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Red

2009 Chanrion Côte de Brouilly Domaine de la Voute des Crozes

Gamay more

2/1/2016 - Brix wrote: 88 points

Still brightly acidic and youthful, with characteristic balance of red fruits and earthy notes. Years to go on this, wish I had more.

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Red

2009 Vincent Pinot Noir Zenith Vineyard

Eola - Amity Hills more

1/18/2016 - Brix Likes this wine: 89 points

Quintessential OR pinot, with elegance and earthiness in equal measures. Well balanced acid and a combination of dark fruits and brighter cherry notes. That said, the stated 14.5% ABV resulted in a bit more heat than I prefer. Better with some breathing time. I'm in no rush to finish my remaining bottles - lots of life left.

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Red

1985 Caves São João Dão Porta dos Cavaleiros

Red Blend more

11/17/2015 - Brix wrote: 87 points

Nicely aged, but more interesting than good. Brick red in color, minimal sediment, wood smoke and earth on the nose. Unfocused and rather weak on the palate - faded fruit, some faint notes of flowers and earthy minerality. Not bad by any means, but kind of meh. Gives one the sense that this was never an especially noteworthy wine; most of its interest now is simply due to its age.

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Red

1998 Château Lynch-Bages

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

11/17/2015 - Brix Likes this wine: 90 points

Just entering maturity - well-stored bottles still have years and years of life left. Still darkly pigmented with just a thin amber rim. Our bottle threw a small amount of sediment when I decanted it for a couple of hours before dinner. Pleasant leathery, autumnal nose. Medium bodied, dark fruit, earth, and a touch of leather on the palate. Nicely balanced acidity. Overall, not showy but very solid, well-made. We don't drink much Bdx but this was a good reminder of how good it can be.

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White

2003 Joh. Jos. Prüm Riesling Kabinett

Mosel Saar Ruwer more

11/2/2015 - Brix Likes this wine: 90 points

As if more evidence were needed that Riesling is still a screaming bargain. This wine is in a beautiful place right now. With a decade plus in the bottle, the ripe 2003 vintage characteristics have evolved and taken on depth and nuance. Tightwire balance, richer than your average kabinett with stone fruits to accompany its slate and petrol notes. Just delicious.

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Red

2011 Vincent Pinot Noir Willamette Valley

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10/17/2015 - Brix Likes this wine: 89 points

Pale rusty garnet with a pleasant woodsy/berry nose. Classic OR Pinot profile, reflective of the lean 2011 vintage: elegant, with subtle earthy notes to complement cranberry and brambleberry flavors. A surprising amount of sediment, making for a rather crunchy last glass, but notwithstanding we had no problem finishing this bottle. I don't see a lot of further development on this wine - recommend drinking up.

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Red

2013 Corte Gardoni Bardolino Le Fontane

Corvina Blend, Corvina more

10/16/2015 - Brix Likes this wine: 85 points

Agree with other tasters and the KL shelf talker: this is a well made, uncomplicated wine that's a suitable accompaniment for weeknight fare. Bright acidity, lots of pleasing berry flavors, and a minimal tariff. This isn't a special occasion "wow" wine, but it's versatile and perfect for more casual meals.

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Red

2002 Château Léoville Poyferré

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

10/6/2015 - Brix wrote: 88 points

Still a deep, nearly opaque purple, with just the faintest hint of bricking at the rim. Nose is reticent, but vigorous swirling gives off some nice cedar, floral notes, and spice. Decanted for an hour or so. Least impressive on the palate: rather simple, with blocky tannins still dominating. Rich and modern, but the fruit's pedigree peeks through.

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Red

2007 Seven of Hearts Pinot Noir Eola - Amity Hills

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9/8/2015 - Brix Likes this wine: 88 points

Fading, but still lively - just a touch tired compared to previous tastings. Rusty garnet with a clear rim, lovely as always on the nose. Feminine and refined, just slightly disjointed, which leads me to think its time to drink up while this wine still offers its understated charms.

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White

2009 Château du Coing de Saint Fiacre Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Sur Lie L'Ancestrale

Melon de Bourgogne more

8/17/2015 - Brix Likes this wine: 90 points

A perfect example of why Muscadet is such a screaming deal. This wine was around $11 in a local market. It's a clear, pale gold with a refreshingly clean scent of sea air and minerals. Equally pleasing on the palate, bright acidity coupled with some lees-y complexity and a nice slippery texture. Nice saline finish. 12.5% ABV, extremely food-friendly. Hard to imagine a better QPR.

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Red

2004 Domaine de la Côte de l'Ange Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend more

8/1/2015 - Brix wrote: 88 points

Middleweight CdP in a good place right now. Opened up nicely after a 30 min decant. Slight amber rim, but mostly a youthful purple, throwing a small amount of fine-grained sediment. Somewhat reticent on the nose, but pleasant: dark fruits and garrigue. Equally modest on the tongue, nicely balanced, tannins mostly resolved, typical Rhone flavors, but subtle - nothing to draw attention. Seems like this can hold for several more years, but unlikely to improve much. A nice, competent accompaniment to sous vide ribeyes.

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White

2013 La Chablisienne Sauvignon Blanc Saint-Bris

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7/30/2015 - Brix wrote: 84 points

Decent enough Sauv Blanc with the novelty value of being from Burgundy. Not as assertive as Sancerre versions, but with the herbal/mineral notes typical of the grape. The AOC name elicited a few titters in my half-Jewish household. Week night wine, nothing special.

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White

2013 Domaine Talmard Mâcon-Chardonnay

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7/30/2015 - Brix Likes this wine: 90 points

A total ringer. This Macon chard would fool a lot of hardcore Chablis fans with its saline and mineral nose. Steely oystershell palate, brisk and flinty. Good focus and balance, lacking only the intensity of its northern counterparts that command much higher prices. And for ten bucks? Load up.

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Red

2004 Michel & Stéphane Ogier Côte-Rôtie

Syrah more

7/28/2015 - Brix Likes this wine: 89 points

Nice wine in graceful middle age - not a blockbuster, but with everything in balance. Smokey nose, smooth palate, offsetting acidity. A small amount of sedimentary sludge, decanting recommended. No rush on this.

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Red

2008 Cameron Pinot Noir Dundee Hills

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7/24/2015 - Brix Likes this wine: 90 points

Really singing right now, especially after an hour or so of air. Medium-dark in color and on the tongue, with an intriguingly complex nose. Very Cameron-ish, a tad on the rich side of things (compared to my favorite 2007 and 2011 vintages) but with enough acidity and savory balance to be still lively. For <$20, at release, a screaming deal.

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White

2012 Cameron Giuliano

Dundee Hills White Blend more

7/13/2015 - Brix wrote: 86 points

Rather bland, lacking the focus and energy I associate with Cameron's red wines, even at the sub-$20 price point. Soft mouthfeel, some floral/herbal notes, but without an obvious center. Disappointing.

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Red

2005 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape Télégramme

Red Rhone Blend more

7/10/2015 - Brix Likes this wine: 90 points

Relentlessly tannic when first opened, but quickly opening up and within an hour, delightfully generous. Classic, characteristic nose of garrigue, earth, and dark fruit. Ripe berry fruit on the palate, coupled with structure and acidic heft, a fine accompaniment to our first attempt at sous vide filet mignons. Nimble palate belies its 14.5% abv. Agree with other posts: this isn't profound wine, but it's correct and entirely enjoyable.

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Rosť

2014 Domaine Sorin Côtes de Provence Rosé Terra Amata

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7/5/2015 - Brix Likes this wine: 87 points

Solid Provencal rose - nice savory notes on the nose and palate, refreshing and reasonably lightweight. Very good.

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Red

2010 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco

Nebbiolo more

7/5/2015 - Brix wrote: 90 points

Must keep my hands off these. Certainly pleasant now, but showing every indication of being rather special in a few years. Nimble and lively, delicious.

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Red

2008 Luminous Hills Pinot Noir

Yamhill-Carlton more

7/5/2015 - Brix Likes this wine: 90 points

Rich, still showing lots of dark fruit, but with balancing structure. Lots of life left in these, just starting to mature.

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Red

2013 Laetitia Winery Pinot Noir Estate

Arroyo Grande Valley more

7/5/2015 - Brix wrote: 87 points

Nice dark fruit nose, balanced palate. Fairly straightforward, not much nuance, but varietally correct.

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Red

2011 Fontella Chianti

Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese more

7/5/2015 - Brix wrote: 84 points

A drinkable $8 chianti? Yes, please. Not profound, but entirely adequate.

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Red

2008 Jean Foillard Morgon Cuvée Corcelette

Gamay more

6/28/2015 - Brix Likes this wine: 91 points

This wine has gotten successively better each time I've tried it over the last five years. Popped and poured, immediately accessible and quickly blooming. I enjoyed the nose for several minutes before taking my first taste. Violets, minerals, and barnyard, wonderful. Silky, balanced and lively on the tongue. As with most well made cru Beaujolais, refreshing and an utter pleasure to drink.

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Red

2009 Cameron Pinot Noir Willamette Valley

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6/20/2015 - Brix wrote: 86 points

Ripe and rather monolithic, lacking the nuance and secondary flavors I usually love in John Paul's wines - even entry level bottles like this. I blame the vintage.

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White - Sweet/Dessert

1989 Château Rieussec

Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

6/5/2015 - Brix wrote: NR

(Shrug) I clearly don't get Sauternes.

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