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2012 Cascina Chicco Langhe Nebbiolo

Langhe DOC more

11/26/2014 - markjanes Likes this wine: 87 points

very pretty wine.

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2010 Bruno Giacosa Barbera d'Alba

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11/26/2014 - markjanes Does not like this wine: 86 points

i think i was probably too hard on this wine... it is a very good wine even though i don't care for the style that much.

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2012 Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County

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11/17/2014 - markjanes Likes this wine: 86 points

good notes below... a light handed cali pinot (light color, no cola aromas) that is well balanced and light on its feet... lacks depth of flavor and length of finish to be above "good," but there is good QPR here. drink now or over the next year.

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White

2013 Pieropan Soave Classico

Garganega more

11/16/2014 - markjanes Likes this wine: 85 points

straw yellow. low aromatics with soft leafy citrus and apple... no new oak, no malo, no significant lees contact. on the palate dry, high acidity, low to moderate weight, slight phenolic bitterness at end. very nice wine, very garganega. drink now.

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2010 Evening Land Vineyards Pouilly-Fuissé Étoile

Chardonnay more

11/5/2014 - markjanes Likes this wine: 88 points

straw yellow color... aromatically the wine has subtle stone fruits, apple... a strong background note of minerality... subtle malo smells, subtle oak. on the palate high acidity, fleshy midpalate, low to moderate alcohol. very well balanced wine with good length and intensity, ok complexity. wine has finesse, a fine texture, great expression of place. for the $21 i paid for the wine it is extremely good value... plenty of stuffing, very true to place, very focused, very balanced. was better on the 2nd and 3rd day it was open so give it air. drink now or next 1-2 years.

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NV Collecapretta Rosso da Tavolo Umbria IGT

Sangiovese more

11/4/2014 - markjanes Likes this wine: 89 points

cloudy, very low depth of color, ruby rim showing low extraction. aromatically lots of orange peel, cherry, earthy smells... no new oak. on the palate high acidity, moderate midpalate depth, lots and lots of gritty tannins, low to moderate alcohol. well balanced wine with good length, great intensity, good complexity. wine has ok finesse, a very firm texture, good expression of place. a well made, natural wine that is quite distinctive and pretty. drink with food now or give it 2-4 for hard elements in wine to integrate.

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2012 Fabien Jouves Vin de Table Français You fuck my wine

Jurançon Noir more

11/4/2014 - markjanes Likes this wine: 87 points

deep color, ruby rim. aromatically stony dark fruits, plums, some forest floor, no new oak i can pick up. on the palate high acidity, moderate amount of midpalate weight, very few tannins, low to moderate alcohol. good balance, average length, good intensity, ok complexity. wine isn't really a finesse driven wine, a fresh and moderately fleshy texture. overall a very distinctive and well made wine... drink now.

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2012 Domaine Guion Bourgueil Cuvée Prestige

Cabernet Franc more

11/4/2014 - markjanes Likes this wine: 86 points

very light color, minimal extraction. aromatically very pretty wine with lots of red fruit, cab franc spice, brett... no new oak. on the palate the wine has high acidity, low midpalate weight, moderate amount of firm, underripe tannins, low alcohol. wine is a bit firm balance wise, ok length, good aromatic intensity, ok complexity. wine has good finesse, a fresh and firm texture, good expression of place. the 012's are light wines to be sure... this is a pretty one that lacks some depth. drink now or in the next couple years.

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2012 Jolie-Laide Rossi Ranch

Sonoma County Grenache Blend, Grenache more

11/3/2014 - markjanes Likes this wine: 92 points

deeply colored, purple rim showing moderate extraction efforts. aromatically very expressive and very primary with numerous red and dark fruit aromas... plenty of spice. on the palate the wine has moderate acidity, nice flesh on the midpalate, soft and ripe tannins that are already well integrated. wine has very good balance, good length, great intensity, ok complexity... wine isn’t particularly full of finesse but is far from clumsy for what it is... a really nice and plush but fresh texture... good expression of place and style. i loved this wine... ripe and fruity with great clarity and definition of fruit aromas... great texture... this isn’t a "classic" or “extraordinary” wine in the more traditional sense... however, all of the parts fit the wine and do so with great charm.

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2012 Matthiasson Refosco

Napa Valley more

11/2/2014 - markjanes Likes this wine: 90 points

tasted blind... moderate depth of color, ruby rim. aromatically plums, mixed black berries, lots of minerals... nutty and stony. on the palate very fresh with high acidity, medium amount of palate weight, minimal tannins, low to moderate alcohol. very well balanced wine with good length, very good intensity, ok complexity. good finesse, a really fine texture, expresses a new world italian kind of thing well. this is a very distinctive wine... very well made... a lot of fun to drink.... i thought it was a ripe new world style barbera from italy... drink now.

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2006 Lioco Pinot Noir Michaud

Chalone more

11/2/2014 - markjanes wrote: NR

ugh... compared to the last bottle i had i'd add tired and past its prime to this one...

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2011 Domaine de Bellivière Coteaux du Loir Le Rouge-Gorge

Pineau d'Aunis more

11/2/2014 - markjanes Likes this wine: 87 points

very light color, very minimal extraction. aromatically lots of green and pepper aromas, some floral red fruits, no oak i can pick up on, some background minerality. on the palate high acidity, lightish midpalate, surprisingly firm tannins, low alcohol. balanced wine with good length, intensity, and complexity. lots of finesse, firmish texture, good expression of place. overall a very pretty, light, simple wine that is a bit overpriced i’d say. drink now.

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White

2013 Lieu Dit Melon de Bourgogne Melón

Santa Ynez Valley more

11/2/2014 - markjanes Likes this wine: 88 points

straw green rim... aromatically fruit driven with pear and melon... no new oak, no malo aromas, no real lees. on the palate dry, high acidity, full midpalate, low alcohol. great balance, ok length, good intensity, low complexity... wine has finesse, a nice, round texture, good expression of place. i really liked this wine a lot... well made, distinctive, charming... drink now.

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2011 Michel & Stéphane Ogier Syrah La Rosine

Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes more

11/2/2014 - markjanes Likes this wine: 87 points

I like derek darth's note below... this wine is true to the vintage, simple and likeable without a ton of depth or structure... this is a very good wine in the context of the vintage and northern rhone and very good value.

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2010 Sonoma Coast Vineyards Chardonnay Antonio Mountain Vineyard - Aria Block

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10/31/2014 - markjanes Likes this wine: 89 points

this was a big surprise... clear, straw yellow. aromatically citrus and new oak... malo is in the background but present. on the palate very acidic, moderate palate weight with some definite lees contact, low alcohol. balanced wine, good length, very good intensity, ok complexity, wine has finesse, a very fine texture,, great expression of faith. great ringer for a wooded, extracted chablis.

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2009 Domaine du Vissoux / Pierre-Marie Chermette Fleurie Les Garants

Gamay more

10/31/2014 - markjanes Likes this wine: 89 points

dark color, reddish rim. aromatically prunish dark and red fruits... lots of minerals, some hints of spice from oak. on the palate the wine has good acidity, a lot of fresh and sap on the midpalate, a moderate amount of firm tannins... moderate alcohol. this is a great wine... very serious beaujolais... i would’ve put this blind in a rustic burgundy village. great stuff if not very “fleurie”

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2004 Poliziano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Vigna Asinone

Sangiovese more

10/31/2014 - markjanes Likes this wine: 91 points

this was lovely and clearly at its peak... classic aged sangiovese aromas, well integrated new french oak... was very impressive. drink now.

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White

2012 Dirty and Rowdy Sémillon

Yountville more

10/31/2014 - markjanes Likes this wine: 85 points

cloudy, very aromatic with that natural yeast bretty smell... lots of skin aromas... citrus, very herbal... no new oak... no obvious malo. on the palate very fresh with high acidity, moderate midpalate weight. balanced wine, good length, good intensity, ok complexity. wine has finesse a fine texture, not really very semillon to me. this is a very unique and distinctive wine... it feels underripe and the “natural” fermentation smells are a bit strong for me... people will either love it or hate it i suspect. drink now.

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2011 Domaine Fourrier Gevrey-Chambertin Aux Echezeaux Vieille Vigne

Pinot Noir more

10/31/2014 - markjanes Likes this wine: 92 points

really aromatic and open... minimal new oak... very clear flavors that are very well defined and true to place... great balance. one of the better village level burgundy reds in some time. beautiful. drinking well now but will improve next 2-4.

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2013 Teutonic Wine Company Pinot Meunier Borgo Pass Vineyard

Willamette Valley more

10/31/2014 - markjanes Likes this wine: 86 points

very, very light color showing very light extraction techniques... aromatically moderately intense with red fruits, minerals, some smokiness.. no new oak. on the palate high acidity, low palate weight, minimal tannins, low alcohol. balanced wine with shortish length, good intensity, ok complexity. wine has really nice finesse, a fine, friendly texture, good expression of place. really nice wine in a very subtle, light, aromatic stye.

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2013 Teutonic Wine Company Pinot Noir Bergspitze (white label) Laurel Vineyard

Chehalem Mountains more

10/29/2014 - markjanes Likes this wine: 87 points

very, very light color showing very, very light extraction. aromatically subtle with red fruits, minerals, subtle floral aromas. on the palate high acidity, a very light midpalate weight, very few tannins, very low alcohol. very well balanced wine, shortish length, ok intensity, average complexity. wine has wonderful finesse, a very fine, light texture, speaks very clearly to its place and style. obviously this is a very light style of pinot... no sap, no dark fruits, no oak spice... a very, very cool climate expression of the grape done in a really nice way.

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White

2013 Scholium Project VLV Bokisch Ranches

Lodi Verdelho more

10/27/2014 - markjanes Likes this wine: 87 points

clear, citrus and floral notes.... no oak or malo i could pick up. on the palate high acidity with more viscosity than i would guess on the nose. balanced wine with ok length and intensity, good complexity. wine has finesse, a firmish texture. this is a distinctive, well made, moderately aromatic fresh white wine that would be great for 15-20 USD... at 40 it is way overpriced.

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2007 Rhys Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard

Santa Cruz Mountains more

10/27/2014 - markjanes Likes this wine: 91 points

this was drinking quite well from a few years ago... quite dark in appearance, dark fruits, integrated spices, minerality, forest floor. on the palate the wine has quite a bit of tannic structure from oak and stems that has integrated quite nicely. close to, or at its peak. great wine.

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2002 Château d'Armailhac

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

10/10/2014 - markjanes Likes this wine: 90 points

xavier's note below is spot on i'd say... very nice, classically styled bordeaux that is drinking great right now.

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2012 Catherine et Pierre Breton Chinon Beaumont

Cabernet Franc more

10/7/2014 - markjanes Likes this wine: 84 points

very light wine that is very subtle

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