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2012 Dönnhoff Oberhäuser Leistenberg Riesling Kabinett

Nahe more

7/24/2015 - Redguy wrote: NR

So fresh and lively. A standout Kabinet. Already down to the last two from a case. And that's with exercising restraint.

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2007 Château de Beaucastel Côtes du Rhône Coudoulet de Beaucastel

Red Rhone Blend more

7/23/2015 - Redguy wrote: NR

Last bottle from a case, though I haven't had one in a couple of years. This bottle was clearly past its prime, secondaries like tobacco leaf and scorched leather have taken over. The fruit prunish and grumpy, residing in the background with a disapproving scowl.

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2010 Denner Grenache

Paso Robles more

7/18/2015 - Redguy wrote: NR

In a lovely spot now. Tannins have faded and what's left is a medium bodied grenache full of silk and elegance.

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Red

2011 Epoch Estate Wines Authenticity Paderewski Vineyard

Paso Robles Red Rhone Blend more

7/10/2015 - Redguy wrote: 93 points

Decanted 2 hrs. Opened beautifully with the short decant. Usually a big meaty syrah blend with gracefully round curves, this year with its fine tannin, clean mouthfeel, and exceptional balance it carries far less fat and quite a bit more freshness. Moderate complexity shows through as well. Not one for the long haul this is beautiful now!

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Rosť

2014 Denner Rosé

Paso Robles Grenache Blend, Grenache more

7/12/2015 - Redguy wrote: NR

Sharply cut with bright and crunchy red fruits on a sea of minerality. Fairly intense right now, this is well suited to similarly bright foods... Would be killer with ceviche.

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White

2013 Liquid Farm Chardonnay Golden Slope

Sta. Rita Hills more

7/2/2015 - Redguy wrote: 91 points

Last minute call to the bullpen for this pnp and as such it was still unpacking as the last glass was finished. It's a wine built around balance and grace and mouthfeel with a foundation of saline minerality and some sneaky richness. On the back of the palate there's a fleeting squirt of acid and suggestion of tart lemony fruits that lends a moment of zingy, re-focusing grip but it's still a little loose and plump. Even so it's brilliantly clean and pure, and the feminine styling and complete lack of edges make this damn easy to drink.

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Red

2009 Torrin The Banshee

Paso Robles Red Blend more

6/28/2015 - Redguy wrote: 94 points

Decanted 3 hrs. Toned down a bit from my last experience 10/14 but still suave, fine, and sexy.

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Red

2010 Terry Hoage Vineyards Grenache-Syrah The 46

Paso Robles Red Rhone Blend more

6/24/2015 - Redguy wrote: 93 points

Suave and sophisticated... a ripe, rich, and refined mouthful with impeccable balance and beautiful fruit, flowing and caressing with feminine grace. A distinguished lady with implicit power held in reserve. Lovely wine. This was more a pop-n-chug than poured.

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2010 Talley Vineyards Chardonnay Oliver's Vineyard

Edna Valley more

6/10/2015 - Redguy wrote: NR

Dropped a bit of weight since last visited to great effect. Much of the yeasty richness has subsided with the same lovely lemony fruit and fine acidity moving to the fore. Great bottle for the price that has aged very well thus far.

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Red

2009 Villa Creek Avenger

Paso Robles Red Rhone Blend more

6/6/2015 - Redguy wrote: NR

VA out in front with course tannin not far behind. Everything's pulling in different directions... seems to be coming apart at the seams (like many Paso 09's), though the VA could point to a flawed bottle. Decanted 2 hrs. Should have done so a couple of years ago.

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White - Sweet/Dessert

2009 Château Lamothe Guignard

Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

5/29/2015 - Redguy wrote: NR

Though carrying a bit less baby fat and overt sweetness this is quite similar to my last reviewed bottle from 10/13. Nothing too dramatic here: easy to drink, easy to like.

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Red

2009 Grand Rêve Vintners / Force Majeure Collaboration Series I Ciel du Cheval Vineyard

Red Mountain Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/29/2015 - Redguy wrote: NR

Decanted 1.5 hrs. Dusty cassis type fruit profile with dark wood, green pepper, and tobacco accents. Fairly full and robust upon entry, this narrows a bit on the mid and into the finish before it regains some steam on the moderate length finish. Nice brightness and intensity, though a bit more complexity would be welcome. Also, the leaner mid palate did not hold up well to a grilled rib eye.

I'd give this a couple more years in cellar to see if the mid palate fleshes out and opens up a bit more. In the 88-90 range today

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Red

2012 Byron Pinot Noir Santa Maria Valley

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5/31/2015 - Redguy wrote: NR

Fruit forward with balancing earth and spice and fine acidity. Lacking a spot of richness for my palate though a more complete and well balanced pinot than many in the price range. 88-89

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Red

2009 Tablas Creek Côtes de Tablas

Paso Robles Red Rhone Blend more

5/26/2015 - Redguy wrote: 91 points

Pnp. Fine and silky with a real sense of elegance. Fully mature, lovely, and quite tasty.

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Red

2010 Saxum Syrah Booker Vineyard

Paso Robles more

5/14/2015 - Redguy wrote: NR

Decanted 22 hours. From memory, high quality dark fruits lead the way in this well balanced and compelling youngster. Obviously full bodied and heavily fruited but also somehow maintaining that Saxumesque sense of overriding elegance, almost as if guiding the bulk with feminine guile. Lots of room to shed some fruit, gain some complexity, and ratchet up the charm, I plan to wait a few years for the next but we'll see.

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White

2009 Domaine de Montcy Cheverny Cuvée Clos des Cendres

Chardonnay Blend, Chardonnay more

5/15/2015 - Redguy wrote: 89 points

Fully mature, and frankly caught right before fading into oblivion, this showed a lovely light lemon and mineral character. Very pretty and well defined. Very Chablisesque.

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Red

2005 Château Lalande-Borie

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/15/2015 - Redguy wrote: NR

In such a lovely place. Shows the class and elegance of St. Julien at a modest price point.

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White

2012 Secret de Grand Bateau Blanc

Bordeaux Sauvignon Blanc more

5/19/2015 - Redguy wrote: 90 points

Bright, clean, and fresh with excellent intensity. Shows a bit too much vanilla oak at this point but another exceptional value Secret. Better in a couple of years.

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Red

1982 Finca La Pica Rioja

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

5/14/2015 - Redguy wrote: NR

Pnp. No notes taken but from memory this was surprisingly fresh and lively for its age with interesting flavors of caramelized apricots, plums, honey, and dried flower and berry potpourri. Showed the beautiful sunset colored rim of maturity. Stood out amongst many good wines on the evening. In fact, probably tied with a 2010 Saxum Booker Vineyard.

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Red

2013 Talley Vineyards Pinot Noir Edna Valley

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5/10/2015 - Redguy wrote: NR

Pretty and precise. Lots of crunchy red-fruited pinot character with a lightly creamy texture. Currently preferred over the more masculine and less resolved Estate, though with cellar time that may change. 89-90

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Rosť

2013 Château d'Aqueria Tavel

Red Rhone Blend more

5/11/2015 - Redguy wrote: 87 points

Under-ripe, ripe, and over-ripe strawberries. Masculine and lacking in grace. Finish is of-dry. Ok for the price

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White

2013 Kinero Chardonnay Talley Vineyard

Arroyo Grande Valley more

5/6/2015 - Redguy wrote: 90 points

Lovely chard. Some bitterness, light toast, solid finish. Excellent for the price

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Red

2011 Herman Story Syrah Nuts and Bolts

Santa Barbara County more

5/6/2015 - Redguy wrote: 91 points

Good solid syrah that showed best after a few hours in the decanter. Blackberry with loads of tar, some savory herbal notes, and black pepper. A crowd pleaser.

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White

2011 Der Pollerhof Grüner Veltliner

Niederösterreich more

5/5/2015 - Redguy wrote: 88 points

Light and easy, like a lightly floral breeze. Nice GV.

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Red

2010 Torrin The Maven

Paso Robles Grenache Blend, Grenache more

4/29/2015 - Redguy wrote: 91 points

Decanted 2 hrs. Smooth and easy with moderate richness coupled with good depth and underlying power. Lovely structure as well. There's a slight dip to the dark fruit/wood/herbs profile in the mid palate, which may or may not resolve with further cellaring. Shows better without food due to lower acidity. Despite my nitpicking this is an excellent young wine that's a pleasure to drink.

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