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Red

2007 Paloma Merlot

Spring Mountain District more

6/10/2014 - TheRikker Likes this wine: 93 points

Cherries, cola, cedar with a touch of mocha. Smooth tannins and long finish. I think this will improve over the next few years. Paloma always delivers.

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Red

2005 L'Ermitage de Bel-Air

Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend more

12/30/2013 - TheRikker wrote: 88 points

HOLD!!!
I opened this on Christmas day and finally drank it 3 days later. I'd wait at least 3-5 years at least before opening.

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White

2009 J.L. Chave Sélection St. Joseph Céleste

White Rhone Blend more

12/23/2013 - TheRikker wrote: 92 points

Outstanding wine! This offers you a glimpse of what the Hermitage is like but without the intensity or concentration. I tasted this about two years ago and it was pretty good. Now it is a special bottle. Another year or two and it might be even better but this is drinking fantastic right now.

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White

2011 Orin Swift Mannequin

Napa Valley Chardonnay Blend, Chardonnay more

9/13/2013 - TheRikker wrote: 91 points

Like a white Rhone but with viognier standing at the forefront.

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Red

2001 Casa Lapostolle Clos Apalta

Colchagua Valley Red Blend more

9/13/2013 - TheRikker wrote: 95 points

This was amazing but it still had a bit of grip that could use another 2+ years of aging. Ridiculously good with steak and chimichurri sauce. This wine lived up to its hype, and then some. It almost seems like a hybrid Right-Bank Bordeaux and S. American wine at this point. So sad this was my last one.

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Red

1979 Château Gruaud Larose

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

9/13/2013 - TheRikker wrote: 87 points

Way past prime but held up surprisingly well. Classic aged Bordeaux but 10 years past its window.

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White

2005 Domaine / Maison Vincent Girardin Chassagne-Montrachet Vieilles Vignes

Chardonnay more

9/13/2013 - TheRikker wrote: 89 points

Needs time!

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White

2010 Domaine Cordier Père et Fils Pouilly-Fuissé

Chardonnay more

6/8/2013 - TheRikker wrote: 92 points

This is by far the biggest Pouilly Fuissé I've ever had. A bit heavy on the oak but that smoothed out on the second day. I would advise to let these sit for another year.

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Red

2001 Paloma Merlot

Spring Mountain District more

6/13/2013 - TheRikker Likes this wine: 95 points

Wow, this wine was outstanding and had amazing balance. It was everything I'd expect from a Bob Foley wine. Cherry, cola, chocolate, and cedar on the nose as well as on the palate. Integrated tannins but could easily go another 5 years. I really wish I had more of this wine.

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White - Off-dry

1983 Dr. H Thanisch Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Spätlese

Mosel Saar Ruwer more

5/10/2013 - TheRikker wrote: 86 points

Smells of diesel, red apples, & a bit of spice. Over the hill but still has fruit, acid, and a bit of sugar. Almost full bodied on the palate. This would have been amazing 10 years ago but at 30 it still has some life to it.

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Red - Fortified

1994 Graham Porto Vintage

Port Blend more

2/17/2013 - TheRikker Likes this wine: 97 points

Got a tiny sip of this at a trade show today and it was fantastic. This still has a long, long life ahead of it. Great fruit and lots of tannins left. This is built for the long haul.

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Rosť - Sparkling

NV H. Billiot Fils Champagne Grand Cru Brut Rosé

Champagne Blend more

1/28/2013 - TheRikker Likes this wine: 92 points

This bubbly is all berries and biscuits. An in your face, fruity, yeasty champagne. If you like the style, you'll love this wine.

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White

2011 Château Mas Neuf Costières-de-Nîmes Compostelle Blanc

Roussanne more

1/28/2013 - TheRikker wrote: 90 points

On day 1 it was very lean and acidic with lots of tangerine. Not what I was expecting at all. By day 3 it had fleshed out and gained weight on the palate. The viognier was more apparent on the nose and it was a much improved wine. Cellar this for a few more years and you will be rewarded for your patience.

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Red

2005 Joseph Drouhin Côte de Beaune

Pinot Noir more

9/21/2012 - TheRikker wrote: 87 points

Very nice and opened up over several hours.

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White

2008 Finca El Reposo Saint Jeannet

Mendoza more

12/21/2012 - TheRikker wrote: 89 points

This finally became a pop and pour and was delicious.

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Red - Fortified

2000 Warre Porto Vintage

Port Blend more

5/5/2012 - TheRikker Likes this wine: 90 points

This was nice but will improve with an additional 5-10 years. It'll never be great but it will be solid.

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Red

2004 Tres Sabores ¿Porqué no?

Rutherford Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel more

1/1/2010 - TheRikker Likes this wine: 89 points

Was still drinking great with tons of bramble, pepper and spice. Lots of fruit and acid left.

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Red

2003 Shafer Merlot

Napa Valley more

1/1/2011 - TheRikker Likes this wine: 91 points

Shows more like a right bank Bordeaux than a Cali Merlot.

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White

2006 E. Guigal Condrieu

Viognier more

6/11/2011 - TheRikker Likes this wine: 92 points

Still showing a vibrant streak of acidity along with peach, white flowers, pepper, and minerality.

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White

2009 Finca El Reposo Saint Jeannet

Mendoza more

10/5/2012 - TheRikker Likes this wine: 92 points

Sad that this was my last one. This was great on opening which never happens with this wine. it usually needs a day to open up properly. Well rounded with a beautiful streak of acidity. Too bad that they seem to be adding more and more chardonnay to this wonderful grape each year. Still a steal at this price.

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White

2010 Finca El Reposo Saint Jeannet

Mendoza more

12/4/2012 - TheRikker Likes this wine: 91 points

This is finally starting to show its stuff but still needs another year or so because it was definitely showing better on the second day. 88 on day one.

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Red

2006 Cambria Pinot Noir Julia's Vineyard

Santa Maria Valley more

12/8/2011 - TheRikker wrote: 88 points

This didn't deserve the big rating it got from WA but was still a solid wine. It just needed a couple hours to open up.

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Red

2007 Belle Vallée Pinot Noir Willamette Valley

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5/8/2012 - TheRikker Likes this wine: 88 points

A good solid win that just needed some time in the bottle to settle down.

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Rosť - Sparkling

NV Lucien Albrecht Crémant d'Alsace Brut Rosé

Pinot Noir more

9/3/2012 - TheRikker Likes this wine: 91 points

A steal at $15 and a great value at $20+.

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Red

2001 Éric Texier Côte-Rôtie Vieilles Vignes

Syrah more

5/18/2012 - TheRikker wrote: 92 points

Drank a few months ago but remember it needed a few hours of air to really show its stuff.

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