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White

2014 Dog Point Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc

Marlborough more

7/30/2015 - tantotinto wrote: 91 points

Floral and grassy nose. Typical NZ Sauvignon Blanc taste markers. Gooseberry, citrus, melon, mango and flint. More weight and fuller texture than most. Tart and tangy finish. Superb.

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White - Sparkling

NV Bollinger Champagne Special Cuvée Brut

Champagne Blend more

7/29/2015 - tantotinto wrote: 91 points

Purchased last October. Seems to be getting better with each bottle, more brioche mainly. Excellent this evening with soft shelled crabs.

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Red

2010 Penfolds Shiraz Bin 28 Kalimna

South Australia more

7/28/2015 - tantotinto wrote: 90 points

No change from earlier notes. Needs more time in bottle and/or air to open up.

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2014 Commanderie de la Bargemone Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence Rosé

Rosé Blend more

7/26/2015 - tantotinto wrote: 88 points

Not the best Rosé that we have tasted this summer but the best for under $15. Cherry and peach with a creamy texture. Great acidity.

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2014 Château d'Esclans Whispering Angel

Côtes de Provence Rosé Blend more

7/22/2015 - tantotinto wrote: 90 points

Soft, creamy texture with a tart finish. Peach, tangerine and strawberry. Best rose we have tasted so far this summer.

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Red

2011 Bodegas Alejandro Fernández Ribera del Duero Tinto Pesquera

Tempranillo more

7/18/2015 - tantotinto wrote: 88 points

Oak, fruit and dust on the nose. Bright and refreshing on the palate although a little thin. Cherry and cedar flavor. A shadow of prior vintages that I have sampled.

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2014 Domaine de Mourchon Côtes du Rhône Villages Séguret Rosé Loubié

Red Rhone Blend more

7/15/2015 - tantotinto wrote: 89 points

Salmon color. Peach and watermelon flavor. Light texture with good acidity and a dry finish. Refreshing. Very good although my personal preference is for a little more weight than this offers.

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Red

2010 Seavey Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Caravina

Napa Valley more

6/24/2015 - tantotinto wrote: 92 points

Decanted. It was tight at first but delicious after opening up about an hour and a half later. Ripe cherry, blackberry, cedar and spice flavor. Excellent match for grilled lamb chops.

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2014 Domaine La Suffrene Bandol Rosé

Mourvedre Blend, Mourvedre more

6/21/2015 - tantotinto wrote: 88 points

Excellent match for a seafood paella. Good weight and a creamy texture.

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Red

2005 Domaine Serene Pinot Noir Evenstad Reserve

Willamette Valley more

6/16/2015 - tantotinto wrote: 91 points

I always have my hopes up when opening Pinot Noir. Plenty of sour cherry fruit and smoother than the last bottle. Time has calmed this wine but has not added any of the exotic allure that can make Pinot Noir so exceptional. At this point I have to assume that it is not going to happen for this vintage. Very good but not a dream catcher. No sign of the cork problem experienced by others.

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Red

2005 Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District

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6/10/2015 - tantotinto wrote: 92 points

This is in excellent form tonight. Worth the wait. Superb aromatics. Soft black fruit, cedar, graphite and tobacco on the palate.

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White

2007 François Raveneau Chablis Grand Cru Valmur

Chardonnay more

5/29/2015 - tantotinto wrote: 94 points

We had this at a restaurant tonight. It was our first Raveneau. What struck me most was the creamy texture. Tantalizing aroma but more complex and compelling on the palate. Chalk, lemon and a little spice. It was decanted and consumed over two hours and got better with time.

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Red

2012 Domenico Clerico Langhe Dolcetto Visadi

Langhe DOC more

5/22/2015 - tantotinto wrote: 87 points

Light, fruity and refreshing.

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Red

2010 Seavey Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Caravina

Napa Valley more

5/18/2015 - tantotinto wrote: 89 points

There is a modest vegetal green pepper note that I have not noticed in earlier bottles. It detracts.

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2014 Domaine de La Laidiere Bandol Rosé

Mourvedre Blend, Mourvedre more

5/14/2015 - tantotinto wrote: 90 points

Strawberry and peach, creamy texture and tart acidity on the finish. A tad pricey but very good.

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White - Fortified

1983 Bodegas Toro Albala Don PX Gran Reserva

Montilla-Moriles Pedro Ximénez more

5/10/2015 - tantotinto wrote: 94 points

This is exceptional. I had the 1985 at a restaurant and loved it. That vintage was unavailable at retail but found the 1983. For me it is better than the 1985 although it is hard to know the provenance of the restaurant glass. Almost black. Viscous on pouring. Nose of molasses, dark chocolate and espresso. Add dried dates, burnt caramel and burnt orange rind on the palate. Good acidity and very long. Finished the bottle a week after opening and it was still excellent.

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Red

2012 Penfolds Bin 389

South Australia Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend more

5/7/2015 - tantotinto wrote: 92 points

Only our second Bin 389 after a 2010 a couple of weeks ago. This is a different wine. Whether it is the vintage or the time in bottle I do not know. The 2010 seemed like a spicy and relatively lean Napa Cab. This wine seems like a robust Southern Rhone. It's leaner and more acidic and herbaceous than the 2010. It is a coin flip for me. I like both and scored them the same. My wife prefers the 2012.

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White

2009 Leeuwin Estate Chardonnay Art Series

Margaret River more

5/4/2015 - tantotinto wrote: 94 points

I taste the lemon, hazelnut, flint, limestone and acidity of Burgundy but it is a touch plumper and more tropical. After an hour or two of air there is a little butterscotch and cinnamon. Similar to some of the best Chardonnay from the California Central Coast....but better in my opinion. Vintage after vintage and bottle after bottle my favorite new world Chardonnay. Excellent and a great match this evening for maple-glazed grilled pork chops.

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Red

2005 Château Caronne Ste. Gemme

Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend more

4/29/2015 - tantotinto wrote: 89 points

Our last bottle. It has clearly mellowed and improved over the ten years but I am not sure it has improved enough to justify the implied cost of sitting on it for this long. It is a winner tonight though.

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2014 M. Chapoutier Côtes du Rhône Rosé Belleruche

Syrah Blend, Syrah more

4/27/2015 - tantotinto wrote: 87 points

Very tart. Strawberry and melon. Lean texture. Decent but would expect to find better this season.

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Red

2012 Beckmen Vineyards Grenache Estate Santa Ynez Valley

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4/27/2015 - tantotinto wrote: 90 points

Minimal tannins. Bright, juicy and refreshing fruit. Ready to go and a surprisingly good match for Snapper Veracruz.

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White

2011 Dönnhoff Riesling

Nahe more

4/27/2015 - tantotinto wrote: 87 points

Petrol aroma was overwhelming. Less on the palate but lacked the balance of previous bottles

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Red

2010 Penfolds Bin 389

South Australia Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend more

4/23/2015 - tantotinto wrote: 92 points

Our first bottle of Bin 389. Smells big and boisterous with a floral component. Full and rich on the palate as well but far from over the top. Blackberry, cherry, anise, spice and mocha with a touch of pepper on the finish. Plenty of tannins but they are well integrated. Great acidity. Reminds me a bit of a spicy Caymus in one of its less plump years. My wife and I both loved it. Not inexpensive but an excellent value nonetheless. Will buy more.

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White

2012 Trimbach Pinot Blanc

Alsace more

4/22/2015 - tantotinto wrote: 89 points

Excellent again this evening paired with shrimp sautéed with fennel and orange. One of our better wine and food matches in recent memory.

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Red

2012 Booker Vineyard Remnant

Paso Robles Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

4/19/2015 - tantotinto wrote: 88 points

It has taken me awhile but I have come to the unmistakeable conclusion that 2012 was not the best of vintages at Booker. Thiis bottle was acceptable but unremarkable and over priced, a theme running through nearly all of their wines that I have opened from that vintage. I have had too many great bottles from them to not still be a fan but tonight was yet another let down from 2012.

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