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Red

2012 Bouchard Aîné et Fils Bourgogne Reserve

Pinot Noir more

7/26/2015 - Champagneinhand Likes this wine: 89 points

i just love this entry level burg for its beautiful expression in red Pinot fruit. Nice earthy mineral driven vase and good acidity. Excellent Sumner red.

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White

2009 Red Newt Cellars Riesling Sawmill Creek Vineyards

Seneca Lake more

7/26/2015 - Champagneinhand Likes this wine: 91 points

this was a bit sweet compared to a bottle I had last year, but it could all be in the fruit which is plentiful along with serious chalk like mineral vase and loads of acid. This 2009 Finger Lakes Riesling is showing so well considering age. Searing acidity that hasn't really mellowed. Nice with curried chicken.

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White - Sweet/Dessert

2001 Château Guiraud

Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

7/16/2015 - Champagneinhand Likes this wine: 93 points

such a wonderful dessert wine that pairs well with crime brûlée and fruit compote. Spicy enough acidity to have the sweet pitted fruits that are blended with mandarin orange and all things of heated sugars from butterscotch to toffee. Really was a value in this vintage. Too bad it was my last bottle. My last Guiraurd as well.

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White

2013 Dr. Loosen Riesling Red Slate

Mosel Saar Ruwer more

7/16/2015 - Champagneinhand Likes this wine: 92 points

This was marked GG for the German labels, but dry for the American market. Liquid slate and other hard minerals. Nice tropical notes. Very good value and nice.

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White - Sweet/Dessert

2005 Dr. Loosen Riesling Beerenauslese

Mosel Saar Ruwer more

7/16/2015 - Champagneinhand Likes this wine: 94 points

This had some of its acids hiding and wasn't showing as well as previously, but small pour at a wine seminar, so that says a lot. Still amazing fruit, mineral and overall presence. They were selling this for 375ml @ $24.95. I should have grabbed one. They 2013 has 187ml @ $20US. May have to grab one up.

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White

2014 Château Haut-Mirambet

Bordeaux White Blend more

7/14/2015 - Champagneinhand wrote: 88 points

young and fresh SB from Bordeaux that was sub $10US. Fresh and clean with a nice burst of cleansing minerality and waxy pitted fruits along with citrus inspired backbone to give this wine an broad appeal. I only brought a single bottle and it was the first to be drained with a broad variety of good to celebrate Bastille Day.

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White

2012 Domaine de Vaufuget Vouvray

Chenin Blanc more

7/14/2015 - Champagneinhand wrote: 89 points

as much a QPR from France as there ever was. When you buy a sub-$15USbote if off-dry Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, you hope for, but don't expect they quality that you see from Domaine Huet or Boumard. However it's quite surprising how many wines from this area as well as the bulk of Blanc wines from the LoireValkey both Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc, that put quality wine into off-dry Blanc wines that can compete with anybody globally. Fresh fruits, minerals and acidity that do well laid down in q cellar for a couple of years and no deterioration and actually some fruit/acid/mineral integration happens. Really such a crowd pleading wine on Bastille day. Orchard fruits both Apple and pear with a touch of green melon with rind. A treat under $20US.

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White

2011 Joseph Drouhin Rully Blanc

Chardonnay more

7/14/2015 - Champagneinhand wrote: 89 points

it is quite amazing that I had written off poilly-fuse as well as Macunaise or challonaise Blanc wines. Truly these are wines that should be bought in bulk as the rest of burgundy goes crazy expensive. Age-worthy, quite interesting and ever changing along with cellar worthy makes these wine a must along with village level or 1er Cru Chablis. Such a tremendous value. Bright orchard fruit of pear and ape with a citrus acid and mineral backdrop that went into a change to tropical a over two hours. I wish and will buy much more from this area and forget the costly Mersault and Pulingy/Chassagne-Montrachet or the Gran Crru that are quite over priced considering the quality of wine just North in Chablis and South in the Chalonaise and Macunaise areas of Burgundy. Like Jura, special wines you hope the rest of the world ignores.

Really wonderful.

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Red

2001 Château Branaire (Duluc-Ducru)

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

7/14/2015 - Champagneinhand wrote: 92 points

i might have gone to observation with the number but what a great showing from St. Julien and the best wine I have ever had from this Chateau. Deep red berry fruit with some scorched forest floor and mineral with a hint of the saddle leather and spice box. Wonderful thick mouthfeel and opaque deep garnet in the glass with bricked edges almost all the way through. Such a treat and so smooth. Great finish with silky tannin and integrated oak. I might have finished my last 2001 I wish I had a lot more. Again usually the wines from this chateau have failed to impress but this makes me a believer in great bottles, over vintages and wineries.

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White - Sparkling

NV Henri de Villamont Crémant de Bourgogne Blanc de Blancs

White Blend more

7/14/2015 - Champagneinhand wrote: 88 points

fresh and Livy Cremant of Chardonnay that was Livy and mineral laden though the orchard fruit both apple and pear kept this as a wonderful aperitif before a BastilleDay dinner with friends.

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Red

2004 Corte Sant'Alda Amarone della Valpolicella

Corvina Blend, Corvina more

7/2/2015 - Champagneinhand wrote: 94 points

i guess I should have expected this excellent Amarone from 2004 to improve with some more cellar time. All filled with dates, figs plump raisins and plums. Some spices with thick viscosity velvet glove tannins with such a great mouthfeel from start to finish. The wine could easily hold the alcohol and more. Sad my bottles are gone now.

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White

2005 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc

Pessac-Léognan Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

6/27/2015 - Champagneinhand Likes this wine: 93 points

solid classy mineral based Blanc that was so classy. We drank a bottle and devoured a wheel of Camembert cheese crackers, prosciutto and toppled the crackers with rose petal and seedless Trappist made raspberry preserves. Really held up nicely with stone fruit, some greener tree fruit like green apple and pear. The mineral and finish is what delineated this wine. It's like a cutting liquid limestone with favors, acids and manners. Good finish that leaves you thinking. Maybe deserving of a higher score upon retrospect. It has major competition.

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Red

1978 Remoissenet Père et Fils Pommard 1er Cru Les Épenots

Pinot Noir more

6/27/2015 - Champagneinhand Likes this wine: 92 points

how is it possible for this wine to be 37 years old it has to have been kept in casks and bottled within the last 10 years. Serious acidity with tannin from parking but framing a red currant and pomegranate fruit base that was dark in the glass and close to Bordeaux-like. However directly comparing it to a 2nd growth Margaux from 2000, it neither had the remaining tannin that wasn't from oak or the complexity to go much further. Still this was almost all about structure of red dominant fruits, a citrus peel acidity with remaining mineral and chocolate covered jerry finish that was persistent with some mushroom/truffle and forest floor notes. Drank over 4+ hours.

Pricey but given the wines age and purity, it was worth the experiment.

I would probably go with a known 1976 or within the same acidic range a 1er Cru from 1996, but solid performer and a definite good friendly wine.

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Red - Fortified

NV Beni di Batasiolo Barolo Chinato - Vino Aromatizzato

Nebbiolo more

6/27/2015 - Champagneinhand Likes this wine: NR

I really don't know if I am doing this wine a great injustice but this is by far the most aromatic ally expressive wine I have ever have and now it's been duplicated. Seriously full of men's aftershave with balsam/pine tar a d Rosemary as the strongest components of a fortified wine with a little of everything. This could be something from the Roman Empire without even blinking an eye. Fortified and full of cologne like aromatics. Just mesmerizing. It's hard to grab a number. It could be 90 as rated earlier by one of the tasters I shared a bottle with or we could be doing it a great injustice as it could easily merit a 95-96. Really an amazing and intense wine that transcends normal wine, even desert wine descriptions. Medicinal elixir that was fascinating over 5+ hours.

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White - Sweet/Dessert

1989 Domaine Huet Vouvray Cuvée Constance

Chenin Blanc more

6/27/2015 - Champagneinhand wrote: 99 points

unbelievable. I would only rate this so high because I have had amazing tokaji essencia and the great Alsace SGN. This wine was had after a 37 year old red Burg that rocked, a 2000 Bordeaux from the Nargaux appellation that was a second growth a Blanc Bordeaux from 2005 that was liquid mineral with fruit to spare and one of the most unique wines I have ever had that after two shared bottles remains unique in the world of Barolo and fortified aromatic wines.

Every possible type of heated it cooked sugar from butterscotch and toffe to salted caramels with every tropical fruit and every stoned fruit from it fresh form to its best dehydrated form. Turkish apricots for example with bright acidity that was more candied citrus making this wine effortlessly float about the mouth.

Michael Briadbent was do right in with this wine. I think we got hints of the wet wool after testing some course wool socks. Really once in a lifetime stuff.

I could be rating this perfect with no real hesitantly. 98+-100pts.

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Red

2000 Château Rauzan-Gassies

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/27/2015 - Champagneinhand Likes this wine: 93 points

i had a chance to find this out at my local once again. It amazes me that a good Margaux from a massive vintage like 2000 could be so horribly underrated.

This was put in the decanter and drank over 3+ hrs. Massively strong tannins with muscles, even more than my two previous bottles as well as some serious structural tannins and the acids and mineral to back up the floral, violet and dark red and blue fruit medley. Great but integrating tannins along with everything showed what great structure thus underrated second growth really has. This has easily 5-10 more years of evolution in the positive. I really wish I had a big ribeye or strip steak to pair this with. A great wine. I will try to find as soon as possible. I thought it had sold out long ago. Highly recommended.

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Red

2009 Sleight of Hand The Illusionist

Columbia Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/22/2015 - Champagneinhand wrote: 91 points

surprise, surprise. This was fantastic for its fruit forward, silky tannins and great mouthfeel all wrapped up with the red and blue fruit with a presence that oats the mouth and matched ribs and other grilled meats for a Father's Day celebration. I kept one glass for the next day and barely a dent made into it presence. Very nice. Nita sbe wine but very much a wine that lets you know why it's there and to be enjoyed fir its hedonistic nature.

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White

2012 Château Lamothe de Haux Blanc

Bordeaux Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

6/22/2015 - Champagneinhand wrote: NR

This was really good great $12US qpr. Lime with lemon zest and sour patch kids apple. Nice mineral keeps this all balanced and fresh. Really clean and refreshing SB. No overt grassiness or cat urune. A touch of pink grapefruit which is a bonus.

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Red

2011 Tua Rita Perlato del Bosco Toscana IGT

SuperTuscan Blend more

6/16/2015 - Champagneinhand Likes this wine: 90 points

The fruit is really singing on this sangiovese right now. Excellent silky mouthfeel and palate staining with the dark cherries, blackberries and plum. Acid is crisp and this is really good. long finish and a serious qpr at $22.

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Red

2011 Henri Boillot Volnay 1er Cru Santenots

Pinot Noir more

6/13/2015 - Champagneinhand Likes this wine: 92 points

Pulled this from my cellar for a group watching of the film A year in Burgundy which was based in chassagne-montrachet and the vintage year 2011. I aerated this for 3 hours before rebottling it and bringing to the event. wine was served in balloon style Pinot Noir glasses where it warmed and showed what to expect. Nice minerals were noticeable in this darker, yet some what translucent deep red wine. Smells of black cherry, blackberries and earthy notes, maybe a touch of oak, which all came through on the palate along with some baking spices and florals of violets at the rim of the glass. This paired well with a liver pate made from duck and pork livers mixed with some port wine. Comparable to a poor mans foie gras. Nice medium length finish with minerals and acids keeping things fresh. No green notes that some link 2011 with, but I n=made sure to give this plenty of air. Compared to a Monterrey, cA Pinot, you see exactly why this was almost 440 more in price.

Very nice.

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White

2008 Domaine Vincent and Sophie Morey Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Embrazées

Chardonnay more

6/13/2015 - Champagneinhand Likes this wine: 91 points

I really liked this, and think that many are serving their white burgs way too cold. As this was aerated in the glass, loads of tropical fruits became noticeable as well as the lemon oil lemon zest to go along with a nice mineral backbone. Of course 2008 has great acids so this was extremely good with a whole different assortment of cheese and breads/toasted brioche crackers. Glad i have 3 more of these as they will continue to cellar for quite a while.

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White

2013 Louis Jadot Pouilly-Fuissé

Chardonnay more

6/13/2015 - Champagneinhand wrote: 86 points

I thought this was a very decent showing of this young chardonnay. Not terribly acidic but nice florals and citrus with a few tropicals open up with airing this wine out over an hour. I think pouring and drinking cold, makes this wine average at best. Knowing to pour cold and swirl the air into the wine as it thickens a bit and the aromas come out nicely. Great QPR

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White

2009 Henri Boillot Bourgogne Blanc

Chardonnay more

6/8/2015 - Champagneinhand Likes this wine: 91 points

this really has perked up nicely. A deeper straw color as it has aged. Very, very accessible right now. Decent acidity from limes good amount of mineral, smell and taste of orchard fruit yellow sweet delicious apple and some Asian pear. A very deft touch of oak and a decent length on finish with some salinity.

I wish I had held all three bottles this long.

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White - Sparkling

NV Gosset Champagne Brut Excellence

Champagne Blend more

6/1/2015 - Champagneinhand wrote: 91 points

a wonderful example of NV champagne from Gossett. Yellow apple and crystallized ginger with good acidity in the form of lime zest with good mouse without being overtly about the yeast. Yes some toasted graham cracker notes but this is about the freshness and this cuvée slides through the midpalate and and down the throat medium length finish. Super value and very enjoyable without breaking the bank. A mid week bottle to enjoy without sticker shock.

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Red

2000 Fontanafredda Barolo Paiagallo La Villa

Nebbiolo more

5/31/2015 - Champagneinhand Likes this wine: 91 points

an interesting wine here. 15 years old and while it has sediment it still needs a good deal of air time. I slow-oxed the bottle by removing the cork last night then into the decanter around noon. By 4pm it started to have a nice bouquet of cherries, fresh asphalt and some dark florals plus a touch of eucalyptus. Dry in the mouth but has a taste of dry sweet cherries, different dried green spices with good acidity. A good food wine that has decent structure and mineral. It's a delicate but elegant expression of Nebbiolo.

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