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White

2012 Peter Jakob Kühn Riesling Jacobus

Rheingau more

2/10/2016 - jeffal66 wrote: 86 points

Blah. Like a .240 hitter, you're not going out of your way to watch his batting practice. Nothing distinct, moderate across the board. Leaves me wishing for something to take a stance -- acid, minerals, fruit, whatever.

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Rosť

2012 Blackbird Vineyards Arriviste

Napa Valley Rosé Blend more

2/8/2016 - jeffal66 wrote: 87 points

Serviceable, less than remarkable blush. Enough oomph to face up to red sauce, mid-level fruit, some spine. A touch tannic, mineral, floral, strawberry-ish. Just a decent table rose. Drank in magnum format.

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White

2008 Jean-Philippe Fichet Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Referts

Chardonnay more

2/4/2016 - jeffal66 Likes this wine: 90 points

Spicy and lean, a boon to our meal of shrimp burritos. Just enough oak in the mix, leaving room for the fruit to play out. Stony, focused, good acid, a touch hot.

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Red

2011 Clos Pepe Estate Pinot Noir

Sta. Rita Hills more

2/2/2016 - jeffal66 wrote: 89 points

Very forward. Huge nose. On the taste buds, concentrated sour cherry, tea, cola, vanilla, mushroom. Acidic, very long finish. Furry tannins. Good, powerful wine but the forward-ness makes it one dimensional, over-rich. Paid too much $$.

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Red

2010 Colline de L'Hirondelle Corbières oiseau

Red Blend more

1/31/2016 - jeffal66 Likes this wine: 88 points

I've been taking more notice of Languedoc as of late, and this everyday drinker has an array of quality attributes: stewed cherry fruit, earth, herbs, leather, decent acidity and balance. We had ours with cold pizza and it was a fine match.

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White

2004 Lingenfelder Grosskarlbacher Burgweg Scheurebe Kabinett

Pfalz more

1/26/2016 - jeffal66 wrote: NR

Sadly, very little left. Squashed soul of a Riesling: grapefruit and lemon traces, flat on acid, quite muddied in flavor. Unsure if age or improper storage got to this one (I just picked it up from Garagiste). No rating.

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White

2007 Les Héritiers du Comte Lafon Mâcon-Milly-Lamartine Clos du Four

Chardonnay more

1/23/2016 - jeffal66 Likes this wine: 90 points

Yes, likely oxidized but enjoyable. Served slightly chilled, it's nutty, mineral and moderately acidic. Good length. Expressive and balanced. Very good with a roasted chicken dinner with Provencial herbs. A good value at $19. Drink now.

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Red

2012 Matias Pinot Noir Ferrington Vineyard

Anderson Valley more

1/18/2016 - jeffal66 wrote: 86 points

There's a certain intensity here that that turns me off. Earthy-cherry, spicy, herbal, decent acid, moderately fragrant. But there's a prominent bitter, medicinal edge that doesn't agree with me. Maybe it's this bottle but it's pretty aggressive, and creates some imbalance. Food does help the condition.

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Red

2009 Château Gigognan Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend more

1/14/2016 - jeffal66 Likes this wine: 91 points

Intense, concentrated and rich. With 2 hours of air, more balance takes hold -- though it's certaimly a New World model. Quite extracted. Bold tannins, herbs, green notes, decent acidity. Moderate Rhone flavor characteristics, taste bud-pummeling intensity, long finish. Would like to see what 5 more years would do to calm its bones.

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White - Off-dry

2011 Emil Reichart Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese

Mosel Saar Ruwer more

1/12/2016 - jeffal66 wrote: 84 points

Flabby and sweet. Petrol nose, full of honey, white fruit and some rocky finish. But that's all that's going on. Some acidity would have saved some of the experience. Screw top.

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Red

2010 Shalestone Synergy

Finger Lakes Red Blend more

1/9/2016 - jeffal66 Likes this wine: 91 points

Well done, very well balanced. Very. Generous nose, earth, spicy fruit, leather, healthy tannins. Needs plenty of air. In fact, it got better on the third day. Moderate acid. I think this bottle will be exceptional in a couple years.

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Red

2010 Jemrose Gloria's Gem

Bennett Valley Syrah Blend, Syrah more

1/2/2016 - jeffal66 Likes this wine: 92 points

Rich and concentrated, but more than that. Terrific balance, good acidity and great length. Black and blue fruit (and red, too, I think), light vanilla, earth, spice, leather, herbs. A fine Cali blend that holds up well over the the course of days.

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Red

2008 Miner Family Cabernet Sauvignon Stagecoach Vineyard

Napa Valley more

12/31/2015 - jeffal66 Likes this wine: 89 points

Red heavy. Tart edge on this bad boy. Moderate tannin.

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White

2009 Domdechant Werner Hochheimer Hölle Riesling Kabinett

Rheingau more

12/28/2015 - jeffal66 wrote: 84 points

Not great. Petrol aroma, somewhat sour on the palate, with plenty of apple, quince, spice. A bit disjointed on the flavor delivery, low acidity and flabby. Kind of a mess.

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Red

2012 Le Clos des Grillons Côtes du Rhône Les Terres Blanches

Red Rhone Blend more

12/23/2015 - jeffal66 Likes this wine: 88 points

Light and rustic. A good table wine, nothing more or less

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Rosť

2014 La Bastide Blanche Bandol Rosé

Rosé Blend more

12/19/2015 - jeffal66 Likes this wine: 91 points

I found this bottle to contain more pure force, a bundle of rose energy. A small burst of strawberry fruit, impressive intensity and balance. Bundled with herbs and minerality, a fast-sipping starter wine for our evening. Served closer to room temp. Drinking exceptionally well at the moment.

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Red

2007 Maison Arnoux & Fils Vacqueyras Seigneur de Lauris

Red Rhone Blend more

12/18/2015 - jeffal66 Likes this wine: 90 points

Stewed fruit (cherry!), herbs, earth. Great, deep color and inviting nose. Refined, mid-intensity with decent spice, acidity and sustain. Needs about an hour in air. Drink now.

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White

2012 Sybille Kuntz Riesling trocken

Mosel Saar Ruwer more

12/14/2015 - jeffal66 wrote: 86 points

Hints of petrol on the nose. Lacking acidity and fairly flat. Light spice (white pepper) on the moderate finish. Simply not sharp, uninspired.

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White - Sparkling

2009 Mumm Napa Blanc de Blancs

Napa Valley Chardonnay more

12/12/2015 - jeffal66 Likes this wine: 91 points

Consistent with previous notes. Just wish I'd shared it with company who better appreciated the quality. My fault.

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Red

2012 Pali Wine Co. Pinot Noir Riviera

Sonoma Coast more

12/11/2015 - jeffal66 wrote: 86 points

First of all, hot. Can't get past the 14.5% ABV, which kind of dominates the glassful. An upfront creamy cherry thing submits to a sharp mid palate of aforementioned heat and acidity, and a shortish finish. Some good elements but they disjoint and fall short of very good. Hot mess? Not fully but I can see how the PLCB got its mitts on this one.

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Red

2009 Martinelli Syrah Lolita Ranch

Russian River Valley more

12/9/2015 - jeffal66 wrote: NR

Meh. Perhaps a little bottle shock from travel (it arrived a couple days ago) but overall a big and brooding wine with little distinction. Mocha and red fruit, but muddy and wholly undistinguished against a 2001 Cote-Rotie. Comparisons are a bitch but all's fair in the wine game. Especially when you're spending north of $35.

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Red

2012 Atlas Peak Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley more

12/7/2015 - jeffal66 wrote: 86 points

Typical. Nothing special here, just down the middle Cab with biggish dark fruit, lots of initial vanilla, some spice and moderate intensity. Good length on the finish. A touch of flab, lacking distinguishing attributes.

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Red

2010 Sheldrake Point Meritage Reserve

Cayuga Lake Red Bordeaux Blend more

12/4/2015 - jeffal66 Likes this wine: 90 points

Great vintage for FLX and it shows here. Rich with chocolate and dark fruits, good concentration, body and moderate finish. A touch of green pepper, spice. Good producer, Sheldrake.

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Red

NV Flora Springs Gamut

Napa Valley Red Blend more

11/29/2015 - jeffal66 Likes this wine: 89 points

Straight up and dependable. Thick with fruit, some spice, good length. Some alcohol heat. Very good for the money.

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Rosť

2014 La Bastide Blanche Bandol Rosé

Rosé Blend more

11/27/2015 - jeffal66 Likes this wine: 90 points

A substantial rose, significant body and full flavor. Floral, watermelon, strawberry, herbal. Juicy and lengthy. Some grippy tannic action, too.

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