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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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Red

2008 Citille di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino Vigna Poggio Ronconi

Sangiovese more

3/17/2015 - iByron Likes this wine: 90 points

Transparent garnet in the glass. Black cherry and cedar on the nose. Firm velvety tannins rule the palate of black tea and black cherry. Dark anise finish.

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Red

2012 Bodega Bouza Tannat Reserva

Montevideo more

3/13/2015 - iByron Likes this wine: 89 points

Dark red purple in the glass. Shy nose at first. Meaty dark fruit and charred vanilla on the nose. Echoed on the smoky palate intro'd by firm tannins and wrapped in good medium plus acidity. This excellent example of New World Tannat should last for several years.

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Red

2006 Wellington Vineyards Victory Reserve

Sonoma County Red Bordeaux Blend more

3/12/2015 - iByron Likes this wine: 88 points

Deep garnet purple in the glass. Nose is shy at first. Cassis and coffee on the palate. Soft tannins and medium plus acidity. Holding its own thanks to limited malolactic. A great food wine.

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White - Sparkling

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

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3/11/2015 - iByron Likes this wine: 88 points

Pale gold with white mousse. White peach and white flowers on the nose. Echoed on the palate with fine bubbles and juicy acidity. Not cloying at all. Just a fine example of the appellation. Excellent with brunch fare.

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Rosť - Sparkling

NV Treveri Cellars Limited Release Rosé Brut

Columbia Valley Rosé Blend more

3/4/2015 - iByron wrote: 88 points

Vivid pink. Strawberry and honeysuckle on the nose. Strawberry, watermelon, and light floral on the palate.

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Rosť - Sparkling

NV Andre Beaufort Champagne Rosé Demi-Sec

Pinot Noir more

3/4/2015 - iByron Likes this wine: 88 points

Deep salmon color reveals a bit of bottle age. Fine bubbles and short-lived mousse. Very shy nose when chilled. Rather light mouthfeel for a demi-sec. Ripe cantaloupe and a bit of brioche toast. Not much of a finish, but you're not drinking this for the finish.

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White - Sparkling

2010 Causse Marines Gaillac Preambulles

Mauzac more

2/17/2015 - iByron Likes this wine: 89 points

Cloudy beige gold. Tiny bubbles. Blousy nose of dried quince and mushroom. Palate like chewing dried quince and a Popsicle stick at the same time with some spice and flat menthol in the finish. Bites you back like a good wine from Le Sud-Ouest should. Verdict: delicious.

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White

2008 Château Doisy-Daëne Grand Vin Sec

Bordeaux Sauvignon Blanc more

2/13/2015 - iByron Likes this wine: 89 points

Deep Straw gold. Orange blossom and honeycomb on the nose. Medium-light body. Explosive palate of orange fruit and green straw. Mouthwatering acidity deftly cloaked in a creamy finish. Awesome with and in chicken and cream sauce.

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Rosť

2014 Domaine Maby Tavel Rosé Prima Donna

Red Rhone Blend more

2/12/2015 - iByron Likes this wine: 88 points

Deep, bright red in the glass. Bosomy fruity nose of maraschino strawberry and Juicy Fruit gum. Drier than the nose suggests, but with a full palate that echoes. Solid acidity. Was a but, dare I say it, austere upon opening. Much more approachable after a day. Tavel is the rosé that some folks age. Would be interested in tasting this in five years or so.

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Red

2007 Fattoria Tregole Chianti Classico Riserva Castellina

Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese more

2/8/2015 - iByron Likes this wine: 87 points

Dark purple (transparent) in the glass. Nose and palate of black cherry tea. Firm tannins that soften to stiff velvet with air. Still some time but great with Tuscan fare now.

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