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2011 Domaine du Grand Montmirail Gigondas Cuvée Vieilles Vignes

Red Rhone Blend more

2/7/2015 - jpinsb wrote: 91 points

Elegant with airing. Grenache paired beautifully with a chicken based Moroccan Tagine, not an easy dish to match. The lightness matched the chicken and the unexpectedly long finish matched the middle eastern spices.

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2006 Michael-Scott Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley more

7/18/2014 - jpinsb wrote: 91 points

Nice example of Napa cab, blackberry and cassis, medium body, drinkable for some years to come.

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2008 Michael-Scott Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley more

7/18/2014 - jpinsb wrote: 90 points

Nicely balanced typical Napa cab, good value at this price point.

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2007 Terrabianca Campaccio Selezione Riserva Toscana IGT

SuperTuscan Blend more

4/24/2014 - jpinsb Likes this wine: 92 points

Elegant, drinkable now but wonder about how well it will hold up over time. Pinot-like in weight, color and tannins. Would consider drinking with a lighter meat, nothing stronger.

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2009 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva

Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese more

4/15/2014 - jpinsb Likes this wine: 91 points

A classic.

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Red

2009 Fontanabianca Barbaresco

Nebbiolo more

3/17/2014 - jpinsb wrote: 91 points

Tasted it next to an '07 whose tannins had settled down a bit and was noticeably more balanced. Still the '09 Fontanabianca was rather remarkable Barbaresco at its $20 price point.

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2012 Pierre Cherrier & Fils Sancerre Les 7 Hommes

Sauvignon Blanc more

3/15/2014 - jpinsb Likes this wine: 90 points

From the winery:
Fruity, flinty edgefloral and citrus aromas ohints of flinty chalk minerality, white pepper, gooseberry and lemon pith, all in elegant balance. Excellent finish, dry, long and mineral. Best drunk within two years.

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Red

2009 Viña Eguía Rioja Reserva

Tempranillo more

3/12/2014 - jpinsb wrote: flawed

Have to agree with an earlier reviewer who noted that the 2009 is not the same as the 2007, although suspect that it is the results of the younger tannins needing a little time to settle. At the price, it is still a bargain for this quality of wine, even taking into account the need to rest a couple of years before drinking.

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2011 Casarena Sinergy Reserva

Mendoza Red Blend more

2/20/2014 - jpinsb Likes this wine: 90 points

80% Cab, 20% Malbec with expected Bordeaux tones, but a small touch of syrupy sweetness that that will hopefully fade with age.

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2010 Domaine du Grand Montmirail Gigondas Cuvée Vieilles Vignes

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12/13/2013 - jpinsb Likes this wine: 90 points

Deep dark Gigondas, Peppery, crying to rest a few years before drinking

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2008 Château Saint-Roch (Languedoc) Côtes du Roussillon Villages Chimères

Red Rhone Blend more

11/30/2013 - jpinsb Likes this wine: 89 points

Surprisingly little on the nose for this deep dark GSM blend. Cherry, plum and spice on the palate with a long finish. Far better than the price point.

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2007 Fattoria Vignavecchia Chianti Classico Riserva Vigneto Odoardo Beccari

Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese more

8/6/2013 - jpinsb wrote: NR

A bit of a beast. Would likely heed others' advice to age further before drinking.

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Red

2008 Château Saint-Roch (Languedoc) Côtes du Roussillon Villages Chimères

Red Rhone Blend more

7/13/2013 - jpinsb Likes this wine: 89 points

Deep almost opaque red, with little nose upon opening, but nice cherry/plum fruit balanced with slight tannins. Seems to be at its drinking peak.

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2007 Tenuta degli Dei Cavalli Toscana IGT

Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/9/2013 - jpinsb Likes this wine: 91 points

Consistent with earlier note

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2007 Tenuta degli Dei Cavalli Toscana IGT

Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/15/2013 - jpinsb wrote: 91 points

Soft elegant medium weight Super Tuscan, no Sangiovese so none of the sourness you get with most Tuscans, even Super-Ts. Wine is well balanced blend of Merlot, Cabernet and other Bordeaux varietals. Take care not to serve it with anything acidic, no tomatoes sauces for this one.

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2008 Château de Chassagne-Montrachet Bourgogne

Pinot Noir more

5/13/2013 - jpinsb wrote: 88 points

Two bottles down. Both pleasant,nothing astounding, but enjoyable and well received. On a scale of 1-100, it's hard to rate this higher than 88, but its a far nicer wine than most of the other Burgundies rated 87 or below on CT.

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2008 Turley Zinfandel Pesenti Vineyard

Paso Robles more

4/28/2013 - jpinsb Likes this wine: 92 points

Large (1.5L) bottle, just coming into its own.

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2007 Ser Lapo Chianti Classico

Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese more

4/25/2013 - jpinsb wrote: 94 points

A little thinner in body that I would have expected, but the currant fruit and soft tannins make a beautifully balanced wine. The bottle advertises a "Suckling 95" rating. It's damn close.

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Red

2006 Bodegas Olarra Rioja Añares Crianza

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

4/21/2013 - jpinsb Likes this wine: 86 points

A touch of unpleasant cork upon opening disappeared with time. Quite tannic, but dark fruit on the finish causes me to to believe that this might come together with age. We've marked the few bottles left to drink in 2015 and beyond.

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2010 Ridgeline Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Lone Pine

Alexander Valley more

4/19/2013 - jpinsb wrote: 91 points

Medium bodied cab, a little grassy on the nose and palate when opening (something unexpected from the area), but opened to strong currant fruit tones and a medium-long finish, losing the unpleasant start with a half hour of air and turning into a very enjoyable bottle of wine.

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Red

2011 Sean Minor Pinot Noir Four Bears

Carneros more

4/9/2013 - jpinsb wrote: NR

nice bargain pinot, a little more time in bottle will probably settle tannin/fruit mix, a bargain at Wine Hounds $12 price point

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Red

2010 Folonari Chianti Classico Riserva

Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese more

4/9/2013 - jpinsb Does not like this wine: 79 points

One of those mistake purchases, advertised as a cheap palatable wine, when just the latter. Have been giving away as party wines to find room in the cellar. Unfortunately the stuff just won't go away fast enough.

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Red

2007 Viña Eguía Rioja Reserva

Tempranillo more

4/7/2013 - jpinsb Likes this wine: 91 points

Wine of the night at Rioja dinner. Elegant, soft, full bodied, drinkable now, even though young, but has plenty of life left.

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Red

2010 Espelt Garnacha Empordà Old Vines

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4/5/2013 - jpinsb Likes this wine: 89 points

Easily approachable garnacha, low tannin easy drinker, didn't try with food, but a very nice pre-dinner offering.

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2006 Casali di Bibbiano Casalone Toscana IGT

SuperTuscan Blend more

3/25/2013 - jpinsb wrote: 89 points

Quite tannic with good fruit. A little disjointed, drinkable with air, but probably worth letting age a few years to meld.

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