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Red

2009 Copain Pinot Noir "En Haut" Kiser

Anderson Valley more

8/1/2015 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

Gotta say, despite having some mixed feelings on the 2009 vintage, this bottle showed well. Drank over dinner, nothing remained when we paid the check. Raspberry, apple, both on the riper side, but then the tartness I mentioned in my 2013 note, which last night seemed more like cranberry in tone. Really quite good and with the acidity still there and the structure that sits around the fruit, this could very well age just fine for another 3-5 years. Hasn't seemed to budge much from my aging window from the 2013 note so that seems to reflect to me a wine that is humming along really well.

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Red

2007 Carlisle Petite Sirah Dry Creek Valley

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8/1/2015 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

This drank great with pizza last night. It shows some of the power of the 07 vintage, but it doesn't get 'big', which is always possible for petite in big years. Plenty of energy here, dark fruit, both working together to provide something really cool. I went looking for some booze in the aroma and it's just not a player either so all together, I liked this bottle for staying pretty complete with room to age longer.

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Red

2010 Copain Pinot Noir Anderson Valley

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7/27/2015 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

Similar tasting experience to the one I wrote up here back in July 2013. I know we served this a bit too warm, which for me is not the way I think we should treat pinot noir. But, some prefer wines at room temp, even PN, which in this instance I know was the case for where the wine was hosted. The net result of that is the wine comes off a bit clunky, roasted and over-done, meaning any delicacy of nuance from the AV PN fruit is lost at this kind of serving temp. I do though think that drink temp aside, this is just bigger Copain and I'm not going to get fired up for this bottle due to how it shows, in general.

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Red

2009 Novy Family Wines Syrah Russian River Valley

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7/27/2015 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

This was opened for a party, drank at room temp, what was probably low 70s. There was a good dollop of pepper in the aromatic this time, along with some steak sauce. Reminded me of Santa Lucia Highlands in that respect. My one nit was the alc signature popped through the aroma, which I believe could be eliminated with a cooler serving temp. Seemed ready to drink, too.

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Red

2009 Carlisle Zinfandel Carlisle Vineyard

Russian River Valley more

7/26/2015 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

In a quick whim, I pulled this and the 09 to take a brunch. Side by side, they are indeed different. The 2008 is more red fruited while the 2009 is darker. Both had acidity and the alcs were well managed with the 2008 seeming like it might age better, given the other notes like loam and some structure. The 2009 was more opulent and riper toned than the 2008, too. I supposed it depends on what you want in your Zin both but drank very well.

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Red

2008 Carlisle Zinfandel Carlisle Vineyard

Russian River Valley more

7/26/2015 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

In a quick whim, I pulled this and the 09 to take a brunch. Side by side, they are indeed different. The 2008 is more red fruited while the 2009 is darker. Both had acidity and the alcs were well managed with the 2008 seeming like it might age better, given the other notes like loam and some structure. The 2009 was more opulent and riper toned than the 2008, too. I supposed it depends on what you want in your Zin both but drank very well.

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White

2009 Copain Chardonnay Brosseau Vineyard

Chalone more

7/25/2015 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

The last 2 bottles of this have been used for wine dinners and so it felt like time to review and enjoy it singly. Opened an hour ago, just let it chill down a bit and poured off a small glass on what is a warm OC evening. The last 2 bottles I have mentioned this wine has not stood up as well as I wanted but this bottle, perhaps enjoyed singly, is showing far better. Has the racier core of apple and slate that I would expect with this vineyard, showing much livelier and not heavy or one dimensional as it did last summer. This is a lot about apple, green and yellow, plus lime. Has a little or the orange oil note, and then a finish of slate and green apple skin. This is showing pretty driven and leaner styled.....retasted a day later to check my perceptions. Remains really beautiful, with an added note of pear inside the fruit profile and a little bit less slate and cut. Actually, with the pear and less chisel, this drinks more complete today so the air in my view helped the wine to round out. This is in a great spot and yet with the acidity and slate, I don't see this fading so additional age is going to be fine. Excellent.

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Red

1999 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia

Red Bordeaux Blend more

7/25/2015 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

I don't recall have any Ornellaia before so I approached this wine with no bias, and because it was served blind, my reaction to it has to be seen as pure. For me, this was a wow experience. Dark, intense with a black cherry purity. Some cedar here, plenty of dusty dark fruit into the finish. A real classy wine and at just over 15 years of age, I didn't see or note any fade in this wine. Excellent.

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Red

2005 Château Branon

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend more

7/25/2015 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

Second time I have had this in the past couple years, I seemed to really appreciate it better now. Served blind, the aromatic really threw me off as it had a clove/dill note that made me think new wood. But, when diving into the fruit flavors, it seemed very much like Bordeaux, with the smooth, dark iron notes, black cherry, cedar and some of the cool green notes that come through Cab Franc. This was super and still for me drinking quite young but the marriage of the Merlot and Cab Franc, the depth and color really made this terrific. It did evolve in the glass and the aromatic initially seemed to fade out when I re-tasted it at the end of dinner.

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Red

2005 Château Rayas Châteauneuf-du-Pape Pignan Reserve

Grenache more

7/25/2015 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

Dee-stinct-tiv! I mean, this is Pignan at its best. The aromatics were a dead give away, and while we served this blind, no question about what it was just with the bouquet alone. Pepper, lots of pepper and spice. The fruit was plum skin, cherry and the beautiful balance of acidity that makes Pignan so good. My notes simply said at the end "a crusher of beauty". Just so good.

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White

1991 Bonneau du Martray Corton-Charlemagne

Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Chardonnay more

7/25/2015 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

This started out a bit smoky, reminding me of the fruit and aromatics of the recent Marcassin I had. However, it took only some air and ox time to shed that stuff and it became nothing like Marcassin but instead just really beautiful, youthful, 25 year old white burgundy. Flint, lemon drop, smoky and lime skin with orange blossom. Instead of Marcassin, it ended up reminding me more like Copain Brosseau, the fruit profile and texture. When I finally finished the last ounce or so at about the 3 hour mark into dinner, the acidity had really emerged and the lemon drop note was gorgeous. For a wine to show this well at 25 years old and remain youthful, it's a real gift to enjoy wines like this one. Loved it.

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White - Sparkling

2002 Pierre Gimonnet Champagne Special Club

Chardonnay more

7/25/2015 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

Tasted this next to the 06 Hebrart Rive Gauche. I preferred this Gimmonet, as I found it to be overall better refreshing, as the acidity, green apple, bread dough and lemon peel all worked really well together for a zesty presentation. Delicious bubbly here and glad I picked up a few of the 2006s earlier this year, too.

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White - Sparkling

2006 Marc Hébrart Champagne Rive Gauche-Rive Droite Grand Cru Brut

Champagne Blend more

7/25/2015 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

Right out of the chute, I made a connection to this. Leaner apple, bright acidity and lemon. Minerally. As it warmed up, it took on a more sweeter apple and became a touch more generous and less chiseled.

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White

2014 Tercero Gewürztraminer The Outlier

Santa Barbara County more

7/23/2015 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

This is the 4th day being open, drinking the last few ounces with a light chill, ideal temp. When cool, the aromatic has a floral, see breeze component. As it warms, the fruit emerges, with a moderate texture of ginger, peach and lime. The spicy citrus note continues into the finish. I continue to enjoy and heap praise onto Larry's whites, and this one like the C5, is terrific.

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Red

2011 Carlisle Two Acres

Russian River Valley Red Rhone Blend more

7/21/2015 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

For me, this wine remains unchanged since the last time I had it just over a year ago. Zesty, red fruited, plump edges and spice. As I sit here enjoying this wine, I really dig it. It works for me because of the vintage, the red fruits and zesty acidity. If you drink it cooler in temp, it shows raspberry, spicy plum and a loamy, earthy note. I know with the way I described the earthy notes that sometimes I hear the word tree bark used for Mourvedre (this wine is nearly 100% Mourvedre), but since I can never recall eating tree bark (?), I'll stand with the loamy, earthy note. Warmer, it fleshes out a bit more, the spice and plusher texture is more prominent. I continue to be impressed and enjoy the 2011 vintage and how terrific winemakers like Mike made it work for them.

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Red

2012 Carlisle Syrah Papa's Block

Russian River Valley more

7/20/2015 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

Over a year since my last bottle, I was pleased to see how well this bottle here drank for us. It started off tart, weird and I wasn't sure what was going to show but as it got to room temp and breathed out, within about 60 mins, this was drinking excellent. Has a dark, crimson color and the richer tones of the vintage, yet enough balancing acidity here, too. I presume some whole cluster here as the wine shows the lavender and cracked spices of stems, along with a whiff of blood, pepper. Dark fruit but not it's not the dark, sweet fruit bowl but instead, black and blue tones that really provide a pleasure, depth and oomph, along with some iron and black olive. Beautiful example of new world CA syrah with qualities of the old world woven in. PS--I didn't sense any wood or booze tones here, if you are interested in that part of the experience.

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Red

2012 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

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7/18/2015 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

This is drinking fantastic right now. Classic RM SC of orange peel, darker red fruits, pine needle. The vintage shows here too, a richer side of RM but there is plenty of complementary notes here to make it drink like a winner. Excellent.

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Red

2010 Kutch Pinot Noir McDougall Ranch

Sonoma Coast more

7/18/2015 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

We polished off this bottle pretty fast and it left me a little disappointed early on. However, the lesson learned and I should have known this for McDougall, was allow it to air. The stems and balance were out of whack, ultimately resolving well, with the fruit evolving to a really nice darker cherry. Just give this wine time if you open at this stage.

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2011 Carlisle Zinfandel Carlisle Vineyard

Russian River Valley more

7/16/2015 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

One year since the last bottle, I enjoyed this more than the last one I would say. I can appreciate now the acidity that is lined up against the fruit. This is not a big wine and there is a crunchy, bright note to it, alongside the dark berry. A touch of vanilla in the finish along with the bright acids. I love the 2011 vintage, this wine speaks the language of it well.

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White

2014 Tercero Albariño C5 Vineyard

Santa Ynez Valley more

7/16/2015 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

Opened this yesterday. I really dig the aromatics on this, a smoky, flinty note. And based on what temp you drink this at, the wine will show a little differently. My wife like it best really cool, where it reflects a crisp, bright edge. When a little warmer, I tended to prefer it, as the lime skin, green apple and mandarin orange notes emerge. The acidity in this wine is charged up and the wine has a spicy, cool edge, both things giving me real pleasure when drinking. Such a great bottle again for 25 bucks.

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Red

2011 Big Basin Vineyards Pinot Noir Lester Family Vineyard

Santa Cruz Mountains more

7/12/2015 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

Drank over dinner. Didn't see any real air but we got after it with the proper temp. Has some WC signature, along with raspberry and a sweet, dark cherry. Enjoyed this.

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White

2006 Copain Roussanne James Berry Vineyard

Paso Robles more

7/12/2015 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

This showed terrific tonight. Chilled up, slow oxed for a few hours and then enjoyed over dinner when it warmed to room temp. Still plenty of acidity here and remains fresh and delicious. Picked up the last 3 on WineBid tonight. At nearly 10 years old, I don't see these fading, as at least tonight there is no darkening of the color, no fat textures, all good.

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Red

2009 Joseph Phelps Insignia

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

7/11/2015 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

Wasn't sure what to expect of this vintage but it showed great. I didn't sit down and take notes but of the wines on the table, this one really excelled. FWIW, I didn't find it overly ripe or extracted or anything 'big' Napa. Just really satisfying and showing great.

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White - Sparkling

2005 Taittinger Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs Comtes de Champagne

Chardonnay more

7/11/2015 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

This surprised me, as it drank great and less tropical than I had expected. Good length and intensity, not the 2004 in terms of intensity, but I was digging it in my glass.

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White

2007 Marcassin Chardonnay Three Sisters Vineyard

Sonoma Coast more

7/11/2015 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

A friend of mine was kind enough to share this with table. I really try not to judge the label when I see it, to keep my perspective open about this wine, the winery....but, each time I have it, I am left with an impression that the wine is of high quality and some great flavors, but IMO and for my palate, the wines are dressed up with too much oak. I mean, the lemon flavor in this wine was intense and beautiful but it's cloaked with toasted, vanilla oak. And this is an 07, which is what now, 3 releases old, and the wine was made more than 5 years ago and it still tastes like a wood barrel. I know many like this producer, I just can't get past the wood they force onto these wines.

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