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Red

2007 Château de la Négly Coteaux du Languedoc Clos des Truffiers

Syrah more

5/23/2015 - bambam Likes this wine: 94 points

Fruit and some stems on the nose. Well balanced in the mouth. Tannins are there but in harmony with the fruit and acid. Some pepper and eucalyptus wrapped in dark berries. Drink or hold.

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Red

2009 Domaine Trapet (Jean et Jean-Louis) Chambertin

Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

5/9/2015 - bambam Likes this wine: 95 points

Drinking great right now. The thing that really stands out is the balance. This is probably one of the best balanced wine I have ever had. Fruit, tannins, and acid in perfect harmony. Color is a slightly bricking red and a little clear around the edge. Classic fruit profile of rhubarb and strawberries with some celery and earth mixed in. Served just above cellar temperature. Would a decant improve this wine? This should only get better but I would open another one in a heart beat for the right occasion.

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Red

2009 TOR Kenward Family Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Clone 337 Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard

Oakville more

4/26/2015 - bambam Likes this wine: 93 points

Not showing its best tonight. The fruit has faded some and some vegetable notes are coming through. Tannins are still firm on the back end. This seems to be going through an awkward phase right now. Hold for now.

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Red

2006 Celler Cal Pla Priorat Planots

Grenache Blend, Grenache more

4/21/2015 - bambam Likes this wine: 90 points

You smell a little alcohol on the nose. Smooth bright cherries and a soft finish. Drinking well now. I would not hold.

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Red

2006 Hartford / Hartford Court Zinfandel Russian River Valley

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4/11/2015 - bambam Likes this wine: 88 points

Plum and candied cherries on the nose. The middle has some fading zin notes. The finish is clean but short. I would not say this is way past its prime but definitely on the back side of the hill. Drink up.

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White - Off-dry

2008 Domaine Huet Vouvray Demi-Sec Le Mont

Chenin Blanc more

4/5/2015 - bambam Likes this wine: 94 points

This was a lovely surprise tonight. Nose of red apples, lemons, and rose hips. Balance was just perfect, not overly sweet, not too acidic, just perfect. The finish was silk. This paired fantastic with chicken marsala. Huet usually has underperformed for me. This wine changes my mind.

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Red - Fortified

1999 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Port

Stags Leap District more

2/19/2015 - bambam Likes this wine: 92 points

This is drinking great now. No alcohol nose or heat anymore. Chocolate covered cherries. On the sweet side and simply yummy.

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Red

2007 Donelan Syrah Richards Family Vineyard

Sonoma Coast more

2/15/2015 - bambam Likes this wine: 93 points

On the nose faint early season blueberries when cold. As it warmed, more oak found its way in. Just outstanding balance in the mouth. Blueberry, mushroom, and carrot parfait. The finish is bit clipped. Paired well with a nice filet mignon.

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Red

2007 Robert Foley Claret

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/13/2015 - bambam Likes this wine: 93 points

All the other notes have been right on, more Fredrick's of Hollywood than Victoria's Secret. Dark black cherries and very fruit driven but not over ripe in any way. The tannins are soft and low acid. A crowd pleaser but not award winner. It actually paired well with Ahi tuna but I agree this would not be my first choice for a large steak.

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Red

2007 Domaine Gauby Côtes du Roussillon Villages La Muntada

Red Rhone Blend more

1/10/2015 - bambam Likes this wine: 94 points

I still get nice bright strawberries in the beginning but the earthy notes are more prominent now on the finish. Tannins are still firm and this has many more years. Air time improves. Also very popular with the group.

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Red

2005 Domaine Alain Burguet Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Champeaux

Pinot Noir more

1/10/2015 - bambam Likes this wine: 94 points

This is in a really good place right now. Clear at the edges, everything has mellowed slightly but it still has great verve. Red fruit followed by some pine needles. Really lovely, it was a hit at the dinner.

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Red

2011 DuMOL Pinot Noir Russian River Valley

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1/9/2015 - bambam Likes this wine: 91 points

Young, Ripe fruit forward style with some spice in the middle. Tannins are present on the finish and this could use some time to settle down. A solid effort.

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Red

2008 Saxum Heart Stone Vineyard

Paso Robles Red Rhone Blend more

1/1/2015 - bambam Likes this wine: 92 points

A long decant is a must with this wine. Also don't serve this at cellar temp, it really wants to be warmed up. Straight out of the cellar it will be tighter than an unripe artichoke. With air it reveals raspberries, blueberries and flowers. The alcohol is noticeable on the nose when cold but not on the finish.

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Red

2009 TOR Kenward Family Wines Syrah ROCK Hommage Allan Hudson Vineyard

Napa Valley more

1/1/2015 - bambam Likes this wine: 91 points

Plums, earth, and flowers with a deft touch of oak. It carries the 13.4% alcohol well. I will say this is the smallest print I have ever seen for the alcohol content. I had to get a magnifying glass to see it?

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White

2009 Diatom Chardonnay Huber

Sta. Rita Hills more

1/1/2015 - bambam Likes this wine: 95 points

Wow, this is really lovely. In a blind tasting, I would guess Grand Cru Chablis. Great balance of fruit and acidity. It hides the alcohol better than Houdini escaping a straight jacket.

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Red

2009 Saxum James Berry Vineyard

Paso Robles Red Rhone Blend more

1/1/2015 - bambam Likes this wine: 95 points

On the nose you get blackberries, raspberries, and plums. Silky texture with a nice balanced finish. No heat. Very good.

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White

2007 Schäfer-Fröhlich Schloßböckelheimer Felsenberg Riesling trocken

Nahe more

12/28/2014 - bambam Likes this wine: 88 points

Bone dry with just the faintest hint of sweetness. Lemons and pineapples with nice acidity.

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White

2005 Stéphane Cossais Montlouis-sur-Loire Le Volagré

Chenin Blanc more

12/28/2014 - bambam Likes this wine: 92 points

Putting on weight from the bottle I had two years ago. This is drinking really nice now. Pale straw in color, lemon meringue, honey. The acidity balances it out nicely.

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White

2012 Toulouse Vineyards Gewürztraminer

Anderson Valley more

12/26/2014 - bambam Likes this wine: 87 points

Scent does not give up much. In the mouth pineapples, acacia flower, and a hint of honey. Medium firm acidity on the back end makes it finish clean.

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Red

2005 Château Troplong Mondot

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

12/26/2014 - bambam Likes this wine: 96 points

Very fruit driven right now. Blackberry, kirsch, leather dominate the palate. Tannins are still very present and this needs many more years. Give it another 10. Lots of potential here. 96+

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White

2012 Gunderloch Jean Baptiste Riesling Kabinett

Rheinhessen more

12/13/2014 - bambam Likes this wine: 87 points

Tastes of grapefruit and pear with nice acidity. Slightly over sweet for a Kabinett but not too over done.

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White

2012 Lioco Chardonnay

Alexander Valley more

12/13/2014 - bambam Likes this wine: 88 points

Pineapple and lemons in a dry crisp style.

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Red

2005 Delas Frères Hermitage Les Bessards

Syrah more

12/13/2014 - bambam Likes this wine: 92 points

Olives, blackberry and minerals in a completely dry format. The tannins are still firm and this will age for many more years.

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Red

2012 Lucia Syrah Soberanes Vineyard

Santa Lucia Highlands more

11/22/2014 - bambam wrote: 87 points

Bright fruits and spice with some firm acidity and alcohol. This needs more time. My least favorite of the night.

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Red

2012 Boekenoogen Pinot Noir Estate

Santa Lucia Highlands more

11/22/2014 - bambam Likes this wine: 92 points

Classic fruity Santa Lucia Pinot. Bright red sweet Bing cherries, a little spice with a firm acidic backbone. Nice

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