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White - Sparkling

2002 Vilmart & Cie Champagne Coeur de Cuvée

Champagne Blend more

5/7/2015 - sthugo Likes this wine: 94 points

Really like their entry level NV stuff, but this bottle was something extra-ordinary. Last tasted at the winery many years ago, it is still as fresh now as it was then. Blend of 80% chardonnay, 20% pinot noir. Beautifully balanced fruit, oak and acidity. Deep, rich, full-flavoured and incredibly complex. Long, powerful finish. If you want a champagne moment then grab a bottle of this. Drinkng well now but will last a decade or more. Spectacular!

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White - Sparkling

2006 Franck Bonville Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut Grand Cru Millesime

Chardonnay more

3/14/2015 - sthugo Likes this wine: NR

Have to agree with steffenpelz note on this wine. For the price this 100% based chardonnay champagne punches well above it's price point. Small bead. Great structure and balance. Long acidic finish. Wonderful way to start a night with friends. Back the truck up for this one!

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White - Sweet/Dessert

1996 McWilliam's Sémillon Limited Release Botrytis

Riverina more

3/14/2015 - sthugo wrote: NR

Coming to the end of it's life. Very dark in colour. Plenty of apricot on the nose and palate. Went well with New York baked cheesecake.

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Red - Sparkling

1994 Peter Lehmann Shiraz Black Queen

Barossa Valley more

3/14/2015 - sthugo Likes this wine: 93 points

The initial release I believe of this label. Didn't start well with the cork breaking on opening! But managed to jimmy out with a traditional corkscrew. Fine bead. After a brief time in the glass the wine had a very savoury nose of earth and sweaty leather. Palate, continues along the same theme with still a lick of black fruit on the mid palate. Complex, clean, smooth and beautifully balanced, this is gloriousness in a glass which finishes long. A fantastic aged sparkling shiraz which should hold for a few more years but will not improve any further.

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2001 Two Hands Shiraz Ares

Barossa Valley more

3/13/2015 - sthugo wrote: 92 points

Ruby/Garnet in colour, rich (bordering jammy) bouquet of ripe blackberries, raisin and dark fruits, with a touch of vanilla in the background. Palate envelopes the tongue with plenty of savoury dark fruit, spice and gamey/earthy undertones. Balanced, riding that fine line between finesse and power with style. Long, long finish of dusty, fine grained tannins. Drinking great now with a decent decant, or will do just fine with another 3-5 years of bottle age. Save for a special occasion!

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2001 Katnook Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Coonawarra more

2/13/2015 - sthugo wrote: 91 points

Medium ruby in colour, aromas of dark fruit and vanilla. Medium to Full bodied with plenty of heavy ripe, rich fruit which coats the mouth. Definitely not elegant in style but more of a powerhouse. Big finish of savoury, silky tannins. Enjoyable now with a decent decant and a BBQ beast of some description, but has the legs to go for a few more years yet. Will drink the rest of my bottles over the next 5 or so years.

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Red

1999 Turnbull Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville

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1/27/2015 - sthugo wrote: 93 points

Beautiful sweet nose of dark fruit and spice, this deep, dark garnet/ruby coloured Napa cabernet has aged gracefully. Soft, succulent, rich and full of flavour, this is probably one of the best aged California cabernet's I have had for a while. A nice surprise. Plenty of integrated black fruits, plum, cherry and olive coat the palate. Wonderfully balanced and mature cabernet with no noticeable middle palate hole. Has a WOW factor about it without being pretentious. Long, fine grainy finish which brings a smile to your face. Don't see this one getting any better but it will hold for a few years yet. Sublime.

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1999 Katnook Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Coonawarra more

1/27/2015 - sthugo wrote: 91 points

Deep ruby in colour, still looks quite young. Very earthy nose, barnyard. Blackcurrant, spice, vegetal undertones and quite savoury on the palate with an acidic backbone. Finishes long and savoury with silky smooth tannins. Can it get better? Maybe.

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Red

2006 Kalleske Shiraz Greenock

Barossa Valley more

1/27/2015 - sthugo wrote: 90 points

Deep, dark ruby in colour. Plenty of sediment crust on the inside of the bottle. Notes of spice, plum on the nose with a hint of mint in the background. This is rich and ripe, on the edge of being another jammy shiraz, but comes across as well balanced. Restrained power. Has an elegance about it that just draws you in. Long finish of dusty, dry tannins. Based on this bottle, still has a few years before it peaks. Probably not the best release from Troy but might make the top 5 releases of this label. A very good effort.

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2001 Majella Cabernet Sauvignon

Coonawarra more

1/26/2015 - sthugo wrote: 90 points

Deep ruby in colour, nuances of black-currant and vanilla are dominant on the nose. Dark fruit, plums, spice run across the tongue, a hit of acidity, culminating with a soft, fine tannic finish that has wonderful length. A beautifully balanced wine that is drinking very well right now. Not overly complex but true to it's style and a pleasure to drink. Will not get any better but well cellared bottles will hold for a few more years yet. Sealed with Cork.

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Red

2009 Stags' Leap Winery Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley more

1/24/2015 - sthugo wrote: 88 points

Deep purple in colour and decanted for 1 hour, aromas of sweet black cherry are evident upon opening. Medium to full bodied Napa cabernet which is well balanced with plenty of dark fruit. Easy to drink but nothing to complex. A bit of a show pony, plenty up front but the finish is a bit of a disappointment. However, overall not a bad effort. A crowd pleaser/BBQ wine ... but nothing extra special. The fruit will make sure it holds for a few years but cannot see this one getting any better.

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Red - Sparkling

1994 Leasingham Shiraz Classic Clare Sparkling

Clare Valley more

1/23/2015 - sthugo wrote: 95 points

12th bottle of this and I must admit this is the best showing by far. No signs of mustiness or age on the nose for this 21 year old Clare Valley Sparkling Shiraz. Still has a plentiful small bead. Beautifully balanced on the palate, soft, creamy, rich black fruits supported with an underlying savouriness and a kiss of oak which adds to the complexity of the wine. Technically a very clean wine which finishes long and powerful. Based on this bottle we haven't seen the last of this wine, but probably has peaked but will hold for a few good years yet so no rush to drink. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL. Have to agree with every point given by Campbell and JO on this one!

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Red - Sparkling

NV Seppelt Shiraz Silverband Sparkling

Grampians more

1/22/2015 - sthugo wrote: 89 points

Like the crown seal. Good effort. A step up from the vintage OSS. Well balanced with a level of complexity that makes you want a second glass. Does not finish all that long but is quite enjoyable for what it is. Drinking well now ... especially on a warm day around the BBQ.

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Red

2004 Majella Cabernet Sauvignon

Coonawarra more

1/9/2015 - sthugo wrote: 92 points

Lots of black fruit straight away on the nose - blackberry dominant. Beautiful, bright red in colour. On first taste the word balanced comes to mind. Well crafted. Fruit, acidity and oak in harmony. Finishes dry and long with silky, sandy tannins that coat the tongue. A very good Majella cabernet which will hold for many years to come. Don't rush to drink this one but if you have to, you will not be disappointed!

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Red

1995 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia

Red Bordeaux Blend more

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

Deep garnet in colour. Soft and subtle aged Super Tuscan. Fruit is fading but still a very classy, balanced wine. Drunk over 4 hours, the wine showed savoury flavours of cassis, earth, tea and leather. Definitely peaked, this won't get any better. Although a treat, for the price a bit simple and lacking complexity. A drink now proposition.

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White

2012 Gaelic Cemetery Vineyard Riesling

Clare Valley more

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

If you want a bottle of 2012 Riesling to convince you that this was a good vintage in Clare Valley, then grab a bottle of this! Wonderfully smooth and succulent, this is mind-blowing good Clare Valley Riesling. Bone dry, refreshing with a lemon/lime backbone finishing with long chalky, minerally acidic finish. GW sums it up nicely with his review on Winefront ... "just so clean and straight with its glacial freshness that it’s immediately impressive". With a drinking window till 2032 it is scary to think how good this can get!

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White - Sparkling

2006 A. Margaine Champagne Blanc de Blancs Special Club

Chardonnay more

1/1/2015 - sthugo Likes this wine: 93 points

Crisp and fresh, this 100% Chardonnay based Special Club is sublime. Loads of citrus and apple on a creamy palate, a refreshing style with a lovely backbone of minerality. A champagne that just wants you to drink it! Very enjoyable now but will probably get better in a few more years. For the bargain price of 22 Euros at cellar door ... beautiful!

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Red - Sparkling

2013 Rockford Black Shiraz

Barossa Valley more

12/31/2014 - sthugo Likes this wine: 93 points

Soft and smooth, this is a very elegant release. Plenty of raisins on the palate with a touch of savoury, herbal notes in the background. The finish is long and wonderfully balanced. It is very good now but I am sure will get better with some bottle age. Won't be trying another bottle for at least 3-5 years.

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Red

1999 L'Ecole No. 41 Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley

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12/31/2014 - sthugo wrote: 91 points

Light garnet in colour. As per previous notes spice and dark fruit on the nose. Very savoury palate full of pepper, spice and dark fruit. Purchased in Seattle in 2001 and the patience has paid off. Quite an enjoyable medium bodied Washington State cabernet. Finishes long and smooth. Has peaked but well cellared bottles should hold for a few more years.

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Red - Sparkling

2003 Primo Estate Joseph Sparkling Red

Adelaide Plains Red Blend more

12/30/2014 - sthugo wrote: 90 points

Muted nose not giving anything away. Fine bead and ruby in colour. Takes it's time to open up but once it does there is plenty of dark stone fruit and savoury flavours. Medium finish. Probably not the best bottle we have had but still ok. Based on this bottle I would think about putting this wine on your tasting bench in the near future.

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White - Sparkling

NV A. R. Lenoble Champagne Brut Intense

Chardonnay more

12/27/2014 - sthugo wrote: 90 points

A pinot noir dominant blend from 3 regions within Champagne. Very fine bead which is very refreshing with plenty of citrus notes and some brioche in the background. Not the most complex NV champagne on the market, but for the price this is a quality buy.

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Red

1999 Silverado Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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12/27/2014 - sthugo wrote: 91 points

Still holding ... just. Fruit still there, blackberry, cherry, but probably on the downhill slide. Elegant, old Napa cabernet. Nothing special, but well balanced and smooth with a drying finish. Probably past it's best unfortunately and a drink now proposition.

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2003 Kalleske Shiraz Greenock

Barossa Valley more

12/26/2014 - sthugo Likes this wine: 94 points

Wow ... this is good. Didn't really have many expectations for this bottle as it was from a so called weaker Barossa vintage and follows the fantastic initial 2002 release. Not much on the nose but on first tasting well-balanced came straight to mind. Plenty of up-front black fruit married nicely with a flavoursome tannic, drying finish ... that lasts. Definitely a full bodied style of wine, but has a quality behind it that makes you want to refill your glass. RP said this could be one of the leading candidates for Barossa's "Shiraz of the Vintage" and according to this bottle he may just be right! Drinking well now but no need to rush ... well cellared bottles should last for at least another 10 or so years. For $35/bottle on release, that is real bang for your buck.

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Red

2007 Woodlands "Margaret"

Margaret River Red Bordeaux Blend more

12/25/2014 - sthugo Likes this wine: 93 points

This comes across as a surprising big wine, but has an elegant twist to it. Quite old world in style, it does have enough fruit to reveal itself as a new world wine. Very smooth with plenty of youthful dark fruit. With a couple of hours decant this is drinking quite well now, but I am sure few more years of patience will improve it even more. A very good "Margaret" from Woodlands and if you do have some of this in your cellar, pat yourself on the back!

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Red

1997 Beringer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Knights Valley

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12/24/2014 - sthugo Likes this wine: 92 points

Deep garnet in colour. Very savoury nose with notes of subtle spices and tobacco. Palate is very approachable, savoury with dark stone fruits and spice. Very elegant wine with a medium to long subtle finish. As per other notes, the fruit is fading so would recommend to drink this within the next year or so. For $20 and plenty of patience, this is bang for your buck Knights Valley cabernet. Well done Beringer!

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