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White

2008 Bjornstad Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard

Russian River Valley more

5/25/2015 - PortFanatic wrote: 92 points

I'm sorry to see Greg close the winery, so opened this to say goodbye. From a magnum. Still an excellent Chardonnay. Not falling apart at all. A nice combination of subtle California fruit and Burgundian acid / structure. Not flamboyant, but very well balanced. Excellent!

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2005 Adelaida School House Recess Red

Paso Robles Red Blend more

5/9/2015 - PortFanatic wrote: 89 points

An excellent "kitchen sink" blend. Surprisingly .. it's still young!

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Red

2001 Penny's Hill Shiraz

McLaren Vale more

5/3/2015 - PortFanatic wrote: 89 points

Purchased on release. Some oak in the nose still, but actually subtle and quite inviting. Good body, rich palate. Long finish. Not a big overblown wine, but has good balance. If you are expecting Northern Rhone you will be disappointed. Very nice for a 2001 Aussie. This has held up quite well and is not over the hill. Probably at peak. Drink up -- unless you like your wines very old. Paired with a grilled Coulotte steak, which worked very well.

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White

2013 Pride Mountain Vineyards Chardonnay Vintner's Select

Sonoma County more

4/20/2015 - PortFanatic wrote: 93 points

Really nice wine! Could use 6 months or a year to really round out the finish. This is more structured and more balanced than wines from a few years ago. Still it's a big wine (no one will think it's Chablis), but a classic California Chardonnay

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Red

2012 Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot Vintner's Select

Sonoma County more

4/20/2015 - PortFanatic wrote: 94 points

Great wine! Such amazing palate presence and texture. Rich, but well balanced by acidity. This needed a lot of air, so if you open one now you should rough decant it and give it a couple of hours.

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White - Fortified

1880 Barbeito Malvazia MBV

Madeira more

5/13/2014 - PortFanatic wrote: 100 points

From demijohn. A component of the Mae Manuela 4 year old Malvasia. Dark amber. Definitely VA. Coffee nose. Looks like espresso. Wow! Intense! Coffee. Earth. Loaded with citrus. One of the most concentrated and intense wines, but also one of the most balanced wines I've ever had. Wow! So clean for a Madeira. The intense acidity is so amazing. The first 100 points I've ever given.

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Red

2008 Carlisle Zinfandel Lingenfelder Vineyard

Russian River Valley more

3/3/2015 - PortFanatic wrote: 91 points

A very balanced Zin. Neither too big nor too ripe. Definitely Zin, but probably has a small amount of other varietals in it. Very good acidity and has held up well over several days. Delicious!!

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Red

2003 Robert Foley Petite Sirah

Napa Valley more

2/7/2015 - PortFanatic wrote: 90 points

Shockingly young. Needs lots of decant time or 5-10 more years.

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Red

2010 Chateau St. Jean Cabernet Franc St. Jean Estate Vineyard

Sonoma Valley more

12/28/2014 - PortFanatic wrote: 92 points

Another great showing. Just a super Cab franc!

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Red

2010 Chateau St. Jean Cabernet Franc St. Jean Estate Vineyard

Sonoma Valley more

12/20/2014 - PortFanatic wrote: 92 points

Wow. Showing really well. Everyone loved this!

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Red - Fortified

1963 Fonseca Porto Vintage

Port Blend more

8/13/2014 - PortFanatic wrote: 96 points

Spectacular!

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Red

2007 Vinoce Proprietary Red

Mt. Veeder Red Bordeaux Blend more

7/6/2014 - PortFanatic wrote: 91 points

I think that this is in a good spot. Drinking well. Not hot at all in the finish. Not a blockbuster wine, but quite balanced.

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White

2002 La Chablisienne Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons

Chardonnay more

8/6/2014 - PortFanatic wrote: flawed

Dead. Oxidized.

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Red - Fortified

1994 Quinta do Noval Porto Vintage Nacional

Port Blend more

7/29/2014 - PortFanatic wrote: flawed

Corked! :-(

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Red

2011 Quinta Vale D. Maria Douro

Red Blend more

6/23/2014 - PortFanatic wrote: 94 points

A tremendous wine! How can a wine be so big, yet so transparent. This really balances the line between modern and rustic. It's not afraid to have some obvious tannins. They are quite fine, but the wine isn't all polish. There is something wild in the fruit. Just a wonderful wine! This is extremely young and will show much better the second and third day.

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Red

2006 Quinta do Crasto Douro Reserva Old Vines

Red Blend more

6/1/2014 - PortFanatic wrote: 91 points

This is drinking great right now. Very smooth and not a weak wine at all. One of the few successes from the 2006 Douro vintage.

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Red

2011 Quinta do Vallado Touriga Nacional Douro

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5/29/2014 - PortFanatic wrote: 90 points

This is young. Could improve with time. I'd like to see more structure.

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White

2010 Aubert Chardonnay Larry Hyde & Sons

Carneros more

3/19/2014 - PortFanatic wrote: 93 points

Classic Aubert nose. The palate is not quite as good as some top examples (such as 2010 Lauren), but still an outstanding wine! Not as mineral in the finish as the Sonoma Coast wines, but still it's very distinctive and delicious. Wonderful mouthfeel and presence. Long finish. Soft and ready to drink now, but in now way is it at peak.

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White

2010 Aubert Chardonnay UV-SL Vineyard

Sonoma Coast more

1/31/2014 - PortFanatic wrote: 95 points

Stunning chardonnay. The nose immediately hit me. Real intensity and complexity. Toast and citrus. The palate is concentrated, but not over the top at all. Lots of lime and mineral. Very dry finish. Blind, I could have been convinced that it was French. It just isn't overtly fruity and is very terroir driven. I thought I had grabbed a 2005, but after finishing the bottle I realized it was a 2010. Wow, such a great wine! I'm blown away by this amazing wine!

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Red

2004 Littorai Pinot Noir The Haven

Sonoma Coast more

12/6/2013 - PortFanatic wrote: 95 points

A stunning bottle. So much depth and layers of complexity. This may be the best Cali Pinot I've ever had!

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Red

2008 Chateau St. Jean Cabernet Franc St. Jean Estate Vineyard

Sonoma Valley more

12/6/2013 - PortFanatic wrote: 91 points

Pop and pour. Dark ruby color. Interesting pomegranate nose. Still some obvious oak in the nose as well. Nice fruit entry. Quite structured though. Not a huge wine - it's well balance.Some nice tannins in the long finish. I like this. It's more European styled than Californian. Actually comes across as cooler climate. Could use a few years to resolve the tannins and pick up some complexity. Nice wine!

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White

2002 Bouchard Père et Fils Meursault 1er Cru Les Perrières

Chardonnay more

10/22/2013 - PortFanatic wrote: 88 points

This bottle didn't show ell. Just completed closed. Almost no nose. Palate was dull. It's not premoxed, but just boring. Too bad, the previous bottle was stunning.

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White - Sweet/Dessert

1995 Château Tirecul La Gravière Monbazillac Cuvée Madame

Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

10/18/2013 - PortFanatic wrote: 93 points

Not as great as some previous bottels, but still impressive!

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White

2012 Quinta de Soalheiro Alvarinho Soalheiro

Vinho Verde more

10/7/2013 - PortFanatic wrote: 90 points

Fresh and delicious

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Red

2005 Linne Calodo Sticks and Stones

Paso Robles Red Rhone Blend more

8/12/2013 - PortFanatic wrote: 93 points

A previous bottle showed poorly, but was purchased at auction and likely suffered some heat damage along the way. unlike that bottle, this one was purchased from the winery and was in perfect shape. It showed wonderfully! This was my last bottle. If you have this in your cellar you should start opening it up.

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