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Red

2012 Denner The Dirt Worshipper

Paso Robles Syrah Blend, Syrah more

2/10/2016 - dfresh wrote: 87 points

Floral bouquet with toasted almond crumb cake. Medium body, limited tannin structure and limited enlighten ting fruit or flavor profile. Doesn't feel like it is built for aging. Maybe I caught it in a closed window.

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Red

2007 La Massa Giorgio Primo

Toscana IGT Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/31/2016 - dfresh wrote: 94 points

Positively within drinking window. Polished fine tannins. Perfectly balanced with flavor notes of wet stone, graphite, and chocolate. Medium plus finish.

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Red

2010 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino

Sangiovese more

1/15/2016 - dfresh wrote: 95 points

Aromas of wet earth, candied red berries and spice cake. Notes of plumb, forest floor and orange peel. Ultra fine micro tannins are drying and offer a medium mouth feel. You can imagine the contrast when you experience a firm powerful and structured wine.

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Red

2008 The Napa Valley Reserve

St. Helena Red Blend more

1/8/2016 - dfresh wrote: 98 points

Highest rating I've ever given. Deftly balanced, seductive elegant and generous yet reserved. Leaves you wanting more. Does anyone find the 2008 to be inconsistent? I got too much oak on the last bottle.

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Red

2012 Futo OV/SL

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/3/2016 - dfresh wrote: 92 points

Aromas of bell pepper, coffee and spice cake are delightful and inviting. The body is medium but provides structure to support pleasant layers of blackberry, blueberry, coffee, herbs, bell pepper and licorice notes. The finish is 25+ seconds. The green and herbal notes are fairly dominant, more than I prefer. Wonderful wine.

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Red

2011 Denner The Dirt Worshipper

Paso Robles Syrah Blend, Syrah more

12/13/2015 - dfresh wrote: 92 points

Brooding savory bouquet with some floral notes. Classic Syrah "funk". Rich dark fruit flavors including chocolate covered orange candy dominate with secondary expressions of tart bright red fruity. Harmonious integration of all attributes. Finish is average.

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Red

2010 Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley more

12/5/2015 - dfresh wrote: 88 points

Balanced and enjoyable. Bell pepper and herb notes along with dark berries. Lacking some body and richness----a little thin.

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Red

2008 The Napa Valley Reserve

St. Helena Red Blend more

11/29/2015 - dfresh wrote: flawed

Corked

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Red

2010 Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino Vigna di Pianrosso

Sangiovese more

11/27/2015 - dfresh wrote: 90 points

Rhubarb, plumb, perfume and earth nose. Completely closed down right now, even on day 2. Harsh tannins create drying effect and wine is unwilling to show much fruit or elegance. Wait 3-5 years for next bottle

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White

2010 Domaine Roger Belland Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet

Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay more

11/27/2015 - dfresh wrote: 92 points

Bright, tart, floral and expressive bouquet highlighted by mineral expressions. Explosive flavor notes include lemon Crème pie and hazelnut. Finish slightly out of balance with dominant acidity profile.

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Red

2012 Vineyard 29 Cabernet Sauvignon Cru

St. Helena more

11/14/2015 - dfresh wrote: 93 points

Floral, rosebush and perfume aromatics. Notes of black tea, Asian spice, rose petal, vanilla, blueberry and boysenberry. Rustic tannins coat mouth provide for a somewhat rough hearty mouthfeel. Not a fruit bomb, reserved and talented. Medium long finish.

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Red

2010 Fait-Main Cabernet Sauvignon Las Piedras

St. Helena more

10/24/2015 - dfresh wrote: 97 points

This is a beauty and the drink window is now. This is not a powerful wine. It is restrained and elegant. The first impression on front pallet is exotic. Blueberry, coffee cake with vanilla ice cream and coffee on the bouquet. Ultra refined tannins provide superb structured mouthfeel and notes of black tea, hoisin sauce, cassis and black berry come through on mid pallet. Finish is pleasant and the balance of this wine is beyond reproach.

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Red

2009 Bodegas Emilio Moro Ribera del Duero Malleolus

Tempranillo more

10/15/2015 - dfresh wrote: 92 points

This wine was very inviting, approachable and balanced. Toasted vanilla, coconut and dark fruit on the nose. Round mouth feel with a touch of sweet prunes and loamy notes. Opened right up and after an hour or two it was soaring.

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Red

2012 Evening Land Vineyards Pinot Noir Seven Springs Vineyard

Eola - Amity Hills more

10/13/2015 - dfresh wrote: 92 points

Orange peel, hoisin sauce and minerals on bouquet. Palette is soft dried rose petals with a tart strawberry note. Needs an hour to decant, not as delicate, more acidity than I expected.

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Red

2009 Château Duhart-Milon

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

9/7/2015 - dfresh wrote: 94 points

Beautiful gorgeous expressive bouquet. Firm and structured but somewhat closed on the pallet. Wonderful full bodied and bold expression of Bordeaux. Needs more time in the bottle .

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Red

2012 Robert Biale Zinfandel Black Chicken

Oak Knoll more

8/8/2015 - dfresh wrote: 92 points

Fruity, acidic and well structured for a zinfandel

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Red

2011 Walter Hansel Winery Pinot Noir The South Slope Vineyard

Russian River Valley more

8/4/2015 - dfresh wrote: 95 points

Another great showing. Expressions of tartness that I associate with bright acidity, will check other notes for consistency.

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Red

2010 Fait-Main Cabernet Sauvignon Las Piedras

St. Helena more

8/1/2015 - dfresh wrote: 97 points

Bouquet of toffee, cassis and wet polished rocks. Fine dirty integrated tannins add to impeccable mouthfeel. Black tea, Asian spice and cola notes. Finish isn't awe-inspiring but the overall balance, refinement, focus and elegance is unprecedented. Drinking window is now and this wine is iconic.

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Red

2004 Robert Foley Claret

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/24/2015 - dfresh wrote: 95 points

Wonderful bouquet of rich, dark, sweet fruit with a nice balance of menthol, coffee, vanilla and alcohol. The real excitement takes place on the pallet. The mouthfeel is round and thick; mouth is coated by chewy dusty tannins. Notes of dried herbs, wintergreen, bright red fruit and chocolate. 30 second finish.

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Red

2001 Oddero Barolo Rivera di Castiglione

Nebbiolo more

6/14/2015 - dfresh wrote: 92 points

Austere, tannic, powerful. Still has ageability but drinking window is available after several hour decant.

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White

2012 Evening Land Vineyards Chardonnay La Source Seven Springs Vineyard

Eola - Amity Hills more

6/6/2015 - dfresh wrote: 94 points

Lemon cream pie with graham cracker crust. Elegant, Bright and Crisp. Long finish.

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Red

2005 Geantet-Pansiot Charmes-Chambertin

Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

5/31/2015 - dfresh wrote: 93 points

Definitely drinking window is now, very approachable within 30 minutes. Deep, musty, earth with some modest red cherry flavors, although somewhat muted fruit notes. A slight funkiness never blows off, giving it a true old world characterization. A tad bit of cork or is that Burgundian earthiness?

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White

2012 Evening Land Vineyards Chardonnay La Source Seven Springs Vineyard

Eola - Amity Hills more

5/31/2015 - dfresh wrote: 95 points

Rich, plush mouthfeel, multiple layers of flavor, and overall complex yet approachable. Sensual and enticing, plenty of deep tropical fruits with a tad of bright, crisp acidity and citrus notes. Long finish.

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Red

2007 Ramey Cabernet Sauvignon Pedregal Vineyard

Oakville more

5/21/2015 - dfresh wrote: 93 points

Drinking wonderfully right now. Expressive, bright and balanced.

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Red

2010 Château du Retout

Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend more

4/17/2015 - dfresh wrote: 86 points

Fruity inviting bouquet. Well balanced with creme de cassis graphite and licorice notes, mellow tannins and modest alcohol. Short but pleasant finish.

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