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Red

2007 Cameron Pinot Noir Arley's Leap

Dundee Hills more

5/4/2015 - Brix Likes this wine: 92 points

Wow, this was really, really good - absolutely prime from the first sip to the last. Brick-ish color, rich nose of dark fruit , oyster shell, and earthy spice. Resolved sweet tannins, cola, autumn leaves, smoke, black cap raspberries... the palate just won't quit. Long, seamless finish. Medium weight, balance, just beautiful.

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Red

2009 Jean-Paul Thevenet Morgon Vieilles Vignes

Gamay more

4/25/2015 - Brix Likes this wine: 90 points

Nice. Threw off visible sediment in the neck of the bottle and a bit in the glass. Deep garnet with a fairly wide pale rim. Dark fruits and a faintly sharp, mysterious somethingorother - wood smoke, maybe? - on the nose. Sweet and sour cherries with an earthy herbal thing across the tongue. Texturally wonderful, almost Burgundian silkiness. Exemplary Cru Beaujolais.

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Red

2009 Vincent Pinot Noir Eola - Amity Hills

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4/20/2015 - Brix Likes this wine: NR

As always, a delightful OR Pinot at a crazy good price. Medium bodied, lots of raspberry and earthy autumnal funk. Broad clear rim, medium garnet color, wears its 14% abv lightly. After an hour or so of air, sweet tannins, bramble berry, and classic OR flavors dominate, balanced with bright acidity. Enough heft to pair well with steak au poivre. Looking forward to trying my single vineyard '09s from Vincent.

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White

2002 Domaine des Malandes Chablis 1er Cru Montmains

Chardonnay more

4/19/2015 - Brix wrote: 90 points

Generous, open nose of citrus and oystershell. Rather less interesting on the palate: more citrus, minerality, but unfocused. Lovely texture, though. With a couple of hours of air, flavors became muddled, leading me to believe it's time to drink up.

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Red

2010 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco

Nebbiolo more

4/10/2015 - Brix Likes this wine: 88 points

Although I anticipate improvement over the next ten years or so, I popped one of these to set an early baseline. Not disappointed. Tight and tannic right out of the chute, but quickly opening up to show sweet dark fruit and some nice leathery notes. Light to medium weight, a bit hot at 14% ABV, but nice balance, with plenty of structure to support further development. Leftovers on Day 2 were disjointed and harsh.

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Red

1985 Vaquer Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes Cuvée Fernand Vaquer

Grenache Blend, Grenache more

4/4/2015 - Brix wrote: 84 points

Vaquer Rouge 1985
Slippery, soaked cork. First pour reveals this wine's age: burnished medium mahogany in the glass. Clear, without a trace of sediment. With a few minutes of air, a fascinating, poopy nose, traces of raspberry and sherried olives. Weird, but compelling. Equally unusual on the palate, a dose of bitter olive, some herby stuff, soy sauce, and traces of tannic structure. Evolving rapidly in the glass - noticeably different from minute to minute. Hit its peak at 30-60 minutes and declined thereafter, falling apart to become rather disjointed and tannic. Interesting wine, but definitely in decline. Drink up.

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Red

2002 Beaux Frères Pinot Noir Beaux Frères Vineyard

Ribbon Ridge more

2/22/2015 - Brix wrote: NR

Surprisingly youthful in appearance: dark crimson-purple in the glass, no evidence of fading. A beguiling nose, but not typical – brambly, blackberry pie. Similarly young and rich on the palate, lots of dark fruit and new oak vanilla. The wine is well balanced, tasty, and will provide many more years of life, but tasted blind I would be hard pressed to identify it as an Oregon pinot. Not my style, and therefore unrated.

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White

2007 Château d'Epiré Savennières Cuvée Spéciale

Chenin Blanc more

2/15/2015 - Brix wrote: NR

Eh. Vaguely promising nose, but thin and muted on the palate. No rating.

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Red

2006 Coudert Fleurie Clos de la Roilette Cuvée Tardive

Gamay more

1/25/2015 - Brix wrote: 87 points

Medium in color, with some bricking and a burnished edge. Equally mature, and best on the nose: ripe red fruits, some herbal notes and a wee pleasant trace of barnyard. Silky and subtle on the palate, with soft tannins, moderate acidity, and a nice floral quality in addition to the fruit/herbs. Difficult to imagine this improving, but has the stuffing to hold for another year or two.

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Red

2008 Marcel Lapierre Morgon

Gamay more

1/11/2015 - Brix Likes this wine: 89 points

Graceful and crowd pleasing. Less oomph than a few years ago, but this wine has gained balance and a quiet charm. Rhubarb/raspberry, with mineral notes, a silky palate, and subtle, receding tannins. If this wine is a bit less compelling than it was in the past, it's still a tour de force of skillful winemaking: impeccably pure and oh so easy to drink. Yum.

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Red

NV Tenuta La Pergola Monferrato Il Goccetto Blended by Kermit Lynch

Red Blend more

1/9/2015 - Brix wrote: 86 points

In a word, delightful. Pale, pale garnet, almost amber at the rim. Reticent nose of roses and cherry. Lightweight but satisfying, with crisp acidity and a lifted tannic structure, versatile and accommodating of many light dishes. Poor man's Nebbiolo. Screaming deal at the KL store, going back for more.

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Red

2003 Soter Pinot Noir Beacon Hill

Yamhill-Carlton more

12/31/2014 - Brix wrote: 87 points

Better than I expected it to be. We opened two bottles, with similar results. Darkly colored, especially for an OR pinot, with only faint bricking at the edges of the glass. Gently herbal nose with some alcoholic heat. Powerful, still tannic, with a stemmy complexity that complements the abundant dark fruit of the warm 2003 vintage. Not my favorite Soter, but this wine hasn't fallen apart, which is a testament to his skill as a winemaker. Well stored bottles still have a few good years left.

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Red

2011 Claus Preisinger Basic

Burgenland Red Blend more

11/13/2014 - Brix wrote: 85 points

This is a reliable and wallet-friendly choice to accompany a weeknight dinner. Clean, balanced, food-friendly. Texturally similar to Cru Beaujolais, possessing similar juiciness and lift. Light on the palate, but with a stemmy complexity that adds interest and keeps this wine from being tedious. Basic, yes - simple, no.

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Red

2011 Cameron Pinot Noir Arley's Leap

Dundee Hills more

11/13/2014 - Brix wrote: 91 points

Wow, this is drinking very well, and surprisingly rich for the generally lean and elegant 2011 vintage. Medium garnet in the glass with a tiny arc of amber at the rim. Initial reductive odors dissipated quickly, leaving a full nose of raspberry and earth. Texturally lovely: slightly viscous and silky across the palate. Rich but balanced dark fruits, some offsetting bright cherry acidity, and complementary floral and saline notes. Nice wine, and happy to have a few more for the long haul.

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Red

2005 Domaine Faury St. Joseph

Syrah more

11/5/2014 - Brix wrote: 88 points

Somewhat to my surprise, this wine keeps getting better. Nicely balanced, smoky dark fruit coupled with lift and acidity. Threw off a fairly heavy load of sediment in the bottle, but the wine itself is still medium garnet, with a pleasantly funky nose of barnyard, stewed fruits, and earth. Even better on Day 2.

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Red

2011 Seven of Hearts Pinot Noir Lia's Vineyard

Chehalem Mountains more

10/26/2014 - Brix Likes this wine: 93 points

Loved this! A gorgeous pale garnet color, intoxicating nose - autumn leaves and sea breeze, just lovely. On the deliciously restrained palate, tightrope balance and wonderful tension in a lively, food-friendly wine. So glad to have several more of these.

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Red

2004 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau

Red Rhone Blend more

10/26/2014 - Brix wrote: NR

Egads. I have no idea how to score this. If, like me, you've stored this wine at cellar temps, put it back and don't even think about drinking it for another decade. Not remotely ready to drink: primary, tannic, opaquely purple. Even after 3 hours of decanting, disjointed and harsh, barely hinting at future nuance. I saved half a bottle for tomorrow but I'm not optimistic that it will improve much. Not flawed, just painfully, egregiously, criminally immature.

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White

2013 Confrérie des Vignerons Oisly & Thésée Sauvignon Touraine Les Gourmets

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10/13/2014 - Brix wrote: 83 points

"Mediocre" is such a disparaging term... I prefer "unassuming", or maybe "modest". Yeah, this isn't a world class Sauvignon Blanc and wouldn't be mistaken for a Dagenau creation. On the other hand, it's a sub-$10 wine that has no offensive characteristics - it was a decent accompaniment to a light meal of stir fried veggies. A good everyday value.

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Red

2010 Damilano Barolo Lecinquevigne

Nebbiolo more

10/5/2014 - Brix Likes this wine: 90 points

Although we were unfamiliar with the producer, we purchased a half bottle off a restaurant wine list, figuring it would be selected for early drinkability. Good call - hardly the most profound Barolo I've ever had, but really pleasant and a perfect accompaniment to a couple of hearty entrees. Dark restaurant so I can't comment on color, but the nose was delightful, earth and flowers. Texturally fine, silky and full in the mouth, with minimal tannins. Nice balance of acidity and fruit, lively.

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Red

2013 Broc Cellars Gamay Noir Umpqua Valley

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8/28/2014 - Brix Likes this wine: 86 points

Nice to see another good domestic bottling of Gamay! Purchased after sampling at the Broc Cellars tasting room, so no surprises, but pleasant nevertheless. Pale garnet with a clear meniscus, subtle nose of rhubarb and earthy red fruit. Lively acidity, uber-juicy grapey Gamay goodness, just mouth-watering and properly slurp-inducing. At 12% ABV, that's not an inappropriate approach to this food-friendly wine.

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Red

2011 Charly Thevenet Régnié Grain & Granit

Gamay more

8/22/2014 - Brix Likes this wine: 87 points

Startlingly deep hued and opaque, with an equally assertive initial nose. Popped and poured, the first glass was pretty impenetrable - dark fruit, some herbal notes. Opened up considerably over the next hour, gaining a livelier quality as well as complexity. Nice balance of acidity, fruit, and garrigue flavors, but not as precise as I'd like. "Muddled" is the right word. Much more approachable and friendly with some air.

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Red

2013 Broc Cellars Nero d'Avola

Mendocino more

8/12/2014 - Brix wrote: 89 points

Gotta agree with the previous review: this is some seriously slurpable juice. I'm not extremely familiar with more traditional bottles of this grape, so I won't try to compare it to Italian versions. But its deep, almost opaque purple color belies a vibrant, ebullient palate that's a brilliant foil for medium-weight dishes. We had it with a simple penne a la vodka pasta and it complemented the dish very well. Bright, mouthwatering acidity coupled with dark fruits, nicely balanced, and very tough to stop drinking. Very nice indeed.

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Red

2008 Cameron Pinot Noir Willamette Valley

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8/5/2014 - Brix wrote: 90 points

Can't believe this is the first I've tasted from a half case purchased at release - I'm not usually that disciplined. Deep, deep red in the glass, considerably darker than I expected until I recalled the '08 OR vintage.

I'm accustomed to the Cameron funk, but this one was particularly stanky when opened. While some of it blew off, this remains assertively aromatic: dark, almost but not quite raisiny fruit, a piney, peppery herbal top note, and an overall musky thing that makes certain you won't mistake this for a wimpy supermarket Pinot. Brighter in the mouth, thanks to a healthy dose of acidity. Even so, this isn't a restrained wine - it's deep and relatively hearty, better suited to bolder fare. What I'm saying is, this isn't the WV Pinot to pair with salmon.

I always enjoy Cameron wines, and this is no exception, but this wine is on the biggish side of my personal preferences.

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White - Sparkling

1999 Moët & Chandon Champagne Cuvée Dom Pérignon

Champagne Blend more

7/26/2014 - Brix wrote: 92 points

Opened to commemorate our move to Berkeley and subsequent imperative to reduce our wine collection to fit our new, much smaller living space. Happy to sacrifice this one to the cause. Fine, lively mousse coupled with a heady aroma of baked apples and toast. Really shows its pedigree on the palate: layers of subtle fruit and minerality, beautifully balanced. Long, round finish. Delicious and exemplary.

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Red

2006 Brick House Pinot Noir Boulder Block

Ribbon Ridge more

6/25/2014 - Brix wrote: 87 points

Very vintage-y: lush, ripe flavors bordering on raisin. I enjoyed the rich nose - dark fruit, earth, and some floral notes - more than the palate, which was highly reflective of the warm vintage. Not a bad wine, but stylistically not my thing.

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