvety tannins intoduce red fruit and marzipan on the palate. Full body. Long, fruity earthy finish. Ten years on it's delicious!

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