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White - Fortified

NV Yalumba Muscat Museum Reserve South Eastern

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11/19/2010 - Phil Oxera wrote: NR

Non Vintage 21 years minimum

Deep amber colour with a touch of green at the rim.

Resins, dried fruit, nectarines, caramel and toffee. Sweet but with enough acidity to provide. Rich spicy, ginger texture. Rich lingering finish....downright yummy

Fantastic partner for white chocolate and coffee moose or cheesecake or with oranges

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Red

2007 Rivera Primitivo Triusco Puglia IGT

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11/1/2010 - Phil Oxera wrote: NR

Deep red.

Nose: Ripe redcurrants and blackberries, vanilla spice, slight port like nose, mineral and leather

Palate: Ripe strong tannins, rustic wine, mineral and chalk, dried Christmas cake fruit, bitter cherry red redcurrants. Good acidity.

Finish: medium length, warm and rustic, 14% abv.

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Red

2006 L. A. Cetto Petite Sirah

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9/16/2010 - Phil Oxera wrote: 87 points

Appearance: rich opaque, purple ruby, youthful

Nose: dark fruit, blackcurrant and redcurrants, cheesecake, mineral, leather, spice and black pepper

Palate: velvet mouth feel, medium plus tannins, long finish, bitter but luscious black fruit, traits of plum and dried currants, good acidity, nutmeg and cinnamon spices. Super size primary qualities which hides a 14% abv. Good combination of ripe tannins, acidity, fruit and spice. Some wood spice and leather give it an interesting complexity.

Two hours later it had mellowed with both white and black pepper components more evident. I believe that this wine is only entering its drinking window and may have a few years to go before it is at its best.

This was my first Petite Sirah but it will not be my last. It breaks all the rules of wine correctness. Monster, supersize helpings yet lots of complexity and interest. It may be “Petite” on the vine but it is “Grand” in the bottle. I am getting more of this one.

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Red

2005 Alessandro Speri Malbec Prodigo Reserva

La Consulta more

7/9/2010 - Phil Oxera Likes this wine: 93 points

13.4%ABV Malbec, Mendoza 1060 mts,

Appearance: Deep Purple, opaque, youthful appearance

Nose: Violets, ripe red fruit, mineral, dairy cream, vanilla spice, caramel. Very complex and powerful.

Palate: Very Ripe Tannins. Rich mouth feel. Redcurrants, blackcurrants. Balanced, tannins, acidity and fruit and well integrated and complimentary. Complexity enhanced by secondary yogurt, dark Chocolate bitterness and caramel with burnt hazelnuts and vanilla spice. Lingering fruity and creamy finish. Full-bodied and powerful.

Drinking well now

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Red

2006 Jean-Claude Belland Santenay 1er Cru Clos des Gravières

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3/3/2010 - Phil Oxera wrote: 90 points

Light ruby red fading to a brick rim. The nose is one of ripe, juicy cherries and red summer fruits with some forest floor, earth and mineral with hints of toffee. The palate has strong ripe tannins, good acidity, forest floor, ripe blackberries and red cherries. Hints of sweet potato skins and bitter chocolate. There is a long ripe tannin and fruit finish. It is balanced and fully integrated.

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Red - Fortified

2003 Fernando De Sousa Porto LBV Quinta Da Costa Das Aguaneiras

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2/21/2010 - Phil Oxera wrote: NR

Deep ruby colour, pink rim. Intense dark fruit nose with a hint of elderflower and vanilla pod. Ripe powerful tannins with rich intense plumb, blackcurrant, blackberry and dried Christmas cake fruit. Full bodied with a long lingering finish and a slight hint of bitterness which is a good counterpoint to the sweetness. The fruit is so intense that there is little evidence of alcohol heat despite its 19.9% abv. Excellent balance.

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Red

2004 Domaine Filliatreau Saumur Château Fouquet

Cabernet Franc more

12/22/2009 - Phil Oxera wrote: 90 points

This wine was decanted and left to stand at room temperature for four hours before it showed its true nature.
Ruby red with a pink/ slightly amber rim.
Nose: Predominantly fruity with strong blackcurrant and redcurrant notes. Secondary floral and mint green hints, some tobacco and earthy spice. Attractive and complex nose.
Palate: Soft tannins (after decanting), good acidity, ripe blackcurrant and ripe cherry fruit. Tobacco and slight green tea. Crisp, chalky mouth feel. Warm mineral and fruit finish.
Complex and balanced. It needs food to be fully appreciated.
This wine has 3-5 years life in it yet!

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Red

2006 Domaine Mouton Givry 1er Cru La Grande Berge

Pinot Noir more

12/8/2009 - Phil Oxera wrote: NR

Ruby red core fading to apink rim.
Nose: slightly floral, red cherries, forest floor, definite fresh wet leaves.
Palate: red cherry and red currant rich fruit flavour. Ripe tannins and fresh acidity. Forest floor, tobacco and spice. Good balance and complexity with a long fruity finish. This is an excellent Cote de Chalonnaise.

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Red

2005 Viña Ijalba Rioja Crianza

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

12/5/2009 - Phil Oxera wrote: NR

2005 Ijalba, Rioja, 13%abv, Organic, Tempranillo 90%, Graciano 10%
Ruby red with pink rim.
Nose: Prominent oak spice, vanilla, slight tar with a distinctive blackcurrant, strawberry jam and a Christmas cake spice like nutmeg.
Palate: Ripe tannins, chalky minerality. Rich bitter black cherry fruit and strawberry jam. Leather, vanilla and nutmeg secondary notes. Typical Rioja oaky presence but not dominant. Rich silky mouth feel. Great balance and complexity. Long lingering spice finish.
Good to Exceptional Quality

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White - Fortified

NV H.M. Borges Madeira Malmsey 15 Year

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12/5/2009 - Phil Oxera wrote: NR

Very deep colour. Rich, raisiny nose. Lovely richness on the palate, which shows complex raisiny caramelly flavours with good acidity and a spicy finish. Good length. Very good+ 87/100 (wineanorak.com)

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Red

2004 Château Valmy Côtes du Roussillon Le Premier de Valmy

Syrah Blend, Syrah more

11/6/2009 - Phil Oxera wrote: NR

2004 Le Premier de Valmy
Cotes de Roussillon, Syrah, Mourvedre and Grenache Noir
Dark deep purple ruby colour. The nose is of red fruit, and vanilla spice and oaked. The palate conveys a rich dark fruit, good acidity and strong tannins. This wine needs a few more years. The fruit is dark cherry, blackberry with hints of vanilla and black pepper. Complex with a full mouth feel. It is balanced with a strong fruity finish. 2012 might be a good time to start drinking this.
€16.50 ($22)

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White

2008 Château de Villeneuve Saumur Blanc

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11/6/2009 - Phil Oxera wrote: NR

Chateau de Villeneuve 2008, Saumur, Loire, France. Chenin Blanc 12.5% abv

Light coloured, bruised apples, with a hint of liquorish on the nose. The palate is high in acidity with creamy texture indicating malolactic. Strong Granny Smith apples. Full fruit with a green apple skin finish. Drinking now. This would need pairing with salmon or an oily fish to maximize the strong balance of fruit and acidity. This is a good one. €12 (€18) in the winery. Conclusion: I am going back for more. Quality: Very good

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